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People walk through Waterloo station, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in London on November 23.(REUTERS)

Zoombombing, superspreader, WFH: Covid makes Oxford Dictionary expand word of year

Hindustan Tiimes, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar | Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 09:05 PM IST
The list of words include unmute, WFH, lockdown, superspreader, Zoombombing (on the lines of photobombing), remotely, pandemic, on the frontline, mask-shaming, social distancing, physical distancing, circuit-breaker, support bubbles, keyworkers, furlough’.
An industry that sees a multitude of aspiring artists trying to gain access, Shreshth offers a contemporary space where we get the chance to reminisce the legends.
An industry that sees a multitude of aspiring artists trying to gain access, Shreshth offers a contemporary space where we get the chance to reminisce the legends.

Shreshth Bajaj is rising high as a music artist

UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 09:36 PM IST
A vocalist serving his sharp chords, Shreshth is a Delhi-based musician who has been in this profession for 4 years now.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Govt not against English, but wants to strengthen Indian languages: Ramesh Pokhriyal

New Delhi/Bhopal | By Asian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2020 08:13 PM IST
Though Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Minister of Education added that some of the top developed countries accomplished great achievements using mother tongue as a medium of education.
Manipur education minister Dr Th Radheshyam launching the e-format of comic books in his Imphal office.(DIPR Manipur)
Manipur education minister Dr Th Radheshyam launching the e-format of comic books in his Imphal office.(DIPR Manipur)

Electronic format of comic textbooks launched in Manipur

Hindustan Times, Imphal | By Sobhapati Samom
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2020 07:14 PM IST
According to an official source, the launching of the textbooks was held at Education Minister Radheshyam’s his office chamber at New Secretariat, Imphal.
Indian industry and students’ groups in the UK have widely welcomed the new points-based visa system
Indian industry and students’ groups in the UK have widely welcomed the new points-based visa system

Indian industry, students welcome UK’s new points-based visa system

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2020 12:25 AM IST
The new post-Brexit policy is pitched as a “firm and fair” mechanism that will treat all migrants equally as the free movement of people from within the European Union (EU) comes to an end from January 1 next year.
The American Dialect Society picks the Word of the Decade and Word of the Year at its annual meeting of university professors, grad students and word lovers of all ages.(Unsplash)
The American Dialect Society picks the Word of the Decade and Word of the Year at its annual meeting of university professors, grad students and word lovers of all ages.(Unsplash)

Sum it up! U.S. linguists to pick Word of the Decade

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2020 01:07 PM IST
The American Dialect Society picks the Word of the Decade and Word of the Year at its annual meeting of university professors, grad students and word lovers of all ages.
Merriam-Webster word of the year is They.(www.merriam-webster.com)
Merriam-Webster word of the year is They.(www.merriam-webster.com)

Merriam-Webster names the word of the year: They

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 10:58 AM IST
Two months ago, the dictionary added the word ‘they’ as a non-binary pronoun that can refer to just one person.
Many ignore the incorrect use of the apostrophe, but it irritates some enough to focus their energies on encouraging people to use it correctly.
Many ignore the incorrect use of the apostrophe, but it irritates some enough to focus their energies on encouraging people to use it correctly.

‘Ignorance and laziness won’: Apostrophe society shuts down after 18 years

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 04:09 PM IST
Convinced that he could no longer ignore the apostrophe’s misuse, he set up the Apostrophe Protection Society in 2001. He found hundreds of supporters from across the globe, but has now decided to close the society.
(From left) CU chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu, Australian high commissioner Harinder Sidhu, V-C of University of Canberra Deep Saini inaugurating the Indo-Australian Centre for Advanced Studies at Chandigarh University on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
(From left) CU chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu, Australian high commissioner Harinder Sidhu, V-C of University of Canberra Deep Saini inaugurating the Indo-Australian Centre for Advanced Studies at Chandigarh University on Monday.(HT PHOTO)

There is 52% rise in Indians studying in Australia, says Oz high commissioner to India

Idrees Bukhtiyar, Mohali | By Idrees Bukhtiyar, Mohali
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2019 12:30 AM IST
An Indo-Australian Centre for Advanced Studies that will be run in collaboration with the University of Canberra was inaugurated at Chandigarh University, Gharuan, on Monday by Australian high commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu.
My favourite example of linguistic gymnastics are oxymorons. This is the term for a phrase that combines two words of opposite meaning but which still make sense together. In fact, we use oxymorons all the time and never doubt what’s said.(Shutterstock)
My favourite example of linguistic gymnastics are oxymorons. This is the term for a phrase that combines two words of opposite meaning but which still make sense together. In fact, we use oxymorons all the time and never doubt what’s said.(Shutterstock)

Does the human mind have a unique affinity to English?

UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2019 06:14 PM IST
Although I am not a linguistic philosopher, let me today reveal some of the verbal delights of the English language
Culture Minister Franck Riester made his plea to stick to French.(Twitter)
Culture Minister Franck Riester made his plea to stick to French.(Twitter)

English? Non merci, French minister tells fellow citizens

Paris | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2019 05:06 PM IST
France has long been proud of its culture and language, and has constantly sought to defend it against the encroachment of the English language and the habits of the United States,France’s culture minister has urged people to cut down on their increasing use of English.
Here’s a list of books that authors are going to add to their bookshelves.
Here’s a list of books that authors are going to add to their bookshelves.

CelebsPick: 5 books to add to your August reading list

Hindustan Times | By Veenu Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2019 11:01 PM IST
Five authors tell us that one book they are eagerly waiting to read this month, and why you should read it too!
Over 9,000 trainees are currently enrolled in the scheme.(HT Photo)
Over 9,000 trainees are currently enrolled in the scheme.(HT Photo)

8 under Yuva scheme bag jobs at snacks firm

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 06:35 AM IST
On Friday, Kashyap was one of the eight youth, trained under Delhi police’s Yuva scheme, who were employed by a popular Indian sweets and snacks manufacturing company.
Kaifi Azmi with his daughter Shabana Azmi.(Alamy Stock Photo)
Kaifi Azmi with his daughter Shabana Azmi.(Alamy Stock Photo)

Review: Kaifi Azmi: Poems/Nazms Edited by Sudeep Sen

Hindustan Times | By Anisur Rahman
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2019 06:02 PM IST
Kaifi Azmi: Poems/Nazms is a rich mix of academic, formal, tonal, poetic and representational translations into English of the eminent Urdu poet’s work
More than 21,000 Indian students are studying MBBS across 100 Chinese universities. And the number is increasing.(FILE PHOTO.)
More than 21,000 Indian students are studying MBBS across 100 Chinese universities. And the number is increasing.(FILE PHOTO.)

Indian students’ arrests puts focus on underbelly of China medical colleges

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 03:50 PM IST
The agents often become incommunicado after extracting lakhs from the families and a commission from the college, leaving students confused and stranded in a foreign country with no grasp of the local language and without family or peer back-up.
AK Ramanujan and Molly Daniels on their wedding day in June 1962.(Estate of AKR)
AK Ramanujan and Molly Daniels on their wedding day in June 1962.(Estate of AKR)

Review: Journeys; A Poet’s Diary by AK Ramanujan and The Salt Doll by Molly Daniels Ramanujan

Hindustan Times | By CP Surendran
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2019 08:22 PM IST
Read together, two books -- one, the journal of a poet, and the other, a fictional autobiography – reveal afresh the brilliance of both AK Ramanujan and Molly Daniels Ramanujan
Rekha and Farooq Sheikh in Umrao Jaan(HT Photo)
Rekha and Farooq Sheikh in Umrao Jaan(HT Photo)

Review: Shahryar: A Life in Poetry by Rakhshanda Jalil

Hindustan Times | By Lamat R Hasan
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2019 05:53 PM IST
A new biography states that Shahryar’s work as a film lyricist harmed his image of being a serious poet
PNB SO recruitment 2019: The Punjab National Bank (PNB) will release the admit card for the exam to recruit 325 technical/Specialist officers in the bank on Thursday, March 14.(PTI)
PNB SO recruitment 2019: The Punjab National Bank (PNB) will release the admit card for the exam to recruit 325 technical/Specialist officers in the bank on Thursday, March 14.(PTI)

PNB SO recruitment 2019: Download admit card today for 325 vacancies, exam on March 24

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Nilesh Mathur
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2019 10:50 AM IST
PNB SO recruitment 2019: The Punjab National Bank (PNB) will release the admit card for the exam to recruit 325 technical/Specialist officers in the bank on Thursday, March 14.
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released an official notification saying that the Stenographer (Grade C and D) examination 2018 result will be declared tentatively on April 15, 2019.(Getty Images)
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released an official notification saying that the Stenographer (Grade C and D) examination 2018 result will be declared tentatively on April 15, 2019.(Getty Images)

SSC Stenographer result 2019 date released, check it here

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Nilesh Mathur
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 07:40 PM IST
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released an official notification saying that the Stenographer (Grade C and D) examination 2018 result will be declared tentatively on April 15, 2019.
IBPS clerk prelims analysis : A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi.(HT file)
IBPS clerk prelims analysis : A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi.(HT file)

IBPS clerk prelims analysis for slot 2 exam on December 8

By Mohan Prasad
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2018 04:44 PM IST
IBPS clerk prelims analysis : Saturday was the first day of the IBPS clerk preliminary exam 2018. A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes.
IBPS PO Prelims analysis : Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducted the first shift of the second day of the PO preliminary examination 2018 on October 14.(HT file)
IBPS PO Prelims analysis : Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducted the first shift of the second day of the PO preliminary examination 2018 on October 14.(HT file)

