Free Press Journal
  • India needs to up its GDP to exploit global interest: leaders

    Johannesburg: India has to find ways to take its current GDP from 7 per cent to 10 per cent within the next three years to take advantage of the renewed global interest in the country as a prime business destination, according to business leaders. This was the consensus at a seminar here yesterday titled ‘Doing Business with India: An Industry Perspective’, which kicked off an India Business Week series of events hosted by

  • Chidambaram

    Chidambaram accuses govt of ‘malicious onslaught’ against family

    New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today accused the government of a “malicious onslaught” launched by it against his family and said if it wants to target him it should do so directly and not harass friends of his son Karti. “If the government wishes to target me, they should do so directly, not harass friends of my son who carry on their own businesses and have nothing to do with

  • VW diesel cars with E189 engine fitted with ‘defeat device’

    New Delhi: Government today said initial findings by apex testing agency ARAI indicate the diesel cars manufactured in India by Volkswagen having E189 engine were fitted with the “defeat device”, which may lead to excess nitrogen oxide emission levels in on-road vehicles. “Based on the initial findings, there is an indication that the diesel vehicles fitted with E189 engine and manufactured in India by Volkswagen Group of Companies are fitted with the ‘defeat

  • China pilots, air traffic controllers to use only English

    Beijing: The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has ordered communication between pilots and air traffic controllers would be only in English starting from 2017, the media reported on Tuesday.

  • Transgenders

    Government proposes national policy for transgenders

    New Delhi: To improve condition of transgenders, the government has proposed a national policy that will consider recommendations made by the expert committee especially formed for the community, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla said in a written reply that an expert committee was constituted in the ministry to carry out in-depth study of the problems faced by the transgender community and suggest

  • Dawood has bases in Pak; keeps changing location: Govt

    New Delhi: Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has bases in Pakistan though he keeps shifting his location from time to time, Lok Sabha was informed today. Inputs available from different agencies suggest that Dawood, a prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, has bases in Pakistan and keeps changing his location from time to time, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary told the House.

  • Over 800,000 lung cancer patients in China by 2020

    Beijing: China is expected to have over 800,000 lung cancer patients diagnosed annually by 2020, with nearly 700,000 people dying from the disease each year, a media report said on Tuesday.

  • Maneka Gandhi

    Sexual offenders should be tracked once released: Maneka Gandhi

    New Delhi: Ahead of the release of the juvenile convict involved in the December 16 gangrape, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi today said that she has written to the Home Ministry demanding that those accused of sexual abuse and having served a sentence, should be tracked once released. The parents of the December 16 gangrape and murder victim had recently demanded that the face of the juvenile, who was considered the “most brutal” of

  • Six global lenders push for $100 bn climate funding

    Paris: Six global lending institutions led by the World Bank Group, having contributed $100 billion to combat climate change in developing nations, will enhance such contributions substantially to ensure the global development is sustainable and green.

  • Anna Hazare

    Will step in if Centre obstructs Delhi Janlokpal Bill: Hazare

    Ralegan Siddhi (Maha): Social activist Anna Hazare today said he will step in if the NDA government at the Centre puts obstructions in the way of Janlokpal Bill, introduced in Delhi Assembly by the AAP government. The anti-corruption crusader was talking to reporters after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh met him at his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district to brief him on the salient features

  • MERS Virus

    South Korea’s MERS alert reduced to lowest level

    Seoul: South Korean authorities on Tuesday lowered the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) alert level to its lowest readiness posture with no new infections reported in the country in nearly five months.

  • India shares terror intel with 24 countries, including China

    New Delhi: India is sharing intelligence on terrorism with China and 23 other countries via the mechanism of Joint Working Groups on Counter-Terrorism, Lok Sabha was today told. In response to a question, Minister of State for Home, Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, said, “India has Joint Working Groups on Counter-Terrorism with 24 countries, including China.

  • Man tweets about ailing father to railways, Prabhu helps

    Jaipur: A man who tweeted to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu seeking help to deboard his father, suffering from paralysis, was pleasantly surprised to find assistance waiting for him on his arrival at a Rajasthan station.

  • Sashi Tharoor

    Death penalty an aberration in democracy, abolish it: Tharoor

    New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor today demanded abolition of death penalty, describing it as an “aberration in a healthy democracy”. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, he said hanging people does not deter crime and there is a lot of subjectivity in application of death penalty. “It (death penalty) is an aberration in a healthy democracy,” Tharoor said, adding that instead preventive and reformative measures should be strengthened to prevent crimes.

  • Lok Sabha adjourned

    Debate on intolerance: Members in LS pitch for peace, harmony

    New Delhi: Members in the Lok Sabha today deprecated attempts to take political benefit out of incidents of intolerance and underlined the need for ensuring peace and harmony in the country. Participating in the resumed debate on the issue of intolerance, they underlined the need for everyone to show maturity and sensitivity to nip in the bud any attempts to tear the social fabric.

  • Builder suicide:Pre-arrest bail plea of 4 corporators rejected

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today rejected the anticipatory bail plea of four corporators from neighbouring Thane district accused of abetting the suicide of builder Suraj Parmar. “Considering the enornmity and gravity of the offence and the allegations levelled against the four applicants (corporators), their anticipatory bail pleas are rejected,” Justice Ajey Gadkari said. The four corporators – Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (independent) – had

  • Peter Mukherjea

    Peter Mukerjea sent to judicial custody

    Mumbai: Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, one of the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, was sent to judicial custody till December 14 by a special court on Tuesday.