The Hindu Editorial (An alarming diktat) – Mar 09, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (An alarming diktat) – Mar 09, 2021

Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya’s assent to a law regulating private sector hiring portends a potentially perilous slide in India’s investment… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (An alarming diktat) – Mar 09, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (An alarming diktat) – Mar 09, 2021:

  1. alarming (adjective) – worrying, disturbing, shocking/distressing.
  2. diktat (noun) – order, regulation, decree.
  3. assent (noun) – approval, consent, sanction, agreement, acceptance.
  4. harbinger (noun) – sign, indicator, indication, signal.
  5. doom (noun) – destruction, downfall, grim fate, ruination, catastrophe, disaster.
  6. regulate (verb) – control, oversee, administer something (by using rules and regulations).
  7. portend (verb) – indicate, signal, foretell, augur.
  8. potentially (adverb) – possibly, probably, likely.
  9. perilous (adjective) – dangerous, risky, precarious, insecure, life-threatening.
  10. slide (noun) – decline, fall, drop, descend (in quality to a lower level). 
  11. climate (noun) – atmosphere, situation.
  12. socio-economic (adjective) – relating to the interaction of social (position, rank, or importance) and economic (income, pay, and wealth) aspects.
  13. framework (noun) – structure, system organization.
  14. Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act of 2020 (noun) – The Haryana state assembly passed the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020 in November 2020. The Bill seeks to reserve 75% of new jobs for local candidates in various companies, societies, trusts, and limited liability partnership firms situated in the state of Haryana.  This seeks to ensure that 75% of all jobs with gross monthly salaries of up to ₹50,000 are provided to the State’s own residents.
  15. seek (verb) – aim, try to obtain; ask for, demand.
  16. up to (phrase) – indicating a maximum amount.
  17. clamour (noun) – complaints, outcry, demand, calls.
  18. preserve (verb) – protect, conserve, continue, maintain, perpetuate, safeguard, uphold.
  19. sons of the soil (phrase) – the local inhabitants of a particular region; Sons of the soil are populations that are culturally dominant in a region of a country, demographically subordinate to the dominant culture of that country, and threatened by the migration of settlers from the dominant culture into their historical homeland.
  20. soil (noun) – territory.
  21. recurrent (adjective) – repeated,periodic, recurring, regular, habitual, frequent.
  22. reserve (verb) – make a reservation for, arrange for, secure (for a particular person).
  23. ostensibly (adverb) – apparently, seemingly, supposedly.
  24. fly in the face of (phrase) – go against, flout, defy, disobey, disregard, ignore.
  25. Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India (noun) – This Article 19 is about “Right to Freedom (Protection of certain rights regarding freedom of speech, etc)”. The Constitution of India, therefore taking into consideration the need and the importance of work, enshrines and has guaranteed a fundamental right under Article 19 (1) (g) to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business.
  26. Article 16(2) of the Constitution of India (noun) – Article 16 of the Constitution of India is about “Equality of opportunity in the matter of public employment”. Article 16 (2) emphasise that “no citizen shall, on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, descent, place of birth, residence or any of them, be ineligible for, or discriminated against in respect or, any employment or office under the State”.
  27. onerous (adjective) – burdensome, difficult, tough, troublesome, stressful.
  28. contentious (adjective) – controversial, disputable, debatable, disputed.
  29. personnel (noun) – staff, employees, workforce.
  30. action point (noun) – action item; one of a series of notes wrote down after a meeting stating what tasks need to be performed and who will do each one of them.
  31. monetary penalty (noun) – fines; a requirement to pay a sum of money as a result of failing to comply with the conditions/regulations.
  32. perceived (adjective) – regarded, considered, deemed; observed, discerned.
  33. non-compliance (noun) – refusal, dissent, nonconformity, disagreement, objection, disobedience.
  34. presumably (adverb) – probably, in all likelihood, undoubtedly, seemingly.
  35. preposterous (adjective) – absurd, ridiculous; pointless.
  36. exemption (noun) – exclusion, relief, exception.
  37. premises (noun) – building, property, site, place.
  38. proficient (adjective) – skilled, experienced, practised, trained.
  39. hark back (phrasal verb) – recall, remember, recollect, think of something from the past.
  40. “Inspector Raj” system (noun) – excessive regulation/supervision by the government.
  41. dissuade (verb) – discourage, deter, prevent.
  42. on account of (phrase) – because of, owing to, due to, by virtue of.
  43. fragile (adjective) – weak, risky, unreliable, insecure; easily broken/destroyed.
  44. reputation (noun) – good name, character, standing, stature, status, position.
  45. workforce (noun) – workers, employees.
  46. exodus (noun) – mass departure, evacuation, leaving/exit.
  47. aside (adverb) – apart, notwithstanding.
  48. run counter to (phrase) – to be opposed to, to be in conflict with.
  49. spur (verb) – motivate, stimulate, encourage, galvanize.
  50. follow suit (phrase) – emulate, copy, follow, take (another’s actions as an example).
  51. capital movement (noun) – capital flows; when money for investment goes from one country to another.
  52. point out (phrasal verb) – identify, mention, indicate, draw attention to.
  53. disbursal (noun) – the act of paying out or disbursing/spending money.
  54. legislation (noun) – a body of laws, rules, regulations, statutes.
  55. unleash (verb) – let loose, release, let something go uncontrollably.
  56. sort of (phrase) – to some extent, somewhat, somehow, slightly.
  57. regime (noun) – system.
  58. diversity (noun) – existence/presence of different people (from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives ranging from race to age to gender to hometown to educational experience) within the group; variety, variance, difference.
  59. immobilise (verb) – disable, cripple, paralyse, inactive.
  60. vaunted (adjective) – acclaimed, highly rated, admired.
  61. rupture (verb) – sever, break, cut off, break off, disrupt.
  62. fabric (noun) – the basic/fundamental structure.
  63. insularity (noun) – the quality of being interested in their own country/state and not willing to accept anything (ideas, culture, etc,.) from outside of it.


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