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We live in digital age and the battles of tomorrow will be fought in the domain of the information and technology.

__ President Ram Nath Kovind

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We have pushed back the enemy in the military arena and enemy in the political war.

__ Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian leader

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I am conscious that I am also the president of those who used the vote against me. It is my duty to serve all Sri Lankans without race or religious discrimination. I promise to discharge my duties in a fair manner.

__ Gotabaya Rajapaksha

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Although we enjoy a parliamentary majority, we respect the mandate received by Mr. Rajapaksa and we have decided to allow him to form a new government. I value democracy. I respect democracy. I act according to democratic values.

__ Ranil Wickremesinghe announcing his decision to step down as Sri Lankan prime minister

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Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States.

__ US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland

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The President has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated or any urgent or acute issues. Specifically he did not undergo any specific cardiac or neurological evaluations……A full summary of his labs and exams will incorporated into next year’s report, but the President has consented to me sharing that his total cholestro is now 165 (mg/dL with an HDL of 70, LDL 84 and non HDL of 95.

__ Dr. Sean P. Conley, US President’s physician

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These are bonds (Indo-Iranian) that cannot be broken by political or economic alignment or short term global reasons. India has taken a stand against sanctions and that is encouraging but we expected our friends to be more resilient. You need to reject this pressure because the US behaves like a high school bully and India is also bullied by not being allowed to buy oil from us. If you can’t lift oil from us we will not be able to buy Indian rice.

__ Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran foreign minister

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The process of National Register of Citizens will be carried out across the country. No one irrespective of religion should be worried…It is just a process to get everyone under the NRC…People from all religions who are Indian citizens will be included. There is no question of any discrimination on the basis of religion. NRC is a different process and the Citizenship Amendment Bill is different.

__ Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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There are few people who are trying to create disturbances in the NRC. We will never allow NRC….We will never allow NRC in Bengal.

__ Mamata Bannerjee, West Bengal CM

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The Assam government has not accepted NRC. The government and the BJP have requested the Home Minister to reject it.

__ Himanta Biswas Sarma, Assam Finance Minister

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A small set back won’t affect Indian space programme in any way , instead would act as catalyst for future successes.

__ Dr. G.Madhavan Nair, ISRO former chief

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ULB poll results broke illusion of BJP strong hold in Rajasthan urban areas.

__ Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Congress chief

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Expectations of an international organization should be pegged to realities. The geographical, political and economic diversity of Brics defines the limit of its cohesion.

__ B.S. Raghavan, former diplomat and Chairman, National Security Advisory Board

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There are some extremists among the minorities. They have their base in Hyderabad. Don’t listen to them. Don’t listen to these forces.

__ Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal chief minister

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

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People in Brindavan and Mathura have been hit by monkeys snatching items from pilgrims. People are giving them Frooti, samosas and even Mathura ka peda that has changed their food habits and instead of fruits they now want samosas.

__ Hema Malini, Member of Parliament,

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It’s not religious extremism to say that Bengal’s Muslims have one of the worst human development indicators of any minority.

__ Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMM chief

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I will join with Kamal Haasan for Tamil Nadu’s welfare if situation arises.

__ Rajnikanth, actor turned politician

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Political engagement in Union territory of Kashmir will start sooner than later.

__ Ram Madhav, Senior BJP leader

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Pinarayi Vijayan and Narendra Modi are using the same tactic of using brutal force on students’ agitation.

__ Mullappally Ramachandran, KPCC chief

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The state police invoked a central law, which is applicable on every Indian. We are against UAPA, but neither the Kerala government, nor the Kerala police are above the central law.

__ Sitaram Yechury, CPIM General Secretary

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The people of Kerala are not that convinced that the Western Ghats region is under serious Maoist threat as many are saying. But top police officials and intelligence agencies are repeatedly saying that the region is facing a serious threat from Maoists….If mobile with two Sim cards are considered as dangerous weapon, then we all have that. Also, can we accept the notion that there can be only books like Mahabharata, Bible and Bhagavad Gita in our houses. I don’t have much regard for those who blindly believe police reports.

