Free Press Journal
  • UPA’s misuse of CBI in Ishrat case damaged its credibility: Jaitley

    New Delhi: Accusing the former Congress-led UPA government of “misusing” the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Ishrat Jahan case, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said this has besides seriously damaging the credibility of the investigating agency also lowered the level of professionalism in the organisation.

  • Juvenile Crime

    SC declines to entertain PIL on new juvenile law

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court today declined to entertain a PIL filed by a Congress leader and activist challenging the constitutional validity of the recently-passed juvenile law that allows delinquent minors of 16 years of age and above to be tried as adults if they commit heinous offences like rape and murder.

  • Family of Chinese MH370 victim sues Malaysia Airlines

    Kuala Lumpur: A Chinese woman has sued Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) for negligence and breach of contract, seeking damages following the disappearance of MH370 flight. K. Sri Devi, 32, wife of late S. Puspanathan who was on board the Beijing bound flight which departed from Kuala Lumpur Airport on March 8, 2014, has sued MAS, Malaysia’s The Star online reported.

  • Survey backs EET taxation system for savings

    New Delhi: Amid a move to lower interest rate on small savings schemes to reduce cost of funds, the Economic Survey today advocated scrapping tax benefits for savings like PPF and taxing investments at time of withdrawal saying the incentives are availed mostly by the well-offs.

  • Retail inflation likely to be 4.5-5 pc in 2016-17: Survey

    New Delhi: The government expects retail inflation to ease to 4.5-5 per cent in 2016-17 fiscal mainly due to continued downward pressure on global commodity prices and prospects of a normal monsoon.

  • Mitch Winehouse slams `sham` Amy documentary

    Johannesburg: Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch Winehouse, who again slammed award-winning Amy documentary, recently said that he does not want the documentary to be the “defining image” of his late daughter.

  • Two crew members killed in Air Kasthamandap plane crash in Nepal

    Kathmandu: Two crew members were killed while nine others injured after an Air Kasthamandap plane bound to Jumla from Nepalgunj crash-landed in Chilkhaya of Kalikot of mid-western Nepal on Friday. Two crew members Captain Dinesh Neupane and co-pilot Santosh Rana have been feared dead, according to Banke’s Nepal Police SP Tek Bahadur Rai, reports Ekantipur.

  • 11 injured as Air Kasthamandap plane crash-lands in Kalikot

    Kathmandu: At least 11 people were injured after an Air Kasthamandap plane bound to Jumla from Nepalgunj crash-landed in Chilkhaya of Kalikot of mid-western Nepal on Friday.Confirming the incident, Kalikot Chief District Officer Pradeep Shrestha said that the incident occurred while force landing the aircraft.

  • Mizoram to implement food security act from March 1

    Aizawl: The northeastern state of Mizoram will implement the National Food Security Act 2013 from March 1, a minister said here on Friday. “Necessary arrangements have been made for making available subsidised rice to the priority group people through public distribution system from March 1 under the food security act,” Mizoram’s Food Minister said.

  • 4G, mobile payments game changer for fin inclusion: Eco Survey

    New Delhi: Enhanced mobile payments technology along with 4G introduction will prove to be a game changer, facilitating the implementation of government’s social sector schemes in a faster and more secure manner, says the Economic Survey. Besides, connectivity through optical fibre network will also help transform the delivery of these programmes and boost the telecom sector growth.

  • Govt needs to reduce subsidised cylinders to 10: Eco Survey

    New Delhi: Advocating rationalising LPG subsidy, the pre-Budget Economic Survey has called for cutting supply of below-market priced cooking gas to 10 cylinders per household in a year from 12 bottles, at present.

  • UP Assembly gives more time to channel on Azam complaint

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Assembly today granted a week more to a private channel to respond to summons in connection with airing of a “sting operation” allegedly involving state cabinet minister Azam Khan in connection 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.

  • Sonu Nigam bats for more awareness about HIV in India

    Mumbai: Singer Sonu Nigam is disappointed over prevailing misconceptions around HIV infection in India, and says the country still has a lot to learn about the life-threatening disease.

  • Hardest thing for Pope is firing people

    Vatican City:  In a new book, Pope Francis has said the toughest decisions he has to take involve sacking staff. “There are many hard choices, but I have to say that the type of decision that is most difficult for me is to remove someone from a responsible job or a position of trust, or a path they are following, for reasons of unsuitability,” Francis said.

  • Japan census: Population fell nearly 1 million in 2010-15

    Tokyo: Japan’s latest census confirmed the hard reality long ago signaled by shuttered shops and abandoned villages across the country: the population is shrinking. Japan’s population stood at 127.1 million last fall, down 0.7 per cent from 128.1 million in 2010, according to results of the 2015 census, released today.

  • Russian air strikes on rebel bastions ahead of ceasefire

    Beirut: Russian warplanes carried out intense air strikes on rebel strongholds in Syria today hours before a ceasefire is due to come into force, the Syrian Observatory
    for Human Rights monitor said. “From last night to this morning there have been Russian air strikes that are more intense than usual on rebel bastions including on Eastern Ghouta east of Damascus, in the north of Homs province and in the west of Aleppo province,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

  • NDA to boycott Bihar House sitting tomorrow

    Patna: The opposition BJP and its NDA allies will boycott the sitting of Bihar Assembly tomorrow, a holiday, saying that it has been preponed so that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar can listen to the Union Budget presentation on Monday.

  • Hanamanthappa’s widow wants only daughter to join Army

    Nagpur: Wife of Siachen braveheart Hanamanthappa Koppad, Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal wants their only daughter to join the Indian Army when she grows up. 33-year-old Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who epitomised grit and determination was miraculously pulled out alive from under 30-feet of ice-and-snow debris where he lay buried for six days on the unforgiving Siachen glacier, died on February 11.