Free Press Journal
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    Gold recovers on global cues, jewellers’ buying

    New Delhi: Snapping its two-day losing streak, gold prices recovered from four-month low by gaining Rs 155 to Rs 25,780 per 10 grams at the bullion market today, tracking a firm trend overseas along with fresh buying by jewellers. Silver also inched up by Rs 100 to Rs 34,200 per kg on scattered enquiries from industrial units and coin makers. Bullion traders said besides firm global trend where gold rose from a five-year low, emergence of buying by jewellers at prevailing levels

  • Ashok Amritraj awarded honorary doctorate by a London Varsity

    London: Tennis champion-turned Hollywood filmmaker Ashok Amritraj has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London for promoting talented moviemakers from across the world, including India. Armitraj has brought over 100 films to life, creating a remarkable USD 2 billion in worldwide revenues, the university said in reference to his honorary doctorate of arts awarded here.

  • Chile, Peru pull out of hosting Dakar Rally 2016

    Buenos Aires: The organisers of the Dakar Rally confirmed on Wednesday the official route for the 2016 edition will mainly take place in Argentine territory after Chile and Peru both pulled out of helping to host the race. The competition will cover up 900 km (560 miles) per day over 13 stages. Out of these stages, only three will take place on Bolivian territory, the rest will be in Argentina, reports Xinhua.

  • Swamy now dubs Rahul Gandhi as ‘commission agent’

    Ahmedabad: Continuing his tirade against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday dubbed the former to be a ‘commission agent’ and said the Enforcement Directorate must trace all the transactions which his company has done with any other company.

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    Government to set up separate portal to support innovations

    New Delhi: To provide support to innovators in various fields, a separate portal under Department of Electronics and IT (Deity) will be established, where people can put up their innovative products to get government help. “Under my Department of IT, a separate portal shall be created which is dedicated to the innovators of India. Anyone who innovates can put his innovation on that portal and my department will follow it. We will reach them in the event they are worthy of

  • Resilient Wawrinka sees off Ferrer at ATP World Tour Finals

    London: French Open champion Stan Wawrinka produced a resilient performance to trounce David Ferrer in his second round-robin contest at the ATP World Tour Finals. Wawrinka, the world number four, recovered from 5-2 down in the opening set to claim a 7-5, 6-2 win over Spain’s Ferrer, the Guardian reported.

  • French PM Manuel Valls warns of risk of chemical, biological attack

    Paris: Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned today of the danger of an attack in France using “chemical or biological weapons”, in a speech to lawmakers debating the extension of a state of emergency. “We must not rule anything out,” Valls said. “There is also the risk from chemical or biological weapons,” he added. As the investigation spreads across Europe into the attacks claimed by the Islamic State group, Valls also called on the

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    Obama says Assad must go to end Syria civil war

    Manila: US President Barack Obama today said Syria’s civil war would not end unless Bashar al-Assad leaves power, discounting suggestions the Middle Eastern leader could take part in future elections.”I do not foresee a situation in which we can end the civil war in Syria while Assad remains in power,” Obama said on the sidelines of a trade summit in Manila.

  • Coal

    Government sets ball rolling for e-auction of eight coal mines

    New Delhi: The government today kick-started the process of online auction for eight blocks in the fourth round for sectors like steel, cement and iron. The government has already mobilised over Rs 3 lakh crore in the first three rounds of coal auction and allotment. “It has been decided to auction eight Schedule III coal mines earmarked for non-regulated sectors like, iron and steel, cement and captive power plants in the fourth tranche. The e-auction for these mines will be held

  • Maharashtra government to provide energy efficient agriculture pumps by 2019

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government plans to replace all 40 lakh agriculture pumps presently in the state with the energy-efficient ones in next four years. The energy efficient pumps would not only reduce power bills of farmers, but also provide respite to the state exchequer, bringing down the subsidy amount by at least Rs 4,000 crore each year, Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said. The state government provides electricity for agriculture pumps at a rate of Rs 85 paise per unit and gives a subsidy

  • Indians believe religious freedom very important: survey

    Washington: India is among the countries which have the highest support for religious freedom with 8 out of 10 Indians believing that it is very important to have the freedom to practice their faith compared with a global median of 74 per cent, according to a new survey. Nonpartisan fact tank US-based Pew Research – that surveyed 38 countries and interviewed 40,786 people between April 5 to May 21, 2015 – found there

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    Honda launches CB Shine SP priced up to Rs 64,400

    New Delhi: Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) today expanded CB Shine range with the launch of 125cc bike CB Shine SP, priced up to Rs 64,400 (ex-showroom Delhi), its fifteenth product introduction of the year. “While India is the world”s fastest growing economy, it is also home to one of world”s youngest populations. These youngsters recognise their special place in society. The new CB Shine SP helps them reflect the same special status and puts them a gear ahead of

  • Is teenagers’ smartphone obsession really bad?

    New York: Parents’ fears about their teenagers’ heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated as the youngsters’ online worlds may be an extension of their offline lives, a new study suggests. “We see young people constantly on their phones and assume ill effects, but much of the research to date tells a more positive story,” said lead researcher Candice Odgers from Duke University. “When we look closely, we see considerable

  • mergers and acquisition

    Australia approves Royal Dutch Shell’s takeover of BG Group

    London: Royal Dutch Shell’s planned mega-takeover of British rival BG Group cleared another hurdle today as Australia’s competition commission said it would not oppose the move amid gas market concerns. It means Shell’s 55-billion pounds (USD 84-billion, 79 billion-euros) takeover of BG remains on track for completion in early 2016.

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    EOW complaint for naming Sharad Pawar as director in UK company SGFX Financials

    Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party has filed a complaint with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) here after Sharad Pawar’s name figured as a director in a London-based company SGFX Financials, with which he claims to have no connection. NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said Pawar had nothing to do with the company and does not know the individuals involved in the firm.

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    Massive dark matter found in nearby galaxy

    Washington: Astronomers have found what may be the highest concentration of the elusive dark matter in any known galaxy, by measuring the mass of a nearby dwarf galaxy. Although dark matter outnumber particles of regular matter by more than a factor of 10, they are elusive, researchers said. Their existence is inferred by their gravitational influence in galaxies, but no one has ever directly observed signals from dark matter.

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    ‘Our actions must be in tune with our vision’: PM Narendra Modi tells IAS officers

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the IAS officers to bring a positive change in the society. “You are moving towards a new responsibility. You all must have a feeling that we have to prove ourselves. You might want to bring changes, but there are those who are stuck in traditions who try to stop you,” Prime Minister Modi said in his address to the IAS officers of the 2013

  • Help me, shouted woman bomber during Paris raid

    Paris: The woman suicide bomber who blew herself up during a police raid at a Paris apartment on Wednesday shouted “Help me! Help me!” in her final moments, perhaps to lure policemen, media reported.

  • Babies can reason before age one

    New York: Infants are capable of deductive problem solving as early as 10 months of age, says a new study. “We found that within the first year of life, children can engage in this type of logical reasoning, which was previously thought to be beyond their reach until the age of about four or five years,” said lead author Stella Lourenco from the Emory University in the US.

  • Two Naxals gunned down in Chhattisgarh

    Sukma (Chhattisgarh) : The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel gunned down two Maoists in an encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district this morning. A joint squad of the CRPF’s 217th battalion and the district police had yesterday arrested two Naxals during a search operation in Konta area, about 500 km from Raipur. The Maoists are said to be India’s biggest internal security threat.