Insights Daily Current Events, 19 March 2015

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Insights Daily Current Events, 19 March 2015 GST Bill to be first off the block The Union government has decided to give the long-pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) Constitution Amendment Bill precedence over the controversial Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, sensing a better chance of …

The Big Picture – Land Bill: Can amended version stand scrutiny?

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Summary: The confrontation and controversy over the land acquisition bill continues despite the amended version having been passed by the Lok Sabha. The ordinance brought in by the new government which had amended several provisions of the law enacted in 2013 by the UPA government …

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 March 2015

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13) In your opinion, what constitutes non-discriminatory attitudes towards women? Critically discuss in the light of comments often made against women and their appearance by both the people in responsible positions and common man.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:  moral and political attitudes; 13) In your opinion, what constitutes non-discriminatory attitudes towards women? Critically discuss in the light of comments often made against women and their appearance by both the people in responsible positions and common man.  (200 Words) The Hindu

12) India is yet to sign the Mine Ban Treaty which has been signed by eighty percent of the governments worldwide. Critically examine why there is growing argument against the use of anti-personnel landmine and why is India still reluctant to sign the treaty.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas; Paper – 2 (Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests ) 12) India is yet to sign the Mine Ban Treaty which has been signed by eighty percent of the governments worldwide. …

11) Critically discuss India’s concerns regarding Bali Ministerial Decisions and examine how they have been addressed by the WTO.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: issues of buffer stocks and food security 11) Critically discuss India’s concerns regarding Bali Ministerial Decisions and examine how they have been addressed by the WTO. (200 Words) India – 2015/2014, Chapter – 7, Commerce

10) How successful have been the measures taken during last two years to improve exports from the country and revive investors interest in India? Critically examine.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.  10) How successful have been the measures taken during last two years to improve exports from the country and revive investors interest in India? Critically examine. (200 Words) India …

9) In recent years, imposing tax with retrospective effect on private companies has become a major concern with the foreign investors. Critically examine this issue and opine if retrospective taxation is a necessary instrument in resource mobilization. (

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth; mobilization of resources 9)  In recent years, imposing tax with retrospective effect on private companies has become a major concern with the foreign investors. Critically examine this issue and opine if retrospective taxation is a necessary …

8) As a District Collector, you are asked to come with solutions to recharge defunct borewells and irrigation tanks in your district. What measures will you take? Explain.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: different types of irrigation and irrigation systems 8) As a District Collector, you are asked to come with solutions to recharge defunct borewells and irrigation tanks in your district. What measures will you take? Explain. (200 Words) The Hindu

7) In the light of the Supreme Court of India’s recent order that the Aadhar number is not compulsory to avail services by citizens, critically examine the limitations of Aadhaar project vis a vis providing services to the people.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; 7) In the light of the Supreme Court of India’s recent order that the Aadhar number is not compulsory to avail services by citizens, critically examine the limitations of Aadhaar project vis a vis providing services to the …

6) The crisis that is slowly unfolding in Brazil right now offers India lessons on managing the economy to ward-off such crisis. Critically examine what these lessons are.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests 6) The crisis that is slowly unfolding in Brazil right now offers India lessons on managing the economy to ward-off such crisis. Critically examine what these lessons are. (200 Words) Livemint

5) India’s education system is in dire need of qualitative reforms. If you are asked to prepare a list of priorities for educational governance, what would that be? Also critically analyse those priorities.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education 5) India’s education system is in dire need of qualitative reforms. If you are asked to prepare a list of priorities for educational governance, what would that be? Also critically analyse those priorities. (200 …

4) The recent ebola epidemic has killed thousands in Africa. It is said that the world doesn’t have a system in place to fight such epidemics. Critically analyse what the world lacks in fighting epidemics and what needs to be done to avert such epidemics in future.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health 4) The recent ebola epidemic has killed thousands in Africa. It is said that the world doesn’t have a system in place to fight such epidemics. Critically analyse what the world lacks in …

3) Critically comment on the design, objectives and performance of the Twenty Point Programme of the government of India.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:   poverty and developmental issues; Also Paper – 2 (Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre ) 3) Critically comment on the design, objectives and performance of the Twenty Point Programme of the government of India. (200 Words) India – 2015/2014, Chapter …

2) What are the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of India. Write a critical note on the institutional mechanism that exists to protect and propagate these cultural heritages.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 2) What are the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of India. Write a critical note on the institutional mechanism that exists to protect and propagate these cultural …

1) Smart cities need to be designed keeping in mind our biggest objectives — sustainable inclusive development and social transformation. Critically examine if the government’s smart city project meets these two objectives.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Urbanization 1) Smart cities need to be designed keeping in mind our biggest objectives — sustainable inclusive development and social transformation. Critically examine if the government’s smart city project meets these two objectives. (200 Words)  The Indian Express