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Chandryaan - 2 will further encourage our bright youngsters towards science. Top quality research and innovation. Chandrayaan - 2 is unique because it will explore and perform studies on the South Pole region of the lunar terrain which is not explored and sampled by any past mission. This mission will offer new knowledge about the moon. The launch illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

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We bounced back with flying colours. .. When the D-day comes, we are going to experience 15 minutes of terror to ensure the landing is safely done near the Moon’s South Pole.

__ K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO

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“If I can help I would love to be a mediator”, President Trump on Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request and added. “I was with PM Modi two weeks ago and we talked about the subject. And he actually said, “Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator.” I said, “Where”? and he said, “Kashmir” because this has been going on for many, many years.

No such request had been made by the Prime Minister to the US President – any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism. Shimla agreement and Lahore Declaration are the basis for resolving all issues.

__ S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister

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While Kashmir is a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss, the Trump administration welcomes #Pakistan and #India sitting down and the United States stands ready to assist.

__ Alice Wells, Acting Asst. Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, USA

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As long as an authority is able to take decisions as per its assessment and after consultations…autonomy of the authority and the institution is preserved. That is the principle on which RBI works.

__ Shaktikanta Das, Governor, Reserve Bank of India

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…Per capita generation of waste must reduce, generation of (the) wrong kind of waste must come down. … If we can do these things we would have tackled the problem to a great extend.

__ C. K. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests

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The Left should address the Indian social reality. Marxism is science. How do you apply the science, how do you apply the ideology with the concrete situation in India? Indian society is a complex society. Communists should understand the super structure, base relationships. Communists should under the social issues, the caste issues, the social divisions and economic inequalities. Indian revolution cannot be won by fighting only on economic demands.

__ D. Raja, CPI General Secretary

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I have seen governments at the Centre, governments of Rajiv Gandhi or Deve Gowda or even Atalji, but I have never seen a government like this. Bills are being planned in the dead of the night and are placed (in Parliament) in the morning. No one is being consulted or informed. The federal structure is being bulldozed.

__ Mamata Bannerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal

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These boys who have picked up guns are killing their own people, they are killing PSO (Personal Security Officers) and SPOs (Special Police Officers). Why are you killing them? Kill those who have looted the wealth of Kashmir. Have you killed any of them ?

__ Satya Pal Malik, Governor J & K

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This man, ostensibly a responsible man occupying a constitutional position, tells militants to kill politicians perceived to be corrupt. Perhaps the man should find out about his own reputation in Delhi these days before sanctioning unlawful killings and kangaroo courts (sic).

__ Omar Abdullah, former chief minister and NC leader in a tweet

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90% of the people abuse or disagree with his (Omar Abdullah’s) tweets. I was treating him like a child but he raised questions about my reputation. I am working here, and I am here because of my reputation in Delhi……. I had come here from one and half room house, and I guarantee you that I will leave after exposing their corruption. Wherever I dig I find their corruption. I go to any hotel for coffee, I get to know that it belongs to them. …..I should not have made such comments as I am the constitutional head of the state, but what I said expresses my feelings on the issue. Once I am not the Governor, I will go back to saying the same thing.

__ Satya Pal Malik, Governor of J & K

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The Chairperson (NHRC) is not appointed by PM on recommendations of Home Minister. There is a Committee which includes the PM, Opposition leaders of both the Houses. The House should trust the wisdom of such a committee.

__ Amit Shah, Home Minister

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Are you bringing this amendment because an Information Commissioner asked the PMO to reveal the PM’s educational details? What is the hurry in bulldozing every Bill without scrutiny? Why is the Government delaying constituting the Parliamentary Standing Committees?

__ Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP

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Eleven Bills have been passed by the Rajya Sabha and none of them has gone through any scrutiny.

__ Derek O’Brien, Trinamool leader

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It is the victory of democracy. I want to assure the people of Karnataka that a new era of development will start from now onwards.

__ B.S. Yeddyurappa, BJP Karnataka President, after defeating the confidence motion moved by Kumaraswamy.

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I am totally relieved and the happiest person in the world now. I will not retire and will fight back. Let us see.

__ H. D. Kumaraswamy , Caretaker CM Karnataka

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The greed of those who saw the alliance as an obstacle in their path to power won, while democracy and the state’s people lost.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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Rs.25 crore, 30 crore, 50 crore, where is this money coming from?.......I would like to reaffirm that those who have fallen for Operation Kamala will never be inducted back to our party. Even if the sky is falling down. Their political samadhi will be built.

__ Siddaramaiah, Congress leader

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Who is a Brahmin? A Brahmin is twice born, because of his poorva janma sukratham (good deeds of his past life). He has got certain distinct characteristics, clean habits, lofty thinking, sterling character, mostly vegetarian, a love of Carnatic music. All good qualities rolled into one is a Brahmin…. It may be noted that a Brahmin is never communal. He loves people, he is always considerate, he is an ahimsa vadi. He is one who liberally donates for any laudable cause. Such a person should always be at the helm of affairs.

__ Justice V. Chitambaresh, Judge of Kerala HighCourt

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Lots of resources have been shifted from other arms to the PLA-Navy obviously in line with their intention to become a global power. We have to watch it carefully and see how we can respond within our budget….

__ Admiral Karambir Singh, Navy chief

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Azam Khan again did what he is good at – misbehaving and using inappropriate language for women, and this time with none other than a woman sitting on the Speaker’s chair in Parliament.

__ Rekha Sharma, NCW chairperson

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It is not (only) matter of dignity of a woman or man, Khan made an objectionable comment which hurt the prestige and traditions of Parliament.

__ Sumitra Mahajan, former Lok Sabha Speaker

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This is an abominable act. I appeal to you [Lok Sabha Speaker] for exemplary action.

__ Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister

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The entire nation watched what happened… ...This is a blot on all legislators including men. We cannot remain silent spectators to it. We have to speak in one voice that this is unacceptable.

__ Smriti Irani, Union Minister

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Congress party is against disrespect of women. There have been incidents when Sonia Gandhi ji was called ‘Italy ki katputli’, etc.

__ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress leader in Parliament.

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P I c k o f t h e W e e k

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Until we came into power the governments did not have the political will because when you talk about militant groups, we still have about 30,000-4000 armed people who have been trained and fought in some parts of Afghanistan or Kashmir. Part of the reason was our governments were not in control. There were 40 different militant groups operating within Pakistan.

__ Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan

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T h o u g h t f o r t h e W e e k

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THE KEY TO HAPPPINESS IS REDUCTION OF DESIRES

__ Bhagwad Gita