• HACK IT IF YOU CAN: EC'S CHALLENGE ON EVMS

    The electronic voting machine has been under strong scrutiny (जांच/सूक्ष्म परीक्षण) ever since it was deployed (तैनात) in the 1990s. The Indian EVM is a singular instrument with its dependence (निर्भरता) on standalone hardware-firmware-led machi..

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  • COAL COMEUPPANCE: ON COAL BLOCK ALLOCATION CASE

    It is arguably (यकीनन) the logical consequence (परिणाम/नतीजा) of the 2014 Supreme Court order declaring all coal block allocations made since 1993 illegal and arbitrary (मनमाना/विवेकाधीन/एकपक्षीय) . The conviction of three Coal M..

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  • GST RATES: WELCOME CLARITY, AT LAST

    The long wait for the new indirect tax rates that will apply to thousands of goods and services is finally over. The Goods and Services Tax Council that met in Srinagar has released details of the rates at which over 1,200 goods will be taxed when the GST regime takes effect. The rate fitment (साज़..

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  • WHERE THE JOBS ARE: ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

    News reports over the last few weeks suggest that the Central government may finally be starting to think seriously about jobs. Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramaniam recently pointed to the need to achieve (प्राप्त/हासिल करना/सफल होना) higher economic growt..

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  • THE OTHER DEBT ISSUE: ON THE STATES' FINANCES

    For the first time in 11 years, in 2015-16 the combined fiscal deficit of India’s 29 States as a proportion (अनुपात/अनुरूप) of the size of their economies breached (का उल्लंघन) the 3% threshold recommended as a fiscally prudent (विवेकी/बुद..

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  • HELD AT RANSOM: ON THE RECENT RANSOMWARE ATTACKS

    The menacing (खतरनाक/संकटमय) spread, starting last Friday, of the malicious software WannaCry, which has since infected thousands of computer systems in 150 countries, is a frightening (भयावह/भयभीत करना/त्रस्त करना) reminder of the vul..

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  • TIMELY REFRESH: ON THE GROWTH OF INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT

    The latest revisions (संशोधन/दुबारा संशोधन/संशोधित वस्तु) to the base year for the Index of Industrial Production and the Wholesale Price Index reveal an overall macroeconomic picture that is at once heartening (प्रशंसा करना/..

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  • BE SCIENTIFIC: ON TAKING A CALL ON GM MUSTARD'S USAGE

    With the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, an Environment Ministry body that evaluates (मूल्यांकन करता है) genetically modified crops, approving transgenic mustard for environmental release, a key hurdle (बाधा) remains before farmers can cultivate (विकस..

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  • JHULAN GOSWAMI’S HAUL OF WICKETS, SIMPLY THE BEST

    JHULAN GOSWAMI’S HAUL OF WICKETS, SIMPLY THE BEST   Jhulan Goswami’s haul of wickets is a story of her greatness and the system’s lack of interest   jhulan Goswami’s successful appeal for leg before wicket against South Africa’s Raisibe Ntozakhe in t..

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  • TB TIMELINES

    Nearly two months after the Health Ministry set the ambitious target of working towards elimination of tuberculosis by 2025, a study published in The Lancet (चाकू) indicates that India’s TB crisis (संकट) is set to snowball by 2040 when one in 10 cases could be drug-resistant — b..

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