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May 31, 2016

31st May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today is World No Tobacco Day.
    • This day is an annual awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1987 to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and encourage governments to adopt effective policies to reduce smoking and other tobacco use.
    • This year the WHO has appealed for the use of plain packaging for tobacco products to reduce the "attractiveness" of such products.
    • Themes of World No Tobacco Day :
      • Theme of the year 2016 : Get ready for plain packaging
      • The theme for 2015 was : Stop illicit trade of tobacco products
      • The theme for 2014 was : Raise taxes on tobacco
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2016 CEAT Cricket Awards Winners List

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The CEAT Cricket Awards ceremony for the year 2016 was held today (31st May 2016) at Mumbai. These awards was sponsored by the Ceat Tyres Ltd. Virat Kohli was named as "Ceat T20 Player of the Year". Indian Opening batsman Rohit Sharma received "Indian Cricketer of the year" and New Zealand Cricketer Martin Guptil got "ODI Cricketer of the year" awards respectivelty. Here is the complete list of winners.
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IRDAI Junior Officers Final (Interview) Results out

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Friends, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has released the Final (Interview) Results of IRDAI Junior Officers Recruitment 2016. As you know, the organization has conducted Phase I Online Examination for the recruitment of above mentioned posts on 27th February 2016 and Phase II exam on 3rd April 2016 and conducted interviews in the month of May 2016. Now it has came out with the Roll Numbers of candidates who have been selected for the appointment of Junior Officers. You can check your result from the official website of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India www.irdai.gov.in or from below link. All the best :)
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April 2016 Current Affairs Quick Review - Pdf Download

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Friends, here is the pdf file of April 2016 month's Current Affairs quick review. This pdf file consists all important current affairs updates of April Month including Important Dates, New Appointments, Awards & Honors, Deaths, Various Sports events, updated RBI Rates and One-Liner Highlights of the Month. We hope this will be helpful for you in your upcoming Competitive exams. Happy Reading :)
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Study Material for SBI Clerks & PO : List of New Appointments in January 2016

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  • AB Khare - CMD, Madras Fertilizers
  • Abid Ali Z. Neemuchwala - CEO, Wipro
  • Alice Vaidyan - CMD, General  Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re)
  • Amit Shah - President, ‎BJP‬ (2nd term)
  • Amitabh Bachchan - Brand Ambassador, Incredible India campaign
  • Amitabh Kant - CEO, NITI Aayog
  • Ashish Saraf - Vice President, Airbus Group
  • Ashok Khemka - Principal Secretary, Haryana
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English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 31st May 2016

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Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 31st 2016. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on the titles to read the Editorials. 

Topic 1 : "Enough, but much too late"

  • Scrapping - removing / cancelling
  • Redeem - to make something seem less bad
  • At stake - at risk
  • Constituency - a group of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body
  • Impact - effect or influence
  • Context - the situation within which something happens
  • Rampant -  (of something bad) getting worse quickly and in an uncontrolled way
  • Curb - to control or limit something that is not wanted
  • Malpractice - improper, illegal, or negligent professional behaviour (doing something wrong in your work)
  • Reputation - the good opinion that people in general have about someone or something, based on past behaviour or character
  • Empowered - to have official authority or the freedom to do something
  • Baring - except if a particular thing happens
  • Teeth and claw - to work very hard to achieve / do something
  • Asserting -  to behave in a way that expresses your confidence, importance, or power and earns you respect from others
  • Vis-à-vis - in relation to / with regard to
  • Postponement - to delay an event and plan or decide that it should happen at a later date or time
  • Deferred - delayed until a later time
  • Remit - the area that a person or group of people in authority has responsibility for or control over
  • Unprecedented - never having happened or existed in the past
  • Calling off - to cancel
  • Maximalist - a person who holds extreme views and is not prepared to compromise (especially in politics)
  • Degree - an amount or level of something
  • Elsewhere - some other place
  • Pernicious - having a harmful effect
  • Inducements - money / gifts given to you to make you do something
  • Construed - to understand the meaning of something in a particular way
  • Not to mention - * used when you want to emphasize something that you are adding to a list
  • Drastic - serious and sudden
  • Ramifications - the possible results of an action
  • Reprimand - a formal expression of disapproval
  • Displeasure - a feeling of annoyance or disapproval
  • Convention - a way in which something is usually done
  • Propriety - correct moral behaviour or actions
  • Underlined - to show that something is very important or worth giving attention to
  • Cowed down - to do something in favor of somebody, because they frightned / warned you to do
  • Acquiesce - to unwillingly accept or agree to something
  • Commend - to formally praise someone or something
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May 2016 : Expected Current Affairs Quiz - Set 6

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World Red Cross Day is observed on ?


What is the Theme of World Red Cross Day 2016 ?


Which state government has issued a notification giving minority status to the Jain community ?


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Important Idioms and their Meanings for Competitive Exams - Set 6

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Dear friends, Here is the Sixth set of Important Idioms and their Meanings for Competitive Exams. You can read the Set 1 from hereSet 2 from here  , Set 3 from here , Set 4 from here and the Set 5 from here. Happy Reading :)

Idioms related to See

  • I shall see about it later on (do it later - Polite refusal to act immediately)
  • My wife saw me off at the airport (saw my departure
  • These people want to see over the house (visit and examine)
  • I can see through your flattery (I am not deceived by)
  • Will you see to the dinner ? (attend to, make arrangements for
  • Please see to it that the potatoes are properly cooked (make sure that
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May 30, 2016

30th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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National Affairs
  • Goa is celebrating its 29th Statehood Day today.
    • It was on this day in 1987 that Goa became the 25th state of India.
    • It was a Union Territory along with Daman and Diu from December 1961 onwards when Goa was liberated from the colonial rule.
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English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 30th May 2016

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Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 30th 2016. You can click on the titles to read the Editorials. Happy reading :)

Note : There were no editorials in the Hindu on 29th May 2016. 

