union territory


Definition of union territory

: a centrally administered subdivision of India

Examples of union territory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In India, state governments retain authority over local matters, but New Delhi has more of a say in the affairs of a union territory. Majid Maqbool, CNN, "Tariq Mir, Jammu and Kashmir's Tyrion Lannister lookalike, dreams of Bollywood stardom," 12 June 2020 In August 2019, India also bifurcated the state into two union territories: Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "India’s new domicile law for Jammu & Kashmir is making residents anxious," 6 Apr. 2020 India Has Almost 16,000 Under Surveillance (5:24 p.m. HK) A community surveillance program is underway across 34 Indian states and union territories, Indian government said. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Raises China Criticism; Details on New Cases: Virus Update," 12 Feb. 2020 Small union territories like Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu have no testing provisions at all. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "This map shows why India urgently needs more Covid-19 testing centres," 17 Mar. 2020 The animal welfare board of India has also issued an advisory to all chief secretaries of states and union territories in India to care for animals during the lockdown. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Locked out Indians are abandoning their pets on the streets—helpless, scared, and hungry," 1 Apr. 2020 The lockdown will last for at least 21 days, and applies to all of India's 36 states and union territories -- home to more than 1.3 billion people. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "A police officer is wearing a coronavirus helmet to warn people to stay inside during India's lockdown," 30 Mar. 2020 Between 2007 and 2016, almost 75,000 cases were reported from 22 states and union territories in India, according to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program. Washington Post, "India’s worst-hit state for encephalitis turning a tide," 2 Nov. 2019 The state has since been reconstituted into the union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, directly governed from New Delhi. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "Kashmir’s internet gag has sparked a major exodus of businesses and students," 17 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of union territory

1947, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2020

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“Union territory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/union%20territory. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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