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Hi frens... *"The Hindu" editorial *is a part and parcel of CAT preperation. but to my surprise i didnt find any thread which discusses the difficult words in the editorial and discuss abt their contextual meanings.. So as a starting ef...
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@[576808:sidhu270391]: Source please.

@[377279:saurav4489] : what is meant by dis line : Much as Dravid may liken cricket to a game ..??


I suppose we should have a proper flow wrt this. We can have 1/2 posts daily (be it this thread or a different one). With the perspective to enhance RC skills, we can look for summarising, supplying title, cracking difficult to comprehend words/phrases, main idea and the like.
Suggestions invited.

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Hey Puys, there's one thread already running under the name 'Daily Editorials'.

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Yaar Please please post some difficult words and points to understand, by all those pagals over here, so that people like us can understand something. just posting articles wont help anything.

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Everything is Maya


A clean chit? Hardly. It is important to see the Supreme Courts quashing of the disproportionate assets (DA) case against the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati, for what it is a decision grounded entirely on legal technicalities. It is far from being a declaration of innocence as Ms Mayawatis overzealous supporters would like us to believe. As the first line of the judgment states, the only question under consideration was whether the FIR lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation against Ms Mayawati for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to her income was beyond the scope of directions passed by the Supreme Court itself. In holding that it was, the Court has made a distinction between the Taj Heritage Corridor Project case in which it had directed the CBI to register an FIR relating to the Mayawati governments preposterous plan to construct commercial buildings on a two-km stretch behind the Taj Mahal without appropriate clearances and a roving enquiry into her financial assets. Having maintained that anything beyond the Taj Corridor matter was not the subject-matter of reference before the Taj Corridor Bench, it was only a short step to reach the conclusion that the CBI had exceeded its jurisdiction in the case.
The CBI may be faulted for misunderstanding the Courts orders and investigating Ms Mayawatis assets from 1995 even though the Taj Corridor project was conceived only in 2002. But the manner in which the assets of Ms Mayawati and her relatives have mushroomed cannot but raise a suspicious eyebrow. The CBI had claimed that her assets increased from Rs. one crore in 2003 to Rs. 50 crore in 2007. Its affidavit in the Supreme Court talked of 96 plots, houses and orchards acquired by her and her close relatives between 1998 and 2003. The affidavit filed along with Ms Mayawatis nomination for the Rajya Sabha a few months ago contains an estimation of her own wealth: Rs. 111.64 crore. If her defence in the now quashed DA case rang a familiar bell, it is because politicians have used it before: sharp increases in wealth are explained as the accretion of small contributions made by legions of followers out of love and affection. Acceptance of income tax returns is held out as proof that the income is genuine. In an environment in which clear financial trails are hard to unearth, disproportionate assets cases where the onus of proof is shifted on the accused are a more effective instrument against politicians and bureaucrats suspected of corruption. Given that the chargesheet in the DA case against Ms Mayawati was only being readied, there was hardly anything concrete against her to begin with. Sadly, with the quashing of the FIR, everything is maya.



Source: Hindu
07/07/2012
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are editorials featured on weekends??

Small is beautiful

The discovery of a new particle at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which in all likelihood is the Higgs boson the particle desperately sought after by physicists for decades may not change our lives but it is important for our understanding of the sub-atomic world that determines the universe at large. The Higgs is the crucial missing link in a theory of the known fundamental particles and forces of nature (save gravity) called the Standard Model. While the theory gives a unified description of the disparate forces of nature, the underlying mathematics requires all particles to be massless, which is certainly not the universe we live in. In the early 1960s, Peter Higgs, among others, hypothesised the existence of an energy-field and an associated particle the Higgs field and the Higgs boson respectively which enabled the particles to acquire mass without destroying the unification of forces in a single mathematical framework. The theory has withstood all high precision tests that have been done to verify its correctness but the Higgs particle itself has eluded detection since the 1990s when high-energy accelerators began their focused search for it. The Large Electron-Positron collider at CERN had ruled out the existence of Higgs below a mass of 115 GeV before it shut down in 2000 to make way for the higher energy LHC. The search was picked up by the Tevatron at Fermilab in the U.S. Just two days before CERNs landmark announcement, Fermilab scientists announced that if the Higgs particle exists, it has a mass between 115 and 135 GeV, a result that provides an independent validation of LHCs results.

The LHC began its operations in March 2010 and by December 2011, there were already hints of a Higgs-like signal in the data but its statistical significance was low, with a 1-in-750 chance of getting it wrong. The latest data revealing the existence of a 125 GeV mass particle with just a 3-in-10 million chance of being wrong marks a high-point in precision experimental high-energy physics. The quality of data that it has produced in such a short period is certainly unprecedented. The extraordinary performance of the accelerator and the detectors, and the high quality data extracted through improved analytical techniques, is due entirely to the pooled-in skill and brains of thousands of scientists from all over the world, including India. True, this is just the beginning of a long journey when other properties of this new particle will be scrutinised to see if it indeed is the Higgs boson that scientists were looking for, or some other beast altogether. If it is the latter, it would raise many more questions and open new avenues for other ideas in our attempt at understanding the universe.

Source: The Hindu
07/07/2012
Saudi games with women


Saudi Arabias announcement that it would allow women who qualify to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games may give the impression that the conservative kingdom, which has a brazenly medieval attitude towards its female citizens, has finally seen the light. No such thing. The country was under pressure from the International Olympics Committee, which itself was feeling the heat from international human rights organisations for not coming down hard enough on the country for its gender discrimination. The Olympic Charter describes discrimination against women in sport as incompatible with its mission. The IOC did nothing about the wealthy kingdoms discriminatory ways all these years even though it barred Taliban-ruled Afghanistan from the 2000 games for not sending a womens team. This year, there were strong calls for similar treatment to Saudi Arabia. Had the country not complied, at the very least, it would have stood out as the only significant outlier among 205 participating nations: the two other countries that have never sent women to the Olympics, Qatar and Brunei, have already nominated their female participants. The Saudi decision allows both it and the IOC to look good without much changing on the ground, and it should not come as a surprise if even now, the Saudi Olympic contingent does not include women. The country has restrictions that keep women away from sport. Girls who want to take up games have no access to material or venues, and rigorously observed gender segregation ensures it remains that way. Given these circumstances, there is virtually no woman who makes the Olympic cut. One equestrian hopeful did not qualify because of an injury to her horse.
Last year, as the Arab Spring swept through the region, King Abdullah quickly made some modest concessions, including permitting women to contest and vote in the distant 2015 municipal elections. Saudi Arabia is the only country where women are not allowed to drive, but this limited extension of franchise was seen as evidence of a new reformist spirit in the monarchy. The true test of Riyadhs commitment to the IOC lies not in this years games, but whether it is willing to loosen up enough to prepare a womens contingent for the 2016 Olympics. At the moment, this seems somewhat far-fetched; it is telling that women who play sport underground now fear there will be a greater scrutiny of their activities by the powerful religious establishment. There are a few liberal-minded Saudi royals but the monarchy derives its power and legitimacy from the religious orthodoxy. Sadly, thats not about to change.

Source: The Hindu
07/07/2012

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