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Our metropolitan cities witness a large number of accidents every day. What do you think is the reason? What can be done to bring down the rate of accidents? Write a letter in 100-120 words to the editor of a national daily expressing your concerns and offering solutions to this problem. You are Arun/Aruna, 112 Model Town, Delhi.
112, Model Town
24th February, 2018
The Hindustan Times
Subject: Concern over a large number of accidents in metropolitan cities every day.
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I wish to express my concern over an increase in the number of accidents in metropolitan cities. There are a number of reasons for this incessant rise in the number of accidents. The main cause is an increase in adverse and erratic driving conditions. Poor infrastructure and excess of traffic conditions make the urban drivers impatient, reckless and rash. People neglect traffic rules and don’t even adhere to speed limits that ultimately leads to accidents. A considerable increase in the use of mobile phones and loud music while driving causes distraction for drivers. Drink and drive cases have also increased considerably in recent times.
To solve this problem the authorities need to take very stringent actions. I would suggest them impose very heavy fines on traffic rule defaulters. Underage drivers and drunken drivers should be dealt with most severely and their licenses should be impounded immediately. I suggest to increase the number of traffic policemen and check-posts. While issuing driving licenses, a comprehensive session on traffic rules and regulations should be made mandatory.
I hope you will publish my letter in your newspaper in order to spread awareness about this alarming issue among the readers and the concerned authorities.
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(b) How was ‘it’ taking shape?
(c) What is meant by the word, ‘presently’?
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ROMANCING THE RAIL
1. A couple of weeks ago, while detailing the many ways in which coping with the bleak economy can actually better our lives, I touched upon the romance of train travel and suggested that we would do well to introduce our children to its charms.
I have to confess that I was surprised by the kind of response this triggered from readers with stories to tell of their own rail adventures.
2. Browsing through them reminded me yet again why trains have such a special place in our lives. Well, perhaps not in the lives of a generation brought up on the dubious pleasure of cheap air travel.
3. I still vividly recall every detail of my first such excursion, taking a train from Sealdah station in Calcutta to visit my aunt’s tea garden in Assam. I settled down at my window seat and even before the train had pulled out, I was burrowing deep into the pleasures of Indian mythology.
4. But as the scene outside grew more rustic, even picturesque, my attention wandered to the marvellous moving display outside my window. There were gentle rolling fields, green and lush, more palm trees than I could count and endless expanse of bright blue sky.
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(a) Readers’ response to her suggestions made the writer realize ……………..
(b) The pleasure/joys of travelling by train would not be appreciated by ……………..
(c) The writer was lured away from the pleasures of Indian mythology when ………………
(d) The two discoveries made during the train journey were ……………. (ii) ……………..
(e) Travelling by train, enhanced the writer’s awareness of ………………
(f) While travelling by train, the writer’s time was spent.................English (Comm) - Board Papers
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The panther has thus to deal with its ever alert and watchful associates who show no mercy and expect none. It is a fight between finesse and flight, between clever attack and skillful defence.
Contrary to the common belief, the panther never springs upon its prey. It stalks as close to its victim as it can manage, and then makes the final dash by rushing at it at a lightning speed.
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(c) What effect does the loud noise made by birds and animals have on the panther?
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Anup asked Atul (a)………Atul replied (b)………Anup asked if he was going
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