Free Press Journal
  • Make Afghan lapis lazuli a ‘conflict’ mineral: watchdog

    Kabul: Afghan lapis lazuli must be classified a “conflict mineral”, an international watchdog says, warning the Taliban and other insurgents are earning some USD 20
    million a year illegally mining the semi-precious stone. Violent competition between local strongmen for control over 6,500-year-old lapis mines in the far northeastern
    province of Badakhshan is a key driver of conflict in the country, London-based Global Witness said in a report yesterday.

  • Thai police find tiger slaughterhouse in temple probe

    Bangkok: Police investigating Thailand’s now infamous Tiger Temple found what they believe was a slaughterhouse and tiger holding facility used in a suspected animal trafficking network. The discovery today is the latest in a growing scandal surrounding the Buddhist temple, which was a popular tourist attraction that charged admission for visitors to take photos with the tigers and walk them on leashes.

  • Coach should understand our culture, says Dhoni

    Mumbai: As India’s hunt for cricket’s new chief coach gathers momentum, limited overs skipper Mahendra singh Dhoni, who has worked with quite a number of coaches during his decade-long career, on Tuesday said the candidate must understand the country’s sporting culture.

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    SC reserves verdict on Karnataka’s challenge to Jayalalithaa acquittal

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on the Karnataka government’s appeal challenging acquittal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and three others in a corruption case even as Karnataka sought attachment of assets of the six companies used for channelizing the alleged ill-gotten wealth.

  • Chennai City FC promoter wins bid for Premier Futsal’s Chennai franchise

    Chennai: The promoter of Chennai City FC, who are among the oldest football clubs in the city, has successfully bid for Premier Futsal’s Chennai squad, thus becoming the first franchise to be picked up ahead of the league’s inaugural season.

  • UP government blocking central schemes: BJP chief

    Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh has been blocking several central welfare schemes, the reason why the benefits are not reaching the intended beneficiaries, BJP president Amit Shah said here on Tuesday.

  • Ramiz Raja questions Pak’s Test squad selection for England tour

    Karachi: Questioning Pakistan team’s selection for the upcoming England tour, former skipper Ramiz Raja has said that the newly-appointed Inzamam-ul-Haq-led selection committee could have chosen a better 17-member Test squad to face Alastair Cook’s side.

  • SC refuses to direct CBI probe in Mathura violence

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to to order a CBI probe into the recent violence in Mathura that left 29 people including two policemen dead, saying it was for the state government to decide.

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    Court extends judicial custody of 3 alleged terrorists

    New Delhi: A Delhi court has extended by almost a month the judicial custody of three suspected members of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, arrested for allegedly planning an attack in the national capital.

  • Spain prosecutors seek Neymar corruption trial

    Madrid: Spanish prosecutors want Brazilian star Neymar tried over fraud allegedly committed during his 2013 transfer to FC Barcelona, a judicial source said today. Prosecutors from Spain’s top criminal court accuse the striker, his father, Barca’s ex-president Sandro Rosell and the club itself of concealing the cost of the multi-million-euro transfer from Brazilian investment fund DIS.

  • Sensex closes above 27000; SBI up five pct

    New Delhi: After the Reserve Bank of India policy review today, the market ended with hefty gains. The Sensex ended above 27000 for first time since October 2015 up 232.22 points or 0.9 percent at 27009.67, whereas the Nifty traded up 65.40 points or 0.8 percent at 8266.45.

  • ‘Rare’ silver coins found in Israel

    Tel Aviv: Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday said they have unearthed “rare” silver coins that a Jewish farmer stashed outside his home west of Jerusalem some 2,140 years ago. The Israel Antiquities Authority said the coins were found in Modiin city during salvage excavation ahead of the construction of a new neighbourhood, Xinhua news agency reported.

  • Bihar Cabinet sanctions Rs 40 cr for enforcing prohibition

    Patna: Bihar government today sanctioned a fund of Rs 40 crore from its Contingency Fund for effectively enforcing complete prohibition in Bihar. “The Cabinet today sanctioned Rs 40 crore from Bihar Contingency Fund for purchasing various equipment and instruments to effectively enforce complete prohibition in the state,” Cabinet Secretariat Department’s Principal Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters here.

  • 25 Indian students asked to leave US varsity : report

    New York: At least 25 of a total 60 Indian graduate students at Western Kentucky University have been asked to leave their computer science programme after the first semester as they do not meet its admission standards, a media report said today. The move will force the students to return to India or find placement in another university or programme in the US, less than six months since their enrollment in January after

  • Rajan voices concerns over govt’s bad bank proposal

    Mumbai: With the government going ahead with the idea of creating a bad bank, Reserve Bank today made its concerns clear on the ownership of such a vehicle to tide over the bad loan menace, saying the lenders should hold a minority stake in any stressed assets fund.

  • Xinjiang residents must submit DNA for passports: media

    Beijing: Residents of a border district in China’s mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang must now provide DNA samples when applying for passports, according to official local media. As of June 1, residents of the Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture in China’s far northwest must give police DNA samples, fingerprints, voiceprints and a “three-dimensional image” in order to apply for certain travel documents, the official Yili Daily said, citing the local public security bureau.