Recommendation 1 from ‘The Guardian’

Article Name:Development: aid, trade and ideas

By: Editorial

Aid is about ideas as well as cash, and Mr Cameron and other western leaders still have a great deal of thinking to do

Summary:

The reason for selecting this article is a very simple one: this makes one very good read from a reading comprehension perspective. Dealing with issues of giving charity in terms of cash and ideas that has recently emerged as a great deal.

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Punitive: inflicting punishment
Dived: to plunge into water
Shire: the counties in the Midlands in which hunting is popular
Veered: to change the direction

Recommendation 2 from ‘The Hindu’

Article Name:Prisoners, not pawns

By: Editorial

If this murderous attack does not awaken both the Pakistan and India to the shabby treatment they mete out to each other’s nationals in their jails, nothing can.

Summary:

The article states that there can be simply no reason for what happened to Sarabjit Singh in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail. The prisoner was in judicial custody and the officials were duty bound to ensure of his safety. The reports suggest that he was assaulted by two other inmates with bricks, rods, and sharp-edged utensils during his daily walk in the jail compound and the jail officials must be held responsible for this act.

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Petition: a formally drawn request to the person in authority for mercy
Dereliction: the act of abandoning something
Emboldened: to make something bold

Recommendation 3 from ‘The Guardian’

Article Name:When prisoners mean profit, the numbers don’t go down

By: Zoe Williams

If prisons are repositories for no-good people, political rhetoric about prisons is a repository for no-good ideas.

Summary:

The first two articles in today’s selection are not topics that we would generally read. This is about prisons and the next one is about social psychology. Though not topics of common interest, these articles are valuable ones as they do provide a wonderful insight into the kind of passages that make frequent appearance in the RC sections of exams.

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Repositories: A facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
Rhetoric: Using language effectively to please or persuade
Klaxon: A kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
Anathema: A detested persondaily-reads-1