• A CHANCE FOR PEACE IN SYRIA

    The coming together of Russia, Turkey and Iran to discuss a diplomatic (राजनयिक/नीति संबंधी) solution to the Syrian crisis (संकट/संकटकाल)is a welcome development. That they decided to go ahead (आगे) with Tuesday’s Moscow summit (शिख..

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  • DEMONETISATION AN UNKIND POSTSCRIPT

    In November, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Urjit Patel, said there was a ‘confluence (संगम/संधि-स्थल/जन-समूह) of thought’ in the government and the central bank to deal with black money by removing existing Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes as legal tend..

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  • GRAPPLING WITH WATER DISPUTES

    A permanent tribunal ( न्यायाधिकरण/अधिकरण) to adjudicate( निर्णय करना/फ़ैसला करना) river water disputes (विवादों )between States will undoubtedly be a vast(विशाल/व्यापक) improvement over the presen..

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  • BRIDGING THE LEARNING DEFICIT

    Almost (लगभग/अधिकतर) five decades after India first formulated(सूत्रबद्ध) its National Education Policy, the Ministry for Human Resource Development appears to be gearing (दांतेदार पहिया का क्रम) up for another revision (दोह..

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  • DIMINISHING OPTIONS BEFORE BCCI

    Equivocation before the Supreme Court can be costly. Anurag Thakur, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, may have learnt this bitter lesson after the Chief Justice of India found him prima (पहले) facie guilty (दोषी/अपराधी) of contempt (अपमान कर..

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  • WELL OILED DIPLOMACY

    In nominating Rex Tillerson, Chief Executive of the oil and gas conglomerate ExxonMobil, to the post of Secretary of State, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has provided another glimpse (झलक/आभास/क्षणज्योति) into his world view and decision-making process (कार्य..

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  • DEMONETISATION S DEFLATIONARY SHOCK

    That the Centre’s decision to withdraw high-denomination banknotes was going to impact economic activity in the short term was never in doubt. But the specific contours of the effects were probably (शायद/संभवतया) a lot less understood at the time of that announcement. The deflat..

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  • THROUGH A STORM SAFELY

    A year after the devastating (भयानक/तबाह करनेवाला/विध्वंसकारक) deluge (बाढ़), Chennai’s resilience has been challenged by the severe cyclonic storm, Vardah. Equipped (सुसज्जित/सजाया हुआ) with survival less..

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  • BEYOND THE COURT S REMIT

    In its recent order banning liquor (मदिरा/शराब/पेय पदार्थ) sale and consumption (सेवन/उपभोग/खपत) in three districts in the State, the Uttarakhand High Court has drifted (चली गई/ढेर लगाना) outside the confines (किन..

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  • A BRUTAL VICTORY IN ALEPPO

    The battle for Aleppo is almost over. Syrian government troops (सैनिकों) have captured almost 85 per cent of the eastern part of the city which fell into rebel (बागी/राज-द्रोही/विद्रोही) hands in 2012 in one of the early setbacks to the regime (सर..

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