• IN FOUR DOSES: ON MALARIA VACCINES

    Beginning next year, the World Health Organisation will begin pilot tests of the injectable malaria vaccine RTS,S (or Mosquirix) on 750,000 children aged 5-17 months in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. The vaccine has been successfully put through a Phase III trial, in which the drug is tested for safety and effic..

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  • A STRETCHED MARKET: ON INDIAN STOCK INDICES HITTING A NEW PEAK

    The major Indian stock indices (सूचकांक) have rallied strongly despite (के बावजूद) lingering concerns over their historically rich valuations. Both the BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty reached all-time highs on Wednesday, up about 13% and 14%, respectively, since the beginning of 2017..

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  • A CALL FOR REFORM: ON IMF'S QUOTA SYSTEM

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has demanded reforms to the International Monetary Fund’s controversial quota system, shedding light on the problems facing the Bretton Woods institution in today’s global economy. Quotas determine (निर्धारित करें/तय करना) the ..

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  • THE BEST LAID PLANS: ON NITI AAYOG

    Narendra Modi is not the first Chief Minister to have gone on to become Prime Minister. But given his well-known disdain (तिरस्कार/अवहेलना) for the erstwhile (पूर्व में/भूतपूर्व) Planning Commission’s control-and-command approach (दृ..

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  • TALE OF TWO SECTIONS: ON VEXATIOUS CRIMINAL PROSECUTION

    The Supreme Court has intervened (हस्तक्षेप किया)to spare cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni the ordeal of facing a criminal trial for allegedly (कथित तौर पर) insulting the Hindu religion by being featured in the likeness of a deity (देवता) on the cover of ..

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  • FRENCH ELECTIONS: AT THE CROSSROADS

    French voters have defied (अस्वीकार/अवहेलना करना) predictions पूर्वानुमान time and again. In 1995, Jacques Chirac, a Gaullist conservative (अपरिवर्तनवादी/रूढ़िवादी) who had been trailing in opinion polls, w..

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  • BABRI MASJID DEMOLITION TRIALS: AYODHYA AGAIN

    A nearly moribund (मरणोपरांत/मरता हुआ/मरता हुआ) prosecution (अभियोजन) has been given a new lease of life by the Supreme Court. By ordering a joint trial into two cases arising (उत्पन्न/उगना) out of the Babri Masjid demolition..

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  • IMD FORECAST: CLOUDS OF PROSPERITY

    The ‘normal’ monsoon forecast of the India Meteorological Department (मौसम विभाग) brings the promise of a year of growth and good health for India’s economy and ecology (पारिस्थितिकी). If correct, India will have a second consecutive (लगात..

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  • EQUITY IN DEBT

    The advice of the expert committee to review the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act of 2003 requires attention, given India’s track record. This is all the more so given the born-again (पुनर्जन्म) political conviction (सजा/दोषसिद्धि/धा..

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  • HIV/AIDS BILL: LEGALLY ENABLING

    The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill passed by Parliament does not guarantee access to anti-retroviral drugs and treatment for opportunistic (अवसरवादी/मौक़ापरस्त) infections (संक्रमण/रोग-संचार), but there is no denying (इनक..

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