Topic 1 : "Awash in red ink"

  • Awash - covered with a liquid (here red ink)
  • Red ink - * this is a slang term denoting a financial loss
  • Regulatory - controlling
  • Forbearance - the quality of being patient and self controlled
  • Restructured - organized differently
  • Pile - objects positioned one on top of another / a lot of something
  • Stressed asset - an account where principal and/or interest remains overdue for more than 30 days
  • Manifold - many and of several different types
  • Provision - the action of providing or supplying something for use
  • Sizeable - large
  • Declines - to gradually become less / lower
  • Plunge - to become lower in value or level very suddenly and quickly
  • Non-performing assets - a loan for which the principal or interest payment remained overdue for a period of 90 days
  • Parlance - a group of words or style of speaking used by a particular group of people
  • Defaulted - to fail to do something, such as pay a debt, that you legally have to do
  • Repayment - the action of paying back a loan
  • Offing - likely to happen soon
  • Overhauling - overtaking
  • Inflicting -  to force someone to experience something very unpleasant
  • Evident - easily seen or understood
  • For instance - for example
  • Disclosure - the action of making new or secret information known
  • Distress - a feeling of extreme worry, sadness, or pain
  • Undergird - to strengthen or support (something) from below
  • Cognisant - having knowledge or awareness
  • Magnitude - the great size or extent of something
  • Lock-step - agreeing completely with someone
  • Autonomous - having the freedom to govern itself or control its own affairs
  • Brief - a set of instructions given to somebody about a job or task
  • Ensuring - to make something sure to happen
  • Ring-fenced - guarantee that (funds allocated for a particular purpose) will not be spent on anything else
  • Bankruptcy - a legal process involving a person or business that is unable to repay their debts
  • Defaulter - someone who does not pay interest or other money that they owe
  • Liquidation - to cause a business to close, so that its assets can be sold to pay its debts
  • Backing - support
  • Clutch - to take hold of something tightly
  • Infusion - the act of adding one thing to another to make it stronger or better
  • Fiscal - relating to government revenue, especially taxes
  • Deficit - the amount by which something, especially a sum of money, is too small
  • Underwrite - sign and accept that you are legally responsible for something (so guaranteeing payment in case loss or damage occurs)
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2016 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Winners List

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Hi friends, I am Sindhu Chapekar. I want to share the winners list of Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold 2016 along with their country details. This tournament was held during 15th to 20th March 2016 at the  St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland. Indian badminton player HS Prannoy clinched the Men's Single title in this tournament by beating Marc Zwiebler of Germany. Here is the complete winners list of Swis Open Grand Prix Gold. Happy Reading :)
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Important Idioms and their Meanings for Competitive Exams - Set 5

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Dear friends, Here is the Fifth set of Important Idioms and their Meanings for Competitive Exams. You can read the Set 1 from hereSet 2 from here  , Set 3 from here and the Set 4 from here. Happy Reading :)

Idioms related to Make

  • He made straight for the door (went towards)
  • She made one of his old shirts into a blouse (transformed)
  • The burglars made off quickly when the man appeared (went away)
  • That dog has made off with my shoe (carried away)
  • I don't know what to make of her (can't understand her)
  • He made a lot on that deal (profited financially by)
  • Can you make out what this word means ? (understand)
  • The doctor made out the prescription (wrote)
  • He is a liar; he made the whole story up (invented, fabricated)
  • She makes up too heavily (uses cosmetics)
  • After a quarrel you must kiss and make up (be reconciled
    • reconciled meaning - restore friendly relations between
  • We need one more person to make up the four at bridge (complete)
  • The chemist made up the prescription (compounded the medicine)
  • Here is the book to make up for the one you lost (compensate for)
  • The secretary made up to her employer in order to get promotion (sought favour with
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May 2016 : Expected Current Affairs Quiz - Set 5

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In order to ease a cash shortage, which country has recently announced that it is going to print its own version of the US dollar ?


Border Road Organisation's (BRO) foundation day is observed on ?


Who is the Director General of the Border Road Organisation (BRO) ?


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May 29, 2016

29th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today is International Day of UN (United Nations) Peacekeepers.
    • United Nations observe this day  to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.
    • 2016 Theme : “Honouring Our Heroes
  • European Union (EU) officials recently announced that all scientific articles in Europe supported by public and public-private funds will be freely accessible by 2020.
    • The Competitiveness Council, which is a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade and industry, came to this conclusion following a two-day meeting in Brussels last week.
  • Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari will leave for North Africa tomorrow on a two-nation visit to Morocco and Tunisia.
    • During the 5-day visit, he will hold deliberations with top leaders of both the countries, with an aim to give a fillip to the bilateral relations and explore new avenues of co-operation.
    • Note : The visit is the first of the series of tours to Africa which Indian leaders will undertake in the coming days.
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Important Idioms and their Meanings for Competitive Exams - Set 4

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Dear friends, Here is the Fourth set of Important Idioms and their Meanings for Competitive Exams. You can read the Set 1 from hereSet 2 from here  and the Set 3 from here. Happy Reading :)

Idioms related to Go

  • Go along! You are treading on my feet (move forward).
    • treading meaning - to press something down with your foot
  • He has never yet gone back on his word (failed to keep his promise)
  • The days go by so quickly (pass)
  • This train goes by electricity (functions by means of)
  • That shop has gone down lately (deteriorated)
    • deteriorated meaning -  to become worse
  • The prices never seem to go down (fall)
  • His speech went down very well (was received)
  • He went for the doctor (went to fetch
  • He went for the burglar with a stick (attacked)
  • Shall we go for a walk, a drive, a run or a swim ? (go to have)
  • They went into the whole mater of political secrecy (investigated)
  • He is going in for medicine (making his career in)
  • Another atom bomb went off yesterday (exploded)
  • This meat has gone off (lost its freshness)
  • The baby went off to sleep at once (fell asleep)
  • Please go on with your work (continue)
  • She goes on at him until he leaves the house (talks angrily to him)
  • Put some coal on the fire or it will go out (die. Used for light and heat)
  • The tide has gone out a long way (receded).
  • He can be relied on to go through with the work (complete)
  • He says he can't go without his tea (sacrifice, accept lack of)
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Hindu Vocabulary by Gr8AmbitionZ - PDF Downoad

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Hello friends, I am Manish Kumar, a regular user of Gr8AmbitionZ. I always find very useful material for my prepration from this website. Specially The English Vocabulary from the Hindu (by Kani), I read it whenever it is posted. I have made this pdf file in which i have compiled all the words from 13th November 2015 to 24th March 2016 Including the Editorial Articles so that my fellow aspirants can download it and access it OFFLINE. Hope it will be helpful for all the aspirants. Happy Reading :)
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May 28, 2016

28th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Menstrual Hygiene Day, an annual global initiative for breaking taboos and raising awareness about the importance of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), is being observed today.
    • The day was first introduced by the NGO 'WASH United' in 2014.
    • Note : The NGO has worked with UNICEF in India to formulate national MHM guidelines, which were implemented in December 2015.
    • Theme of Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016 : Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere
  • Pakistan has banned advertisements for contraceptives, birth control, and family planning products on the television and radio, citing concerns they expose "innocent children" to the subject of sex. 
  • The Malaysian government today submitted to parliament a 'hudud' bill, an Islamic penal code which includes provisions of amputations and stoning. 
    • Prime Minister Najib Razak said the bill was "enhanced punishment," and would apply only to Muslims.
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English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 28th May 2016

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Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 28th 2016. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on the titles to read the Editorials. 

