[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 November 2015
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General Studies – 1;
Topic: World history
Topic: Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes
General Studies – 2
Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health
3) According to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) study, some of the neighbours of India, which are very poor, have made substantial progress in achieving Millennium Development Goals(MDGS) whereas India is still lagging. Examine the causes and suggest remedies. (200 Words)
Topic:Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes
4) Many housing schemes in India have failed to provide houses for all. What are the challenges housing schemes face and examine if design of newly launched housing schemes could address previously faced challenges. (200 Words)
Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these
General Studies – 3
Topic: Economic growth
6) According to a recent report, the idea that demand from a vast new middle class in countries like China and India was going to power the world economy appears to be in retreat. Define middle class in the Indian context and examine their size and importance in driving the economy. (200 Words)
Topic: Energy; S&T
7) Concentrated solar thermal power (CSP), and the production of transport fuels through the gasification of biomass are said to be alternatives to coal for meeting the base-load demand for power. Discuss. (200 Words)
General Studies – 4
Topic:Dimensions of ethics; Ethical concerns
8) A bank publishes loan defaulters’ list in a local daily to name and shame farmers who have failed to settle the loan amount. A farmer whose photo is also published, unable to digest this shame, commits suicide.
Is it right to blame the bank for farmer’s death? Is it right on bank’s part to name and shame defaulters as a strategy to recover loan when nothing works in its favour? Critically comment. (150 Words)