Directions(1-10): Each sentence below contains 3 blanks followed by 3 words given in a, b, c. You have to choose the sequence in which these words can fill the blanks of the sentence respectively.
- The way in which the driving force of the Franco-Japanese tie-up was ___________ to prison, and told he would be ___________ by Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s CEO Hiroto Saikawa, went beyond mere legal and corporate procedure and squarely into the political realm, in the view of Paris. Renault SA owns a 43 percent stake in Nissan and, for the French, their country’s interests are at stake. Attack Ghosn, and you attack the ___________ .
c. carted offabcbaccabcbaNone of theseOption C
- The new government is being ___________ , but professedly firm, in unravelling this web of debt. The leadership has ___________ that what is owed will be paid, and not a penny more; and that wherever opacity ___________ the grant of land, lease rights, construction projects and more, the honouring of debts would be linked to whether a transparent and fair process was followed in the first place. Yet, there is little doubt that China is there to stay in the Maldives, and a balancing agreement will have to emerge through the plethora of commercial contracts the new government would ideally like to renegotiate.
c. promisedbacbcacabcbaNone of theseOption B
- As more has emerged about Facebook’s business tactics, as well as its efforts to ___________ complaints, critics have come forth with lots of ideas about what to do about Facebook. Over 30 senators have co-sponsored a bill that would force Facebook to abide by the same disclosure rules for political ads as television and newspapers. The New York Times called for ___________ hearings. Antitrust economists have come up with a number of ___________ ideas to rein in Facebook.
c. intriguingabccabcbabacNone of theseOption D
- Certain elements that ___________ the anti-democratic 2012 ‘coup’ that unseated Mr. Nasheed and supported the dramatically ___________ power of the previous presidency still abide within the ruling ___________ . There is only one option for the fledgling coalition government: to strengthen Maldivian institutions and, by extension, democracy.
c. backedcabbacabccbaNone of theseOption A
- The ___________ of backwardness by sections of dominant communities such as Marathas, Patels and Jats have largely been due to ___________ about the relative inability to move up the economic ladder, and the lack of adequate employment opportunities amid a sluggish ___________ economy. Faced with violent protests, the Fadnavis government had to accept this demand, especially after the SBCC gave its stamp of approval, but there is little to suggest any substantial change since 2014 to justify it.
c. assertionsabcbaccabcbaNone of theseOption D
- The conviction of two rioters for their role in the 1984 anti-Sikh violence in Delhi marks a ___________ success in the long struggle to bring the perpetrators to justice. Of particular significance is that this case, relating to ___________ attack on shop-keepers in Mahipalpur, was resurrected after being closed as ‘untraced’ in 1994. The attack with deadly weapons left two Sikhs dead and three wounded. The Central government’s decision in 2015 to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to reopen serious cases related to the 1984 riots has yielded results. Yashpal Singh, a goods transporter, has now been sentenced to death, and Naresh Sehrawat, the local postman when the ___________ attack took place, to life.
c. mobabcbacacbbcaNone of theseOption A
- The attack on a religious gathering in Kabul that killed 55 people, including several scholars and clerics, is another signal of Afghanistan’s ___________ into chaos. The clerics had gathered to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed when the suicide bomber blew himself up. The Taliban denied responsibility and blamed the attack on “seditious circles”, ___________ to the Islamic State. Given the manner of the attack, it could well be responsible. In June, the IS had claimed an attack on another gathering of clerics. In Afghanistan the group has carried out a series of attacks on Shia religious ___________ and mosques.
c. alludingabcacbbacbcaNone of theseOption B
- After the heat and dust of the last one month, the board meeting of the Reserve Bank of India on Monday turned out to be ___________ and professional, as it should have been. Any summary and ___________ action by the Centre to have its way would have created more problems than it solved, apart from it not going down well with the markets. The decisions taken by the board address the concerns of both the Centre and the central bank, though on ___________ it appears that the RBI carried the day. Two of the biggest concerns of the Centre where it was expecting an immediate resolution — relaxation of the Prompt Corrective Action framework on 11 public sector banks and provision of liquidity for non-banking financial companies — will be addressed at a future date.
c. mutedabcbaccbabcaNone of theseOption C
- Breaking with more than a quarter-century of history, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organisation ___________ its summit with no joint communiqué issued. Its leaders, principally led by the U.S. and China, ___________ the proposed wording of the document. The economic rivalry between Washington and Beijing appeared to fracture the 21-nation summit into two segments. The source of the friction stemmed from the Trump administration’s “America First” policy, under which Washington led the charge on “unfair trade practices”. This was an ___________ accusation that China wasn’t levelling the playing field in global trade.
a. clashed over
c. wrapped upabcbacbcacabNone of theseOption D
- After five years of rule by a government that strong-armed political ___________ domestically, the Maldives has put a pro-people administration in power, swearing in Ibrahim Solih, representing the Maldivian Democratic Party, as President on November 17. He has announced a slew of populist policies, and vowed to end an era of “large-scale ___________ and corruption”. The last is an allusion to the untold millions allegedly paid to officials as kickbacks for various mega-construction projects. The Solih government came to power on the back of a ___________ of unlikely bedfellows.
c. coalitionabcbacbcaacbNone of theseOption B