- Arvind Kejriwal‘s has accused BJP chief Nitin Gadkari of land-grab in Vidharba. He also says that Gadkari has numerous companies in the region, which is notorious for the number of farmer suicides that happen there. In what was touted as his nextbig expose, he also says that farmers are deprived of water irrigation while Gadkari’s business empire uses up all the resources.
Earlier, Kejriwal announced that he would take his agitation demanding Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s resignation to the minister’s constituency of Farrukhabad. The IAC activist is alleging discrepancies against an NGO run by him and his wife.
In response, Khurshid viciously spoke against Kejriwal. He said the IAC leader was welcome to go to his constituency of Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh to campaign against him, but ominously questioned if he would be able to return. He said, “I have been made the Law Minister and asked to work with the pen. I will work with the pen but also with blood.”
We have a report in the bulletin.
- President Barack Obama went on the attack against Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a critical debate, looking to make a comeback from an earlier matchup when he was seen a bit distracted and uninterested. From the opening moments, Obama was aggressive. He criticized Romney’s opposition to the Democrats’ bailout of the auto industry and rejected Romney’s economic proposals as squeezing the middle class. He also said Romney had shifted positions on energy, criticizing coal production years ago and supporting it now. At least twice, Obama accused Romney of being untruthful.
Even though Romney responded with his own points, the debate is largely being seen as a victory for Obama. Check out a detailed report in the bulletin.
- The Karnataka High Court has granted bail to Pascal Mazurier, the French consulate official accused by his wife of raping his four-year-old daughter.
The court has said that Mazurier, who was arrested on 19 June, cannot leave India, and he has also been asked to surrender his passport. There are still no details on how much he will have to pay as a personal bond.
- There is still uproar against Sachin Tendulkar getting the Order of Australia membership. Aussie politician Rob Oakshott said that even though he loved seeing the master blaster play, the award should be focused on recognising Australians doing community work instead– and not for diplomatic purposes.
The FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers were underway last night. With England’s match against Poland washed out, the other major results included late draws for France against Spain and a thrilling comeback from Sweden against Germany– which ended 4-4.
- Microsoft’s Surface tablet is now open for pre-order on the official Microsoft website… and sadly India is not in the list of countries. Surface has a 10.6-inch display with 1366×768 resolution at 148 pixels per inch. It also has Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with 2GB RAM. The tablet is available for now in 32GB and 64GB versions. The price of the 64GB tablet with the black Touch Cover which also doubles up as as Keyboard will cost $699.