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PROFILE

KAISER SHAFI ULLAH

COLUMN FOR THE RECORD
SPECIAL REPORT 20 YEARS IN GROWTH OF POWER GENERATION CAPACITY (1983-2003)
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ICT, A USEFUL TOOL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COUNTRY
ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING

 

FOR THE RECORD

 

By Syed M. Aslam
Oct 20 - 26, 2003 

 

 

*** "WHETHER IT'S their own money or not, the public will get a bad impression if they see any cash in the see-through pockets."

(A traffic police personnel in Manila commenting on the soon-to-be-introduced uniforms that would have transparent pockets aimed at curbing corruption)

*** "AS FOR THE HEADSCARF AS AN Islamic symbol of submission, I can tell you that many veiled women feel stronger than men ... There are also many Christians who are murderers. But no one suggests that Christianity made them that way."

(Latest Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi defending wearing of headscarf by the Muslim women)

*** "... THE DOGS and the cat, they missed you too/Barney's still mad you dropped him, he ate your shoe/The distance, my dear, has been such a barrier/Next time you want an adventure, just land on a carrier."

(American First Lady Laura Bush reciting a poem penned for her by husband, President George W. Bush, after she got back from a five-day solo trip to Europe and Moscow)

*** "THE GOVERNMENT can go on and do what is directed by the (new) leader. (I'm) not a back seat driver... I want them to learn how to look after themselves and not be dependent on the government. I want them to be honest and not try and get rich quickly."

 

 

(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed saying that he would be a 'back-seat driver' to continue running the government after his retirement end this month. He also asked his Malay countrymen to serve the country and people with honesty)

*** "One Billion"

(Number of people, equaling nearly a sixth of the world's population, living in slums in the world according to the first ever report on slums by the UN Human Settlements Programme. The number is feared to double by 2030)

*** THE PRIME MINISTER is raiding a Dalit's daughter's house. He should raid his adopted daughter's house too. They did not find anything in my house. No documents, no jewellery or money."

(Former chief minister of Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati accusing Prime Minister Vajpayee of deliberately targeting her through the federal investigative agency. Mayawati, who belongs to untouchable Hindu Dalit caste, demanded that the assets of the prime minister's foster daughter and family should also be probed)

*** "32,500"

(Number of patients killed by medical errors in the US every year resulting in additional $ 9.3 billion in hospital charges according to a study published in the recent weekly issue of Journal of the American Medical Association)

*** "THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT is a government of war and cannot continue without war."

(Syrian President Bashar Al Assad commenting on the widely condemned Israeli air attacks on his country)

*** "WE HAVE HAD SIMILAR incidents like this before, and the batteries in question have always been fakes."

(Spokeswoman of the world's largest mobile phone maker Nokia blaming the two reported incidents of its handsets exploding in the Netherlands and Vietnam on fake batteries)

*** "BASICALLY QUITE NORMAL"

(US administrator of Iraq Paul Bremer insisting that life in the country was normal despite daily attacks during his address on ABC television)

*** "INDIAN WOMEN have long been suppressed. It is time men recognise we are capable of anything we set our minds to. If they do not, they will be left behind."

 

 

(Nimmon Nilakantan, a 43-year-old participant of Mrs. India beauty pageant, explaining why she chose to shed the tradition of doting another and daughter-in-law to compete with 40 other married women)

*** "THE HARASSMENT is no longer one-sided. The difference is the steadily increasing number of complaining husbands."

(Unnamed New Delhi police officer commenting on the increasing of marital harassment against men adding that of about 6,700 such cases registered in the Indian capital 10 per cent were made up of women harassing and beating their husbands. A husband's right activist in the city has said that the 'women are not the only victims of domestic violence)