The Hindu Editorial (Probing the sleuths) – Apr 16, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Probing the sleuths) – Apr 16, 2021

The Supreme Court’s order tasking the CBI to look into the Justice D.K. Jain committee report on the action to be taken against those who implicated space scientist Nambi Narayanan in the ‘ISRO espionage case’ of 1994… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Probing the sleuths) – Apr 16, 2021.

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  1. sleuth (noun) – detective/investigator (police officer in this context).
  2. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) (noun) – Indian Space Research Organisation, formed in 1969, superseded the erstwhile Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR). Vikram Sarabhai, having identified the role and importance of space technology in a Nation’s development, provided ISRO with the necessary direction to function as an agent of development. ISRO then embarked on its mission to provide the Nation space-based services and to develop the technologies to achieve the same independently. (Courtesy:
  3. spy (noun) – secret agent, undercover agent, enemy agent, foreign agent.
  4. mastermind (noun) – initiator, planner, producer.
  5. much-needed (adjective) – needed to a large extent.
  6. step forward (noun) – improvement, development, advancement, progress.
  7. look into (phrase) – investigate, explore, inquire about.
  8. implicate (verb) – involve, connect, embroil (someone in a crime); incriminate.
  9. espionage (noun) – the act of spying; obtaining secret or confidential (political or military) information of a country and/or disclosing it without the permission of that country; undercover work, infiltration, counter-intelligence.
  10. accountability (noun) – responsibility, liability, answerability.
  11. suspected (adjective) – suspicious sceptical, doubtful, cynical.
  12. frame-up (noun) – conspiracy, plot, scheme.
  13. annals (noun) – (historical) document, record, report.
  14. unfounded (adjective) – groundless, baseless, unjustified.
  15. suspicion (noun) – misgiving, doubt/qualm, distrust, scepticism.
  16. spark (verb) – cause, lead to, prompt, give rise to, initiate.
  17. claim (noun) – allegation, charge; assertion, contention.
  18. mission (noun) – expedition, journey (into space); assignment, project, operation (relating to space technology). 
  19. highlight (verb) – underline, underscore, emphasize, call attention to.
  20. grave (adjective) – crucial/critical, serious, significant.
  21. lapse (noun) – failure, mistake, blunder/oversight.
  22. lack of (noun) – absence, unavailability, non-existence.
  23. compensation (noun) – payment, repayment, settlement (for loss/damage). 
  24. take into account (phrase) – consider, take into consideration, have regard to, reckon with.
  25. honour (noun) – distinction, fame, merit, high respect, great esteem.
  26. dignity (noun) – self-esteem, self-worth, self-respect.
  27. charge (noun) – accusation, allegation, indictment.
  28. grave (adjective) – terrible, awful, dreadful.
  29. interrogation (noun) – cross-questioning, cross-examination, probing.
  30. frame (verb) – plan, sketch out, hatch, orchestrate.
  31. ought to (modal verb) – must, should.
  32. proceed (verb) – move forward, carry on, go on.
  33. significantly (adverb) – notably, importantly, seriously, crucially.
  34. mandate (verb) – require, necessitate, make mandatory.
  35. confidential (adjective) – secret.
  36. secrecy (noun) – confidentiality.
  37. odd (adjective) – unusual, strange, uncommon.
  38. contestation (noun) – contention, disagreement, disputation, argument.
  39. findings (noun) – conclusion, result; decision, verdict.
  40. outcome (noun) – result, effect, consequence.
  41. indeed (adverb) – in fact, actually, undeniably.
  42. merits (noun) – an essential inherent quality (rights and wrongs only) while evaluating a case (not by external aspects).
  43. malicious (adjective) – evil-intentioned, ill-natured, vengeful, defamatory, hostile.
  44. Criminal Law (noun) – a complex system of laws concerned with the punishment of individuals who commit crimes.
  45. set in motion (phrase) – start, begin, activate, initiate, launch; trigger off, set off, cause, bring about.
  46. fancy (noun) – idea, notion, thought, opinion, belief.
  47. notion (noun) – idea, belief, opinion, view, conception, conviction.
  48. maliciously (adverb)- evil-intentionedly, ill-naturedly, vengefully/cruelly.
  49. gravity (noun) – seriousness, importance/significance, severity. 
  50. necessitate (verb) – make necessary, require, call for.
  51. persuasive (adjective) – convincing, effective, compelling, forceful, powerful, influential.
  52. means (noun) – way, method, mode.
  53. call (for) (noun) – requirement, necessity, need, demand.
  54. erring (adjective) – offending, lawbreaking, guilty, culpable, misbehaving, criminal, aberrant/deviating.
  55. revive (verb) – reintroduce, reinitiate, bring back.
  56. thankfully (adverb) – fortunately.
  57. shoot down (phrasal verb) – dismiss, reject, deny, refuse (forcefully).
  58. fitness of things (phrase) – competence, eligibility, capability.
  59. impediment (noun) – barrier, obstruction, restriction.
  60. restorative justice (noun) – it is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that allow all willing stakeholders to meet, although other approaches are available when that is impossible.
  61. lead to (verb) – result in, cause, bring on, give rise to.


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