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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure: Questions on Current Events — 22, September 2014

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22 September 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words:

1) Critically comment on the importance of speed and efficiency for a civil servant in decision making process in day to day administration. How these two traits are tested and inculcated in India for an aspiring bureaucrat? Examine.

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2) Do you think India and USA are ‘natural allies’?Critically comment.

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3) The new Global Common Reporting Standard, formulated by Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), will help India in dealing with the menace of black money stashed abroad. Examine.

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4) The  Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme or MGNREGS is now proposed to be implemented only in tribal and backward districts. Critically analyse the implications of this proposal.

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5) The concept of Green Building is catching up fast in the building sector in India. Write a critical note on this concept.

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6) Examine how private sector can be involved in conserving wildlife in India.

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7) Despite efforts from the government, malnutrition among children persists in India. Critically examine the reasons.

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8) The Section 436A of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 (CrPC) is unlikely to be the solution to the undertrial problem in India. Critically examine.

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9) Examine why is Ebola a concern for India and what should India be doing.

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10) Write a note on the recent political developments in Fiji and their impact on Indian diaspora.

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11) The plight of the widows of Vrindavan reflects a larger malaise afflicting Indian society. Critically comment.

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12) The Centre is moving towards a revenue-sharing system for oil exploration contracts from the time-tested policy of production sharing. Examine the difference between the two systems and explain why the Centre is moving towards a new system.

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