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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 17 August 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 17 August  2015

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17 August  2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicPost independence consolidation

1) After independence, India relied on food crop supplies from the United States under Public Law 480 (PL-480) against rupee payments. Later this measure was considered as a folly. Critically examine why India resorted to this step, its consequences and how it was able to achieve self sufficiency later. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

Topic:  World History

2) It is said that in some ways the Second World War is yet to end in Asia. Elaborate why. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 

3) Indradhanush, the seven-pronged strategy for public sector banks announced by the government is said to be short of some key ingredients to achieve its objectives. Critically examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Business Standard

 

TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

4) It is argued that the cost of implementation of ‘one rank, one pension’, or OROP would be huge. Do you think, if it is true, should it be implemented? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

5) It is argued that thousands will remain outside the banking system unless the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) is altered in its design and implementation. Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping;

6) Few states in India are known for efficient and others for inefficient administration of Public Distribution System (PDS). Critically analyse such two extreme situations and examine why PDS is in such a state in India. (200 Words)

Livemint

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance;

7) Do you think India’s law which makes it mandatory to spend minimum Corporate Social Responsibility spending (2% of average profits of the past three years) for corporations above a certain size is a right measure without loopholes? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

Livemint