Reading Suggestion-1

Article Name: A Day Without The Sixth Digit – the mobile phone
Author Name: Reshmi R Dasgupta
Source: The Economic Times
Category: Technology

Summary for this article:

An article in which the author makes a valid point through her own real-life experience. The point is that we are so dependent and are always glued to our smartphones. The author damaged her phone which she calls her sixth digit (she mentions that it’s an extra finger for her but an extra limb for some).Initially, she panics and feels withdrawn symptoms but eventually by the end of the day gets detached and finally promises herself that she will not let her phone become her sixth digit and be less dependent on it.

Words to learn from this article:

inevitable: Unavoidable
Morbid: Gruesome, horrible
Poseidon:(Greek Mythology)The god of the sea, water, earthquakes, and horses.
Feebly: In a way that lacks strength or force
Inexplicable: Unexplainable
Daunting: Intimidating
Frenetic: Hectic; Hyperactive

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Reading Suggestion-2

Article Name: Countering growing inequality
Author Name: Pulapre Balakrishnan
Source: The Hindu
Category: Economics

Summary for this article:

The main idea of the article is that Indian social policy must raise health and education levels all around, as China has done. The release recently of the World Inequality Report 2018 shows that there is the continuous growth in inequality in India since the mid-1980s. In particular, it enables a comparison of economic progress made in India and China. This is not flattering of India. China’s performance is far superior all round to that of India. China has grown faster, has far lower poverty and far higher average income, and its income distribution is less unequal at the very top. The reason for the same is China’s leadership combined the drive for growth with the spreading of human capital. The spread of health and education in that country enabled the Chinese economy to grow faster than India by exporting manufactures to the rest of the world. Therefore, that makes sense is that India needs to spread health and education far more widely amidst the population. There is a dire need for the equalisation of opportunity through a social policy that raises health and education levels at the bottom of the pyramid.

Words to learn from this article:

Flattering: Favourable
Traverse: Travel Across
Divergent: Different
Multitudes: Large number of people or things
Elude: Avoid
Complacent: Smug, Satisfied, Lazy

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Reading Suggestion-3

Article Name: Triple talaq: divorced from all reason
Author Name: Jug Suraiya
Source: The Times of India
Category: Politics/Law

Summary for this article:

This article is a simple one: the author directly attacks how triple talaq is unlawful and provides reasons for it to be outlawed. He carefully dissects the objections of the liberals and goes on to show that how the objections raised by these liberals don’t stand ground. He does add that this move to outlaw triple talaq is moving towards a uniform civil code (one supported by BJP) but then that is something that has to be understood in the context of this unfair practice.

Words to learn from this article:

Dilemma: A situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable. A problem or puzzle.
Due diligence: Reasonable steps taken by a person to avoid committing a tort or offence.
Endorsed: Declare one’s public approval or support of
Specious: Misleading or deceptive

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