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