Topic 1 : "Mr. Obama at Hiroshima"

  • Utter - to say something
  • On behalf of - to speak, act, or be present officially for another person or people
  • Wreath - an arrangement of flowers and leaves in a circular shape, used as a decoration or as a sign of respect and remembrance for a person who has died
  • Memorial - a statue or structure established to remind people of a person or event
  • Uncommonly - not seen, happening, or experienced often
  • Gripping - very interesting or exciting
  • Atrocity - an extremely cruel, violent, or shocking act
  • Candid - truthful and straightforward / frank
  • Gesture - an action that expresses your feelings or intentions
  • Rid - make someone or something free of (an unwanted thing)
  • Embraced - to hold someone closely in your arms, especially as a sign of affection
  • Survivor - a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died
  • Emotionalism - showing too much emotion
  • Drift - a continuous slow movement
  • Tugging - to pull with force or effort
  • Minefield - an area of land that contains mines (= bombs)
  • Occupant - a person who lives or works in a room or building
  • Devastation - great destruction or damage
  • Demitted - resign from (an office or position)
  • Sober - serious and calm
  • Sobering - making you feel serious or think about serious matters
  • Evaded - escaped or avoided
  • Provocation - an action or statement that is intended to make someone angry
  • Dwell on something - to keep thinking or talking about something, especially something bad or unpleasant
  • Excesses - actions beyond the limit of what is acceptable
  • Narrower - limited
  • Disarmament - the reduction or withdrawal of military forces and weapons
  • Plaudits - praise
  • Hawk - a person who strongly supports the use of force in political relationships rather than discussion or other more peaceful solutions
  • Apologist - a person who offers an argument in defence of something controversial
  • Pragmatist - the person who have the quality of dealing with a problem in a sensible way
  • Minced - talk honestly
  • Credible - able to be believed or trusted
  • Deterrent - a thing that discourages people from doing something
  • Striving - making great efforts to achieve something
  • Arsenals - a collection of weapons and military equipment
  • Lurk -  to wait or move in a secret way so that you cannot be seen, especially because you are about to attack someone or do something wrong
  • Hard-nosed - practical and determined / tough-minded
  • Arduous - difficult, needing a lot of effort and energy

Topic 2 : "Landing a quick-fix"

  • Quick-fix - something that seems to be a fast and easy solution to a problem but is in fact not very good or will not last long
  • Surplus - more than what is needed or used / excess
  • Deploying - to use something in an effective way
  • Divest - to sell something
  • Proceeds - the amount of money received from a particular event or activity or when something is sold
  • Inventory - a complete list of items
  • Alienate - transfer ownership of (property rights) to another person or group
  • Disinvestment - to sell your shares in a company or to stop taking part in a business activity
  • Prickly - complicated and difficult to deal with
  • Susceptible - easily influenced or harmed by something
  • Scrutiny -  the careful and detailed examination of something in order to get information about it
  • Peer - a person who is the same social position or the same abilities as other people in a group
  • Auditor - someone whose job is to carry out an official examination of the accounts of a business and to produce a report
  • Conclude - to end / to complete
  • Stake - a share or a financial involvement in something such as a business
  • Extensive - covering or affecting a large area
  • Transparency - the quality of being done in an open way without secrets
  • Pragmatic -  solving problems in a sensible way  that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations
  • Refrain - to avoid doing something
  • Reflects - shows
  • Lack of something - to not have or not have enough of something that is needed
  • Discretionary - decided by officials and not fixed by rules
  • Determined - wanting to do something very much and not allowing anyone or any difficulties to stop you
  • Domain - an area of territory owned or controlled by a particular ruler or government
  • Encroachment - the act of slowly taking control of someone's land
  • Cantonment - a building or area where soldiers live
  • Mooted - to suggest something for discussion
  • Depository - a place where things are stored
  • Pertinent - relevant or applicable to a particular matter
  • Recompense - compensation or reward given for loss or harm suffered
  • Reform - make changes in something, in order to improve it
  • Set aside - the act of paying farmers in order not to grow crops on areas of land, or land of this type
  • Amending - changing
  • Acquisition - the process of getting something
  • Tenancy - the right to use land or live in a building in exchange for rent

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May 2016 : Expected Current Affairs Quiz - Set 4

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International No Diet Day is observed on ?


What was India's position in the 2016 Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index ?


Telangana state's Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has recently announced to create more districts in the state. As of now, there are __________ districts in the state.

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Important Idioms and their Meanings for Competitive Exams - Set 3

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Dear friends, Here is the third set of Important Idioms and their Meanings for Competitive Exams. You can read the Set 1 from here and the Set 2 from here. Happy Reading :)

Idioms related to Fall

  • My eyes fell on a beautiful rose (I saw)
  • The sales have fallen of (declined)
  • She and her husband are always falling out (quarreling)
  • The enemy fell back rapidly (retreated)
    • retreated meaning - withdraw from enemy forces after a defeat (of an army) 
  • We have no cool drinks; we will have to fall back on fruit juices (adjust to)
  • The roof of our house fell in yesterday (collapsed)
  • I lost my money and all my plans fell through (came to nothing)
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May 27, 2016

27th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Barack Obama became the first incumbent US president to visit Hiroshima memorial, site of the world’s first atomic bombing dropped on August 6, 1945.
    • He paid tribute to the 140,000 people killed by the world’s first atomic bomb attack and laid wreath at Hiroshima nuclear memorial.
  • A new French law has made it illegal for companies with over 50 employees to send emails to employees after their work hours.
    • The 'right to disconnect' amendment also mandates companies to form policies which limit the spillover of work into their employees' private lives.
  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo today approved a maximum penalty of death and chemical castration for child sex offenders, after a 14-year-old girl was gangraped and murdered. 
  • Under previous laws, the maximum sentence for rape, including of a minor, was 14 years in jail.
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English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 27th May 2016

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Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 27th 2016. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on the titles to read the Editorials.

