Directions (1-5): In each of the following questions a passage is given in which there is a blank. Choose the most logical and appropriate option from the five options given that can be filled in the blank.
- The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 was enacted with the intention of improving the ease of doing business in India, ________________________. At the outset, the Code appears to have the interests of business at heart: it aims to overhaul laws relating to reorganization and insolvency resolution of corporate persons, partnership firms, and individuals; attempts to ease the process of recovery of money by operational and financial creditors in a timely manner; and places the onus on professionals to put forth resolution plans within 180 days. It seeks to ensure that there is neither scope for any further claims by the creditors, except through the Code’s mechanisms, nor for the corporate debtor to challenge the claims made by the creditor.
A) that is perceived to have a weak insolvency framework and where defaulting debtors abuse the law.
B) a country having enough loopholes to close down businesses instead of assisting entrepreneurs
C) which has merely 30 days to put together all the relevant information and call for a meeting of the financial creditors.
D) allows for any person to access the information memorandum put together by the insolvency professional without restricting competitors or imposing any confidentiality obligations.
E) None of these.
- The wholesale acquittal of all 10 persons arrested in connection with a blast at the Police Task Force office at Begumpet in Hyderabad in 2005 must occasion serious introspection on the prevailing gulf between crime and justice. While they no doubt bring relief, acquittals in such cases also carry a sense of injustice, especially when they are based on absence of evidence and not merely because there is some doubt about culpability. It may also seem unfair to those who feel the accused got away; but more often, the injustice flows from the loss suffered by the accused who might have spent years in prison, possibly in the prime of youth. There have been quite a few instances, in recent times, ________________________
A) where they were convicted and sentenced to deat
B) that Justice, if it has to be substantive, cannot be in slow motion
C) where it cannot be said that people are going scot-free after committing grave offences.
D)of those arrested for alleged involvement in terrorism incidents being released after years in prison
E) None of these.
- India is known for its designs and designers, one more colorful than the other. But more importantly, we are known for our babies, rapidly proliferating even as our population threatens to overtake China. What if the two came together? I speak of designer babies, the new threat on the horizon. And yet, how real is this? And what should we do to regulate this threat? First off, ___________________ Indeed, if a recent pronouncement by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh health wing is anything to go by, we have a medley of mantras to ensure that our babies are born “tall, fair and smart” — an “uttam santati” (ideal progeny) of sorts!
A) the dangers of designer babies are alike
B) can we beautify the babies of tomorrow?
C) designing babies is not anything that’s new for India.|
D) the defect-free babies that flow forth ought to be subject to a similar regulatory standard.
E) None of these.
- The death of more than 60 children in the span of a few days in a major referral hospital in Uttar Pradesh has jolted the conscience of the nation. This was an entirely preventable tragedy. It will take an independent inquiry to establish why children perished at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur between August 7 and 11. Such an inquiry should examine whether and to what extent the disruption of oxygen supply to those who were extremely sick was a cause for the deaths. That the two events were _____________________________________ and the State government suspending the principal of the college.
A) as such that they trail even other developing economies, such as neighbouring Thailand and some African countries
B) not entirely unrelated seemed to be indirectly confirmed with the frantic requisitioning of emergency
C) not considered by the State government and the Centre is evident from the unremitting annual peaks of disease and death in U.P
D) having their roots in weak social determinants such as housing and sanitation
E) None of these.
- U.S. President Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric against North Korea and equally strident counter-threats by Pyongyang have made the situation in the Korean Peninsula drastically worse. After reports emerged that North Korea has developed a miniaturised nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, Mr. Trump said that_______________________ the U.S. If Mr. Trump’s tough talk, which he repeated again in the following days with even a reference to America’s nuclear weapons, was intended to deter Pyongyang from escalating the situation, it was an instant failure. The North issued a specific threat, saying it was considering a plan to fire missiles towards Guam, the American territory in the Pacific. It is appalling that there’s no substantial effort to defuse tensions even as two nuclear powers are steadily escalating threats against each other.
A) it’s not clear whether there are any efforts from their side to reach out to the u.s. diplomatically.
B) if Mr. Kim continues to ignore the threats from Washington and goes ahead with an attack on Guam, it could prompt us to take decisions|C) to change course and take the road less travelled, the only promising routes are currently available
D) the country would be met with “fire and fury” of the sort the world had never seen if it continued to threaten
E) None of these.
Directions (6-10) : In each question below there are four or five statements. Each statement has pairs of words/phrases that are highlighted. From the highlighted word(s)/phrase(s), select the most appropriate word(s)/phrase(s) to form correct sentences. Then choose the best option.
- (i) Over 30 children died within a span/wave of 48 hours at the government-run Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur last week.
(ii) The police needed/wanted him for armed robbery.
(iii) A seam/seem of the undershirt was quite noticeable through the thin flimsy silk blouse.
(iv) Do inform me of your well being after you reach/have reached bombay.
- (i) To make the glazed orange cake, the first step was to pair/pare the zest of an orange for the glaze
(ii) When the owner offered tea, the peon denied/declined.
(iii) Since the man’s bail/bale rate was so high, his parents had to put their house up as collateral in order for him to be released.
(iv) Soldiers are trained to behave/obey without question.
- (i) The teacher strikes the table with his ferule/ferrule to quiet the students.
(ii) Nothing but books and magazines pleases/please her.
(iii) A frightened bear will maul/mall campers.
(iv) The commissions are set up to ask/look into the incident.
- (i) Wise man catch/seize time by the forelock.
(ii) I could hear the champagne fizz/phiz as he poured it into my glass.
(iii) The weather was not good; it was a bit/fairly pleasant.
(iv) The Nottinghamshire quadruple scull/skull will lead off a procession of 500 crews.
- (i) I belong to a guild/gild of wine butlers.
(ii) I suggested that he study/studies medicine.
(iii) In meditation bring out your palate/pallet of the emotions and paint your mind with the colours of love
(iv) To get into the building , i will disguise me/myself as a reporter.