• 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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  • CASH NEED NOT BE KING

    The government has declared (घोषित) an incentive package to encourage non-cash payments for fuel, new insurance policies from public sector firms, train tickets and highway toll, among other things. For credit and debit card transactions up to Rs.2,000, the Reserve Bank of India has relaxed its s..

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  • A REFORM AT RISK

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is keeping his fingers crossed about sticking to the April 1, 2017 target to implement the Goods and Services Tax regime. The GST Council he heads meets again on December 11-12 to try to reach a consensus on three pieces of legislation (विधान/ विधि निर..

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  • THE RESERVE BANK OF INDIA S BIG SURPRISE

    The Reserve Bank of India has surprised markets by opting to keep benchmark (तल चिह्न) interest rates unchanged and cutting the outlook (दृष्टिकोण) for full-year growth in the wake of last month’s decision to withdraw legal tender (वैध मुद्रा/का..

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  • JAYALALITHAA 1948 to 2016

    A dversity brought out (प्रकाशित करना/बाहर लाया) the best in Jayalalithaa. As a Chief Minister fighting for the rights of her State, as a politician trying to spring (अस्तित्व में आना/वसंत) back from electoral defeats (हार/..

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