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Q61. > Once upon a time there was a little boy who was talented, creative, > handsome, and extremely bright. A natural leader. The kind of person > everyone would normally have wanted on their team or project. But he > was also self-centered and had a very bad temper. When he got angry, > he usually said, and often did, some very hurtful things. In fact, he > seemed to have little regard for those around him. Even friends. So, > naturally, he had few. “But,” he told himself, “that just shows how > stupid most people are!” > > As he grew, his parents became concerned about this personality flaw, > and pondered long and hard about what they should do. Finally, the > father had an idea. And he struck a bargain with his son. He gave him > a bag of nails, and a BIG hammer. > > > “Whenever you lose your temper,” he told the boy, “I want you to > really let it out. Just take a nail and drive it into the oak boards > of that old fence out back. Hit that nail as hard as you can!” Of > course, those weathered oak boards in that old fence were almost as > tough as iron, and the hammer was mighty heavy, so it wasn’t nearly as > easy as it first sounded. Nevertheless, by the end of the first day, > the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence (That was one angry young > man!). > > Gradually, over a period of weeks, the number dwindled down. Holding > his temper proved to be easier than driving nails into the fence! > Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He > felt mighty proud as he told his parents about that accomplishment. > “As a sign of your success,” his father responded, “you get to PULL > OUT one nail. In fact, you can do that each day that you don’t lose > your temper even once.” > > Well, many weeks passed. Finally one day the young boy was able to > report proudly that all the nails were gone. At that point, the father > asked his son to walk out back with him and take one more good look at > the fence. “You have done well, my son,” he said. ”But I want you to > notice the holes that are left. No matter what happens from now on, > this fence will never be the same. Saying or doing hurtful things in > anger produces the same kind of result. There will always be a scar. > > It won’t matter how many times you say you’re sorry, or how many years > pass, the scar will still be there. And a verbal wound is as bad as a > physical one. People are much more valuable than an old fence. They > make us smile. They help us succeed. > > Some will even become friends who share our joys, and support us > through bad times. And, if they trust us, they will also open their > hearts to us. That means we need to treat everyone with love and > respect. We need to prevent as many of those scars as we can.” Why was the father worried?

  1.  His son was self-centered.
  2.  He usually said or did hurtful thing to anyone while angry.
  3.  He had only son.
  4.  His son was very mischievous.
  5.  His son had no friends.

Solution : He usually said or did hurtful thing to anyone while angry.
Q62. > The option in India will soon apply not only to the bags that hold the > groceries, but also to the cash used to purchase them.The Reserve Bank > of India (RBI) is preparing to circulate 1 billion plastic notes of 10 > rupees (6 fils) in five cities to test their practicability. The > purpose of the new notes was to increase the lifespan of the currency > and combat counterfeiting. The five cities - Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, > Bhubhaneshwar and Shimla - have been chosen for their geographic > disparity and to test the effect of their varying climates on the > notes. No date has been announced for the start of the trials. Plastic > currency notes - or polymer banknotes, as they are also called - were > first issued in Australia in 1988 and have since been adopted in > Singapore, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria, among other countries. Only a > handful of nations have switched over entirely to polymer currency. > They include Canada, New Zealand, Brunei and Vietnam. > > > There have been no estimates in India of the cost of printing > banknotes on paper versus plastic. But central banks in Canada and New > Zealand have said that plastic notes cost twice as much to produce. > However, polymer notes have an average lifespan of five years, > compared with one year for paper notes. “You can tear paper with your > fingers. You can’t do that with polymer notes,” Mr Jhunjhunwalla said. > “It isn’t easy to write on polymer notes or crease them. Paper is > affected in climate that is too cold or too warm or too rainy.” For > the RBI, the durability of plastic cuts the expense of printing > replacements for soiled paper notes and disposing of those taken out > of circulation. According to the RBI’s annual report for the year from > 2009 to 2010, 13 billion banknotes - nearly a quarter of all the notes > in circulation - had to be destroyed. Until the mid-1990s, retracted > banknotes were burnt. Today, as in many other countries, soiled paper > notes are shredded. The RBI has tried to recycle shredded notes into > novelty paperweights, bricks or cardboard. But Mr Gandhi said they > discovered the paper was so finely shredded that they could not even > give it away. The shredded notes now make their way to landfills and > land reclamations. What's the main reason to introduce plastic currency by the Reserve Bank of India ?

  1.  To improve security features to defeat the efforts of counterfeiters.
  2.  For improving the life of bank notes.
  3.  Plastic notes are stain proof and don't tear easily.
  4.  Other countries i.e. Australia and Singapore have also launched plastic notes.
  5.  None of these

Solution : To improve security features to defeat the efforts of counterfeiters.

