Free Press Journal
  • Philippines leader meets Xi; declares separation from US

    Beijing : In a major diplomatic victory for China, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced “separation” from longstanding ally the US, as the two neighbours agreed to “temporarily put aside” their differences over the South China Sea (SCS) and signed 13 agreements, reports PTI.

  • North Korean medium-range missile launch fails again

    Seoul : North Korea conducted what appeared to be its second failed test in a week of a powerful medium-range missile that experts warn could be operationally deployed as early as next year. South Korean and US military monitors said the missile — believed to be an intermediate-range Musudan — exploded shortly after take-off at around 6:30 am Pyongyang time, reports AFP.

  • Mumbai: Traced blind woman is missing again

    Mumbai: A 25-year- old blind woman, who went missing since May this year was traced by the Nanded police this month, has mysteriously gone missing again.

  • NY city mayor declares Waris Ahluwalia Day at Diwali celebrations

    New York : New York City declared October 19, 2016 as Waris Ahluwalia day in recognition of the Sikh-American actor and designer for his “powerful” message of countering ignorance and advocating for religious understanding and tolerance, reports PTI.

  • Centre proposes separate fund for GST revenue loss compensation

    New Delhi : The Centre has proposed setting up a separate fund under the Public Accounts to compensate states for possible losses after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax  (GST) in the country. According to the discussion paper circulated at the two-day GST Council meeting that concluded on Wednesday the Compensation Fund will be non-lapsable and will be only used to fund compensation of states.

  • Retailers discuss with FM steep discounts by e-tailers

    New Delhi : Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani and other retailers demanded a level-playing field for brick-and-mortar stores vis-a-vis e-commerce players.  At a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Biyani discussed the issues concerning hefty discount doled out on the e-commerce platform and also foreign direct investment norms in the retail sector, reports PTI. The meeting of the Retailers Association of India (RAI) came against the backdrop of controversy over advertisements for discounts

  • CVC queries MoRTH over Rs 10,050 cr Zojila tunnel contract

    New Delhi : The Central Vigilance Commission has sought details from Road Transport and Highways Ministry over cancellation of Rs 10,050 crore Zojila Pass tunnel contract in Jammu and Kashmir. The ministry in March ordered ‘rebidding’ of the contract, which was earlier given to IRB Infrastructure. The CVC has sought further clarification on the matter from Chief Vigilance Officer of the ministry with regard to reasons of withdrawal of contract, which is a

  • Wipro acquires US-based Appirio for $500 mn

    Bengaluru : Software major Wipro Ltd announced that it acquired Appirio, a US-based cloud services firm, for $500 million (Rs 3,340 crore).”Appirio’s acquisition will create one of the world’s largest cloud transformation practices, a game changer in as-a-service and digital economy,” said the IT firm in a statement, ahead of its second quarter (July-September) results.

  • Prez advocates departmental standing committees to scrutinise CAG reports

    New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee suggested that departmental standing committees should scrutinise CAG reports which could not be taken up by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) due to paucity of time. The government should take action on the recommendations of the PAC and submit action-taken notes to the committee.

  • Sahara requests SC for advanced hearing; to deposit Rs 200 cr

    New Delhi : Sahara Group informed the Supreme Court that it would deposit Rs 200 crore  today as the apex court is likely to hear the matter involving the return of money to three crore investors. The hearing has been advanced on the request of the Sahara Group after its senior counsel Kapil Sibal made a mention on Thursday before the bench of Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice A M Khanwilkar.

  • Indian equity markets end higher following Asian peers

    Mumbai : Key Indian equity market indices ended higher on Thursday following strong Asian markets cues. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 28,031.57 points, closed at 28,129.84 points — higher 145.47 points, or 0.52 per cent over the previous day’s close at 27,984.37 points, reports IANS.

  • SC upholds NTPC’s decision to reject Montecarlo coal mine bid

    New Delhi : State-run NTPC Ltd’s decision to reject techno-commercial bid of private firm Montecarlo for development and operation of Dulanga coal mining project was upheld by the Supreme Court. Through this, the apex court has upheld a Delhi High Court verdict validating NTPC’s decision. “Where a decision is taken that is manifestly in consonance with the language of the tender document or subserves the purpose for which the tender is floated, the

  • Tourist arrivals soar up by 13.4 % in September

    New Delhi : Over 6 lakh foreign tourists arrived in India in September, an increase of 13.4 per cent as compared to the same period last year, the government said. The footfall last month led to foreign exchange earnings to the tune of Rs 11,781 crore as compared to Rs 10,415 crore in September 2015, recording a growth of 13.1 per cent, an official release said.

  • Mumbai: Property agent held from Haryana for Rs 45 Lakh fraud

    Bhayandar: An estate agent was arrested by the Mira Road police for cheating a 53-year-old woman by siphoning of Rs 45 lakh which was supposed to be paid to a builder towards the payment of an under construction flat.

  • Bail plea of Kopardi rape accused rejected

    Mumbai: The sessions court at Ahmednagar on Thursday rejected the bail application of Nitin Bailume, who is one of the accused in the sensational Kopardi rape and murder case. Th-ree persons, Jitendra Shinde, Santosh Bhaval and Bailume had been arrested by the Ahmednagar police in connection with the rape and murder of a minor girl. The police had recently filed the chargesheet and the case is now being heard in the sessions court. Bailume

  • Mumbai: Unclaimed gold worth Rs 32 Lakh seized at airport

    Mumbai: The Air Intelligence Unit officers made an unclaimed seizure of 12 gold bars of 10 tolas each collectively weighing 1,392 gms valued at Rs 38,52,360 from Chhatrapati Shivaji Int-ernational Airport on October 20 at around 7:15 am. “The sei-zed gold bars were kept inside an orange coloured tiger faced rexin bag on a baggage trolley in the oversized area behind Airline countersat CSI Airport. The above said gold bars were seized. Further investigation

  • Just So Close…

    Dhoni fails to finish it off as India lose to NZ by six runs