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Article Name: Forever young: on Roger Federer’s longevity
Author name: The Editorial team
Source: The Hindu
Category: Sports

Summary for this article :

Rightly as the saying goes – Age is just a number. And the legendary Swiss champion has proved this saying in a style that would never fail to grow old. The author, in this fine piece of writing, describes the legendary player in a style that definitely deserves a pat on the back. At almost 36, Roger Federer became the oldest man to win the eighth Wimbledon Single’s title.

Words to learn from this article :

Astute: Very clever and having a keen sense of judgement to assess situations thoroughly
Finesse: Very skilful in handling difficult situations with extreme delicacy
Haggard: Someone who is haggard looks exhausted and completely worn out
Quirky: Someone who is different and not conventional yet seems charming and interesting
Enchant: Enchant means to bewitch someone

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Article Name:Seat reservations and corruption: The law of unintended consequences

Author name: Jug Suraiya
Source: The Times of India
Category: Politics

Summary for this article:

In this article, the writer states the dark side of the caste based reservation system in India. Stating an example of a student who had scored 85% marks in his 10th examination, and who was trying to get an admission to a polytechnic three year I.T. course, finds himself in a situation where even with his high grades, the principal demands a fee of 1 lakh above the normal fees of the institution,as 80% of the seats are reserved by the SC/ST castes. The student’s father whose monthly income is 16,000 can never be in a position to secure an admission for his son.

The caste based reservation system in India has shrunk the supply of the merit based seats in the educational institutions inspite of the ever increasing demand. Corruption has dug its roots here as well as the cash ‘premium’ of merit has been introduced into our educational system.

Words to learn from this article :

Laudable: Commendable
Rampant: Something that is growing quickly in a way that it becomes difficult to control
Bred: To bring up or nurture a child; to take care of plants and animals in order to produce more in number of a similar kind
Ameliorate: To make something more tolerable
Infernal: Something that is unpleasant and cursed

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Article Name:Smartphone capers: How Digital India can end up wasting tax payers’ money¬¬¬
Author name: Radhika Vaz
Source: The Times of India
Category: Society and Culture

Summary for this article :

The article very satirically brings to light the police action on a comedian who had photoshopped dog ears and a snout an image of our Great Leader and then tweeted it.

The writer says how a complaint on the above act by the comedian was reported by some do-gooder on Twitter, snitched on the comedian to the Mumbai police.

The writer says that while there are serious crimes happening across the nation that needs the police attention, the police are busy focussing their attention on something in which even the victim, on whom the Photoshop was done has not objected to this representation. The police do not have free hours to focus on matters that are hardly serious crimes; they are in a profession that keeps them occupied for long hours.

A dog eared cartoon having being filed as a serious offence could only mean two things – Either the police aren’t focussed in effective prioritisation or they are tuning themselves as per the Politicians ask.

Words to learn from this article :

Snitch: A betrayer
Obscene: Something that is very offensive
Incite: Something that causes someone to act or behave in a violent or harmful manner
depravity: Deprived of morality

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