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By Syed M. Aslam
Sep 30 - Oct 06, 2002

 

*** "80,000"

(Number of suspected terrorists identified by the US State Department around the world)

*** "I HAVE SAID this 200 times that the elections would be held on schedule. I am now ready to sign a certificate, if there is one."

(President Pervez Musharraf assuring the holding of general elections on time on October 10)

*** "THE AVERAGE PERSON has enough carbon to produce between 50 and 100 diamonds... It's a simple process... We're basically taking the fact that all living creatures are carbon-based, and so are diamonds."

(Spokesperson of the UK-based US company which has developed the technology to turn human remains into diamonds)

*** "NOW I'LL SHOW you something that you won't see anywhere else in Afghanistan."

(Intelligence chief of Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostam, Hebadullah, opening the doors of his 15-metre indoor swimming pool, the only such facility in the war-devastated country)

*** "THE SCOURGE of pollution is by no means restricted to the Asian region. Man-made aerosol pollutants (sulphate or soot) are rampant in Europe and the United States. Lot of blame is laid at our door."

(Chairman of Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, J. Srinivasan, slamming a UN's backed study on the 'Asian Brown Cloud' as exaggerated and distorted saying that Asia was not the only source of pollution)

*** "YOU CAN HAVE WHATEVER PERCENTAGE YOU WANT."

(Head of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, an alliance of pro-freedom parties in Indian-occupied Kashmir, Abdul Ghani Bhat, calling the state elections sham, manipulated and rigged)

*** "I THINK it's wonderful. I was keen to get rid of fox hunting. I'm doubly keen now what a bonus."

(British lawmaker from ruling Labour Party, Dennis Skinner, welcoming Crown Prince Charles' reported threat to leave Britain if it banned fox hunting)

*** "HE IS WORSE than Reagan, worse than Nixon... May any country justify a military invasion by calling it a pre-emptive action? US has redefined multilateralism: (telling the world) 'you all must accept my point of view."

(Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams calling the Bush administration "the scariest in the US history)

*** "WHAT UPSETS ME is that he can't take a more compassionate approach to some of those issues."

(Daughter of Australian Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock, Kirsty, flaying her father's hardline stand on asylum seekers. She said that she was hurt and embarrassed by her father's policies to fled her native country to work overseas)

*** "14 million"

(Number of people facing starvation in Africa according to a study conducted by the United Nations)

*** "WE WANTED to make the whole idea of picking your coffin less serious, maybe even make people laugh a bit."

(One of the partners of a Rome-based funeral home selling coffins using bikini-clad women)

*** "THIS TOOL will allow our students, 70 per cent of whom come from underprivileged areas, to be more aware of their academic obligations."

(Principal of a school in Marseille, France which has assigned electronic bar codes to its 1,600 students to crackdown on truancy)

*** "WHY SHOULD the world request Iraq to adhere to Security Council resolutions, while Israel is allowed to be above international law?"

(Syrian Minister for Foreign Affairs Farouq Al Shara asking the UN to enforce resolutions on Israel like it is doing against Iraq)

*** "WE ARE GATHERING here from all over the world to make clear to the people of Iraq that they have friends from all over the world... millions of friends who oppose threat of aggression from the United States."

(British lawmaker from ruling Labour Party, George Galloway, addressing a parade in Baghdad to show solidarity with Iraqi people)

Centre cartoon: GN 17.9 P 9

*** "BUT SCORPIONS are not ugly animals, they are so cute, just like baby crabs."

(Thirty-year-old Thai woman, Kanchana Ketkaew, dubbed the "Scorpion Queen", hoping to set a world record to stay in a glass case filled with thousands of deadly scorpions for 32 days in Bangkok)