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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 21 January 2015

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21 January 2015

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Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Class – XI, Unit Five Chapters 13 & 14 

 

General Studies – 1

Topic: changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

  1. “Contemporary global climate change is an anthropogenic phenomenon.”Discuss with suitable illustrations.(200 Words)

NCERT

 

Topic: changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

  1. Discuss the consequences of Climate Change on agriculture and food security, and on the Coastal Zones of the world. (200 Words)

NCERT

 

Topic Salient features of World’s Physical Geography

  1. Why are Temperate Grasslands known as “Granaries of the world”? (100 words)

General

 

General Studies – 2

 

 

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

  1. “Nepali leaders should work together in the final stage of peace process in drawing up a Constitution that honours past agreements as well as mandate of Constituent Assembly elections.” Trace the major milestones in Nepal’s peace process and Highlight the various contested issues in framing the constitution. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

  1. Despite the importance of Safai Karamcharis in ensuring Clean India; they live in dire conditions and perish. What are the problems faced by Safai Karmacharis? Discuss the initiatives taken by the government in addressing these problems and evaluate their successes.  (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests

  1. “The Taliban, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda and IS are organisations born out of particular configurations of geopolitics and superpower interventions and invasions “ Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic: Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

  1. DRDO has not lived upto its expectations in achieving indigenisation of defence equipment. Critically examine the factors responsible for its sub-optimal performance and suggest measures to improve the same. (200 Words)

Business Line

PIB

 

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

  1. Explain the rationale behind imposing restrictions on Indian pharmaceutical companies in charging a free market price. What are the mechanisms used by the government and add a note on recent controversy regarding drug pricing. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

General Studies – 4

 

Topic:- Human Values-Lessons from the lives of great leaders, reformers & Administrators

  1. “Being ethical may not be the same as following the laws.” Discuss. Give examples from your real life when there was a conflict between being ethical and being legal. How did you resolve the dilemma? (200 Words)

Businessweek

 

Topic:- Human Values-Lessons from the lives of great leaders, reformers & Administrators

  1. Kautilya said, “One should not be too straightforward. Go and see the forest. The straight trees are cut down, the crooked ones are left standing.”  What do you understand by this statement? Discuss it in the context of public service. Also throw light on ethicality of the  statement. (200 Words)

General