69751. Statement: Should there be a complete ban on manufacture and use of firecrackers? Arguments: No. This will render thousands of workers jobless. Yes. The firecracker manufacturers use child labour to a large extent. Yes. This will be a concrete step to reduce noise and air pollution.No. Use of firecrackers makes certain special occasions more lively and joyful.
69752. Statement: Should "literacy" be the minimum criterion for becoming a voter in India? Arguments: No. Mere literacy is no guarantee of political maturity of an individual. Yes. Illiterate people are less likely to make politically wiser decisions of voting for a right candidate or party. No. Voting is the constitutional right of every citizen.
69753. Statement: Should there be only few banks in place of numerous smaller banks in India? Arguments: Yes. This will help secure the investor's money as these big banks will be able to withstand intermittent market related shocks. No. A large number of people will lose their jobs as after the merger many employees will be redundant. Yes. This will help consolidate the entire banking industry and will lead to healthy competition.
69754. Statement: Should religion be taught in our schools? Arguments: No. Ours is a secular state. Yes. Teaching religion helps inculcate moral values among children. No. How can one dream of such a step when we want the young generation to fulfil its role in the 21st century.
69755. Statement: Should the parliamentary elections in India be held every three years as against five years at present? Arguments: No. This will enhance wastage of money and resources. Yes. This will help the voters to change non-performing representatives without much delay. No. The elected representatives will not have enough time to settle and concentrate on developmental activities.
69756. Statement: Should the number of holidays of government employees be reduced? Arguments: Yes. Our government employees are having the maximum number of holidays among the countries of the world. Yes. It is a sign of British legacy, why should we carry it further? Yes. It will speed up work and all the pending jobs can be completed well in time.No. Employees must be given ample spare time to spend with their family.
69757. Statement: Should class IV children have Board examination? Arguments: Yes. This will motivate the children to study and get higher marks, and thus more knowledge can be imbibed at a younger age. No. The children will be forced to study and won't enjoy the process. Yes. In today's competitive world the children need to be prepared right from the beginning to face such difficult examinations.No. This will add pressure on tender aged children and leave very little time for them to play.
69758. Statement: Should the rule of wearing helmet for both driver and pillion rider while driving a motor bike be enforced strictly? Arguments: Yes. It is a rule and rules should be followed strictly by all. No. Each individual knows how to protect his own life and it should be left to his discretion. No. It does not ensure safety as only the head is protected and rest of the body is not.Yes. It is a necessity as head, being the most sensitive organ, is protected by the helmet.
69759. Statement: Should all the students graduating in any discipline desirous of pursuing post-graduation of the subjects of their choice be allowed to enrol in the post-graduate courses? Arguments: Yes. The students are the best judge of their capabilities and there should not be restrictions for joining post-graduate courses. No. The students need to study relevant subjects in graduate courses to enrol in post-graduate courses and the students must fulfil such conditions. No. There are not enough institutes offering post-graduate courses which can accommodate all the graduates desirous of seeking post-graduate education of their own choice.
69760. Statement: Should we impart sex education in schools? Arguments: Yes. All the progressive nations do so. No. We cannot impart it in co-educational schools. Yes. It would certainly help in eradicating the existing misunderstanding and make the younger generation physically and mentally healthier.It will destroy the moral fibre and the highly esteemed value system which we have inherited from our forefathers.
69761. Statement: Should coal engines be replaced by electric engines in trains? Arguments: Yes. Coal engines cause a lot of pollution. Yes. Electric engines are good on performance, easy to operate and low on maintenance. No. India does not produce enough electricity to fulfil its domestic needs also.
69762. Statement: Should all those who are convicted for heinous crimes like murder or rape, beyond all reasonable doubts be given capital punishment or death penalty? Arguments: No. The death penalty should be given only in very rare and exceptional cases. Yes. This is the only way to punish such people who take others' lives or indulge in inhuman activities. Yes. Such severe punishments only will make people refrain from such heinous acts and the society will be safer.No. Those who are repentant for the crime they committed should be given a chance to improve and lead a normal life.
69763. Statement: Should all the profit making public sector units be sold to private companies? Arguments: Yes. This will help the government to augment its resources for implementing the development programmes. No. The private companies will not be able to run these units effectively. Yes. There will be a significant improvement in the quality of services.No. There would not be job security for the employees at all the levels.
