Free Press Journal
  • Priyanka, Deepika’s international stints wonderful: Bhansali

    Dubai: Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is  all praise for his leading ladies from “Bajirao Mastani” Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, who are making the right noise internationally with their work. While Priyanka has been earning accolades for her maiden American show “Quantico” since its release last year and bagging a meaty role in big screen reboot of “Baywatch”, Deepika is shooting for her Hollywood debut “xXx: Xander Cage” with Vin Diesel

  • Preity Zinta not changing surname post marriage

    Los Angeles: Newly married actress Preity Zinta says she has no plans of changing her surname for the time being. The dimpled beauty, 41, tied the knot with her American partner Gene Goodenough in a secret ceremony here last month.

  • Jewellers’ strike caused Rs.70,000 crore loss: Association

    Mumbai: The 18-day strike by jewellers that ended on Saturday night is estimated to have caused losses of Rs.60,000-70,000 crore, an industry organisation said. The Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) said in a statement said here that the strike has caused “losses of Rs. 60,000-70,000 crore” to the industry. The jewellers’ strike ended on Saturday night following a meeting between the associations and union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi

  • Akmal complains to Imran Khan on batting slot, earns PCB wrath

    Karachi: Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has come under fire from the team management for allegedly requesting former captain Imran Khan to put in a word to the team management about pushing him up in the batting slot. A furious former skipper Ramiz Raza wants the team management to bench Akmal junior for his selfish attitude. “I am very angry with Umar’s behavior. Whenever he meets with a former great, he ends up talking about having his batting order changed. My

  • Under-fire Afridi on way out after World T20: PCB Sources

    Karachi: Pakistan’s World Twenty20 loss to India could spell the end of Shahid Afridi’s rein as captain with the country’s Cricket Board planning to sack him irrespective of the team’s performance in the remainder of the tournament. “There is clear discontent in the Board about Afridi and his performances and captaincy and even if he decides against retiring after the World T20, the board will not retain him as captain any longer and even his days as a player are

  • IS suffers blows in Iraq, Syria but still launches attacks

    Baghdad: After months of losing ground in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State group is showing signs of wear and tear, and its opponents say they have seen an increase indesertions among the extremists. But the jihadis appear to be lashing back with more terrorist and chemical attacks. Under a stepped-up campaign of U.S.-led and Russian airstrikes, as well as ground assaults by multiple forces in each country, the jihadis are estimated to have lost about 40 percent of

  • Man arrested for allegedly raping 18-year-old daughter

    Jalaun (UP): A man has been arrested  here for allegedly raping his 18-year-old daughter for four years at a rented accommodation here, police said today. A complaint was registered on Friday by the victim after she recorded a visual clip as her mother refused to believe that she was being raped by her father.

  • Will never accept new conditions by PDP: BJP

    Jammu: BJP today said it was in touch with several PDP legislators who were in favour of government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, but added it will “never” accept new conditions for alliance put forth by Mehbooba Mufti. “Several PDP legislators who are in favor of the formation of the government in the state and who also don’t want midterm polls in the state are in touch with the BJP leadership for the formation of the government,” BJP legislator Ravinder Raina

  • Speaker issues notices to rebel Cong MLAs, Jaitley, Rahul spar

    Dehradun/New Delhi: Uttarakhand Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal has issued notices to nine rebel Congress MLAs asking them why they should not be disqualified from the House even as Arun Jaitley and Rahul Gandhi sparred over the political crisis in the hill state. Main opposition BJP has, meanwhile, claimed that 35 MLAs including 26 from the party and nine from Congress had already given a notice for a no-confidence motion against the Speaker to the Vidhan Sabha Secretary for his alleged failure

  • Moscow : Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said he would be personally overseeing each case of reported Meldonium drug abuse by the Russian athletes. “I will be keeping all of these cases under my personal control,” Mutko said on Saturday, reports Tass.  “Each case is individual and we will be dealing separately with each of them.” “However, the problem of Meldonium touched not Russia only, but other countries as well,” he said.

