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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions on Current Events, 15 July 2014

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15 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) How did apartheid start in South Africa and how was it ended. Critically comment.

The Hindu

2) Do you agree with the view that Israel is using extreme violence against Palestine in self-defence? Critically comment.

The Hindu

The Hindu

3) Examine why a civil nuclear cooperation agreement between India and Japan is still pending despite India’s eagerness to sign a deal? Discuss the benefits of such a deal if it materialises. 

The Hindu

Reference

4) Critically comment on the growth of extremism and terrorism across the world in last three decades. Do you think their growth is the result of USA’s wars during these three decades? Critically examine.

The Hindu

5) Critically analyse on important provisions of the draft Women’s Reservation Bill.

The Indian Express

PRS

6) Why was the Planning Commission set up? Critically comment on its evolution since independence.

The Indian Express

Livemint

7) Write a note on the significance of the “Occupy Central” movement in Hong Kong

Livemint

8) Write a note on the UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses.

Livemint

Reference

9) ‘Asia wants a new specialized bank to fill the gaps left by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.’ Comment.

Livemint

 

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[UPSC MAINS 2014) Insights Secure-2014: Questions on Current Events, July 07, 2014

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07 July 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1) Write a note on the Economic Policy Uncertainty (EPU) index and its relevance to India.

Business Standard

2) ‘ India’s growth model needs to change from being consumption-driven to investment-driven.’ In the light of fall in GDP growth during last few years, comment on the statement.

Business Standard

3) What do you understand by absolute  poverty? Discuss about urban poverty in India in the light of estimates given by various committee reports.

Business Standard

4) What is bio-fertilizer? Explain its importance and examine if there any policies in India to encourage its production and distribution.

Business Standard

5) Critically comment on the causes behind rise in drug abuse cases in Punjab.

The Hindu

Reference-1. Reference-2

6) In your opinion, what factors are preventing India and USA from capitalizing on their strategic partnership? Critically analyse.

The Hindu

7)  Write a detailed note on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and its benefits especially for India.

The Hindu

8) Critically comment on the constitutional provisions and the actual procedures adopted for the appointment and removal of Governors in India. Also explain the opinion of the Supreme Court in this matter.

The Hindu

9) According to reports and various opinions, the declining standards of medical education coupled with poor health service delivery continue to be major national concerns. Discuss the reforms needed in the health sector to improve the standards of medical education and health delivery.

The Indian Express

 

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events, July 1, 2014

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1 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1.Critically examine water related disputes between India and its Eastern Neighbours including China.

The Hindu

The Hindu

2.Do you think Israel’s violent actions against Palestine and the subsequent reactions of the West are justified? Critically comment.

The Hindu

3.Critically evaluate the nature and intent of India’s political engagement with Bangladesh since 1971.

The Hindu

4.Examine how has India’s space program helped the common man.

The Hindu

The Hindu

5.Critically analyse various formulae used to identify the number of people below and above poverty line in the country.

The Hindu

6.Examine the areas in which and how India and China can play crucial roles on the international stage.

The Hindu

7.Critically comment on the efforts made by both the developed and developing countries in reaching at a logical conclusion vis a vis Doha Development Agenda (DDA) of WTO negotiations.

EPW

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events, June 27, 2014

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25 June 2014

26 June 2014

27 June 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1.In the Indian context, what do you understand by Shadow Banking? Is it regulated by RBI? If not, examine why they are not regulated and why  they need to be regulated.

Business Standard

2.Examine how the Constitution of India strives to maintain balance of power between the judiciary and the executive? Has this balance been maintained? Critically comment.

Business Standard

3.”The Companies Act 2013 is in many parts a shabbily drafted law, defined not by clear principles but by an enormous and unwieldy edifice of myriad central government rules.” Critically analyse.

Business Standard

4.Is India’s Nuclear Liability Law an hindrance to the expansion of nuclear sector in India? Critically comment.

The Hindu

5.Do you think  art  has been sufficiently  ingrained in the urbanisation process that India is witnessing at rapid pace? Critically examine.

The Hindu

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

6.What do you understand by ‘Grandfather Paradox’ in Time Travel hypothesis? Examine on what scientific basis is time travel idea is based.

