The Big Picture – Europe in turmoil: Can it tackle intolerance?

Summary: The attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris and subsequent violence being reported from Germany and other parts of France has created panic across Europe. The solidarity rally by world leaders in Paris has accepted the challenge by the Islamic extremists claiming allegiance to Al Qaeda and ISIS. However, the presence of millions of Muslims …

Insights Daily Current Events, 14 January 2015

Insights Daily Current Events, 14 January 2015 Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 An ordinance has been promulgated to amend certain provisions of MMDR Act, 1957. Why? The promulgation of Ordinance became necessary to address the emergent problems in the mining industry. In the last few years, the number of new Mining …

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 14 January 2015

Archives – Secure 2015 14 January 2015 Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1: Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Class – XI, Units Three Please CLICK on the QUESTIONS to post your answers. They open in a new window/tab. General Studies – 1 Topic: Salient features of world’s physical geography; Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes,  1) What do you understand by the continental …

Ethics and Integrity -2 : Insights Secure – 2015 – January 14, 2015

Topic: Ethics in Human Actions; Strengthening of ethical & moral values in governance; Ethical Issues in international relations & funding 11)  a) “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” Do you agree with this view ? Justify. (150 Words) b) If it is unethical to sponsor terrorism in an enemy country, can outright war with a weaker enemy be considered …

Ethics and Integrity – Insights Secure 2015 – January 14, 2015

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration 10) As an IAS officer, you are posted as CEO of Zilla Panchayat. It’s just been two years since you completed your probationary period. As CEO you are in constant touch with senior bureaucrats in the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department. The secretary of the department …

9) Twelfth five year plan envisaged that nearly half of infrastructure projects in India would be funded in PPP mode. However recent evidence suggests falling interests of private players in many sectors. Comment. Also Suggest alternative mechanisms to fund infrastructure till the interest in PPP is revived.

Topic: Investment Models 9) Twelfth five year plan envisaged that nearly half of infrastructure projects in India would be funded in PPP mode. However recent evidence suggests falling interests of private players in many sectors. Comment. Also Suggest alternative mechanisms to fund infrastructure till the interest in PPP is revived. (200 Words) Business Standard Business Standard

8) The latest proposed amendments to different environment and pollution related laws to ensure ‘ease of doing business’ for industries has given rise to concerns especially among environmentalists. Critically examine why.

Topic: environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment;  changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 8) The latest proposed amendments to different environment and pollution related laws to ensure ‘ease of doing business’ for industries has given rise to concerns especially among environmentalists. Critically examine why. (200 Words) Business Standard

7) In your opinion, why does black money thrive in Indian economy? Explain the nature of black money that is circulated in India and examine if encouraging more and more cashless transactions will be effective in curbing its growth and circulation.

Topic: money-laundering and its prevention  7) In your opinion, why does black money thrive in Indian economy? Explain the nature of black money that is circulated in India and examine if encouraging more and more cashless transactions will be effective in curbing its growth and circulation. (200 Words) Business Standard

5) The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 2014, says only an average 48.1 per cent of Class V children across India can read a Class II-level text. From your own experience of school days, or from observations you might have made in your surroundings, critically comment on the reasons behind such low levels of learning outcomes in Indian schools.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education 5) The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 2014, says only an average 48.1 per cent of Class V children across India can read a Class II-level text. From your own experience of school days, or from observations you might have made in your …

4) Some foreign policy experts argue that Indonesia qualifies as India’s critical strategic partner in the region. But in recent months it is being observed that Indonesia is forging close relationship with China rather than with India. Critically analyse why.

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations 4) Some foreign policy experts argue that Indonesia qualifies as India’s critical strategic partner in the region.  But in recent months it is being observed that Indonesia is forging close relationship with China rather than with India. Critically analyse why. (200 Words) Business Standard