How to read English Newspaper?
- Ravi Kiran Edara, IRS
1. Useful articles on 'How to read Newspaper' available at below web links: https://thesupermanreturns.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/how-to-read-newspapers/ http://mrunal.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias.html#221
2. Focus on first page headlines, National and World news, editorial and Op-ed/perspective pages
3. Concentrate on 'HOW' it is said rather than 'WHAT' is said.
4. Take help of Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary which emphasises on 'USAGE' of words with example sentences. Initially, one may also refer to Sankaranarayana English to Telugu/English dictionary (e.g., Vikram Publishers etc.)
5. Make notes with 'PHRASES' & 'SENTENCES' and not mere 'WORDS' (See examples below). Revise the notes regularly every week.
'Get smart on diesel cars' (The Hindu, Editorial, 15-12-2015)
The National Green Tribunal's decision to bar the registration of new and old diesel vehicles in Delhi till its next hearing on January 6 comes as a blow — though a temporary one for now — to passenger vehicle manufacturers. Automobile-makers have, in recent years, been building and scaling up their production capacities for diesel cars, driven by the surge in demand for diesel-powered vehicles as the fuel was subsidised and far cheaper than petrol. The differential between petrol and diesel prices has narrowed substantially since the government commenced the deregulation of diesel pricing in 2013...SUVs, that are ubiquitous status symbols in the National Capital Region and beyond, now constitute 50 per cent of the auto industry's passenger car sales. That vehicular exhaust from diesel cars, SUVs and freight trucks has been identified as one of the major contributors to the alarming levels of particulate matter in Delhi's atmosphere is well-established. The tribunal has asked the Delhi and Central governments to decide whether a more permanent injunction prohibiting the registration of diesel vehicles in the NCR would be advisable...
Letters to the Editor
(for the article 'Never-ending Commercial Breaks' by Edara Gopi Chand published in The Hindu editorial page on 5-4-2013)
Great job Hindu in publishing this insightful analysis on thus controversial topic! When your rival media houses with vested interests are chickening out to even talk about this or present only one side of the coin, it is bold on you to present the consumer interest point of view! It goes to prove that The Hindu doesn't hesitate to call spade a spade! The self regulation mechanism has not worked and has not prevented unscrupulous channels taking consumers for a ride. It is such a pain to watch the prime time news programs, because of endless dose of advertisements! Somebody has to bell the cat!
TRAI, hoisting broadcasters' on their own petard and recommending revised regulation on the limitation of advertisements on television channels to 12 minutes per clock hour, has brought the concerns of the viewers to the fore. One, as a viewer, becomes piqued by incessant number of advertisements which gnaws one's watching experience. Let us take the example of IPL, the sheer volition with which the broadcast is done, with abrupt advertisements floating, just makes the whole experience mundane and makes one pugnacious. One, as a viewer, has no choice but to sit there as a lame ducks and resort oneself to what has been shown on TV. One is thankful to the author "EDARA GOPI CHAND" for raising this issue which was lurking inside many peoples' hearts.