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I have joined politics not to win elections. I am here to build a new country. BJP workers don’t work for just elections. They function throughout the year for the welfare of the people.

__Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.

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For all the money we are spending NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are going including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defence and Science.

__Donald Trump, US President in a tweet.

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Trump’s remark came a day after NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told US Today that US astronauts would not be able to a lunar landing by 2024 unless Trump administration’s $ 1.6 billion budget increase request is not approved by the US Congress. Trump’s tweet started people around the world trolling him with witty one-liners.Based on the President’s track record here on Earth, I don’t think NASA needs his input on how to handle space.

__Sam Vinograd, national security analyst at CNN.

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(Mars has two moons – Phobos and Deimos – however, the Moon which orbits the Earth is not part of the Red Planet)

(From The New Sunday Indian Express)

I do not want to see him (Trump) impeached. I want to see him in prison.

__Nancy Pelosi, US House Speaker

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The party (America) that has left the negotiating table, the party that has trampled the pact must return to normal (behavior)…If the enemy truly realises that the path it has took was wrong, that will be the day to sit at the negotiating table and fix any issue.

__Hassan Rouhani, Iranian President after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is ready to talk to Tehran without preconditions.

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State sponsorship of terrorism is the biggest threat the world is facing today…Combating terrorism and radicalization is the most accurate test of the leadership in the world.

__Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

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We will try to fast-track judicial appointments, obviously with the consultation of the Honourable Supreme Court. We will work as a team. But I would like to say with great humility that as Law Minister, I will not be a post office. The Law Minister and the Law Ministry have a role as stakeholder, obviously giving due respect to collegiums system.

__Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Law Minister after taking charge

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If you look at the overall policy, there is substantial space devoted to recognizing the diversity and multilingual nature of India, and giving autonomy to the states. This (clause) was slightly out of step with the spirit in which the policy was written. So we thought the other formulation removes any misunderstanding and assuages feelings in the affected states.

__K. Kasturirangan, head of the committee that drafted National Education Policy

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Political compulsions cannot be fully overlooked. The SP’s base vote didn’t standby with the party even in seats where they are strong. The SP people should emulate the BSP cadre in being prepared under any circumstances to struggle against the anti-people stance of the BJP.

__Mayawati, BSP chief

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If our ways are separate, we welcome that…..The SP will also prepare to contest all 11 seats if alliance breaks. For us alliance is not important at this moment.

__Akhilesh Yadav, SP President

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The Niti Ayog decides its agenda without consulting us. Besides it will discuss five to six trivial issues that do not fit our planning, programmes or budgetary allocation.

__Mamta Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister

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How beautiful would it have been had a fruit feast been organized during Navaratri with the same fervor and similar photographs been taken. Why do we lag behind in observance of our own religious customs and ceremonies, while staying ahead in putting on a show in observing those of others.

__Giriraj Singh, Union Minister

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Had anybody stopped Giriraj from arranging phalahaar during Navaratri? I wish to warn him, not the entire BJP, but him alone that he must refrain from making such statements. He must remember that his party is part of a coalition government in Bihar and that he owes his stupendous victory in the Lok Sabha polls in no small measure to the support of our Kumar”.

__Ashok K. Chaudhury, JD-U leader.

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We have never taken utterances of Giriraj seriously.

__Sanjay Singh, JD-U spokesman

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If they (Congress-JDS alliance) can’t, let them give up, we will govern Karnataka.

__B.S. Yeddyurappa, former Karnataka CM and BJP leader

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A loss does not mean we have to stop our journey. We have to move forward. There is no Congress without you (Rahul Gandhi) at the party’s helm. Gandhi family alone can make party workers listen.

__H.D. Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Chief Minister

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This important issue (National Policy on Drugs) needs to be addressed with more seriousness. The prevalence of illicit drug trafficking has assumed alarming proportions.

__Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Harvey (disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein) crossed lines and boundaries and was incredibly sexually flirtatious and forward with me when we’re working together…He was married at the time, and I certainly was not interested. …….aware that he did the same thing with a lot of other women that I knew in the business.

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When it finally happened I was really finally like, Finally. I wasn’t cheering from the rafters because I am never going to cheer for someone’s demise. I don’t think that is good Karma anyway, But it was good that somebody who had been abusing his power for so many years was called and held accountable.

__Madonna

(From Times of India, The Independent)

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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

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Yesterday natural resources were power, today knowledge is power.

Yesterday hierarchy was the model, today synergy is the model.

Yesterday leaders commanded control, today leaders empower and coach.

___Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam