Recommendation 1 from ‘The Times of India’

Article Name:‘Strike a balance’

By: ‘TOI’

Agreed, the security is required. However, agreeing with the article there needs to be a balance. Every northeast citizen cannot be harried on the pretext of a security threat. People also need to understand their right to protest and at the same time country needs friendly administration and friendly rules so that people do not feel alienated.

Summary:

The article states that there needs to be a balance between peaceful protests and security of foreign dignitaries visiting the country. The article cites the current situation when Chinese president visited the country and Tibetan protestors wanted to storm the hotel of his stay, which is totally unacceptable. So, there needs to be a balance and in this case the relationship between the two countries in very important economically. Further, throwing a security dragnet over the capital and harassing north-east citizens with racial profiling is even worse.

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Learn Words from the article:

Peaceful: Quiet
Demonstration; Display
Confrontation: Argument
Racial: Ethnic

Recommendation 2 from ‘The NY Times’

Article Name:‘New rules for new power plants’

By: ‘Editorial’

Any move that is made to protect the environment in the present times is very important, as environment is depleting. However, when such rulings are passed, it should take into consideration the technologies at hand. May be carbon emissions could have had an upper limit and power plants could have been given some time to fix it.

Summary:

The article talks about the new ruling passed by Obama administration that a power plant can only emit 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of electricity. This kind of ruling could spell a doom for new power plants that use coal fire as that produces much more carbon emissions. However, the plants that use natural gas use the technology that is not only in infancy, but also very expensive. This move has been made to protect the environment and the health of the people.

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Learn Words from the article:

Accelerate: Hasten
Alternative: Option
Emission: Release
Intended: Planned

Recommendation 3 from ‘The NY Times’

Article Name:‘Out of jail, and into a job’

By: ‘Tina Rosenberg’

This program is the need of the hour in almost every country, as crime rates are increasing due to the increasing unemployment. Well, unemployment is one of the many reasons for people to be put behind bars. With programs like transitional jobs it not only becomes possible to employ people who were behind bars, but when these people change themselves, it has a ripple effect in their communities and families, advocating direct and indirect change.

Summary:

The article talks about a program called transitional jobs by Angel Padila who works with Centre for employment opportunities. The transitional Jobs is touted to be the most unusual and unique program. This program send ex-prisoners on five day training in soft word skills then it places them in work. The people involved get a paycheck at the end of everyday and they work for four days a week. On the fifth day everyone meets in centre for employment’s office to assess the grades of their work. This is done so that the ex-prisoners get some work experience and also grades will help other employers to assess their work. This program hads had a lot of impact on people with highest risk of re-offenders, by keeping them from re-offending.

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Learn Words from the article:

Supervise: Manage
Wage: Salary
Unusual: Strange
Incarceration: Imprisonment
Recidivism: Tendency to relapse in to previous behaviour pattern.

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