Amitabh Ranjan

Amitabh Rajan is a senior editor who is taking a break after over two decades on news desks.

Articles By Amitabh Ranjan

Paris climate deal architect looks to India

He said while it was “heartening" to see the efforts being made by other countries, particularly India and China, and these would need to be stepped up to fill the void likely to be created by the lack of initiatives from the US.

IOC pact for supplies until March 2022: To keep China in check, India seals cooking gas supply deal with Nepal

State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) on Monday signed a petroleum trade agreement to supply about 1.3 million tonnes of fuel annually to Nepal with a promise to double the volume by 2020.

Women power to the fore

The woman suffragists first came to be identified as such during the mid-1880s and were the force behind what came to be known as the suffragette movement.

Eyeball to eyeball, the meaning and the myth

“We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked.”

Wordly Benefits: Likes, dislikes, and an add-on

Mania comes from a Greek word meaning madness and ultimately from an Indo-European root for mind.

Are you a jingoist? Say no

‘Jingo’ was first used in a song popular in England at a time British imperialism was at its height.

This could be your Achilles heel

From school and college answer sheets to newspapers and magazines, spelling errors are aplenty.

GM Mustard faces new hurdles: Eight more tests, risk report

Before the fresh review procedure starts, the committee will meet first — likely on March 3 — to finalise the modalities for preparing the RARM report “including roles, responsibilities, consultation, time lines etc”.

LPG subsidy cap: OilMin to first target rich in 10 metros, small towns later

With 20.26 lakh income tax payers earning Rs 10 lakh plus and LPG subsidy reduced to Rs 18 per kg, FinMin estimates that it would not save much revenue during rest of FY16

Wordly Benefits: Well, check out what you mean

It is almost impossible to exhaust, in a couple of write-ups, the names of authors and their characters which often come alive in our day-to-day language.

Wordly Benefits: What the dickens! You might say

Of the innumerable sources that English has borrowed from, the names of authors and characters from their books throw up quite a few coinages that we frequently come across in newspapers, magazines and other media.

Mein Kampf: Revisiting Fuhrer for the last battle

‘Mein Kampf’ goes for print next month in Germany for the first time since the end of the World War II.

Of playing fields and battlefield

To ‘meet one’s Waterloo’ implies an end to someone’s dominant position, an end to a winning spree or a decisive moment changing the course of events.

Official trips abroad: Govt seeks details of outcome, spending

There is also a separate column on “Essentiality Grading” to indicate if the officer or minister’s inclusion was “mandatory, absolutely essential or essential”.

Gender neutrality: Watch your words, Mx

It was the 1970s, otherwise a dull decade compared to the swinging 60s, that made a whole lot of feminisms becoming a source of new vocabulary.

Sanskrit, our very own Latin

Many Sanskrit words that are commonly used in English language have been borrowed in their original form and are facile means of communication.

The gender: To divide or not, that’s the question

Unlike many other languages, English does not have grammatical gender. In English noun ending in -er or -or simply mean a ‘person who does something’.

Wordly Benefits: The war over genocide

Probably the earliest term to define the massacre of Jews has its origin in Czarist Russia. The word ‘pogrom’ literally means “devastation as if by a thunderbolt”.

Wordly Benefits: In black and white

Colour-coded words and expressions have entered English lexicon and have remained a part of it years after what they described does not have much of relevance except as historical references.

Wordly Benefits: From the singing sixties

In Britain, the Merseybeat reversed many years of American dominance of pop charts and the Beatlemania that sent popsters, groupies and teeny-boppers into a frenzy soon spread to the US.

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