• TIMELY RECOGNITION: ON THE MOODY'S UPGRADE

    Moody’s decision to upgrade India’s sovereign(शासकीय/उत्तम) credit rating by a notch(निशान/खाचाबनाना) after a gap of almost 14 years is undoubtedly a welcome recognition of the country’s enormous(विशाल/असाधारण) econ..

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  • OVERREACH: TAMIL NADU GOVERNOR

    It is an act of constitutional impropriety(अनुचित काम/अनौचित्य) for the Governor of a State to review the work of government officials when an elected regime is in place. By holding meetings in Coimbatore to review programmes, the Tamil Nadu Governor, Banwarilal Purohit, h..

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  • AZZURRI, FADING: CRISIS IN ITALIAN FOOTBALL

    A month ago, when Holland failed to make it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, there was none of the shocked despair(निराशहोना) that hangs over Italy’s non-qualification following its defeat to Sweden in the two-legged play-off. Football in the Netherlands is facing its worst cri..

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  • WARM, WARMER: ON CLIMATE CHANGE

    As the 23rd conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn shifts into high gear, developing countries including India are focussing on the imperatives(अनिवार्य/आत्यावश्यक) of ensuring adequate(पर्याप्त/योग्य) financing for ..

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  • EASTERN PROMISE: ON INDIA'S NEXT STEP AFTER MANILA

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Philippines to attend the ASEAN-India summit, the East Asia Summit and the Regional Comprehensive(विस्तृत) Economic Partnership summit has put India centre-stage in the Asian region now referred to as “Indo-Pacific”. Equally, it pu..

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  • HIT REFRESH: ON THE SLASHED GST RATES

    The script was altered(बदलजाना) for the second time in two months but with far greater impact. Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised far-reaching changes to simplify the goods and services tax regime, especially for small businesses and consumers, the GST Council delivered some rel..

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  • SLIPPERY OIL RALLY: ON THE OIL PRICE RISE

    The price of oil has risen sharply in recent weeks leading to renewed forecasts of a sustained bull market in the price of the commodity. The price of Brent crude, which breached(दरार/उल्लंघन) the $60 mark late last month, is currently trading at about $64 per barrel, a two-year high...

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  • UNDER PRESSURE

    The poor quality of police investigation in the country has once again come under focus. The twist in the probe(जाँच-पड़ताल) into the murder of a seven-year-old boy at a school in Gurugram, Haryana, in September exposes how unreliable(अविश्वसनीय) the police can be wh..

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  • CAPITAL CRISIS: ON DELHI DETERIORATING AIR QUALITY

    Delhi’s air quality deteriorates(बिगाड़ना/गिरावट) with unfailing regularity at this time of the year, with large swathes(पट्टी/बाधना/लपेटना) of north India in the grip of a suffocating(दम घुटना) smog, but the State governments tha..

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  • STOCK TAKING: ON INDIA INC'S QUARTER-2 EARNINGS

    India Inc.’s earnings performance for the second quarter of the financial year has turned out to be largely in line with street expectations. Both revenue and profits, when compared to the results reported for the first quarter ending June, have shown signs of improvement that suggest a slow but stea..

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