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With #Chandraayan2 Mission, the entire team of ISRO has shown exemplary commitment and courage. The country is proud of @ISRO. We all hope for the best.

__ Ram Nath Kovind, President of India

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There is nothing to despair. ISRO only lost communication with the Lander and not the hopes of 1.3 billion Indians. The Orbiter with its payloads is performing its mission.

__ M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India

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We owe a great debt to ISRO and the brilliant men and women who staff it. Their hard work and dedication has earned India a place in the league of space-faring nations.

__ Sonia Gandhi, Congress President

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Vikram Lander descent was as planned and normal performance observed upto 2.1 km.

__ K. Sivan, ISRO Chairman

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I think we need not worry too much…..I will rate more than 95% of the mission objectives have been achieved. ..already orbiter is in space and it should do an excellent job of mapping.

__ Dr. Madhavan Nair, Former Chairman, ISRO

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We both (India and Russia) are against the outside influence in the internal matters of any nation.

__ Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin

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In principle, we don’t want bilateral talks with the United States…If the US lifts all sanctions…it would be possible to talk (to them) during 5+1 meetings as in the past.

__ Hasan Rouhani, Iranian President

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We urge authorities to respect human rights and restore access to services such as the internet and mobile networks. We look forward to Indian government’s resumption of political engagement with local leaders and the scheduling of promised elections at the earliest opportunity.

__ Morgan Ortagus, US State Department’s spokesperson while seeking easing of curbs in Kashmir

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China’s technology theft for military gain is staggering.

__ Mrk Esper, US Defence Secretary

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All the communities will be part of the state of Israel.

__ Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

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Doran has caused generational devastation

__ Hubert Minnis, Bahamas Prime Minister

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The Government will formally withdraw the Bill in order to fully allay public concerns. Let’s replace conflicts with conversations and let’s look for solutions.

__ Carrie Lam, Hong Kong chief executive

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The damage has been done. The scars and wounds are still bleeding. She (Carrie Lam) thinks she can use a garden hose to put out a hill fire. That’s not going to be acceptable.

__ Claudia Mo, pro democracy politician

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Until the five demands are met, I don’t think the protests and social protests and social movements will stop.

__ Leung Yiu-Ting, President of the Hong Kong Education University student union

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If trade bullying has its way and global free trade system is undermined, the rest of the world will also suffer from this spill over.

__ Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to India

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The state of the economy today is deeply worrying. The ast quarter’s GDP growth rate o 5% signals that we are in the midst a prolonged slowdown. India has the potential to grow at much faster rate but all round mismanagement by the Modi government has resulted in this slow down.

__ Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India

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India has never been an aggressor in its history. Nor will it ever be. But that does not mean that India would baulk at using its strength to defend itself.

__ Rajnath Siingh, Union Defence Minister

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I want to assure every union in each one of these banks to recall what I said last Friday. When we spoke about the amalgamation of banks, each time I have very clearly underlined the fact that not even one employee shall be removed.

__ Niramala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister

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To support the next level of growth the country needed big banks. The mega merger announced on Friday aims to achieve that objective. We will now have six mega banks with enhanced capital base, size, scale and efficiency to support the high growth that the country requires to break into the club of middle income nations.

__ Rajiv Kumar, Finance Secretary

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While we await a comprehensive report, it was clear that Jadhav [Kulbhushan] appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims.

__ Raveesh Kumar, Eternal Affairs Ministry spokesperson

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Consular access was provided at 12hours and lasted for two (02) hours in the presence of officials of Government of Pakistan….On Indian request there was no restriction on the language of communication. In order to ensure transparency and in line with standard operating procedures and as conveyed to the Indian side in advance, the access was recorded.

__ A statement issued by the Pakistan Foreign Office after Charge d’ Affaires of Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Gaurav Ahluwalia met retired Navy officer Kulbhushan Yadav who was arrested by Pakistan on September 2, 2019.

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Disappearance of Hindu and Sikh girls is a regular phenomenon in Pakistan.

__ Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister

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As the representative of the Centre, I would oversee that a duly elected government carries its duties in accordance with the law.

__ Arif Mohammad Khan, Governor designate of Kerala

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Construction of roads, certain types of quarries, leveling of land using heavy machineries can all disturb the area (Western Ghat) and trigger landslips.

__ Madhav Gadgil, Ecologist

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I sent them a letter explaining what was meant by Professor Emeritus, for if they knew what it meant they would not be demanding my CV to reevaluate my status. The University has not yet responded to me.

__ Professor Romila Thapar on being asked to submit her CV to JNU

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From Gau Rakshaks to online trolls, from investigative action to legal disciplining, from TV channels that behave like birds of prey with anyone who disagrees with the government – this concerted repression did not exist earlier.

__ Amulya Gopalakrishnan, Journalist

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Mindset of the parents in India in seeing their children with hearing equipment in their earlobes as shame has to be changed through education and local government interventions.

__ Brett Lee, Australian Cricket Legend and global ambassador of Cochlear, an Australia-based hearing solution

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

Aim big in life and divide it into small parts of goals. Go for achieving these small goals and assembling it. Forget about what you missed and never let disappointments enter in the way.
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__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister on Chandrayaan 2

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Gem of the Week

I am only worried about the economy.
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__ P. Chidambaram in response to a reporter after the Court ordered his judicial custody

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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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I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

__ Albert Einstein