Extracts from the Hindu: June 29, 2017

1993 blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dead

  • 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Mustafa Dossa died following a cardiac arrest. 



13 names picked for ICSSR Council

  • The Centre has selected 13 names to fill the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Council 
  • These seats has been vacant since 2015. 
  • Recently, the Centre appointed Braj Bihari Kumar as the Chairman of the ICSSR and Virendra Malhotra as its Member-Secretary. 

Odisha develops flood forecasting model

  • The Odisha government has developed a real time flood forecasting model for the entire Mahanadi river basin for better flood control. 
  • The model is supported by the State Climate Change Innovation Programme. 
Vocab from the Article
Prone: likely or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something unpleasant or regrettable.
As used in the Article: Stating that Odisha was the first State in the country to implement the Climate Change Action Plan, the Chief Minister said due to its topography, river networks and sub-tropical littoral location, the State was *prone* to heavy floods, tropical-cyclone-forced rainfall and storm surges.

Sri Lanka, India to set up solar unit soon

  • Sri Lanka and India are in the process of setting up a solar power plant in eastern port town Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. 
Vocab from the Article
Envisage: contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event; form a mental picture of (something not yet existing or known)
As used in the Article: “We have the required land to set up the 50 MW solar plant *envisaged* in the MoU. We have to now work out the process of executing the project, in consultation with India,” Mr. Jayawardena said.

China’s SAIC enters India, to produce cars by 2019

  • SAIC Motor Corporation has announced plans to enter the Indian market. 
  • SAIC is China’s largest automobile company with annual revenue of $100 billion. 
  • SAIC is aiming to be among the top three automobile markets in the world by 2020. 

Vocab from the "Opinion-Editorial"

Article: Promises in the Rose Garden
Clench: with reference to the fingers or hand) close into a tight ball, especially as a manifestation of extreme anger; a contraction or tightening of part of the body.
As used in the Article: This last aside, where Mr. Trump departed from prepared remarks, should get East Asia analysts and experts ready with their dissection tools to understand what looked like a *clenched* warning to Pyongyang.

Article: Promises in the Rose Garden
Contour: an outline representing or bounding the shape or form of something; mould into a specific shape, especially one designed to fit into something else.
As used in the Article: This space must be watched to determine the contours of future cooperation.

Article: Promises in the Rose Garden
Omnibus: comprising several items.
As used in the Article: This is an *omnibus* term that can encompass many meanings — including innovation, technology flows, as well as the give and take of knowledge in the cyber sector (and its human-resource, professional component).

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