24th August The Hindu Explanation

Section 3: Talaq to be void and illegal.: Any pronouncement of talaq by a Muslim husband upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal.

The term scientific temper is broadly defined as “a modest open-minded temper—a temper ever ready to welcome new light, new knowledge, new experiments, even when their results are unfavourable to preconceived opinions and long-cherished theories

Temper: the way you are feeling at a particular time

Lofty: (of a thought, aim, etc.) of high moral quality, or noble character

Reinvigorate: give new energy or strength to

Rev: make or become more active or energetic

What does percolation mean?

Percolation is the process of a liquid slowly passing through a filter. It’s how coffee is usually made. Percolation comes from the Latin word percolare, which means “to strain through.” Percolation happens when liquid is strained through a filter, like when someone makes coffee.

Definition of pseudoscience: a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific.

Pogrom: an organized massacre of a particular ethnic group, in particular that of Jewish people in Russia

Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS):

  • The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1991 amongst the former countries of the Soviet Union.
  • The founding states of the CIS include Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
  • The remaining republics of the Soviet Union joined the Commonwealth of Independent States after signing the Alma-Ata Protocol.
  • Now, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has the following countries as its members:
    • 3 Founding members: Russia, Belarus & Ukraine
    • 9 other members: Armenia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Meetings are held periodically on a rotating basis at the CIS countries’ capitals.
  • HQ: Minsk, Belarus.

Rubicon: (in piquet) an act of winning a game against an opponent whose total score is less than 100, in which case the loser’s score is added to rather than subtracted from the winner’s.

Graft: combine or integrate (an idea, system, etc.) with another, typically in a way considered inappropriate:

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