[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 07 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 07 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) “The new Indian urban landscape is being designed around grand concepts such as smart cities and export-oriented industrial corridors. In our desire to be global, we are emulating outdated models of urbanisation and economic progress borrowed from nations that have grown rich through questionable means.” In your opinion, what model of urban growth should Indian cities emulate? In the light of the statement, critically analyse. (200 Words)

EPW

Topic:  Role of women; Social empowerment

2) It is found that the choice of energy source is closely linked with women’s participation in the management of energy resources, their opportunities to earn incomes, and their ability to negotiate the cultural and social norms of their communities. Discuss the significance of this finding for women empowerment. (200 Words)

EPW


General Studies – 2


Topic :Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education

3) India has far higher open defecation rates than other developing regions where people are poorer, literacy rates are lower, and water is relatively more scarce. To what factors does new data attribute prevalence of open defecation in India? How should government policies be reoriented to tackle this problem? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

EPW

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

4) It is said that the nature of Sino–Indian interactions across certain issue areas highlights that Delhi and Beijing have more overlapping interests than is generally recognised. Which are these issue areas? Analyse how these issue areas could improve bilateral relationship between India and China. (200 Words)

EPW

Topic:  Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

5) Why there exists a temptation to use the power vested in the President and the Governors under Articles 123 and 213 of the Constitution? What is the opinion of the Supreme Court on frequent use of this power? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

6) What are the causes of farmer suicides in India? How can government prevent these suicides? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


Topic:  Cropping pattern

7) It is argued that increasing domestic production of pulses is the only option to produce surplus pulses in India. In this regard, outline strategies which can increase domestic production of pulses. (200 Words)

EPW

Topic:  e-technology in the aid of farmers 

8) Climate change is accompanied by increasing weather uncertainty. Farmers, especially smallholder farmers, need advance warning of emergent weather conditions at a local level. Examine how agrometeorological services can be organised to make smallholder farming climate-resilient on a larger scale. (200 Words)

EPW


General Studies – 4


Topic:  Role of education in inculcating values

9) What is needed to be done to change male attitude towards sexual violence and women in general? Critically examine. (150 Words) 

The Guardian

The Washington Post