Free Press Journal
  • Bollywood slams comedian Kiku Sharda’s arrest

    Mumbai: Bollywood celebrities like Farah Khan, Kapil Sharma and Vir Das among others today took to Twitter to express their displeasure over the arrest ofcomedian Kiku Sharda for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the followers of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda leader. Kiku, best known for his role of Palak on Kapil’s TV show “Comedy Nights With Kapil”, has been sent to 14-day judicial custody.

  • DiCaprio, Lady Gaga laugh off their viral Golden Globes moment

    Los Angeles: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and singer-actress Lady Gaga were spotted having a great time at an after party, shutting down feud rumour following their viral Golden Globes moment. Internet had a field day with best actor winner DiCaprio’s surprised eye-roll after Gaga grazed his arm on her way to accept her trophy at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

  • Couple from small Scottish town win mega lottery

    London: A couple from a small town in Scotland was today declared winners of 33 million pounds in the UK’s biggest National Lottery win ever.David and Carol Martin, both aged 54, are from Hawick in the Scottish Borders region in Edinburgh. “Obviously the initial shock was surreal. If we had won 50,000 pounds we would have probably been dancing round the living room. But when we were sitting looking at each other and we had won 33 million pounds

  • New BioLED with luminescent proteins developed

    Berlin: Scientists have developed a BioLED by packaging luminescent proteins in the form of rubber which renders the same effect as with traditional inorganic LEDs at a lower cost. A German-Spanish team of scientists have created the BioLED which gives off a white light which is created by equal parts of blue, green and red rubber layers covering one LED.

  • Caitlyn Golden Globes joke not transphobic: Ricky Gervais

    Los Angeles: Comedian-actor Ricky Gervais, who was criticised for taking a dig at Caitlyn Jenner at the 73rd Annual Golden Globes while hosting the awards ceremony, says he doesn’t believe that his joke on the reality TV star was “transphobic”. During the awards ceremony, Gervais took a dig at the former Olympic athlete, who was known as Bruce Jenner before her transition, saying: “I’ve changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously.

  • Centre sacks Gujarat IPS officer for unauthorised 5-yr leave

    Ahmedabad: Service of Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Samiullah Ansari has been terminated by the Centre for allegedly remaining on unauthorised leave for five years, which it said should be taken as his “deemed resignation”. The service has been terminated by the Ministry of Ho e Affairs (MHA) through a notification issued on December 31 last year.

  • Vijender’s India debut set for July

    London: Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will fight his first professional bout on Indian soil come July followed by “something huge” in September-October. Talking to reporters here, his UK-based promoter Francis Warren promised a show like none before during Vijender’s India appearances. “We have big plans for him this year, we’re hoping to do a big show in Delhi around July. Plans are underway, we have something huge around September/October. It’s going to be something that’s never been done before,” Warren

  • Iran releases US sailors seized in Gulf

    Tehran: Iran today released 10 US sailors it had detained in the Gulf, moving within hours to head off a potential crisis as it prepares for the lifting of sanctions. A dramatic series of events started with the sailors – nine men and a woman – being taken into custody after their two patrol boats drifted into Iranian territory late yesterday. US and Iranian officials scrambled to defuse the situation, which unfolded as Iran prepares to finally implement a nuclear deal

  • Russia to supply small arms to Afghanistan

    Moscow: Amid increasing concerns about instability in Afghanistan pouring over into the former Soviet republics and Russia, the Russian foreign ministry says it plans to supply small arms to Kabul though it will refrain from sending other weapons. “The delivery will be in February and for now it’s more than sufficient,” said Russia’s special envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov. He was quoted today by the Russian news agency Interfax. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned leaders of Central Asian nations of a possible

  • Sending NSG to Pathankot was ‘serious lapse’: Digvijay

    Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh today said sending NSG commandos to Pathankot airforce base was a “serious lapse” and questioned the role of NSA Ajit Doval in the decision even as he denounced Narendra Modi’s recent Lahore visit, saying it was unbecoming of a Prime Minister.

  • Govt unveils crop insurance scheme; entails Rs 8.8K cr outgo

    New Delhi: In order to provide relief to drought-hit farmers, the government today announced a new Rs 8,800 crore crop insurance scheme, with significantly lower premium, to cover for loss of crop to natural calamities. Farmers will pay only 2 per cent of the premium fixed by insurance company for kharif foodgrains/oilseeds crops and 1.5 per cent for rabi foodgrains/oilseeds crops under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

  • Pakistan condemns terror attack on its Afghan consulate

    Islamabad: “Strongly condemning” the terror attack on its Consulate General in Jalalabad city, Pakistan today appealed to the Afghan government to probe the incident and share details. “We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jalalabad, this morning. The Government of Afghanistan has been requested to thoroughly investigate this incident and bring the culprits to book,” said an official statement.

  • Are Modi’s Gold Schemes for Naught?

    Earlier this month, PM Narendra Modi announced several government-backed schemes to utilize the country’s vast and relatively unused supply of gold and gold jewellery to bolster the local economy, and inject a massive amount of funding – roughly Rs 53 lakh crore – into the economy. The estimated 20,000 tonnes of gold in Indian households – according to – was to be collected from the families and people who held it.

  • India to bid out power projects of 48,000 MW in 2-1/2yrs: Min

    Tokyo: The government plans to bid out eight to 12 ultra mega power projects of generation capacity 4,000 MW each in two-and-a-half years, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said today. “The government is working on 12 UMPPs. We will be bidding out anywhere between 8-12 UMPPs in another two or two and a half years depending on the support we get from the state governments,” Goyal said here.

  • FIFA sacks secretary general Valcke

    Zurich: World football’s governing body FIFA on Wednesday announced the dismissal of secretary general Jerome Valcke from the post. The 55-year-old Frenchman was provisionally suspended from football for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets. He was relieved from his duties on September 17, last year, after being accused of a series of FIFA ethics code breaches.

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    BJP says positive developments on govt-formation expected soon

    Jammu: Seeking to dispel any “doubts” over the continuance of its alliance with PDP, BJP today expressed hope that positive developments will take place soon as its delegation met Governor N N Vohra here to convey that it was waiting for the coalition partner to make the first move. The party was of the view that since the seven-day official mourning period is coming to an end today, there will be forward movement

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    RSS, BJP involved in Barpeta Satra episode: Gogoi

    Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said the government has “definite evidence” suggesting involvement of RSS and BJP workers in preventing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s entry into a Vaishnavite monastery at Barpeta in December.

  • Will you go half-and-half this Premier League?

    For the uninitiated, let’s put the current Premier League season into context. Arsenal, as expected, are sitting pretty at the top of the table. But the more bewildering fact is the surprise entry of Leicester City, who are currently in the second place, having racked up 40 points in 20 games as opposed to 41 at the end of last season. What’s makes their resurgence all the more exciting is that the team

  • Paris cafe reopens after attacks as wounded city revives

    Paris: With the blood and bullets now swept away, the Carillon cafe is reopening its doors for the first time since it was among Paris sites targeted by Islamic extremists in November. The French capital is trying to revive tourism and commerce after attacks that cost 130 lives and cast a shadow of fear on the city.