Free Press Journal
  • Indian athlete Jagtar Singh tests positive for banned substance

    Bhubaneswar :The menace of doping has hit Indian athletics again with decathlete Jagtar Singh testing positive for a banned substance. Jagtar, who competes in men’s decathlon, was put under provisional suspension after his urine sample ‘A’, collected during the Federation Cup National Championships in Patiala last month by the National Anti Doping Agency, tested positive for meldonium.

  • Hope joint drill not aimed at others: China

    Beijing: China on Friday expressed hope that the upcoming joint naval drill between India, Japan and the US is not aimed at other countries. The annual Malabar naval exercise between India, Japan, and the US will begin on July 10 in the Indian Ocean.

  • US Open to try serve, clothing, warmup clocks in qualifying

    New York : The US Open will experiment during its qualifying rounds this year with scoreboard clocks to limit how much time elapses between points and how long pre-match warmups or mid-match clothing changes can last.

  • Darjeeling tense, HC questions Centre on need to quell unrest

    Darjeeling (WB) : GJM activists on Friday took out rallies here demanding withdrawal of security forces from the restive Darjeeling hills even as the Calcutta High Court questioned the Centre whether it does not think the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland needed to be quelled quickly.

  • Govt wants to revive small savings, says Nirmala Sitharaman

    Kharagpur (WB) : The government wants to revive small savings as it is currently not as robust as it should be, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Friday.

  • China rejects demand for Nobel laureate’s release

    Beijing : China strongly opposed a resolution passed by the European Parliament urging Beijing to release from house arrest Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is suffering from terminal-stage liver cancer, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

  • City boy Kush Bhagat, has ‘edge’ over compatriots

    Mumbai : Chess is, a sport where the intellect, speed and patience are all that matters to establish oneself as a talented player. Perhaps these are quite big words to digest for an eight-year-old, but Kush Bhagat, has already pulled off some stunning feats in the sport and has become a powerful force to be reckoned with.

  • Pakistan executes 465 since lifting of death penalty ban

    Lahore : At least 465 persons have been executed in Pakistan since the country lifted the ban on death penalty in December 2014, said a non-government organisation working for prisoners’ rights. Such a high number of executions has made Pakistan the “fifth most prolific executioner” in the world, following China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Dawn online cited a data analysis by Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) as showing.

  • Spurious liquor kills five in UP

    Azamgarh (UP): Five persons died and six others were taken ill allegedly after consuming toddy at Kewathiya village here following which six excise department officials and three policemen were suspended today.

  • India under single tax regime as Kashmir implements GST

    Srinagar : The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Friday passed the state Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill after receiving President Pranab Mukherjee’s order ‘safeguarding’ Kashmir’s special constitutional status and its exclusive taxation powers — bringing to implementation the pan-India indirect tax regime in the state.

  • Pakistan accuses Raymond Davis of being a RAW agent

    Lahore : Rehman Malik, Pakistan’s former interior minister has accused India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for paying CIA contractor Raymond Davis to write the book, ‘The Contractor’, in order to malign Pakistan’s army and democratic institutions.

  • Source says HC adjourns Essar Steel plea on RBI NPAs circular till Wed

    Mumbai : The Gujarat High Court on Friday djourned till Wednesday the  hearing on a petition filed by Essar Steel Ltd challenging the Reserve Bank of India’s circular directing banks to refer 12 large non-performing assets under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, a  source in the know told Cogencis.

  • Floods halt Japanese princess’ engagement announcement

    Tokyo : The official announcement of the engagement of Japanese Emperor Akihito’s eldest granddaughter, Princess Mako, was postponed due to torrential rains that have killed seven people while 14 were reported missing.

  • Service consumed in June, billed in July to attract GST

    New Delhi : Consumers will have to cough up GST on bill payment for credit card, telephone or any other service consumed in June if the invoice for the same has been generated or payment made in July.

  • Mars soil may be toxic cocktail to alien life: Study

    Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK investigated the behaviour of chemical compounds, called perchlorates, which are found on the surface of Mars. They found that, when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light in environmental conditions mimicking those on Mars, the chemicals can kill bacteria commonly carried by spacecraft