Lok Sabha TV Insights: Redrawing Plan and Policy

                                  LSTV Insights – Redrawing Plan and Policy 2/1/2015 On 1st January, 2015 government announced ‘National Institute for Transformation of India’ NITI aayog. This brings curtains down on legendry and controversial Planning Commission. This step has evoked mix response but one point of agreement among all was that planning commission by this time has become …

The Big Picture – Has Indian defence policy kept up to nation’s needs?

Summary: One of the least discussed areas, especially in the parliament, is the defence sector. More often than not we witness the defence budget being passed without any discussion or very little discussion. The scrutiny which is necessary therefore gets overlooked. The Indian defence forces have gone through rough times during the last couple of …

Insights Daily Current Events, 02 January 2015

Insights Daily Current Events, 02 January 2015 ARCHIVES NITI Aayog The Government has replaced Planning Commission with a new institution named NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). The institution will serve as ‘Think Tank’ of the Government-a directional and policy dynamo. This comes after extensive consultation across the spectrum of stakeholders, including state governments, …

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 2 January 2015

Archives – Secure 2014 Archives – Secure 2015 2 January 2015 Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1: Themes in Indian History – III, Class XII – Theme 11 (i.e. chapter 11) General Studies – 1 Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues  1) Examine the factors that led …

9) Do you think government’s recent decision to accept the P J Nayak committee’s recommendation of splitting the post of chairman and managing director (CMD) in public sector banks will help improve banking governance in India? Examine.

Topic: Indian Economy; Also can be included under Paper – 2: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability 9) Do you think government’s recent decision to accept the P J Nayak committee’s recommendation of splitting the post of chairman and managing director (CMD) in public sector banks will help improve banking governance in India? Examine. (150 Words) Business …

8) “For efficient allocation of scarce resources, it is essential not to succumb to lobbies and hand out incentives to particular sectors in the belief that they will help in overall economic growth.” In the light of recent cut in the concessions given to the automobile and the consumer electronics sectors, critically examine the necessity and effects of doling out sector-specific sops

Topic: Resource mobilization 8) “For efficient allocation of scarce resources, it is essential not to succumb to lobbies and hand out incentives to particular sectors in the belief that they will help in overall economic growth.” In the light of recent cut in the concessions given to the automobile and the consumer electronics sectors, critically examine …

7) Compare and contrast the composition and objectives of newly set-up National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog with that of erstwhile Planning Commission. Some suggest that it is better to reform existing institutions than creating new ones to transform India. Comment on this suggestion.

Topic: Indian economy – Planning 7) Compare and contrast the composition and objectives of newly set-up National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog with that of erstwhile Planning Commission. Some suggest that it is better to reform existing institutions than creating new ones to transform India. Comment on this suggestion. (200 Words) Business Standard

5) Recently the government stopped foreign funding of few NGOs working in India accusing them of affecting development processes in India. Critically discuss the role of NGOs in development processes. Also comment if the government’s decision is correct.

Topic: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs 5) Recently the government stopped foreign funding of few NGOs working in India accusing them of affecting development processes in India. Critically discuss the role of NGOs in development processes. Also comment if the government’s decision is correct. (200 Words) The Hindu

4) Write a critical note on The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)? Examine why Indian financial institutions have been asked to register with the US’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS ).

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. 4) Write a critical note on The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)? Examine why Indian financial institutions have been asked to register with the US’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS ). (200 Words) Business Standard Business Standard-2

1) Examine the factors that led to the raise of jotedars in rural Bengal. Also explain how different they were from zamindars in their power and influence.

Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues  1) Examine the factors that led to the raise of jotedars in rural Bengal. Also explain how different they were from zamindars in their power and influence. (200 Words) Theme 10 (i.e. chapter 10)