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He (PM Narendra Modi) said we will have millions and millions of people. He thinks we will have 5-7 million people just from the new (Motera) stadium…He is a great gentleman. He is a friend of mine.

__ Donald Trump, US President

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We will be able to minimize the impact of the epidemic, (COVID-19) maintain the movement of China’s economic development and strive to achieve this year’s development goals and tasks.

__ Xi Jinping, President of China

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The future of Indo-Pacific is critical to US security and economic interests…..The budget provides the USD 1.5 billion for the Indo-Pacific , reflecting a strong administration commitment to ensuring that the region remains free, open and independent of malign Chinese influence.

__ White House in a statement

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India rejects all references to Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral and inalienable part of India…We call upon the Turkish leadership to not interfere in India’s internal affairs and develop a proper understanding of the facts, including the grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan to India and the region.

__ Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson, MEA

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Over 90 per cent of India’s heritage lies buried and space archeology can help unearth it….using satellites as a tool.

__ Sarah Parcak, American Archeologist and Egyptologist, University of Alabama

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In a population of 130 crore, only 1.5 crore pay taxes…..Only 2,200 professionals declared income above one crore. We feel happy when we see people going overseas for vacations and buying cars of their choice. But when we see the number of people paying taxes, it worries me….Yes, the method is T20. But the resolve is to ensure consistent performance, create new records and make it India’s series.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

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Today there is no money in the hands of the people and there is no incentive for anyone to invest. On the contrary there is fear and uncertainty prevailing all over this country and under this fear and uncertainty nobody will invest in India.

__ P.Chidambaram, Congress leader

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There was more sarcasm than content in the speech.

__ Nirmala Sitharaman, Fin Minister rebutting Chidambaram’s remarks on the budget in the Upper House

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Budget is strong in length, weak in strength….It talks about aspirational budget but it is a perspirational budget based on……assumption.

__ Jairam Ramesh, Congress leader

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

There are Seven important indicators which show there are green shoots……The economy is not in trouble….Global sentiment is in favour of India. Foreign investors continue to show confidence in India…….There is a steady growth and the negative growth in September and October has been corrected….We are on a positive growth trajectory.

__ Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister

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Sanskrit should be taught in every school. The government has to give it a serious thought. We feel Sanskrit is the mother of all languages and if you have to understand India, you can’t do it without Sanskrit……We can’t think of an Ashram like arrangement today, but when we talk about “Gurukul” system education is the focus of the institution.

__ Suresh Joshi, RSS leader

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Since when has been a “Daddy’s Girl” and encouraging people to vote become a crime against the nation? I will be proud to be both.

__ Priyanka Gandhi, Congress leader

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Dalit and tribal societies are the most backward classes, denying them reservation will deepen the inequality gap.

__ Jignesh Mevani, Dalit leader and Gujarat MLA

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The blanket labelling of dissent, as anti-national or anti-democratic strikes at the heart of our commitment to protect constitutional values and the promotion of deliberated democracy.

__ Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Judge of the Supreme Court of India

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Learn from the book that Nehru did not want Patel in the cabinet in 1947 and omitted him from the initial Cabinet list. Clearly a subject for much debate.

__ S.Jaishankar, Foreign Minister

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Promoting fake news about, and false rivalries between the builders of modern India is not the job of the Foreign Minister. He should leave this to BJP’s IT Cell.

__ Ramchandra Guha, Hisotorian and Writer

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The time has come for us to at least experiment (women in command positions) and that needs to be done first with the Services – Army Service Corps, Army Ordinance Corps and Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

__ Lt. General Hasnain, former GOC 15 Corps and currently Chancellor of Jammu University.

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

Such statements (Goli Maro, India-Pak match) should not have been made. Our party has distanced itself from such remarks…….It is possible that our performance may have suffered because of this.

__ Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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Delhiites, you have done the impossible. I love you….This is a very auspicious message for the country. Politics of work can take our country to the twenty-first century.

__ Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM

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Leaders playing on faith through hate speech and divisive politics should take a cue, as only who deliver on their promises are rewarded.

__ Mamata Bannerjee, Bengal CM

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This is clear vindication that development trumps communal politics. Federal rights and regional aspirations must be strengthened in the interests of our country.

__ M.K. Stalin, DMK chief

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Accepting this mandate, the BJP will play the role of constructive opposition and will prominently raise every issue related to the development of the state.

__ J.P. Nadda, BJP chief

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There were some people who were under the illusion that they are only ones who love the nation while all political opponents are anti-nationals.

__ Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra CM

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The BJP’s tactic of exploiting religiosity for political gains will one day collapse because for the general public, religion is a means for communication with one’s god and nothing else. Kejriwal did not canvass votes in Hanuman’s name. He simply showed that he faithfully followed his religion, like most Indians do.

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

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A few managements have threatened the government that they are ready to hand over the schools to the government on rent. The government is already paying the salaries of all employees of aided schools. A small amount will be additionally needed to pay the rent to the managements. The government is ready to accept the suggestion.

__ Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM

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Today (9 Feb ‘20) anti-CAA and anti-NRC protests were given a befitting reply with this protest rally of the MNS. But let me warn you. Next time morchas will be answered with morcha. And if you continue with your drama, stones will be answered with stones and swords with swords.

__ Raj Thackeray, MNS chief

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At this moment it is very difficult to predict when are going to have an inflection point. We certainly hope that it will come soon, but the isolation and quarantine measures (of nCoV) have been very effective.

__ Liu Xiaoming, China’s Ambassador to Britain

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Moving away from the conventional treatment methods that excessively focus on the disease, our approach should focus on the root cause of the issue. The cancer cell is the culmination of years of biological changes that occur in our body due to our diet regime, germs, etc. If you want to reverse it, we will have to go back to the changes and detoxify the patient.

__ Dr. Eswara Das, Chairman, Global Homeopathy Foundation

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

The Unity of Freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.

__ John F.Kennedy

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