Free Press Journal
  • Tax devolution to Bihar rises 16.5% to Rs 66,368 crore

    New Delhi: After the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, the tax devolution to Bihar rose by 16.5 per cent to Rs 66,368 crore, Parliament was informed today. The government has accepted the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission to increase the shareable pool of tax devolution from 32 per cent to 42 per cent for its award period (2015-20) which gives more resources and greater freedom to use these resources to the

  • 13,919 cases pending in Industrial Tribunal-cum-Labour courts

    New Delhi Over 13,900 cases are pending with the Industrial Tribunal-cum-Labour courts across the country, Parliament was informed today. As per the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, Centre has set up 22 central government Industrial Tribunals-cum-Labour Courts (CGIT-cum-LCs) in various states for the resolution of industrial disputes arising in central sphere, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

  • Sensex Recovers

    Sensex gets cracking again, jumps 217 pts on global cues

    Mumbai: The bulls firmly took back control on Monday after a day’s pause as the benchmark S nsex sprinted almost 217 points to 25,735.90 driven by a rally in banking, and metal stocks and firm overseas leads. The NSE Nifty too regained the psychological 7,800-mark. After opening weak, the 30-share Sensex slipped further on profit-booking and prevailing confusion over the GST Bill. But it bounced back strongly and closed higher by 216.68 points,

  • Kirti-Azad

    Sue me as DDCA scam is my issue: Kirti Azad 

    New Delhi: Former cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad is surprised that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has filed a defamation case against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal though it was he (Azad) who for years has alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket board. “I have been raising the issue of corruption in DDCA since long,” the former India player told IANS, hours after Jaitley filed the case against Kejriwal in the Delhi High Court

  • Kudankulam n-reactor

    India to offer site in Andhra to Russia for nuke plants

    New Delhi: India is expected to offer a site in Andhra Pradesh to set up units five and six of Kudankulam nuclear power plant by Russia in sync with broad principles of ‘Make in India’ initiative and a decision in this regard is likely to be finalised during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow this week. The two countries are likely to sign an agreement for the two units with provisions for

  • TN rain ‘highly localised’ event, no link with global warming

    New Delhi: Extreme rainfall that occurred in Tamil Nadu is “highly localised” and is part of the natural variability of the monsoon system and its attribution to global warming is “not established”, Rajya Sabha was told today. “Extreme rainfall that occurred over coastal districts of Tamil Nadu is highly localised and is part of the natural variability of the Indian monsoon system. “Although some studies have reported an increase in frequency and intensity

  • No clean chit to Bhujbal in Maha Sadan scam: CM

    Nagpur: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said ‘no clean chit’ has been given to senior NCP leader and former state Minister Chhagan Bhujbal in connection with the alleged Maharashtra Sadan scam. “There is no clean chit to Bhujbal or anyone else and the probe was going on (in the connection with the alleged Maharashtra Sadan scam)” Fadnavis told reporters, covering Maharashtra Assembly session at their camp residence ‘Suyog’, this morning.

  • Chinese writer’s translation of Tagore’s works draws ire

    Beijing: A Chinese writer has translated Rabindranath Tagore’s works with “vulgar” sexual connotations, drawing sharp condemnation from the admirers of the Nobel Laureate in China who termed it as a desperate attempt to gain popularity. “There’s a fine line between imprinting creative works with unique personality and screaming for attention,” columnist Raymond Zhou wrote in state-run China Daily, criticising the writer, Feng Tang, who has published new translations of Tagore’s poems.

  • Saina Nehwal

    ‘Trump match’ will be turning point in PBL: Saina Nehwal

    New Delhi:  Indian star Saina Nehwal on Monday expressed her excitement about the ‘trump match’ rule and said it will be the turning point in the 2016 Premier Badminton League (PBL) starting on January 2.

  • Ghanshyam Bhatija murder case:Accused Kalani’s presence sought

    Thane (Maha): An application was today filed before a local court seeking presence of all seven accused, including jailed former Ulhasnagar MLA Suresh alias Pappu Kalani, in the hearing of the 1990 Ghanshyam Bhatija murder case. The case hearing was scheduled to begin today, but none of accused was present in the Kalyan court. The cross-examination of witnesses by the defence counsel was supposed to start today. Special Public Prosecutor Vikas Patil-Shirgaonkar filed

  • Angelo Mathews rues batting collapse after Test series loss

    Wellington : Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has slammed his batsmen for putting on a listless performance during their five-wicket loss to New Zealand in the second Test in Hamilton on Monday.

  • Smriti Irani

    More number of foreign students came to India this year: Irani

    New Delhi: More number of foreign students came to India this year with the highest draw from Malaysia followed by Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said today. Irani, while replying to a written question in Lok Sabha, also said, there is no definite trend about the number of foreign students coming to the country.

  • DDCA defamation case: Next hearing on Jan. 5

    New Delhi: The Patiala House court on Monday set January 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. as the next date of hearing for the criminal defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders.

  • Caste Reservation

    RS passes SC/ST Bill, supplementary demands without debate

    New Delhi: After days of adjournments, the Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the crucial SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill along with two bills on supplementary demands for 2015-16, within minutes without any debate. The House returned to Lok Sabha the Appropriation (No. 4) Bill and the Appropriation (No. 5) Bill containing the second batch of supplementary demands as part of grants for 2015-16 to meet government’s expenditure.

  • prakash javdekar

    Delhi’s air quality in November varied from poor to severe

    New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality in the month of November and first 10 days of December varied from poor, very poor to severe due to increased Particulate Matter (PM), Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today. “Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has reported that in the month of November and first 10 days of December, Air Quality Index varied from poor, very poor to severe and is mainly attributed to increased Particulate Matter

  • Youtube

    76 percent underage Indian kids use YouTube

    New Delhi: Despite the government’s strict norms that prohibit children under 13 from joining mobile sharing platforms, nearly 76 percent of children aged 7-13 years visit video-streaming website YouTube daily, a new Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (Assocham) survey found.

  • Coffee could boost athlete’s performance

    New York: Caffeine in a morning cup of coffee can help improve athletic endurance, reveals a new study. “Coffee is a popular source of caffeine, so this paper looked at the research surrounding its ergogenic benefits,” said the study author Simon Higgins from University of Georgia in the US. The scientists reviewed more than 600 scholarly articles and screened them for those that focused only on caffeinated-coffee conditions, measured the caffeine dose and