Jan 31, 2000
*** "IF THE Russians continue their aggression against
the Chechens, we can not sit like spectators."
(Leader of Afghanistans ruling Taliban government, Mulla Mohammad
Omar, assuring support to former Chechen President, Zelimkhan Andarbayev, during his
*** "IM GOING to be like dads son that he
never had. For the first time, I think he can actually see that this is my
(Laila Ali, the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, on her decision
to become a professional boxer)
*** "Development must remove such
unfreedoms as poverty, tyranny, poor economic and educational opportunities,
poor roads, dirty water, treatable diseases and intolerance."
(Dr Michael Mates, a senior consul at US Consulate General Karachi,
advocating education for all speaking at a seminar held in the city as the chief guest)
*** "UNTIL THEN not even my wife knew my secret. To
everyone else I was just one of many engineers working in the local arms industry."
(Mikhail Kalashinkov, Russian weapons designer and inventor of assault
rifle of the same name, recalling how he had to keep his involvement in the project a
secret. He was only allowed to reveal his identity after the falling down of the Iron
Curtain in Russia)
*** "I HAD SUCCESS but never at the level of the
people with whom I was dining and I began to feel that. This book is about redemption . .
. and how failure is the greatest learning experience of all time."
(Dominick Dunne, US celebrity writer and one-time Hollywood producer,
on his new book, "The way we lived then: Recollectons of a well-known Name
*** "IF THERE is strong evidence and a legal basis,
why not? If a law is broken by a soldier whether he is a general or from the lower
ranks if there is authentic proof, then why not? We have to be consistent."
(Indonesian Minister of Transport, Agum Gumelar, who is also an
in-service general, answering a question if military officials should be tried for human
*** "I WANT to mobilise resources and bring people
together so that people at the frontier of technology can actually communicate with those
who live in poverty."
(Muhammad Yunus, the founder of world fame Grameen Bank in Bangladesh,
advocating advances in information technology to help narrow the economic gap between the
developed and developing countries)
*** "WE DO not have any evidence that the Pakistani
government was in any way involved."
(US President Bill Clinton rejecting Indian claims that Pakistan had
any links with the hijacking of Indian Airlines aircraft last month)
*** "A COMBINATION of the features of Victoria Becham
(Posh Spice), Australian singer Kylie Minogue and British TV presenter Carol
(Description of the facial features of the worlds first computer
generated newscaster, Ananova, developed by Press Association New Media. The virtual
newscaster is capable of delivering real-time on-demand news bulletin over the internet
and interactive devices)
*** "FRANCIS, WERE coming baby. Its four
days to wake up. Tyson is coming."
(Crocodile, the infamous cheerleader, greeting former
undisputed world heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, at his training session in London ahead
of his January 29 bout with Julius Francis of the UK)
Edited by Syed M. Aslam