Free Press Journal
  • $500K for promotion of religious freedom in India

    Washington : The US has announced a grant of nearly USD 500,000 for a non-governmental organisation to come up with proposals to develop early warning systems for “reducing religiously-motivated violence and discrimination” in India.

  • Spike in cases of respiratory problems in Delhi hospitals

    New Delhi : As air pollution reached alarming levels in the national capital, major city hospitals witnessed a surge in the number of patients complaining of respiratory problems with doctors saying some may develop life-threatening conditions.

  • Note ban made dealing in black money difficult: FM

    New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said demonetisation may not have completely eliminated black money, but dealing in unaccounted cash has become very difficult. He further said property prices have moderated and digital payments are increasing following the government’s decision to scrap old Rs 500/1000 notes with effect from November 9, 2016. In an interview to a private TV channel, Jaitley said he would not say that black money

  • Indian-American elected New Jersey Mayor despite anti-Sikh propaganda

    New York : Two Indian American candidates have overcome bigoted propaganda to win local elections in New Jersey – one of them as the Mayor of Hoboken. Ravi Bhalla was elected in Tuesday’s elections as the first Sikh Mayor of the town that is a suburb of New York City.

  • North Korea a cruel dictatorship: Trump

    Seoul : Donald Trump slammed North Korea’s “cruel dictatorship” and the severe political oppression inflicted on its people in a speech to Seoul’s parliament today. South Korean lawmakers applauded as the US president, whose tour of Asia has been dominated by fears over the nuclear-armed North, vowed not to be intimidated and warned Pyongyang that it should not test American resolve. He called for global solidarity against the isolated nation, but he

  • Every medal is a story of struggle

    New Delhi : Every medal is a story of struggle, says the indomitable M C Mary Kom, who considers her fifth Asian Championship gold medal special as it came despite the many roles she has had to play outside the ring in the past one year.

  • Commercial coal block bids by March

    Kolkata : Commercial coal block auction is likely to be carried out within this financial year ending March 2018, a top coal ministry official said here on Wednesday. “A decision will be taken this month of the Cabinet. Thereafter, of course, the process would begin but it is likely to take time. In this financial year, this should happen,” Union Coal Secretary Susheel Kumar said here today on the sidelines of the

  • US lauds Saudi exposure of Iran’s support for Yemen rebels

    Washington: The United States says it welcomes Saudi Arabia’s statement exposing Iranian support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said yesterday that a ballistic missile fired at the kingdom by Yemeni rebels was a “direct military aggression by the Iranian regime.” The White House’s statement today says the US condemns the Iranian government’s activities and stands with Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf partners against Iran’s aggression and “blatant” violations

  • We were not good enough in the deciders: Williamson

    Thiruvananthapuram : New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said though his team played well in the ODI and T20 series and put up a good fight but were not good enough in both the deciding rubbers.

  • Himachal polls today; Cong, BJP lock horns in 68 constituencies

    Shimla : Sixty-eight Assembly seats will on Thursday go to the polls in a single phase in Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh, where the BJP is determined to take power. Officials said everything was in place for a smooth conduct of the polling in 7,525 booths.

  • India’s stance wavering on OBOR: China

    Beijing: A day after Russia’s envoy to India said Beijing and New Delhi should resolve their differences on the Belt and Road project, China said on Wednesday that New DElhi’s stand on it appeared to be wavering.

  • ‘We had confidence in Hardik’s off-cutters’

    Thiruvananthapuram : Skipper Virat Kohli had full faith in Hardik Pandya’s “off-cutters” which came in handy during the tense final over of curtailed third T20 International against New Zealand that India won by 6 runs.

  • ‘India more attractive to do biz than WB ranking’

    Washington : India is a lot more attractive place for business than what the World Bank’s recent ranking suggests, top Indian-American economist Arvind Panagariya has said, noting that the 30-point jump in one year was “overdue”. Investors usually go where the environment is the best and not where the World Bank collects its data, Panagariya, professor at the prestigious Columbia University, told PTI in an interview.

  • People are conveniently targetting Dhoni: Kohli to critics

    Thiruvananthapuram : Livid with constant scrutiny of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s finishing skills, India captain Virat Kohli hit back at the critics for “conviniently” singling out one man while ignoring failure of other players, including himself.

  • Businesses resort to MF post demo

    Mumbai : Post demonetisation, business has been bad in India, but not for mutual funds. A year ago, the government’s move to ban high-denomination currency and subsequent measures to disincentivise the use of cash has led to money being funnelled into bank accounts, and subsequently for use in an accountable manner. The biggest shift perhaps was for businessmen, self-employed professionals.