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加尔各答要让城市全面蓝化

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人口一千四百万的印度大城加尔各答,要让城市全面蓝化。从政府到民间建筑、市内出租车到名胜古迹,全部都要换穿天蓝色的衣服。

Calcutta’s chief minister has ordered the city of 14 million residents to be painted sky blue, taking inspiration from the new Indian government’s motto, “the sky is the limit.” The BBC reports the mandatory1(强制的) changes will affect everything from government and private buildings to local taxis and even historic landmarks2.

“From now on, all government buildings, whenever they are re-painted, will be done in sky blue,” Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim told The Indian Express newspaper. “The owners of private buildings will also be requested to follow the same colour pattern. The necessary government orders will be issued soon.”

While the compulsory3 color changes are meant to invoke4(调用,祈求) national spirits, they are just as likely to anger some people, since owners of private buildings are being asked to foot the bill(负担费用) to pay for the cosmetic5 changes to their property.

Of course, officials undoubtably will be wary6 of(提防,当心) stirring up too much controversy7, lest residents gather arms and set out to paint the town red.

“Blue is a beautiful colour and is also soothing8(抚慰的) for the eyes,” Calcutta mayor Sobhan Chatterjee told the Indian Express, referring to the color change.

Calcutta won’t be the only blue-streaked area in India. Tourist haven9 Jodhpur is sometimes referred to as the “Blue City” due to the bright blue-painted houses surrounding the Mehrangarh Fort. Likewise, other Indian cities have made monochromatic(单色的) changes to buildings and landmarks. The BBC 乌鲁木齐夜网 reports that in 2006, authorities in Bihar had the entire city painted pink to improve spirits in the crime-infested region. The Indian city of Jaipur, often referred to as the “Pink City,” is also known for its pink dominated hues11(色调) .

And just a few years ago, rumors12 were circulating that the Chinese government was converting one of its provinces into a “green suburb”–as in the color green, not environmentally-friendly green. That story turned out to be a hoax13.

There are also less intrusive14 and more benign15 efforts being made to re-paint large swaths of the urban landscape, such as painting roofs white to reduce greenhouse gas emissions16.

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1
mandatory

adj.命令的;强制的;义务的;n.受托者

参考例句:

It’s mandatory to pay taxes.缴税是义务性的。
There is no mandatory 台州桑拿网 paid annual leave in the U.S.美国没有强制带薪年假。

2
landmarks

n.陆标( landmark的名词复数 );目标;(标志重要阶段的)里程碑 ~ (in sth);有历史意义的建筑物(或遗址)

参考例句:

The book stands out as one of the notable landmarks in the progress of modern science. 这部著作是现代科学发展史上著名的里程碑之一。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
The baby was one of the big landmarks in our relationship. 孩子的出世是我们俩关系中的一个重要转折点。 来自辞典例句

3
compulsory

n.强制的,必修的;规定的,义务的

参考例句:

Is English a compulsory subject?英语是必修课吗?
Compulsory schooling ends at sixteen.义务教育至16岁为止。

4
invoke

v.求助于(神、法律);恳求,乞求

参考例句:

Let us invoke the blessings of peace.让我们祈求和平之福。
I hope I’ll never have to invoke this clause and lodge a claim with you.我希望我永远不会使用这个条款向你们索赔。

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5
cosmetic

n.化妆品;adj.化妆用的;装门面的;装饰性的

参考例句:

These changes are purely cosmetic.这些改变纯粹是装饰门面。
Laughter is the best cosmetic,so grin and wear it!微笑是最好的化妆品,所以请尽情微笑吧!

6
wary

adj.谨慎的,机警的,小心的

参考例句:

He is wary of telling secrets to others.他谨防向他人泄露秘密。
Paula frowned,suddenly wary.宝拉皱了皱眉头,突然警惕起来。

7
controversy

n.争论,辩论,争吵

参考例句:

That is a fact beyond controversy.那是一个无可争论的事实。
We ran the risk of becoming the butt of every controversy.我们要冒使自己在所有的纷争中都成为众矢之的的风险。

8
soothing

adj.慰藉的;使人宽心的;镇静的

参考例句:

Put on some nice soothing music.播放一些柔和舒缓的音乐。
His casual, relaxed manner was very soothing.他随意而放松的举动让人很快便平静下来。

9
haven

n.安全的地方,避难所,庇护所

参考例句:

It’s a real haven at the end of a busy working day.忙碌了一整天后,这真是一个安乐窝。
The school library is a little haven of peace and quiet.学校的图书馆是一个和平且安静的小避风港。

10
monochromatic

adj.单色的,一色的

参考例句:

The resolution of white light into its separate monochromatic components is called dispersion.这种白光分解为各单色成分的现象叫做色散。
My sister selected a monochromatic color-scheme for her new apartment.我妹妹为自己的新居选择了单一色调的设计。

11
hues

色彩( hue的名词复数 ); 色调; 信仰; 观点

参考例句:

When the sun rose a hundred prismatic hues were reflected from it. 太阳一出,更把它映得千变万化、异彩缤纷。
Where maple trees grow, the leaves are often several brilliant hues of red. 在枫树生长的地方,枫叶常常呈现出数种光彩夺目的红色。

12
rumors

n.传闻( rumor的名词复数 );[古]名誉;咕哝;[古]喧嚷v.传闻( rumor的第三人称单数 );[古]名誉;咕哝;[古]喧嚷

参考例句:

Rumors have it that the school was burned down. 有谣言说学校给烧掉了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
Rumors of a revolt were afloat. 叛变的谣言四起。 来自《简明英汉词典》

13
hoax

v.欺骗,哄骗,愚弄;n.愚弄人,恶作剧

参考例句:

They were the victims of a cruel hoax.他们是一个残忍恶作剧的受害者。
They hoax him out of his money.他们骗去他的钱。

14
intrusive

adj.打搅的;侵扰的

参考例句:

The cameras were not an intrusive presence.那些摄像机的存在并不令人反感。
Staffs are courteous but never intrusive.员工谦恭有礼却从不让人感到唐突。

15
benign

adj.善良的,慈祥的;良性的,无危险的

参考例句:

The benign weather brought North America a bumper crop.温和的气候给北美带来大丰收。
Martha is a benign old lady.玛莎是个仁慈的老妇人。

16
emissions

排放物( emission的名词复数 ); 散发物(尤指气体)

参考例句:

Most scientists accept that climate change is linked to carbon emissions. 大多数科学家都相信气候变化与排放的含碳气体有关。
Dangerous emissions radiate from plutonium. 危险的辐射物从钚放散出来。

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