The Hindu Editorial (Troubled waters) – Jan 25, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Troubled waters) – Jan 25, 2021

The tragic death of four fishermen from Tamil Nadu — one of them a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee living in India — allegedly when the Sri Lankan Navy was about to arrest them last week,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Troubled waters) – Jan 25, 2021.

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  1. troubled waters (phrase) – a difficult situation/time.
  2. Palk bay (noun) – a waterway/inlet of the Bay of Bengal sea between the Tamil Nadu state of India and the Jaffna District of the Northern Province of the island nation of Sri Lanka. (Bay is a body of water surrounded by land on three sides).
  3. exact (verb) – inflict, impose.
  4. toll (noun) – cost, loss, damage, suffering.
  5. cry (out) for (phrasal verb) – require, demand, need, necessitate, call for.
  6. resolution (noun) – solution, settlement.
  7. refugee (noun) – displaced person, asylum seeker, escapee/exile.
  8. allegedly (adverb) – reportedly, supposedly, purportedly, ostensibly, apparently.
  9. take a toll (phrase) – to cause damage, suffering, deaths.
  10. maintain (verb) – state, say, announce, allege, claim.
  11. trawler (noun) – a kind of fishing boat (used for fishing with a trawl net).
  12. vessel (noun) – ship, yacht, boat.
  13. apprehend (verb) – arrest, catch, capture.
  14. lodge (verb) – submit/present (a complaint/protest).
  15. set up (phrasal verb) – create, institute, form, forge, establish; arrange/organize.
  16. incursion (noun) – intrusion, trespass, infiltration.
  17. resume (verb) – restart, recommence, begin again, start again.
  18. sought (past tense/past participle of) seek (verb) – ask for, appeal, request.
  19. as well as (phrase) – and also, and in addition.
  20. underscore (verb) – underline, emphasize, highlight.
  21. curb (verb) – control, contain, restrict, limit.
  22. adversely (adverb) – unfavourably, disadvantageously, badly.
  23. livelihood (noun) – means of making a living with the basic necessities (food, water, shelter and clothing); means of support, subsistence, source of income.
  24. war-affected (adjective) – war torn.
  25. hotline (noun) – a direct telephone line between two head quarters of government for emergency & or communication.
  26. Coast Guard (noun) – a maritime security organization of a particular country.
  27. operationalise (verb) – put into use.
  28. humanitarian (adjective) – compassionate, humane, socially concerned.
  29. cornerstone (noun) – mainstay, linchpin, backbone, central component.
  30. discernible (adjective) – visible, noticeable, identifiable.
  31. wean away from (phrasal verb) – to detach, disconnect, separate someone from depending on something.
  32. exploit (verb) – use, make use of, utilize.
  33. take off (phrasal verb) – succeed, do well, progress, turn out well, work out.
  34. forge (verb) – form, create, establish, set up.
  35. stalemate (noun) – deadlock, impasse, standstill/stand-off.
  36. favour (verb) – recommend, support, urge.
  37. patrol (verb) – watch/guard an area (over a period of time).
  38. unsustainable (adjective) – indefensible, undefendable, unjustifiable (pattern/method which disrupts the balance and then exhausts all of resources).
  39. bottom trawling (noun) – trawling (towing a trawl, which is a fishing net) along the sea floor. (Trawling is a method of fishing that involves pulling a fishing net through the water behind one or more boats. The net used for trawling is called a trawl).
  40. phase out (phrasal verb) – eliminate, remove, discontinue, get rid of (something in gradual stages).
  41. phaseout (noun as modifier) – a process of discontinuing something in phases.
  42. acknowledge (verb) – admit, accept, realize.
  43. lead to (verb) – result in, cause, bring on, call forth, give rise to.
  44. festering (adjective) – simmering, fuming, smouldering, brewing; become worse/intense.
  45. so far (phrase) – until now, up to the present, up to this point.
  46. resolve (noun) – determination, resolution, decision, firmness of purpose.
  47. comprehensive (adjective) – all-inclusive, broad-based, complete/thorough.
  48. curtail (verb) – reduce, diminish, decrease.
  49. unauthorized (adjective) – uncertified, unlicensed, unwarranted, unapproved.
  50. orderly (adverb) – well behaved, law-abiding, disciplined, controlled/restrained.
  51. long-overdue (adjective) – long-delayed; long pending.


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