*** "IT WAS HIS PERSONAL views, which is fine.
Everyone has personal views."
(US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld commenting
on the speech given by a Rand Corporation analyst, Laurent Murawiec, at
the US defence policy board calling Saudi Arabia 'the kernel of evil,
the most dangerous opponent in the Middle East)
(Number of applications received by the district
government of Faisalabad for 1,300 vacant posts of teachers. The
applications included highly qualified candidates)
*** "THE RIGHT WAY is that the Security Council
should reply to the questions raised by Iraq and should honour its
obligations under its own resolutions."
(Iraqi President Saddam Hussain warning that any US
attack was doomed to bloody failure and asking the United Nations to
honour its commitments to Baghdad)
*** "ISRAEL HAS BEEN pursuing a military
occupation of Palestinian territory now for many decades and that has to
come to an end."
(US academic Samuel Huntington criticizing
Washington's support for Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians.
He asked the US to pursue a more balanced policy and also opposed US
invasion of Iraq)
(Marks obtained by former minister and Ambassador to
the US, Abida Hussain, in BA examination to meet the graduation
pre-requisite to contest general polls to be held in October)
*** "I REALISE that small gains are a crime and
I will work and sweat for greater goals. Nothing is impossible."
(Newly elected Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
speaking to school children in the violent-torn state of Gujarat which
witnessed murders of hundreds of Muslims)
*** "... the Gulf War cost the Arabs $ 300
billion in addition to forcible sale of the US arms worth $ 150 billion
to them during the past 10 years."
(Former Chief of Army Staff, General (Retd.) Aslam
Beg) speaking at one of the meetings held to celebrate Independence
week. He also accused the politicians to play the US game of toppling
various governments in the country)
*** "THE MUSLIM LEAGUE will come into power
whether there are elections or selections."
(Chief of his own faction of Muslim League —
Functional, Pir Pagara, talking to reporters after meeting President
*** "THE POLITICIANS are not genetically corrupt
people. It is the power that corrupts the politicians."
(Booker Prize winner Indian author and social
activist Arundhati Roy reading excerpts from her essay 'End of
Imagination' at a seminar in Islamabad)
*** "$ 8.2 billion"
(Losses estimated by Silverstein Properties, the
company that held the lease for the World Trade Centre)
*** "... IS IT SOME SORT OF INDICATION of the
popular mood that Sachin Tendulkar is ranked higher than Atal Bihari
Vajpayee ... the people of India are totally disenchanted with politics
and their political leaders."
(Editorial comments on the result of a survey
conducted by an Indian magazine which ranked Mother Teresa the greatest
Indian since the country's independence in 1947)
*** "THE MEDIA HAS BECOME incredibly powerful
but it is also being manipulated... We live in a global village but we
have become very parochial and tribal."
(Organizers highlighting the objective of two plays
examining role of media in covering modern warfare at Edinburgh Fringe
*** "CERTAINLY. It is especially so under the
(Indian Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Panday asked
to comment on growing intolerance in the country)
*** "THE INTIFADA WILL WIN."
(Top leader of Palestinian rising against Israeli
occupation, Marwan Barghouti, shouting defiantly at the beginning of his
trial in Tel Aviv)
*** "WHAT IS IMPRESSIVE is the Cuban literacy
rate. We should improve ours in the United States."
(US Congresswoman Maxine Waters expressing pleasure
at Cuban literacy rate. Waters, an advocate of lifting the US trade
embargo against Cuba, was present in Havana to celebrate Cuban President
Fidel Castro's 76th birthday)