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Session 102

India's government has revoked part of the constitution that gives Indian-administered Kashmir special status, prompting fears of unrest. Catherine and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

India removes special status from Indian-administered Kashmir

Article 370 allows the state of Jammu and Kashmir to have its own constitution, a separate flag and independence over all matters except foreign affairs, defence and communications. There are fears of unrest following the Indian government's decision to revoke it.

Language challenge

Which word means 'formally end a law, treaty or custom'?

a) abrogate
b) enact
c) sanction

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The story

The Indian Home Minister, Amit Shah, is expected to place his resolution abrogating Article 370, which confers special status on the state of Jammu and Kashmir, before the lower house of the Indian parliament later today.

Key words and phrases

removes (something's) position or status

• The government strips corrupt politicians of their authority.
• After the drug test came back positive, the athlete was stripped of her medal.

in one fell swoop
all at once

• The surprise police raid caught all of the thieves in one fell swoop.
• I'd rather do all my cleaning in one fell swoop than space it out over the week.

serious, worrying and without hope

• The economic report came to a grim conclusion. A recession would come soon.
• Do you still want to go to the beach today? The weather looks so grim!

To do

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News Review quiz

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Language challenge answer

a) abrogate


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