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  • The country’s courts are the final arbiters of when a restriction on free speech is warranted, but in a technical sense. ________________with citizens actively defending free speech, even of the kind they disagree with — that will give substance to this and other fundamental rights.
    1) with citizens actively defending free speech
    2) others have come out against violent suppression of free speech
    3) It is the lived practice of democracy
    4) That would only be an invitation for people
    5) None of these

    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) 
    Explanation : It is the lived practice of democracy
  • Zero-balance and salary accounts have not been spared the four-transactions-per-month rule by private banks. If the government and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) do not step in immediately to stop private banks from imposing these transaction costs, state-owned ________________.
    1) revised estimates would bring out a different picture,
    2) healthy recovery would follow and the economy
    3) of lower growth in Q3 and the year as a whole.
    4) banks might also follow suit
    5) None of these

    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4)
    Explanation : banks might also follow suit
  • If that happens, then the hope of extending formal banking to most of India will be proved a farce. A new banking apartheid, which favours wealthy customers and large transactions and excludes the small person from the banking system, will become the norm. The aim should ________________and costless as to make use of cash look foolish.
    1) an inflated picture of economic activity
    2) the financial results of companies and sales tax
    3) be to make digital transactions so easy
    4) cash into formal channels and, thus, presented
    5) None of these

    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3)
    Explanation : be to make digital transactions so easy
  • Take the subject of immigration, which is top of the mind among Indians. Many are now drawing comfort from the US president’s seeming willingness to adopt a merit-based immigration policy, which, they feel, would favour highly skilled Indians. ________________.
    1) at least in the short run, for the companies being jolted out
    2) But this is facile
    3) Teleservices into its embrace
    4) to facilitate all kinds of digital commerce
    5) None of these

    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) 
    Explanation : But this is facile
  • Hire Americans, said Trump, offering little comfort on this count, except when you factor in the hard reality that the world’s supply of engineering talent is limited and Indians account for a big share of the available supply, which ensures that their skills would be in demand, whether in the US or in ________________the tasks that would help American companies stay competitive.
    1) some other jurisdiction, to perform
    2) is part of that organisational restructuring
    3) Shared resources of the merging companies
    4)  the network in a manner prohibited hitherto
    5) None of these

    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1)
    Explanation : some other jurisdiction, to perform
  • The point about demonetisation was not that there would be no short-term pain; rather, it was ________________bitter pill was swallowed, healthy recovery would follow and the economy would gallop ahead in 2017-18 and thereafter. That remains to be validated or disproved. Meanwhile, the imperatives of goods and services tax and banking reform remain unchanged.
    1) explanations for this seeming mismatch between expectation and outcome
    2) The robust growth in agriculture
    3) in cash has not hurt economic growth
    4) justified on the expectation that once the
    5) None of these

    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) 
    Explanation : justified on the expectation that once the
  • Minus such blatant partisanship, if the state merely used the public order proviso to gag the minority opinion, that would ________________freedom of expression. That would only be an invitation for people to stage violence to muzzle opinion they disagree with.
    1) security of the state, friendly relations with foreign states
    2) still fall short of defending the right to
    3) which fancies itself as a digital empire in the making
    4) public order, decency, defamation and incitement to an offence
    5) None of these

    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2)
    Explanation : still fall short of defending the right to
  • The trend in some emerging economies, including India,__________________renewable energy projects over the last five years. This has implications for equity in the long run, and electricity regulators should fix tariffs taking into account the reduction in the levelised cost of electricity (the average break-even price over a project’s lifetime).
    1) to be a shift in the disease patterns from communicable to non-communicable,
    2) itself calls for re-gearing the health-care system
    3) has been a reduction in public financing of
    4) low levels of institutional support, and the loneliness and depression associated
    5) None of Above

    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –  3)
    Explanation : has been a reduction in public financing of
    Sentence third is correct as per passage theme Shining bright.
  • The cost of weak health systems – both to human lives and to the economy – is steep. The Ebola outbreak which economists estimate cost three times more________________have cost to build functioning health-care systems in the first place – made that starkly clear.
    1) the existence of an effective health system with sustained links to
    2) to bring under control than it would
    3) Chile has an 18% tax on high-sugar drinks
    4) to elaborate new strategies for addressing their NCD problems
    5) None of above.

    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2)
    Explanation : to bring under control than it would
    Sentence forth is correct as per passage theme achieving universal health coverage in Africa.
  •  In the arena of state employment, the more industrious and enterprising among the disabled have, aided by the Supreme Court’s proactive interpretations of the equal opportunities provisions in the 1995 law, entered the corridors of the administrative services. _________________. Access at polling booths seems to have become almost irreversible since the apex court’s landmark 2004 ruling stipulating easy access through ramps. The greater visibility for disability-related concerns in our media is also part of this broad picture of inclusion, howsoever restricted.
    1) Women with disabilities are most vulnerable to exploitation
    2) These are the numbers that should worry us, and prod us into action
    3) A mere 21.1 per cent of Indian schools adhere to inclusive education for children with disabilities
    4) There are athletes with disabilities who have brought laurels to the country
    5)None of These.

    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4)
    Explanation : There are athletes with disabilities who have brought laurels to the country

 

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