Free Press Journal
  • BJP paid in cash for land deals in Bihar: Report

    Patna : The BJP’s political woes over its land deals in Bihar ahead of demonetisation aggravated on Saturday as a media report quoting official documents said the party purchased the land in cash, contrary to its leaders’ claims on Friday.

  • Modi’s brigade out to assess ban effect

    NEW DELHI : A score of union ministers and senior bureaucrats of secretary and joint secretary level have been handpicked by Prime Minister Modi to go across the country for two days beginning Saturday to assess the impact of the demonetisation drive on different sections of the society.

  • Banks told to absorb surplus liquidity

    NEW DELHI : Concerned over a massive surge in deposits due to surrender of the scrapped currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Saturday issued a directive to the banks to maintain an incremental “cash reserve ratio” (CRR) of 100 per cent, effective for a fortnight from November 26.

  • Mamata to step up attack on Modi govt

    Kolkata : Continuing her tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetisation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said she would fight till the end against the “anti-people” decision, which has imposed an “undeclared financial emergency”.

  • BJP invokes Ambedkar to prove point

    NEW DELHI : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday invoked Constitution framer Dr. B R Ambedkar on the Constitution Day to assert Prime Minister Modi was making his dream come true as ”Babasaheb” was the first to propose that the currency should be revised every 10 years to cleanse the economy.

  • Weekly withdrawals of ` 24,000 to continue

    NEW DELHI : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Saturday asked the banks to continue to allow the existing customers to withdraw cash up to Rs 24,000 per week from their savings account until further instructions. Banks, however, do not have sufficient cash and hence the branch managers are imposing their own limits on the withdrawals.

  • Demonetisation was a calculative step: Goyal

    Mumbai : Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision of demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes was not taken overnight, but it was a calculative step taken at the right time, said Piyush Goyal, Union Power Minister during an address on Saturday at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

  • Army to seek no deadline on notes change for jawans

    New Delhi: The Indian Army is moving the government to extend the deadline of December 30 for depositing or exchanging the scrapped notes in case of its soldiers deployed in the remote areas as they would not be able to go to banks until they return home.

  • Castro Was A Big Hit With Indian Leaders

    New Delhi : Fidel Castro’s bear hug to Indira Gandhi in the spring of 1983 at the Non-Aligned Movement summit here best symbolises his warm ties with India which always looked to the legendary leader as a “great friend”.

  • Left parties take out rally to mourn Castro’s death

    Kolkata : The Left parties in West Bengal today took out a rally here and decided to fly the red flag at half mast for three days at their respective offices across the state as a mark of respect to Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

  • Amarinder sure of 2/3rd majority in upcoming polls

    Patiala : Punjab Congress Chief Amarinder Singh today exuded confidence that the party would come to power in the state with a two-third majority as he kicked off the second phase of his road show.

  • Government pushes for draft GST laws

    New Delhi : Notwithstanding the Parliament impasse over demonetisation that may wash out the winter session, the Modi Government on Saturday pushed ahead for ushering in the new Goods and Services Tax (GST), putting in public domain three draft laws that it wants passed in this session.  These draft laws have not yet been approved by the GST Council, comprising the Centre and the State Finance Ministers. The council is to meet only

  • Over 40 lakh youth in Punjab addicted to drugs: Kejriwal

    Chandigarh : AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that over 40 lakh youth in Punjab were addicted to drugs and accused the ruling Akali Dal of promoting corruption and spreading a drug network across the state.

  • Not promoting Hinduism, says Haryana CM

    New Delhi : As Haryana is all set to hold the Rs 100-crore ‘International Gita Mahotsav’, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday denied the state’s BJP government was promoting Hinduism in the garb of the holy book.

  • Nitish Kumar

    Nitish denies secret meet with Amit Shah

    Ptana : JDU president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday strongly refuted the claim of a leading Hindi newspaper that he(Nitish) had a secret meeting with BJP president Amit Shah in a Gurugram farmhouse on November 1.

  • Marxist leader still smitten by a handshake with Fidel

    Kolkata : Almost four decades back a young Marxist from Bengal had the moment of his life. After running through slushy fields, and eluding big, burly bodyguards, it was a brief handshake with Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro that now veteran CPI-M leader Shyamal Chakraborty cherishes even today.

  • Kangaroos maintain lead over SA

    Adelaide : Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took three wickets to keep Australia ahead after third day’s play in the final Test of the three-match series against South Africa here at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

  • Rahul out again with injury, Dhawan back in contention

    Mohali : Indian cricket team’s poor fitness record in the ongoing home season continued as opener KL Rahul was on Saturday ruled out of the third Test due to a forearm injury sustained during the second match.