Free Press Journal
  • Egypt, Blast

    Judge, 3 others killed in ISIS bombing in Egypt’s Sinai

    Cairo: A senior judge was among four persons killed today in a car bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group outside a hotel in North Sinai, where judges overseeing an Egyptian parliamentary election were residing. The bombing outside Swiss Inn hotel in North Sinai’s provincial capital Al-Arish killed two policemen, a judge and a civillian, officials said.

  • GST, intolerance top Congress’ agenda for winter session

    New Delhi: The upcoming winter session of Parliament cannot be restricted to a bill of the government, but certain issues like debate over rising intolerance in the country, farmers’ suicide and GST (Goods and Services Tax) Bill will be top agenda for the Opposition.

  • Afghan blasts

    Afghan capital blasts kills six

    Kabul: At least six people were killed and six others wounded in two separate explosions in Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. Three civilians were killed after a blast took place in front of Kabul Education University building in western Kabul at around 4.00 p.m.

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    Amarinder accepts SAD’s challenge to hold rally at Bathinda

    Chandigarh: Accepting Sukhbir Singh Badal’s challenge, senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh today said his party would hold a public rally “bigger” than that of SAD at the same venue in Bathinda. “Yes, we will hold a public rally at the same venue (in Bathinda) and it will be bigger than that of yours,” Amarinder said, referring to Deputy Chief Minister and SAD leader Sukhbir Badal’s statement at a Bathinda rally yesterday that “I

  • Salman Khan

    Kamaal appeared thrice before court, yet not examined : Salman

    Mumbai: In an appeal filed by Bollywood actor Salman Khan against his five-year sentence in the 2002 hit-and-run case, his lawyer told the Bombay High Court today that the prosecution had failed to examine eye-witness Kamaal Khan though he had appeared thrice before a trial court.

  • Asif Ali Zardari

    Ex-Pak prez Zardari acquitted in corruption case

    Islamabad: Pakistan’s former president Asif Ali Zardari was today acquitted in a corruption case dating back to the 1990s when his slain wife Benazir Bhutto was prime minister. Known as SGS-Cotecna reference case, it was related to the awarding of pre-shipment contracts to a Swiss company in which Pakistan People’s Party chief Zardari had allegedly received kickbacks during Bhutto’s term as prime minister.

  • ‘Canada’s Sikhs to provide Syrian refugees free meal, housing’

    Toronto: The Sikh community in Canada will help Syrian refugees with free food, clothing, housing and schooling upon their arrival, an Indian-origin MP has said. The Sikhs of Lower Mainland in British Columbia’s Vancouver have come together and formed a group called Sikh Societies of British Columbia to offer several services to the Syrian refugees who are expected to arrive in the area over the next few months.

  • a r rahman

    I find the protests poetic: AR Rahman

    Panaji: International acclaimed music composer AR Rahman says the way certain intelligentsia of the country is protesting against the growing state of intolerance in the country is “poetic” as it is non-violent in nature. The Oscar and Grammy winner feels any kind of revolt is welcome but it should be classy and people should not go out and hit one another.

  • dharmendra pradhan

    Pradhan favours crude cess reduction, says talking to FinMin

    Mumbai: The Petroleum Ministry is talking to the Finance Ministry on reducing the cess that the industry has been seeking since the steep fall in crude prices beginning June 2014, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said today. “Time has come to revisit the oil cess issue. We want oil cess to be on an ad-valorem basis. I want this to be a win-win for all stakeholders so that the government revenue does not suffer

  • Sheena died due to asphyxia caused by strangulation: Report

    Mumbai: Sheena Bora died due to asphyxia as a result of strangulation, according to a medical report that is part of the CBI chargesheet in the sensational murder case in which her mother Indrani Mukerjea is the key accused. The report was prepared by a five-member medical board formed by the Government-run All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) based in New Delhi.

  • Bajirao Mastani

    Plea seeks ban on “Bajirao Mastani” for “distorting” history

    Mumbai: A petition has been filed in a Pune court seeking a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film “Bajirao Mastani”, alleging that it has distorted history relating to late king Shrimant Bajirao Peshwe and his family members.

  • Vladimir Putin

    Downing of Russian warplane would ties with Turkey: Putin

    Moscow:  President Vladimir Putin warned Ankara today that Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border would have “serious consequences” for bilateral ties. Speaking at a meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Sochi, a tense-looking Putin branded the shooting down of the aircraft a “stab in the back” by “accomplices of terrorists.

  • Power outages plague Crimea as Russia scare to cut Ukraine gas

    Simferopol: Power cuts in Crimea affected nearly 940,000 people today as tensions raged between Kiev and Moscow over the annexed peninsula and Russia threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine. The Black Sea peninsula has been hit by power cuts after unknown attackers blew up pylons at the weekend, cutting power lines from Ukraine, which supplies most of its electricity.

  • ISIS

    Bangladesh indicts IS ‘coordinator’, three suspected militants

    Dhaka: A Dhaka court has indicted a suspected coordinator of the Bangladesh chapter of the Islamic State (IS) and three other members of the organisation, the media reported. The prosecutor said the court on Monday fixed February 25, next year, for deposition by witnesses, bdnews24 reported.

  • Australian PM asks security agencies to be alert after Paris attacks

    Melbourne: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today said there is a “real risk” of a terrorist attack in Australia and ordered security agencies to test their responses to a mass casualty incident following the Paris carnage. In his first major address on national security issues to Parliament, Turnbull said he “could not guarantee there won’t be an attack in Australia,” but security agencies are “working diligently and expertly to prevent that happening.”

  • Man who lent apartment to Paris attacker goes before judge

    Paris: The man who loaned his Paris suburb apartment to the suspected ringleader of the attacks on the city and accomplices but claimed he did not know who they were, was sent before a French judge today. Jawad Bendaoud, who sparked a flurry of mocking social media memes for an interview he gave protesting his innocence as the police assault on the apartment in Saint-Denis was ongoing, was arrested soon afterwards.

  • Indian envoy hopes for end to Nepal political crisis

    Kathmandu: Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae today expressed hope that the political deadlock in the country would soon end as talks progress between the agitating Madhesi groups and the government. Speaking at a programme on Nepal-India relations, Rae said India is ready to assist Nepal in its development process amid the ongoing political crisis.

  • execution

    Disabled man to be hanged as Pakistan’s 300th execution 

    Islamabad: Jail authorities in Pakistan were on Tuesday set to hang a paraplegic who developed tubercular meningitis while on death row after being convicted of murder, which according to rights group will be the 300th execution since the controversial moratorium was lifted in the country.

  • Narendra modi

    Modi reaches out to Singapore business community 

    Singapore: Admitting that there were still a number of regulatory and taxation issues in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday tried to hard sell the country’s business potential to Singapore’s corporate community and assured that he will do the hand-holding when they come to India.

  • Acid Attack

    Acid attack: SC suggests filing contempt case agnst hospitals

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court today suggested to an NGO to file a contempt case alleging that hospitals and other authorities were not complying with court directions on providing free treatment to acid attack victims. “Why don’t you file a contempt case,” a bench comprising M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan said, on being informed that private hospitals were not giving free treatment to victims of acid attack and “washing their hands of”