Power games – The Hindu (Feb 22 2018)

Power games – The Hindu (Feb 22 2018)

The Delhi government under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has had a history of conflict and confrontation with the police and the bureaucracy. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. bureaucracy (noun) – civil service, administration, officialdom.
  2. confrontation (noun) – hostile situation, faceoff,  combat/tussle.
  3. detractor (noun) – critic, disparager, defamer/censurer.
  4. summon (verb) – call for, ask for, request the presence of.
  5. solidarity (noun) – unity, mutual support, cooperation.
  6. transpire (verb) – happen, occur, take place.
  7. radically (adverb) – completely, thoroughly, entirely.
  8. ludicrous (adjective) – absurd, ridiculous, laughable.
  9. implication (noun) – hint/suggestion, intimation, indication.
  10. fevered (adjective) – agitated, frantic/ferved, excessive degree of nervous agitation.
  11. give rise to (phrase) – cause, start, trigger.
  12. suspicion (noun) – doubt/qualm, question mark, misgiving.
  13. intimidate (verb) – frighten, threaten, browbeat.
  14. discomfiture (noun) – embarrassment, unease, discomfort.
  15. bound to (adjective) – certain/sure, very likely, guaranteed.
  16. stymie (verb) – impede, prevent, hinder/obstruct.
  17. paralyse (adjective) – halt, stop, immobilize/bring to a halt.
  18. usher in (verb) – start, initiate, inaugurate.
  19. in the long run (phrase) – eventually, ultimately, over a period of time.
  20. refrain (verb) – stop, desist/abstain, hold back/withhold.

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Lingohack (A new scheme to encourage old play) – BBC Learning English (Feb 21 2018)

Lingohack (A new scheme to encourage old play) – BBC Learning English (Feb 21 2018)

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The value of life – The Hindu (Feb 21 2018)

The value of life – The Hindu (Feb 21 2018)

After decades of campaigning to bring about common-sense gun control in the U.S., it appears that a group of children may succeed where even Presidents have failed. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. applaud (verb) – acclaim, praise, commend.
  2. undaunted (adjective) – unafraid, determined, confident.
  3. lethal (adjective) – deadly, fatal, killing.
  4. overlaid past and past participle of overlay (verb) – cover, surface; be on top.
  5. myriad (adjective) – a great number, unlimited, various.
  6. devastate (verb) – ruin, destroy, ravage.
  7. moot (verb) – put forward, propose, suggest (an idea).
  8. see off (phrasal verb) – repel, oppose, fight off.
  9. parting gift (noun) – farewell gift.
  10. loophole (noun) – an ambiguity in the law; flaw/fault, defect.
  11. nullify (verb) – annul, overrule, cancel.
  12. a drop in the ocean (phrase) – a very small amount of something compared to what is needed as a whole.
  13. coffers (noun) – funds, resources/finances; treasury/exchequer.
  14. stem (verb) – originate in, be rooted in, arise from.
  15. mobilise (verb) – organize, encourage, inspire.
  16. tyranny (noun) – oppression, domination, hegemony.
  17. ingrain (verb) – inculcate, imbue, inspire\instil.
  18. exacerbate (verb) – aggravate, make worse, worsen.
  19. the odds (plural noun) – probability, likelihood, chance.
  20. turn on (phrasal verb) – depend on, relate to, be decided by.
  21. attribute (verb) – ascribe, assign, accredit/allocate.

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A deeper malady – The Hindu (Feb 21 2018)

A deeper malady – The Hindu (Feb 21 2018)

Barely days after news of the ₹11,500 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank broke, another but very different scam of a ₹3,695 crore wilful loan default has surfaced. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. malady (noun) – a serious problem.
  2. breakdown (noun) – failure, collapse, disintegration/foundering.
  3. wilful default (noun) – a condition of purposefully not repaying banks/lenders’ debt on time for various reasons.
  4. surface (verb) – arise, appear, come up.
  5. consortium (noun) – union, league, syndicate/corporation.
  6. siphon off (phrasal verb) – draw off, extract, remove (money illegally).
  7. disburse (verb) – pay out, give, spend/expend.
  8. lie  (verb) – consist, be present, exist/be found.
  9. avail (verb) – help, aid, assist/profit.
  10. complicit (adjective) – relating to an act of involving with others in a crime or unfair activity.
  11. commission (noun) – perpetration, committal, execution (of a crime).
  12. non-performing assets (NPAs) (noun) – bad loans, toxic/ troubled assets;stressed assets/loans; an account where principal and/or interest remains overdue for a period of time.
  13. malfeasance (noun) – wrongdoing, deceit, falseness.
  14. oblivious (adjective) – unaware, heedless, unconcerned.
  15. vest with (verb) – bestow/confer on, grant to, give to.
  16. keep an eye on (phrase) – careful monitoring, scrutiny, examination.
  17. reiterate (verb) – repeat, say again, restate.
  18. infuse (verb) – introduce, inject, add.
  19. empower (verb) – authorize, allow, entitle.
  20. lapse (noun) – failure, negligence, oversight.
  21. salutary (adjective) – beneficial, advantageous, productive/practical.

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Right behind? – The Hindu (Feb 20 2018)

Right behind? – The Hindu (Feb 20 2018)

Voters in Tripura once again came out in large numbers for the Assembly election on Sunday, with initial estimates putting the turnout at almost 90%. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. formidable (adjective) –  strong, powerful, mighty.
  2. electorate (noun) – all the people who entitled to vote in an election.
  3. mobilise (verb) – organize, encourage, inspire.
  4. given (noun) – established fact, reality, certainty.
  5. harvest (noun) – return, result, fruits.
  6. encompass (verb) – include, subsume, incorporate.
  7. indices – plural of index (noun) – measure; guide, indication.
  8. pointer (noun) – indication, hint, signal.
  9. make good (phrase) – succeed, be successful, do well.
  10. diversification (noun) – a technique with which a company will have multiple investments/investors/products/operations to reduce risk.
  11. agrarian (adjective) – relating to cultivating/farming.
  12. tap (verb) – exploit, use/utilize, make use of.
  13. latent (adjective) – hidden, concealed, inactive.
  14. yearning (noun) – longing, craving, desire.
  15. inroad (noun) – conquer, gain, win.
  16. ethnic (adjective) – relating to a population subgroup (cultural, national, traditional/folk) with a comm conquer, gain, win. on national or cultural tradition.
  17. hitch one’s wagon (phrase) – to try to gain from someone else’s success or potential by closely partnering with them.
  18. muscle (noun) – influence, power/force, strength.
  19. bank on (phrasal verb) – rely on, depend on; trust in.
  20. heft (noun) – ability,  influence.
  21. let alone (phrase) – to say nothing of; not to mention.

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