Free Press Journal
  • Bangladesh prepares to execute top Jamaat leader

    Dhaka: Preparations were today underway in  Bangladesh for the execution of chief of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami Motiur Rahman Nizami, a day after the Supreme Court rejected his plea to review the death penalty for war crimes, with family members meeting him in prison for the last time. “Seven members of his family including his wife, two sons, daughter visited him,” jailor Nasir Uddin of suburban high-security Kashimpur Central Jail told PTI over phone.

  • Uttarakhand Crisis: Harish Rawat welcomes SCs order

    Dehradun: Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat today welcomed the Supreme Court’s order for a floor test in the state Assembly on May 10, saying it reasserts the supremacy of the legislature in a democracy and hoped it will help end the political uncertainty in the state.

  • Akhilesh to meet Modi on May 7 over water, drought

    New Delhi: Amid a political slugfest between the Samajwadi Party and BJP over the water crisis in Uttar Pradesh, especially in drought-hit Bundelkhand region, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday.

  • ISIS intends to announce its Bangladesh ‘affiliate’: report

    Washington: The dreaded ISIS terror group intends to announce “an affiliate” in Bangladesh, where it has already “designated a local leader”, a US-based think-tank said, amid a series of brutal killings of secular bloggers and intellectuals in the Muslim-majority country. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said the radical group was preparing for a global surge of activities before and during the Ramadan, which falls between June 6 and July

  • Arthur named Pakistan’s new coach

    Karachi:  Former South Africa and Australia coach Mickey Arthur was today named head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, succeeding Waqar Younis who had resigned owing to the side’s disastrous World Twenty20 campaign. “Following detailed consultations on this matter at the last Board Of Governors’ meeting and further telephone consultations by the PCB Chairman with Board Of Governers, discussions with Mickey Arthur were initiated and he has confirmed his acceptance of the

  • Movie Review: Traffic – Crawls on emotional route

    Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Divya Dutta, Sachin Khedekar, Jimmy Shergill, Parambrata Chatterjee, Vishal Singh, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Kitu Gidwani, Vikram Gokhale, Amol Parashar and Nikita Thukral

  • Excited to play in day-night Test: Dhawan

    Hyderabad: Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan cannot wait to play in a day-night Test match as he feels the planned innovation will be good for cricket. India might play a day-night Test against New Zealand later this year during the gruelling home season, which will feature 13 Test matches. “We are excited for sure. I always believe change is always good. If things go well, it’s a new thing for batsmen, for the

  • EPL: United coach van Gaal seeks revenge against Norwich City

    London: Manchester United head coach Louis van Gaal has asked his footballers to seek “revenge” when they will meet relegation-threatened Norwich City in an English Premier League (EPL) match here on Saturday. Manchester United, who are fifth in the EPL table with 60 points, lost their home game on December 19 1-2 to Norwich. And at the Carrow Road stadium away on Saturday, van Gaal wants his team to avenge the bitter

  • ‘Phantom pregnancy’ panda becomes mother for real

    Beijing: A giant panda that let down her fans with a “phantom pregnancy” in 2014 gave birth to a cub on Friday morning, with more than 100,000 people viewing her delivery online. The male cub, weighing 145 grams, was born at 6.06 a.m. at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre in Sichuan province, Xinhua news agency reported. The baby panda, the first born worldwide this year, and the mother are in good

  • Air India pays pending dues to pilots

    New Delhi: The Air India management today paid pending flying allowance dues to over 800 pilots. The dues which accrued following the implementation of a new pay structure have been pending since January. The total amount was not immediately available. ICPA which is the pilots’ association of the airlines’ narrow body (Airbus A320) fleet had said it will launch an agitation if the payments were not made.

  • Miniature camera helps people with low vision read better

    New York: Researchers have developed a miniature camera that can be mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are legally blind — vision with 20/200 or worse in the better eye — and dramatically improve their ability to read an email or a newspaper article.  Made using optical character-recognition technology, the artificial vision device can be easily mounted onto the eyeglasses and works either by pointing at an item, tapping on it,

  • Govt examining report on subsidy rationalisation

    New Delhi: The Expenditure Management Commission (EMC) set up by the government to suggest ways to rationalise subsidies has submitted its final report and the same is under examination, Parliament was informed today.

  • Slow-motion earthquakes may also lead to tsunamis

    New York: Slow-motion earthquakes or ‘slow-slip events’ can rupture the shallow portion of a fault that also moves in large, tsunami-generating earthquakes, new research has found. Slow-slip events are similar to earthquakes, but instead of releasing strain between two tectonic plates in seconds, they do it over days to weeks, creating quiet, centimetre-sized shifts in the landscape.  Using a network of highly sensitive seafloor pressure recorders, an international team of researchers from

  • Strong phone security challenge for enforcement agencies: Govt

    New Delhi: As Apple slugs it out with FBI on privacy issues, India today said strong encryption technology to secure data and communications in smartphones, including those made by the US-based firm, is a challenge for law enforcement agencies.

  • Taliban commander arrested in Afghanistan’s Wardak province

    Kabul: The Afghan intelligence operatives have arrested Qari Syedullah, a Taliban commander in Afghanistan’s central Maidan Wardak province involved in major terrorist attacks. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) arrested Syedullah who also famous as Worekhmin during an operation of the intelligence operatives, reports Khaama Press. The operation was conducted in Sheikhabad village of Syedabad district said National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement.

  • Now book ‘Bharat Darshan’ packages for Rs. 830 with IRCTC

    New Delhi: Bookings are currently open for the Bharat Darshan Tourist Trains, a budget-friendly package created by the IRCTC with all-inclusive services on a dedicated tourist train, for domestic travellers who want to explore some of the country’s most popular religious destinations.

  • Nepal president cancels India visit

    Kathmandu:  Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s upcoming visit to India has been cancelled, officials here said on Friday without disclosing the reason for the abrupt cancellation.

  • Nearly 1 mn Pakistanis migrated in 2015

    Islamabad: Pakistan has been facing continuous exodus as nearly a million people left the country for better work opportunities in 2015 alone. Senate Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was told yesterday that since 1971, over 9 million Pakistanis have emigrated through the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment, according to a report in Express Tribune. This number peaked in 2015 when 9,46,571 Pakistanis moved to other countries, and since