Free Press Journal

    Maharsahtra to use solar power for water supply projects

    New Delhi: Maharashtra government has proposed setting up of solar power systems as an integral part of water supply projects to be taken up under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). A proposal in this regard was made in the state annual action plan (SAAP) for 2015-16 presented before the inter-ministerial Apex Committee for AMRUT chaired by Union Urban Development Secretary Madhusudhan Prasad here today.

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    ‘Patanjali noodles, ghee to be put through quality test’

    Dehradun: Taking cognizance of media reports about insects and fungus allegedly being found in two of Patanjali’s food products, Uttarakhand government has decided to examine their quality. “Food security officials have been asked to take samples of Patanjali’s products in question and and put them to test to confirm the correctness of such reports appearing in a section of the media,” state Health Minister Surendra Singh Negi said today.

  • Lok Sabha nod to bill shifting authority over potable alcohol

    New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a bill that seeks to transfer the authority to regulate “potable alcohol” to the states. The Industries (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, was passed by voice vote after a reply by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

  • Floods: Chennai Police kept an eye on locked homes

    Chennai: As floods ravaged the city, forcing many residents to abandon their houses, the Chennai Police did its bit for citizens, including keeping an eye on their locked homes and facilitating relief material. With many flood-affected persons shifting to relief camps, police kept a watch on the locked homes to prevent possible cases of thefts and house-breaks, a city police release said.

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    Asian Development Bank (ADB) to lend $1 bn to PowerGrid for expansion

    New Delhi: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday said it would lend $1 billion to state-run Power Grid Corporation for expanding its transmission capacity in the country. “ADB is to provide a $500 million government-backed loan and a further $500 million in non-sovereign lending to India’s national transmission company, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd,” ADB said in a statement here.

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    Indian economy to become 100 percent digitised by 2020

    New Delhi: The Indian economy, which is currently 50 percent digitized, is expected to reach 100 percent by 2020, a top official said on Thursday. The digital transformation is being fueled by rapid innovation in the technology space, said National Cyber Security Coordinator Gulshan Rai at the 3rd edition of the National CIO Summit organized by Confederation of Indian Industry.

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    Pollution cheating was ‘chain of errors’ going back to 2005: Volkswagen

    Wolfsburg (Germany): Embattled German carmaker Volkswagen said today the global pollution-cheating scandal it has been engulfed in since September was the result not of a one-off error, but a series of mistakes dating back to 2005. The scandal, which broke in September when VW was forced to admit that it had installed emission-cheating software into 11 million diesel engines worldwide, was “not attributable to a one-off error, but an unbroken chain of errors,” said VW supervisory board chief Hans Dieter Poetsch.

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    Honda recalls 90,210 diesel models of City, Mobilio vehicles

    New Delhi: Passenger automobile manufacturer Honda Cars India on Thursday voluntarily recalled over 90,000 diesel vehicles of its sedan City and compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) Mobilio to fix a faulty fuel-return pipe. Model-wise, the company has recalled 64,428 units of sedan City, whereas, 25,782 units of compact SUV Mobilio have been recalled.

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    Facebook tweaks rules for Instant Articles advertising

    New York: Bending to publishers’ demand, social media giant Facebook is changing the advertising policies for its Instant Articles platform. The company agreed to the changes after publishers complained that restrictions made it too difficult for them to generate revenue from content they posted to the social network’s new feature, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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    Bombay High Court acquits Salman Khan in hit-and-run case

    Mumbai: In a huge relief for Salman Khan, the Bombay High Court today acquitted him in the 2002 hit-and-run case, ruling the prosecution had failed to prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that actor was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident and was drunk. The judgement came on an appeal by the superstar, seven months after he was pronounced guilty by the trial court of running over five people sleeping on a pavement outside a laundry in suburban Bandra with

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    Daisy Shah to meet Salman Khan  to celebrate his acquittal

    Mumbai: After Salman Khan was acquitted of all charges in the 2002 accident case, actress Daisy Shah, who shares a close bond with the superstar, says it’s time for celebrations and she would personally meet the “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” star to congratulate him.

  • Nicki Minaj sparks engagement talk again

    Los Angeles: Rapper Nicki Minaj has sparked engagement rumours again after posting a picture of a huge diamond sparkler on her ring finger on Instagram.

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    I accept verdict with humility, says Salman Khan

    Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Thursday said he accepts with “humility” the verdict of the Bombay High Court, which acquitted him of all charges pertaining to the infamous 2002 accident case here. “I accept the decision of the judiciary with humility. I thank my family, friends and fans for their support and prayers,” Salman tweeted on Thursday.

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    Priyanka Chopra tops list of Sexiest Asian Women again

    New Delhi: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who has achieved global visibility in the recent past, has topped a list of 50 ‘Sexiest Asian Women on the Planet’ compiled by a British magazine.

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    AB De Villiers to keep wickets in 1st two Tests against England

    Johannesburg: South Africa ODI skipper AB De Villiers will peform the duties of wicketkeeper during the first two Tests of the four-match series against England, starting at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on December 26.

  • Decision on Indo-Pak series still rests with Govt: Anurag Thakur

    New Delhi: Conceding that time is running out for the proposed Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series to take place, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur today said the Board is still waiting for the government approval before taking any decision.

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    Sonia, Rahul should face the law: Shahnawaz Hussain

    Lucknow: By holding up Parliament because its leaders had been called to answer charges in the National Herald case, the Congress party was disrespecting both judiciary and the legislature, BJPs national spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain said on Thursday.