Free Press Journal
  • BCCI bans Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf for 5 years

    Mumbai: Tainted Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was today banned for five years by the BCCI after its disciplinary committee found him guilty of corrupt practices and bringing the game into disrepute. The 59-year-old Rauf, who was part of the ICC’s elite panel and officiated in Test matches, was accused of accepting expensive gifts from bookies besides placing bets on IPL matches in the 2013 edition.

  • Ways smart cities can make our lives easier

    For a country to grow and its citizenry to prosper, ‘sustainable’ and ‘inclusive’ development is the step in right direction. Hitting a bullseye, Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘100 Smart Cities’ is in perfect sync with ambitious India’s ever burgeoning desire to grow fast and smart. With over 30% of India’s existing population occupying urban spaces and contributing to around 63% of India’s GDP, pursued by the promise of housing over

  • Manmohan slams BJP govt for weak economic policies

    New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the centre for its economic policies, saying it has not been able to benefit from falling oil prices and “fortuitous circumstances” to boost the rate of investment in the country.

  • Economy top concern of US voters now, says Gallup

    Washington: In the lead-up to the next US primary in the state of South Carolina, Americans’ main concern is the economy, according to a Gallup poll. The economy and jobs have been a major concern of Americans since 2008 when the country was hit by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Xinhua reported.

  • Thousands bid emotional farewell to Siachen braveheart    

    Dharwad (KTK): The body of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad was laid to rest with full state honours, after thousands of people bid an emotional farewell to the Siachen braveheart at his native village of Betadur in Dharwad district of north Karnataka today. Full throated chants of “Hanumanthappa amar rahe” and patriotic slogans rent the air as the mortal remains of Hanumanthappa was buried at a land adjacent to the Gram Panchayat office, with

  • Two UN soldiers killed in Mali attack: UN

    Bamako: Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded today when suspected Islamists attacked their base at Kidal in restive northeastern Mali, UN sources said. “Our camp at Kidal was attacked by terrorists early Friday morning. We fought back but two peacekeepers were killed and 30 others injured,” a source from the UN’s MINUSMA  peacekeeping mission told AFP.

  • ISIS

    Four suspected ISIS operatives sent to NIA custody till Feb 17

    New Delhi: Four suspected ISIS operatives, arrested from different parts of the country for allegedly recruiting and financing people to join the terror outfit, were today sent to NIA’s custody till February 17 by a Delhi court.

  • 6.6-magnitude quake recorded in Indonesia

    Jakarta: A Strong and shallow undersea quake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale rocked East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia on Friday, but it was not a potential for tsunami, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency of Indonesia said. The US Geological Survey reported that the quake was of 6.5 magnitude with the depth of 30.5 km under seabed, according to Xinhua.

  • Sensex

    Sensex posts biggest weekly fall in over 6 yrs

    Mumbai: A day after bloodbath, the benchmark BSE Sensex today managed to end 34 points higher at 22,986.12, but logged its biggest weekly fall in over six years as fears of a global slowdown and disappointing quarterly numbers of blue-chips, especially banks, hammered stocks during the week. Investors are fleeing risky assets and running to safe havens like gold and bonds. Both the indexes recorded their biggest weekly fall since July 2009 with

  • Banned in China Deadpool passed in India with 7 cuts

    Will they, won’t they? There was a lot of nail-biting suspense over the fate of the new subversive superhero global blockbuster ‘Deadpool’, what with its content being panned and banned in several parts of the world including China where the film has been stopped.

  • Priyanka Chopra

    Priyanka Chopra turns Marathi film producer

    While her debut production venture was said to be a popular Bollywood film with a renowned director, a few days ago, it was announced that Priyanka Chopra is contemplating on entering regional cinema with Purple Pebble Pictures. Priyanka Chopra’s debut Marathi film titled ‘Ventilator’ will be directed by Rajesh Mapuskar of ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’ fame.

  • Nepal resumes regular fuel distribution after crisis

    Kathmandu: After more than five months of economic blockade and a resulting fuel crisis, the Nepal government on Friday commenced regular public distribution of petroleum products. A meeting here on Thursday, chaired by Commerce and Supplies Minister Ganeshman Pun, scrapped the quota system for fuel distribution that had been introduced after blockading of the Nepal-India border by anti-Constitution protestors led to a scarcity of essential commodities including food, fuel and medicines.

  • Vidya Balan ‘Begum Jaan’ is set in Punjab

    Srijit Mukherjee’s Bangla epic ‘Rajkahini’ which swept the box office and all the critical acclaim last year, is going to Punjab. And Vidya Balan is taking it there.

  • Arun Jaitley

    Don’t panic, trust economy’s strength: Jaitley to investors

    New Delhi: Attributing the recent crash in stock market to global factors, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said there was no need for “exaggerated panic” and investors should keep the economy’s inherent strength in mind while investing.

  • Sevilla to face Barcelona in Copa del Rey final

    Vigo (Spain): Sevilla battled Celta Vigo to a 2-2 draw to win the Copa del Rey semi-final clash 6-2 on aggregate to book a date with defending champions FC Barcelona in the final. Celta held nothing back in their bid to overcome the 0-4 drubbing they suffered in last week’s first leg in Seville, reports Efe. But the home side’s ambition nearly backfired in the 4th minute, when Iago Aspas lost the

  • PSG’s Lavezzi to join Hebei China Fortune

    Paris: Paris Saint Germain’s (PSG) Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi will leave the French football club to join the Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune, according to reports. The Chinese club sealed the deal, although it has not been officially announced, emphasising that the transfer value will be less than 10 million euros ($11.3 million), reports Efe. Lavezzi, whose contract with PSG will expire next June, will support the lines of the

  • Former Brazil midfielder Ze Roberto to retire at end of year

    Sao Paulo: Former Brazil international midfielder Ze Roberto has announced he will end his 23-year professional career in December. The Palmeiras captain, who will turn 42 in July, during a press conference here on Thursday revealed his wish to prioritise family, reports Xinhua. “I want to enjoy next year by spending more time with my family. I have a 16-year-old son who I’d like to see more because he wants to pursue

  • Dear brides, black is the new red

    New Delhi: When it is about wedding, especially an Indian wedding, it is hard to think beyond specific colours like red, green, orange, pink and combination of these.

  • Krishna Raj Kapoor hospitalised

    Mumbai: Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of late actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor has been admitted to a hospital in South Mumbai due to age related issue.