Free Press Journal
  • New plans afoot in Kashmir

    Speculation is rife in Jammu and Kashmir on the return of democratic governance after revoking Governor’s rule. Recent indications have come from the appointment of a new governor Satya Pal Malik succeeding N N Vohra who served in that capacity for a decade. That Malik is the first politician to hold that position in five decades is a hint that the Centre may be thinking of forging a new coalition again to

  • India should give Imran Khan a chance

    An elected new government is installed in Pakistan. There is so much speculation about what difference Imran Khan — the Prime Minister — could make to improving the Indo-Pak relation.  Narendra Modi, in his congratulatory letter of August 18 to him, spoke of a “meaningful and constructive engagement” with Pakistan. This may be constructed his willingness to have a dialogue with his counterpart in Pakistan. Imran Khan has reciprocated, expressing a desire

  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Arabian Sea off Mumbai coast

    Mumbai: The ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were today immersed in the Arabian Sea near the Gateway of India here in the presence of senior BJP leaders. Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah had handed over urns containing Vajpayees ashes to all the BJP state unit chiefs asking them to immerse it in rivers and seas across the country.

  • Family seeks PM Narendra Modi’s help in bringing back abducted man stuck in Bangladesh

    Tura: The family members of an Indian national lodged in police custody in Bangladesh after being allegedly abducted and taken there have sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s help in bringing him back. Phalgun Arengh (66) was abducted from a Meghalaya village and was stuck in the neighbouring country for over three months now, a police official said. Confirming the presence of the man in Bangladesh, West Garo Hills SP MGR Kumar said since the

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    BJP-RSS trying to divide, spread hatred in India: Congress President Rahul Gandhi

    New Delhi: While his party binds the people of India, the BJP-RSS divides them and spreads hatred, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said. Addressing the Indian diaspora at a function organised by the Indian Overseas Congress in Berlin last night, he said the Congress’s thought of “unity in diversity” came from the times of Guru Nanak Dev.

  • ‘I dream of every family owning a house by 2022’, says PM Narendra Modi 

    Jujwa: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he dreams of every family having a home of its own by 2022, when the nation will celebrate 75 years of  independence. The homes built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana are of high quality and nobody had to pay a single rupee bribe, he said addressing a gathering at Jujwa village in Gujarat’s Valsad town after interacting with the beneficiaries of the scheme.

  • PM Modi, Amit Shah hand urns with Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes to BJP party chiefs to immerse in rivers across India

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Wednesday handed urns with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes to party presidents from across the country. The party will be organising ‘asthi kalash yatras’ in different districts to immerse the ashes in 100 rivers across the country. The processions will begin from state capitals and will continue through all blocks.

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    Shatrughan Sinha defends Sidhu on hug row, says even PM Modi and Vajpayee hugged Pakistanis

    Kolkata: Under attack for hugging Pakistan’s Army chief, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu received support from BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha who said Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi had hugged their Pakistani counterparts during their visits to that country. Sinha said Sidhu had already made himself clear on the issue and “I don’t think there is any scope for any controversy”.

  • India, Pakistan in meaningful and constructive engagement

    Whether it is a mere diplomatic courtesy or a genuine effort to try and renew the process leading to a meaningful dialogue between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Modi’s letter to his newly-elected counterpart in Pakistan, Imran Khan, ought to be welcome. Modi wrote to Khan on August 18, the day he took the oath of office as Prime Minister. In his letter, the Indian prime minister expressed a commitment to build

  • India ready for constructive engagement with Pakistan: Narendra Modi to Imran Khan

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a letter to his newly elected Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, conveying that India was looking for constructive and meaningful engagement with his country. Modi noted that India was committed to peaceful neighbourly ties with Pakistan, official sources said, quoting from the letter. The prime minister also stressed the need to work for a terror-free South Asia, they said. The prime minister conveyed to Khan that India was

  • PM Narendra Modi pays tributes to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today recalled the “efforts” of former premier Rajiv Gandhi “towards the nation” on his birth anniversary. “Tributes to our former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji on his birth anniversary. We remember his efforts towards the nation,” the PM tweeted. Today is Gandhi’s 74th birth anniversary. Born on 20th August, 1944, Rajiv Gandhi served as prime minister from 1984 to 1989. He was assassinated on May 21, 1991.

  • Fears of renewed Patidar protests hover over Gujarat as Hardik Patel is arrested ahead of PM Modi visit

    GANDHINAGAR: The spectre of a renewed spurt in Patidar protests is hovering over Gujarat as the police took pro-reservation stir leader Hardik Patel into custody, ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to the State on August 23. The Crime Branch made the arrest hours before Hardik was to undertake a token fast in a parked vehicle in Nikol suburb of Ahmedabad. The arrest immediately triggered state-wide protests beginning in Surat.

  • Modi arrives in Kerala

    Kerala floods: PM Modi salutes fighting spirit of people, promises to provide all possible assistance

    Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the people of the rain-ravaged Kerala for their “fighting spirit” and said today the nation stands firmly with the state in this hour. He conducted an aerial survey of some of the areas affected by flood. Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister K J Alphons accompanied the prime minister during

  • PM Modi announces Rs 500 crore relief fund in Kerala, Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to kin of deceased

    Kerala floods: PM Modi announces Rs 500 crore relief fund, Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to kin of deceased

    Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today an immediate financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the rain-battered Kerala, after reviewing the flood situation in the state. Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement

  • Kerala rains: PM Modi reviews flood situation, over 3 lakh people moved to relief camps

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday began his aerial survey of the massive loss and destruction triggered by the torrential rains in Kerala after it was initially called off due to bad weather. The Prime Minister’s first attempt was cancelled due to rains prevailing at the Kochi Naval airbase. Following the cancellation, Modi chaired a meeting with Governor P. Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other officials and

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    Atal ji will live in hearts, minds of every Indian: PM Modi

    New Delhi: Calling Atal Bihari Vajpayee an “extraordinary personality”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid rich tributes to the former Prime Minister, saying that “Atal ji will live on in the hearts and minds of every Indian”. “Atal ji, you will live on in the hearts and minds of every Indian. No words can ever do justice to your rich contribution towards the making of our country”, Modi tweeted.