[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 02 July 2015
02 July 2015
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General Studies – 1;
Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
General Studies – 2
Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.
Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
3) Do you think both Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and ‘Belt and Road’ projects of China are complimentary? Substantiate and examine the implications for the Asian region of both these projects. (200 Words)
Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections.
4) It is found that a little over two-thirds of the total number of jailed people in the country’s jails are undertrials. Critically examine who are these undertrials? Why do they languish in jails? How their rights are infringed upon? And suggest what government and concerned authorities should do to address this issue. (200 Words)
General Studies – 3
Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas
5) It is said that a major factor preventing the return of normalcy in Kashmir is the opposition to the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1990 (AFSPA). In the light of allegations of human rights violations, critically comment of the implications of AFSPA and recommend changes to the Act to address the concerns raised against it. (200 Words)
IDSA (Page 57)
Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; Awareness in the field of Space
Topic: Storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints;
General Studies – 4
Topic: ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions
8) Rekha cleared UPSC civil services exam and became an IAS officer. She was intelligent, bold and beautiful. After her probationary training, she was posted as CEO of Zilla Panchayat in a very backward district in a far away state from her home. There, violence and discrimination against women was rampant. The politicians, including elected representatives were known for their contempt against women officers in the district. Rekha’s parents tried to persuade her to marry an IAS officer (male) from their home state who had shown interest in marrying her. This would ensure her return to her home state where, her parents thought, she would get a safe and cosy posting.
Rekha firmly told her parents that she wanted to face such hardships and serve backward regions. As soon as she assumed her office, rumours were spread about her past and alleged links with mafia in the region. She had taken extraordinary measures to stop illegal activities such as sand smuggling and encroachment of government property despite risk to her life. A recent news report alleged that she was going soft on mafia. Another report suggested that she had an affair with an IAS officer working in a neighbouring district.