English Quiz for Bank Exams 2016 - Set 8

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(Q. 1-11): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words are given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Close and confidential relations between Russia and India are based on the proximity of their fundamental national interests and rest upon the centuries-old history of peaceful and mutually beneficial contacts between the two nations. The strength of these bonds has been tested many times in critical situations. Time and again, in moments of crisis, both New Delhi and Moscow have turned to each other. India has been and remains, without any reservations, Russia’s closest and most reliable friend and partner. Of principal importance is the national consensus existing in the two countries regarding the necessity for developing further cooperation between both bilaterally and in the international arena. The intensity of political dialogue has been on a steady rise, embracing ever new challenges and issues emerging in the context of a rapidly-changing situation in the world. It is based on the convergence of views with regard to major problems of the present days. Summit-level talks between president VV Putin and prime minister AB Vajpayee and meetings of the ministers of foreign affairs, including their interaction at the UN, have become an annual feature. Trilateral interaction among Russia, India and China is gaining momentum and acquiring substance. Deliberations on anumber of joint working groups set up by the foreign ministries are yielding noticeable results. The first rounds of the working group on global challenges and the working groups on international terrorism in Sep-Oct 2003 brought the two countries together as de facto allies, once again providing the effectiveness of our joint quests for ways to strengthen international and regional security. Russia has supported the advancement of the process of normalisation between India and Pakistan. Vajpayee’s 12 steps to peace initiative addressed to the leadership of Pakistan has received our full support. It provides a realistic and durable basis for the resumption of dialogue and settlement of all outstanding problems between these two South Asian countries on the basis of the 1972 Shimla Accord and 1998 Lahore Declaration. No doubt, to make it possible, favourable conditions should be created. First of all, the acts of trans-border terrorism along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir must be stopped. New Delhi’s views on the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq are consonant with the assessments of our diplomacy. Together we are doing our best to restore peaceful life there. We are consistently upholding the centrality of the coordinating role of the United Nations, and the necessity of concerted actions of the entire comity of nations when such crises with international ramifications take place. We have been successful jointly in mapping the means and avenues of expanding the scope of trade and economic cooperation. Highly productive deliberations have been held on the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation. Experts are actively working out a mechanism for investing the rupee assets — available to Russia as a result of the repayment of India’s debt — into promising projects in both countries. The prospects of cooperation in this sphere give rise to optimism. Military and technical cooperation, being a significant and inalienable segment of the special nature of the bilateral relationship, is doing splendidly. A number of major deals in the pipeline are now being finalised. When signed, they will make a considerable contribution to strengthening India’s defence capability and security while promoting peace and stability in the region. Among the top priorities on the Russian-Indian agenda are also our traditionally warm people-to-people contacts and cooperation in the field of culture. An example of this is the successful functioning of the Russian-Indian International Roerich Memorial Trust in Naggar in Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh. Every year the Roerich Museum and Art Gallery there are visited by over 100,000 tourists from around the country and abroad. It is symbolic that as the prime minister visits Moscow, an exhibition on Russian culture is on in all major Indian metros, drawing large audiences. This colourful gala marks the renaissance of active cultural cooperation between the two countries and highlights the special spiritual affection the Russians and Indians have for each other. For many centuries, this magic bridge of culture, stretching over the Palmaris and the Himalayas, has spanned our nations, and together with our Indian friends we keep walking along it towards the future horizons of our strategic partnership.

1. Which of the following is a unique feature of Indo-Russian relationship?
1) It is based on mutual cooperation and sharing of knowledge in key areas.
2) It has stood firm even in trying times.
3) It is the oldest relation between any two countries in the world.
4) This relationship has been envied by many countries.
5) None of these

2. Which of the following is true in the context of the passage?
1) There is much closeness in the primary national interests of India and Russia.
2) Russia has offered to mediate in solving the Indo-Pak problem.
3) India’s views on the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq is different from that of Russia.
4) Russia wants Pakistan to accept India’s conditions for normalisation of relations at any cost.
5) None of these

3. What has maintained the Indo-Russian relations even amidst rough weathers?
1) their sense of respect for each other
2) their age-old experience in tackling the odds
3) the powerful international image of both the countries
4) the attitude of both the countries to help each other at difficult times
5) None of these

4. Majority of the Indian and Russian populations want both the countries jointly
1) to emerge a superpower on the global scene.
2) to extend their area of cooperation.
3) to counter any superpower on the international front.
4) to address their concerns on the international and national front as well.
5) to operate against any terrorist activities within their regions.

5. Which of the following is false in the context of the passage?
1) The interaction between the leaders of India and Russia has increased in recent years.
2) Russia supports the solving of Indo-Pak dispute in view of the 1972 Shimla Accord and 1998 Lahore Declaration.
3) Favourable conditions should be built if Indo-Pak dispute is to be settled.
4) Afghanistan and Iraq crises are not without international consequences.
5) None of these

Directions (Q. 6-8): Choose the word which is same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

1) closeness
2) unity
3) awareness
4) unanimity
5) depth

1) weight
2) similarity
3) acceptance
4) exchange
5) reflection

1) norms
2) scale
3) significance
4) consequences
5) carnage

Directions (Q. 9-11): Choose the word which is opposite in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage.

1) unrealistic
2) normal
3) insignificant
4) negligible
5) inconstant

1) hostile
2) aloof
3) inconsistent
4) deprived
5) criticizing

1) unfamiliar
2) unconditional
3) prime
4) secondary
5) trivia


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