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What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lame stream media asks nothing but hostile questions, & and then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately…They get record ratings & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & efforts.

__ Donald Trump, US President

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I know there will be many people looking at our apparent success, and beginning to wonder whether now is the time to go easy on those social distancing measures…I entirely share your urgency, it’s the government’s urgency and yet we must also recognize the risk of a second spike.

__ Boris Johnson, British PM

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If you want to save yourself from illness and protect others too, then you will need to use masks. My suggestion of a gamcha is simple. The face has to be covered…….It has been part of our bad habits that we would spit just about anywhere. It is time now to get rid of this problem once and for all. As they say, “better late than never”.

__ Narendra Modi, Indian PM

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I recognize my responsibility to be a voice, an advocate and a leader for the change in culture that has begun but is nowhere near finished. So I want to address allegations by a former staff that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago. They aren’t true. This never happened.

__ Joseph R. Biden Jr., presumptive Democratic nominee

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We’re working with our friends in Australia, India and Japan to share information and best practices as we are beginning to move the global economy forward.

__ Michael Pompeo, US Secretary of State

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There will have to be rethinking of everything in the global economy once we are out of this. If there is an opportunity for India, it is in sharing that dialogue.

__ Raghuram Rajan, former Governor RBI

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I sincerely believe it is not necessary at this stage to impose hardships on Government servants and also on the armed forces people.

__ Manmohan Singh, former Indian PM

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The stature of the Prime Minister is such that s/he should always rise above his/her state. The decisions should be broad, inclusive and of a national level. Therefore, we will urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the decision and retain Mumbai’s status as an international financial services centre. The decision to shift the IFSC Authority from Mumbai to Gujarat is disturbing ……We will pursue the matter with the PM and urge him to reconsider the decision and relocate it in Mumbai.

__ Sharad Pawar, NCP chief

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PICK OF THE WEEK

The mantra of coming out of Chakravyuh has to also be thought through very carefully and be factored in when entering Chakravyuh.

__ Shaktikanta Das, Governor, RBI

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If the PM and CMs could safely hold meetings via videoconferences and, if the Lok Sabha Speaker could also hold a safe videoconferencing with the Speakers of state assemblies, why can’t the standing committees of Parliament do the same…I suggest the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha immediately ask the government to provide secure platforms to Parliament so that standing committees can function , as others do, via videoconference.

__ Anand Sharma, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs

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We should do everything to avoid a financial emergency, because it would mean that whatever little powers are there with the state governments are taken away.

__ P. Chidambaram, former finance minister

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All pollution spreads through agents and carriers. Propaganda is a major carrier. In the wake of a few unfortunate terrorist acts, a well-orchestrated campaign dubs the entire Muslim community as terrorists. Some obscurantists trumpet derisive slogans about Muslims like, “Hum paanch, hamare pachees” (we are five, husband and four wives – and have 25 children), and an image is deliberately or mischievously created of Muslims as polygamists. This is designed to cause a rift between communities. They have achieved tremendous success. This is a travesty of facts.

__ S. Y. Qureshi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India

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If you want a totalitarian clampdown, then democracy will be the casualty.

__ Sitaram Yechury, CPIM General Secretary

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A calibrated, planned and phased exit could also help manage the spread of virus.. So far, morbidity and mortality associated with COVID 19 in India has been much lower than elsewhere in the world. This is possibly attributed to our immune systems, which have antibodies that could be effective in resisting the virus. After all, millions of migrants stranded in megacities or relief camps in cramped spaces have not caught the virus through contagion in large numbers. It suggests that there are already some elements of herd immunity in India that would go stronger as the lockdown is lifted slowly.

__ Deepak Nayyar, A renowned economist and former VC, Delhi University

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What is important for us to understand is that India cannot continue in this situation for too long. Because at some point of time, deaths due to hunger will far outweigh deaths due to coronovirus.

__ N . R. Narayana Murthy, Infosys Founder

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It shows the warped, distorted and completely absurd priorities of this government. Bang in the middle of COVID 19, they are fast tracking, hot footing the project. (Revamp of 3-KM Central vista from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate including a new Parliament building). It is the intention to leave in a personal manner your own stamp, by littering the green verdant landscape of Rajpath with new buildings in the name of modernization. A more horrible attack on the heart and psyche of Delhi cannot be imagined….We would earnestly with folded hands urge the Supreme Court pay attention to this.

__ Abhisekh Manu Singhvi, Congress National Spokesperson

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…..the many Modi Mahals can and must wait.

__ Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Sabha and former Union Minister

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What is the aim of lockdown 3.0? What is the purpose, the objective and strategy? Will there be a lockdown 4.0 and lockdown 5.0? When will it end completely? What is the goalpost to deal with coronavirus and the economic pandemic by May 17. What are the achievable goals by May 17 to deal with the infection and to address livelihood challenges and the huge economic crisis?

__ Randeep Surjewala, Congress spokesperson

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…intriguing that the Prime Minister stayed away from the announcement (lockdown 3.0) on national TV and left it to a notification issued by the Home Secretary.

__ P.Chidambaram, Congress leader

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Migrant workers boarding from various places are being forced to pay for their own tickets and also for food. Those who have been asked to pay for buses are being forced to pay exorbitant rates for their travel. It is sheer cruelty to expect workers who have absolutely no earnings for the last two months because of the lockdown to pay for their own train tickets. Nor can the state governments bear financial expenditure….

__ The CPIM in a statement

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Through the combination of farmers’ cooperation, technological upgrading and favourable public policies in procurement, pricing and distribution, we can deal with the fallouts of the pandemic. We hope that this pandemic will help recognise the contribution of our farmers.

__ Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Eminent scientist and Founder, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai and Nitya Rao, Professor, Gender and Deveopment, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

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If WHO’s mission is to ensure the highest level of health for all then no country should be excluded from this goal.

__ Dr. Chen Shih-Chung, Minister of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

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Experts agree that mass random testing is the key to beating Corona. In India a bottleneck is stopping us from scaling testing from the current 40,000 per day to 1 lakh tests a day, for which test kits are ready in stock. PM needs to act fast & clear the bottleneck.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Senior Congress leader

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GEM OF THE WEEK

If anyone out of anger or fear does something wrong, we cannot blame the whole community and distance from them.

__ Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief

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We have always thought of the future but the future is only made only if the present is strong. The Indian healthcare industry has a long way to go when it comes to matters regarding research and technological progress. Apart from this, bureaucratic red-tapism and policies are all against progress. this has to change.

__ Dr. K M Cherian, Padma Shri awardee and cardiotherapic surgeon credited with India’s first bypass

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Virat Kohli can surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s massive cricketing feat. He will do it easily with his talent, it comes down to his mental strength and if he stays fit enough.

__ Brett Lee, Former Australian Cricketer

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The last match of the World Cup was in July. From there, till now we haven’t heard anything from Dhoni. I have no idea (what he wants).

__ Rohit Sharma, India Vice Captain

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As far as I know him, he doesn’t want to wear the blue jersey again. He decided that India’s last World Cup match was his last..

__ Off Spinner Harbhajan Singh

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I can’t conceive a future where I can’t hug players I haven’t seen in months.

__ Rafael Nadal on social distancing likely to be imposed when the tennis season resumes.

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All our camps for the summer, which is a busy time for NCA, have had to be put on hold. The monsoon which arrives in most part of India from June will add to the challenges. We do have a few contingency plans in place. Safety is the priority for everyone right now

__ Rahul Dravid, Head of cricket at The National Cricket Academy

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Forget not that the grossest crime is to compromise with injustice and wrong. Remember the eternal law: You must give, if you want to get.

__ Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

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