*** "NO ONE CAN ACT alone in the name of all and
no one can accept the anarchy of a society without rules."
(French President Jacques Chirac addressing the UN
General Council meeting)
*** "Pound Sterling 176,438"
(Amount paid by unnamed private collector at an
auction in London for a sword used by 18th century Muslim Indian hero
*** "AS INDEPENDENT NATIONS we believe we have a
right to manage our internal affairs ourselves without foreign
interference... puppets regimed are installed dancing as puppets... The
veto power vested on countries which had won a war 50 years ago should
(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad lashing
out at 'resurgence of imperialism' demanding end to veto and anti-poor
policies by most powerful members of the UN at its address to the
organisation's General Assembly)
*** "40-50 per cent"
(Share of opium in the Afghan economy worth around $
2.5 billion in export business according to the IMF)
*** "30,000 Pounds"
(The amount of money for which the 29.2 cms ears of a
dog in Southwick, UK is insured for. The dog, a Basset hound, has the
largest ears in the world)
*** "WE HAVE INTERNATIONAL obligations and we
have domestic constraints. The domestic environment in Pakistan is
totally opposed to sending troops to Iraq."
(President Pervez Musharraf saying that his decision
to send troops to Iraq will depend on the 'final shape' of the US
resoultion at the UN Security Council. He was talking to reporters
immediately after his meeting with US president Bush in New York)
*** "THE RULES OF THE ROAD are that Nato and the
European Union are partners...that the EU will not develop duplicative
(US ambassador to Nato Nicholas Burns expressing
concerns at EU for plans to introduce a military planning capability
independent of Nato that could threaten EU-US relations)
*** "... OUR CHILDREN are getting poorer while
the Bush administration and congressional leaders work to dismantle
protections for children to pay for a 93,500-dollar tax break to
millionaires and consider spending billions to rebuild Iraq."
(President of US NGO Children's Defence Fund
expressing concerns about rising poverty rates for children and
criticising President George W. Bush's fiscal policies. More than 12.1
million children in the US were found to be living in poverty last year
compared to 11.7 million in 2001)
*** "THIS WAS A MESSAGE to Washington: 'You can
send a delegation to OPEC, but we control the oil price.'"
(Energy consultant Mehdi Varzi commenting of OPEC's
decision to the cut oil production despite warning of severe
consequences by the US)
*** "$ 139.5 million"
(Deferred pay and retirement benefits plan that were
to be paid to the chairman and chief executive of New York Stock
Exchange, Richard Grasso. The revelation of the huge payout drew fire
which forced Grasso from the lucrative job)
*** "AMONG THOSE WHO have pursued and produced
nuclear weapons ... Israel gets away with murder."
(Iranian ambassador to the UN's nuclear watchdog,
International Atomic Energy Agency, reacting dismay at the agency's
October 31 deadline on his country for verification of nuclear
programmes while remaining conveniently indifferent to huge nuclear
stockpiling by Israel)
*** "WE ARE FIGHTING a high-tech war against a
low-tech enemy. We're looking for the funds in Swiss bank accounts when
the money is in the coffee can. We're tapping telephones when they are
passing notes by donkey."
(Unnamed US official talking about the difficulties
to gather intelligence in the tribal belt along the Afghan border)
*** "THIS IS ALL FUTURISTIC science and hence
needs promotion by the state, media and the civil society. I am saying
this with conviction, not politics on my mind."
(Junior Human Resource Minister Sanjay Paswan
praising exorcists and 'ghostbusters' at a function held in eastern
Indian state of Bihar in which he also danced on the stage, beat drums
and chanted at a gathering of exorcists. Paswan, a physics
post-graduate, was also wearing two coiled cobras around his neck)