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English Reading Comprehension Set 11

Directions: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

It seemed interesting that on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s departure for France, the Indian and French governments issued similar statements on the prospects of an agreement on the purchase of the Rafale aircraft: that no single deal should be allowed to overshadow the Prime Minister’s visit. Indeed, India-France relations are much bigger than any one contract; they represent the cultural affinity and historic relations between two vibrant democracies. The items on the Prime Minister’s agenda reflected the range of commonalities — from the preservation of ancient architecture to the development of Puducherry and Chandigarh as smart cities; from the construction of semi-high-speed railway lines to cooperation on a space mission to Mars; from discussing anti-terror training to tackling climate change through renewable technologies and a robust nuclear partnership. The economic aspect of the relationship has been ignored for too long. Although more than a thousand French companies have a total investment of about $20 billion in India, bilateral trade is worth just $8 billion. While all this deserved attention, it was disappointing that the Prime Minister put the spotlight back on defence ties by making a surprise announcement on the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft as the highlight of his talks with President François Hollande. If the outright purchase was a crucial military necessity, it could have been discussed a few weeks before or after the visit, as a political push for the deal was secondary to the technical specifications and delivery requirements. Moreover, the deal, which involves purchasing products off the shelf abroad, detracts from Mr. Modi’s “Make in India” initiative.

The breakthrough on the Areva nuclear equipment deal, on the other hand, shows the positive outcome of Mr. Modi’s and Mr. Hollande’s political push, combined with a “Make in India” twist. As in the case of Indo-U.S. nuclear negotiations, Mr. Modi and Mr. Hollande decided to clear the logjam by splitting the problem into different silos — allowing for separate mechanisms for the pricing issues and for the technical and legal aspects. The supplementary deal involving Areva and L&T producing heavy forging metal casing for nuclear reactors is an important step in localising some of the expensive parts. During his visit to Canada, where he hopes to sign a deal for uranium supplies, Mr. Modi means to take forward his plan to increase nuclear energy production. Given this objective, it may be useful for him to round off the visit by discussing his nuclear energy plans in Germany as well, which is now winding down on nuclear power but is at the cutting edge of nuclear safety research for the European Pressurised Reactors that are being considered for India.

Source-The Hindu

Q.1. Which of the following is the synonym of the word “Affinity”?
a) dissimilitude
b) Aversion
c) Antipathy
d) Resemblance
e) None of the above

Q.2. Which of the following is the meaning of the word ‘Logjam’?

a) A long traffic jam during Prime Minister Modi’s visit.
b) A state of mind where you cannot decide what to do.
c) A situation that seems irresolvable.
d) A place from where The French President used to work.
e) None of the above

Q.3. Which of the following is not the Synonym of the word ‘Overshadow’?

a) surpass
b) Exceed
c) Excel
d) Transcend
e) None of the above

Q.4. Which of the following option is on the agenda of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as stated above?
a) Preservation of ancient architecture.
b) Development of Puducherry and Chandigarh as smart cities.
c) Construction of semi-high-speed railway lines.
d) All of the above.
e) None of the above.

Q.5. According to the passage, which of the following got the whole attention other than many important deals?
a) Cooperation on a space mission to Mars
b) Anti-terror training
c) General VK Singh’s evacuation of Indian citizens from Yemen.
d) Purchase of Rafale Fighters.
e) General VK Singh’s remark on the Press.

Q.6. Choose an appropriate Title for the above passage :
a) The Big Deal.
b) Modi’s Success.
c) Modi’s tour to France.
d) Rafale and beyond.
e) The Journey.

Q.7. Which of the following is not the Synonym of the word ‘Robust’?
a) Fragile
b) Durable
c) Resilient
d) Vigorous
e) Sturdy

Q.8. Which of the following is not the Synonym of ‘Outright’?
a) Absolute
b) Utter
c) Downright
d) Sheer
e) None of the above

Q.9. According to the passage, the ……………….. will be responsible for the economical production of Nuclear Power
a) Inviting French President Hollande to India.
b) Manufacturing of Dedicated freight corrider for the transportation of nuclear material.
c) Dedicating Many Public sector undertakings for the smooth running of power plants.
d) Areva and L&T deal to localize the manufacturing of required parts.
e) None of the above

Q.10. Which of the following is not true regarding the passage?
a) Prime Minister has agreed to purchase 46 Rafale aircrafts.
b) More than a thousand French companies have a total investment of about $20 billion in India.
c) Deal with two French companies for the manufacturing of nuclear equipments locally.
d) Prime Minister Modi is expected to sign a deal with Canada for Uranium supplies.
e) None of the above

Answer Key-
1) d
2) c
3) e
4) d
5) d
6) d
7) a
8) e
9) d
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