Topic 1 : "Reaching out to Africa"

  • Reach out to - to offer help and support to someone
  • Mobilise - to organize or prepare something
  • Persuade - to make someone do something by convincing them
  • Envoys - people who are sent as representatives from one government or organization to another
  • Call off - cancel
  • Boycott - withdraw from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest
  • Extreme - reaching a highest degree / very great
  • Threat - a suggestion that something unpleasant or violent will happen
  • Rebuffing - to refuse to accept a helpful suggestion or offer from someone, by answering in an unfriendly way
  • Host - to provide the space and other things necessary for a special event
  • Embarrassingly -  nervously, worriedly and uncomfortably
  • Centring - the action or process of placing something in the middle of something else
  • Protest - a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something
  • Aspiration - a hope of achieving something
  • Congolese - belonging to Congo (a country located in Central Africa)
  • Brutal - cruel / violent
  • Isolated - far away from other places, buildings, or people
  • Irrespective of something - without considering something
  • Latent - existing but not yet developed
  • Discrimination - treating a person or particular group of people differently, because of their skin colour, sex, sexuality, etc
  • Stinging - making you feel upset and annoyed
  • Reaching out to somebody - to try to communicate with a person or a group of people
  • Diplomatic - acting in a way that does not cause offence
  • Introspection - examination of and attention to your own ideas, thoughts, and feelings
  • Dehumanising - reducing human values and qualities
  • Prejudices - an unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling
  • Rendered - provided or gave (a service, help, etc.)
  • Splash - to show something in a very noticeable way
  • Mindful - conscious or aware of something
  • Ambition - a strong desire to do or achieve something
  • Consequence - a result of a particular action or situation
  • Sedate - calm, slow and dignified
  • Template - something that is used as a pattern
  • Roster - a list of people's names, with the jobs they have been given to do
  • Outreach - the extent or length of reaching out
  • Remit - to refer a matter to someone in authority to deal with (responsibility)
  • Scaling up - increasing
  • Tackling - to try to deal with something or someone
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Important Idioms and their Meanings for Competitive Exams - Set 2

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Dear friends, thank you so much for the wonderful response to my yesterday's post on Important Idioms and their Meanings. Here I am sharing the Set 2. Happy Reading :)

Idioms related to Come

  • How did it come about that you went to live in Nagpur ? (happen)
  • I came across this book quite by chance (found, discovered)
  • How did you come by this diamond ring ? (acquired)  
  • The price of flour has come down a lot (fallen)
  • He came into a fortune when his uncle died (inherited)
  • This book will come in useful (prove useful)
  • The magazine comes out every Friday (appears)
  • He split ink on his coat and the stain wouldn't come out (disappear)
  • He came round quickly after the anesthesia (returned to consciousness
  • How much does the bill come to ? (total)
  • The question of higher wages will certainly come up (be raised)
  • Your work has not come up to standard (reached the required standard)
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May 2016 : Expected Current Affairs Quiz - Set 3

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International Firefighters' Day is observed on ?


Recently, the Reserve Bank of which counry has cut its benchmark interest rates by 25 basis points to a record low of 1.75% ?


Veteran RSS leader and founder of Bharatiya Jan Sangh was recently passed away. Name him ?

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May 26, 2016

Important Update about SBI PO Fee Payment

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Friends, those aspirants who are unable to pay the Fee for SBI PO Recruitment 2016, no need to be worry now. In a recently released notification, the State Bank of India (SBI) has clarified that the  link for payment is down for some technical reasons. It also announced that the link will be available from tomorrow. Those candidates who have completed their Registration and unable to locate the Fee Payment option can pay the fee from 27th May 2016 to 30th May 2016. Check complete details below. All the Best :)
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26th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Meeting of G-7 Nations begins in Japan.
    • This is the 42nd G7 summit.
    • This summit will be held during 26th to 27th May 2016 at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Kashiko Island, Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
    • Economy, security and tensions in East and South China Seas are the main topics to be discussed. 
      • Important Points to Note : 
        • G7 - Group of Seven
        • The G7 countries are
          • Canada,
          • France,
          • Germany,
          • Italy,
          • Japan,
          • United Kingdom,
          • United States
      • Host country of 42nd G7 Summit - Japan
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Important Idioms and their Meanings for Competitive Exams - Set 1

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Hi Friends, I am Bhargav Gupta from Telangana. One of the ardent readers of Gr8AmbitionZ. First of all I want to thank the admin and other members for sharing valuable knowledge and materials for competitive exam. This website helped me to settle myself as a Probationary Officer in Vijaya Bank. Now I want to show my gratitude by sharing some tips for upcoming competitive exam aspirants. From today onwards, I will be sharing important Idioms along with their meanings. For the sake of easy understanding and to avoid confusion, here I grouped the idioms which are similar in words. Hope my effort will help you for your preparation. Please use the comments section below to share your views and suggestions. Happy Reading :)
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English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 26th May 2016

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Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 26th 2016. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on the titles to read the Editorials. 


Topic 1 : "Resolving the NEET conundrum"

  • Conundrum - a confusing and difficult problem or question
  • Ordinance - an authoritative order
  • Exemption - happening at the best possible moment
  • Sole - only / single
  • Several - some
  • Denude - to remove the covering of something
  • Regulate - to control something
  • Jurisdiction - the official power to make legal decisions and judgements
  • Legislation - laws / rules
  • Prescriptive - saying exactly what must happen, especially by giving an instruction or making a rule
  • Underlying - used to describe something on which something else is based
  • Regulations - official rules made by an authority
  • Dissenting - expressing strong disagreement
  • Verdict - a decision made after judging the facts that are given
  • Plea - a request made in an urgent and emotional manner
  • Sisposed of - to deal with something so that the matter is finished
  • Keen - very interested, eager, or wanting to do something very much
  • Enforcing - to make people obey a law
  • Astronomical - extremely large
  • Convinced - completely sure about something
  • Disparities - differences
  • Linguistic - related to language
  • Adequate - enough or satisfactory for a particular purpose
  • Unfettered - not limited by rules or any other controlling influence
  • Unaided - without any help from anyone else / independently
  • Transparent - open and honest, without secrets
  • Exploitative - using someone unfairly for your own advantage
  • Contradictions - a combination of statements, ideas, or features which are opposed to one another
  • Ironed out - to remove problems or find solutions
  • Feasibility - possibility
  • Essential - necessary or needed
  • Crafted - to make in a skilful way
  • Ram something home - to show the importance of what you are saying in order to make some people understand it
  • Fiat - an order given by an authority
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May 2016 : Expected Current Affairs Quiz - Set 2

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World Asthma Day is observed on ?


