THUS SPAKE  
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THUS SPAKE  

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Soleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion contributing to terrorist plots as far away as New Delhi and London. Today (4th Jan) we remember and honour the victims of Soleimani’s many atrocities and we take comfort in knowing that his reign of terror is over.

__ Donald Trump, US President

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The US act of terrorism is extremely dangerous. The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.

__ Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister

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Mr. Trump can say anything he likes, he can give any list of attacks that he likes. But this is big lie. General Soleimani was a soldier he was not involved in the targeting of innocents anywhere.

__ Ali Chegeni, Iran’s Ambassador to India

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The killing of Soleimani risks provoking a dangerous escalation of violence.

__ Nanci Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives

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They will pay very BIG PRICE. This is not a warning. It is a threat.

__ Donald Trump, US President in a tweet after blaming Iran for the Embassy protests

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You (US) can’t do anything …..If the Islamic Republic decides to challenge and fight it will do so.

__ Ayatollah Khomenei hitting back at US threat

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There is no ground for us to get unilaterally bound to the commitment (test moratorium) any longer.

__ Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader

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P I C K O F T H E W E E K

To strengthen mil2mil (military to military) cooperation on shared priorities & advance US national security, @POTUS authorized the International Military Education and Training #IMET for Pakistan.(suspended in (2018)

__ Alice Wells, principal deputy assistant secretary for south and Central Asian affairs in a Tweet

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Those who are protesting against Parliament, I want to tell them that the need was to expose Pakistan’s deed on the world stage. Raise voice against Pakistan’s deeds of the last 70 years.

__ Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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(It is) a cumulative effect of a series of actions. We seem to know we are isolated. External Affairs Minister ducked a meeting with US legislators….Seven countries have issued travel warnings. What world thinks about India matters more right now than ever before as half our GDP depends on the World. We are however, isolating ourselves and this can lead to no good.

__ Shivshankar Menon, former NSA

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If close friend Bangladesh that defends India at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation feels that India’s actions are religiously discriminatory, it is only a matter of time before others in the Islamic world, most notably in the Arab countries, who have been muted so far, will become more vocal. The OIC’s plans for a special meet on Kashmir and the CAA in April 2020, possibly in Islamabad, is one such indicator.

__ Suhasini Haidar, journalist, The Hindu

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If found to be true then action should be taken against the police officer, as these kinds of remarks are unacceptable.

__ Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minority Affairs Minister on Meerut SP (City) Akhilesh Narayan Singh’s alleged “Go to Pakistan” jibe against anti-CAA protesters.

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He did not say it for all Muslims, but probably to those who were raising pro-Pakistan slogans while throwing stones.

__ Keshav Prasad Maurya, UP Deputy CM.

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It was a natural reaction to rioters raising slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ abusing Police, throwing, indulging in arson.

__ Uma Bharti, ex Union Minister

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I sought a verbal explanation from the officer as soon as the video came out. I have reprimanded him. He shouldn’t have said anything which hurts the sentiments of anyone.

__ O. P. Singh, Director General of Police, UP

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DDA website says that Centre’s scheme will not regularize unauthorized houses or their colonies. Really shocking. Can’t believe that BJP spoke a blatant lie.

__ Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM

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Despite BJP installing 14000 hoardings, not a single application has been successfully completed.

__ Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy CM

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We are not going to allow any law that divides society, or which is against the spirit of the Constitution. There are no safeguards in the BJP government’s version of NPR. A clerk sitting at NPR office will ask about one’s grand father’s name and his birth certificate. Tomorrow one may use it to question your citizenship. The NPR is designed to misuse and abuse. The union government is using NPR as a diversionary tactic.

__ Kamal Nath, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh

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Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam government have failed to protect the interests of Assam. To get the votes of illegal Bangladeshis, the government has imposed on us the CAA, which violates the Assam Accord, is against the interest of Assam and the North-east, is communal and unconstitutional.

__ Samujjal Bhattacharya, AASU Advisor

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We will take badla (revenge) on them (CAA protesters who damaged public property)

__ Yogi Adityanath, UP CM

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The saffron is a symbol of India’s religious and spiritual traditions. It is a symbol of Hindu dharm. Follow that dharm. There is no place for violence and vengeance in that religion.

__ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AICC General Secretary

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He (Yogi Adityanath) not only wears saffron, but also represents it. The saffron colour dress is for public welfare and nation building and Yogiji is a traveler (pathik) on that path………..Those who have got politics inheritance and indulge in politics of appeasement by ignoring the country, how will they understand the meaning of public service?

__ UP Chief Minister’s Office in a tweet

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I am a citizen of India. We all are. No BJP person will decide if we are citizens or not. And if the need arises we will not fill any form

__ Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party President

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There is no national policy or legislation regarding the welfare of NRIs in spite of the challenges and exploitation they face abroad. The Centre is interested only in their remittances and is leaving their welfare to the states.

__ Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM

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Elections (Bihar) will be contested with JD (U) Chief Nitish Kumar as the face, hence the ratio of seat sharing between BJP and JD (U) can’t be 1:1. The basis of seat sharing talks between BJP and JD (U) should be 1:1.4. It may even be 1.3.

__ Prashant Kishore, JD (U) National Vice President

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

Some in Delhi might scoff at the notion of recognizing external concerns in the context of India’s domestic politics. To be sure, the theory is that all states are sovereign and free to do what they want at home and free to conduct foreign policies as they like. The reality though, is quite different. Through the ages, statesmen have sought ways to manage the complex interdependence between the internal and the external: Those who pretended that there is no relationship between the two has to pay a high price.

__ C.Raja Mohan, Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

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Students who go to missionary schools qualify and become engineers, but when they go abroad most of them start eating beef because they do not know about our Sanskar and Sanskriti (traditional values and culture).

__ Giriraj Kishore, Union Minister

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We are considering providing cheap liquor of good quality to the poor sections of society. The quality will be maintained because cheap liquor should not affect the health of the poor.

__ H. Nagesh, Karnataka Excise minister

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I can’t say predatory pricing was the only reason of ill-health of airlines, it is one of the reasons. After discussion with airlines, the trend of predatory pricing was reduced.

__ Hardeep Singh Puri, Civil Aviation Minister

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We are looking at all navigation guidance and control aspects. We learnt from telemetry data that the design could not take the large difference in velocity. We have our lessons from the failure.

__ K. Sivan, ISRO Chairman

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We have the Line of Actual Control with China. The border question is yet to be settled. However we have maintained a little progress in maintaining peace and tranquility along the borders and I am sure that situation will prevail.

__ Army Chief Gen. M. M. Naravane

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Armed forces stay far away from politics. We work according to the directions of the government in power.

__ Gen. Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff

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Put money in the hands of the poor…..I would say first no more cuts in corporate taxes….The clear fact is that Corporate sector is actually sitting on cash sitting and not investing. Why is it not investing? Because every sign of a demand problem is there. The governance problem is a frightening one..

__ Dr. Abhijit Banerjee , Economic Nobel Prize Winner

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More micro level, longer term planning is required. The government needs to provide inputs, and the rest has to be done by the industry. Unless the rate of growth increases, investments will not be made. Investments are made only when the existing capacities are getting inadequate.

__ R C Bhargava, Maruti Chairman

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Tesla is becoming a real car company.

__ Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX

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….. I would no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system, where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied.

__ Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chief after he was smuggled out of Japan

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In the current environment Charles Darwin’s survival of the fittest principle is the most applicable…..It is a great opportunity for Kotak Mahindra Bank to grow in an environment which is consolidating.

__ Uday Kotak, MD & CEO, Kotak Mahindra Bank

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To be fair, when I was younger I never saw myself playing past thirty. But I still feel there is a lot in me to give. I still have a lot of fire in me and I am a big competitor.

__ Maria Sharapova, Russian Tennis player

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One thing I pride myself on is professionalism and with that particular comment it was me losing control and I was unprofessional.

__ Sanjay Manjrekar on his derisive comment on Harsha Bhogle

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To me five days is very special and I’d hate to get it any shorter. The introduction of pink Tests, day night Tests is a great way to continue keeping our game fresh and moving forward. In respect to changing how many days it’s played, I’m actually against it. Like the way it is.

__ Glenn Mcarth, Australian pace legend.

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

There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.

__ Chanakya

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