SBI PO 2006


Read the following passage and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

In a disarmingly frank talk at the Indian Merchants Chamber in Mumbai the Japanese Ambassador in India dwelt at length wise issues that exercise the mind of Japanese investors when they consider investment proposals in India.
Rising the question ‘’What comparative advantages does India offer as an investment market?’’, he said though labour in India is inexpensive, wage levels are offset by productivity level to a large extent.
Acknowledging that vastness of the Indian market is a great ‘’inducement’’ for investment in manufacturing industry the wondered if it was ‘’justifiable’’ to provide that overseas remittance of profit in foreign exchange to fully covered by exchange earnings as had been done. Significantly, on the eve of the Prime Minister’s visit to Japan, the Government delinked profits repatriation from exports, meeting this demand.
The Ambassador said foreign investors needed to be assured of the continuity and consistency of the liberalization policy and the fact that new measures had been put into force by means of administrative notifications without amending Government laws acted as a damper.
The Ambassador pleaded for speedy formulation of the exist policy and pointed to the highly restrictive control by the Government on disinvestment by foreign partners in joint ventures in India.
While it is all too easy to dismiss critical comment on conditions in India ‘’contemptuously’’, there can be wooed ‘’assiduously’’, we will have to meet exacting international standard and cater at least partially to what we may consider the ‘’Idiosyncrasies’’ of our foreign collaborators. The Japanese too have passed through a stage in the fifties when their products were divided as substandard and ‘’shoddy’’. That they have come out of the ordeal of fire to emerge as an economic supper power speaks as much of their doggedness to pursue goals against all odds as of their ability to improvise and adapt to internationally acceptable standards.
There is no gain-saying that the past record of Japanese investment is a poor benchmark for future expectations.

Question 211

The author has appreciated the Japanese for their

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Question 212

According to the Japanese Ambassador, which of the following motivates the foreign investors to invest in Indian manufacturing industry ?

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Question 213

The purpose of the author in writing this passage seems to be to……...

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Question 214

Which of the following suggestions were expected by the Japanese Ambassador ?
A. Speedy formulation of the exist policy
B. Imposing restrictions of disinvestment by foreign partners in joint ventures in India.
C. Continuity and consistency of the liberalisation policy.

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Question 215

According to the Japanese Ambassador, India offers a comparative advantage of foreign investors in terms of ……..

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Question 216

For seeking more and more foreign investment, the author suggests that we should……….

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Question 217

From the passage it can be inferred that the author is………..

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Question 218

The author attributes Japan’s emergence as an economic super power to ……
A. their ability to overcome any ordeal
B. Their tenacity and perseverance despite unfavourable circumstances
C. their ability to improvise and adapt to globally acceptable quality levels.

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Question 219

Which of the following statement(s) is/are ‘’true’’ about the critical comments on investment conditions in India ?
A. These comments are difficult to be countered
B. These comments are received from various international quarters
C. These comments are based more on bases than on facts

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Question 220

Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word printed in ‘’bold’’ as used in the passage.


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