Free Press Journal
  • US doubles H1B, L1 visa fee, to hit IT companies

    Washington : In a move that will hit Indian IT companies, the US Congress has overruled India’s objection and doubled a special fee on the popular H-1B and L-1 visas, hiking it to $ 4,500. The money generated from the special fee will go towards funding a 9/11 healthcare act and biometric tracking system. The US House of Representative is slated to vote on the USD 1.1 trillion spending bill on Friday. The new $

  • American Sikh flyer filmed mocked, labelled Bin Laden

    New York : An elderly Sikh man in the US was filmed while sleeping on a flight by a co-passenger who posted the video online with a title ‘Would You Feel Safe and a description that says “flying with bin laden.”

  • Sensex takes US rate hike in stride

    Mumbai : Taking the US Fed rate hike as a sign of the growing confidence in the American economy, the benchmark Sensex climbed for the fourth stra-ight day, closing 309 points up at 25,803.78 — its biggest single-day gain in about a month. The US Federal Reserve has hiked rates for the first time in nearly a decade.

  • ‘Mumbai terror attack accused used fake stamps to attest ID’

    Islamabad : Indian national Fahim Ansari, earlier accused of being an LeT member and co-conspirator in the 2008 Mumbai attack case, used fake Pakistani official seals to attest his false identity under which he travelled to Pakistan, a government witness told the anti-terrorism court.

  • World’s lakes warming at an alarming rate, warns study

    New York : Climate change is warming lakes around the world at an alarming rate, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, says the largest study of its kind led by an Indian-origin researcher.

  • Sensex at 2-week high as Fed move lifts uncertainty

    Although markets heaved a sigh of relief after US Fed’s move and a monetary stance that appeared dovish, gains in near term are seen limited as focus will shift back to corporate earnings & policy reforms (more…)

  • ERGO hikes stake in HDFC ERGO to 49%; buys 22.9% for Rs 1,122 cr

    New Delhi : Germany-based ERGO Insurance Group will buy 22.9% additional stake in HDFC ERGO General Insurance for Rs 1,122 crore, becoming the latest foreign insurer to increase holding in Indian venture following relaxation of FDI norms in the sector, reports PTI.

  • Jet Airways CEO resigns

    New Delhi : Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer Cramer Ball resigned on Thursday becoming the fourth CEO of the private carrier to have quit since April 2013 when it offloaded a part of stake to Abu Dhabi’s national airline Etihad.

  • Fed hike: Govt sees little impact on ‘fortressed’ Indian markets

    New Delhi : Asserting that Indian markets is well ‘fortressed’ to deal with any major volatility, the government today said the long-awaited rate hike by the US Federal Reserve will have minimal impact here and should not lead to any large-scale outflow of foreign funds.

  • Rangarajan: India can see some fund outflows

    Hyderabad:  The country may see some capital outflow and weakness in stocks following the rate hike by US Federal Reserve, but the negative impact is not expected to be severe, former RBI Governor C Rangarajan said.  Rangarajan, a former Chairman of the Prme Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, added that India’s situation on the balance of payment side is reasonably under control now.

  • Discriminatory visa fee may have $400 mn annual impact, fears Nasscom

    New Delhi: Terming the hike in visa fee under the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act as “highly discriminatory”, IT industry body Nasscom said the bill will have an impact of about $400 million annually on India’s technology sector.

  • 9 in 10 cancers caused by lifestyle, not genes: study

    New York : Environmental and external factors such as smoking, drinking, sun exposure and air pollution may account for up to 9 out of 10 cancers, a new study has claimed, reports PTI.

  • Horror movies ‘bloodcurdling’, indeed

    Washington DC : When it comes to horror movies, the term “bloodcurdling” may not be a hyperbole after all, according to a new study, reports ANI.

  • This exercise hormone boosts your stamina

    Washington DC : A new study has revealed about the ‘exercise hormone’ that promotes physical endurance. The study in mice shows that exercise causes muscle to release a peptide that builds the muscle’s capacity for energy production and increases physical endurance, allowing for longer and more intense exercise, reports ANI.

  • From internet.org to drones, India enters new tech era

    New Delhi : While “net neutrality” and its ensuing debate kept Indian policymakers and the social media busy for most part of the year, what took the country to the centre stage was a statement from social networking giant Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg that if the world needs to be connected then it is very important to connect the billion-plus people in India.

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  • Shubha Vilas Das

    Why don’t I make the right decisions in life?

    Is decision-making a feeling based art, or a logic-based science? When decisions are based on feelings and love is based on logic, both tend to meet with disappointments.