__ Kanam Rajendran, CPI State Secretary

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Islamic fundamentalism is promoting Maoism in Kerala. That is being reflected in Kozhikode. The Islamic fundamental outfits based in Kozhikode are providing food and manure to them. There is a kinship between the two. The Police should probe it.

__ P.Mohanan, CPIM Kozhikode District Secretary

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There is a great need to strongly institutionalize the State Finance Commissions and empower the third tier of governance by enhancing their revenue-generating capacity.

__ Shaktikanta Das, Governor, RBI

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The diagnostic laboratory business is huge in India and currently there are only a few organized players in this segment.

__ Azad Moopen, Chairman, Aster DM Healthcare

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I think corporate governance needs to be looked at objectively as there is a tendency towards over-regulation now. We take extreme views on checks and balances….Our regulations have actually fallen into the realm of over regulation.

__ Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Biocon chief

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Noted with concern, incidence of irresponsible advertising by some food companies to promote sales of their own foods, often considered unhealthy, as substitute for healthy foods.

__ FSSAI in a show cause notice on McDonald’s for disparaging freshly cooked food and vegetables in its advertisement to promote fast food.

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It (pink ball) was a lot different from red ball. Initially we bowled the right length but did not get any swing. Then we realized that at what length we have to hit and we discussed among ourselves and found out the right length to bowl with a pink ball.

__ Ishant Sharma, Indian pacer who took 5 wickets against Bangladesh in the first ever day and night test at Kolkata

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Plenty of questions to be answered and time will tell.

__ Ravi Shastri, India Coach in a note of caution on pink ball’s behaviour

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

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Now I call upon Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule to join the Cabinet. Pawar Saheb can be given some crucial portfolio and with his vast knowledge and experience, can contribute to strengthen the government and the country……This is a big setback and a lesson for the Shiv Sena which was not willing form the government with the BJP…..Even I am surprised at the speed at which the BJP government with NCP took office today, but I was anticipating it.

__ Ramdas Athawale, Union Minister

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M A H A R A S H T R A D R A M A

Congratulations to Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar. I’m confident they will work for a bright future.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

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Hearty Congratulations to Shri @Dev_Fadnavisji on taking oath as Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Shri @AjitPawarSpeaks as Dy. Chief Minister of the State. I am confident that this government will be continuously committed to the development and welfare of Maharashtra and will set new standards of progress in the state.

__ Amit Shah, BJP President and Union Home Minister in a tweet

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People had given us a clear mandate. Maharashtra needed a stable government, not a “Khichidi” government,

__ Devendra Faavis, CM, Maharashgtra

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The party (NCP) was not paying heed to what I was saying. That forced me to take the extreme step.

__ Ajit Pawar, Dy CM, Maharashtra

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Ajit Pawar’s decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra government is his personal decision and not that of the NCP. We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his.

__ Sharad Pawar NCP chief

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Whatever we do or say, we say or do it openly, in broad day light. Not secretly like this, at the dead of the night….This is a “Surgical Strike” on democracy in the state….Things have changed but it is not going to affect us at all. Our dream will come true.

__ Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief

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BJP and Ajit Pawar have acted like Duryodhan and Shakuni to rip off and cheat a democratic mandate given by the people of Maharashtra.

A process was under way. Before letting it finish everything was done secretly.

__ Ahmed Patel

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The extent to which BJP can stoop to grab power is constantly reaching lower depths.

__ Sitaram Yechury, CPIM General Secretary

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Governor acted in connivance with the BJP n administered oath to Fadnavis ji without verifying signatures of NCP MLAs. He must resign on moral ground.

__ Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan CM

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Wish Congress could have acted faster, their delayed decision gave a window to BJP to strike. One more opportunity lost.

__ Priya Dutt, former MP

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As I had commented earlier, anything can happen in cricket and politics. Now you would have understood the importance of my statement.

__ Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister

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

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The solution of every problem is another problem

__ Goethe

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