Free Press Journal
  • Air quality in Delhi crossed the limits on Dec 31: TERI

    New Delhi : An analysis carried out by a policy research organisation today said that air pollution levels violated the prescribed limits on the last day of the year and air quality was very “poor” exposing people to high risks of respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

  • Dubai probes cause of New Year’s Eve fire

    Dubai : Smoke was still rising from a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai today as authorities worked to determine the cause of a spectacular fire that engulfed the building on New Year’s Eve.

  • Marxists’ irrelevance

    The recent CPI(M) plenum in Kolkata failed to grapple with the existentialist challenge the party faces in West Bengal. With elections to both the West Bengal and Kerala Assemblies due later this year, the party’s dilemma is all the more acute. It cannot choose to go with the Congress in West Bengal to take on the ruling Trinamool Congress and yet simultaneously challenge the Congress for power in Kerala.

  • ’20 hyper-sensitive airports lack anti-terror plans’

    New Delhi : Twenty hyper-sensitive Indian airports lack counter terrorist contingency plans covering their approach roads and it is “quite scary” that eight these airports are also not covered by CISF, a Parliamentary panel has said, stressing the urgent need for an aviation security policy “before an untoward incident takes place”.

  • Net bowler in bookie nexus involving two Lankan players

    Colombo : A practice net bowler is being suspected in the ongoing probe on a bookie approach made on Sri Lanka’s Kusal Janith Perera and Rangana Herath, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said on Friday. “We will make a complain at the FCID (Financial Crime Investigation Division) against him,” Jayasekera told reporters, adding that the bookies are believed to have approached the two players through the ‘net bowler’.

  • Proteas rope in Smith as adviser for England series

    Cape Town : Former South African captain Graeme Smith linked up with the South African team as an adviser on Friday ahead of the second Test against England which starts at Newlands on Saturday. “Graeme was a wonderful cricketer for South Africa and a wonderful captain,” said current captain Hashim Amla. Smith will be with the team for the rest of the four-match series. South Africa will make at least two changes following a crushing

  • Kevin Pietersen urges ICC to increase Test wages

    Melbourne : Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen feels ICC needs to lure cricketers to longer version of the game by creating Test wages that trump what T20 leagues such as IPL and BBL offer to the players. On the eve of his duel with fellow big-hitter Chris Gayle in today’s Melbourne Big Bash League derby, Pietersen lamented the dwindling interest in Tests among kids. “Something has to be done for Test cricket to survive, because

  • Iran-US tensions flare over new sanctions threat

    Tehran : Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has denounced possible new US sanctions on his country which could jeopardise a hard-won nuclear deal due to be finally implemented within weeks, reports AFP.

  • Singer Adnan Sami becomes Indian, says no intolerance

    New Delhi : Pakistan-born singer Adnan Sami got Indian citizenship, calling it a “new birth” and a “beautiful gift”, as he waded into the intolerance debate, saying there is no such trend in the country. A smiling Adnan, 46, received the citizenship certificate from Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju at North Block here in the presence of his wife Roya after which he sang his famous song–“Teri oonchi shaan hai maula…Mujhko

  • Test for Yuvraj, Bhajji, Nehra as Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 starts today

    New Delhi : Veterans Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra would like to get some quality match time before the T20 series in Australia, as the National Twenty20 championship for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy kicks off today across four different cities. The tournament will serve the dual purpose for cricketers vying for top honours. For India internationals like comeback men Yuvraj and Nehra, along with fringe players, it will be a testing ground

  • Roche, Glenmark settle patent row over cancer drug

    New Delhi : Swiss pharma major F Hoffmann-La Roche and India’s Glenmark Pharmaceuticals have settled out of court a patent litigation over the former’s lung cancer drug erlotinib hydrochloride sold under the brand name ‘Tarceva’.

  • Aviation stocks fly high on jet fuel price cut; gain up to 9.5%

    Mumbai : Aviation stocks were in limelight today, surging by up to 9.5 %, after ATF or jet fuel price was slashed by 10 %. Shares of SpiceJet zoomed 9.44 % to end at Rs 82.35 on BSE. Similarly, InterGlobe Aviation surged 8.73 % to Rs 1,341.75 and Jet Airways jumped 8.28 % to Rs 760.60 at close of trade.  All the three listed airlines touched their respective 52-week highs during the day.