The following questions contain five sentences as options. Find one sentence which does not relate to the central theme of the passage made by remaining four sentences.
- A) Mark sheets and graduation certificates issued by Mumbai University this academic term will be equipped with QR code.
B) Last year, the university had initiated digital mark sheets that could be directly downloaded from the MU website.
C) This code prevents the certificates from being faked, tampered with or distorted in any manner.
D) The knowledge of coding has become very important in today’s technologically advanced world
E) It could help future employers or other universities to verify certificates presented online by students
- A) The boat disaster in the Ganga on Makar Sankranti day killed at least 24 people.
B) It shows that safety in public transport remains a low priority for governments.
C) Makar Sankranti and road mishaps have become common these days.
D) As with road accidents, mishaps in the inland waterways and lakes take a terrible toll of lives regularly, with no effective administrative response.
E) In the Ganga Diara tragedy near Patna, a large number of people had apparently crammed themselves into a small vessel for a free ride after witnessing a kite festival.
- A) Over the past few days, five Pakistani activists including the poet Salman Haider have gone missing.
B) The ban of Pakistani artists in India has also attracted flak.
C) The incidents have left the rights groups, already under pressure from the military and extremist outfits, alarmed.
D) Nobody has claimed responsibility, and the family members haven’t got any ransom calls.
E) Although the full facts are not available, the perception that the disappearances are somehow linked has gained credence.
- A) Tamil Nadu’s move to declare a drought, ironically on the eve of the harvest festival of Pongal, is an important step to address the agrarian distress that is sweeping the State following poor rainfall during the northeast monsoon.
B) Even with relatively better governance structures, desperation among farmers has resulted in a spate of suicides, particularly in the Cauvery delta rice belt that has received little water from Karnataka in recent times.
C) There is a need to look ahead and institute reforms in drought management for effective distress mitigation.
D) The minister said that he intends to legalise the cruel and dangerous sports of bull taming in Tamil Nadu
E) A monsoon management centre drawing upon the expertise of multiple departments would, for instance, help use scarce resources conservatively during a drought, and maximise their potential in good times.
- A) The successful test-firing of the long-range ballistic missile Agni-V for the fourth time is a significant step towards building a credible nuclear deterrence.
B) Nuclear test in the field of power generation have gained widespread popularity and every country is looking forward to make some contribution to it.
C) With this test and the recent commissioning of the indigenously built nuclear submarine INS Arihant, India is inching towards creating a robust and world-class second-strike capability.
D) For a nation sworn to no-first-use of nuclear weapons, a reliable second-strike capability is an absolute necessity.
E) In the worst-case scenario, the country should have the ability to withstand an enemy nuclear strike on its key locations and launch a successful second strike.
- A) The argument in favour of a compulsory Class X Board examination made by Union Human Resource Development Minister is that its absence discriminates against candidates of State boards.
B) The Minister announced his intent of returning to a compulsory Board examination well before the CBSE governing body formally announced it.
C) Uniformity militates against creative educational methods, and a test that is no more than a straitjacket crushes the initiative of teacher and student.
D) The CBSE would, therefore, do well to avoid homogenisation, and retain sufficient scope for true learning.
E) The bold step by CBSE regarding the uniformity of dress code in schools is appreciable.
- A) Income tax authorities on the trail of illegal acts of money exchange in commercial banks following the demonetisation are netting bigger fish than they may have expected.
B) Investigations into the hoarding of new currency notes in the denomination of Rs. 2,000 have implicated not only mining barons and contractors, but also government officials and politicians.
C) It is now clear that in the first few days after the demonetisation announcement, when government-imposed limits on withdrawals were in force, and people were queuing up before banks, several unscrupulous officials of both public sector and private banks conspired to convert demonetised notes to benefit black marketeers and corrupt public servants.
D) The positive impact of demonitisation will be visible in near future, say for in real estate business where the fall in price of properties will enable buyers to purchase their dream house in fewer prices.
E) Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have accounted for most of the seizures, running to more than a hundred crore rupees in new notes, but this is surely an all-India phenomenon.
- A) It is hard now to remember a time when German Chancellor Angela Merkel was not in the thick of a political storm in Europe.
B) The German interior ministry announced on Thursday that it would return newly arrived asylum seekers to Greece – effectively suspending a five-year ban on such returns – in accordance with the Dublin Regulation protocol.
C) As she seeks election for a fourth term next September, Ms. Merkel’s political and diplomatic acumen could be put to the toughest test yet in a world still coming to grips with the implications of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) and the U.S. presidential election result.
D) Her measured approach to the deepening debt crisis in the eurozone saw her being pilloried by some of her conservative colleagues as indulgence of a profligate Greece.
E) But the Chancellor, seen hitherto as cautious if not indecisive, was spontaneous and firm in her response to the tragic drowning of many Syrians at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015.
- A) That the winter session would be washed out had been clear for a while.
B) The Opposition parties are mustering all their disruptive tactics to stall the functioning of both Houses.
C) The government has staked much political capital on key financial reforms that need cooperation across the aisles.
D) It lost the chance to pass bills critical to the April 1, 2017, deadline for the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax.
E) Governments aim to roll out GST will be highly beneficial for the Indian economy.
- A) The Chinese Navy seized an American underwater drone in the international waters of the South China Sea.
B) Though it is not clear if the capture of the drone, which China agreed to return later, was a junior-level act by sailors or a strategic move directed by Beijing.
C) Interestingly, the incident comes days after Mr. Trump broke diplomatic protocol and accepted a congratulatory call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen
D) Mr. Trump has been reported to have won the election gaining support from Putin.
E) This move of Trump invited an angry response from China, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province.