Free Press Journal
  • Oscar Pistorius

    Oscar Pistorius granted bail after murder conviction: judge

    Pretoria: Former Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius was released on bail today after his conviction for his girlfriend’s murder, as his lawyers said they would launch an appeal to South Africa’s constitutional court.

  • Heart of Asia meet starts in Islamabad

    Islamabad: The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process meeting commenced here on Tuesday to finalise an agenda for a ministerial conference to be held on Wednesday.

  • At least two dead in earthquake in Tajikistan

    Dushanbe: At least two people were killed and dozens injured when a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck dangerously close to a high-altitude lake in eastern Tajikistan, authorities in the Central Asian state said today.

  • Rahul Gandhi

    Absolute political vendetta in Natl herald case: Rahul

    Cuddalore(TN): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today alleged a “political vendetta” by the ruling BJP into the National Herald case, and insisted that he will not be cowed down and will continue asking questions to put pressure on NDA at Centre. Earlier, a combative Sonia Gandhi, invoking the legacy of her mother-in-law and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, had asserted that she was not scared of anyone.

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    Karnataka Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao resigns

    Bengaluru: Karnataka Lokayukta (Ombudsman) Justice Y. Bhaskar Rao has resigned from the anti-graft institution, according to an official statement on Tuesday. “The governor (Vajubhai R. Vala) accepted the resignation of Bhaskar Rao as Lokayukta with immediate effect,” a communique from Raj Bhavan said. Rao tendered his resignation letter to Vala in Raj Bhavan on Monday, the statement added.

  • A B Bardhan CPI leader

    Bardhan’s condition showing improvement

    New Delhi: The condition of CPI leader A B Bardhan, who was admitted to a hospital here after he suffered a paralytic stroke, is “improving” though he remains “critical”, a senior party leader said today. 92-year-old Bardhan, who was admitted to GB Pant Hospital yesterday after he complained of uneasiness and breathlessness, responded to injections, could open his eyes and had movement in his left leg, Atul Anjan said after visiting the former

  • Anand Sharma

    Congress hits back at BJP’s ‘dirty politics department’

    New Delhi: Extremely upset over the latest developments in the National Herald Case, the Congress on Tuesday stepped up its attack on the BJP-led NDA Government and accused the ruling dispensation of indulging in ‘dirty politics’.

  • Oommen Chandy

    Kerala wants PM’s intervention to resolve Mullaperiyar issue

    Thiruvananthapuram: With concerns over water level in Mullaperiyar dam nearly touching the permissible limit of 142 feet, Kerala government today expressed anxiety over Tamil Nadu’s “indifferent” attitude and said the state would be taking legal options. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that he would take up this issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Delhi visit.

  • prakash javdekar

    India to set up 8 new ecological observatories

    Paris:India will set up eight new ecological observatories, as compared to just one at present, including in the Himalayas and Western Ghats, to map the long-term impacts of climate change, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said. “We will be putting up 8 new observatories in eight different biomes. We have fortunately tremendous diversity in India. We have 17 per cent of world’s population, 17 per cent of cattle population but we have

  • pulses

    ‘Hoarding,high transport costs reasons for high pulses prices’

    New Delhi:Hoarding, rising transportation cost and a lack of production are the main reasons behind rise in retail prices of pulses in the country, government said today. “There has been a rise in the retail prices of pulses over the year. The main reason is the reduced availability following a decline in production of pulses from 19.25 million tonnes in 2013-14 to 17.20 million tonnes in 2014-15 on account of adverse weather

  • Raghuram Rajan

    RBI Governor optimistic about passage of GST

    Washington: Expressing confidence over the passage of long pending GST bill in Parliament, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has told American investors the new regime will improve collections and broaden the tax base. In an event organised by the US India Business Council (USIBC) in New York last week, Rajan told American institutional investors that the priority for Reserve Bank isto clean up banks and their non-performing assets.

  • Finmin mulling abolishing plan, non-plan expenditure: Watal

    New Delhi: In order to link expenditure to the outcome more efficiently, government is mulling doing away with the practice of classifying it as ‘plan and non-plan’ in the Budget documents and replacing that with ‘capital and revenue’ spending. At a meeting with his state counterparts, Union Finance Secretary Ratan Watal said the classification is losing its significance after abolishing the Planning Commission and states could also deliberate on the same.

  • Pune, Rajkot named two new IPL teams for next two years

    New Delhi : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced that Pune’s New Rising and Rajkot’s Intex will replace the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the next two editions of the lucrative Twenty20 tournament, the Indian Premier League.

  • India to organise conference on Indian firms’ role in Kuwait

    Dubai: India will tomorrow organise a conference in Kuwait to discuss the role of Indian Engineering Procurement and Construction companies in the Arab country’s developmental process, strengthening bilateral trade. The aim of the conference is to bring together various stakeholders in the industry under one umbrella, Indian Embassy in Kuwait said in a statement yesterday.

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    Maha govt wants onion MEP to go as price falls to Rs 10/kg

    New Delhi: With wholesale prices down to the Rs 10 per kg level, the Maharashtra government has asked the Centre to scrap the minimum export price (MEP) for onions to help boost overseas shipments. In August, the government had hiked onion MEP to USD 700 per tonne, from USD 425, as prices at both wholesale and retail levels were skyrocketing on lower output due to unseasonal rains earlier.

  • jobs

    India most optimistic on hiring plans for Q1 2016

    New Delhi: India is most optimistic among 42 countries in terms of hiring plans for the first three months of 2016 with multiple sectors expected to drive recruitment activities, says a survey. The quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released today said Indian employers expect the vigorous hiring pace to continue during the January-March period.

  • Traders, flour millers import 4.72 lakh tons wheat in Apr-Oct

    New Delhi: Private traders and flour millers imported 4.72 lakh tonnes of wheat in the first seven months of this fiscal on account of lower global prices, Parliament was informed today. “Some traders/millers have imported 4,72,192 tonnes wheat during April to October 2015. The import of wheat on private account might have taken place due to its low international prices,” Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said in a written reply to the Lok

  • Twin tons lift Ajinkya Rahane to highest-ranked Indian Test batsman

    Dubai : Ajinkya Rahane has become India’s highest-ranked batsman in the latest ICC Test rankings after scoring two centuries in his side’s 337 runs victory over South Africa in the final Test match in New Delhi ,and thereby giving his side a 3-0 win in the four-match series.