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For many years, capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my administration. US special operations Forces executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid in northwestern Syria and accomplished their mission in grand style………(Baghdadi died) like a dog…..screaming and crying and whimpering….scared out of his mind.

__ Donald Trump, US President

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The death of Al Baghdadi is significant, but it does not mean the death of ISIS.

__ Nancy Pelosi, US House Speaker

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Last respects have been paid to Al Baghdadi at least five times in the past.

__ Igor Konashenkov, Russian Major General

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Not a big deal, You just killed your creature.

__ Mohammad Jabad Azari-Jahroni, Iran Minister

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I have not seen any confirmation of Baghdadi dead, yet from the ISIS.

__ Rehman Malik, Pakistan Minister

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Now it’s time to move to New Zealand if Trump was elected.

__ James Comey, former FBI Director

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There is mounting evidence that the President abused his power and betrayed our national security while compromising integrity of America’s elections….This is a sad time for our country. None of us came to Congress to impeach a President, but each of us took a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution..The President’s Republican allies in Congress have tried to hide the President’s conduct, for the American people will now see the facts firsthand.

__ James McGovern, Massacheusett Chairman of the House Rules Committee

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The matter of reorganization of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is entirely an internal affair of India. We do not expect other countries including China to comment on matters which are internal to India, just as India refrains from commenting on internal issues of other countries…. We expect other countries to respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. China continues to be in occupation of a large tract of area in the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh. It has also illegally acquired Indian territories from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) under the so called China-Pakistan boundary agreement of 1963.

__ Raveesh Kumar, MEA spokesperson

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As the situation at this moment (in Kashmir) is not sustainable and not good, this has to change for sure.

__ Angela Merkel, German Chancellor

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I am surprised that MEA has arranged for EU MPs, in their private capacity, to visit Kashmir. This is a perversion of our national policy.

__ Subramanian Swamy, Senior BJP leader

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The truth is that this is the biggest diplomatic blunder (inviting 23 EU MPs) in India’s history. The Modi govt. has deliberately internationalised the Kashmir issue, violating our time tested policy of Kashmir being an internal matter of India. ….We call upon PM Modi to come forward and answer these issues of challenging India’s sovereignty, national security and insult of India’s Parliament.

__ Randeep Surjewala, Congress Chief Spokesperson

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MPs from Europe are given a red carpet welcome to Jammu & Kashmir, while MPs from India are banned and denied entry to see the ground realities since months. This is the nationalism of Modi govt.

__ K.C.Venugopal, AICC General Secretary

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If we talk about Article 370, it is India’s internal matter. What concerns us is terrorism, which is a global menace and we should stand with India in fighting it.

__ Henry Malosse of the MEP delegation that visited J&K.

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Statements by the Prime Minister will not get PoK back into India.

__ Kapil Sibal, Congress leader

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Farmers and unemployed youth of India don’t have the facility of meeting the PM…International business brokers like Madi Sharma can proudly write “come to India….”

__ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AICC General Secretary

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Killing of migrant labourers in JK, fallout of Article 370 decision.

__ Prakash Karat, CPIM Politburo Member

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Q U O T E O F T H E W E E K

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It is not just the judiciary…What is happening in society? There is challenge to authority of parents, schools, the Parliament. This is the age of challenging authority.

___ S. S. Bobde, Chief Justice of India designate

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The Government of India is concerned about the breach of privacy of citizens of India on the messaging platform WhatsApp. We have asked the WhatsApp to explain the kind of breach and what it is doing to safeguard the privacy of millions of Indian citizens.

__ Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT minister

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In May we quickly resolved a security issue and notified relevant Indian and international government authority. Since then, we’ve worked to identified target users to ask the courts to hold the international spyware firm known as the NSO Group accountable.

__ Spokesperson, WhatsApp

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WhatsApp officials have met Indian government in the last five months. This incident is of August…Then why didn’t WhatsApp inform us that time? Looking at our demand now US, UK and Australia have also raised pitch for traceability. So this is too much of a coincidence.

__ A senior government functionary

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The govt. seeking WhatsApp’s response on who bought Pegasus to spy on Indian citizens is like Modi asking Dassault who made money on the sale of RFALE jets to India?

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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The Sena won less seats this time, 56 compared to 63 in 2014, but it has the remote control of power…The dream that Shiv Sena will drag itself behind the BJP is busted (after poll results). A cartoon showing a tiger (Sena’s identity) holding a lotus in its hand tells a lot about the current scenario. Not take anyone for granted is the message.

__ Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader

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G E M O F T H E W E E K

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We can ill afford to become a dumping ground. India being made a dumping ground of Chinese grounds is catastrophic. In the past 72 years no country has signed FTA with China.

__ Sonia Gandhi, Congress President on the Centre’s move to join RCEP

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Maoists are trying to undermine the state’s democratic culture and its efficient law and order system. It’s the firing by the Maoists on these personnel on these persons that led to this unfortunate incident. (Thunderbolt personnel firing and killing 4 Maoists including one woman).

__ Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM

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The Supreme Court has clearly mentioned the follow-up measures to be taken in the case of encounters. They include magisterial probe. Only after such an investigation can we confirm the nature of encounter….police shouldn’t be given unnecessary powers.

__ Kanam Rajendran, CPI State Secretary, Kerala

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There was no alarming situation prevailing in Attapadi that necessitated a police action. We have visited the encounter site and understood that the allegations of fake encounter are true. An atmosphere of terror is prevailing in the tribal villages of Attapadi and there is an apprehension among the tribals who eke out a living by collecting forest produce that the police may implicate them alleging Maoist links. We request the government to withdraw the Thunderbolt commandos immediately.

__ Prakash Babu, CPI leader

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In the past two months Maoists had expressed their interest to surrender.

__ Sivaal, Social activist, Palghat.

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When it comes to POCSO and other sexual abuse cases, nobody knows how many are acquitted due to lack of substantial evidence.

__ Pious Mathew, former special POCSO prosecutor

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I had just over eight months in the previous (Congress) government and I had 26 months under this (BP) government. So much of my term (as RBI Governor) was under this government.

__ Raghuram Rajan, former RBI Governor

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We always know he will do something special. His talent can’t be compared to anything.

__ Ernesto Walverde, Barcelona Coach on Lionel Messi

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T H O U G H T F O R T HE W E E K

THUS SPAKE   
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.

__ John C.Maxwell