Free Press Journal
  • Trade in rare plants on social media risking their extinction

    London: People buying rare plants through social media are placing the species at risk of extinction and the trade must be monitored, warn researchers. Using the orchid trade as a case study, the research by University of Kent’s Dr Amy Hinsley and Dr David Roberts represents the first large-scale global survey of wildlife trade via a social media site.

  • Suu Kyi thanks supporters after historic presidential election

    Naypyidaw: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi thanked her supporters today and sounded a hopeful note for the future, in her first comments after lawmakers approved her chosen proxy to become the nation’s first civilian president in decades. The veteran activist said she was proud of MPs from her National League for Democracy for rallying around Htin Kyaw, a close aide and longtime friend, who will now lead the former junta-run country in her place as it embarks on a new

  • HC reserves verdict on plea on traffic jams due to VVIP  movement

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today reserved its verdict on a plea seeking directions to authorities concerned on the issue of public inconvenience due to traffic jams caused by VVIP movements on the roads of the national capital.

  • Russian Premier Football League leader may be declared bankrupt

    Moscow: Agrofest-Don, the creditor of football club Rostov, has filed a lawsuit with an arbitration court in the Rostov Region in south Russia, to recognise the current leader of Russia’s Premier League as a bankrupt, the court has said. “The lawsuit has been filed today. The plaintiff is demanding that the football club be recognized as a bankrupt. The lawsuit has not yet been accepted for proceedings and its details are unclear,”

  • No interim stay on Virbhadra Singh’s money laundering case: HC

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today refused to grant any interim stay on the money laundering proceedings initiated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and others.

  • Make in India for M777 howitzer to take centre stage at Def Expo

    New Delhi: BAE Systems’ world-class, battle-proven M777 ultra lightweight howitzer, for which India and the United States are in discussions for a Foreign Military Sale for the Indian Army, will take centrestage at the company’s stand at the ninth edition of DefExpo, India’s premier land, naval and security exhibition in Goa later this month.

  • Pak court lifts travel ban on Musharraf

    Islamabad: In a relief to Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s Supreme Court today ordered the government to lift a travel ban on the former military ruler who is facing trial in a number of cases, including for high treason. The court ruled that there was no legal bar on foreign travel by 72-year-old Musharraf unless he is stopped by the federal government. The court rejected the appeal by the government against a decision by the Sindh High Court which had also ruled

  • British Sikhs divided over Brexit

    London: Britain’s Sikh groups are divided on which way to vote in the referendum on June 23 as it emerged  today that most black and ethnic minority (BME) voters in the country are against Britain’s exit from the European Union. The Sikh Federation UK, which is campaigning to remain in the EU, said its survey of 1,000 voters showed that 66 per cent wanted to stay, 24 per cent to leave and 10 per cent

  • CPI-M seeks referring alleged TMC bribery video to Ethics Com

    New Delhi: Alleging “match-fixing” between the government and Trinamool Congress, CPI (M) members today created uproar in Rajya Sabha over a sting, allegedly showing some TMC MPs taking bribe, and sought a Joint Parliamentary to Committee (JPC) probe into the “very serious” matter.

  • Rescuers: Female suicide bombers kill 22 at Nigerian mosque

    Maiduguri: Two female suicide bombers killed at least 22 worshippers in an attack during dawn prayers Wednesday on a mosque on the outskirts of the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, rescue officials said from the birthplace of Boko Haram. One bomber blew up inside the mosque and the second waited outside to detionate as survivors tried to escape, said coordinator Abba Aji of the civilian self-defense Vigilante Group.

  • No water for swimming pool, Maha minister bats for dry holi

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan on Wednesday appealed to the people of the state to observe a dry Holi and save water in view of the severe water crisis.

  • Clinton trains her gun at Trump

    Washington: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton today trained her guns on Republican rival Donald Trump for engaging in divisive rhetoric and said the US Commander-in-Chief has to defend the country and not embarrass it. “Our next President has to bring our country together so we can all share in the promise of America. We should be breaking down barriers, not building walls. We’re not going to succeed by dividing this country between us and them,” 68-year-old Clinton said in her victory

  • RJD honours tea seller, says Modi only markets his own image

    Patna: RJD today criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he was “marketing” his own image as a tea seller but not doing anything for those involved in the trade. Party chief Lalu Prasad also honoured Mangal Rai, a tea seller of Katihar railway station, who came to the Assembly with Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav. Rai saw the Assembly proceedings from the visitors’ gallery.

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    Mallya linked company applied to operate casino in Goa

    Panaji: UB Infrastructure Projects Limited, a company linked to beleaguered billionaire Vijay Mallya’s business empire, applied for a casino licence in Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the legislative assembly on Wednesday.

  • Pakistan win toss, elect to bat

    Kolkata: Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat against Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 Group 2 match at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.

  • India looks to double missile production to 100 per month

    Hyderabad: India is looking to double missile production to 100 per month, a senior defence official said here today. Distinguished scientist and Director of Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), K Jayaraman said Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Defence, is currently producing 50-60 indigenously-developed Akash missile per month.

  • Kabbadi player shot dead in Rohtak, murder caught on camera

    Rohtak: A national-level Kabbadi player was shot dead by two armed assailants in Rithal village of Rohtak, with the murder captured on a CCTV installed at a house near the crime spot. The 24-year-old player Sukhvinder Singh was returning home after practice when he was shot dead last evening. “Two persons on a scooter shot dead Sukhwinder with a pistol near his house on Tuesday evening,” a police official said.

  • Google Maps to make navigation easy in Metros

    New Delhi: In a bid to make navigation around big cities easy, search engine giant Google on Wednesday updated its Google Maps app that now shows a dedicated tab with information for cab services in addition to the existing driving, public transport or walking options.

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    Government buying boosts tablet PCs sale in India: Report

    New Delhi: Thanks to government buying, the sale of tablet PCs in India rose marginally in 2015 with 4.4 million devices sold across the country — registering a growth of 13 percent over 2014, a report said on Wednesday.

  • Secure neighbourhood will yield rich dividends for SAARC: India

    Pokhara (Nepal): India today said it firmly believes that a peaceful and secure neighbourhood will yield “rich dividends” for SAARC countries even as it asserted that time has come to take stock of past decisions of the grouping on which there has been no movement.