Unique distinction – The Hindu (March 29, 2017)

Unique distinction – The Hindu (March 29, 2017)

The Supreme Court’s oral observations on Monday regarding the use of Aadhaar numbers by the government are significant, for they alter the narrative and potential scope of the ambitious unique identification programme. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1:

  1. ambitious (adjective) – determined, aggressive, purposeful.
  2. reiterate (verb) – repeat, say again, restate.
  3. surge (noun) – sudden increase, rise, growth.
  4. seed (verb) – cause (something) to begin to develop.
  5. no-frills account (noun) – normal/basic banking services provided to all (low-income group) citizens of the country with nil or minimum charges.
  6. credentials (noun) – documents, identification papers, bona fides.
  7. authenticate (verb) – verify, validate, confirm/certify.
  8. amount to (verb) – constitute, comprise, be equivalent to.
  9. dispel (verb) – banish, eliminate, dismiss.
  10. ambiguity (noun) – inexactness, doubtfulness, uncertainty.
  11. mandatory (adjective) – necessary, compulsory, binding; requisite.
  12. biometrics (noun) – metrics related to human (physical & behavioural) characteristics  used for identification and access control.
  13. evade (verb) – avoid/escape paying (tax/duty).
  14. tag (verb) – categorize, label, designate/classify.
  15. short-sighted (adjective) – narrow-minded, unimaginative, lacking foresight.
  16. weed out (phrasal verb) – isolate, separate out, set apart.
  17. ghost beneficiary (noun) – bogus/fake beneficiary.
  18. pay off (phrasal verb) – be successful, succeed, be effective.
  19. stretch (verb) – extend, overtax, put a strain on.
  20. leeway (noun) – freedom, liberty, licence/elbow room.



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