Free Press Journal
  • Mutko steps down as 2018 World Cup organising chief

    MOSCOW : Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympic Games this month over doping, said on Wednesday that he is stepping down as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee.

  • New exotic state of matter found

    Berlin :  Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have found an exotic state of matter where the constituent particles pair up when limited to two dimensions.

  • Alagiri attacks Stalin over DMK’s humiliating defeat

    Chennai : DMK president M Karunanidhi’s son M K Alagiri, a one-time party strongman in southern Tamil Nadu who was expelled, has launched a scathing attack on the leadership of his younger bother M K Stalin who is the DMK’s working president following the party candidate’s humiliating defeat in the Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly by-polls.

  • Special Olympics gold medalist striving to make ends meet

    Ludhiana : Many a times cases of sportsmen in India facing apathy have come to the fore and the recent victim is double gold medalist in cycling, Rajbir Singh, who won at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, and is working as a labourer in Ludhiana to make ends meet.

  • Fed Cup  Carrom tournament from Jan 2-5

    Mumbai : The Maharashtra Carrom Association (MCA) will be hosting the 44th Sub-Junior National Inter-State Carrom Championship 2017-18 and the 24th All India Federation Cup Carrom Tournament 2017-18, at the Halari Visa Oswal Samaj Hall, Dadar(West) from January 2 to 5, 2018.

  • Israel lawmaker given security after insulting Palestinians            

    Jerusalem : Israel’s parliament has decided to give a controversial right-wing lawmaker a security detail after a widely-shared video showed him insulting Palestinians heading to visit detained relatives, a spokesman has said. Oren Hazan, a provocative figure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, dispensed the abuse on Monday after boarding a bus of Palestinians allowed to exit the Gaza Strip to see family members held in an Israeli jail. “Your relatives

  • Parliament passes bill on GST cess

    New Delhi : The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed an amendment bill that seeks to replace an ordinance in which tax rates on motor vehicles was hiked to a maximum of 25 per cent under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. The House took up for discussion the GST (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, 2017 amid din, as the Congress and Trinamool Congress members raised slogans and banners protesting against Union

  • SEBI mulls 10% cross-shareholding cap in MFs

    New Delhi : To avoid a potential conflict of interest, market regulator SEBI is considering to put a 10% cross-shareholding cap in mutual funds, senior officials told the PTI on Wednesday. The new measure may have an impact on the shareholding pattern of UTI Asset Management Company (AMC). State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB), Bank of Baroda (BoB) and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) have their own mutual funds and

  • Tibet quake caused Brahmaputra’s turbidity: China

    Beijing :  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying also said the recent tests showed that the water quality met the standards of Class III water. China on Wednesday said a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Tibet in mid-November had caused turbidity in the Brahmaputra waters, which had sparked concerns in India.

  • Continental giants India struggles for global success in 2017

    New Delhi : The age-old malady of inconsistency remained unaddressed but Indian hockey did take baby steps towards global success in 2017, a year which reaffirmed the nation’s continental supremacy in the sport.

  • Apple logs $151 profit per handset in Sep quarter

    New Delhi : Global tech giant Apple Inc’s average profit per handset was USD 151 (over Rs 9,600) in the July- September quarter, five times more than that of its closest rival Samsung, according to research firm Counterpoint. Samsung, which had one of the highest number of models across price bands in its portfolio, had a profit of USD 31 (over Rs 1,900) per unit in the same period, Counterpoint said in

  • Tax-free no more: Saudi Arabia, UAE to roll out VAT in 2018

    Dubai : Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have long lured foreign workers with the promise of a tax-free lifestyle, plan to impose a 5 per cent tax next year on most goods and services to boost revenue after oil prices collapsed three years ago.      The value-added tax, or VAT, will apply to a range of items like food, clothes, electronics and gasoline, as well as phone, water

  • Tesla Inc will make pickup trucks: Musk

    San Francisco : Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk has announced, on Twitter, that his company will make a pickup truck right after “Model Y” —  a crossover SUV vehicle that is reportedly in advanced stages of development. Musk had asked his 17.1 million Twitter followers for feedback on how the auto and power company “can improve further”, to which one user responded by saying that “a pickup truck is needed”.

  • Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media

    London : Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast on Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense of the world outside.

  • IT cartel caps pay for freshers: Pai

    Hyderabad : Big Indian information technology (IT) companies have formed a cartel to keep salaries of entry-level engineers low, alleged IT industry veteran T V Mohandas Pai, raising a strong pitch for a better deal for freshers.

  • One held after actress Parvathy cyber bullied

    Kochi: A man was on Wednesday arrested following a police complaint by award-winning actress Parvathy, who alleged that she was abused and viciously trolled on social media for terming as “misogynistic” some dialogues in a film starring top actor Mammootty.