Learn Vocab With Daily News Articles For Govt Exams: 28 August

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If we speak of hot topics like career, education and a propitious life, the English Language is ineluctable. In Exams like SSC CPO and and SSC CGL where dealing with English and General Awareness Section is mandatory, reading this way is beneficial. If you find it arduous to learn new words in a plain mode, ADDA247 is here to buttress your learning skills in a more fun and productive way.
Taking felicitous snippet from well reputed newspaper editorials, our motive is not just to make you learn the English language but keep you updated with the current affairs and events across the world which are important from the govt exams point of view. Either you are a job aspirant or a working person or just want to outsmart others, this is a befitting platform to expedite your performance thoroughly.

Restoring dignity: on
stigma attached to leprosy

The time has come to end the
stigma and discrimination against the leprosy-affected
It has long been a blot on Indian society that while
leprosy is completely curable, there lingers
a social stigma attached to it. Even more shocking is that colonial laws that predate leprosy eradication programmes
and medical advancements remain on the statute book. These were unconscionably
discriminatory from the beginning, but even in independent India, where the law
has been an instrument for social change, the process of removing them has been
bafflingly slow. The Lepers Act of
1898 was repealed only two years ago. It is time for concerted action to end
the entrenched discrimination in law
and society against those afflicted by it. Two recent developments hold out
hope. One was the introduction of a Bill in Parliament to remove leprosy as a
ground for seeking divorce or legal separation from one’s spouse, and the other
was the Supreme Court asking the Centre whether it would bring in a positive
law conferring rights and benefits on persons with leprosy and deeming as repealed all Acts and rules
that perpetuated the stigma associated with it. The Personal Laws (Amendment)
Bill, 2018, is only a small step. An affirmative action law that recognises the
rights of those affected and promotes their social inclusion will serve a
larger purpose. It may mark the beginning of the end to the culture of ostracisation that most of them face
and help remove misconceptions about the disease and dispel the belief that physical segregation of patients is
necessary. It is sad that it took so long to get such proposals on the
legislative agenda.

Since last year, the Supreme
Court has been hearing a writ
petition by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy seeking to uphold the fundamental
rights of people with leprosy and the repeal of discriminatory laws against
them. The court has been approaching the issue with sensitivity and is seeking
to find legal means to ensure a life of dignity for them. The 256th Report of
the Law Commission came up with a number of suggestions, including the repeal
of discriminatory legal provisions. It listed for abolition personal laws and
Acts on beggary. The report cited the UN General Assembly resolution of 2010 on
the elimination of discrimination against persons with leprosy. The resolution
sought the abolition of laws, rules, regulations, customs and practices that amounted
to discrimination, and wanted countries to promote the understanding that
leprosy is not easily communicable and is curable. The campaign to end
discrimination against those afflicted, and combating the stigma associated with it, is decades old. While
governments may have to handle the legislative part, society has an even larger
role to play. It is possible to end discrimination by law, but stigma tends to
survive reform and may require more than legal efforts to eliminate.

1. Blot: (noun) : कलंक
Meaning: a mark of guilt or disgrace
Synonyms: brand, onus, slur, smirch, smudge, spot, stain, stigma, taint
Antonyms: chasteness, chastity, modesty, purity, stainlessness, good, right, honesty, integrity, legitimacy, probity, rectitude, scrupulousness, uprightness

2. Linger: (verb) : विलंब करना
Meaning: to move or act slowly
Synonyms: crawl, creep, dally, dawdle, delay, diddle, dillydally, drag, lag, loiter, lollygag, mope, poke, tarry
Antonyms: barrel, bolt, career, course, dash, fly, hasten, hotfoot (it), hurry, race, rip, rocket, run, rush, scoot, scud, scurry, speed, tear, whirl, whisk, whiz, zip

3. Predate: (verb) : समय से पहले जाना या आना
Meaning: to go or come before in time
Synonyms: antecede, antedate, forego, precede, preexist
Antonyms: follow, postdate, succeed

4. Baffle: (verb) : स्तंभित कर देना
Meaning: to throw into a state of mental uncertainty
Synonyms: addle, bamboozle, beat, befog, befuddle, bemuse, bewilder, buffalo, confound, confuse, discombobulate, disorient, flummox, fox, fuddle, get, gravel, maze, muddle, muddy, mystify, perplex, pose, puzzle, vex
Antonyms: assure, reassure, satisfy, enlighten, inform

5. Entrenched: (adjective) : धीरे धीरे बढ़ना
Meaning: firmly established over time
Synonyms: bred-in-the-bone, confirmed, deep, deep-rooted, deep-seated, hard-core, inveterate, rooted, settled
Antonyms: brief, ephemeral, fleeting, impermanent, interim, momentary, provisional, short-lived, short-term, temporary, transient

6. Deem: (verb) : विचार करना
Meaning: to have as an opinion
Synonyms: conceive, consider, esteem, feel, figure, guess, hold, imagine, judge, reckon, suppose, think
Antonyms: distrust, doubt, mistrust, question, suspect, disbelieve, discredit, reject

7. Ostracize: (verb) : निष्कासित करना
Meaning: to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc

8. Dispel:(verb) : छितराना
Meaning: to cause (members of a group) to move widely apart
Synonyms: clear out, disband, disperse, dissipate, scatter, squander
Antonyms: assemble, cluster, collect, concentrate, congregate, gather, ingather

9. Writ: (noun) : लिखित आदेश
Meaning: a form of written command in the name of a court or other legal authority to act, or abstain from acting, in a particular way.
Synonyms: summons, subpoena, warrant, arraignment, indictment, court order, process, decree; citation

10.Combat: (verb) : संग्राम करना
Meaning: to strive to reduce or eliminate
Synonyms: battle, contend (with), counter, fight, oppose
Antonyms: advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote

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