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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events, July 22, 2014

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22 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) Write a note on the applications of Nanotechnology in the agriculture field with special reference to India’s initiatives.

Business Standard

2) What is ‘bilateral advance-pricing agreement (APA) ‘? Why and between who this agreement is signed? Explain.

Business Standard

3) “The Indian government has made it clear that the Bali agreement  will not be ratified unless Indian demands are met. This is both a strategic and a tactical mistake.” Critically comment.

Business Standard

4) Critically comment on the important provisions of the Lokpal act which became operational in 2013.

The Hindu

5) Critically examine the contours of India’s relationship with Israel vis a vis Palestine issue.

The Hindu

6) Write a critical note on the issue surrounding One Rank One Pension (OROP) policy.

The Hindu

7) “Special provisions become self-defeating when they merely result in further segregation.” With reference to the debate on effectiveness of creating special provisions for disabled persons instead of universalising these provisions, critically comment on the statement.

The Hindu

8) Critically discuss India’s relationship with Nepal.

The Indian Express