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We have so many companies coming in from Japan and now China is going to start…We have so many companies wanting to come in but they don’t have the labour. …If we tell smart people to get out, that’s not America First.

__ Donald Trump, US President

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We have to deal with the re-emergence of ISIS. ….From a European perspective with being much closer to Europe, this is going to be an important discussion in the next couple of days.

__ King Abdullah of Jordan

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India can play a leading role in bringing them (US) back into compliance with their agreement, so that they can come back and join the negotiations. And we ill not reject that, if India wants to play that role. India is a very dear friend of Iran and has good relations with the United States, and it can encourage the US to come back to the negotiating table.

__ Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister

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I don’t feel there is a reason for me to travel. This is an internal matter belonging to the Constitution. This isn’t an issue for Russia……Those who doubt the Indian policies in J&K can travel and see for themselves.

__ Nikolay Kudashev, Russian envoy to India

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There is a substantial gap between India’s position and that of countries in the RCEP. We expressed our concerns clearly and the ball is in the court of member countries now.

__ S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister

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The Chinese Navy’s presence is rapidly increasing in the Indian Ocean region and the Indian Navy is keeping a watch on the developments through “Mission-Based deployment.

__ Admiral Karamvir Singh, Navy chief

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Trump will not be very popular amongst the elites and activists in and around Davos who tend to see him more as a menace than international messiah.

__ Andrew Hammond, London School of Economics

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Had this dispute not arisen the world would not have known how minorities in Pak are getting tortured and human rights being trampled. Pak will have to answer why they have been minorities for 70 years.

__ Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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‘Bharatke Tukde honge Ek Hazar, Inshaallh Inshaallah’ at JNU. Shouldn’t they be put in jail? Those who raise anti-national slogans will be sent behind bars.

__ Amit Shah, Home Minister

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Amit Shah, not Modi, is running the show.

__ Bhupesh Bagel, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh

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India has watched the BJP-orchestrated assault on JNU coming…..The Modi-Shah govt. stands totally exposed.

__ Sonia Gandhi, Congress President

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This attack was state sponsored. There is absolutely no doubt it…..The question is what did the administration and the Delhi police do to stop it.

__ Sushmita Dev, Mahila Congress Chief

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We do not feel secure on campus….Students are scared to return….How can we resume teaching?

__ D. K. Lobiyal, JNUTA President

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

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The most important question we should address is what is the purpose of University education. Universities are not about brick and mortars certainly. Universities aren’t supposed to function like an assembly line of a production unit. Most importantly, the idea of University reflects what we want to achieve as a society. …..It is equally important if not more, for the graduating students to realise what is expected from them by the society. It must be realized that in the society interdependence is as important as independence…….You all have the responsibility to be active citizens and citizenship isn’t only about rights but it is equally about duties towards society….What you are today is of course the outcome of your rigour, but it is important to realize that you also reap benefits created by authors. Therefore, we can’t remain oblivious to the well being of others.

__ S. A. Bobde, Chief Justice of India

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I join my voice with all to thank #Congress leadership for their formal, unequivocal rejection of #CAA_NRC. Also would like to reassure all – Bihar me CAA – NRC implement Nahi Hoga . [CAA – NRC will not be implemented Nahin Hoga]

__ Prashant Kishore, JD (U) Vice President

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If the CAA is passed no state can say “I will not implement it”. It is not possible and it is unconstitutional. You can oppose it, you can pass a resolution in the Assembly and ask the central government to withdraw it. But, Constitutionally, saying that I won’t implement it is going to be problematic and going to create more difficulties.

__ Kapil Sibal, Senior Advocate SC, and Congress leader

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Not sure state resolutions on CAA, NPR can stand scrutiny.

__ Jairam Ramesh, Former Union Minister

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The Supreme Judgment was overturned in 1986. Had you been then at that time you would have seen that there was more opposition (to the government’s decision) than this (to CAA)…..You have the right to go to the Supreme Court and challenge, but the Citizenship Law comes under the Union List and not a subject under the State List.

__ Arif Mohammed Khan, Kerala Governor

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What to say about Rahul Gandhi who cannot speak 10 lines on CAA, I challenge him to speak 10 lines, 2 lines against it.

__ J P Nadda, BJP Working President

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Would it be subversive of our Constitution if Parliament in its wisdom deemed it inappropriate to grant citizenship to persecuted communities who had no commitment to secular principles?

__ Mahesh Jethmalani, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court

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The ruling alliance and the opposition are only exchanging harsh words. In this context it is worth recalling that Rajnath Singh once said that while he could not agree with many of Nehru’s policies, he could never doubt his intentions.

__ Vivek Katju, Former Secretary, MEA

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

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Non-productive, non performing dead assets (officials) in the govt…..should be shown the exit door. There should not be any hesitation.

__ Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister

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The more QE you do, the less effective it is (to beat a downturn)…You seem to need more to have an impact on yields and on the shape of the yield curve. So, I do think there is some evidence of diminishing returns.

__ Howard Davies, Chairman, Royal Bank of Scotland.

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How can a market place make such a big loss unless they are indulging in predatory pricing or some unfair trade practices?

__ Piyush Goyal,Industries and Commerce Minister on Amazon India's losses

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It would be more convincing if the fiscal deficit goals are defined to include all budgetary and off-budgetary liabilities. (which is around 4.5 per cent of GDP).

__ S C Garg, Former Finance Secretary

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The single most important reason for the current slide is over-regulation by the government. We are budget agnostic. The over-regulation is killing the industry.

__ Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto

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While fully identify with the pain of Asha Devi, I urge her to follow the example of Sonia Gandhi who forgave Nalini…..We are with you but against the death penalty.

__ Indira Jaising, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court

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Who is Indira Jaising to give me such a suggestion? Whole country wants the convicts to be executed. Just because of people like her justice is not done with people like him…..Today she is speaking for the convicts. Such people earn livelihood by supporting rapists, hence rape incidents don’t stop.

__ Asha Devi , Nirbhaya’s mother

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Sexual violence is the product of various social, cultural and economic dynamics and we would be misleading ourselves if we thought it is about some “bad apples” in our midst. ….Rather than the severity of punishment, it is the certainty of punishment is likely to be a deterrent. …We are playing with fire by using death penalty in a criminal justice system like ours.

__ Anup Surendranath, National Law University

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May be, Viren or Vimal or Prakash Sir could have spoken to her (Saina Nehwal) I don’t know why they didn’t. In fact, they encouraged her to leave Hyderabad. It is a mystery to me why Prakash Sir never said anything positive about me while I have always looked up to him as my role model.

__ P. Gopichand on Saina leaving his Academy and joining Prakash Padukone’s facility

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Look a guy in form is always good for the team…..You obviously want to have the best players available and then chose from what the combination should be or the team.

__ Virat Kohli, India Captain

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There is no comparison Virat Kohli is far better than Steve Smith in white ball cricket. I would not compare Kohli to Smith in white ball cricket. I would actually want to see what spot Smith bats on.

__ Gautam Gambhir, Former India Opener

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I looked up to Sampras so much that I felt uncomfortable breaking his records. It just happened. But I think those are the moments you will remember. Now, at the end, if somebody else passes you, it’s OK because that’s what sports is all about. It’s a lot about numbers. It’s a lot about records.

__ Roger Federer, Tennis champion

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

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Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.

__ Theodore Roosevelt

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