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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 1 January 2015

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1 January 2015

Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1: Themes in Indian History – III, Class XII – Theme 10 (i.e. chapter 10)

General Studies – 1

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1) Discuss, with examples, the distinctive features of Mughal chronicles. (200 Words)

Chapter – 9

Topicchanges in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and the effects of such changes. 

2) What do you understand by water scarcity? Critically discuss the problem of water scarcity in India and its causes. (200 Words)

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TopicRole of women and women’s organization

3) The Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and the Declaration and Platform for Action set the global standard for promoting women’s issues. What were these standards? Critically discuss new challenges that have emerged in past twenty years since the Declaration and Platform for Action with respect to empowerment of women around the world. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2

TopicIndian Constitution- significant provisions; Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

4) Will you support if the government invokes the Section 69A of the Information Technology Act and directs internet service providers to implement this section? Justify. (200 Words)

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TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

5) Critically examine why  the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is important for USA. Also examine how India will get benefited if the TPP is finalized and implemented. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 3

Topic:  Inclusive growth and issues arising from it

6) Why did RBI mandate priority sector lending for banks in India? Do you think this measure has met its objectives? Keeping in mind target population and sectors, critically analyse. (200 Words)

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TopicChallenges to internal security

7) Many experts have suggested to set-up a central anti-terror mechanism placing intelligence and investigation wings under a single command. Examine which agencies would come under such a set-up and why this idea is mooted. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 4

TopicEmotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance. ;  social influence and persuasion.

8) Recently the government has proposed to  to mobilise public support for naming and shaming non-users of toilets in rural India in order to give push to its  Swachh Bharat Mission, which aims at attaining a 100 per cent Open Defecation Free India by 2019. Under this proposal, those living in rural areas can directly upload photos of non-usage of toilets on the social media and on the website of the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The Ministry wants to mobilise people to check and verify the use of toilets in the rural areas and enable them to post photos or upload data through mobile phones, tablets or I-Pads (!?).

Do you think naming and shaming is an ethical strategy to push people to build and utilize toilets properly? Justify. (150 Words)

In your opinion, how can government influence attitude of the people though alternative methods and tools? Suggest. (150 Words)

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