69764. Statement: Should all the youngsters below 21 years of age be disallowed from going to a beer bar? Arguments: No. It is not correct to prevent matured youngsters above 18 years of age who can vote, from having fun. Yes. The entry fee to such pubs should also be hiked. No. There is no such curb in western countries.Yes. This will help in preventing youngsters from getting into bad company and imbibing bad habits.
69765. Statement: Should the government ban all forms of protests including strikes and processions? Arguments: Yes. This is the only way to teach discipline to the employees. No. Government cannot deprive its citizens of their basic rights. Yes. This is the only way to ensure maximum productivity without disruption of work.
69766. Statement: Should children be prevented completely from watching television? Arguments: No. We get vital information regarding education through television. Yes. It hampers the study of children. Yes. Young children are misguided by certain programmes featuring sex and violence.No. This is the only way to educate the masses.
69767. Statement: Should mercy death be legalized, i.e., all those who are suffering from terminal diseases be allowed to end their lives if they so desire? Arguments: No. Nobody should be allowed to end his/her life at his/her will as this goes against the basic tenets of humanity. Yes. Patients undergoing terrible suffering and having absolutely no chance of recovery should be liberated from suffering through mercy death. No. Even mercy death is a sort of killing and killing can never be legalized.
69768. Statement: Should seniority be the only criterion for the promotion? Arguments: No. It would be an injustice to those juniors who are more deserving and suitable for higher positions than their senior counterparts. Yes. Otherwise senior employees do feel humiliated. Yes. Senior employees are more experienced and must be rewarded for the same.
69769. Statement: Should admission to all professional courses be made on the basis of past academic performance rather than through entrance tests? Arguments: Yes. It will be beneficial for those candidates who are unable to bear the expenses of entrance tests. Yes. Many deserving candidates securing high marks in their qualifying academic examinations do not perform well on such entrance tests. No. The standard of examinations and assessment conducted by different Boards and universities are not comparable and hence there is a need to conduct entrance tests to calibrate them on a common yardstick.
69770. Statement: Should there be reservation of jobs in the organizations in the private sector also as in the public sector undertakings in India? Arguments: Yes. This would give more opportunities of development to the weaker sections of the society and thus help reduce the gap between the affluent and the downtrodden in India. No. The private sector does not get any government assistance and therefore they should not be saddled with such policies. No. Nowhere else in the world such a practice is being followed.No. The management of the private sector undertaking would not agree to such compulsions.
69771. Statement: Should workers/employees be allowed to participate in the management of factories in India? Arguments: Yes. It is the present management theory. No. Many workers are illiterate and so their contributions will not be of any value. Yes. Employees-owned companies generally have higher productivity.No. Employee-union ownership drives up salaries and wages.
69772. Statement: Should women be given equal opportunity in the matter of employment in every field? Arguments: Yes. They are equally capable. No. They have to shoulder household responsibilities. Yes. They should also go into the outside world.
69773. Statement: Should government established higher level Institutes of Technology (IIT's) be privatized? Arguments: Yes. Privatization will make these institutes financially healthy, competitive and quality conscious. Yes. Privatization is the key of the new era - can we survive without it? No. Standard of education of these institutes will fall.
69774. Statement: Should there be only one university throughout India? Arguments: Yes. This is the only way to bring about uniformity in the educational standards. No. This is administratively impossible. Yes. This will make the degrees procured by students, comparable for offering jobs.
69775. Statement: Should India immediately stop digging coal from its mines? Arguments: Yes. The present stock of coal will not last long if we continue mining at the present rate. No. We do not have alternate energy source of sufficient quantity. No. This will put millions of people at a disadvantage and their lives will get adversely affected and also the industry.
69776. Statement: Should all the indirect taxes in India be combined into a single tax on all commodities? Arguments: Yes. This will considerably simplify the tax collection mechanism and the cost of collecting tax will also reduce. Yes. The manufacturers and traders will be benefited by this which in turn will boost tax collection. No. No other country has adopted such system.
69777. Statement: Should there be complete ban on Indian professionals seeking jobs elsewhere after getting their education in India? Arguments: Yes. This is the only way to sustain present rate of technological development in India. No. The Indians settled abroad send huge amount of foreign exchange and this constitutes a significant part of foreign exchange reserve. No. The practical knowledge gained by Indians by working in other countries help India develop its economy.
