Jan 03 - 09, 2005



"That earthquake has changed the world map, the 9.0-magnitude quake may have caused movement around the fault by 20-30 metres."

(Dr Ken Hudnut of the US Geological Survey)

"If the government doesn't immediately take action, Indonesia will face 'worst diseases spread'. My educated guess was the death toll in Aceh, by far the hardest hit province in the country, might reach between 50,000 and 80,000."

(Michael Elmquist, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).

"In 50 years, he says, I married 58 women and forgotten the names of most of them. I know I have 10 sons, but ask about daughters and I have to counts on fingers: 22. No, no, 28. No, that's too many, yes 25. My marital adventures have cost me more than $1.6 million (around Dh5.84 million) in wedding expenses and settlements for divorced wives."

(Saleh Al Sayeri, a 64-year-old Saudi Arabia shepherd-turned-businessman)

"I see opportunity for the future of democracy in my homeland Pakistan in 2005. The United States has reiterated the rhetoric of democracy all over the world, certainly in Iraq and most recently and most notably in Ukraine. Democratic values cannot be applied selectively. If the world rallies around democracy in Ukraine, there is the hope that it can rally around democracy in Pakistan."

(Benazir Bhutto, in a Special article to Gulf News)

"The First Islamic Satellite will carry out a credible moon-sighting process which Muslims will see on their television screens. The satellite will orbit at a low altitude and send back crescent images to ground stations."

(Ali Abdul Rahman, President of Cairo University)

"Of 88 million unemployed youths worldwide almost 26 per cent are in the Middle East and North Africa. "These rates are alarming now and will be more in the future with the increasing millions joining the labour market every year."

(An ILO report released recently)

"In the hands of bored and depraved individuals, Bluetooth-enabled camera phones have become a new tool of nuisance. It's an irritating new hobby that's spreading fast, particularly among young mobile phone users who are sending nude pictures and obscene or offensive messages by mobile or any other means."



(Police in Al Ain while warning such youths said that culprits would face criminal charges)

"I have decided to retain dual role of army chief and President of the country, It is the voice of the majority and the minority should accept this ruling,"

(Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in an address to the nation broadcast on state-run Television and Radio)

"Canada has found a second case of mad cow disease."

(Officials said Thursday, just a day after the United States planned to reopen its border to Canadian beef)

"We have arrested more than 10 suspects 'military officers', nuclear workers and others on charges of revealing Iran's nuclear secrets to Israeli and US intelligence agencies."

(Irani Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi)

"Those with the veto shouldn't have a veto over other people getting a veto. Without a veto, the seat is meaningless. India must get a seat with a veto."

(Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh addressing the Indian community in Dubai)

"Osama Bin Laden is after a nuclear weapon, perhaps the most significant came in intelligence reports indicating that he received fresh approval last year from a cleric for the use of a doomsday bomb against the United States."

(John R. Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security)

"Oldest recorded mother."

(A 67-year-old Romanian woman is seven months pregnant with twin girls after fertility treatment. If the pregnancy comes to full term, it is believed that Adriana Iliescu, an author and academic, will set the record of oldest mother)

"Ties between India and Pakistan have never been better."

(Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh)

"He is a happy man today because he will be meeting his wife for the first time in more than five years."

(A PPP spokesman commenting Zardari's departure)