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Q63. > The option in India will soon apply not only to the bags that hold the > groceries, but also to the cash used to purchase them.The Reserve Bank > of India (RBI) is preparing to circulate 1 billion plastic notes of 10 > rupees (6 fils) in five cities to test their practicability. The > purpose of the new notes was to increase the lifespan of the currency > and combat counterfeiting. The five cities - Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, > Bhubhaneshwar and Shimla - have been chosen for their geographic > disparity and to test the effect of their varying climates on the > notes. No date has been announced for the start of the trials. Plastic > currency notes - or polymer banknotes, as they are also called - were > first issued in Australia in 1988 and have since been adopted in > Singapore, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria, among other countries. Only a > handful of nations have switched over entirely to polymer currency. > They include Canada, New Zealand, Brunei and Vietnam. > > > There have been no estimates in India of the cost of printing > banknotes on paper versus plastic. But central banks in Canada and New > Zealand have said that plastic notes cost twice as much to produce. > However, polymer notes have an average lifespan of five years, > compared with one year for paper notes. “You can tear paper with your > fingers. You can’t do that with polymer notes,” Mr Jhunjhunwalla said. > “It isn’t easy to write on polymer notes or crease them. Paper is > affected in climate that is too cold or too warm or too rainy.” For > the RBI, the durability of plastic cuts the expense of printing > replacements for soiled paper notes and disposing of those taken out > of circulation. According to the RBI’s annual report for the year from > 2009 to 2010, 13 billion banknotes - nearly a quarter of all the notes > in circulation - had to be destroyed. Until the mid-1990s, retracted > banknotes were burnt. Today, as in many other countries, soiled paper > notes are shredded. The RBI has tried to recycle shredded notes into > novelty paperweights, bricks or cardboard. But Mr Gandhi said they > discovered the paper was so finely shredded that they could not even > give it away. The shredded notes now make their way to landfills and > land reclamations. Why only five selected cities are chosen for trial of plastic currency ?

  1.  Due to varied geographical locations and climatic conditions.
  2.  These cities have major complain of counterfeiting.
  3.  Security and intelligence agencies are working only in these cities to thwart the illegal activities related to fake Indian currency notes.
  4.  All of the above
  5.  None of these

Solution : Due to varied geographical locations and climatic conditions.
Q64. > The option in India will soon apply not only to the bags that hold the > groceries, but also to the cash used to purchase them.The Reserve Bank > of India (RBI) is preparing to circulate 1 billion plastic notes of 10 > rupees (6 fils) in five cities to test their practicability. The > purpose of the new notes was to increase the lifespan of the currency > and combat counterfeiting. The five cities - Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, > Bhubhaneshwar and Shimla - have been chosen for their geographic > disparity and to test the effect of their varying climates on the > notes. No date has been announced for the start of the trials. Plastic > currency notes - or polymer banknotes, as they are also called - were > first issued in Australia in 1988 and have since been adopted in > Singapore, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria, among other countries. Only a > handful of nations have switched over entirely to polymer currency. > They include Canada, New Zealand, Brunei and Vietnam. > > > There have been no estimates in India of the cost of printing > banknotes on paper versus plastic. But central banks in Canada and New > Zealand have said that plastic notes cost twice as much to produce. > However, polymer notes have an average lifespan of five years, > compared with one year for paper notes. “You can tear paper with your > fingers. You can’t do that with polymer notes,” Mr Jhunjhunwalla said. > “It isn’t easy to write on polymer notes or crease them. Paper is > affected in climate that is too cold or too warm or too rainy.” For > the RBI, the durability of plastic cuts the expense of printing > replacements for soiled paper notes and disposing of those taken out > of circulation. According to the RBI’s annual report for the year from > 2009 to 2010, 13 billion banknotes - nearly a quarter of all the notes > in circulation - had to be destroyed. Until the mid-1990s, retracted > banknotes were burnt. Today, as in many other countries, soiled paper > notes are shredded. The RBI has tried to recycle shredded notes into > novelty paperweights, bricks or cardboard. But Mr Gandhi said they > discovered the paper was so finely shredded that they could not even > give it away. The shredded notes now make their way to landfills and > land reclamations. According to the passage, which of the following can be said about the plastic currency ?

  1.  Such notes incorporate many security features not available to paper banknotes.
  2.  Plastic currency is made from a polymer.
  3.  It is last significantly longer than paper notes.
  4.  All of the above
  5.  None of these

Solution : All of the above

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Q65. > The option in India will soon apply not only to the bags that hold the > groceries, but also to the cash used to purchase them.The Reserve Bank > of India (RBI) is preparing to circulate 1 billion plastic notes of 10 > rupees (6 fils) in five cities to test their practicability. The > purpose of the new notes was to increase the lifespan of the currency > and combat counterfeiting. The five cities - Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, > Bhubhaneshwar and Shimla - have been chosen for their geographic > disparity and to test the effect of their varying climates on the > notes. No date has been announced for the start of the trials. Plastic > currency notes - or polymer banknotes, as they are also called - were > first issued in Australia in 1988 and have since been adopted in > Singapore, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria, among other countries. Only a > handful of nations have switched over entirely to polymer currency. > They include Canada, New Zealand, Brunei and Vietnam. > > > There have been no estimates in India of the cost of printing > banknotes on paper versus plastic. But central banks in Canada and New > Zealand have said that plastic notes cost twice as much to produce. > However, polymer notes have an average lifespan of five years, > compared with one year for paper notes. “You can tear paper with your > fingers. You can’t do that with polymer notes,” Mr Jhunjhunwalla said. > “It isn’t easy to write on polymer notes or crease them. Paper is > affected in climate that is too cold or too warm or too rainy.” For > the RBI, the durability of plastic cuts the expense of printing > replacements for soiled paper notes and disposing of those taken out > of circulation. According to the RBI’s annual report for the year from > 2009 to 2010, 13 billion banknotes - nearly a quarter of all the notes > in circulation - had to be destroyed. Until the mid-1990s, retracted > banknotes were burnt. Today, as in many other countries, soiled paper > notes are shredded. The RBI has tried to recycle shredded notes into > novelty paperweights, bricks or cardboard. But Mr Gandhi said they > discovered the paper was so finely shredded that they could not even > give it away. The shredded notes now make their way to landfills and > land reclamations. Which of the following is/are true about the impact of plastic currency on Indian economy ?

  1.  It will drive economic growth.
  2.  It will increase purchasing power and need to carry hard cash.
  3.  Banks will charge for this.
  4.  Economic cycle consumption greater income decline in inventory increased production.
  5.  None of these

Solution : None of these
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