PARAGRAPH,WORDS AND MEANINGS
TOPIC OF THE DAY:-“Reduce, Segregate: On Plastic Ban”
Maharashtra’s ban on several consumer articles made of plastic, introduced after a three-month notice period to industry and users, is an extreme measure. It is naturally disruptive, and Mumbai, famed for its resilience in the face of urban challenges, is trying to adapt quickly. Today, stemming the plastic tide is a national imperative. India hosted this year’s World Environment Day and Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a high-profile pledge, to international acclaim, that it would do away with all single-use plastics by 2022. This goal is not yet backed by an action plan so that State governments and local bodies can be in sync. Worldwide, the problem has got out of hand, with only 9% of about nine billion tonnes of plastic produced getting recycled. India has an uninspiring record when it comes to handling waste. It has patchy data on volumes, and even less on what it recycles. This lackadaisical approach is at odds with its ambitious goals. Quite simply, if the Centre and the States had got down to dealing with the existing regulations on plastic waste management and municipal solid waste, a ban would not even have become necessary. Specifications for the recycling of different types of plastics were issued two decades ago by the Bureau of Indian Standards. To address the global concern that the bulk of India’s plastic waste — estimated officially at 26,000 tonnes a day — is being dumped in the oceans, there has to be an effort on a war footing to segregate it at source. The Urban Development Secretary in each State, who heads the monitoring committee under the rules, should be mandated to produce a monthly report on how much plastic waste is collected, including details of the types of chemicals involved, and the disposal methods. Such compulsory disclosure norms will maintain public pressure on the authorities, including the State Pollution Control Boards. But segregation at source has not taken off, as there is little awareness, official support or infrastructure. Even bulk generators such as shopping malls, hotels and offices do not abide by the law. Priority, therefore, should be given to stop the generation of mixed waste, which prevents recovery of plastics. Companies covered by extended producer responsibility provisions must be required to take back their waste. In parallel, incentives to reduce the use of plastic carry bags, single-use cups, plates and cutlery must be in place. Retailers must be required to switch to paper bags. Potentially, carry bag production using cloth can create more jobs than machines using plastic pellets. What needs to be underscored is that plastics became popular because they are inexpensive, can be easily produced and offer great convenience. But, as the UN Environment Programme notes, their wild popularity has turned them into a scourge. Consumers will be ready to make the switch, but they need good alternatives.
MEANINGS AND WORDS
Meaning: Innovative or groundbreaking.
Example: “breaking a disruptive technology into the market is never easy”
Synonyms: Innovative, Inventive
Antonyms: Unimaginative, Conservative
Meaning: Known about by many people; renowned.
Example: “he is famed for his eccentricities”
Synonyms: Famous, Celebrated
Meaning: The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
Example: “nylon is excellent in wear ability, abrasion resistance and resilience”
Synonyms: Flexibility, Pliability
Antonyms: Rigidity, Fragility
Meaning: Stop or restrict (the flow of something).
Example: “a nurse did her best to stem the bleeding”
Synonyms: Staunch, Stop
Meaning: Of vital importance; crucial.
Example: “immediate action was imperative”
Synonyms: All-important, Vital
Antonyms: Unimportant, Optional
Meaning: Attracting much attention or publicity.
Example: “a high-profile military presence”
Meaning: Enthusiastic and public praise.
Example: “she has won acclaim for her commitment to democracy”
Synonyms: Praise, Applause
Example: “images flash on to your screen in sync with the music”
9) Out of hand
Meaning: Not under control.
Example: “things were getting a bit out of hand at the picket line”
Synonyms: Uncontrollable, Difficult
Antonyms: Manageable, Controllable
Meaning: Not producing excitement or interest.
Example: “an uninspiring game that United scarcely deserved to win”
Synonyms: Boring, Dreary
Antonyms: Inspiring, Exciting
Meaning: Not of the same quality throughout; inconsistent.
Example: “your coursework was patchy”
Synonyms: Deficient, Insufficient
Antonyms: Complete, Comprehensive
Meaning: Lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy.
Example: “a lackadaisical defence left Spurs adrift in the second half”
Synonyms: Careless, Lazy
Antonyms: Enthusiastic, Excited
Meaning: (of a plan or piece of work) intended to satisfy high aspirations and therefore difficult to achieve.
Example: “an ambitious enterprise”
Synonyms: Difficult, Exacting
Antonyms: Unambitious, Easy
Meaning: A detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Example: “one of the telescope’s mirrors had been manufactured to incorrect specifications”
Synonyms: Description, Delineation
Meaning: A cause of anxiety or worry.
Example: “environmental concerns”
Synonyms: Affair, Question
Meaning: Deposit or dispose of (rubbish, waste, or unwanted material), typically in a careless or hurried way.
Example: “trucks dumped 1,900 tons of refuse here”
Synonyms: Discard, Scrap
Meaning: The position or status of a person in relation to others; the basis on which something is established or operates.
Example: “the suppliers are on an equal footing with the buyers”
Synonyms: Status, Foundation
Meaning: The action of making new or secret information known.
Example: “a judge ordered the disclosure of the government documents”
Synonyms: Revelation, Declaration
Meaning: Plastic resin pellets are small granules generally with shape of a cylinder or a disk with a diameter of a few mm. These plastic particles are industrial raw material transported to manufacturing sites where “user plastics” are made by re-melting and molding into the final products.
Example: “the company underscored the progress made with fuel cells”
Meaning: A person or thing that causes great trouble or suffering.
Example: “the scourge of mass unemployment”
Synonyms: Affliction, Plague
Antonyms: Blessing, Godsend