Free Press Journal
  • Polish PM calls for ‘good compromise’ on Brexit

    London : Poland’s prime minister called for a Brexit “compromise” and said Europeans in Britain and Britons in Europe should not be “made to feel like hostages” as she kicked off a landmark trip to London.

  • Trump threatens to end US-Cuba thaw without ‘better deal’

    New York : US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday threatened to put an end to the thaw in ties with Cuba unless Havana makes concessions on human rights and opening up its economy, reports AFP.

  • Japan skating rink slammed for freezing fish

    Tokyo : A Japanese skating rink that froze 5,000 dead fish into the ice as an attraction for visitors has been forced to close after receiving a barrage of criticism. Amusement park Space World is now melting the rink — which could take about a week — and will hold a memorial service for the fish, the company said.

  • German court upholds former Auschwitz guard’s conviction

    Berlin : A German federal court said on Monday that it has thrown out a 95-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard’s appeal against his conviction for being an accessory to murder, reports AP. The decision to uphold Oskar Groening’s conviction sets an important precedent for German prosecutors’ efforts to pursue others who allegedly served at Nazi death camps.

  • Pak says focus to remain on India border under General Bajwa

    Islamabad : With its new army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa set to take charge, Pakistan has asserted that focus will remain on country’s eastern border with India, even as the US nudged Islamabad to keep the pledge of not allowing use of its soil for terror attacks against neighbours.

  • Dictionary.com’s word of the year is ‘xenophobia’

    New York : You might have thought about it, heard it. A lot. You might have even felt it: Dictionary.com’s word of the year is “xenophobia.” While it’s difficult to get at exactly why people look words up in dictionaries, online or on paper, it’s clear that in contentious 2016, fear of “otherness” bruised the collective consciousness around the globe.

  • Suu Kyi delays Indonesia trip amid Rohingya crisis

    Yangon : Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi postponed a visit to Indonesia after protests there over her country’s bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims and a thwarted plot to attack its Jakarta embassy, reports AFP. Thousands of desperate Rohingya have flooded over the border from Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the past week, making horrifying claims of gang rape, torture and murder at the hands of security forces.

  • Quake-triggered avalanche kills Nepali guide

    Kathmandu : A 43-year-old Nepali guide died and a British climber was injured on Monday when an earthquake triggered an avalanche on the Himalayan peak they were climbing, an expedition operator said, reports AFP. They were part of a 13-member team climbing the 6,812-metre Ama Dablam peak in the Everest region when the 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck early on Monday.   “The avalanche occurred after the quake hit,” Iswari Paudel, managing director of

  • Putin aide’s wife shocks with Holocaust-themed skating routine

    Moscow : The wife of President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman faced a storm of criticism on Monday for performing a Holocaust-themed ice-dancing routine with striped costumes based on concentration camp uniforms.

  • Govt removes excise duty on POS machine-making goods

    New Delhi : Government on Monday removed excise duty on goods for manufacturing of POS (Point of Sale) machines that are in great demand as merchants are being compelled to use them in the wake of currency crisis, reports PTI.

  • Taxman won’t ask for source of bank deposits: Revenue secy

    New Delhi : The tax department will not ask for the source of funds deposited in banks from November 10 — post demonetisation of high value notes, if the entire income is declared and 50 per cent taxes paid on it, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said on Monday, reports PTI. The disclosures will enjoy immunity from Wealth Tax, civil and other taxation laws but there will be no immunity from FEMA, PMLA, Narcotics

  • EPFO pensioners can submit life certificate till January 15

    New Delhi : Providing breather to its around 50 lakh pensioners amid difficulties being faced in banks due to demonetisation, retirement fund body EPFO has extended the last date for submission of life certificate till January 15, reports PTI. “Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has directed its over 120 field offices that the last date for submission of life certificate by pensioners is extended till January 15, 2017,” a senior official told PTI.

  • Indian family businesses feel confident in the existing market, says PwC report

    Mumbai : The growth, which was seen in the Indian economy between 2014 and 2016, is reflected in the growth of the family business enterprises, stated PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in its latest report- ‘PwC India Family Business Survey 2016’. It further stated that Indian family businesses feel confident in the existing market and there is openness with respect to growth strategy in terms of market, sectors and acquisitions.

  • Govt intends to revisit existing policy on national steel

    Mumbai : In order to support domestic steel industry, the Government proposes to revisit the existing national steel policy which is at conceptual stage. Based on the decision taken in the meeting of high level committee on manufacturing held to achieve the ambitious target of 300 Million Tonne Per Annum (MTPA) steel production capacity by 2025, a concept of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) was enunciated.

  • Tata Sons asks Nusli to withdraw legal notice

    New Delhi : As the boardroom battle at the India’s largest conglomerate rages on, Tata Sons has asked Nusli Wadia to withdraw his legal notice saying there was nothing vindictive in its resolution seeking his removal as independent director on board of group firms, reports PTI.

  • The wooden sword

    Jadeja smashes much needed 90 with trademark celebration; India in command

  • ‘Sword celebration is trademark of Rajputs’

    Mohali : Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Monday yet again got the opportunity to perform his traditional celebration of bat brandishing during his career-best knock of 90 runs during the ongoing third Test of the five-match series against England at the Punjab Cricket Stadium (PCA) in Mohali.

  • Virat disappoints Sunny

    Expressing his displeasure over Virat Kohli’s behaviour, legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the Indian skipper for engaging in war of words with Ben Stokes after the England all-rounder’s dismissal on Day One of the ongoing third Test in Mohali.

  • Argentina win Davis Cup title

    Zagreb : Juan Martin del Potro staged a magnificent comeback after losing the first two sets to beat Marin Cilic before Federico Delbonis defeated Ivo Karlovic to enable Argentina claim their maiden Davis Cup tennis title.