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Article Name:Flight of fancy: Two netas bemoaning the proposal to sell off the national carrier 
Author Name:Jug Suraiya  
Source:Times of India
Category: Political Satire

Summary for this article:

This article is a satirical description of a conversation between two “Netas” about how they are reacting to the news of privatisation of Air India. This article mocks the netas and their idea of privatisation by contrasting it with publicising and how they used it for their own convenience and to push for nepotism.

The author through the words of these politicians expresses the government’s lack of thinking because it insists on calling the sale of Air India as the privatisation of the airline when it is in fact the exact opposite of privatisation, it’s publicisation.

He talks about how the airlines were freely available to the politicians and their kins but now they are available to all the cash paying commoners . The author emphasises that both the politicians are upset because of loosing their freebies in the name of disinvestment. He also talks about the current debt of the airline.

To conclude the author talks about how these politicians are worried that because of privatisation their relatives who got their jobs because of them will loose them and how there time of enjoying like kings is over.

Words to learn from this article:

Bemoan : express discontent or sorrow over (something).
Kith: one’s relations.
Kin : one’s family and relations.

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Article Name:The banishment of Nawaz Sharif
Author Name: Khaled Ahmed 
Source:Times of India
Category:Politics

Summary for this article:

The writer discusses the banishment of former Prime Minister of Pakistan -Nawaz Sharif. He was disqualified from the office and now he would not be able to contest elections for the rest of his life. He was muddled in the controversy of money laundering case and everyone from the court to the media and the opposition parties became hostile towards Sharif. The “military establishments” too did not want him around.

Just on the basis of few people, a case was built against Sharif. The journalists are showing resentment towards Sharif. The Supreme Court’s act of misuse and misinterpretation of the law and articles for lifetime ban is described as “the Supreme Court becoming morbidly activist” by the writer. This move will mean that Pakistan may become even less governable than it is now given the outlawry of its ideologically exploitative religious organisations. This is going to inaugurate a period of weak governance in Pakistan.

Words to learn from this article:

Pantomime – express or represent by exaggerated mime
Hubris- excessive pride or self-confidence
Turpitude- depraved or wicked behaviour or character
Garrulous- excessively talkative
Nadir- the lowest or most unsuccessful point in a situation
Partisan- supporter, follower

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Article Name:A golden hue: On India’s CWG medals haul
Source: The Hindu
Category: Sports

Summary for this article:

This article gives an overview of the performance of Indian sportsmen and sportswomen in the recently held Commonwealth Games (CWG) at the Goldcoast in Australia. Right from weightlifting, shooting, boxing to badminton and particularly tennis, India has shown a powerful domination.

Increasing the number of medals especially the gold ones in comparison to CWG 2014, India has produced players to look out for in the Asian Games scheduled in August-September in Jakarta, Indonesia. However, against this successful backdrop, it is important to address the unfortunate incident when some players were sent back for violation of the ‘no needle’ policy after needles were found in their rooms. On the positive side, India’s splendid performance in the CWG has formed a stepping-stone for the forthcoming Asian Games.

Words to learn from this article:

Bask-revel in and make the most of (something pleasing)
Vestige-a trace or remnant of something that is disappearing or no longer exists
Clinch-confirm or secure
Unprecedented- never done or known before
Aberration- a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically an unwelcome one

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