Free Press Journal
  • Govt allays concerns on polio; says India remains polio-free

    New Delhi: Amidst concerns over wild polio virus (P2 strain) being found in a Hyderabad drain, the Union Health Ministry today said it was a vaccine derived virus and does not change the polio-free status of India.

  • Sad music has different effects on people: study

    London: Sad music can provide enjoyment, comfort or pain to different people, according to a new study which looked at the effects of melancholy songs on the emotions of people. The findings could have implications for how music therapy and rehabilitation could help people’s moods, according to researchers from Durham University in the UK and University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.

  • 10 IS militants killed by Turkey shelling in Syria

    Ankara: At least 10 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in shelling in northern Syria by the Turkish army and air operations from the US-led coalition, security sources said on Wednesday.

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    VVIP choppers deal: ED files fresh charge sheet; names Michel

    New Delhi: ED has filed a fresh charge sheet, delving specifically into the role of British national and alleged middleman Christian Michel James and his few Indian associates, in connection with its money laundering probe in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal.

  • Mainstream actors don’t take up relevant subjects: Kareena 

    New Delhi: Having starred in commercially viable and entertaining movies like “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” and “Jab We Met”, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan says it’s a rarity for popular stars to take up movies on relevant subjects. But she agreed to do a “small special role” in “Udta Punjab” — a movie on Punjab’s drug menace — for the strong message that it conveys.

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    Another filmmaker cries foul of Censor Board, moves HC

    Thiruvananthapuram: Filmmaker Saijo Kannanaikkal has come out against the censor board for ordering three cuts, including the climax scene, in his movie “Kathakali” on grounds of alleged nudity and vulgarity.

  • 70 fighters dead in clashes around Syria’s Aleppo: monitor

    Beirut: At least 70 fighters have been killed in less than 24 hours of fierce clashes between pro-regime forces, jihadists and rebels in Syria’s Aleppo province, a monitor said today. Pro-regime fighters – backed by regime and Russian air strikes – retook the villages of Zaytan and Khalasa to the southwest of Aleppo city after losing control of them hours earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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    CBFC denies clearance to Gujarati film on Patel quota stir

    Ahmedabad: Even as Bollywood film “Udta Punjab” managed to sail through hurdles after a Bombay High Court order, a Gujarati movie based on the ongoing Patel quota agitation in the state, has been denied clearance by the Central Board of Film Certification.

  • Obama says he cried at daughter Malia’s school graduation

    Washington: President Barack Obama has said that he cried at the recent high school convocation ceremony of his elder daughter Malia, thinking about how she is graduating at this “extraordinary time” for women in America. “Some of you may know that on Friday, my elder daughter Malia graduated from high school. And I sat in the back and wore dark glasses,” Obama told a gathering of women from across the county at the

  • Orlando mass shooting divides US over gun control, immigration

    Orlando: The aftermath of yet another deadly mass shooting in the US, this time in Orlando city of Florida, has set off furious debate on gun control and immigration policy, putting the nation into a polarising disarray. Armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun, Afghan-origin Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire at a gay nightclub around 2.00 a.m. on Sunday that left 49 persons and himself killed and 53 others injured.

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    South Africa Indians plan grand reception to welcome Modi

    Johannesburg: Cultural groups representing expatriate Indians and the South African Indian descendants are planning a grand reception for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to South Africa next month. A cultural programme incorporating Indian and African dance and music is being planned for the event organised by SA WelcomesModi committee.

  • Explosion in Kollam injures one

    Kollam (Kerala): A huge explosion rocked the court complex here on Wednesday, injuring one person, police said.

  • Orlando shooter’s wife was aware of attack plans: Reports

    New York: The wife of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was aware of his plans to attack a gay nightclub and was with him when he bought ammunition, according to media reports which said that authorities are considering filing criminal charges against her for failing to alert them.

  • Santosh Hegde regrets reference to “retiring judges”

    Hyderabad: Former Supreme Court Judge N Santosh Hegde today regretted reference to retiring judges as he cited instances involving Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Bollywood actor Salman Khan where the courts granted them bail and heard their cases “out of turn” and offered unconditional apology.

  • Kolkata civic body cracks down on synthetic colours in biriyani

    Kolkata: Following its scanner on bread laced with harmful chemicals, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has now trained its gun on the use of non-permitted synthetic food colours in the celebrated biriyani.

  • SC to hear plea against declaring Nilgai, monkeys as vermins

    New Delhi: A plea has been filed in Supreme Court seeking quashing and interim stay of three notifications of the Centre declaring Nilgai, monkey and wild boar as vermins for one year in the states of Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.