Free Press Journal
  • Top Iran conservatives lose seats on key supervisory body

    Tehran: Two leading conservative clerics, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi and Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, have lost their seats on Iran’s top supervisory body, results from last week’s election confirmed today. The reformist alliance formed in support of moderate President Hassan Rouhani had campaigned against both Yazdi, the outgoing chairman of the Assembly of Experts and Mesbah-Yazdi, an outspoken opponent of the reformists.

  • Budget 2016 Reactions: Kishor Pate, Amit Enterprises Housing

    This Budget could have done a lot more for the real estate sector. However, there were some positives. The fact that the annual housing rent reduction limit has been increased from Rs. 24000 to Rs. 60000 could lead to an almost immediate uplift for rental housing across the major cities. This can also potentially encourage the sentiment for home ownership in the long run.

  • Congress gives notice for privilege motion against Irani

    New Delhi: Congress on Monday gave notice for a privilege motion against HRD Minister Smriti Irani and created a ruckus in the Lok Sabha for a while shortly before Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stood to present the General Budget 2016-17.

  • “Spotlight” wins top award, DiCaprio best actor at Oscars 2016

    Los Angeles: “Spotlight”, a movie about the journalistic expose of Catholic church child sex abuse, won best picture while Leonardo DiCaprio walked away with the best
    actor trophy at the 88th Academy Awards, where host Chris Rock mocked racism in Hollywood with a biting monologue. The Academy voters this year decided to scatter their love by awarding different films though George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” swept in technical categories with six wins in editing, production design, sound editing, sound mixing, costume

  • Budget 2016: Additonal 1% Tax to be Levied on Cars Over Rs. 10 lacs

    As we are instantaneously bringing to you exclusive updates for the 2016 Union budget, we have learned that prices for all cars, which are priced over Rs.10 lacs will be increased by 1%. This includes the likes of some of the most popular names in the industry, like the Renault Duster, Tata Safari Storme, Mahindra XUV500 and many others. This might not seem as an substantial increase in the overall cost, as

  • Congress gives thumbs down to General Budget 2016-17

    New Delhi: The Congress Party, as is usual for a party in the opposition, on Monday gave a thumbs down to the Budget proposals for 2016-17 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament.

  • Stop using term ‘Asian’ to describe Rotherham gang: Sikh group

    London: A Sikh group in Britain has urged the media and politicians to stop describing the Rotherham grooming gang, which was handed combined sentence of more than 100 years for sexual assault on women, as “Asian”. Sikh Federation UK said the use of term “Asian” for the Rotherham gang is too vague and “besmirches” other communities, The Independent reported on Sunday.

  • Tax sops for small I-T payers, hike in super-rich surcharge

    New Delhi: The Budget for 2016-17 today offered sops for small and marginal income tax payers, hiked the surcharge by 3 per cent on earnings above Rs 1 crore, levied a pollution cess on petrol, diesel cars and SUVs and offered a one-time compliance window for domestic black money holders slapping a tax and penalty of 45 per cent.

  • Immune cell protein can help fight cancer

    Sydney: Australian researchers have discovered how a protein works to boost the body’s natural-killing immune cells — a type of white blood cell which hunts and destroys foreign cells in the body, including tumours, breast and colon cancer and melanoma cells, reports IANS.

  • Govt gives Rs 36Kcr to farm sector; agri-credit at Rs 9lk cr

    New Delhi: Aiming to double farmers income by 2022, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today announced an allocation of nearly Rs 36,000 crore for the farm sector while raising the agri-credit target to Rs 9 lakh crore for the next fiscal.

  • Budget 2016 Reactions: Arvind Jain, Pride Group

    Budget 2016-17 was far below expectations. Some leeway has been given to first-time home loan borrowers, but the relief will not boost demand in the metros. That said, service tax has been exempted for developers who are focused on constructing affordable housing with unit sizes not exceeding 30 square meters in the larger cities and 60 square meters in the smaller cities. This is a significant plus, and in line with the

  • Novel method can improve mental ability in schizophrenia patients

    New York: Targeted suppression of inflammation in the body along with standard therapy can improve cognitive problems of patients with schizophrenia, according to US researchers. Brian J Miller from Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that tocilizumab — an immune-suppressing drug regularly prescribed for rheumatoid and juvenile arthritis — significantly improved the cognitive abilities.

  • Sam Smith dedicates Oscar to LGBT community

    Los Angeles : Grammy Award-winning singer Sam Smith picked up the Best Original Song Oscar for “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond movie “Spectre”. He dedicated his first Academy Award to the LGBT community on Sunday here. The British star also performed the James Bond theme song, whose music and lyrics were given by Jimmy Napes and Smith, at the ceremony hosted by Chris Rock.

  • HC upholds TRAI order to compensate consumers for call drops

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today upheld TRAI’s decision making it mandatory for cellular operators to compensate subscribers for call drops from January 1, 2016. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath dismissed a batch of petitions filed by Cellular Operators Association of India, a body of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India and 21 telecom operators, including Vodafone, Bharti Airtel and Reliance.

  • Injury worries increase as India gear up for Lanka test

    Mirpur: Injuries to key players such as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma is giving them the jitters but India would still be firm favourites when they take on a depleted and struggling Sri Lanka in their penultimate league encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament, here tomorrow. Despite injuries, India have the edge against the island nation, whom they beat 2-1 in a recent home series. The reason being a possible injury to Lankan captain and primary