Free Press Journal
  • Mathura remains tense as political parties wade in

    Mathura: Even as blame game continued over the violence in Mathura in which 24 persons were killed on Thursday, political parties waded into the troubled region to take stock of the situation and score a point over their rivals. As the media focus shifted from police failure and inept handling of the crisis at Jawahar Bagh to the role of politicians of the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata

  • Modi awarded Afghanistan’s top civilian honour

    Herat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a brief visit to Afghanistan, was today conferred with Amir Amanullah Khan Award, the country’s highest civilian honour. He was bestowed the honour by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after the inauguration of the landmark Afghan-India Friendship Dam.

  • WHO to weigh Rio Olympics impact on Zika spread

    Washington: The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has asked a panel of experts to consider whether the Rio Summer Olympics should be held as scheduled due to concerns it could spread the Zika virus. The WHO sent teams of senior scientists to Brazil four times “to gather first-hand data on the current situation and assess the level of risk to the large number of athletes and spectators expected to attend

  • Young Hongkongers boycott Tiananmen vigil

    Hong Kong: Crowds gathered today for Hong Kong’s commemoration of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown but many young activists turned their backs on the candlelit vigil as calls grow for greater autonomy from China. The vigil, which each year draws tens of thousands to the city’s Victoria Park, has caused a widening rift in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp between those who believe the victims of the crackdown should be remembered and those

  • Mathura clash looks case of negligence on govt’s part: Supriyo

    Bhopal: Union Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo today attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over the incident of clash between police and
    encroachers in Mathura, saying it apparently appears to be a “case of negligence” on the part of local administration. “Overlooking tension brewing in the area for long and that too in a sacred place like Mathura is not good where even police lost their lives. Apparently, it appears that

  • Khadse’s political journey: From sarpanch to no 2 in cabinet

    Mumbai: Beginning his political career as a village sarpanch in north Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district, Eknath Khadse in his four-decade long political career went on to become de facto no 2 in the first BJP-led government in the state. It was due to the 64-year-old leader’s political clout that he held nearly a dozen of portfolios in the current cabinet, including important ones like revenue, state excise, minorities development and Wakf.

  • Kanye West unveils new song

    Los Angeles: Rapper Kanye West made a surprise appearance on Los Angeles radio to premiere the still-untitled first single from his upcoming album Cruel Winter. The brooding, synth-heavy track, which debuted on Big Boy in the Morning, features an all-star array of guests on the track, including 2 Chainz, Migos’ Quavo, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Desiigner, Yo Gotti and the freshly sprung Gucci Mane, reported Rolling Stone magazine.

  • Death toll in France rises to 4 as flooding peaks in Paris

    Paris: The death toll from the flooding in France has risen to four, officials said today, as the water level of the Seine river in Paris slowly started to decrease after reaching its peak overnight. But authorities warned it could take up to ten days for the river to return to normal after swelling to its highest level in nearly 35 years, about 4.5 meters above average.

  • Syria army thrusts into IS bastion as Kurds advance from north

    Beirut: Russian-backed Syrian troops pushed into the Islamic State group’s bastion province Raqa today, threatening to catch the jihadists in a pincer movement as US-backed Kurdish-led fighters advance from the north. The lightning advance from the southwest with Russian air support brought the army to within 40 kilometres of the Euphrates Valley town of Tabqa, site of the country’s biggest dam, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said.

  • Ex-HC judge to probe charges against Khadse: Fadnavis

    Mumbai: A retired High Court judge will probe allegations against Eknath Khadse, who resigned from the state Cabinet today, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here. “Eknath Khadseji has demanded an inquiry into allegations against him. A retired High Court judge will be appointed to conduct the inquiry,” Fadnavis tweeted.

  • Indian hockey women lose to Japan in bronze medal game

    Darwin (Australia): Indian eves returned empty-handed from the four-nation invitational tournament here after losing 1-2 to Japan in the bronze medal play-off match today. India started the game on a bright note, pushing Japan onto the back foot immediately, and penetrated the opponent circle several times in the first five minutes.

  • Jaya urges Modi to get fishermen released from Sri Lanka    

    Chennai: Two days after four more fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today sought Prime Minister Narendra
    Modi’s intervention for their release besides 90 boats seized. In a letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa apprised him of the latest arrest of four Indian Indian fishermen by the Lankan Navy in the early hours of June 2, who were then taken to Kankesanthurai.

  • PM mourns Ali’s death, describes him as exemplary

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today joined the sporting world in mourning the death of boxing great Muhammad Ali, who passed away in the United States after a long battle with the Parkinson’s disease. “RIP Muhammad Ali. You were an exemplary sportsperson & source of inspiration who demonstrated the power of human spirit & determination,” Modi, who is in Afghanistan, wrote on his twitter page.

  • China marks 27th anniversary of Tiananmen square rebellion

    Beijing: China today silently observed the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen square rebellion which witnessed a brutal military crackdown that led to a massacre of hundreds of students protesting against the ruling Communist Party. Security was stepped up around the iconic Tiananmen square here with police meticulously searching people entering the 109-acre area to ensure no posters and bills were carried to commemorate the event.

  • Congress leader Narayan Rane addresses a press conference in Gandhi Bhavan in Mumbai on Thursday. — BL Soni

    Fadnavis behind Khadse’s exit, says former CM Rane

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is responsible for Eknath Khadse’s exit from the state cabinet, former chief minister Narayan Rane said today.

  • Was a dead actor, TV gave me life again: Ronit Roy

    Mumbai: If it wasn’t for the television industry, Ronit Roy says he was a dead actor. Considered the Amitabh Bachchan of the Indian small screen, he feels “hurt” with the “regressive” content that is finding its way into over 175 million households (Ficci-KPMG report) across the country.

  • Not ashamed to pose in bikini: Ritika Gulati

    Mumbai: Model Ritika Gulati, who is making her acting debut with upcoming rom-com film “Love Ke Funday”, says she has never hesitated or felt ashamed of posing in a bikini as she has a “good figure”. “I have never hesitated to pose in a bikini as I am not at all ashamed to flaunt myself in a bikini especially since I have a good figure. In any case, it is part and

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    Eknath Khadse rubbishes allegations, says facing a trial by media

    Mumbai: Eknath Khadse, who resigned as Maharashtra’s revenue minister following allegations of impropriety with regard to a land deal and alleged calls from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, on Saturday alleged that a trial by media was being conducted against him sans evidence.

  • Pune Football Club wins Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tourney

    Panaji: Pune Football Club beat local favourites Dempo Sports in the final to lift the Bandodkar Gold Trophy. Pune became the sixth away team to lift the coveted trophy, played for the first time in more than two decades. The last few days of the football calendar season saw teams battle it out for the prestigious trophy gifted to the Goa Football Association by the state’s first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar in 1970.