Free Press Journal
  • Reform of contentious Qatar labour law to kick in Dec 2016

    Doha: Long-awaited changes to Qatar’s controversial “kafala” labour law for foreign workers will come into force in December next year, media reports said today. The law reforming rules that oversee exit visas and work contracts in the gas-rich Gulf state was published in Qatar’s official gazette. The Arabic-language Al-Sharq reported that the changes will take effect on December 14 next year, 14 months after first being approved.

  • Winner of $17 mn jackpot receives prize in disguise

    Beijing: A Chinese man, who won a USD 17 million lottery, received the prize wearing a monkey mask in southwest China, state-run media reported today.This is the biggest prize ever received by its winner in person in the history of the lottery in Yunnan province.

  • Queen, Archbishop refer to terrorism in Christmas messages

    London: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Archbishop of Canterbury today made references to terrorism in their annual Christmas messages. While the monarch spoke of finding hope in “moments of darkness”, Reverend Justin Welby warned that the Islamic State (ISIS) is “igniting a trail of fear, violence, hatred and determined oppression”.

  • Trade business,a means of livelihood for old Delhi Afghans

    New Delhi: Terrorism and instability still plagues the Afghanistan region. Many people are forced to leave the country to live a better life. Old Delhi’s Ballimaran area in the national capital hosts a huge contingent of Afghan people. Many of them find good jobs and some establish their own business units.

  • Manu-Sumeeth regains World No. 17 in BWF ranking

    New Delhi; Riding on their maiden Grand Prix title triumph in the Mexico Open, Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy today jumped three spots to regain their career-best ranking of World No. 17 in the latest BWF rankings.

  • What has changed now, asks AAP on Modi’s Lahore visit

    New Delh:  The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today wondered as to what was the change that prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Lahore when BJP opposed talks with Pakistan, and asked why this “yaarana” (friendship). Senior AAP leader Ashutosh said it was BJP and Modi who were opposing talks with Pakistan under the pretext of terrorism. He questioned whether terrorism has completely stopped as Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif has now become a

  • Pb Cong leader Khaira joins AAP; hits out at Rahul, Amarinder

    Chandigarh: Former Bholath MLA and Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira today joined Aam Aadmi Party as he hit out at party vice president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly “compromising” on his “own principles” and ideology and called PCC chief Amarinder Singh a “tainted and corrupt” leader.

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Arvind Kejriwal releases Delhi Assembly’s calendar for 2016

    New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today released Delhi Assembly’s first year calendar which does not have picture of any politician. One wall calendar, a table calendar and diary based on ‘Heritage of Delhi’ having pictures of native trees of Delhi were unveiled at a function by Kejriwal and his Deputy Manish Sisodia.

  • Sheila Dikshit

    Underprepared Odd-Even formula may fail: Sheila Dikshit

    New Delhi: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said that the underprepared ‘Odd-Even formula’ put forward by the Arvind Kejriwal led-Government to curb pollution in the national capital will not be successful.

  • Omar Abdullah

    End knee-jerk reactions, Omar tells Modi, Sharif

    Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pakistan as a “good step” but said India-Pakistan ties must have stability.

  • Yasin Malik

    Clashes in Srinagar after Yasin Malik’s arrest

    Srinagar: Clashes erupted in parts of Srinagar after Friday prayers as senior separatist leader Yasin Malik was detained following protests in the city. The protests erupted in Maisuma and Gawkadal areas, adjacent to business hub of Lal chowk.

  • Nawaz Sharif, Narendra Modi

    Nawaz Sharif receives Narendra Modi in Lahore

    Lahore: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed here on Friday evening for an unscheduled meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif who received him warmly.

  • K C Tyagi

    JD(U) ‘shocked’ by Modi’s surprise visit to Pak

    New Delhi: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Lahore on a surprise visit, opposition JD(U) said it was “stunned” by the decision, especially in the wake of violations by the neighbouring country on the border, including the beheading of an Indian jawan. The party said that “friendship and betrayal cannot go hand in hand” as it reacted sharply to the surprise announcement by Modi as he prepared to wind up his brief

  • Maharashtra Governor, AP Speaker attend KCR’s ‘Maha Yagam’

    Hyderabad: Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker K Siva Prasad Rao today attended the five-day ‘Ayutha Maha Chandi Yagam’ being performed by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at his farm house near here. Several religious gurus, including Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamy and Swami Paripoornanda, also attended the event at Erravelli village in neighbouring Medak district.

  • Schools in India like factories churning out products: Madhavan Nair

    Hyderabad: In a scathing censure of the country’s educational system, eminent scientist G Madhavan Nair said that Indian schools are mostly like factories that churn out students even as he called for renewed thrust in the fields of science and research. He also pointed to China to stress on the need for quality research as he said that the neighbouring country has “overtaken us manyfold” in this area.

  • Narendra Modi

    Modi’s Pak visit path-breaking departure from protocol-driven politics: BJP

    New Delhi: Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise decision to stop over at Lahore as a “path-breaking” departure from the “protocol-driven” politics between India and Pakistan, BJP today said there could not be a better day than the birth day of Atal Bihari Vajpayee for this.

  • Fallen FIFA VP Figueredo jailed pending trial

    Montevideo: Former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo was held in jail pending trial in his native country Uruguay after being extradited from Switzerland.