What is the Theme of World Asthma Day 2016 ?


The ADMM-Plus Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism (Ex MS & CT) was recently held at Brunei. Expand ADMM Plus ?


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May 25, 2016

25th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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National Affairs
  • Union Cabinet today approved 6 new IITs at Goa, Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwad (Karnataka), and Bhilai (Chhattisgarh)
    • Note : It also approved the conversion of Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad to an IIT. 
  • The Centre has issued Standard Operating Procedures for government offices under 'Swachh Bharat Mission', stating that penalty will be imposed for littering and spitting inside office premises
    • Further, open urination and non-collection of construction or demolition waste by the contractor will be penalised. 
    • The order also makes it mandatory to form a sanitation committee for every department.
  • Aiming to create 21 million new jobs by 2025, the Union Cabinet today approved India's first-ever National Capital Goods Policy
    • This policy aims to create an ecosystem for a globally competitive capital goods sector and increase production to over ₹7.5 lakh crore from the current ₹2.3 lakh crore by 2025. 
    • Note : Capital goods are those used in manufacturing other goods.
  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for introduction of two Bills in the Parliament for certain amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950
    • These bills seek to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes in respect of five States, namely, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Tripura
    • They also seek identification of new communities in the Union Territory of Puducherry. 
    • The Bills add the following communities to the list of Scheduled Castes : 
      • Assam : Inclusion of Boro, Boro Kachari, Bodo, Bodo Kachari and Karbi (Mikir) communities in the list. 
      • Chhattisgarh : Inclusion of Bhuinya, Bhuiyan, Bhuyan, Dhanuhar/Dhanuwar,Kisan, Saunra, Saonra and Dhangad communities in the list. 
      • Jharkhand : Inclusion of Bhogta, Deshwari, Ganjhu, Dautalbandi (Dwalbandi), Patbandi, Raut, Maajhia, Khairi (Kheri) and Puran communities in the list. 
      • Tamil Nadu : Inclusion of Malayali Gounder, Narikoravan and  Kurivikkaran communities in the list. 
      • Tripura : Inclusion of Darlong community in the list. Puducherry: Identification (First Order) of Irular (including Villi and Vettaikaran).
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today announced that waitlisted and RAC (reservation against cancellation) ticket holders can now cancel their tickets by dialing 139
    • Earlier, this facility was available only for confirmed ticket holders. 
    • Online cancellation through 139, however, will be permitted only till 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train for RAC and waitlisted tickets.
  • The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD)  has decided to launch ASMITA, a student tracking system programme under Shala Asmita Yojana (SAY).
    • This programme will track the educational journey of 25 crore school students across 15 lakh schools, both private and government. 
    • The programme uses students' Aadhaar numbers to create a database regarding student attendance, enrolment, mid-day meal services, learning outcomes and infrastructural facilities.
    • ASMITA - All School Monitoring Individual Tracing Analysis

Business & Economy
  • The World Bank has launched Pandemic Emergency Finance Facility (FEP) to help countries and health agencies fight deadly disease outbreaks. 
    • FEP is a financing mechanism designed to quickly mobilize funds to tackle global disease outbreaks and create a new insurance market for pandemic risk. 
    • It was unveiled at the G-7 Finance Ministers Summit held in Ise-Shima, Japan. 
    • Japanese Government has committed to donate $50 million dollars to it, becoming the first donor.
  • Eurozone finance ministers have agreed to give Greece access to bailout loans of €10.3 billion ($11.5 billion) and short-term debt relief measures, such as locking in lower interest rates and easing repayment schedules. 
    • This is the second instalment of Greece’s third bailout package, worth €86 billion, agreed last August. 
    • Note : Greece’s debt stands at €321 billion, 180% of its GDP.
  • India today signed a $100 million loan deal with the World Bank to develop the Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernisation Project that will provide piped water to different cities in the state. 
    • It will be implemented over the course of six years. 
    • Further, Hubbali-Dharwad twin cities have been chosen to start off the project.
  • Kaduna state in Nigeria has declared an emergency after moths destroyed 80% of the tomato produce
    • The wholesale price of a basket of tomatoes has risen to $212 from $1.50-$7.50.
  • Twitter today announced changes to its 140-character limit and names in replies and media attachments like photos, GIFs, videos and polls will no longer count as characters within a tweet in the coming months. 
    • The micro-blogging site will also let users Retweet their own tweets. 
    • Further, new tweets beginning with a username will reach all the followers.

Science & Technology
  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has decided to test an Air-breathing Propulsion System after successful test of Reusable launch Vehicle- Technology Demonstration (RLV-TD)
    • The testing of air-breathing propulsion system aims to capitalize on the oxygen in the atmosphere instead of liquefied oxygen while in flight. 
    • ISRO is evolving and testing various technologies to bring down the cost of launch vehicles and the air-breathing propulsion system is part of its new space endeavor.
  • Food regulator FSSAI has decided to remove Potassium Bromate from the list of permitted food additives. 
    • This comes after a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claimed that potassium bromate – banned in several countries – is a cancer-causing agent
    • Note : Nearly 84% of 38 commonly available brands of pre-packaged breads contain potassium bromate.
    • FSSAI - Food Safety and Standards Authority of India 

Deaths
  • Afghan officials today confirmed the death of senior Taliban leader Mullah Muzamel, identified as the shadow governor of Helmand province.  
    • The report comes days after Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed by an American airstrike in Pakistan.
  • Renowned Pink Panther star Burt Kwouk (85) passed away.
    • He was best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films.

New Appointments
  • Pinarayi Vijayan took oath as the 22nd Chief Minister of Kerala today. 
    • He is a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and currently a member of its Politburo. 
    • He will be leading a 19-member cabinet of the LDF which includes alliance partners CPI and NCP.
    • Further, Vijayan will also handle the portfolios of Home and Vigilance.
  • Taliban named Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada as their new Chief after confirming the death of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
  • Snapdeal-owned digital payments platform FreeCharge today appointed Govind Rajan as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and elevated Co-Founder and former CEO Kunal Shah as the company's Chairman.