  • Want Taskin’s suspension to be revoked, says Mashrafe Mortaza

    Bengaluru: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza today stood firmly behind pacer Taskin Ahmed, who has been suspended for suspect action, stating that they will follow all the due procedures to get his ban revoked. “There is a process, and we will follow that. Whatever we have to say, we will talk to Bangladesh Cricket Board. BCB will decide what to do and whether talk to the ICC. But we still believe that Taskin – at least – is all right,

  • Bouncing back after rough patch may take time

    New York: Bouncing back when someone goes through a rough period in life — say a divorce or losing a job, people can struggle considerably and take much longer time to recover back to previous levels of functioning, says a new study. The new research finds that natural resilience may not be as common as once thought and that when confronted with a major life-altering event many people can struggle considerably and

  • Philippines says defence strengthened under US rotational deal

    Manila: The Philippines today hailed a new accord giving the US military access to five of its bases, saying this would strengthen its defensive capabilities and maritime security. The agreement between the two close allies comes as the Philippines and other countries are embroiled in a tense dispute with China over conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea.

  • ‘Russia may fail to prepare hotels in time for 2018 World Cup’

    St. Petersburg (Russia) : Several Russian cities may fail to prepare hotel infrastructure for the 2018 football World Cup, Lana Kluyeva, a representative of the Match Accommodation agency, has said. “A number of cities have some problems with the accommodation,” she said on Saturday, adding that these cities are Kaliningrad, Rostov, Samara and Saransk, reports Tass.

  • Virat is a man in control of his batting, feels Ian Chappell

    New Delhi: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels that Virat Kohli is a man in “control of his batting” which enables him to pull off some great run chases in pressure situations. “He is a man who is in control of his batting and he knows exactly what he is trying to do. He knows how to do it and for a guy who has got a fiery temperament in a lot of ways, you seem

  • FlyDubai plane crash: search operation ends

    New York: A day after a FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 from Dubai crashed landed in southern Russia, the search operation ended on Sunday and the investigators were moving on to the cause of the accident and identification of bodies, officials said. Flight FZ981 from the United Arab Emirates crash landed killing 62 people onboard amid poor weather conditions above Rostov-on-Don airport.

  • Stress during pregnancy linked to low birth weight of babies

    New York: Even before a woman becomes pregnant, her stress physiology may predict a lower-birth weight of baby — less than 2.5 kg, said a new study. The findings revealed that the mother’s stress physiology before she even conceives is also important. It suggests that a woman’s health and life circumstances before her pregnancy, especially chronic stress, matter greatly.

  • New blood test diagnoses Alzheimer’s at initial stage

    London: Scientists have developed a novel blood test that may potentially facilitate the detection of Alzheimer’s at an early stage, giving people up to 15 years warning before the condition develops. “If we wish to have a drug at our disposal that can significantly inhibit the progress of the disease, we need blood tests that detect Alzheimer’s in its pre-dementia stages,” said lead researcher Klaus Gerwert, professor at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany.

  • Key component installed in new Chinese n-plant

    Beijing: A key component of China’s first fourth-generation nuclear energy system in Shandong province was installed on Sunday. The pressure vessel of a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) was placed at the Huaneng Shidao Bay nuclear power plant, Xinhua news agency reported. The cylindrical vessel, 25 metres high and weighing 610 tonnes, is the biggest, heaviest and most complicated pressure vessel for a nuclear reactor, said a statement from Huaneng Shandong Shidao Bay

  • Normal to face tough sides in Champions League quarters: Barcelona coach

    Barcelona: Champions FC Barcelona’s coach Luis Enrique valued his side’s draw to face Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The tie sees the Spanish league leaders take on the side that is second in the table and their only rivals for the domestic title and is one of the toughest ties Barcelona could have had as they look to defend their title, although Enrique expected a tough tie, reports