Live: Khurshid defends Modi 'impotent' remark

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 09, 2014 07:31 hrs

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Khurshid defends Modi 'impotent' remark

External Affairs Minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has defended his recent controversial comment of calling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi an impotent'.

Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, he said that he appreciates Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's disapproval of the use of such language.

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Assange says NSA reporters 'new kind of political refugee'

Addressing thousands of audience during a teleconference interview at South by Southwest, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that Americans in exile were fast emerging as new age National security reporters.

Assange said that National security reporters were a new kind of political refugee, adding that it was the first time they were faced with an extremely powerful opponent without an effective public relations strategy.

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Arvind Kejriwal to visit Mathura today

A day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal held strings of public meeting in Ahmedabad, he is all set to hold a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district today.

The visit to Mathura is a part of his six states tour starting from Ahmedabad. After Mathura, he is scheduled to visit, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Punjab.

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Search resumes for missing Malaysian jetliner

 Planes and ships from across Asia resumed the hunt Sunday for a Malaysian jetliner missing with 239 people on board for more than 24 hours, while Malaysian aviation authorities investigated how two passengers were apparently able to get on the aircraft using stolen passports.

There was still no confirmed sighting of wreckage from the Boeing 777 in the seas between Malaysia and Vietnam where it vanished from screens early Saturday morning en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. The weather was fine, the plane was already cruising and the pilots had no time to send a distress signal — unusual circumstance for a modern jetliner to crash.

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BJP approaches Election Commission over Kejriwal's allegations against Modi

The Gujarat BJP has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against Arvind Kejriwal for his statement that Narendra Modi won three Assembly elections in Gujarat either by "buying out" or "killing" his opponents.

State BJP chief RC Faldu lodged the complaint, saying the allegation that Gujarat Chief Minister Modi 'kills his opponents' was outrageous and "unparliamentary".

The complaint said that making such allegations is a criminal offence under the Indian Penal Code. "It also violates Representation of the People Act and the model code of conduct," Faldu said in the complaint.

Kejriwal's allegations were baseless and made with the motive to target a person before the elections, it said. BJP also submitted an audio CD of Kejriwal's speech with the complaint.

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