[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 10 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 10 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;


Topic:  Population 

1) Sex ratio at birth (SRB) in the State of Haryana recently touched the 900-mark for the first time in almost two decades. Examine which factors have helped Haryana achieve this mark. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic : Powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

2) Currently, all opposition political parties have demanded that the Union budget, scheduled for February 1, 2017, should be postponed till polling ends on March 8. Do you think Union budget just before assembly polls, violates model code of conduct? What’s the view of Election Commission and Supreme Court on the issue of pre-poll promises by governments? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

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

3) Examine the significance of the landmark judgment of NALSA v. Union of India delivered by the Supreme Court. Also critically examine whether a recent legislation related to this landmark case does justice to the judgement delivered in this case. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

4) Critically comment on the role of the Western powers and United Nations in managing the conflict in Syria. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

5) In the light of latest data on farmer suicides compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), critically analyse causes of farmer suicides in India. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


Topic:  Indian economy – growth & development; Prevention of money laundering

6) How effective has demonetisation, as a policy, been in achieving its stated goals? How efficiently has it been implemented? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The New York Times

Topic:  Resource mobilization

7) What is merchant discount rate (MDR)? Recently petroleum retailers to threatened to stop accepting credit and debit card payments as a protest against the decision by certain banks to levy the merchant discount rate (MDR) of up to one per cent on card payments. Examine why petroleum retailers are worried. Also comment what this issue means to India’s push towards cashless economy. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Livemint


General Studies – 4


Topic:  Public service values

8) Why is conflict of interest  considered as unethical? Illustrate with examples. (150 Words)

General