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consensus [ kuh'n-SEN-suh's ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a general agreement
2. harmony of opinion
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 They were unable to reach a consensus even after discussing the matter at length.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 As head of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Thune runs the weekly strategy session where all Senate Republicans try to find consensus on the best way to challenge President Obama and the Democratic majority.
CNN, 'Regular guy' Thune is hot commodity in GOP circles, Dana Bash, 11 November 2009
 
cozen [ KUHZ-uh'n ]
 intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) to trick or to mislead by means of fraud
2. (tr. v.) to induce someone to commit an act by coaxing
3. (intr. v.) to act deceitfully
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 No matter how hard he tried he could not cozen the old couple to part with their property.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 In candor's stead, we coax, cozen, and imply; we cloak our language in e-mail and conversation so we don't appear too blunt, too aggressive, too demanding.
CNN, Just say what you want! Ellen Tien, 2 September 2008.
 
nip [ nip ]
 noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr.v.) to pinch or bite
2. (tr. v.) to check the growth or development of
3. (intr. v.) to dart
4. (intr. v.) to take a sip or sips of alcoholic liquor
5. (n.) a small quantity of liquor
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 While he was asleep, the rat nipped his toe.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The RBA is recalibrating policy now that the big recession it feared was nipped in the bud by the happy combination of good luck and good management.
CNN, Australia raises rates from 49-year low, 6 November 2009.
 
harass [ huh'-RAS, HAR-uh's ]
 transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) to disturb or bother persistently
2. (tr. v.) to torment or persecute
3. (tr. v.) to exhaust by repeated attacks
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The lawyer told him that he should not harass his wife or the court would issue a restraining order against him.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Police officers, pressurised by diversity training, seem to feel duty bound to come down like a ton of bricks on people who express disagreement with the behaviour of some gay rights activists, and members of the public are left feeling harassed and frightened.
The Telegraph, Ministers seem set on eroding yet another safeguard to our liberty, Philip Johnston, 16 November 2009.
 
acclivity [ uh'-KLIV-i-tee ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a slope that goes upwards
2. an ascent
3. an incline that starts at the lower end and terminates at the higher end
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 As we ascended the acclivity, we were passed by a farmer on his way down.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Day care centres incubate and spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria which cause infections of the respiratory system, say researchers.
From Ireland, CIVIL PARISHES,
 
Spelled Pronunciation Key
Stress marks: [ CAPS ] indicates the primary stressed syllable, as in newspaper [NOOZ-pey-per ] and information [ in-fer-MEY-shuh' n ]
CONSONANTS
[b] boy, baby, rob
[d] do, ladder, bed
[f] food, offer, safe
[g] get, bigger, dog
[h] happy, ahead
[j] jump, budget, age
[k] can, speaker, stick
[l] let, follow, still
[m] make, summer, time
[n] no, dinner, thin
[ng] singer, think, long
[p] put, apple, cup
[r] run, marry, far, store
[s] sit, city, passing, face
[sh] she, station, push
[t] top, better, cat
[ch] church, watching, nature, witch
[th] thirsty, nothing, math
[th'] this, mother, breathe
[v] very, seven, love
[w] wear, away
[hw] where, somewhat
[y] yes, onion
[z] zoo, easy, buzz
[zh] measure, television, beige
 
VOWELS
[a] apple, can, hat
[ey] aid, hate, day
[ah] arm, father, aha
[air] air, careful, wear
[aw] all, or, talk, lost, saw
[e] ever, head, get
[ee] eat, see, need
[eer] ear, hero, beer
[er] teacher, afterward, murderer
[i] it, big, finishes
[ahy] I, ice, hide, deny
[o] odd, hot, woffle
[oh] owe, road, below
[oo] ooze, food, soup, sue
[oo'] good, book, put
[oi] oil, choice, toy
[ou] out, loud, how
[uh] up, mother, mud
[uh'] about, animal, problem, circus
[ur] early, bird, stirring
 
FOREIGN SOUNDS
[a*] Fr. ami
[kh*] Scot. loch, Ger. ach or ich
[œ] Fr. feu, Ger. schön
[r*] Fr. au revoir, Yiddish rebbe
[uh*] Fr. oeuvre
[y*] Fr. tu, Ger. über
 
SAMPLE NASALIZED VOWELS
[an*] Fr. bien
[ahn*] Fr. croissant
[awn*] Fr. bon
[œn*] Fr. parfum
[in*] Port. Principe
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TESTfunda - CAT Question of the Day 14-Dec-09

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CAT Question of the Day
Items 1 to 5 (First Set) are parts of the human anatomy. Items 6 to 10 (Second Set) are meanings of idiomatic phrases. Match each item in the second set with an item in the first set in order to identify the idiomatic phrases.

