Recommendation 1 from ‘Foreign policy’

Article Name:‘The science of ballot-box stuffing’

By: ‘Joshua E. Keating’

The article is talking about the best way that needs to be employed to find out about an electoral fraud, if there has been any. The article states that these are that political scientists Berns Beber and Alexendra Scacco who have discovered an unusual way of discovering electoral fraud. Both the scientists were in Nigeria when by just looking at the polling sheets they could tell that something was quite not right about it, but they were not certain what it was. Consequently, they devised a pattern in which they found a way of pointing out the pattern of random numbers on such pooling sheets, as Psychologists say that in order to make up log string of numbers, people tend to overuse small numbers.

Summary:

Who would have thought we, common people could also employ such simple strategies to find electoral fraud. And if employed in India, I am sure, it could be scandal in some elections at least. However, jokes apart, such a method is nothing, but groundbreaking. If we could find a better way to employ this, elections in any country could be much fairer. Better way means, in such a way that it is not very time or money consuming.

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Learn Words from the article:

Insurgency: Rebellion
Overwhelming: Irresistible
Sophisticated: Stylish

Recommendation 2 from ‘The Times of India’

Article Name:‘Butterfly effect’

By: ‘Editorial’

The article by talking about Greece and Egypt has tried to explain the interconnectedness of the world we live in. Both Greece and Egypt since time immemorial have contributed a lot towards the evolution of modern politics and society. And as the 21st century has come, these two have become even more salient. On one hand there is Egypt, struggling hard to preserve its democratic change earned over the past few months. However, on the other hand Greece is in a better place this way. But of Greece exits the Eurozone, it could lead to the fallout of the common currency and common European market.

Summary:

Gone are the times when every country could survive on its own. With the changing times there is a need to be more interconnected with other countries. And this has brought forward one point that one event in one country could trigger off something same in another too .e.g. ethnic riots. Hence, what the article states stands completely true.

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Interconnectedness: Part of terminology of the worldview that sees oneness in everything
Bulwark: Fortification
Electoral: Referring to or composed of electors
Enforced: Compulsory

Recommendation 3 from ‘The Times of India’

Article Name:‘Acid test’

By: ‘Jug Suraiya’

The article states that these are the times where almost everyone has to take up few very tough tests to get into their line of work .e.g. doctors, engineers etc. However, the same does not stand true for politicians who when goes into office makes rules for all of us, which in every way govern our lives even that of doctors and people from other professions. Consequently, the author suggests that there should be a test for politicians also or atleast a basic qualification. However, this is one argument which will disfavour the marginalised people who have little or no access to good education.

Summary:

Then how is this fair to the rest of the population. If people running our country .i.e. the politicians do not have any restriction on their education as a criteria then why does anyone else has. Okay, doctors could kill people if they don’t. However, point here is give admission to all the students who want to become doctors and then train them so that they don’t kill people.

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Argument: Quarrel.
Adversaries: Opponents.

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