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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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19 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Recent IIP data show that in recent years there has been  zero industrial growth. In your opinion, despite many policies, why is this trend observed? Examine.

Business Standard

2. “The most common form of democracy to be found particularly in the Third World is ‘illiberal democracy’, which fulfils the representational aspect of democracy through periodic elections but encroaches on personal liberties and the rule of law.” Do you agree with this view? Comment.

Business Standard

3. Critically comment on the significance of the recent judgement by the Supreme Court on transgenders.

The Hindu

4. Comment on the most important factors that helped the British to firmly establish their control over India in 18th century.

The Hindu

5. Critically comment on the recent political developments in Egypt.  In your opinion, what these developments indicate about the nature of governance and institutions in Egypt?

The Indian Express

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18 April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Examine the structure, mandate and importance of International Finance Corporation (IFC). What is the criteria being followed by IFC when it lends money? Critically examine.

Business Standard

2. Explain how technology can be harnessed to bring sanitation to Indian villages and cities.

Business Standard

3. Do you think the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) can audit accounts of private firms? Critically comment oh his duties and responsibilities.

Business Standard

The Hindu

4. Critically examine the problems being faced by the state and central governments in properly implementing welfare schemes.

The Hindu

5. “To improve overall health, the public health sector will have to coordinate and collaborate with other sectors, nationally and regionally, and with several stakeholders.” In the light of the statement, critically comment on the role of the governments, political parties in reforming this sector.

The Indian Express

6. Discuss the problems associated with the present structure of internet governance.

The Indian Express

7. “Currently, high levels of consumption with respect to energy-related commodities are paralysing operations in the country because of non-performing policy initiatives. The demand-supply imbalance is evident across all commodities, requiring serious efforts by the new government to augment energy supplies to avoid a severe energy supply crunch.” With reference the given statement, critically analyse the problems in the energy sector and measures needed to be taken by the government to address the issues.

The Hindu

 

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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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15, April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. What is India’s nuclear doctrine? Does it need a revision? Substantiate.

Business Standard

2. Examine the emerging threats to food crops in India. What should be done to ensure their productivity and growth to meet growing demand for food? Comment.

Business Standard

3. Examine the contentious issues between India and ASEAN in finalising Free Trade Agreement between them in services.

Business Standard

4. What is aptitude? What are the foundational values for civil servants? Explain any three of them.

The Hindu

5. What is artificial blood? How is it produced? What are its applications?

The Hindu

6. Critically comment on the existing barriers to deepen Indian democracy further. In your opinion, what reforms are needed to deepen it further? Comment.

The Indian Express

7. What are the main challenges that Afghanistan would face in coming days in its quest to become democracy and a stable country? Analyze.

The Indian Express

8. Should there be reservation in private sector for the SC, ST and backward castes? Critically comment.

The Hindu

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General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

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April 14, 2014

Topic: World History (Industrial Revolution)

Question

  1. Discuss the effects of the industrial economy on Western European peasant women and working-class women from 1830-1914.

Reference

 

Topic: Science and Technology

Question

  1. “Indigenous development of navigational system is essential for India’s security system”. In the light of the statement, discuss the recent developments and its importance and compare Indian system with global navigational system.

Reference

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14 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Discuss the growth of communist movement in India before and after the Independence.

Business Standard

2. Explain the contentious issues and claims of both India and China in their border disputes talks.

Business Standard

3. What is the composition of India’s foreign reserves basket? Is it good for the economy to have large foreign currency reserves? Examine.

Business Standard

4. What were the reasons behind 1973 Arab oil embargo? What were its consequences? Examine

The Indian Express

5. Explain the applications of robotics in ocean research and rescue missions.

The Hindu

 

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

NOTE: From this week onward Secure questions won’t be posted on Sundays. It’s because there will be Essay Writing Challenge and one should get time on Sundays to revise all the stuff they would have read in that week. Any important articles that would have appeared on Sundays would be covered on next Monday so that you won’t miss anything. Thank you.

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12 April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Critically examine the nature of economic relationship between India and Russia.

The Hindu

2.  Write a note on the cropping pattern of tobacco in India.

The Hindu

3. It is found that certain cancers are affected by the socio-economic status of individuals in India. Elaborate with examples.

