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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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23 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. It’s said that India needs a friendly labour policy to improve its economic growth. Examine the issues involved and explain what reforms are needed in its labour policy.

Business Standard

The Economic Times 

2. What is corruption? Do you agree with the view that corruption is a non -issue for voters while casting their votes in elections? Substantiate.

Business Standard

3. What is minimum support price? How is it determined? Examine the problems associated with food grains procurement and their storage by the government in India.

Business Standard

4. What is ‘black money’? What measures has government taken to bring back black money that is deposited illegally in foreign countries? Also examine if government has taken any measures to check its proliferation within the country.

Business Standard

5. What are ‘drones’? Write a note on their non-military applications.

The Hindu

6. Explain the motivations and nature of the 1960s civil rights movement in United States of America. What was its outcome? Comment.

The Hindu

7.What is  the First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) type of election system? Explain the merits and demerits of this system, especially in the Indian context.

The Hindu

8. What is the Proportional Representation (PR) system of elections? Does it suit India? Why has not India adopted this system? Explain its merits and demerits.

The Hindu

 

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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17 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Explain the recommendations of the P. Vijay Bhaskar committee on financial benchmarks.

Business Standard

2. Comment on the nature and magnitude of drinking water problem in India. What measures would you suggest to overcome these problems?

Business Standard

3. Write a note on Ayurgenomics and its benefits.

Business Standard

4. Write a critical note the problems and prospects of India’s major ports.

Business Standard

5. Comment on the changing contours of relationship between India and USA in last ten years.

The Indian Express

6. Critically compare and contrast ideologies of Dr B.R. Ambedkar and Gandhiji.

The Hindu

7. In the light of recent decision by the government to not to sign aircraft deal with France, critically comment on what should be India’s strategy when it comes to acquiring advanced defence capabilities, especially superior and affordable air power.

The Hindu

8. Analyse employment and unemployment trends post 2004-05 as revealed by various reports in recent days.

The Hindu

9. Write a note on Yogyakarta Principles and their importance especially to India.

The Hindu

 

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General Studies Daily Answer Writing Challenge

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15, April 2014

Topic: World History (American Revolution)

Question: 

  1. Explain how three of the following altered Americans’ perceptions of Britain during the years 1763 to 1775. Which affected colonists the most and why? a) the French and Indian War b) virtual representation c) Samuel Adams d) the Declaratory Act e) the boycott of British goods f) Thomas Paine

Source: Sparknotes

Reference

Topic: Science and Technology

Question

  1. What is rotavirus? What is the controversy and criticism regarding this?

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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08 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. What are the important revelations and conclusions of the recently released Henderson Brooks Report on the 1962 India-China border war? Comment on them.

Business Standard

2. One of the root causes of the slow dispensation of justice is the lack of speed in investigations. Comment on the reasons that cause slow investigations and suggest measures to speed them up.

The India Express

3. Post Right to Education’s enactment, the government is responsible for guaranteeing quality education to all children in the country. What are your observations regarding the quality of education provided today? Suggest concrete measures to improve the quality of education provided.

The Indian Express

4. Do you think India’s foreign policy and service needs its own reforms? Why? Critically comment .

The Hindu

5.  Critically analyse the strategic and geopolitical costs of constantly neglecting the development of India’s North Eastern region?

The Hindu

6. Critically examine the role played by women in the 1857 revolt against the British.

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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06 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Explain the commercial and military possibilities of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

Business Standard

2.  Explain the different types of deficits that an economy faces. Which deficit is a better indicator of the health of government finances? And why?

Business Standard

3. What were the important recommendations of the National Transport Development Policy Committee? Why do you think there has been a decline in private investment in road projects in India? Examine.

Business Standard

4. Examine how and why  modern cities and townships were developed in India during the initial years of British colonisation.

The Hindu

5. Discuss the measures taken by the government to increase energy production from renewable energy sources in India.

The Hindu

 

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General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

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06 April 2014

Topic: Security Issues

Question:

  1. Do you agree that armed forces in India require greater delegation of financial powers? Critically discuss why.

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions on Current Events

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05, April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1.  What were the important recommendations of  Narasimham committee (1991) on banking reforms? Have those recommendations been implemented so far? Examine.

