• OILING CASHLESS WHEELS

    The threat (धमकी) by petroleum retailers to stop accepting credit and debit card payments led to a late-night intervention (हस्तक्षेप/व्यवधान) on Sunday by the Centre, with Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum, declaring (घोषित) that the protest (व..

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  • THE SLOWING ECONOMY

    That India’s economic momentum (गति/वेग) has slowed down is now beyond doubt. Advance (उन्नत/प्रगति) GDP estimates (अनुमान/आकलन) and gross value added (GVA) for the current fiscal year from the Central Statistics Office clearly reveal (प्र..

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  • A REMARKABLE CAPTAIN

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is regarded as one of the country’s most dashing cricketers, but his flamboyance (भड़कीलापन) is founded, almost ironically (विडम्बना से), on an inexplicably (बेवजह) cool and calculated head. There are no means of divining why he cho..

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  • BEING FACTUAL IN THE POST TRUTH ERA

    Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, for all practical (व्यावहारिक/प्रायोगिक/वास्तविक) purposes, recently threatened (धमकी दी) Israel with a retaliatory (मुंहतोड़/बदला का) nuclear attack, in re..

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  • STALIN AT THE HELM

    The elevation (ऊंचाई/उन्नति/उत्थान) of M.K. Stalin as the working president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam achieves (प्राप्त होता/हासिल करना) two objectives. It fills the power vacuum (शून्य स्थान) at the top fo..

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  • A NUDGE TO BORROWERS

    The State Bank of India’s decision to cut its marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) by 90 basis points is a timely nudge to borrowers, especially (विशेष रूप से) given the sharp (तेज़/तीव्र) slowdown in credit growth in the current fiscal (चालू ..

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  • THE PRICE OF DEFIANCE

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India has only itself to blame (दोष/निंदा) for its present predicament (स्थिति/कठिनपरिस्थिति). Its president and secretary have been removed for defying (अवहेलनाकरना/उल्लंघन कर..

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  • OBAMA S PARTING SHOT AT RUSSIA

    President Barack Obama’s decision to slap more sanctions (प्रतिबंधों) on Russia and sack (बर्ख़ास्त करना/निकाल देना) 35 diplomats from the U.S. is the latest flashpoint in the bilateral (द्विपक्षीय/द्विदे..

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  • MANAGING RISK IN BANKS

    The Reserve Bank of India’s biannual Financial Stability (स्थिरता/स्थायित्व/मज़बूती) Report has once again flagged (चिह्नित/उत्साह होना) the fact that risks to the banking sector remain worryingly “high”. That..

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  • PEACE ON TRACK IN COLOMBIA

    Colombia’s government now knows only too well that there is many a slip between the cup and the lip. In October, a referendum (जनमत-संग्रह) to ratify a painstakingly (बड़ी मेहनत से) negotiated peace deal it had signed with the long-time insurgent(विद्..

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