1)   Wrist
2)   Shoulder
3)   Eye
4)   Tongue
5)    Leg
6)    to be troublesome to
       deal with
7)    a superstitious way to
       say "Good Luck"
8)    to avoid talking
9)    to be mildly punished
10)  cherished above all others
OPTIONS
 
 1)1-8, 2-6, 3-9, 4-7, 5-10
 2)1-9, 2-7, 3-6, 4-8, 5-10
 3)1-7, 2-10, 3-6, 4-9, 5-8
 4)1-9, 2-6, 3-10, 4-8, 5-7
 5)1-10, 2-8, 3-9, 4-7, 5-6
Tip of the Day
Write down the answer to "Tell us something about yourself" in detail, practice saying it in front of a mirror without sounding memorized, and use voice modulation.
Last year's Question of the day (14-Dec-08)
If k, m, n, p, q are the five roots of the equation ax5 + bx4 + cx3 + dx2 + ex + f = 0, which of the following is true?
OPTIONS
 
 1)(1 + k)(1 + m)(1 + n)(1 + p)(1 + q) = abcdef
 2)(1 + f) = (11 + a + b + c)(d + e + f)
 3)a(1 − k)(1 − m)(1 − n)(1 − p)(1 − q) = a + b + c + d + e + f
 4)kmnpq + 13 > a + b + c + d + e + f > 0
 5)Data insufficient
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State of the Union Crib Sheet for Sunday December 13

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Pocketbook issues drove the Sunday conversation, with mixed assessment on the question of the economy is at a point where it should cause more holiday season cheer than despair.

There was, at first glance anyway, a bit of a mixed message from two of President Obama's top economic advisers on the threshold question of whether the recession is over.

"Today, everybody agrees that the recession is over," Lawrence Summers, the director of the National Economic Council said.

"Of course not," Council of Economic Advisers Chairwoman Christina Romer said when she was asked if she considered the recession to be over.

To be fair, Summers was speaking from a technical perspective; Romer more from the views of an American who still lacked a job despite some more encouraging recent economic data. Still, the different language will only add to the political debate about the administration's economic policies.

The president's Monday meeting with bankers was a hot topic, as was the question of whether a Democratic-controlled Washington would truly take steps next year toward real deficit reduction. And of course there was sharp debate over the evolving Senate health care bill, even with some Democrats saying they needed more proof it would bend the health care cost curve before they could pledge their support.

So let's get to the Sound of Sunday:

STATE OF THE ECONOMY
NationalEconomicCouncilDirectorLawrenceSummersonCNN's"StateoftheUnion"
"It will take time. A year ago the question was would we have a depression? Today everybody agrees that the recession is over. The questions are around how fast we'll recover."

Council of Economic Advisers Chairwoman Christina Romer on NBC's "Meet the Press"
"The official definition, that talks about just when do you turn the corner, when do you go from plummeting to finally starting to go back up. I think we have at least in terms of GDP reached that point. What I think the president has said and what I firmly believe, you're not recovered until all those people that want to work are back to work,
David Gregory: "In your mind this recession is not over?"
Romer: "Of course not."

National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers on CNN's "State of the Union"
"I don't think that there is any question that the recovery act is serving its intended function. Look, look at the economic debate today. People are talking about how much job creation there will be, and talking about the pace of the recovery from recession. We are not where we would like to be as a country, but, gosh, it's different from where it was when the recovery act was passed."

Former Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney on NBC's "Meet the Press"
"This is not going to be a jobless recovery, the economy will come back, the private sector will grow again. But it has been a jobless stimulus. And that's unfortunate because the president had an opportunity to focus on the economy, to create jobs but instead Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid created something that stimulated government."

BANKERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE
NationalEconomicCouncilDirectorLawrenceSummersonCNN's"StateoftheUnion"
"It was irresponsible risk taking that brought the economy to the brink of collapse. It was their irresponsible risk taking in many cases that brought the economy to collapse. And frankly after the Asian crisis and the 1987 stock market crash, and after other things that happened, it was not the first time. And they don't get in some cases that they wouldn't be where they are today, and they certainly would not be paying the bonuses they are paying today if their government hadn't taken extraordinary actions."

National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers on CNN's "State of the Union"
"For them to be complaining about serious regulation directed at making sure this never happens again is wrong. For $300 million to be spent on lobbyists trying to gut serious efforts at financial reform is not how this country should be operating. For firms that have benefited from taxpayer support to be complaining about the government burdening them is frankly a bit rich."

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Minority Whip) on ABC's "This Week"
"When the president meets with the bankers, I hope that the discussion centers on what seems to be a real overreaction from the auditors in the regulatory arena that are looking at risk-taking as something that just should be done at all. we know in our economy that the prosperity we know has been built on calculated risk."

Personal Finance Expert Suze Orman on CNN's "State of the Union" on what she would tell bankers if she had the opportunity
"I would say, bankers, what in the world is the matter with you? You took taxpayers and you are giving out bonuses and acting like nothing is wrong and some of your stocks have increased in value from their low. However, you're not serving the people you should be serving and in my opinion, bankers, you are serving, not all bankers, but many of them, you are serving your own bottom lines and shame on you."

