(Number of missile tests conducted by India during
the first half of this year)
*** "IF YOU WANT them then turn yourself
(Note left by US Colonel David Hogg who kidnapped
the wife and daughter of an Iraqi general wanted by the US)
*** "DON'T LET anyone tell you differently;
those Andhra peppers are without doubt weapons of mass destruction...
The Bengal tigers in Ramthambore. How could they be more in command. I
could use their skills in my new responsibilities back home, and have
sent them an e-mail with a job offer."
(Outgoing US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill
admitting that Indian chilli was too hot for him to handle and hoping
to acquire skills of Royal Bengal tiger to survive in Washington)
*** "YOU DON'T FIGHT a war with per capita
expenditure in mind. India's military expenditure is much more than
(Nobel Indian laureate Amartya Sen slamming New
Delhi's defence budget for harming the country's human development
*** "AT SOME STAGE... I propose to ask the
prime minister and the Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Geoff Hoon,
to give evidence."
(Lord Hutton, the head of a judicial inquiry to
investigate the suicide of Iraq weapons expert David Kelly, insisting
that he would not be swayed by anyone and would call Prime Minister
Tony Blair and Defence Minister to give the evidence)
*** "PEOPLE THOUGHT I was crazy, but I think
it's how you use your freedom that counts and I wanted to do something
for other people."
(John Wood, a former top executive of US software
giant Microsoft Corporation, defending his decision to quit $ 300,000
a year post to deliver books to remote villages in Nepal on yak's
back. He launched a charity in 2000 to boost literacy in Asian
communities in countries like India and Nepal)
*** "THE MAIN BETRAYAL came from the people
whom he trusted fully ... they betrayed their country before betraying
(Eldest daughter of former Iraqi strongman, Raghad,
accusing his aides for betrayal causing the fall of Baghdad to US-led
forces in April)
*** "2.1 million"
(Number of people incarcerated in the US. The
prison population in the US grew more than twice over 2001 pushing it
to a new record)
*** "AS FAR AS WE KNOW, our technology is the only way a
person can communicate to another person the sense of touch."
(Director of University of Buffalo's Virtual
Reality Lab, Themkurussi Kesavadas, commenting on experiments to
facilitate sense of touch over the Internet)
*** "IT IS SMALL on the outside, but roomy on
the inside. It is ready to depart to the other world, but later that
happens, the better."
(Retired Portuguese carpenter Jose Gomes announcing
plans to be buried in a coffin replica of his Mercedes which took him
a year to built)
*** "IF THERE IS NO UN mandate, there is no
question of sending the troops. If there is, we have said we would
consider it. That (a UN mandate) is the starting point for
(Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha declining
to send troops to Iraq without clear UN mandate despite request from
*** "OUR POLICEMEN have 30 dogs and the
military police have even asked me to buy elephants to stamp on
(Chief of police in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
threatening rioters with elephants to avoid any possible violence in
*** "I WOULDN'T WISH anyone what we've been
(Head of a 14-member family in Bulgaria recalling
the horrors of her dwelling and the surroundings hit by lightning nine
times in the past two years)
*** "IF CONGRESS continues blindly to support
Israel, then Bush's vision will not be attainable."
(Palestinian Premier Mahmoud Abbas telling US
congressional leaders that Israel is undermining President George W.
Bush's vision of peace in the Middle East)