Sports
  • Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has remained as number one ranked player for 200 weeks, thereby becoming the fifth player in the history of the sport to achieve this feat. 
    • He is also one week shy of 100-straightweeks at the top rank. 
    • The other four players are,
      •  Jimmy Connors (268), 
      • Ivan Lendl (270), 
      • Pete Sampras (286)
      • Roger Federer (302)
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    NABARD Preliminary Online Exam 2016 Results out

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    Friends, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has released the Results of it's Preliminary Online Examination for the Post of Assistant Manager in Grade `A' (RDBS) and Manager in Grade `B' (RDBS). As you know, the organization has conducted preliminary online exam for the recruitment of above mentioned posts on 15th May 2016. Now it has came out with the results of the same. You can check your results from below links. All the best :)
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    English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 25th May 2016

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    Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 25th 2016. Happy reading :)

    Note : Click on the titles to read the Editorials. 


    Topic 1 : "Raising the stakes with Chabahar"

    • Stake - a share or a financial involvement in something such as a business
    • Trilateral - involving three groups or countries
    • Inked - signed (a contract / agreement)
    • Potential - someone's or something's ability to develop, achieve, or succeed
    • Ambivalence - having two opposing feelings at the same time
    • Take off - to start or be successful
    • Owing to - because of
    • Sanctions - an official order, such as the stopping of trade, that is taken against a country in order to make it obey international law
    • Significance - importance
    • Landlocked - (of a country or region) almost or entirely surrounded by land
    • Obstacle- something that blocks the movement / development
    • Metallurgy - the scientific study of the structures and uses of metals
    • Strategy - a detailed plan for achieving success in situations such as war, politics, business, industry, or sport
    • Situated - in a particular position
    • Centrepiece - the most important or attractive part of something
    • Gateway - a way of achieving something
    • Bypassing - to avoid something by going around it
    • Immense - extremely large or great
    • Big-ticket - expensive
    • Abroad - in or to a foreign country or countries
    • Far from consistent - not in a similar, positive way
    • Diplomacy - the management of relationships between countries
    • On an even keel - regular and well-balanced and not likely to change suddenly
    • Substantially - to a large degree (to a great extent)
    • Raised the bar - setting a higher standard of quality
    • Ambitions - goals
    • Bilateral - involving two groups or countries
    • Drift - to move slowly, without any control
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    24th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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    International Affairs
    • After 17 years of construction work, Switzerland is going to open world's longest and deepest train tunnel.
      • The Gotthard Base Tunnel will open for the first time on 1st June 2016, extending 57 km in length into the bowels of the earth 2,300 meters below the Gotthard massif in the Swiss Alps.
      • With speeds reaching up to 250 km/hr, the travel time from one end of the tunnel to the other will take just 20 minutes.
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    May 24, 2016

    English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 24th May 2016

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    Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 24th 2016. Happy reading :)

    Note : Click on the titles to read the Editorials. 


    Topic 1 : "Death of a terrorist"
    • Thrown - to send suddenly into a particular state or condition
    • Insurgency - an occasion when a group of people attempt to take control of their country by force:
    • Crisis - a time of great difficulty or danger
    • Command - control over something and responsibility for it
    • Chaotic - in a state of complete confusion and disorder
    • Capture - take control over some place by force
    • Territory - an area of land that is considered as belonging to a particular country or person
    • Troops - soldiers on duty in a large group
    • Thwarted - to stop something from happening or someone from doing something
    • Unify - to bring together / combine
    • Bloodshed - killing and violence
    • Drone - a type of aircraft that does not have a pilot but is controlled by someone on the ground
    • Strike - a sudden attack, typically a military one
    • Province - an area that is governed as part of a country or an empire
    • Battleground - a place where a battle is being fought
    • Cohesive - the situation when the members of a group or society are united
    • Predecessor - someone who had a job or a position before someone else
    • Breakaway - an act of separating from a group, especially because of disagreement
    • Faction - a group within a larger group, especially one with slightly different ideas from the main group
    • Successor - someone that comes after another person
    • Resistance - the refusal to accept something
    • Persuade - cause (someone) to believe something / convince
    • Stage - to organize an event
    • Circumstances - events that change your life, over which you have no control
    • Restive - unwilling to be controlled
    • State-of-play - the way in which something is happening or developing
    • Negotiation - discussion aimed at reaching an agreement
    • Hard-nosed - practical and determined / tough-minded
    • Unleash - to suddenly release a violent force that cannot be controlled
    • Eventually - in the end
    • Prompting - the act of encouraging someone to do something
    • Press ahead - to start or continue doing something in a serious way, although it is difficult
    • Complacent - feeling so satisfied with your own abilities or situation that you feel you do not need to try any harder
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    Important Update about SBI PO Recruitment 2016

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    Friends, the State Bank of India (SBI) has extended the fee payment date of SBI PO Recruitment 2016 to 27th May 2016 (earlier it was 24th May 2016). You can check complete details below.

    Important Note : Today (24th May 2016) is the Last Date for online application. So apply as soon as possible if you haven't applied yet (you should apply before today's midnight). You can pay the application fee online upto 27th May 2016
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    May 23, 2016

    23rd May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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    International Affairs
    • Tody (23rd May) is World Turtle Day. 
    • The central government has imposed a complete ban on Indian citizens travelling to Libya "irrespective of the purpose" in view of the security situation in the North African country.  
    • India, Thailand and Myanmar are currently working on a 1,400-kilometres long highway that will link India with Southeast Asia by land for the first time in decades. 
      • The planned highway will start from Moreh in Manipur to Myanmar's Tamu.
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    2016 Billboard Music Awards Winners List

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    The 2016 Billboard Music Awards ceremony was held on 22nd May 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Billboard Music Award is an honor given by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. American singer and actress, Britney Spears received the Billboard Millennium Award. Canadian singer Celine Dion received the Billboard Icon Award in recognition of her career spanning over three decades. The Weeknd (Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer) won the most awards (8 awards in total), followed by Adele (5 awards). Here is the complete winners list. 
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    Complete Winners List of 69th Cannes Film Festival Awards 2016

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    The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 11th May to 22nd May 2016 at Cannes, France. This festival was hosted by Laurent Lafitte (French Actor). I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, was awarded the Palme d'Or, the festival's highest prize. Here is the complete winners list of this year's winners.
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    22nd May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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    International Affairs

    • Today (22nd May) is International Day for Biological Diversity.
      • Themes :
        • 2016 - Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods
        • 2015 - Biodiversity for Sustainable Development
        • 2014 - Island Biodiversity
        • 2013 - Water and Biodiversity
        • 2012 - Marine Biodiversity
        • 2011 - Forest Biodiversity
    • US President Barrack Obama announced the lifting of a 50-year-old ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam in a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang today. 
    • The US House of Representatives has passed amendments to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA)-2017 to enhance the country’s defence cooperation with India
      • The bill seeks to bring India at par with US’s NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies for technology and equipment sale. 
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    English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 23rd May 2016

