Quiz: Reading Comprehension

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                       Today’s post is related to the India and EU (European Union) and it clearly shows how keen are both of them to sign agreements. This might be important as per SBI, IBPS, SSC and other Govt examinations.


Directions
(Q.1-10): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given
below. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them.
The
European Union’s Ambassador to New Delhi, Joao Cravinho, last week expressed
keenness to pursue the India-EU Free Trade Agreement talks. The desire is
mutual. Despite the vigorous pace that the Narendra Modi government has
marked in the matter of foreign relations in general, this process has remained
in suspended animation for two years now. Minister for Commerce and Industry
Nirmala Sitharaman had assured the Ambassador in March of India’s willingness
to resume talks. As Mr. Cravinho mentioned, the meeting of the OECD countries
scheduled for June offers an opportunity for both sides to draw up a road map.
The EU identified India as a ‘strategic partner’ in 2004. A Joint Action Plan
was signed in 2005 and negotiations on the proposed Broad-based Trade and
Investment Agreement (BTIA) were launched in June 2007. Eight years down the
line, some contentious issues still remain. In the backdrop of Prime Minister
Modi’s visit to France and Germany in April came the cancellation of the
India-EU summit, apparently for “logistical” reasons. Issues such as the EU ban
on import of mangoes from India announced in May 2014, and the legal
proceedings in India involving the Italian Marines, are also factors that have
left the relationship strained.
The
EU is one of India’s largest trading partners and a major source of FDI. The
value of EU-India trade grew from €28.6 billion in 2003 to €72.5 billion in
2014, while trade in commercial services rose from €5.2 billion in 2002 to
€23.7 billion in 2013. India has concluded agreements with ASEAN, Japan,
Singapore and Korea. With the EU the scale of the deal is more ambitious, and consequently
the disagreements. For instance, the EU is unhappy with India’s
protectionism in the automobile
sector, and wants steep cuts in duties, and
tariff cuts in things such as wine, spirits and dairy products. But tariff cuts
in the agricultural sector would mean Europe’s heavily subsidised agro industry
will dump its surplus here, hitting Indian farmers. India’s generic drug
market also raises intellectual property concerns for European pharmaceutical
corporations. India, on the other hand, is unhappy with the EU not recognising
it as a “data secure nation”, and with what the EU has to offer in the area of
IT/BPO/KPO services (Mode 1) and the movement of skilled professionals (Mode
4). But the EU is no doubt keen on partnering with India in programmes such as
Make in India, Swachh Bharat and Smart City projects. Another criticism
levelled against the FTA talks has been over lack of transparency and inadequate
consultations with civil society participants. These concerns will also have to
be remedied in future rounds of dialogue. It is to be hoped that the whole
process would now gain momentum and lead to a negotiated deal.
-Source The
Hindu, Delhi Edition, 20th May
Q.1.Which of
the following can be an appropriate title for the passage?
1) The Road
Not Taken
2)
Go Forward on India-EU Talks
3) India and
Union
4) The
Milestone of Stagnant Water
5) Issues:
Never Resolved
Q.2.Which of
the following is true according to the passage?
A) These
bilateral talks will help both the countries to excel their capabilities.
B) For eight
years, some issues still remain the same.
C) FTA was criticized
over lack of transparency and inadequate consultations.
1) Only A
2) Only B
3) Only A
and C
4)
All A, B and C
5) Only A
and B
Q.3.Which of
the following was the reason for the cancellation of India-EU Summit?
1) None
2) Issues such as the EU ban on import of mangoes from India
announced in May 2014.
3) The issue
related to legal proceedings in India involving the
Italian Marines.
4) Due to
the Nepal Earthquake, the whole attention was drawn to the rescue operation.
5)
PM visit was planned for France and Germany in the month of April.

Q.4.Which of
the following is not true according to the passage?
A) There
were some concerns from EU side over Intellectual Property claimed by generic
drugs market.
B) India has concluded agreements with ASEAN, Japan, Singapore
and Korea
C) With the EU the scale of the deal is more ambitious, and
consequently the disagreements
1)
Only A
2) Only B
3) Only C
4) Only A
and C
5) Only A
and B
Q.5.What
does the author mean by the phrase “India’s
protectionism in the automobile
sector”?
1) India’s
attitude towards automobile sector is like a savior.
2)
India is trying to save its automobile sector from foreign intruders.
3) India is
the market of the oldest traditions and it is protecting its property.
4) India is
standing in the way of innovation.
5) None
Q.6.What is
the synonym of the word “inadequate”?
1)
Deficient
2) Belie
3) Castigation
4) Dirge
5) None
Q.7.What is
the synonym of the word “momentum”?

1) Disingenuous

2) Facetious
3) Propensity
4)
Impetus
5) Reverent
Q.8.Which of
the following is not the synonym of the word “surplus”?
1) Reticent
2)
Dearth
3) Whimsical
4) Torpor
5) All of
the above
Q.9.What is
the synonym of the word “vigorous”?
1) Wary
2) Stolid
3)
Strenuous
4) Rarefied
5) None
Q.10. Which
of the following is the synonym of the word “willingness”?
1) Latent
2) Obviate
3) Pervasive
4)
Disposition
5) All of the above


1. (2)
2. (4)
3. (5)
4. (1)
5. (2)
6. (1)
7. (4)
8. (2)
9. (3)
10.(4)