*** "MANY OF Mr
Dars hopes for a brighter future are pinned on a bumper cotton harvest . . . as most
farmers know, Mr Dar should not rely on a bumper harvest until all is safely gathered in.
Much the same could be said of his plans to collect Pakistans new taxes."
(Excerpt from The Economist London article on
Pakistans get-tough taxation measures, including the imposition of a 15 per cent
general sales tax on a wide range of products to appease the IMF)
*** "OUR DREAM is the establishment and achievement of
the United States of Africa. The aim is that countries give up a little bit of their
sovereignty in the interests of the whole of Africa."
(Former Libyan foreign minister, Ali Tureiki, on the special summit of
the Organisation of African Unity called by its leader, Muammmarul Qaddafi, to discuss his
vision of Africa. The summit was attended by record number of the heads of state and
included parade with soldiers from 32 African countries)
*** "THE REVENUES of 400 or so online gambling sites
(ie, the money that the gaming companies keep) will surpass $ 1 billion this year,
compared with $ 300 million in 1997."
(New York based management consultancy on drastic increase in gambling
on the internet)
*** "INDIA IS the worlds biggest under-achiever
. . . For a country with a billion people and a nuclear bomb, India does not count for
much in the world."
(The Economists cover story which shows prime minister Vajpayee
brandishing a sword)
*** "THE FEW companies that have kept on older workers
find they have good judgement and their productivity is good. Besides, their education
standards are much better than those of todays young high-school graduates."
(A US research suggesting that mandatory retirement of the grey-head
work force do more harm than good to the employers who prefer to get the people out the
door at the earliest age)
*** "IF DISNEY goes ahead with this exhibit, not one
Disney product not a toy, a film, a game or a book will be allowed to enter or
be displayed in the UAE. All ads in the UAE media will be banned . . . We hope all Arabs
and Muslims will look at this matter very seriously. We can do a lot of damage to this
(Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Information and Culture minister
of UAE, vowing to ban sales of Walt Disney products if the US leisure and entertainment
giant goes ahead with an exhibit in Florida which depicts Jerusalem as the capital of
*** "SUHARTO, WHO plundered the peoples wealth
for 32 years, enjoys his retirement without being tried. The promise to bring Suharto and
his cronies to justice is just a deception."
(Students who tried to force their way to the national parliament to
demand that the former Indonesian strongman be brought to trial)
*** "INNOCENT, AFTER proven guilty."
(Heading of a story published by the Times magazine which said
that many innocently convicted persons have been freed in the US thanks to DNA tests since
the pioneering of a law clinic the Innocent Project in 1991)
*** "IF YOU wait, five years from now the gene doctor
will be hanging out the MAKE A SMARTER BABY sign down the street."
(Arthur Caplan, bioehticist at University of Pennsylvania, on new
advancements in human genetics to help procreate brainier babies)
*** "CARDIAC EVENTS tend to occur most
often between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on Mondays and Fridays . . . A shiny spot on the top
of the head has been linked to a risk of heart attack three times higher than
(Recent medical research which refutes earlier studies about
cholesterol and also includes the above new oddest risk factors)
*** "PAKISTAN WOULD officially apologise to Bangladesh
someday for what had been done to its people some 27 years ago."
(Bangladeshi leading English Daily The Daily Star quoting
speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Illahi Bukhsh Soomro, who attended a
four-day peace and cooperation conference of Asian parliamentarians in Dhaka)
Edited by Syed M. Aslam