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The problem with them (China) waiting….is that if and when I win, the deal that they get will be much tougher than what we are negotiating now…or no deal at all…….China was supposed to start buying our agricultural products now – no sign that they are doing so. That is the problem with China, they just don’t come through.

__ Donald Trump, US President in a series of tweets.

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If America does pass these tariffs then China will have to take the necessary countermeasures to protect the countries core and fundamental interests…..We won’t accept any maximum pressure, intimidation or blackmail. On the major issues of principle we won’t give an inch.

__ Hua Chunying, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson

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If Saudi Arabia is ready for dialogue, we are always ready for dialogue with our neighbours. We have never closed doors for dialogue with our neighbours and we will never close the doors for dialogue with our neighbours.

__ Mohammad Javed Zarif, Foreign Minister of Iran

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How can we then (when Prophet himself had given minorities religious freedom and protected their place of worship) take it into our own hands to forcefully convert someone to Islam – either by marrying (non-Muslim) women … or on gun point or to (by threatening to)kill someone because of their religion? ….All these things are un-Islamic. If God hadn’t given his messengers the power to impose their beliefs on someone who are we (to do so)?

__ Imran Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister

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The task at hand, which I am sure that the Indian government is doing, is to explain what the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) will do for them is to open the door to multiple markets in one fell swoop.

__ Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India.

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An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes triple talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

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This Bill is politically motivated. This (Bill is such that) minorities remain in personal conflict. Husband will engage lawyer against wife and wife will engage lawyer against husband. They will sell their land or home to fight the case…The wife and children will be on the roads and, and after the husband is released from jail, he will commit suicide or will become a dacoit or thief or start begging.

__ Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.

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I have been consistently behaving in a matter that a gentleman ought to….The way I am being pressurized mentally with all these things, I am pushed into a sea of depression. This will probably be last stage of my four decades of public life. I have taken this decision with great respect and responsibility.

__ K.R. Ramesh Kumar, Karnataka Assembly Speaker after suspending 14 more MLAs before trust vote.

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…The path to becoming a USD-5 trillion economy passes through Uttar Pradesh, and I am sure that the state will contribute to it by becoming a USD 1-trillion economy.

__ Amit Shah, BJP chief and Union Home Minister

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Misuse of power is rife in the entire country by the BJP government. We have recently seen what happened in Karnataka. They are also tried to do the same thing in Madhya Pradesh. In poll-bound states like Maharashtra, they are trying to coerce leaders from opposition parties to join them by using state agencies. I haven’t seen such blatant use of state machinery by any government. The misuse is of extreme level.

__ Sharad Pawar, NCP Chief

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It is high time Pawar does some introspection to find why the exodus is taking place from his organization. Why the NCP has failed to keep its own house in order and inculcate confidence in its leaders and workers.

__ Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra CM

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Priyanka will be the perfect choice to take over the party reins, but that depends on the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which is alone authorized to take a decision in the matter.

__ Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister

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Being a Congress worker, Tharoor expressed the sentiments of the common Congress man. But it does not mean that the party lacks leadership.

__ K.C.Venugopal, AICC General Secretary

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Mr. PM, the economy has derailed and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. If our incompetent FM is telling you there is light, trust me it is the train of recession that is coming at full throttle.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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I don’t think foreign sovereign bonds make us more vulnerable…….It has to be long term borrowing…..

__ Bimal Jalan, former RBI Goverrnor

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In India, govt. is main R&D investor..push from industry needed….(A) high-level focus from the leadership on innovation as a central element economic strategy (is an important factor)…You see this in Japan, China, where their leadership is very big on innovation.

__ Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPRO)

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In the longer term horizon, the country needs to focus on a few key areas. One is rural. We all agree that the equation of over 60% of the population living primarily on 16% of the GDP is not sustainable. The bottom 50% of the population has a very small share of consumption and India cannot progress unless we are able to lift these people and make a substantial difference to their quality of living. The other important bit is that country’s growth can’t be dependent only on large corporations….equally important are micro, small and medium enterprises.

__ Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman, Hindustan Unilever

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To my mind what is critical re-installing confidence in lenders to support growth in the Indian economy…Banks are reluctant to lend and there has been a flight to safety whereas select, few, high rated NDFCs and HFCs have access to funding while for several others, access to credit has been choked.

__ Deepak Parikh, HDFC chairman

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There is no demand and no private investment, so where will growth come from? It doesn’t fall from heavens. Cars...are going through a rough patch.

__ Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto

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Is anything in this case (Unnao rape case) happening statutorily? Is anything happening according to statute? You expect the court to follow statute when it comes to compensation?

__ Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice of India

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Grateful to the SC for taking cognizance of the ‘Jungle Raj’ being unleashed in UP…The BJP finally acknowledges having empowered a criminal.

__ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, General Secretary, Congress

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We carried out an exercise to test the new IBG (Integrated Battle Group) concept under the Western Command. The feedback from top commanders was very positive and that’s why we will start by raising 2-3 IBGs along the Pakistan border by October.

__ General Bipin Rawat, Army chief

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If you sneeze at Lal Chowk, it becomes an explosion here. Unnecessary panic is being created by vested interests.

__ Satya Pal Malik, J & K Governor

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Nobody knows what is happening. The Governor’s word on J & K is not final. Want to hear from Centre.

__ Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader

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That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the Captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the Captain of the team at his or selection committee’s pleasure. ….To the best of our knowledge his appointment was till the World Cup. After that it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment………………………

By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jhadav, Dinesh Kartik get dropped after below expectations performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations.

__ Sunil Gavaskar, Legendary Indian opener and former captain

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In my opinion it’s bafflingnto be honest. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read such stuff that comes out. We are creating fantasies and scenarios in our head.

__ Virat Kohli, India Captain

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You cannot have the kind of consistency across all formats, if you have rifts or divisions. I have been part of the dressing room & none of that non-sense is there.

__ Ravi Shastri, India Head Coach

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Q u o t e o f t h e W e e k

THUS SPAKE    
I could not take any more pressure from one of the private equity partners……tremendous pressure from other lenders….A lot of harassment from the previous DG, Income Tax. This was very unfair and has led to a serious liquidity crunch….I am solely responsible for all mistakes….My intention was never to cheat. I hope some day you will understand.

__ V.G. Siddhartha, Café Coffee Day Founder in a July 27 letter, purportedly written by him and addressed to the Board of Directors and Coffee Day family before his death

(The income-tax department defended its actions saying attachment of Coffee Day shares was aimed at protecting interests of revenue since investigations had revealed evasion of tax on undisclosed income.)

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

THUS SPAKE    
A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.

__ Chanakya