[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 06 February 2018

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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 06 February 2018

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General Studies – 1


 

Topic:   Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 

1) Compare and contrast  Rash Behari Bose’s contribution to India’s freedom struggle with that of Subhash Chandra Bose’s. (250 Words)

The Hindu

 


General Studies – 2


 

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

2) Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should be modified from a scheme providing free toilets, to one encouraging and enabling local governments to construct sewage systems. Comment. (250 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic:   Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

3) Analyse the features and prospects of India’s de-hyphenated policy towards Israel and Palestine. (250 Words)

Livemint

 

 

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

4) What are the features of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS)? Discuss its feasibility and the role of states in implementing this scheme. (250 Words)

The Hindu

The Wire


General Studies – 3


 

Topic:   Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

5) What is capital gains tax? What is the rationale behind Centre’s decision to bring back the long-term capital gains tax (LTCG) on equities, which was scrapped in 2004-05? Discuss its implications. (250 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic:   Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

6) On what basis is the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business global rankings prepared? Why India has dismal ranking in one of the components of Ease of Doing Business index i.e  “enforcing contracts”? Why is it important to improve this component? Examine. (250 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic:  Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; 

7) Recently the union government promised a minimum support price (MSP) that is 50% higher than farmers’ cost of production. In the light of the criticisms made against this move, critically examine how this will be implemented. (240 Words)

The Indian Express

The Wire


General Studies – 4


Topic:   ethical issues in international relations