Business Standard

Reference

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions on Current Events, June 25

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25 June 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1.Critically comment on steps taken by the government to address problems of the sugar industry. Do you think these reforms are structural and systemic? Examine.

Business Standard

2.Critically examine the causes of vegflation in India. Also examine what steps should government take to check vegflation.

Business Standard

3.Why is there a demand for the reform of or even abolition of APMC act? Critically examine.

Business Standard

4.In the light of the revelations of the World Investment Report, 2014, examine the trend of FDI inflows into India in past two years.

Business Standard

5.In the light of call for indigenisation of defence sector, critically comment on the important features of the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2013.

Business Standard

IDSA

PIB

6.Critically comment on the efforts made by India and Bangladesh to resolve contentious issues between them.

The Hindu

The Hindu

7.Write a note on Mobile Seva initiative of the government of India.

The Hindu

8.In the light of recent reports on the plight of Indians working in foreign countries, critically evaluate the effectiveness of the  Emigration Act, 1983 in safeguarding the interests of these Indian workers.

The Hindu

9.Analyse the significance of ratification of the Additional Protocol (AP) to the India-specific nuclear safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by India.

The Hindu

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

10.Discuss the impact of usage of insecticides in agriculture on the global food production and environment.

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: UPSC MAINS Questions from Current Events June 20

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June 20, 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1.In the light of recent controversy over import of cheap solar modules, critically examine the various issues involved and concerns raised by different parties.

Business Standard

2.What do you understand by ‘forward guidance’ and ‘quantitative easing’? When and why do central banks resort to these tools? Explain with examples.

Business Standard

3.Critically comment on Sri Lanka’s policy towards its minority communities.

The Hindu

4.Critically comment on the causes and consequences of America’s invasion of Iraq in 2011.

The Hindu

5.Examine in what ways India can do away with unwanted archaic laws.

The Hindu

6.Critically examine and comment on ethical issues involved in the recent Wikileaks revelations.

The Hindu

7.Critically comment on various threats faced by coral reefs around the world. Explain why their protection is of paramount importance.

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions on Current Events and General Studies

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05 June 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1.Critically comment on the events leading to the Operation Bluestar. Do you think such operations are required to maintain internal security? Critically examine.

Business Standard

2.Examine why Doha round of negotiations have not been concluded yet. What are the contentions of poor and developing countries regarding this round? Explain.

Business Standard

3.Critically analyse  the role of civil servants in the development of the country.

Business Standard

4.Explain the important non-tax revenue sources for the government to mobilize resources for expenditure.

Business Standard

5.Why is there a talk about complete decontrol of diesel  prices? Examine.

Business Standard

6.Critically comment on the road safety issues and measures taken by government to address these issues in India.

The Hindu

7.Critically comment on the significance of the Tiananmen Square incident of 1989 to China and the World.

The Hindu

8.Apart from legal reforms, what other reforms are necessary to reduce and eliminate violence against women? Critically comment.

The Hindu

9.Why does India have highest number of neonatal (0-27 days of age) deaths in the world? What policy measures are in place to address the issue? Examine.

The Hindu

  1. Analyse the relationship between food inflation and agriculture reforms.

The Indian Express

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  1. What are biomaterials? With examples explain their utility.

The Indian Express

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

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03 June 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1.Critically evaluate the performance of aviation sector in the Indian economy.

Business Standard

2.Examine the challenges that face the newly formed state of Telangana. Do you think formation of small states is panacea for development woes? Critically comment.

Business Standard

3.Why did India adopt mixed economy model? Do you think government control of crucial sectors is hindering India’s growth? Critically analyse.

Business Standard

4.Compare and contrast the merits and demerits of adopting proportional representation system in Indian elections vis a vis first-past-the-post system.

The Hindu

5.Critically evaluate various women rights movements that have taken place since Independence. Also examine the role played by women organisations in these movements.

The Hindu

6.Comment on the problem of child trafficking in India. What measures has government taken to check this problem? Examine.

The Hindu

7.With examples, examine the role of local self governments in the conservation of ecology and biodiversity.

The Hindu

8.Write a note on the defence cooperation between India and France.

The Hindu

9.Critically comment on the nature and form of Palestinian Movement with a note on latest developments.

The Hindu

The Hindu – Opinion

10.Critically comment on how the position of United States of America on the issue of climate change has changed from past two decades.

