• END OF A CHAPTER

    The removal of a sitting President in South Korea brings to a close one phase in the months-long popular mobilisation (जुटाव/गतिमान करना) to enforce accountability among the high and mighty. This verdict (फैसले/निर्णय) by South Korea’s highest court..

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  • FIRST AMONG UNEQUALS

    Five Assembly elections inive diferent States cannot possibly have one running national theme. But when one of them is in Uttar Pradesh, with the largest electorate (मतदाता) in the country by far, the debate (वाद विवाद/बहस/झगड़ा) inev-itably (अनिवा..

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  • AFTER MOSUL: IRAQ MUST BEGIN PROCESS TO ERASE SECTARIAN WOUNDS

    The loss of Mosul is perhaps (शायद) the biggest military setback (पीछे हटाना/असफलता) for the Islamic State. Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul was the jewel of the IS’s military gains, a place where its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared (घोषित/..

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  • OPEN GATES

    The ruling of the European Union’s top court giving member-states the right to grant or deny (मना/अस्वीकार करना) asylum has come as welcome news for populist (लोकलुभावन) hardliners hostile to the surge (बढ़ोतरी/रेला/उमड़न..

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  • STAYING COOL

    India has launched the second phase of the programme to eliminate (समाप्त करना/लुप्त करना)the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) as part of its commitment (प्रतिबद्धता/वचनबद्ध/वायदा) under the Montreal Protocol, which r..

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  • SPARKS IN A TINDERBOX

    North Korea’s provocative (उत्तेजक/ढीठ/गुस्ताख़) action of launching four missiles into the Sea of Japan a few hundred kilometres from the Japanese coastline has triggered fears of renewed (नवीनीकृत) tension between nuclear-armed powers. The launch see..

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  • GST BILL: LAST MILE CONCERNS

    More than six months after the Constitution was  amended (संशोधित) to enable (सक्षम/समर्थ बनाना/अधिकार देना) the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Centre and States have managed to find considerable (काफी महत्वपूर..

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  • SAVING THE GHATS

    The hesitation shown by the Central government in deciding upon full legal protection for one of its most prized natural assets (संपत्ति), the Western Ghats in their totality, is a major disappointment (निराशा/मायूसी/चिढ़). The idea that whatever is left of the..

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  • CROSSING A BRIDGE

    Even in the fraught (भरा हुआ) and volatile (परिवर्तनशील/बदलने के योग्य/स्थिरमति/उड़नशील) framework (ढांचा/संरचना) of India-Pakistan ties, the Permanent Indus Commission mandated (अनिवार..

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  • CCONCILIATORY, SKETCHY

    President Donald Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress was unusual insofar (जहां तक) as he adopted a distinctly (साफ़/स्पष्टतः/प्रत्यक्ष) less combative (जुझारू/लड़ाका/झगड़ालू) tone on certain issue..

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