Free Press Journal
  • Bacteria

    Gut feeling: Indian scientists map gut bacteria of 15 tribes for better health

    Guwahati: As researc=hers across the globe zoom in on the trillions of micro-organisms thriving inside the human gut to understand their role in health, a group of Indian scientists has, in a pioneering effort, mapped the gut bacteria of 15 ethnic tribes of the country, enabling development of personalised medicines and designer diets to suit changing lifestyles.

  • ‘Indian Muslims not attracted to Islamic State, Al-Qaeda’

    New Delhi: Indian Muslims have little fascination for Islamic radical groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, say scholars and Muslim leaders agreeing with Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s assertion that Indian Muslims were not attracted to their ideologies.

  • Real test of Odd-Even formula will be next week: BJP

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Friday said the real test of the Delhi Government’s Odd-Even vehicle rationing formula to reduce pollution in the national capital would be assessed next week.

  • Philippine New Year mayhem kills two, injures hundreds

    Manila: Stray bullets and exploding firecrackers have killed two and injured hundreds in the Philippines, authorities said today, amid the country’s traditional riotous New Year celebrations.

  • Egypt officials: Militants in Sinai kill entire family of 5

    El-Arish (Egypt): Egyptian officials say militants in the restive northern Sinai have shelled a home near a security checkpoint, killing an entire family of five and wounding a teenage neighbour.

  • Nepalese summiteer Wongchu Sherpa’s death mourned 

    Pune: Mountaineers here mourned the death of Nepalese climber and Himalayan rescuer Wongchu Sherpa who had scaled the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest twice. He was 52.

  • HMT resumes operations to make last batch of watches

    New Delhi: The Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) factory in Ranibagh, which has been shut since the last two years, will resume work from Friday in order to complete its pending order of watches estimated to be worth Rs. 1.5 crore.

  • RBI

    RBI sets rupee reference rate at 66.1780 against dollar

    Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India today fixed the reference rate of the rupee at 66.1780 against the US dollar and 71.8627 for the euro. These rates were 66.3260 and 72.5010, respectively, yesterday.

  • People welcome New Year with fervour in Tamil Nadu

    Chennai: People across the state today celebrated the dawn of a new year, offering special prayers in places of worship and exchanging greetings. Various temples in the city including Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam’s shrine and Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane, the Santhome Basilica Church, the Thousand Lights Mosque were thronged by large number of people since early morning. The famous church in Velankanni conducted special prayers while Sri Meenakshi temple and Sri Koodal Alagar in

  • Sebi

    Sebi-PACL: SAT rejects Bhangoo’s stay plea; hearing on Jan 29

    Mumbai: In the PACL case involving refund of a whopping Rs 60,000 crore to investors, tribunal SAT today rejected an appeal by  to stay the recovery process initiated by Sebi and listed the matter for hearing on January 29. An earlier plea by Bhangoo, one of the main promoters of the PACL group which includes companies like Pearls Agrotech Corp Ltd and Pearls Golden Forest Ltd (PGFL), is already pending before the Securities

  • Gene-editing technique could treat muscular dystrophy

    New York : A gene-editing technique has shown promise in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the most common and severe form of muscular dystrophy among boys which is characterised by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

  • UNSC admits need to consult troop-contributing countries

    United Nations: Echoing India’s concerns, the UN Security Council has acknowledged that troop contributing countries are not sufficiently consulted over peacekeeping mandates and stressed on the importance of “effective consultations” and their “full participation” to improve peace operations.

  • maruti

    Maruti December sales up 8.5% at 1,19,149 units

    New Delhi: Country’s largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) today reported a 8.5 per cent increase in total sales in December at 1,19,149 units as against 1,09,791 units in the same month in 2014. The company said its domestic sales increased 13.5 per cent during the month to 1,11,333 units as against 98,109 units in December 2014.

  • Hyundai

    Hyundai sales up 8% at 64,135 units in December

    New Delhi: Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) today reported 7.98 per cent increase in total sales at 64,135 units in December. The company had sold 59,391 units in the same month of 2014, HMIL said in a statement. In the domestic market, Hyundai sold 41,861 units last month as compared to 32,504 units in December 2014, up 28.78 per cent.

  • Shinzo Abe

    PM Shinzo Abe pledges to keep Japan out of war

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today promised he will keep his nation out of war following the introduction of contentious new security legislation, a day after China announced it is building its second aircraft carrier.

  • China manufacturing picks up but activity still shrinking

    Beijing: A gauge of Chinese factory activity ticked up in December but continued to indicate contraction for a fifth straight month, official data showed today, as the world’s number two economy heads for its worst annual growth for 25 years. The mild improvement follows a string of stimulus measures from Beijing, including six interest rate cuts in the year up to November as well as reductions in the amount of cash banks must

  • This Microsoft app makes your selfies better

    London: Microsoft has unveiled a free app that uses machine learning to improve selfies by taking age, gender, skin tone and lighting into account and beautify the overall photo.

  • People accept me in different roles: Sunil Grover

    Panaji:  Actor Sunil Grover, known for his popular female comic character “Gutthi” on a television show, says people also accept him in various roles as a man, which shows his versatility. “I am happy being a woman (on screen). That is not a problem for me. But I am happy that people also accept me as a man (on screen) which means I am an actor who is accepted in various kind