The Hindu

11.Critically analyse the contentious issues between India and Pakistan.

The Hindu

GENERAL STUDIES

12.Critically examine the role of self help groups in rural development.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

13.Critically comment on India’s position on climate change on the world fora.

PIB

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

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02 June 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1.Critically comment on the Constitutional provisions that enable the Parliament to create new states.

The Hindu

2.Critically examine the obstacle to urban solid waste management in India. Explain the role of institutions and private sector in this regard.

The Hindu

3.What do you understand by resource mobilization? How does government mobilize resources for financing its various expenditures? Examine.

The Hindu

4.Why there are special provisions for some states in the Constitution? Comment with suitable examples.

The Hindu

5.How glaciers are formed? What threats do they face around the world? Examine the consequences.

The Hindu

6.Discuss various challenges involved in cleaning polluted rivers. Critically comment on strategies adopted so far to clean river Ganga and Yamuna.

The Hindu

7.Bring out the relation between ethical conduct of a public servant and the concept of Dharma.

The Hindu

8.In the light of India’s regulatory mechanism and university system, critically comment on major problems faced by higher education system.

The Hindu

9.Critically comment on the relevance of Article 370 of the Constitution of India.

The Hindu

10.Does India need a ‘Look Middle-East Policy’? Explain why.

The Indian Express

11.Critically analyse various committee reports on energy security and policy in India.

The Indian Express

GENERAL STUDIES

12. How did contemporary world events influence Nehru’s thinking. Examine how he reflected them in his books.

The Hindu

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

13. Examine which technologies can be used to address drinking water problem in various parts of India based on local geographical conditions.

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

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28 May 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. The subsidy bill in India has increased many folds in recent years. In your opinion, which subsidies need to to be curbed and why? Comment.

Business Standard

2. Examine the problems faced by the e-commerce industry in India. What should government do in this regard?

Business Standard

3. Critically comment on the creative and commercial challenges that the news industry faces in India , across TV, print, radio or online.

Business Standard

4. Write a note on ‘Mee Seva’ project of Andhra Pradesh government.

Business Standard

5. Why was the European Union established. Critically examine why it expanded towards East and with what consequences.

Business Standard

6.  What are the salient features of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978? Why was it in news recently? Explain.

Business Standard

7. Examine the supply side problems being faced by Public Distribution System in India. Explain how they can be addressed.

The Hindu

8. Comment on the areas of cooperation between India and China. Do you agree with the view that strong trade relations would eventually make border disputes irrelevant in the future? Comment.

The Hindu

9. Critically evaluate the role played by the European Union in bringing about the European integration within Europe and with rest of the world.

The Hindu

GENERAL STUDIES

10. Explain how and why Deng Xiaoping brought economic reforms in China. What were its consequences.

The Hindu

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

11. Write a note on the Rhino DNA Indexing System (RhoDIS)

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

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23 May 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. In the light of recent controversy involving Credit Suisse Group and US regulators, examine the nature of Swiss banking system. How can India benefit from the positive outcome of the mentioned controversy? Comment.

Business Standard

2. Examine the problems being faced by the sugar industry in India. In your opinion, what measures need to be taken to revive the industry? Explain.

Business Standard

3. What measures need to be taken to make agriculture as an industry rather than an occupation? Discuss.

The Hindu

4. Critically comment on recent political crisis in Thailand. Examine what role can India play to resolve this crisis in Thailand.

The Hindu

5. In your opinion what role should India play to have a  friendly relationship with its neighbours, especially with SAARC members? In the light of its policy towards its neighbours in recent years, critically comment.

The Hindu

6. Comment on the rapid growth of e-commerce in India and its advantages and disadvantages to the Indian economy.

The Hindu

GENERAL STUDIES

7. Critically analyse how globalization has affected Indian education system.

Reference – Self

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

8. What are  endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)? Why were they in news recently? Explain.

The Hindu

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21 May 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. What are the criticisms against the first-past-the-post system of elections in India? Do you think India should adopt proportional representation system? Explain why.

Business Standard

2. Critically examine how capitalism in last three decades has affected economic inequality around the world.

Business Standard

3. Critically comment on Sri Lanka’s efforts of reconstruction in its Northern and Eastern regions post 2009 war on LTTE.

