1) Roger, Pete, Paul : trio with a tryst - The uncanny similarities between tennis greats Roger Federer and Pete Sampras extends to common coach Paul Annacone.
A Tryst :
1. An appointment to meet at a certain time and place, especially one made somewhat secretly by lovers. “made a tryst with destiny.”
2. An appointed meeting.
3. An appointed place of meeting.
The term was famously used by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the speech he made as the first Prime Minister of Independent India he said, “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment, we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.”
2) “Tennis row caused bad blood” - Sania Mirza says the controversy related to the Olympics team selection should be consigned to the past and everyone must move on.
Unfriendly or hostile relations; enmity; hostility; animosity:
When the territory was being settled there was bad blood between the farmers and the ranchers.
Idiomatic usage and origin:
Anger or hostility between persons or groups, as in “There’s been bad blood between the two families for years.” This term is based on the old association with blood and emotion, particularly anger. Versions such as ill blood preceded it; Charles Lamb was among the first to use the idiom in its current form in an 1823 essay.
Consigned to the past
1. To hand over or deliver formally or officially; commit (often followed by to ).
The responsibility of taking notes during the meeting was consigned to Jones.
2. To transfer to another’s custody or charge; entrust.
3. To set apart for or devote to (a special purpose or use): To consign two afternoons a week to the club.
4. To banish or set apart in one’s mind; relegate: To consign unpleasant thoughts to oblivion.
She consigned the thoughts of the fire to the deepest darkest corners of her mind.
3) Hand over the baton - To meet 21st century demands, let Generation Xtake over politics.
1. Music:A slender wooden stick or rod used by a conductor to direct an orchestra or band.
2. A hollow metal rod with a heavy rubber tip or tips that is wielded and twirled by a drum major or drum majorette.
The stick held in his hand in order to conduct and orchestra or choir.
3. Politics: A short staff carried by certain public officials as a symbol of office.
4. Sports: The hollow cylinder that is carried by each member of a relay team in a running race and passed to the next team member.
The term ‘handing over the baton’comes from relay racing. Where players compete in teams of 4. Each runs a certain part of the race and passes the baton onto the next player who continues for the next part and so on.
It is used figuratively to describe the passing on of responsibility from one generation to the next.
Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, is the generation born after the Western post-World War 2 baby-boom ended.While there is no universally agreed upon time frame,the term generally includes people born from the early 1960s through the early 1980s, usually no later than 1981 or 1982.The term had also been used in different times and places for various subcultures or counter-cultures since the 1950s.
4) Pakistan shuns physicist linked to God particle – The pioneeringwork of Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate, helped lead to the apparent discovery of the subatomic “God particle” last week. His name however has now been stricken from all text books.
(used with object) (shunned, shunning)
To keep away from (a place, person, object etc.) from motives of dislike, caution; Take pains to avoid.
The community shunned the lonely stranger as he was not “clean” and well presented.
1. A person who is among those who first enter or settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others.
Vasco de Gama was the pioneer who discovered India.
2. One who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress.
They were highly respected pioneers in cancer research and their work had not only been well received, but had shown tremendous results as well.
1. A person who has been honored for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award: a Nobel laureate.
Doyen of Indian poetry and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore
5) Bitter pill : Abortion kit sales plunge by 65% in Mumbai – City chemists decry ‘FDA’s bill to link Pill to female infanticide.’
The term ‘bitter pill’ come from the saying “The truth is a Bitter Pill to swallow” , drawing comparisons between tough decisions in life and bitter or unpleasant medicine. Sometimes you just got to do what you have to do no matter how unpleasant it may be.
Like studying for the CAT exam!
6) Jundal had 8 aliases given by LeT - Syed Zabluddin Ansari, the key 26/11 handler was given eight aliases.
1. A false name used to conceal one’s identity; An assumed name:
The police files indicate that “Smith” is an alias for Simpson.