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Extracts from The Hindu: June 27, 2017

Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

State mourns K.R. Mohanan

  • People paid homage to Malayalam film director K.R. Mohanan 
  • KR Mohanan was passed away on June 25, 2017 

U.S. terms Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist

  • The State Department of USA has issued a notification, naming Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) leader Syed Salahuddin a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).” 
  • He is actively involved in terrorist acitivities in the Kashmir Valley. 

Biological E in vaccine tie-up with Takeda

  • Japan’s Takeda and Biological E. Ltd. have agreed to collaborate on affordable combination vaccines. 
  • Takeda will transfer its measles and acellular pertussis vaccine bulk production technology to BE under license. 

Lupin chief Gupta dead

  • Lupin Ltd. founder and chairman Desh Bandhu Gupta passed away, recently. 
  • Lupin is the fourth-largest generics pharmaceutical player by market capitalisation in the world. 

Remy Ma beats Nicki Minaj at BET Awards; '90s R B shines

  • Remy Ma won the BET (Black Entertainment Television) Award. 

Cabinet to consider proposal for outright sale of Air India

  • The Union Cabinet is consuidering to divest the government's majority stake in the state-owned carrier Air India. 
  • The three options on the table are a full 100% sell-off, a 74% stake sale or retaining a 49% share in the airline, as per the note prepared by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM). 

Vocab from the Opinion-Editorial

Article: A controversial inheritance
Pander: gratify or indulge (an immoral or distasteful desire or taste or a person with such a desire or taste).
As used in the Article: Similarly, with contemporary standards of judicial behaviour, pronouncements *pandering* to the lowest common denominator.

Article: A controversial inheritance

  • Brute: a savagely violent man or animal; unreasoning and animal-like 
As used in the Article: The Kesavananda Bharati judgment had recently been delivered, in which the Supreme Court had dared to stand up to Mrs Gandhi and had declared the Constitution’s basic structure as un-amendable even by her *brute* parliamentary majority.

Article: Good news on the Zika front

Manifestation: an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something abstract or theoretical; the action or fact of showing something.
As used in the Article: While infection by one serotype results in a lifelong immunity against it, infection by a different one results in an increased infectivity and more severe clinical *manifestations*.

Article: A controversial inheritance

Prose: written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure; another term for sequence; talk tediously; dated
As used in the Article: The value of careful judicial *prose* declined as fidelity to law no longer mattered, what mattered was the show of ideological commitment.
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