Free Press Journal
  • Erdogan calls Russian claim of Syria invasion plan ‘laughable’

    Ankara: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today blasted as “laughable” Russia’s accusation that Turkey was actively preparing to invade Syria. “I find this Russian statement laughable… rather it is Russia that is currently engaged in an invasion of Syria,” Erdogan said, quoted by the state-run Anatolia news agency.

  • Sinhalese, Tamils have extended hand of friendship: Wigneswaran

    Colombo: Tamils in Sri Lanka are willing to take 10 steps if the majority Sinhala community takes one step to protect them, Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said, a day after the country’s national anthem was sung in Tamil after 67 years here. “We are very happy about it. Despite a few problems, Sinhalese and Tamils of late have extended the hand of friendship. I will tell the Sinhalese that if you take one step to provide us protection,

  • All eyes on Yuvraj, Ishant, Nehra at IPL auction

    Bengaluru: The spotlight will be on the experienced trio of Yuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma and Ashish Nehra at the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions scheduled to held here on Saturday. Six other marquee players — Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen, Dale Steyn, Aaron Finch, Martin Guptill and Dwayne Smith — are set to go under the hammer. While the base price of five marquee players has been pegged at

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    Madonna embroiled in Taiwan-China row over flag

    Taipei: Pop diva Madonna has waded into the war of words over Taiwanese identity after draping herself in the island’s flag, sparking ire in China, where any suggestion of independence is scorned. Taiwan’s Apple Daily and Liberty Times newspapers ran photos of Madonna with the flag over her shoulders as she sang an encore yesterday on the Taipei leg of her global Rebel Heart Tour. The move was greeted enthusiastically by many on Taiwanese Internet forums, who saw it as a

  • Joe Alaskey, voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, dead at 63

    Los Angeles: Joe Alaskey, the voice behind notable cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, among other legendary cartoon characters, has died. He was 63. Alaskey passed away on Wednesday due to cancer, reports His spokesperson K.P. Lynne shared the news on the actor’s Facebook page, writing: “Never doubt that Joe loved each and every one of you. Your comments and posts always made his day and brought joy to

  • ‘Half Girlfriend’ is not delayed: Arjun Kapoor

    New Delhi: Actor Arjun Kapoor, who is currently preparing for the release of his upcoming romantic film “Ki and Ka”, says his next film “Half Girlfriend” — an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s eponymous book — is suffering no delay. Media reports had speculated that the first schedule of Mohit Suri’s directorial had been pushed back by nearly three months due to a date mismatch of Arjun and Shraddha Kapoor, who play the

  • Mobile game Trivia Crack launched in Hindi

    Buenos Aires: Trivia Crack, one of the world’s most downloaded mobile game apps, has now been launched in Hindi, according to Etermax, the company behind the popular game. “Both Trivia Crack and its sequel Trivia Crack Kingdoms are now available to 180 million Hindi-speaking users worldwide,” a company statement said.

  • Syrian army captures new rebel bastion in Aleppo

    Damascus: In its latest victory against militant groups, the Syrian army has fully captured the town of Ratyan in Aleppo province, the media reported on Friday. According to a report by the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV, the capture of Ratyan is another blow to the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in the northern countryside of Aleppo, where the Syrian army backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah group have been actively progressing, cutting off rebels from key

  • Sushma co-chairs India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting

    Colombo:The ninth session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held here on Friday, co-chaired by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera.

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    How mindfulness meditation improves health

    New York: Much of the health benefits associated with mindfulnes meditation training is due to the changes that this form of meditation causes in the brain, suggests new research. In mindfullnes meditation people make a conscious, focused practice of attending to their current state and sensations. “We have now seen that mindfulness meditation training can reduce inflammatory biomarkers in several initial studies, and this new work sheds light into what mindfulness training

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    MCD strike continues; LG offers Rs. 300 crore loan

    New Delhi: As the strike by the MCD workers entered its tenth day, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday made a unilateral offer of Rs. 300 crores loan to the North and East Corporations from the DDA.

  • China probe identifies stored chemical behind Tianjin blasts

    Beijing: The deadly warehouse blasts that killed 165 people in a Chinese port city in August were triggered when the stored chemical nitrocellulose became too dry and caught fire, investigators announced today.

  • Controversy rages after Jet suspends 5 cabin crew over Nigam ‘concert’

    New Delhi: A controversy raged today over Jet Airways suspending five cabin crew members after singer Sonu Nigam was allowed to belt out Bollywood numbers using the in-flight public address system on a chartered flight with the action being slammed by him as “Real Intolerance”.

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    Chlorhexidine an alternative to Iodine Use in Caesarean Operations

    New Delhi: An antiseptic called chlorhexidine appears superior to iodine when prepping patients for caesarean sections as it carries a lower risk of post-operative infections, a team of medical researchers in the US said today. The researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, have shown in a study that post-operative infections were significantly lower among patients whose skin had been swabbed with chlorhexidine-alcohol than among those who received iodine-alcohol swabs.

  • 5 Biggest Myths about Flu

    New Delhi: Awfully tough to sort out fact from rumor about the flu. Elodie Ghedin of the New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and the College of Global Public Health, an expert on the flu, recently coauthored a paper in Nature Genetics about how minor flu strains—those not usually targeted by vaccines—may play a bigger role in flu transmission than previously thought.

  • Battery technology could provide fresh water from salty seas

    Washington : The technology that charges batteries for electronic devices could provide fresh water from salty seas, a new study suggests. Electricity running through a salt water-filled battery draws the salt ions out of the water. “We are developing a device that will use the materials in batteries to take salt out of water with the smallest amount of energy that we can,” said Kyle Smith, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Excuses won’t do, Rahul tells Modi

    New Delhi: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Friday lambasted Prime Minister Modi for making nothing but excuses for the past 18 months on why economy is collapsing, why farmers not getting their dues and why labourers are crying.