Free Press Journal
  • Put on hold: Unified Education Regulator Plan

    New Delhi : The government’s plan to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with a single higher education regulator seems to have hit a roadblock with the HRD ministry putting the idea on hold. The plan to introduce Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency or HEERA with an aim to eliminate overlaps in jurisdiction and remove irrelevant regulatory provisions is in limbo.

  • Delhi hospital preparations to be reviewed

    New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold a review meeting with the city’s health officials in the wake of the death of several infants at a medical college in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur. Medical superintendents of state government-run hospitals, senior health department officials will be present in the meeting, to be held on August 16, where the chief minister will undertake a stock-taking exercise.

  • No sharing of info with Mallya: UBL

    New Delhi : United Breweries Ltd (UBL) had stopped sharing company-related information with erstwhile chairman Vijay Mallya since February after Sebi restrained the fugitive liquor tycoon from holding position as director or key managerial personnel in any listed firm. According to a regulatory filing by UBL, although the cessation of Mallya’s directorship was communicated to authorities last week, he was asked to step down from the board much earlier this year.

  • Independence Day celebrations: West Bengal opposes BJP format

    Kolkata : In a fresh confrontation with the central government, the West Bengal government has issued “urgent” instructions to all schools and other educational institutions to “stop all preparations” for celebrating Independence Day 2017 in a format prescribed by the Union HRD Ministry.

  • UP govt directive to medical colleges: Stock up oxygen

    Lucknow : In the aftermath of the Gorakhpur Medical College hospital debacle that saw the deaths of over 63 children, the UP government under pressure has asked all the medical colleges to ensure that there is no shortage of medicines or oxygen. The stategovernment’s medical education department, in a letter to the medical colleges, also directed them to immediately pay all the outstanding dues to the oxygen suppliers.

  • World’s oldest man, a Holocaust survivor, passes away at 113

    Jerusalem : Israel Kristal, the world’s oldest man who lived through both World Wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp has passed away just a month short of his 114th birthday, his family has said.

  • Indian economic cycle entering strongest phase

    New Delhi : The Indian economy is at the cusp of entering its strongest growth phase and a full-blown bull market is yet to play out with the wide-based Nifty expected to touch 11,500 in 2018, says a report. An economy enters the strongest phase of growth when stocks, bonds and commodities all rally together.

  • Top Afghan Islamic State members killed in US air strike

    Kabul : Several senior Islamic State group members in Afghanistan – including a provincial leader – have been killed in a United States air strike, an official said on Sunday.

  • Automation to be biggest disruptor

    New Delhi : Indian business landscape is likely to be influenced by trends like artificial intelligence, automation and digital currencies in the second half of this year, says a report. The Sanctum Wealth Management’s Mid-Year Investment Outlook report for 2017, which identified key trends that are likely to influence asset allocation decisions, noted that companies with disruptive leadership will thrive.

  • UK considers fine over Shakespeare exam blunder

    London : A UK examination’s regulator on Sunday indicated that it may consider a fine on an examination board over a blunder in its Shakespeare question which mixed up the two warring clans of the Bard’s most popular play ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

  • DLF promoters, GIC may ink pact on Rs 13K cr deal this month

    New Delhi : Realty major DLF’s promoters are likely to enter into an agreement this month with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC to sell their 40 per cent stake in the rental arm in a deal estimated at around Rs 13,000 crore.

  • Latin America stability at risk from Trump threat: Venezuela

    Caracas : Stability across Latin America is in jeopardy from President Donald Trump’s “reckless threat” to consider military action against Venezuela, Caracas said on Sunday, after its military vowed to stand up to the US leader’s “craziness.”

  • Iran passes motion to counter US

    Tehran: The Iranian Parliament on Sunday overwhelmingly approved the general outlines of a motion to counter the US’ “terrorist and adventurous” acts in the region, the media reported.

  • Trump to order probe into China trade practices

    Washington: The US President Donald Trump will direct the trade representative (USTR) to determine whether to investigate China’s trade practices.