In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.
The (1) of India as an economic superpower is not reflected in the (2) of life enjoyed by its 1.2 billion citizens according to the Human Development Index which (3) India very low among 182 countries. In our performance oriented world, measurement issues have taken on (4) importance as what we measure affects what we do. In fact the French President has established an international corn mission on the, Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress-owing to his (5) and that of others with the current state of statistical information about the economy and society.
The big question concerns (6) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) provides a good measure of living standards. In many cases GDP statistics seem to (7) that the economy is doing far better than most citizens feel it is. Moreover the focus on GDP creates conflicts-while political leaders are told to maximise it, citizens also demand that (8) be paid to enhancing security, reducing air, water and noise pollution all of which actually (9) GDP growth. Statistics are (10) to summarise what is going on in our complex society, it is therefore obvious that we can’t reduce everything to a single number – GDP.

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