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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 23 January 2015

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23 January 2015

No topic for tomorrow (GS-1)

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) Future climate change will likely negatively affect crop production in low latitude countries, while effects in northern latitudes may be positive or negative.” Explain how does this have an impact on global poverty? (200 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/an-india-exception-for-climate-talks/article6813340.ece

 

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

2) ‘Man must realize the importance of maximizing agricultural production without destroying the ecological basis on which our entire food production systems rests.’ Explain with examples. (200 Words)

General

 

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

3) The Sunderbans have been massively impacted due to habitat fragmentation both due to natural geological cause as well anthropogenic factors severely interfering into the life cycle of local flora and fauna. What is Habitat Fragmentation? Why is it happening? What are its consequences? (200 Words)

http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/153225/

 

General Studies – 2

 

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;

4) The Prime Minister denounced the practice of female foeticide, saying such discrimination reflects “mental illness” and displays a mindset “worse than people in the 18th century”. Discuss comprehensively the reasons responsible for such mindset in our country? Give innovative solutions to tackle the issue, while mentioning the recent initiatives taken by government in this regard. (200 Words)

 

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/pm-modi-launches-beti-bachao-beti-padhao-campaign-to-improve-child-sex-ratio/

http://indianexpress.com/photos/picture-gallery-others/narendra-modi-launches-beti-bachao-beti-padhao-campaign/

 

Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

5) “The recent Supreme Court judgement for Institutional integrity from BCCI and classifying it as a Public functionary will advance public accountability in all the sports bodies in India “. In the light of the verdict discuss the problems faced by the sports sector .Also suggest the solutions for the same. (200 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/needed-institutional-integrity-from-bcci-sc/article6813078.ece

 

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate

6) “This body (International Criminal Court) represents no one. It is a political body… There are quite a few countries that also think there is no justification for this body’s existence.” Critically evaluate the given statement. How does ICC differ from ICJ? (200 Words)

 

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-dispute-over-international-criminal-court-intervention/article6812247.ece?homepage=true

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

7) Rather than increasing tax rates, the government should initiate comprehensive tax reforms and rationalization of subsidies and government expenditure to curb fiscal deficit. Explain the statement along with the measures being taken by government in that direction. (200 Words)

 

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/budget-may-announce-fuel-subsidy-reforms-115012300033_1.html

 

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation

8) Despite conservation efforts by the state the number of South African rhinos killed by poachers has increased in the last decade. What efforts have been initiated in this regard and how can the poaching menace tackled to achieve a positive conservation future? (200 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/s-africa-record-number-of-rhinos-killed-in-2014/article6812389.ece

 

General Studies – 4

 

Topic:- Ethics & Human Interface: Essence,Determinants,consequences of Ethics in Human Actions

9) There is a wide spread view in India that persons committing heinous crimes like rape, murder or terrorism must be subjected to instant justice. Do you agree with this view and provide suitable arguments to justify your stance? (200 Words)

General

 

Topic:- Ethics & Human Interface: Essence,Determinants,consequences of Ethics in Human Actions

10) Can ethics and morals be taught in educational institutions?  If yes, make a case for introducing a course on ethics right from school. (200 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/many-objectionable-contents-in-textbooks-to-remain-for-now/article6813540.ece