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Language of English Newspapers in India

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This online survey is a part of the Major Research Project funded by the University Grants Commission. It is carried out at the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Mumbai, Mumbai.

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Which one is easier to understand: Please read the two versions of the same story presented below as Version 1 and 2.
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Eleven days after the registration of a FIR against a retired DSP for dishonestly conducting investigations into quadruple murder in Nabha, which led to the acquittal of main accused within two years of the crime, a special investigations team (SIT) booked the cop under Prevention of Corruption Act also on Tuesday, after collecting strong evidence to prove financial gains to the cop during investigations.

A fresh case was today booked against the retired DSP against whom an FIR was registered 11 days ago. The new charges relate to dishonest conduct of investigation in a quadruple murder in Nabha two years ago. The Special Investigations Team today booked him under Prevention of Corruption Act. The main accused in the murder case investigated by the DSP were acquitted. The SIT spokesperson today said the team collected strong evidence to prove financial gains to the DSP.

which one of the two versions was easier for you to understand

Version1 Version2

Government officials quietly presented the Eklavya Awards to Munaf Patel and Yusuf Khan today. The officials visited their residences in Vadodara and Bharuch, within a day after the Chief Minister was criticised for the delay in felicitating the cricketers. Senior Congress leader and Gujarat Cricket Association former president Narhari Amin had yesterday criticised the Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the delay.

A day after Narhari Amin, a senior Congress leader and former president of the Gujarat Cricket Association, criticised Chief Minister Narendra Modi for delaying felicitating its Eklavya award winners Munaf Patel and Yusuf Khan, state government officials Tuesday quietly visited their residences in Vadodara and Bharuch and handed them their awards.

which one of the two versions was easier for you to understand

Version1 Version2

As a sequel to tide over the existing water scarcity and promote artificial re-charge of groundwater in water deficient areas of State, Minister for Forests, Wildlife and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmed today laid the foundation stone of Artificial Recharge Ground Water project at Marchola near Sunderbani of Rajouri district which is being constructed by J&K Soil Conservation Department in collaboration with Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India at a cost of Rs. 28 lakh.

Forest Minister Mian Altaf Ahmed today laid foundation stone of Artificial Recharge Ground Water project at Marchola near Sunderbani of Rajouri district. The project is being constructed by the Jammu and Kashmir Soil Conservation Department in collaboration with Union Ministry of Water Resources, at a cost of Rs. 28 lakh. The project is part of the government’s plan to promote artificial re-charge of groundwater in the scarcity regions.

which one of the two versions was easier for you to understand

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The Ranga Reddy collectorate Tuesday revoked the permission to hold the annual ‘fish prasadam’ event at both the venues finalised earlier. The permission was revoked when the event was barely three days ahead. The event is organised by the Bathini Goud family to mark Mrigasira Karthi. Barely three days before the annual ‘fish prasadam’ event is organised by the Bathini Goud family to mark Mrigasira Karthi, Ranga Reddy district collectorate authorities on Tuesday said the event cannot be held at either of the two venues that were finalised earlier.
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“The foreign visits by the Prime Minister Dr Man Monhan Singh to bridge relationship between neighbouring countries is paying dividends,” said Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on the eve of his departure to New Delhi today, to attend the crucial CWC meeting the Congress Chief Minister of the State just after his return from Bangladesh after leading an Indian delegation where he met the country’s Prime Minister. Prime Minister Dr Manmonhan Singh’s visits to neighbouring countries are paying dividends to bridge relationship with them. This was stated by Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma before he left for New Delhi today to attend the Congress Working Committee. He was earlier part of the Indian delegation to Bangladesh led by Dr Man Mohan Singh.
which one of the two versions was easier for you to understand
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BJP president Nitin Gadkari today wondered if Congress leadership treated Ramdev’s demand for bringing back black money as anti-national. He was reacting to the criticism by Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi against the Opposition and the civil society. They had, at the Congress Working Committee, criticised Ramdev baba’s demand for bringing back black money. Scathing observations against the Opposition and the civil society by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the CWC received a strong reaction from BJP president Nitin Gadkari who sought to know from the Congress leadership whether Ramdev’s demand for bringing back black money was anti-national.
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Observing that the states have not yet fully implemented one of the key recommendations of the Sachar Committee report, the Centre has recently written to all the states reminding them to post at least one Muslim inspector or sub-inspector (S-I) in police stations that fall under areas having high concentration of Muslim population.

The Centre has recently reminded all the states to post at least one Muslim inspector or sub-inspector in police stations under areas with high concentration of Muslim population. This is one of the Sachar Committee’s key recommendations not yet fully implemented by the states.

which one of the two versions was easier for you to understand
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US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today sought removal of bureaucratic red tape for promotion of defence trade and technology transfers. He termed India as the "lynchpin" in the new defence strategy of the USA to cover the vast area of Indian and the Western Pacific oceans. Terming India as the "lynchpin" in its new defence strategy to cover the vast area of Indian and the Western Pacific oceans, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today sought removal of bureaucratic red tape for promotion of defence trade and technology transfers.
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Even as a decision taken in Mumbai University’s academic council scrapped the policy that made it mandatory for all engineering students to clear their BE course in eight years, the university is yet to pass a notification to that effect.

The Mumbai University has not yet passed a notification to scrap its policy that made it mandatory for engineering students to clear their BE course in eight years. The university’s academic council had scrapped the policy brought in suddenly last year.

which one of the two versions was easier for you to understand
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With key UPA-constituent Trinamul raising the banner of Opposition to the pension reform Bill, the government today played safe by deferring the legislation, apparently keeping in view the upcoming Presidential polls. Union government today deferred the pension bill in the wake of the opposition from the UPA-constituent Trinamul Congress. Observers believed that the government apparently wanted to play safe keeping in view the upcoming Presidential polls.
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