Free Press Journal
  • Blatter expects two-year suspension or lifetime ban

    Zurich: Suspended world football’s governing body FIFA president Sepp Blatter expects to be either barred for two years and fined 160,000 Swiss francs ($161,591) or be given a lifetime ban for alleged corruption. According to media reports on Wednesday, Blatter criticised the leaking of the Ethics Committee ruling to the press, reminding the committee’s rules to suspend members who do not respect confidentiality, reports Efe.

  • Wipro shares down as Chennai floods to hit quarterly earnings

    Mumbai: Shares of software services firm Wipro today declined by nearly one per cent after the company said recent floods in Chennai will have a “material impact” on
    its December quarter revenues and hurt its operating margins.

  • Gamma rays from ‘galaxy far far away’ detected

    Washington D.C: Gamma rays from a galaxy halfway across the visible universe have been detected by a team of astronomers. In April 2015, after traveling for about half the age of the universe, a flood of powerful gamma rays from a distant galaxy slammed into Earth’s atmosphere. That torrent generated a cascade of light – a shower that fell onto the waiting mirrors of the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)

  • Warne names Ganguly captain of his India Test XI

    Melbourne: Australia’s leg-spin legend Shane Warne, in his best India Test XI, has named Sourav Ganguly as captain, Sachin Tendulkar as the No.4 batsman and V.V.S. Laxman as the 12th man. Warne, who is the second highest Test wicket-taker in the world with 708 scalps from 145 matches, continued his series of naming the best XI from countries he has played against.

  • Karti Chidambaram

    Chidambaram blasts govt for ‘fishing & roving’ probe on son

    Chennai: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today criticised the ED search at the office of his son Karti calling it a “fishing and roving” enquiry and wondered how far a “foolish” government would go to harass him. “Mr Karti Chidambaram made a statement. As can be expected nothing was found in the fishing and roving enquiry. “I would like to see how far a foolish government would go in harassing him. I still

  • Nirbhaya

    Dec 16 gangrape victim’s mother takes her name in public

    New Delhi: In a brave homage to her daughter, the mother of the December 16 gangrape victim today took her name in public, and said people who commit heinous crimes like rape should hang their heads in shame and not the victims or their families. The 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally sexually assaulted on the ill-fated night of December 16 three years ago, and died 13 days later, triggering a massive public outrage.

  • Maggi

    SC for testing of Maggi at Mysore, stays proceedings in NCDRC

    New Delhi: Maggi noodles will now be tested in an accredited laboratory at Mysore and not in Chennai as sought by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), the Supreme Court today said while staying the proceedings in the case pending in the apex consumer body. “It is directed that the Local Commissioner, appointed by the NCDRC, shall send samples earlier collected by him to the Mysore laboratory for tests.

  • Aids

    Indian-American’s ‘super condom’ may help combat AIDS

    Houston: An Indian-American professor and her team has developed a new hydrogel ‘supercondom’ that can help prevent the spread of the deadly HIV virus that causes AIDS, even after breaking, and also enhance sexual pleasure. Mahua Choudhery and her team at Texas A&M University in US have come up with the non-latex condom that can not only prevent pregnancy but also help in the global fight against HIV.

  • Nirmala Sitharaman

    Developed nations trying to sidetrack WTO Doha Round: Sitharaman

    Nairobi: Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said the Doha Round of negotiations should remain firmly on the WTO’s agenda instead of being diverted from dealing with developing countries’ concerns by “new issues” being pushed by advanced countries led by the US.

  • Artist, lawyer killings: Police get custody of fourth accused

    Mumbai: Satyaprakash alias Sadhu Rajbhar, one of the four men accused in the sensational double murder of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Harish Bhambani, was remanded in police custody till December 22 by a Borivali magistrate here on Wednesday.

  • Stn Masters oppose proposal on appointment of stn managers

    Mumbai: Over 700 station masters of Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) in Mumbai Division staged a protest here today demanding an immediate rollback of Railway Board’s proposal to appoint station managers from other departments of the national carrier. The station masters gathered at the Azad Maidan under the banner of All India Station Masters Association (AISMA) and raised objection against the decision of the Board to appoint station in-charge at the

  • Gunmen kidnap 26 from Qatari hunting group in Iraq: officials

    Baghdad: Gunmen kidnapped 26 members of a Qatari hunting party in southern Iraq, officials said today, the second high-profile seizure of foreign nationals in the country in three months. “Twenty-six Qatari hunters were kidnapped at about 3:00 am (0000 GMT) by unknown gunmen,” according to a police major from Muthanna province, where the kidnappings took place. A local council member from the province confirmed the number of people kidnapped but did not specify

  • World Bank

    World Bank approves $1.5bn to support ‘Clean India’ campaign

    Washington: The World Bank today said it has approved a USD 1.5 billion loan to India for its ambitious ‘Clean India’ campaign to support the government’s efforts to ensure all citizens in rural areas have access to improved sanitation and end the practice of open defecation by 2019.

  • When Madhavan came close to Schwarzenegger’s biceps size

    Mumbai: Actor R. Madhavan went to the US and worked out extensively to prepare for his role in the forthcoming film “Saala Khadoos”. He says he even built biceps which came close to the biceps’ size of Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • Tight race as Seychelles votes in presidential run-off

    Victoria (Seychelles):  The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles goes to the polls today in the run-off round of a presidential election, with incumbent James Michel facing the first serious challenge to his decade-long rule. Michel, who is seeking a third five-year term, was forced into a second round against opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan after falling short of an outright majority in the first round in early December, winning a little under 48

  • Nawaz Sharif

    Sharif vows revenge as Pak marks school carnage anniversary

    Peshawar: Teary-eyed relatives of children massacred in a Taliban assault on an army-run school here paraded the city today carrying photos of victims as Pakistan marked the first anniversary of its worst terror attack with Premier Nawaz Sharif vowing revenge “for every drop of blood”. Sharif, army chief Gen Raheel Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf chief Imran Khan and several top leaders and security officials attended a ceremony here to remember the victims of

  • dharmendra pradhan

    Shah Committee to look into RIL, ONGC dispute: Pradhan

    New Delhi: A one-man committee was constituted today to look into acts of omission and commission and recommend compensation to ONGC whose natural gas from Bay of Bengal block had flowed to adjoining fields of Reliance Industries. The Justice (Retd) A P Shah panel has been constituted two weeks after US-based consultant D&M, in its final report, stated that as much as 11.122 billion cubic meters of natural gas, worth over Rs 11,000

  • kriti sanon

    Kriti opens up on her on-screen sisterly bond with Kajol

    More than 20 months after the release of Heropanti, Kriti Sanon is now returning to the big screen with a Hindi film of hers, Dilwale. It couldn’t have been a better continuation for her in the industry, what with the film looking bright and entertaining with the entire package deal involving Shahrukh Khan, Rohit Shetty, Varun Dhawan and Kajol as the key attractions. For young Kriti, it is also a platform to

  • Gold

    Govt hikes import tariff value on gold

    New Delhi: The government today raised import tariff value on gold marginally to USD 347 per 10 grams but reduced it on silver to USD 448 per kg, taking into account global price trend. During the first fortnight of this month, the tariff value on imported gold was fixed at USD 344 per 10 grams and on silver it was USD 461 per kg. The import tariff value is the base price at