The Hindu

4. Critically discuss how the industrial and trade policies of developed countries have affected the livelihood of poor countries by causing a change in the climate.

The Hindu

5. In your opinion, why do you think India is witnessing increased number of atrocities against women, especially rapes? Critically comment.

The Hindu

 

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General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

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11 April 2014

Topic: India and Its Neighbours

Question

  1. Critically examine the nature of economic, political and defence relationship between India and Myanmar. (400 Words)

Reference

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11, April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Should India shift towards ‘first use’ policy of nuclear weapons? Substantiate your answer with examples.

Business Standard

2. What do you understand by the phrases ‘re-shoring’ and ‘next–shoring’ in the manufacturing sector? Explain.

Business Standard

3. Critically examine the present nature of manufacturing sector and policy focus on it in India.  What shift, if at all the sector needs one, should be brought into this sector in India in the light of recent global developments in this sector?

Business Standard

4. It is said that the success of the proposed Maritime Silk Route initiative  by China will be consequential to regional stability and global peace. Analyse the objectives of this initiative and critically evaluate the assessment made in the given statement.

The Hindu

5. What is a CT scanner? What is the principle behind its functioning? What are its uses?

The Hindu

6. What is fascism? Critically compare and contrast the versions of fascism practised before, during and after World War -2.

The Indian Express

 

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10 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. What is Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) under WTO? Should India sign it? What are the benefits? Explain.

Business Standard

2. Critically comment on the recent developments in the polity and economy of Turkey.

Business Standard

3. Examine the history of border disputes between India and China. What efforts were made prior to 1962 to resolve the border issue?

The Hindu

4. “Indian society is not yet fully secular, while the Indian state understands secularism as state neutrality towards religion combined with select interventions in the religious domain to safeguard some rights. ” In the light of the statement, comment on the nature of secularism practised by the society and the government in India.

The Hindu

5. Analyze the factors which have contributed towards high voter turnouts during recent  elections.

The Hindu

6. “When India organises its higher education structure effectively and provides the support needed, it will do well in the rankings.” What needs to be done by India? Comment.

The Indian Express

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General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

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09, April 2014

Topic: India and Its Neighbours

Question

  1. Critically analyse the nature of economic relationship between India and Bhutan.

Reference

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09, April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Discuss the differences and similarities between Afghanistan’s and India’s system of government.

Business Standard

2. “The unprecedented and unique system of government controls built under the Indian version of socialism. This has resulted in pervasive and deep-rooted corruption. We need policy reforms that reduce the incentive for corruption and institutional reforms that catch, try and punish the corrupt.” Comment.

The Hindu

3. Explain the differences between GPS, IRNSS and GLONASS satellite systems.

The Hindu

4. What are the ethical concerns expressed regarding stem cell research and therapy? Are the justified? Comment.

The Hindu

5. What is Big Data? What are its uses?

The Indian Express

6. With suitable examples, critically analyze the importance of improving connectivity in the North Eastern region.

The Indian Express

7. Why do you think India’s GDP growth rate which was 8-9 percent a few years ago has been constantly decreasing? Comment.

The Hindu

 

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08, April 2014

Topic: India and Its Neighbours

Question

  1. Discuss about the nature and causes of recent anti-government protests that took place in some of South East Asian countries. What are the consequences of such protests on the regional security and economy? Comment.

Reference

 

(Every week we will post questions on one theme/topic. This week it will be ‘India and Its Neighbours’)

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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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07 April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. What to do you understand by mis-selling? Critically comment  on existing regulatory mechanism to check this practice by the banks.

Business Standard

2. The solar energy sector is beset with several problems that need to be sorted out to allow it to expand to its potential. Examine these problems and suggest measures to address them.

Business Standard

3. Critically comment the implications of the second volume of the fifth assessment report published recently by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for India.

Business Standard

4. Write a note on Zeus malware.

The Hindu

5. Critically examine the causes and consequences of Rwandan genocide of 1994.

The Hindu

6. Which are the main areas of concern for India within Sri Lanka? How can India help Sri Lanka address these issues amicably? Explain.

The Hindu

 

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