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In the days US sanctioned the sale of Iranian oil and pressured our nation, the country’s dear workers and engineers were able to discover 53 billion barrels of oil in a big field.

__ Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran

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And it (Paris climate agreement) is so unfair. It does not kick in for China until 2030. Russia goes back into the 1990s, where the base year was the dirtiest year ever in the world. India, we are supposed to pay them money because they are a developing nation. I said, ‘We’re a developing nation too’….We have a relatively small piece of land- the United States. And you compare that to some of the countries like China, like India, like Russia, like many other countries that absolutely are doing absolutely nothing to clean up their smoke-stacks and clean up all of their plants and all of the garbage that they’re dropping in sea and that floats in Los Angeles, along with other problems.

__ Donald Trump, US President

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IAEA inspectors must be allowed to conduct their work unimpeded.

__ Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State

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We (Sri Lankans) are going to see family rule again, and all the excesses that came up with it the last time.

__ Rajitha Senarathne, Sri Lankan health minister

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If Islamabad is serious on cooperating with New Delhi it should hand over the Indian wanted for terrorism living in Pakistan.

__ S. Jaishankar, Foreign Minister of India

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We should not be understood to mean that the independence of the judiciary can be achieved only by denial access to information. Independence may well demand openness and transparency by furnishing the information….Judicial independence and accountability go hand in hand.

__ Justicce Sanjiv Khanna, who shared his judgment with Chief Justice Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta

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Judicial independence is the basis with judiciary has maintained its trust reposed by citizens. Judiciary needs to be protected from attempts to breach its independence. Such independence requires calibration of appropriate amount of transparency in consonance with judicial independence.

__ Justice N. V.Ramana

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

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Please tell your government to read the dissent judgment delivered in the Sabarimala case yesterday. This is extremely important. We cannot allow violation of our order and it has to be complied with. Inform your authority and the government to read it.

___ Justice R. F. Nariman to Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General

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Contents of declaration of arrests would fall within the meaning of “personal information” and with tests set out under clauses of RTI Act would be applicable…… The integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are pre-conditions for fair and effective access to justice and for the protection of rights. The judiciary has a role to play as a bulwark of the integrity infrastructure in the country.

__ Justice D.Y. Chandrachud in a separate but concurring judgment

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Judges are no “holy cows”. They are also human beings from amongst us. They are vulnerable to shortcomings. The verdict bringing judges within the ambit of RTI is a great step towards transparency and trust of people in justice system.

__ Majeed Memon, NCP MP

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It is a landmark judgment which I welcome whole-heartedly and which will prove to be a milestone in the journey to transparency…The SC has dismissed the appeal of its own CPIO (Chief Public Information Officer) and brought the office of the CJI under the Act.

__ Subhas Chandra Agrawal, RTI Activist

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Another issue pending is …..on whether a particular practice essential or integral to religion…..It is time this court evolves a policy to do complete justice and for an authoritative enunciation of the constitutional principles by a larger bench of not less than seven judges.

__ Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice in majority opinion on Sabarimala case

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What this court has before it is review petitions arising out of the judgment with regard to Sabarimala. If and when issues set out in the Chief Justice’s judgment arise, they can appropriately be dealt with by the Bench/Benches which hear the petitions concerning Musims, Parsis and Dawoodi Bohras.

__ Rohinton S. Nariman, Justice, in dissent

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

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India has become the world’s most communal polity. A temple or a mosque or the birth place of a god – should these be the obsessions of a 21st century nation taking about a $5 trillion economy? It looks like we have lost even the ability to feel ashamed.

__ T. J. S. George, Veteran Journalist and author

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Instead of a response to a debate about a specific practice in a specific temple in a specific part of India within a specific act of Hinduism, the Supreme Court points to exclusions suffered by woman in many other faiths. Now, this is a version of the tu quoque fallacy, more specifically it is what about terry, in which you do not engage with the question but instead deflect attention by pointing to similar questions elsewhere.

__ J. Devika, Academic writer and feminist thinker

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Recently read a lovely translation (work in progress) of Ayyappacharitham by Mali. Wish someone could reach it to the SC Seven Judge Bench before any verdict on Sabarimala is made. Would give them a context.

__ Anita Nair, Author

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Is the spirit of anti-defection law alive? There is a discussion on scrapping it. In this country we create laws, but do not implement them in spirit……It is better to withdraw the anti-defection law given the situation.

__ H.D. Kumaraswamy, former Karnataka CM

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We call for the immediate resignation of the CM (Karnataka). We ask the PM and other important people in this cabinet to do soul searching about what their party is doing……Today the BJP stands completely exposed.

__ Abhishekh Singhvi, Congress spokesperson on SC upholding 17 Karnataka MLAs disqualification

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I said it a hundred times in public rallies, prime minister said that if our alliance wins majority, then Devendra Phadnavis will be the chief minister. No one objected then. Now they (Sena) came up with new demands which were not acceptable to us. If there are new conditions we have reservations on them.

__ Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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It has come to the notice of us that that there are no facilities like pubs in the state. The government is seriously considering the matter.

__ Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM

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We are clearly responding to things as they develop. Second, even for assessments which are beyond the government, and in the private sector’s domain we didn’t hesitate in getting the private sector to understand (that) if there is anything that the government can do, we will. So, there is a nudge. Third, the measures have been taken after a lot of consideration and going through a whole lot of consultation.

__ Nirmala Sitaraman, Union finance minister

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Mergers of public sector banks need to be executed without any disruption……Governance issues in private lenders stem from concerns mainly related to incentive structure of their managements, quality of audits, compliance.

__ Shaktikanta Das, Governor, RBI

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Despite Kerala’s claim of becoming investment-friendly, the reality is far from ideal. At times it’d seem that both the centre and state governments are competing with each other to destroy the small-scale industry. So many people suffer because of this.

__ Kochouseph Chittilappilly, Businessman

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In the BJP government the price of onion is increasing and the rate of interest in bank deposits are decreasing.

__ Akhilesh Yadav, former chief minister of UP

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We have been educating the people to start micro recurring deposits by saving Rs.50 per week. Micro recurring deposits and micro-savings together account for Rs.152 crore of our overall deposits.

__ K. Paul Thomas, ESAF MD & CEO

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The Centre’s delay in releasing the GST compensation is a challenge to the federal system. It has also cut down State’s borrowing limits. The State government is forced to bring additional curbs on spending.

__ Dr. Thomas Isaac, Kerala finance minister

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You have to see it in the light that for the first time, you’ve a Board president who’s a celebrity too. You can’t compare his case with any other BCCI president of the past. After quitting cricket, he’s been endorsing brands and earning his livelihood. We can’t deprive him of earning his livelihood.

__ Arun Thakur, Treasurer, BCCI

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Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on. We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.

__ Raheem Sterling, England mid-fielder about his brief altercation with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez

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The women’s cricket team will be first in Kerala to compete in team sports events. Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) has decided to Indian women’s cricket team in 2020.

__ RajneeshHenry, CABI Vice President

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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When all else fails, fresh tactics.

__ John Travolta