Free Press Journal
  • Police probe threat against Houston Gay Pride parade

    Washington: Police in the US’s Houston city are investigating a threat against a Gay Pride parade scheduled for next week. The police were aware of a tweet that said, “There will be a massive shooting at the Pride parade in Houston, Texas,” Houston police spokesman John Cannon said on Wednesday.

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    Gulberg riots: Quantum of sentence to be announced tomorrow

    Ahmedabad: A special SIT court will tomorrow pronounce the quantum of sentence for 24 convicts in the Gulberg Society massacre in which 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed. The court of special judge P B Desai here had announced on Monday that the quantum of sentence will be declared on Friday, after submissions were made by the prosecution, defence lawyers as well as the lawyer of the victims.

  • French police arrest 323 soccer fans for violence

    Paris: At least 323 persons were arrested following violent clashes between fans of rival soccer clubs in France, since the start of the European football tournament on June 10, an official said on Thursday. Some 196 people were taken into custody, eight sentenced to jail terms and three given suspended sentences while 24 others would be sent home, Xinhua news agency reported an official as saying.

  • Russia’s recession nearing end: Official

    Moscow: Russia’s economic recession is expected to end this year, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Thursday. “The low point of recession has passed, and there is a rapid economic recovery,” Ulyukayev said at the St. Petersburg  International Economic Forum that started earlier in the day.

  • Myanmar, India to cooperate on border security

    Yangon: Myanmar and India vowed on Thursday to cooperate on issues of border security and stability, sources with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.  The pledge came as Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi met Ajit Doval, the Indian National Security Advisor who is visiting Nay Pyi Taw as a special envoy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports Xinhua.

  • Rains will bring down vegetable prices: K’taka Agri Minister

    Bengaluru (Karnataka): Attributing the rise in vegetables prices across the state to drought, Karnataka Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda on Thursday said the agricultural production will get a boost with recent rains eventually bringing down the prices.

  • Murray’s coach Lendl keen to ruin Djokovic’s dominance

    London: After rejoining forces with British tennis maestro Andy Murray, coach  Ivan Lendl has admitted that their target is to ruin top-ranked Novak Djokovic’s bid to become the greatest player of all times. Earlier this week, Murray revealed that he had agreed a deal to resume his relationship with Lendl two years after they parted ways.

  • No realistic hope of Olympic medal in hockey: Viren Rasquinha

    Mumbai: While praising the Indian men hockey team’s progress under the guidance of coach Roelant Oltmans, former international Viren Rasquinha did not hold out a
    realistic chance for the country to climb the medals podium at the upcoming Rio Olympics. “We have to take one step at a time. In Beijing (2008 Olympics) India did not qualify and we were 12th (and last) in London (Olympics in 2012). From there to go and

  • Indian-origin Sahota included in Vijender-Hope fight card

    New Delhi: Indian-origin British boxer Sanjeev Singh Sahota has been roped in to fight in one of the six supporting contests during Vijender Singh’s WBO Asia title
    bout against Australian Kerry Hope here on July 16.The 24-year-old, who has won both his pro bouts since making his debut in the circuit in April, will be contesting
    in a four-round bout against a yet-to-be-named opponent.

  • Obese people wired to crave sweets: study

    Washington: Obese people may find it more difficult to refrain from sweets than those who are thin, because of a dysfunction in their brains, a new study suggests.  As young people reach adulthood, their preferences for sweet foods typically decline, researchers said. But for people with obesity, new research suggests that the drop-off may not be as steep and that the brain’s reward system operates differently in obese people than in thinner

  • Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir detained days before father’s death anniv

    Srinagar: The Mirwaiz of south Kashmir Qazi Yasir was today detained by police on the apprehension of breach of peace three days before the death anniversary of his father Qazi Nisar, who was killed by unidentified gunmen on June 19, 1994.

  • VHP demands separate ministry for cows’ welfare

    New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government to create a separate ministry for the welfare of cows.

  • Cowboy election campaign video blasted in Australia

    Sydney: An Australian MP today defended an election campaign video depicting him as a cowboy shooting two political opponents as “screamingly funny”, despite criticism in the wake of the Orlando nightclub killings. Bob Katter, an independent MP known for his opposition to selling off rural land to foreign interests, posted the parody  of an old-style Western on Wednesday on his social media accounts, ahead of national polls on July 2.

  • Gene editing used to alter butterfly wing designs

    Washington: Scientists have succeeded in altering the patterns on a butterfly’s wings by tweaking just one or two genes, an advance that may help understand how
    colour patterns and shapes evolved in the insects. By using the new method of CRISPR, a gene editing tool, researchers at Cornell University in the US cut out a gene
    known as spalt, and produced a butterfly lacking the large round markings known as eyespots.

  • Unique, ancient space rock may have diversified life on Earth

    Los Angeles: Scientists have discovered a type of ancient space rock never before found on Earth in Sweden, and said that a shower of such meteorites may have led
    to the evolution of more diverse and complex life forms on our planet. “In our entire civilisation, we have collected over 50,000 meteorites, and no one has seen anything like this one before,” said Qing-zhu Yin, professor at the University of California, Davis.

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    Kamal Nath resigned on his own volition: Cong

    New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath resigned “on his own volition” as party in-charge of Punjab, anguished over the “mischievous” campaign against him by opponents regarding the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the party said today.

  • Obama-Dalai meeting violated US’ promises: China

    Beijing: China today said President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama has “violated” US’ promises on not supporting Tibetan independence and warned that it will hurt bilateral cooperation. Reacting to Obama’s “private meeting” with the Dalai Lama at the White House, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang
    told a media briefing that, “Tibet affairs are China’s domestic affairs and no foreign country has the right to interfere”.

  • Tatas, Uber tie up for vehicle purchase, financing solutions

    Hyderabad: Tata Group today announced a tie-up with ride-sharing company Uber Technologies to offer the drivers and owners on Uber platform comprehensive vehicle purchase and financing solutions, among other benefits. Under the partnership, those looking to operate Uber cars can buy Tata vehicles such as Indica and Indigo from Tata Motors and also get access to flexible and customised financing solutions from Tata Capital and Tata Motors Finance.