[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 06 May 2015

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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 06 May 2015

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06 May  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Salient features of Indian society; communalism, secularism

1) The annual Report for 2015 of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) places India in a group of 30 countries that meet “a systematic, ongoing and egregious” standard for failing to protect religious freedoms. Do you agree with this assessment? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Salient features of INDIAN SOCIETY; social empowerment

2) Looking at recent incidents, open violence against women continues unabated in India. In your opinion, which factors are responsible for this disturbing trend? As a common man, how will you address this issue. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 2

 

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

3) The Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared a Bill to get the India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) ratified by Parliament. What are the salient features of this agreement? How will this agreement affect relationship between India and Bangladesh? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy – employment

4) In your opinion, how should India’s labour laws be reformed? In the light of recent debate on the issue and government’s initiatives in this regard, critically discuss. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: Issues relating to intellectual property rights. (Paper – 2 also)

5) The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has once again placed India on its priority watch list, citing what it believes to be India’s poor record in protecting intellectual property rights (IPRs). Is this a justified move by US? Critically examine and comment how this would affect relationship between India and US. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

TopicAgriculture issues

6) To improve resilience of the agricultural sector and bolster food security—including availability and affordable access— what should be the primary strategy of the government? Examine how this strategy should be implemented and achieved. (200 Words)

Economic Survey – 2015, Volume – II, Chapter – 5

 

Topic:  Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices

7) As mandated, the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) recommends MSPs at national level for twenty three crops, but effectively price support operates primarily in wheat and rice and that too in selected states. Examine the consequences and effectiveness of measures taken by the government to address this issue. (200 Words)

Economic Survey – 2015, Volume – II, Chapter – 5

 

Topicmarketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints;

8) Write a note on the recent initiatives taken by the government to reform agricultural marketing in India. (200 Words)

Economic Survey – 2015, Volume – II, Chapter – 5

 

General Studies – 4

Topic: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions

9) Why in your opinion some educated people join extremist and terrorist organisations and fight against legitimate governments? What values do they lack? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

 

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; 

10) In Bangalore, as per Supreme Court directive, a demolition drive is going on to clear ‘illegal’ buildings that are built upon lake beds. Bangalore Development Authority, a government agency has itself built layouts on lake beds and allotted sites to beneficiaries as per its rules. Its mistake is that it didn’t take permission from the revenue department before creating layouts. Now, these layouts have developed into fully residential areas and residents who have been residing there for decades face uncertain future – if government doesn’t intervene their homes will be flattened and they (both rich and poor) will be made homeless.

In your opinion, should the demolition of these residential areas continue? Substantiate on ethical grounds. (150 Words)

What should government do in this situation? Justify.  (150 Words)

The Hindu