IBPS PO Prelims 2018: Analysis of October 14 Slot 1 examination

By Mohan Prasad
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2018 02:49 PM IST
IBPS PO Prelims analysis : Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducted the first shift of the second day of the PO preliminary examination 2018 on October 14.
The sixth edition of the The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, released by Merriam-Webster, has added 300 new words to the list of acceptable Scrabble words (Representational photo)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The sixth edition of the The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, released by Merriam-Webster, has added 300 new words to the list of acceptable Scrabble words (Representational photo)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Scrabble: an interesting barometer of the way English as a language has evolved

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2018 06:03 PM IST
The words added to the dictionary reflect a change in what “acceptable” English has become.
Cold beauty: One of Kanwal Sibal’s poems titled Death of Winter was written in Moscow and recalls exactly this sort of wintry beauty.(AFP)
Cold beauty: One of Kanwal Sibal’s poems titled Death of Winter was written in Moscow and recalls exactly this sort of wintry beauty.(AFP)

Review: Snowflakes of Time by Kanwal Sibal

Hindustan Times | By Maharajakrishna Rasgotra
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2018 09:05 PM IST
Kanwal Sibal’s powerful poetry is marked by amplitude of imagination and a thoroughly Indian sensibility
RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam analysis: Each question had five options and one mark will be awarded for every correct answer while 0.25 marks deducted for every incorrect answer.(HT file)
RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam analysis: Each question had five options and one mark will be awarded for every correct answer while 0.25 marks deducted for every incorrect answer.(HT file)

RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam analysis: Morning shift on August 16

By Mayank Garg
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 05:08 PM IST
RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam was conducted on August 16. There were 200 questions to be answered in 120 minutes.
The Haryana Education Department has launched ‘I am not afraid of English’ initiative to promote English language right from Class 1 in the state’s primary schools.(IANS)
The Haryana Education Department has launched ‘I am not afraid of English’ initiative to promote English language right from Class 1 in the state’s primary schools.(IANS)

Haryana launches ‘I am not afraid of English’ campaign in schools

IANS, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2018 04:03 PM IST
The initiative is aimed at capacity building of teachers to enable them to help the students to learn, read, write and speak English, an Education Department spokesman said.
SBI probationary officer (PO) preliminary examination is being held in four time slots in a day: two in the morning and two slots in the evening.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
SBI probationary officer (PO) preliminary examination is being held in four time slots in a day: two in the morning and two slots in the evening.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

SBI PO prelims analysis July 8, 2018: Slot 1 and 2

By Mayank Garg
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2018 05:13 PM IST
SBI PO Prelims analysis: All the sections, except English language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch one mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25 mark.
More than a 100 IELTS training centres as well as paying guest rooms have sprung up in Bathinda, in view of the increasing craze among youngsters to go abroad.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
More than a 100 IELTS training centres as well as paying guest rooms have sprung up in Bathinda, in view of the increasing craze among youngsters to go abroad.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

How is craze for English spawning a mini business boom in Bathinda?

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Prabhjit Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 10:59 AM IST
As 10,000 students invade the city for coaching classes in English, Bathinda sees a spike in smaller enterprises
One of the most pleasing discoveries is that there are words for things that I thought had no name whatsoever(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
One of the most pleasing discoveries is that there are words for things that I thought had no name whatsoever(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The English language and a set of pleasing discoveries

UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 04:35 PM IST
From a petrichor to a vagitus, from an askhole to a nonversation, English is an ever evolving language
Students of Fr. Agnels school, Vashi celebrate after Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education declared Secondary School Certificate (SSC) class 10th results on Friday.(PTI)
Students of Fr. Agnels school, Vashi celebrate after Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education declared Secondary School Certificate (SSC) class 10th results on Friday.(PTI)

Maha SSC results: When Hindi and Marathi play spoilsport in overall percentage

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Parth Welankar
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2018 09:15 PM IST
Students have to appear for six subjects in the SSC examination. They are English, Marathi, science and technology, Hindi and social science. The pass percentage in all subjects except social science has gone up this year.
SBI PO 2018: It is essential to have a well-structured preparation strategy to tackle each section including logical reasoning, English language and quantitative aptitude.(Shutterstock)
SBI PO 2018: It is essential to have a well-structured preparation strategy to tackle each section including logical reasoning, English language and quantitative aptitude.(Shutterstock)

SBI PO 2018: Here’s how to prepare for quantitative aptitude section

Hindustan Times | By Abhishek Patil
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2018 05:07 PM IST
SBI PO 2018: Here’s a preparation guide for quantitative aptitude to ensure that you score your best in the SBI PO 2018 exams.
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