Free Press Journal
  • Sindhu into last eight, Saina out

    Hong Kong : Second seed PV Sindhu sailed into the women’s singles quarterfinals with a comfortable win while compatriot Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Hong Kong Open Superseries here on Thursday.

  • Oil and gas PSU mergers exempt from CCI nod

    New Delhi : Merger and acquisition (M&A) deals involving public sector oil and gas companies have been exempted from seeking the approval of fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI), according to a government notification.

  • Myanmar signs deal with B’desh

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also travelled to both Bangladesh and Myanmar  and held talks with their top leadership to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

  • Let EVMs be checked before Guj polls, demands Cong

    New Delhi : Expressing fears that the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party will once again manipulate the electronic voting machines (EVMs) as seen in the civic body polling in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, the Congress on Thursday demanded that a task force headed by a Supreme Court judge should undertake a thorough examination of all machines to be used in the Gujarat Assembly elections.

  • Time to rescind Pak’s major non-NATO ally status: US expert

     Washington : A top American counter-terrorism expert has urged the Trump administration to “rescind” the major non-NATO ally status given to Pakistan after a court in Lahore ordered to free Mumbai terror attack mastermind and banned JuD chief Hafiz Saeed from detention.

  • ‘Proper’ plan in the works to up exports

    New Delhi : The Commerce and Industry Ministry is chalking out a “proper” business plan, based on market research, in its bid to promote exports of goods and services, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday. The Commerce and Industry Minister said a proper market segmentation is the need of the hour to understand the potential of domestic goods and services.

  • UN envoy: sexual attacks against Rohingya may be war crimes

    United Nations : Widespread atrocities against Rohingya Muslim women and girls have been orchestrated and perpetrated by Myanmar’s military and may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict said on Thursday.

  • NBFC’s to have 19% pie of overall loan market by FY20

    Mumbai : The share of non-banking financiers in the overall loan market will go up to 19 per cent by the fiscal 2020 from 16 per cent last fiscal year, primarily because of a strong play in the wholesale segment, says a report. This will be possible on the back of an 18 per cent annual growth in non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) loan books over the next three years, a Crisil report

  • Army takes steps for swift troop movement along China border

    Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Dokalam since June 16 after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. The face-off ended on August 28.

  • Mehbooba’s gesture to China upsets Centre

    This is not for the first time that Mehbooba had come out in support of projects like CPEC. In March, she had given a call for “time to move beyond border skirmishes” to be partners in economic growth and also in projects like CPEC.

  • Pak SC orders govt to fill Katas Raj temple with water in it

    Islamabad : Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday flayed the government for failing to protect the sacred pond in the historic Katas Raj temple complex and ordered to fill it with water in a week even if water has to be carried in water-skins.

  • Slowdown bottomed out, recovery rests on govt steps: D&B

    New Delhi : The slowdown in the Indian economy has bottomed out, and going forward, the pace of recovery will depend on initiatives the government takes to boost the growth momentum, especially private investment, according to a report. There have been improvement on some parameters of the economy following the slowdown, post demonetisation and GST, said Dun & Bradstreet’s (D&B) latest Economy Observer.

  • AIADMK wins back ‘two leaves’

    Chennai : The Election Commission of India on Thursday lifted the freeze on the AIADMK’s name and symbol and awarded it to the faction headed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam holding that they enjoyed majority support in the party organisation as well as legislative houses. The ruling means that the rival group led by VK Sasikala, the jailed former aide of late Chief Minister

  • Israeli PM to visit India on January 14

    Jerusalem : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be on a four-day visit to India starting January 14, a little more than six months after his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi visited the Jewish state, informed sources said.

  • Havmor sells ice-cream biz to Lotte for Rs1,020 crore

    New Delhi : Havmor Ice Cream (HIL) on Thursday said it has agreed to sell its entire ice cream business to South Korea’s Lotte Confectionery Co Ltd for Rs1,020 crore.

  • Noise heard hours after sub’s last contact: Argentine navy

    Buenos Aires : Argentina’s navy said on  Thursday it is investigating a noise detected in the South Atlantic hours after it last communicated with a missing submarine and its 44-member crew.

  • Plea to President to summon Parliament session

    New Delhi : The Congress has petitioned President Ramnath Kovind to direct the government to summon Parliament at the earliest, stressing that the power to summon it is constitutionally vested in him and he should intervene as the custodian of the Constitution.