Free Press Journal
  • Shruti Haasan teams up with H’wood actor for next flick

    New Delhi: Shruti Haasan, who will soon be sharing the screen space with her dad Kamal Haasan in her next tri-lingual film, would have a New York-based Indian-American actor Manu Narayan as co-star.

  • Shatrughan Sinha love to be Bihar’s brand ambassador

    Patna: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha today said if approached he would be happy to promote Bihar as its brand ambassador. There are reports that the state is considering to rope in some Bollywood celebrity as its face. Sinha, however, said nothing is official yet. “There is nothing official about it so far. But, if and when I am considered for the responsibility of brand ambassador by dear friend Nitish Kumar, I would lend

  • UAE is strategic partner to EU

    Brussels: The UAE is a strategic partner to EU member-states, Elmar Brok, chair of the foreign affairs committee at European Parliament (EP), has said.Brok welcomed the UAE’s cooperation with the EP given the country’s effective role regarding the Middle East issues.

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    Swamy seeks Azad’s apology; Cong dares govt to prove charges

    Seeking an apology from Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for speaking a blatant lie that they had blacklisted Finmeccanica, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy on Friday demanded either the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha tender an apology or the breach of privilege committee passes a censure with some punishment on him.

  • In Sweden, 5 charged with murder over tavern shooting

    Stockholm: Swedish prosecutors have charged five men with murder over a shooting in Sweden’s second largest city last year that left two dead and eight wounded. Three others were charged with accessory to murder. Spokeswoman Ulrika Aberg says today’s charges put an end to “one of the most extensive investigations” in Goteborg, southwestern Sweden. On March 18, 2015, two masked gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons in a crowded restaurant as people were

  • ‘Modi’s address to US Congress an opportunity to boost ties’

    Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to a joint meeting of the US Congress will be an opportunity to energise efforts to improve bilateral ties, top American lawmakers from across the political divide have said. Reflecting the strong bipartisan support to the India-US relationship, the lawmakers welcomed the decision of the House Speaker Paul Ryan to invite Modi to address the joint meeting. “Speaker Ryan’s decision to invite Prime Minister Modi to

  • Amit Shah again targets Sonia Gandhi over Agusta deal

    New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday renewed attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the AgustaWestland VIP chopper deal, asking on whose behest the terms of the contract were tweaked. “When the Agusta chopper deal was being finalised, Sonia Gandhi was the Congress president and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance was in power. Their ministers were negotiating the deal,” Shah said.”The tender had the condition that only original equipment manufacturers

  • Netaji files: Morarji Desai had raised questions on death

    New Delhi: Former Indian prime minister Morarji Desai had raised questions about the death of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in 1977, the newly released declassified files pertaining to Netaji revealed on Friday. The third cache of 25 files was released by union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma at the National Archives here. The latest batch comprises five files from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), five from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), and

  • Lok Sabha compliments ISRO for satellite launch

    New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Friday complimented scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of the seventh navigation satellite, which will lead to the country getting its own satellite navigation system. As soon as the house assembled for the day’s proceedings, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said: “With this launch, India would successfully establish its own satellite navigation system.

  • Cyrus, Hemsworth have lunch with his parents

    Canberra: Singer Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth were spotted having lunch with the actor’s parents in Australia. The couple were spotted with Hemsworth’s parents Craig and Leonie at lunch in Byron Bay, Australia on Thursday, reports Cyrus, 23, was dressed casually in a white T-shirt and denim shorts. Hemsworth, 26, kept a low-profile wearing a white shirt, board shorts, navy cap and black sunglasses.

  • Big B wraps ‘Pink’ shoot, bids emotional goodbye to team

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has finished the shoot of his forthcoming movie “Pink” and bade an emotional farewell to the team. The thriller directed by Bengali filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and also stars “Baby” actress Taapsee Pannu. It is set for a September 16 release. Bachchan, 73, plays a lawyer in the film, which is produced by his frequent collaborator, Shoojit Sircar.”You sit and work with them.. listen to them as they

  • Oppn accuses govt of giving raw deal to dalits

    New Delhi: Opposition members today accused the government of giving a raw deal to dalits saying the suicide by Rohith Vemula of Hyderabad University is a glaring example in this regard. Participating in the discussion on Demand for Grants of Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry in Lok Sabha, they claimed that the ruling dispensation only paid lip service to B R Ambedkar and his ideals at a time when atrocities on dalits are

  • El Nino dries up Asia as its stormy sister La Nina looms

    Temerloh: Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina. The current El Nino which began last year has been one of the strongest ever, leaving the Mekong River at its lowest level in decades, causing food-related unrest in the Philippines, and smothering vast regions in a months-long

  • CPI(M) for speedy investigation and trial in chopper scam

    Kolkata: Instead of political posturing, the Narendra Modi government should ensure speedy investigation into the Augusta Westland chopper deal and bring to trial all the wrong-doers, CPI(M) said today. “The nexus of ruling politicians-bureaucrats and senior military officials is such that despite a number of defence deal scandals, the system of corruption has not been uncovered. “Instead of political posturing on the matter, the Modi government should ensure that the investigation is

  • US fears rise of jihadists in moderate Bangladesh

    Washington: The slaying in Bangladesh of a US Agency for International Development employee has intensified US concern that the strategically located South Asian country with traditions of religious tolerance is under threat from Islamic extremists. Bangladesh’s government denies that transnational jihadist groups have been behind a spate of bloody attacks on secular writers, bloggers, foreigners and religious minorities. But the Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida on the Indian Subcontinent claimed Monday’s killing of USAID

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    PM Modi not doing enough to bring black money home: Congress

    New Delhi: The Congress party on Friday said that the NDA regime at the Centre is not doing enough to bring back black money to India, and alleged that it was colluding and conniving with liquor baron Vijay Mallya. “Stark truth is that Vijay Mallya ran away with active connivance and protection of Modi government. Will Modiji answer, will Arun Jailtley answer that 9,091 crore rupees of money belonging to the common persons

  • Gujarat Congress seeks 20 per cent reservation for EBCs

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Congress today said the BJP government’s announcement of 10 per cent reservation for Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) was “insufficient” and demanded that it should be made 20 per cent. According to Gujarat Congress President Bharatsinh Solanki, the announcement has been made in a haste to gain political advantage. “Ten per cent reservation is incomplete and insufficient. This announcement has been made only to gain political advantage. This announcement is like

  • Former US House speaker: Cruz is ‘Lucifer in the flesh’

    Washington: Former US House speaker John Boehner has let fly with a stunning critique of fellow Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, labeling him the devil incarnate. “Lucifer in the flesh” is how the ever-blunt Republican heavyweight – who stepped down as speaker last year – described the Texas senator, who is struggling to block billionaire Donald Trump’s march to the Republican presidential nomination, according to the Stanford Daily newspaper. “I

  • Agri Minister faces Oppn wrath in RS

    New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today faced some tough moments in Rajya Sabha when opposition members sought to corner him with pointed questions on farmers’ issues, with SP members staging a walkout apparently dissatisfied with his reply. Opposition members, cutting across party lines, sought to grill the Minister with direct questions on farmers’ issues, which he did not answer directly and instead said that the Modi government had initiated a

  • Colombia legalises gay marriages

    Bogota: Colombia’s top court has legalised same-sex marriages, making the country the fourth in Latin America to do so. Gay couples were already allowed to form civil partnerships, but Thursday’s ruling extends them the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples, BBC reported. Earlier this month, the constitutional court dismissed a judge’s petition against equal marriage rights for heterosexual and homosexual couples.