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Social Media Unites, Divides in Times of Tragedy

  • solace: Increasingly, especially in times of tragedy and trauma, social researchers say people turn to their online communities for news, for solace, to share painful experiences of confusion and sadness, and reach out to friends for emotional support and counsel.
  • acrimonious: In this instance, it took almost no time for acrimonious fights to start over placing the blame, the threats of Islamist terrorism, gun control, presidential politics and LGBT rights.
  • hindrance: So, is social media a help or a hindrance in times of crisis and tragedy?
  • narrow-minded: Likewise, we like and share comments and content from those who share our views, which perpetuates a vicious cycle and makes people more narrow-minded.

China's students take on dreaded Gaokao

  • cheat: Last year, officials in Henan province even deployed a drone carrying a radio scanner to catch cheats.
  • rote: Image copyright China Photos Image caption The exams have been criticised for leading to a culture of cramming and rote learning.
  • surrogate: The surrogates used their real photos on forged identity cards with the personal information of the real exam-takers.
  • surrogate: Surrogates can earn up to 25,000 yuan if the test score results allow the student to enter a first-tier university.

Why India's response to Pathankot attack was 'a debacle'

  • debacle: Why India's response to Pathankot attack was 'a debacle '- BBC News.
  • debacle: Why India's response to Pathankot attack was 'a debacle '.
  • inept: The inept handling of the security operation can only be described as a debacle, writes defence analyst Rahul Bedi.
  • debacle: The inept handling of the security operation can only be described as a debacle, writes defence analyst Rahul Bedi.
  • outskirt: When the attack began, Mr Doval chose to airlift some 150 National Security Guard (NSG) personnel from their base at Manesar, on Delhi's outskirts, to fight in an unfamiliar terrain.

Reports: US-Trained Syrian Rebels Defected

  • pact: Many of the recruits from the 75-member contingent came from the insurgent militia Division 30, which agreed to a nonaggression pact with the affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, after some other train-and-equip graduates were kidnapped by jihadists soon after they entered Syria from Turkey.
  • kidnap: Many of the recruits from the 75-member contingent came from the insurgent militia Division 30, which agreed to a nonaggression pact with the affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, after some other train-and-equip graduates were kidnapped by jihadists soon after they entered Syria from Turkey.
  • abduct: In July, al-Nusra abducted a commander and seven fighters from the program’s first graduates just days after they deployed in Syria, following training in Turkey.
  • outcry: The unraveling of the first contingent prompted an outcry on Capitol Hill, and last week senior administration officials defended the program before skeptical lawmakers.
  • loath: Syrian rebel commanders, who have been loath to volunteer men for the program, say the two biggest problems with the mission are how tightly Washington defines “moderate” and the Obama administratio n’s insistence that the train-and-equip force can be used only against Islamic State extremists and not against the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

Country profile: Pakistan

  • upheaval: The modern state was born out of the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947, and has faced both domestic political upheavals and regional confrontations.
  • border: The east wing- present-day Bangladesh- is on the Bay of Bengal bordering India and Burma.
  • secede: The break-up of the two wings came in 1971 when the Bengali-speaking east wing seceded with help from India.
  • precarious: Economy: The precarious security situation and low fixed investment leave Pakistan's economy fragile, despite a robust private sector.
  • explosive: International: India and Afghanistan accuse Pakistan of protecting Islamist insurgents, which makes for tense and sometimes explosive relations.