Free Press Journal
  • FinMin asks PSBs to cut branches

    New Delhi : The Finance Ministry has asked public sector banks (PSBs) to look at rationalising their domestic and overseas branches as part of the reform process to strengthen their financials. Banks have been advised to pursue closure of loss making domestic and international branches as part of a capital saving exercise, official sources told the PTI on Monday.

  • Ponzi schemes: SFIO targets 63 companies

    New Delhi : The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has taken up probes into 63 companies in the ongoing fiscal, for allegedly indulging in illegal money pooling activities.

  • Dale Steyn would be challenged by India, says Harbhajan Singh

    Look at the Indian batting line up. We have so much quality. Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma. This is perhaps among the best line-up in world cricket. For both Steyn (pic) and Morkel, it will be a challenge to stop this line-up especially when they themselves will need to get into the groove, says Harbhajan Singh

  • GST launch made 2017 most significant year for nation

    New Delhi : The 70th year since Independence will go down in history since the country switched over to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, realising, thereby, the vision of a unified market in a federal system that guided the nationalist bourgeoisie in joining Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle to liberate India from the British, reports the IANS.

  • Queen to hail terror-hit UK cities in Christmas Day message

    London : Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will reflect on the “appalling” terror attacks in London and Manchester this year in her traditional Christmas Day message televised to the Commonwealth on Monday.

  • energy-Solar Power

    Only sustainable energy balance can meet demand

    Moscow : With global energy demand expected to grow 30 per cent by 2040 as per International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates, a sustainable energy balance needs to be achieved to meet this requirement while also ensuring reduction in hazardous emissions, experts said.

  • Noida is not jinxed, says Modi, praises UP CM for ‘rising above superstition’

    Noida : The satellite town of Noida is not jinxed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, rubbishing the “superstition” that Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers have lost their seat whenever they visited the urban hub close to Delhi and praised Yogi Adityanath for “rising above” it.

  • Cong to declare candidates early after scientific analysis

    The party is mounting a separate exercise of identifying 10 to 20 dedicated party workers in each polling booth who can devote their maximum time in contacting the voters right from January and sending feedback on their aspirations.

  • Bench dedication ceremony planned for Sherin in US    

    Houston : Community members in Dallas have planned a bench dedication ceremony and memorial service for the Indian toddler Sherin Mathews who was found dead in a culvert in mysterious circumstances in October.

  • AIADMK cracks whipagainst 9 TTV aides

    Chennai : Stung by the R K Nagar bypoll defeat at the hands of rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran, the ruling AIADMK on Monday axed nine of his aides and warned of action against those who “betrayed” the party.

  • Gujarat’s new government to take oath of office today

    Ahmedabad : The new government led by Vijay Rupani would take the oath of office and secrecy at a grand ceremony in Gandhinagar on Tuesday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a galaxy of senior BJP leaders and chief ministers of NDA-ruled states.

  • No more ‘crash guards’ on cars, two wheelers

    New Delhi : Most of the people get steel rods and structure fitted on cars and two wheelers to protect them in case of any accident, not knowing that they were banned back in 1988 when the Motor Vehicles Act was amended.

  • Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem: Morales

    “Guatemala is historically pro-Israeli. In 70 years of relations, Israel has been our ally. We have a Christian way of thinking that, as well as the politics of it, has us  believing that Israel is our ally and we must support it”Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales .

  • Vietnam evacuates hundreds of thousands ahead of storm

    Hanoi :  Hundreds of thousands of people in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta were evacuated as the region braced for the arrival of Typhoon Tembin after the storm left more than 160 people dead in the Philippines.

  • Nation gets into celebratory mood with Christmas

    Thiruvananthapuram/Panaji : Midnight masses and carols in praise of Lord Jesus marked Christmas on Monday as the country got into a festive mood with people thronging markets donning Santa Claus caps and gospel bands enthralling the merry-makers.

  • Thick blanket of haze envelops Delhi

    New Delhi : A thick blanket of haze enveloped the city on Monday with the mercury settling at 22.8 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season’s average.

  • 20 dead as bus collides with van in northern Philippines

    Baguio (Philippines) :  A passenger bus collided with a van carrying pilgrims to Christmas Mass at a church in the northern Philippines on Monday, leaving 20 people dead and more than two dozen injured, police said.

  • CCI TT: Havish in semis, Keisha scrapes through

    Mumbai : State champion Havish Asrani swept all opposition while Keisha Jhaveri snatched a crucial win in the round robin to enter the cadet boys and girls semi-finals, respectively, in the 2nd CCI Juniors Prize Money Table Tennis tournament, at the Cricket Club of India, on Monday.

  • Qualcomm begins testing self-driving technology in California

    San Francisco : Joining the race towards building self-driving cars, global chip manufacturer Qualcomm has begun testing its self-driving chipset technology in California. According to a CNBC report, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has issued the permit to Qualcomm for testing its technology. The chip maker has now started testing vehicles equipped with its technology in San Diego County, the report added. Nvidia and Samsung previously received permits to test self-driving cars