The Hindu Editorial (Border on the boil) – Nov 16, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Border on the boil) – Nov 16, 2020

With a series of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army that targeted civilians, and heavy artillery fire by the Indian Army,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Border on the boil) – Nov 16, 2020.

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Today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Border on the boil) – Nov 16, 2020:

  1. on the boil (phrase) – refer to a situation which is very strong or active.
  2. ceasefire (noun) – a negotiated agreement that will be accompanied by other associated commitments to de-escalate the fighting; a temporary stoppage of a war, truce, armistice.
  3. threat matrix (noun) – an intelligence-based measure and thorough assessments database program that the government officials and military science circles use in evaluating perceived external and internal threats that challenge the national security of a country.
  4. two-front situation (noun) – two-front situation is one in which attack takes place on two geographically separate fronts.
  5. artillery (noun) – big guns, heavy weapons, cannons.
  6. Line of control (LoC) (noun) – it is a 450 mile-long military control line lying between India and Pakistan’s controlled parts of the former (under the British) Jammu and Kashmir. This line is not actually a legally recognized international boundary but prevails as per de facto. After the Simla Agreement signed in July 1972, this line was officially renamed as “Line of Control” from “the Cease-fire Line”.
  7. personnel (noun) – staff, employees, workforce.
  8. cross-border (adjective) – across a border between two countries.
  9. shelling (noun) – bombardment, barrage fire, bombing.
  10. cover (noun) – shelter, protection, refuge.
  11. infiltrate (verb) – penetrate, invade, intrude on, impinge on, trespass on.
  12. démarche (noun) – from French, literally means step, walk, gait (a way of walking); a course of action, initiative, move (In diplomatic relations); it is a more formal way of communication of one country’s foreign affairs official to an appropriate official in another country to inform views or gather details on a given subject (or) to object/protest actions by a foreign government.
  13. diplomat (noun) – envoy, consul, ambassador.
  14. decry (verb) – denounce, condemn, criticize.
  15. coordinated (adjective) – collaborated.
  16. caliber (noun) – standard, grade, quality; the diameter of a bullet/shell.
  17. mortar (noun) – a short gun for shooting shells (bombs) at high angles.
  18. temperature (noun) – the degree of tension in a confrontation/conflict.
  19. atop (preposition) – on the top of.
  20. tank (noun) – a heavy armoured fighting vehicle.
  21. post (noun) – military camp, base.
  22. fierce (adjective) – powerful, strong, aggressive.
  23. expansionist (adjective) – relating to a policy by a government or country to increase its land or power.
  24. albeit (conjunction) – though, even though, however.
  25. neighbor (noun) – a country that is next to another country; (bordering) country.
  26. resolve (noun) – determination, resolution, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, will power, firmness.
  27. assault (noun) – attack, offensive, onslaught.
  28. allegation (noun) – charge, accusation, indictment.
  29. diplomatic (adjective) – (delicate & sensitive) consular, foreign-policy.
  30. tactic (noun) – strategy, scheme, stratagem, plan, manoeuvre.
  31. dossier (noun) – report/file, case history, case study.
  32. primarily (adverb) – basically, especially, particularly.
  33. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) (noun) – A collection of infrastructure projects, is the flagship project of China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI). An economic project between two important strategic partners, both aligned against India, aimed to propel economic growth and prosperity of Pakistan by developing road, rail surface and digital communications, Gwadar port, power generation and Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
    It was said that CPEC-billed as a $62 billion connectivity initiative linking China’s landlocked Xinjiang region with Pakistan’s Arabian Sea port.
  34. futile (adjective) – pointless, useless, valueless.
  35. propaganda (noun) – dissemination/spreading of information.
  36. fabricate (verb) – forge, falsify, contrive.
  37. normalise (verb) – to have a friendly relationship again after a war or disagreement.
  38. provoke (verb) – instigate, arouse, trigger, kindle, egg on.
  39. rake up (phrasal verb) – recollect, remember, revive/remind the memory of.
  40. Financial Action Task Force (FATF) (noun) – The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog. The inter-governmental body sets international standards that aim to prevent these illegal activities and the harm they cause to society.
  41. strain (verb) – damage, impair, overburden.
  42. undergo (verb) – go through, experience, be subjected to.
  43. People’s Liberation Army (PLA) (noun) – People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is the armed forces of the country of China and Communist Party of China (CPC). It is one of the largest military forces in the world.
  44. aggression (noun) – hostility, belligerence, combativeness, warmongering, hawkishness.
  45. Line of Actual Control (LAC) (noun) – the de-facto (effective) border between India and China. The LAC is a 4,057-km border running through three areas-Western (Ladakh, Ladakh (Kashmir)), middle (Uttarakhand, Himachal) and eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal).
  46. stand-off (noun) – deadlock, stalemate, impasse (in a dispute/conflict).
  47. escalation (noun) – intensification; an increase in the intensity of something.
  48. spike (noun) – a sharp rise/increase of something.


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