The Indian Express

2. Critically evaluate the efforts taken by the international community and Israel – Palestine themselves to resolve their differences since 2000.

The Indian Express

3. Write a note on Yale Environmental Performance Index . Comment on India’s ranking.

The Indian Express

4. According to WHO, Vector-borne diseases are adding to the vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact of socio-economic status of communities.  Which are those diseases? How do they exacerbate poverty? Comment.

The Hindu

5.  The recently-concluded India Human Development Survey (IHDS) seems to suggest that the inclusive growth policy implemented during the 11th Five Year Plan may have been working. How? Examine.

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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03 April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Examine the health risks of open defecation. In your opinion, what are the reasons behind continuing practice of open defecation in India? What concrete measures would you suggest to the government and people to stop this practice? Comment.

Business Standard

2. A key determinant of the role of the states in a federal polity is their participation in the formulation and implementation of critical economic plans.  Do you think India’s Planning Commission is truly federal in its nature and functioning? Examine what needs to be done.

Business Standard

3. In India,  access to adequate public services is still severely lacking. What are the reasons behind this? Comment.

The Hindu

4. Discuss important recent developments in bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh. Are they mutually beneficial? Comment.

The Hindu

5. “China cannot copy the political system or development model of other countries because it would not fit us and it might even lead to catastrophic consequences.” Do you agree with this statement? Substantiate.

The Hindu

6. Explain India’s position vis a vis Israel-Palestine conflict. In recent years India has grown closer to Israel because of commercial interests. Do you think India is right in having closer relations with Israel? Comment.

The Hindu

7. Should armed forces be allowed to vote in general elections as general voters in peace stations? Examine the problems associated with such a move and offer solutions.

The Hindu

8.  In India, the National Design Policy, announced in 2007, has not sufficiently focussed on socially useful products. Identify the areas where creative, affordable, enduring and useful public structures are much needed in India and comment on the existing architecture built by government funds in rural and urban regions.

The Hindu

9. Write a note on Takaful Insurance of Africa which was in news recently.

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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02 April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Railways have been at the very heart of modern Chinese nationalism.  Compare and contrast how railways have been used as a tool of economic progress and national integration in China and India.

The Indian Express

2. What is Direct Tax Code (DTC)? Critically examine the provisions of draft DTC bill and explain the importance of requirement of such a code.

The Indian Express

3. Write a note on the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) scheme.

The Hindu

4. Critically comment on the Indra Sawhney judgment of 1992. Do you think the judgement needs revision? Substantiate.

The Hindu

5. Explain the importance of regional navigation satellite system for India. What has been India’s record so far in establishing such a system of its own?

The Hindu

6. Why was NATO set up? Critically comment on its role and activities after the end of cold war.

The Hindu

7. A recent study (India Human Development Survey (IHDS) of 2004-05) has found that the implementation of RTE and NRHM schemes have actually reversed the objectives of both the schemes. Critically comment on the reasons behind this reversal.

The Hindu

8. Critically comment on the contribution of Dr Ambedkar to the cause of Dalit empowerment.

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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31 March 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. “That disinvestment remains entirely a political decision – and not a decision taken by a disinvestment commission, such as in some of India’s neighbours or in countries like Mexico – is part of the problem. Yet, even if the decision is depoliticised, problems will remain.” In the light of this statement, analyze the problems associated with disinvestment of PSUs in India and suggest measures overcome these problems.

Business Standard

2. What are the implications on the economy of RBI’s intervention in the foreign exchange market? Examine.

Business Standard

3. Examine the possible effects of Ukraine crisis on the economies of emerging markets.

Business Standard

4. Discuss about the kind of interventions needed by the government to improve the quality of air in Indian cities.

The Hindu

5. In your opinion, was India right in abstaining from voting  on a United States sponsored resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against Sri Lanka for an international probe into alleged rights violations in the last leg of the civil war? Critically comment.

The Hindu

6. Why does India need a neutrino observatory? Explain its importance.

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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29 March 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Explain the scientific and strategic importance, and applications of Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III.

