• POWERED BY A PAUSE

    Ever since it was announced in 2005, the Indo-U.S. civil nuclear agreement has faced one obstacle (बाधा/रुकावट) after another. So this week’s news that its opera- tionalisation may be further delayed owing to Westing-house’s inancial diiculties and Japan’s procedur..

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  • A TIMELY STEP

    The Finance Ministry’s unequivocal  (स्पष्ट/साफ़/ज़ाहिर/सुबोध) missive (संदेश/राजनीतिक संदेश) to 10 state-owned lenders to submit time-bound turnaround plans, or forsake (त्याग करना/मैत्री..

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  • CLOAK OF INVISIBILITY

    Well before financial year 2017-18 begins, the Lok Sabha has signed off on the Budget with the passage (मार्ग/अवतरण/गलियारा) of the Finance Bill of 2017. It includes multiple amendments (संशोधन) proposed by the government that did not figure in Arun Jaitley&rsq..

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  • MANAGING MANIPUR: ON THE IMPORTANCE OF A STABLE GOVERNMENT

    In Manipur, a State troubled (तंग किया) by ethnic (संजातीय) strife (संघर्ष/कलह/विवाद) and continuing insurgency (विद्रोह/राज-द्रोह), and dependent on Central financial transfers to run the economy, the importance of a sta..

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  • PAKISTAN’S HEADCOUNT: A NECESSARY EXERCISE DESPITE RESISTANCE

    Pakistan’s decision to launch a national census, after much delay, is a welcome step that would allow it to formulate (तैयार करना/सुविन्यस्त करना) realistic policies to address the challenges it faces. The data are critical as key federal (संघीय..

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  • LAST GASP TASKS: GST BILLS AND RATE FITMENT PROCESS

    At its twelfth meeting last Friday, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council cleared all the requisite (अपेक्षित/प्रयोजनीय/आवश्यक) State and Central-level legislative measures to implement (लागू/कार्यान्वित करना) the indire..

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  • NATIONAL HEALTH POLICY 2017: A ROAD MAP FOR HEALTH

    The National Health Policy 2017, which the Centre announced this week after a nudge (कुहनी से हलका धक्का) from the Supreme Court last year, faces the challenging task of ensuring affordable, quality medical care to every citizen. With a fifth of the world’s disease (..

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  • RETURN TO NORMAL

    The U.S. Federal Reserve has resumed (दुबारा आरम्भ करना) normal monetary (मौद्रिक) service by raising interest rates for the second time in three months. The Fed’s decision (निर्णय/विनिश्यच) on Wednesday reflects its confidence (..

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  • IT’S COMPLICATED

    Until Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan started a high-voltage campaign (अभियान/मुहिम) for next month’s referendum on constitutional (संवैधानिक) reforms (सुधार/दोषनिवृत्ति) that give him more powers, relations between Ankara..

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  • ON THE ROCKS

    The timing of the announcement by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, to seek (मांगना/तलाश करना/प्रार्थना करना) a second referendum (जनमत संग्रह) on independence for Scotland may be no more than strategic (रणनी..

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