Insights Daily Debates, Day – 112: Facebook’s Free Basics – Who Benefits More and Why?

Insights Daily Debates: Day – 112 30 December 2015 Archives Today’s Topic “Facebook’s Free Basics – Who Benefits More and Why?” The Indian Express Hindustan Times Livemint NOTE: Unlike past we will not be giving you topic in question format. We observed that it turned out to be another Q & A session. We will just …

Insights MINDMAPS on Current Issues, 30 December 2015

Insights MINDMAPS on Current Issues, 30 December 2015 Archives Farmers’ Suicides in India (High Resolution) Cloning – Basics and Issues (High Resolution) India – EU Free Trade Agreement (High Resolution) Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Bill, 2015 (High Resolution)

Insights Daily Current Events, 30 December 2015

Insights Daily Current Events, 30 December 2015 Archives Paper 2 Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Apex court upholds curbs on serving liquor in Kerala Upholding the controversial ‘Liquor-Free Kerala’ policy restricting the serving of liquor to five-star hotels in the State, the Supreme Court …

The Big Picture – Developments in Arunachal Pradesh: Row over Governor’s role

The Big Picture – Developments in Arunachal Pradesh: Row over Governor’s role Archives Summary: Arunachal Pradesh is headed for a constitutional crisis, with the governor’s office accused of favouring the Congress’s rebel MLAs and the BJP in the state. According to experts, Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s decision to advance the winter session of the assembly …

Insights into Editorial: Nothing Free or Basic About it

Insights into Editorial: Nothing Free or Basic About it 30 December 2015 Article Link Facebook’s Free Basics app, which aims to provide ‘free Internet access’ to users who can’t afford data packs, has run into trouble in India since the last two weeks. After regulator TRAI issued a paper questioning the fairness of zero-rating platforms, …

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 December 2015

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 December  2015 Archives – Secure 2015 Archives – Secure 2016 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Communalism 1) Critically comment on the Ayodhya dispute and its implications on national unity. (200 Words) The Hindu General Studies – 2 Topic: Issues relating …

11) Public servants are likely to confront with the issues of “Conflict of Interest”. What do you understand by the term “Conflict of Interest” and how does it manifest in the decision making by public servants? If faced with the conflict of interest situation how would you resolve it? Explain with the help of examples.

Topic:Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: 11) Public servants are likely to confront with the issues of “Conflict of Interest”. What do you understand by the term “Conflict of Interest” and how does it manifest in the decision making by public servants? If faced with the conflict of interest situation how would you …

9) As India is becoming a major destination for start-ups, sectors like e-commerce or mobile payments are attracting strong interest among entrepreneurs and investors whereas health, clean-tech, agriculture and education sectors are neglected. Examine why and also suggest what type of start-ups can contribute in these sectors.

Topic: e-technology; development in S&T; liberalisation 9) As India is becoming a major destination for start-ups, sectors like e-commerce or mobile payments are attracting strong interest among entrepreneurs and investors whereas health, clean-tech, agriculture and education sectors are neglected. Examine why and also suggest what type of start-ups can contribute in these sectors. (200 Words) Livemint

8) In India, electricity and telecom sectors provide a contrasting picture when it comes to profitability and debt management. Examine why telecom sector has done well in India and what electricity sector can learn from telecom’s experience

Topic: Energy; Infrastructure 8) In India, electricity and telecom sectors provide a contrasting picture when it comes to profitability and debt management. Examine why telecom sector has done well in India and what electricity sector can learn from telecom’s experience. (200 Words) Livemint

5) Criticas argue that there are many different ways by which internet can be made available to vast majority of unconnected people in developing countries rather than opting for Facebook’s Free Basics offer. Discuss.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.  5) Criticas argue that there are many different ways by which internet can be made available to vast majority of unconnected people in developing countries rather than opting for Facebook’s Free Basics offer. Discuss. (200 Words) The …

4) As the RTI starts its second decade, it is argued that India’s government should ensure that information provision has a more impersonal face and this requires the government to invest in a data infrastructure that will allow it to go from passive to active transparency. What do you understand by active transparency? Why automation is needed in RTI? Discuss.

Topic: Governance – accountability and transparency 4) As the RTI starts its second decade, it is argued that India’s government should ensure that information provision has a more impersonal face and this requires the government to invest in a data infrastructure that will allow it to go from passive to active transparency. What do you understand by …

3) The Union government has decided to amend the law in order to guarantee women working in the private sector 26 weeks’ maternity leave, up from the 12 weeks they are now entitled to. Discuss the merits of this amendment and also examine if India should also consider amending the act to provide similar leave to fathers.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Human resources 3) The Union government has decided to amend the law in order to guarantee women working in the private sector 26 weeks’ maternity leave, up from the 12 weeks they are now entitled to. Discuss the merits of this amendment and also …