DEALING WITH DEFICITS
The White House would not take a firm position, again, on whether it would support creating a new commission to recommend major deficit-reduction measures – with Congress required to cast an up or down vote on the recommendations when the work is done. Plus, a big spending bill that increase some Cabinet department budgets by 10 percent or more only added to the skepticism that real deficit reduction is in the offing."

National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers on CNN's "State of the Union" responding to the question of whether the White House would commit to or reject a proposal for the creation of a commission to address deficit reduction
"The president wants to see the problem solved. He's prepared to accommodate others on the way that will work to do it. What's important is that the problem be solved."

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) on CNN's "State of the Union"
"I think the way we will get spending long term under control is to get bipartisan commission, and Democrats and Republicans come together and put revenues and spending out there and come back and vote up straight and down. I don't see how the process where everybody kind of goes on is going to come to an end until we have the discipline to do a straight up or down vote on revenues and spending cuts."

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) on CNN's "State of the Union"
"Republicans share some of the blame. We were in charge. We did not control spending well enough either. You have a Democrat President, Democrat majority in the House and Senate, and all of them have their foot on the pedal. They are driving this thing over the cliff. Somebody has to put the breaks on."

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Minority Whip) on ABC's "This Week"
"If you look at the kind of deficit that we've incurred over the last three years that the Democrats have been in control of Congress, 60% of the overall deficit from the last ten years has occurred in that period. And frankly with the incurrence of the debt, we've seen very little result. That's why we think we ought to choose another way."

And there was a feisty debate about the math – and methods – of the health care debate as well. As senators await new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office on the Democrats' latest idea, there were bipartisan worries that as it now stands, the measure does not do enough to bend the health care cost curve.

STATE OF HEALTH CARE REFORM
Sen. John Thune (R-SD) on CNN's "State of the Union"
"The main thing the President can do and the leadership in congress can do now is do no harm. The reason small businesses are not investing is they see the policy uncertainty over Washington. They see more borrowing and more taxing and more debt and more spending, and in the health care bill, they see the premiums going up."

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Minority Leader) on CBS' "Face the Nation"
"I'm not in favor of no health care reform. I think we ought to go step by step. Target losses between doctors and hospitals, have inter-state competition among health care companies incentivize wellness programs that companies like safe way have shown can bring down the cost. There are things that we can do to improve what is already the finest health care in the world."

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) on CBS' "Face the Nation" about whether he could support the current Senate compromise legislation on health care reform
"I certainly would have a hard time voting for it because it has some of the same infirmities that the public option did. It will add taxpayer cost. It will add to the deficit. It's unnecessary."

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on "Fox News Sunday"
"It has to slow down the increase of health care costs over time and that is bending the cost curve and, secondly, that it has to be deficit neutral. We have to be saving more money for our government than we're spending. And if we're not saving more money for our government than we're spending, then not only will I not support it. The President said he won't support it."

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and the week ahead.
John King


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December 13, 2009

Top Headlines

Mayawati writes to PM, seeks separate Poorvanchal state
UP CM Mayawati wrote another letter to Manmohan Singh seeking carving out of 'Poorvanchal' on the lines of demand for Telangana state.

On 26/11, Headley was in LeT control room in Pakistan: Sources
David Headley was present in a control unit in Pakistan along with the masterminds of the attacks to guide 10 LeT terrorists to carry out terror attacks in Mumbai.

Copenhagen: India resists pressure to go beyond Kyoto protocol
India opposed any amendment to Kyoto protocol at Copenhagen as the EU pushed for an agreement that puts more obligations on developing nations for cutting emissions.

Cities

Delhi govt plans to recycle waste generated during CW Games
Delhi government has drawn up a comprehensive plan to recycle the vast amount of waste expected to be generated during the 13-day long sporting event.

Pravin Mahajan's condition still critical
The condition of lifer Pravin Mahajan, who suffered brain haemorrhage, has shown no significant improvement, a hospital spokesman said on Sunday.

Business

Manager effectiveness highest in Indian cos: Study
Indian employees have reported the highest levels of manager effectiveness as compared to their peers globally.

6 of top 10 cos add Rs 24k cr in m-cap
Six out of the top 10 companies added over Rs 24,000 crore to their market capitalization last week with telecom giant Bharti Airtel alone contributing one-third of the gain.

Sports

Champions Challenge: Pak thrash India to reach final
India's hopes of booking a berth in next year's Champions Trophy were shattered as they went down fighting to archrivals Pakistan 3-6 in a semi-final.

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Disgraced golfer Tiger Woods' wife will reportedly dump him after Christmas. Swedish model Elin Nordegren is in talks with divorce lawyers.

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"I like what Dan Brown writes, it also helps me understand certain aspects of the religion that he writes about, so that's good," says Shah Rukh.

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Security firm WebSense has identified emerging security exploits and trends anticipated to increase during the next 12 months.

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