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    Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 23rd 2016. Click on the titles to read the Editorials. Happy reading :)

    Note : There were no editorials in the Hindu on 22nd May 2016.  
    • Strongman - a person who is very powerful and able to cause change (especially of a political type)
    • Rivalry - competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field
    • Stalwarts - loyal, reliable, and hard-working supporters
    • Materialise - happen
    • Transition - the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another
    • Legislature - the group of people in a country or part of a country who have the power to make and change laws
    • Step aside - to leave an important job or position, especially to allow someone else to take your place
    • Graciously - pleasantly and politely
    • Albeit - although
    • Persuasion - to make someone do or believe something by giving them a good reason to do
    • Massive crowds - large group of people 
    • Exigencies - the difficulties of a situation, especially one that causes urgent demands
    • Necessitated - make something necessary as a result
    • Relinquishing - to give up something
    • Quintessential - being the most typical example or most important part of something
    • Tiers - levels
    • Hotbed - a place or situation where a lot of a particular activity, especially an unwanted or unpleasant activity, is happening
    • Cadre - a small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession
    • Geniality - the quality of having a friendly and cheerful manner
    • Mass appeal - something that a large number of people like
    • Backbone - the main support of a system or organization
    • Dissent - a strong difference of opinion 
    • Threats - warnings to cause you damage or danger
    • Spat - a short argument (usually about something that is not important)
    • Facilitated - make something (an action or process) easier
    • Ineptness - without skill for a particular task
    • Surge - a sudden and great increase
    • Watchdog - a person or organization responsible for making sure that somebody / something obey particular standards and do not act illegally
    • Stint - a fixed or limited period of time spent doing a particular job or activity
    • Hard-nosed - practical and determined (tough-minded)
    • Averse - having a strong dislike of or opposition to something
    • Big-ticket - expensive 
    • Harmoniously - friendly and peacefully
    • Retaining - to keep or continue to have something
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    21st May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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    • Today (21st May) is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
      • This day is a United Nations–sanctioned international holiday to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony.
    • The Taj Mahal has ranked 5th on a list of world's top 25 landmarks for 2016 by travel website company 'TripAdvisor'. 
      • Taj is the only Indian tourist attraction featured on the list, curated as part of the website's Travelers’ Choice awards. 
      • While the Taj Mahal and Amber Fort featured in its Asia list, the Mughal mausoleum​ topped the India list.
    • The 27th edition of the India-Indonesian CORPAT (Coordinated Patrol) recently concluded in Belawan, Indonesia.  
    • G7 Finance Ministers and central bank governors have held discussions on the world economy, ahead of next week's G7 summit to be held in Ise-Shima, central Japan. 
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    May 21, 2016

    Karnataka Bank Officers (Scale I) Interview Results out

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    Friends, the Karnataka Bank Ltd., has released the Final (Interview) Results of it's Officers (Scale I) Recruitment 2016. The bank has conducted online exam on  20th February 2016 (Saturday) for the recruitment of Officers (Scale I) and conducted Interviews for the shortlisted candidates during 15th to 22nd April 2016. Now it has came out with the lists of Selected and Wait-listed candidates. You can check the Interview Call Numbers of the Selected and Waitlisted candidates along with their Registration Numbers from the official website of Karnatka Bank www.karnatakabank.com or from below link.  All the Best :)
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    English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 21st May 2016

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    Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 21st 2016. Happy reading :)

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    Topic 1 : "Against all odds"
    • Against all odds - If you achieve something against all odds, you achieve it although there were a lot of problems and you were not likely to succeed
    • To turn the tide - to reverse the trend of events
    • Consecutive - following each other continuously
    • Term - the fixed period of time that something lasts for
    • Defying - refuse to obey
    • Incumbent - the person who has a particular official position
    • Significant - important or noticeable
    • Allies - supporters
    • Adopted - choose to take up or follow (an idea, method, or an action)
    • Strategy - a detailed plan for achieving success
    • Relied - depended
    • Disunity - disagreement within a group
    • Collapse - to fall down suddenly 
    • Absolute - very great or to the largest degree possible
    • Mentor - an experienced and trusted adviser
    • Charismatic - having the special power that makes you able to influence other people 
    • Revealed - to make known or show something that is surprising or that was previously secret
    • Shrewd - having or showing sharp powers of judgement
    • Strategist - someone with a lot of skill and experience in planning (especially in military, political, or business matters)
    • Dispelled - make (a doubt, feeling, or belief) disappear
    • Rival - a person competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity
    • Stitch together - to create or form something quickly or roughly
    • Viable - capable of working successfully
    • Alliance - an agreement to work with someone else to try to achieve the same thing
    • Triumph - a great victory or achievement
    • Incumbency - the period during which someone has a particular official position
    • Mitigated - to make something less harmful, unpleasant, or bad
    • Clutch - grasp (something) tightly
    • Mandate - official permission for something to happen
    • Subsidised - to pay part of the cost of something to keep the selling price low
    • Maternity - the period during pregnancy and shortly after childbirth
    • Infrastructure - the basic systems and services, such as transport and power supplies, that a country or organization uses in order to work effectively
    • Hobble - to limit something 
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    May 20, 2016

    20th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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    • The Spanish authorities today ruled that the Bull-lancing festival 'Toro de la Vega' will take place as usual in September but participants will no longer be allowed to kill the bull. 
      • During the festival, hunters with lances (spears) chase a bull through the streets of a town before killing it.  
      • The festival dates back to 1534 and is held every year.
    • For the first time since its opening in 1889, Paris' Eiffel Tower will be used as an apartment for a night during June's UEFA Euro-2016 football tournament
      • As a part of a contest conducted by the US-based rental company, HomeAway, four contestants will be chosen as the first persons in history to stay at the Eiffel Tower.
    • India has sent two Naval ships, with relief materials to Sri Lanka, which is hit by cyclone Roanu. 
      • The Naval ships, INS Sunayna and INS Sutlej, have been sent to the Colombo coast from the Southern Naval Command Kochi. 
      • At least 18 people have reportedly been killed and 200 families missing in the rains and landslides caused by the cyclone.
    • According to Amnesty International, China is the most welcoming country when it comes to refugees. I
      • t has been followed by Germany and Britain, in a survey conducted across 27 countries. 
      • The survey found Russia to be the least welcoming country.  
    • The first World Conference on Tourism for Development (WCTD) is being held in Beijing, China from May 18 to 21, 2016.  
      • It was held under the theme ‘Tourism for Peace and Development’ to advance the contribution of tourism to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).  
    • A two-day international Buddhist conference to mark the 2,560th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha began in Khatmandu today with Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, advocating Buddhism as a means to avoid extremism in all forms. 
      • Over 1,200 delegates and observers from 28 countries around the world will attend the conference.
      • Theme of the conference :  "Lumbini, Nepal: the birth place of Lord Buddha and the fountain of Buddhism and world peace". 
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    English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 20th May 2016

