Free Press Journal
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    Remove annulment clause in Hindu Marriage Bill: Pak council

    Karachi: A leading Hindu group in Pakistan has demanded the government to remove a controversial clause in the draft Hindu Marriage Bill that calls for annulment of marriage if any of the spouses converts their religion, saying  it can trigger forced conversions of minority community women. Ramesh Vankwani, patron in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, said the Hindu community in Pakistan was concerned about the clause.

  • Mahathir under investigation for defaming Attorney-General

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s powerful former premier Mahathir Mohamad is under  investigation for defaming the Attorney-General in a blog post criticising him for failing to bring corruption charges against Prime Minister Najib Razak, police said today. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said police had received several reports regarding the blog post. “We have begun investigation a few days ago. If there is a case we will refer it to the Attorney-General,” the police chief said without elaborating further.

  • Your boss can influence your health!

    New York: Strong and effective leadership are vital for any workplace. Managers play a huge role in creating the best work environment, polishing the behaviour of employees, and also promoting their health and wellness. However, a new study suggests that managers must be provided with incentives to focus on creating a healthier work environment.

  • B-town celebs attend Salman Khan’s sister Arpita’s baby shower

    Mumbai: A host of Bollywood celebrities like Anushka Sharma, Riteish Deshmukh, wife Genelia and Kabir Khan, among others attended the baby shower of superstar Salman Khan’s sister Arpita, held at a five star hotel here.

  • Grit’ inheritable but cannot guarantee good marks for kids

    London: Not just good looks, children can inherit “grit” also like other personality traits from their parents, find researchers, adding that, however, “grit” alone will not get them good grades in schools. “Grit” adds little to the prediction of academic achievement when other personality factors are taken into account, they added. “Until now, there has been very little evidence about the origins of differences between children in grit and its influence on

  • All you need to know about the ‘Zapping Zika’

    SARS, Chikungunya, H1N1, Swine Flu, Ebola… and now the latest burgeoning scare of Zika virus has hit the world with consequences in many folds. Already, the World Health Organization has declared Zika virus international public health emergency. Many countries have come in terms to understand this tragic outbreak and have vouched in to take precautionary measures.

  • Ukrainian businessman jumps to death at Mumbai airport

    Mumbai: In a case of suspected suicide, a young Ukrainian businessman died after jumping from a second level parking lot of the Mumbai airport, official sources said on Monday.

  • Villagers bid adieu to Maharashtra soldier killed in Kashmir

    Mumbai: Thousands of villagers from Nashik and surrounding areas today bid a tearful adieu to soldier Shankar Chandrabhan Shinde, who was killed while fighting highly-trained militants in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Naik Shinde was cremated with full military honors at his village Bhayal in Nashik district of Maharashtra.

  • Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Postal dept has overtaken SBI on digital connectivity: Prasad

    Mumbai: The postal department has surpassed the country’s largest lender, SBI, in terms of digital connectivity even before its payments bank launch, Union IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said. “The core banking solution (CBS) or digital connectivity of the postal department has surpassed the State Bank of India’s digital connectivity,” Prasad said at a special session on the third day of the ongoing Make in India week here.

  • India GDP likely to clock 7.8% growth in 2016: Nomura

    New Delhi: India’s industrial recovery process is likely to be gradual owing to external headwinds and weak private sector investment, still the country is expected to clock a GDP growth of 7.8 per cent in the next fiscal, says a report by Nomura.

  • Inflation stays negative for 15 mths

    New Delhi: Deflationary pressure persisted for the 15th month in a row as inflation at the wholesale level slipped to (-)0.9 per cent in January with some food articles turning less expensive. Although in the negative zone since November 2014, it had started showing a rising trend in the past four months – from last September.

  • Israel’s ex-PM Olmert starts jail term for graft

    Jerusalem: Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert on Monday started serving his 19-month jail sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice. Olmert, 70, is the first ex-Israeli prime minister to serve time in prison, Xinhua reported. The media showed Olmert entering the Ma’assiyahu prison in Israel. A short while earlier, he released a video footage, proclaiming his innocence. “At this time I want to say that I deny outright the charges relating

  • South Korea, Stocks down

    South Korea’s ICT exports fall for four months

    Seoul : South Korea’s exports of information and communications technology (ICT) products, key export items of the export-driven economy, declined for four straight months in January. The decline boosted worries about overall economic growth, Xinhua quoted a government report as saying on Monday. The ICT exports tumbled 17.8 percent from a year earlier to $11.86 billion in January, according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. It posted the fourth straight

  • Security man killed in IED blast in South Waziristan

    Peshawar: One security personnel has been killed and another sustained injuries in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Wana, a town in South Waziristan, in Pakistan. The Dawn reports that an IED planted on the roadside struck a security forces’ vehicle in Talai area of South Waziristan, killing one security official.The injured was taken to Combined Military Hospital Peshawar for treatment.

  • Arjun Kapoor

    Arjun Kapoor wants characters with ‘shades’

    New Delhi: After essaying the role of good-for-nothing local enforcer Parma in “Ishaqzaade” and Bala, who goes against his friend for a girl in “Gunday”, actor Arjun Kapoor says he hopes to get to play more characters with different shades.

  • Kangana Ranaut to speak at CII annual summit

    Mumbai: National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut will be a speaker at CII Young India’s upcoming annual summit “TakePride2016” in Delhi.

  • Chinese cabinet appoints, removes officials

    Beijing: China’s Cabinet announced the appointment and removal of several senior government officials on Monday. The state council appointed Xiao Yaqing as head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), removing Zhang Yi from the post, XInhua reported.

  • Afghanistan concerned over growing civilian casualties

    Kabul: The Afghan government has expressed grief over the spike in civilian deaths and injuries, the presidential palace said on Monday. On Sunday, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its annual report on protection of civilians in armed conflict. The overall civilian casualties hit a record high in 2015 as about 11,000 non-combatants were killed and injured, Xinhua cited the report that showed a four percent increase in compare with