The Hindu

2. Write a short note on:

  • Tenosynovitis
  • Nintenditis
  • WhatsAppitis

The Hindu

3. Critically comment on the factors that led to ‘independence’ movement in then East Pakistan. Are some of those lessons still relevant today in India or in neighboring countries? Examine.

The Indian Express

4. Should internal politics guide India’s foreign policy decisions? In the light of recent examples, comment.

The Indian Express

5. Critically discuss the present structure of PDS system in India and various reforms needed to make it robust in the wake of recent passage of food security bill.

The Hindu

6. What are the possible applications of  artificially engineered new eukaryotic genomes? Explain

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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28 March 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. What are Basel-III norms? Why should Indian banks adhere to them? Explain.

Business Standard

2. It is said that tax policies over recent decades have played an extremely significant role in promoting inequality in India. How? Suggest measures to reform taxation structure to reduce this inequality.

Business Standard

3. With two decades of high economic growth, India should have been on its way to controlling tuberculosis. Yet it remains an urgent public health problem. Why? What is the solution to this problem? Explain.

Indian Express

4. Why does IMF need reforms? Critically discuss.

The Hindu

5. Discuss trade relations between India and Sri Lanka. Explain why the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between two countries has not yet materialized.

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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27 March 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. What do you understand by money laundering? Critically discuss its effect on the economy and security of a country, especially India.

Business Standard

2. It is said that even advanced countries can not continue to provide better living standards to their future generations because of various challenges and issues that are arising in the world today. Critically comment on those challenges and examine how same set of challenges would affect developing countries.

Business Standard

3. “Madhav Gadgil report on Western Ghats was far more comprehensive and scientific in nature and should have been implemented.” Do you agree? In the context of recent notifications by the union government based on other report by  K Kasturirangan, comment on the statement.

Business Standard

4. What are the effects of non tariff measures on the economy imposing such measures? How is India responding to such measures imposed by some developed countries? Explain.

Business Standard

5. Examine the causes behind India’s slipping rank in fish production.

The Hindu

6. What are the geopolitical implications of China’s rise on India, especially Northeastern India? Discuss.

The Hindu 

7. Do you think G-7 was right in suspending Russia from its membership? Comment.

The Hindu

8. Can Russia effectively use its supply of natural gas to Europe as leverage to thwart attempts by EU to impose more sanctions on it? Examine.

The Hindu

9. What do you understand by virtual reality? What are its applications?

The Hindu

 

 

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current EVents

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26 March 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. “Political changes in India and at the international level have “orphaned” the Palestinians. ” Do you agree? Substantiate.

Business Standard

2.  By some estimates, India will become water scarce in just about five years, and be a massive 50 per cent short on water in another 10. In this scenario, what is the approach of 12th five year plan to conserve water? In your opinion what measures should be taken to save water for future generations?

Business Standard

3. Explain the measures taken by the government of India to reduce air pollution in India. In what ways air pollution affects the health of humans? Explain.

The Hindu

4. Do you agree with the view that Russia was compelled and forced to act decisively in the Ukraine issue by the West? Substantiate.

The Hindu

5. “It is not possible to control the weather, but it is possible to understand its dynamics and to prepare to avoid tragedies affecting the most vulnerable populations of the globe.” In the context of various natural hazards and disasters affecting India recently, how is it taking preventive measures to manage such events. Examine.

The Hindu

6. The recently drafted   draft Constitution of Egypt leaves far too much to executive and legislative discretion. Comment.

The Hindu

7. Write a note on RBI’s Foreign Portfolio Investment Scheme

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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25 March 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Analyze the recent trend of flow of FII into the Indian economy. What factors determine their flow and exit? Explain.

Business Standard

2. What are the criticisms against the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households (the Nachiket MorCommittee on financial inclusion)?Explain.

Business Standard

3. Examine the factors that have contributed to dismal economic condition of farmers’ in India.

Business Standard

4. Explain why curbs on over-the-counter sale of antibiotics and other similar drugs are badly needed? What measures has government taken in this regard?

Business Standard

5. Examine the role of the Parliament and the executive in strengthening human rights and stopping frequent rights violations of citizens.

The Hindu

6. What do you understand by cosmic inflation in space science? Why was it in news recently?

The Hindu

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