(Number of deaths caused each year by illegal small
arms worldwide according to International Action Network on Small
Arms. IANSA, a coalition of over 500 civil society groups and peace
activists, has renewed a call for urgent measures to stop illicit
trade in light weapons at a conference opened this week at the UN)
*** "NINE OUT OF 10 banknotes show clearly
measurable amounts of cocaine."
(Study conducted by Institute of Biomedical and
Pharmaceutical Research in Nuremberg showing that almost all euro
banknotes circulating in Germany contain traces of cocaine. Some 600
euro notes were examined in the study)
*** "OUR CULTURE and values are different from the
(Head of the council running Pakistan's largest
city, Karachi, Naimatullah Khan, defending the ban slapped on the
unnecessary depiction of women in advertisements)
*** "$ 50 billion"
(Farm subsidy programme aiming to strengthen
Europe's bargaining position in world trade talks. The 15 farm
ministers of the EU reached the final agreement to overhaul 43 billion
*** "THIS IS A TRAGIC missed opportunity, and once
gain it is the consumers who will pay the price... There is nothing to
celebrate. European agriculture will still subsidized to the tune of
pound sterling 30 billion, creating vast surpluses that will be dumped
on poor countries."
(Representatives of consumer groups and aid
agencies angrily reacting to the reforms of the common agriculture
policy of the EU for the huge subsidy saying that it would leave
tax-payers continuing to foot the bill for huge European farm
surpluses which would harm producers in the developing world)
*** "LEAVE IT TO HISTORY, and the whole world will
know the truth when I have the right circumstances to tell the truth."
(Former Iraqi information minister Saeed Al Sahhaf
answering a question about the circumstances surrounding the fall of
*** "Pound Sterling 3.63 billion"
(Money to be spent on books by the people of
Britain this year. The reading trend is picked up in the country due
in big part to the Harry Potter phenomenon)
*** "OUR SCRIPTURES have instances of donkeys being
married to get rain. I am confident that after this ritual, the rain
god will bless Chennai with copious rain."
(Hindu religious scholar R.K. Bhagavathiraj who
organised an elaborate public 'wedding' of five pairs of donkeys to
bring rain in the parched south Indian metroplois of Chennai)
*** "BUSINESS IS ABOUT management, organisation,
money, performance. Politics is about these things too. The only
difference is in business if you mismanage money, you go bankrupt. In
politics, nothing happens. There is no accountability."
(Businessman turned politician and the new
president of Janata Party, Vijay Mallya, commenting on the lack of
accountability in Indian politics)
*** "I CAN'T say that I liked it, it is not very
comfortable... It is nicer to look at from outside, because when one
participates in it, it presents certain difficulties."
(Russian President Vladimir Putin admitting that
the rigid British protocal during his historic visit put him ill at
ease at times during his historic visit to the UK)
*** "EIGHTY-FIVE per cent of the press is
left-wing, and the judges are worse. There is cancer in Italy that we
must cure the politicisation of the bench."
(Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lashing
out at the and judiciary accusing it of bias for targeting him since
he took office two years ago. Berlusconi is dogged by a criminal trial
in Milan for corruption)
*** "THIS IS A RATHER reasonable price. This is a
very famous cemetry so we expect a large number of people to apply."
(Official of Tokyo city government defending the
prices of bed-sized cemeteries costing $ 86,800 for the first time on
government-owned plots in 43 years. Tokyo is notorious as the world's
most costly city to live- and-to-die)