69778. Statement: Should there be a total ban on tobacco products and smoking in India? Arguments: Yes. It is wrong to smoke away millions of money. No. It will throw thousands of workers in the tobacco industry out of employment. No. The government will lose huge amount of money as it will not earn by way of taxes on these products.
69779. Statement: Should administrative officers be transferred after one or two years? Arguments: Yes. They get friendly with local people and are manipulated by them. No. By the time their policies and schemes start taking shape, they have to leave. No. This will create a lot of administrative hassles and cause a lot of inconvenience to the officers.
69780. Statement: Should the consumption of aerated drinks be banned in India? Arguments: Yes. This is the only way to reduce the risk of exposing people to some diseases. No. Each individual should have right to choose what he wants. No. There is no confirmed evidence that such products have adverse effects on human body.Yes. It is banned in many other countries also.
69781. Statement: Should India encourage exports, when most things are insufficient for internal use itself? Arguments: Yes. We have to earn foreign exchange to pay for our imports. No. Even selective encouragement would lead to shortages.
69782. Statement: Should all the drugs patented and manufactured in Western countries be first tried out on sample basis before giving licence for sale to general public in India? Arguments: Yes. Many such drugs require different doses and duration for Indian population and hence it is necessary. No. This is just not feasible and hence cannot be implemented.
69783. Statement: Should India make efforts to harness solar energy to fulfil its energy requirements? Arguments: Yes, Most of the energy sources used at present is exhaustible. No. Harnessing solar energy requires a lot of capital, which India lacks in.
69784. Statement: Should there be students union in college/university? Arguments: No. This will create a political atmosphere in the campus. Yes, it is very necessary Students are future political leaders.
69785. Statement: Should India give away Kashmir to Pakistan? Arguments: No. Kashmir is a beautiful state. It earns a lot of foreign exchange for India. Yes. This would help settle conflicts.
69786. ”In this instance we could not play off the Mohammadans against the Hindus”.To which events did this remark of Aitchson relate?
69787. Who is the founder of ‘Mitavadi’?
69788. Annie Besant chaired a political conference in Malabar held at
69789. Which is not a work of Vakkom Moulavi?
69790. The Sadhujana Paripalana Yogam was established in
69791. Statement: The State government has decided to appoint four thousand primary school teachers during the next financial year. Assumptions: There are enough schools in the state to accommodate four thousand additional primary school teachers. The eligible candidates may not be interested to apply as the government may not finally appoint such a large number of primary school teachers.
69792. Statement: A warning in a train compartment - "To stop train, pull chain. Penalty for improper use Rs. 500." Assumptions: Some people misuse the alarm chain. On certain occasions, people may want to stop a running train.
69793. Statement: If it is easy to become an engineer, I don't want to be an engineer. Assumptions: An individual aspires to be professional. One desires to achieve a thing which is hard earned.
69794. Statement: The concession in rail fares for the journey to hill stations has been cancelled because it is not needed for people who can spend their holidays there. Assumptions: Railways should give concession only to needy persons. Railways should not encourage people to spend their holidays at hill stations.
69795. Statement: "The bridge was built at the cost of Rs. 128 crores and even civil bus service is not utilizing it, what a pity to see it grossly underutilized." - A citizen's view on a new flyover linking east and west sides of a suburb. Assumptions: The building of such bridges does not serve any public objective. There has to be some accountability and utility of money spent on public projects.
69796. Statement: The Government has decided to levy 2 percent on the tax amount payable for funding drought relief programmes. Assumptions: The Government does not have sufficient money to fund drought relief programmes. The amount collected by way of surcharge may be adequate to fund these drought relief programmes.
69797. Statement: Detergents should be used to clean clothes. Assumptions: Detergents form more lather. Detergents help to dislodge grease and dirt.
69798. Statement: It will be a substantial achievement in the field of education if one provides one school for every village in our country and enforce attendance. Assumptions: Children in villages do not attend school regularly. Providing school to every village is desirable.
69799. Statement: The government has decided to disinvest large chunk of its equity in select public sector undertakings for a better fiscal management. Assumptions: The amount generated out of the disinvestment process may reduce substantially the mounting fiscal deficits. There will be enough demand in the market for the shares of these undertakings.
69800. Statement: Never before such a lucid book was available on the topic. Assumptions: Some other books were available on this topic. You can write lucid books on very few topics.