The Hindu

4. Critically analyse various ethical issues involved in recent Sahara case involving the Chairman of Sahara group, investors and the Supreme Court

The Hindu

GENERAL STUDIES

5. What were the major challenges that India faced soon after Independence in its efforts to consolidate India as a nation.

Reference - India Since Independence

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Examine the negative effects of melting ice caps due to the climate change.

The Hindu

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Insights Secure Prelims – 2014: MCQs On Current Events

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21 May 2014

Today’s Questions

1. With reference to National Waqf Development Corporation Limited (NAWADCO), consider the following statements

  1. It is a public sector undertaking by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  2. It is being established for the development of Waqf properties for the community welfare particularly for Muslims in India.
  3. It is being established based on the Sachchar Committee recommendation

Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?

a. 1 Only

b. 2 Only

c. 3 Only

d. None

 

2. With reference to the consumption of petrol and diesel in India, consider the following statements 

  1. Highest amount of diesel is consumed by the Indian Railways
  2. 99.6% petrol in India is consumed in the transport sector alone
  3. Majority of petrol consumption is done by two wheelers

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 and 2 Only

b. 2  and 3 Only

c. 1 and 3 Only

d. All

 

3. With reference to Digital GREEN project, consider the following statements

  1. It is an initiative by Google in India to empower rural people through information and communication technology
  2. Digital GREEN works with partners to effectively exchange relevant livelihood practices among rural communities using locally produced videos and mediated dissemination.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 Only

b. 2 Only

c. Both

d. None

 

4.   Which of the following is a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Railways?

a.   Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC)

b.   Container Corporation of India limited (CONCOR)

c. Ircon International Limited (IRCON)

d. All the above

 

5. With reference to coal production in India, consider the following statements

  1. India imports coking coal for its steel industry
  2. India nationalized all private coal mines immediately after gaining independence from the British
  3. India has one of the largest reserves of coal in the world, yet it is importing coal since last few years

Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?

a. 1 Only

b. 2 Only

c. 3 Only

d. None

Sources: PIB Releases 

SOLUTIONS – 20 May 2014

1.

Solution: b)

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=102733

http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/inftec_e/itaintro_e.htm

2.

Solution: c)

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=102729

3.

Solution: d)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharat_Ratna

4.

Solution: c)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/5-reasons-why-gold-import-curbs-need-to-be-lifted-113121600423_1.html

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=102773

5.

Solution: d)

http://asi.nic.in/asi_aboutus.asp

http://asi.nic.in/asi_aboutus_history.asp

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

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20 May 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Why do public sector banks have higher share of non-performing assets? Examine.

Business Standard

2. Examine how and why India and Russia came together to form a strategic and friendly partnership?

The Hindu

3. Analyse the nature of important internal security threats being faced by India.

The Hindu

4. Discuss the contours of China – Russia relations post – communist takeover of China in 1949. Do you think a close relationship between these two countries is beneficial to India? Comment.

The Hindu

5. What is cyber theft? Discuss different types of cyber crimes that are increasingly threatening cyber security around the world.

The Hindu

6. Why were Yugoslav wars fought between 1991 and 1999? What were the consequences? Explain.

The Hindu

7. In your opinion what are the common areas upon which India and Israel can take their relationship to the next level? Critically examine.

The Hindu

GENERAL STUDIES

8. Critically comment on the impact of globalization on the weaker sections of Indian society.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

9. Explain the differences between GSLV and PSLV, especially between their principle and functioning.

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

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19 May 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. India’s inability to provide public services to its masses is hindering its growth. Why do you think India is unable to deliver public services efficiently to all its citizens? Critically comment.

Business Standard

2. What are the causes of persistently high food inflation in India? In your opinion what measures should be taken to tame this inflation? Explain.

Business Standard

3. Comment on the nature of relationship between India and Israel. Do you think Israel can be India’s natural ally? Examine.

The Hindu

4. Differentiate between ‘natural ally’ and ‘strategic partners’. To which category would you place Bangladesh vis a vis India? Substantiate.

The Hindu

5. Examine the growth of communism in India till now post economic liberalization of early 1990s.

The Hindu

GENERAL STUDIES

6. Explain the significance of food processing industries to India. Examine the bottlenecks faced by the industry and measures taken by the government to address them.

Source

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

7. Write a note on the ‘Longitude Prize’.

BBC

 

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