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As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP.

__ Donald Trump, American President in a Tweet

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No force can change the status of our great country no force can stop the Chinese and the Chinese nation from marching forward.

__ Xi Jinping, Chinese President

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People can feel that this country is approaching an important moment of choice and we have to get on and we have to deliver Brexit on October the 31st…. I am going to get on and do it.

__ Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister

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This sinister regime must be wiped out of the map and this is no longer….. a dream (but) it is an achievable goal.

__ Major General Hossein Salami, Iran

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No one should mistake the period of relative silence from Al Qaeda as an indication that they have gotten out of the business. They are very much in this fight.

__ Nithin Saes, US Diplomat

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There are cracks in the armour suggesting Saudi is interested in exploring a new relationship with Iran.

__ Philip Gordon, ex White House staffer

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My recollection of what the prime minister said was that candidate Trump had used this (Ab Ki Bar Trump Sarkar). So the PM is talking about the past.

__ S. Jaishankar, Foreign Minister refuting the charges that PM Modi endorsed President Trump in the forthcoming presidential polls in US

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Thank you Mr. Jaishankar for covering up PM’s incompetence. While you’re at it, do teach him a bit of diplomacy.

__ Rahul Gandhi, MP

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After the Modi-Trump bilateral meeting foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale said that Modi had spoken of the terrorism challenges India had faced from Pakistan. The US readout of the meeting was completely silent on terrorism.

__ Vivek Katju, former secretary, MEA

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GEM OF THE WEEK

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The Opposition [in Kerala] is spreading lies and shedding crocodile tears to win the by poll. This [election] is not for Poothanas to win. People will not vote for them. We need to work hard to win votes.
Shanimol [Congress candidate] is a friend from my college days and her family is very close to me. It was a private meeting and someone who recorded the video surreptiously is spreading canards.

__G. Sudhakaran, Kerala PWD Minister explaining his position

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As a tribute to Gandhi, I propose what I call Einstein Challenge ………How do we ensure the ideas of Gandhi are remembered by future generations? I invite thinkers, entrepreneurs and tech leaders to be at the forefront of spreading Gandhi’s ideas through innovation.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

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I am happy the Prime Minister has thrown Einstein Challenge to students. Albert Einstein’s celebrated quote was ‘Freedom of teaching and of opinion in book or press is the foundation for the sound and natural development of any people…’ When will our universities truly become havens of thought and expression?

__ P. Chidambaram, former Finance Minister in a tweet

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There are people who want RSS to be synonymous with India in place of (Mahatma) Gandhiji. Those in politics of falsehood will not understand his philosophy of non-violence. They do everything for power. Mahatma’s soul must be in pain after seeing what has been happening in the country for the last 4-5 years.

__ Sonia Gandhi, Congress chief

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Gandhi swept the streets not for publicity; he did it with all his heart, to spread the message of equality. These days it seems to be just a photo opportunity.

__ V. Kalyanam, 97 year old Gandhiji’s Personal Secretary

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The phenomenon that taught us that ideology is always stronger than faith and that the word can always blunt the sword. Mahatma @150.

__ Prithviraj Sukuraman, Renowned Malayalam Actor

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Where are the restrictions (in Kashmir)? It is only in your mind. Only misinformation about the restrictions is being spread.

__ Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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All know what is happening in the country, those who speak against Modi are being sent to jail. Modi has destroyed the economy of India. He is not for the poor. Those believing in one ideology and one leader are ruling the country.

__ Rahul Gandhi, MP

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The letter [to PM] raised apprehension over mob lynchings of the poor. Will they kill a man who has power and force him to chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’? Using Rama’s name as a killing cry is terrible….We are still a democracy and every citizen has the right to write to those in power, up to the President.

__ Adoor Gopalakrishnan, writer and filmmaker in a letter to PM over growing incidents of mob lynching

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There is no question of me going to Pakistan for the Kartarpur corridor opening and I feel Dr. Manmohan Singh will not go as well. There was a huge difference between visiting Pakistan and going to the gurudwara through the Corridor.

__ Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab

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……..Suppressing criticism is a sure-fire recipe for policy mistakes….If every critique gets a phone call from a government functionary asking them to back off, or get started by the ruling party’s troll army, many will tone down their criticism.

__ Raghuram Rajan, former RBI Governor

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Growth rate is a fraction. Why? When you calculate growth rate, you take GDP this year, divide it by GDP last year and subtract 1 to get the growth rate. So even if, let’s say, GDP values were overestimated or underestimated both the years, it doesn’t necessarily imply a difference in the growth rate.

__ K V Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor

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Till growth is revived, RBI will continue to remain in an accommodative mood.

__ Shaktikanta Das, RBI Governor

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Have come to such a dire situation that RBI has to assure the public that the banks are safe? The markets do not appear to be that confident. Sensex swings 700 points as financial sector stocks dived.

__ Dr. Thomas Isaac, Kerala Finance Minister

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India is one of the fastest growing, large economies in the world. The country is also a young economy with lot of potential and has shown lot of strength and resilience amid an economic slowdown globally.

__ Borge Brende, President, World Economic Forum

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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The ultra patriots have condemned Jawaharlal Nehru as anti Indian. Gandhi is on their hit list but the public adoration he commands makes them cautious. Their strategy seems to be to appear for Gandhi but confine him to the Swachh Bharat corner with his spectacle frame as his logo. From a corner, it will be easier to push him into oblivion.

__ T J S George, veteran journalist and author

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Amazon and other US retailers….have become what they are today due to efficiency. So India has to do the balancing act and decide how they can do their business there.

__ Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce

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The current growth of the economy is slow and we need to stimulate it. We need to have the growth rate up and even if it means that the fiscal deficit goes up. I do not think it matters.

__ Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group

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We are going to conduct a docking experiment next year in which two experimental modules will be sent to space (on board a PSLV rocket) and the two will be made to dock with each other in space.

__ K. Sivan, ISRO Chairman

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The only difference between Chandrayaan-1 and Chandrayaan-2 was the soft landing on lunar surface. If you look at it that way, Chandrayaan-2 is a failure and it certainly a setback for ISRO….But saying that the mission is 98 per cent successful is like giving only 2 per cent to the soft landing part of the mission, which is not logical.

__ S. Nambi Narayanan, Retired ISRO scientist.

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The buildings and cemeteries you have lost can be rebuilt as you are faithful of your forefathers who built them. But once faith is gone, it cannot be retrieved without a miracle from God. We will do all that we can to make sure justice is upheld as well as your right to worship as per the traditions of your forefathers.

__ Ignatius Aphren II, Patriarch of Antioch, in the wake of the incidents at St. Mary’s Church, Piravom, Kerala.

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When you are playing international cricket, you always look for opportunity. It is important for me to stay in present and think about what I need to do today rather than thinking about what has happened in the past or what is going to happen in future.

__ Rohit Sharma

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Crossing that milestone eased some nerve. Having played on this wicket for some time gave me confidence.

__ Mayank Aggarwal, after scoring 215 against Proteas at Vishakapatnam

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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The best way to find your self is to lose yourself in the service of others.

__ Mahatma Gandhi