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    Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 20th 2016. Happy reading :)

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    19th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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    International Affairs

    • The Indian Navy sent 4 warships on a 2.5 month-long operational deployment to South China Sea and North West Pacific today..
      • The fleet will take part in bilateral exercises while halting at Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and Malaysia. 
      • Important Note : The ships will also participate in MALABAR-16, an Indo-Japan-USA trilateral exercise.
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    English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 19th May 2016

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    Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 19th 2016. Happy reading :)

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    • Postponing - to delay an event and plan that it should happen later
    • Constituency - a group of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body
    • Allegation - a statement, made without giving proof, that someone has done something wrong or illegal
    • Rampant - getting worse quickly and in an uncontrolled way
    • Bribery - the crime of giving someone money or something else to convince that person to do something you want
    • Grim - worried and serious or sad
    • Widespread - existing or happening in many places and/or among many people
    • Malpractice - failure to act correctly or legally when doing your job
    • Grossly - very
    • Inadequate - lacking the quality or quantity required (insufficient for a purpose)
    • Phenomenon - something (unusual / interesting) that exists
    • Deferment - temporary delay in taking someone into a job / position
    • Stamp out something - to get rid of something that is wrong or harmful
    • Perversion - the changing of something so that it is not what it was or should be
    • Well-oiled - operating smoothly
    • Untouched - not affected
    • Scepticism - doubting that something is true or useful
    • Vitiating - to destroy or damage something
    • Clout - influence or power, especially in politics or business
    • Backed by - supported by
    • Acquiring - developing
    • Reputation - the opinion that people in general have about someone or something
    • Electioneering - the activity of trying to convince people to vote for a particular political party
    • Auction - a public sale in which something is sold to the highest bidder
    • Lacklustre - without energy and effort
    • Outreach - an effort to bring services or information to people where they live or spend time
    • Manifesto - a written statement of the aims and policies of a political party
    • Roster - a list of people's names, often with the jobs they have been given to do
    • Freebie - a thing that is given free of charge
    • Herald - to be a sign that something important, and often good, is starting to happen
    • Enticement - something used to attract or to tempt someone
    • Tremble - to shake slightly, usually because you are cold, frightened, or very emotional
    • Prospect - the possibility of some future event occurring
    • Enormous - very large in size
    • Turnouts - the number of people attending or taking part in an event (the number of people voting in an election)
    • Wage - to fight a war inorder to achieve something
    • Curb - to control or limit something that is not wanted
    • Anachronistically - related to an error in order
    • Opaque - difficult to understand
    • Distortion - the action of giving a misleading impression
    • Grim - worried and serious or sad
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    May 19, 2016

    18th May 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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    International Affairs

    • Today (18th May) is International Museum Day.
      • Theme of the year 2016 : Museums and Cultural Landscapes
    • The Republic of Panama has officially signed a deal to comply with standards in exchanging tax information as prescribed by global body Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
      • Note : This comes a month after the 'Panama Papers' data leak which revealed records of over 200,000 offshore companies. 
      • However, the new membership does not take effect until 2018.
    • The United States has eased sanctions on Myanmar to support political reforms while expressing concern over its alleged human rights violations. 
      • Myanmar's state-owned banks were removed from the US blacklist and sanctions against state-owned timber and mining companies were lifted. 
      • The USA also indefinitely extended a sanctions exemption that allows financing shipments coming from Myanmar.
    • The US Senate has passed a bill that will allow the families of 9/11 victims to file lawsuits against Saudi Arabia
      • This comes after Saudi reportedly threatened to withdraw its investments worth $750 billion in the US if the bill became a law.
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    English Vocabulary from "The Hindu" - 18th May 2016

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    Hai  Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of The Hindu dated May 18th 2016. Happy reading :)

    • Ghost - the spirit of a dead person
    • Sykes-Picot - a secret agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the French Third Republic
    • Tatters - irregularly torn pieces of something
    • Virtually - nearly / almost
    • Territory - an area of land, that is considered as belonging to a particular country or person
    • Autonomous - having the freedom / ability to be independent and govern itself
    • Several - some (more than two but not many)
    • Fractured - divided
    • Triggered - to cause something bad to start
    • Crisis - a time of great disagreement, confusion, or suffering
    • Colonial - relating to  a colony or colonies
    • Diplomats - an official representing a country abroad
    • Ethnic - relating to a particular race of people
    • Contradictions - a combination of statements, ideas, or features which are opposed to one another
    • Unaddressed - not considered or dealt with
    • Coincidence - an occasion when two or more similar things happen at the same time, especially in a way that is surprising
    • Ideologies - a set of beliefs or principles, especially one on which a political system, party, or organization is based
    • Emerged - came out
    • Transcend - to go further, rise above, or be more important or better than something, especially a limit
    • Collapsed - suddenly fall down 
    • Conspiracy - the activity of secretly planning with other people to do something bad or illegal
    • Resemblance - to look like or be like someone or something
    • Legacy - something that is a part of your history or that remains from an earlier time
    • Interventions - the act of becoming involved intentionally in a difficult situation
    • Exacerbate - to make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse
    • Resist - to fight against something or someone that is attacking you
    • Reform - change
    • Oppressive - cruel and unfair
    • Conservatism - the quality of not usually liking or trusting change
    • Patronage - the support given to an organization by someone
    • Authoritarianism - demanding that people obey completely and refusing to allow them freedom to act as they wish
    • Rivalry - competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field
    • Elusive - difficult to find, catch, or achieve
    • Unleashed - to suddenly release a violent force that cannot be controlled
    • Sectarian - (a person) strongly supporting a particular religious group and not willing to accept other beliefs
    • Demons - evil spirits
    • Battlefield - a place where a battle is being fought or has been fought in the past
    • Rival - opponent (a person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity)
    • Interventionists - people / countries who often becoming involved in the problems of others
    • Warring - at war with each other
    • Haunt - to cause repeated suffering or anxiety
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