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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 05 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 05 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Changes to geographical features (Paper – 3 Conservation)

1) According to scientists  colonies of snowflake coral ( Carijoa riisei ), an invasive species recently documented off the coast of Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari, could pose a serious threat to the marine ecology of the region. Examine why? Also discuss other threats to biodiversity along Indian coastal regions. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: India and its neighbours

2) During last few decades, India has re-engaged Islamabad after previous terrorist attacks emanating from it with no appreciable gains to show for it. Do you see any flaws in India’s Pakistan policy? What corrections should India make? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

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The Hindu

The Indian Express

Business Standard

Topic: India and its neighbours

3) It is said that the current state system in the Indian sub-continent is not cast in stone and there are many forces reshaping the subcontinent’s economic and political architecture towards regional integration.  Do you agree with this view? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector

4) Even though it is mandatory to implement the Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013, the desired result is not seen on the ground. In your opinion how the provisions of this Section can be implemented effectively? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

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TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

5) It is argued that in recent years India has shifted from non-alignment to multi-alignment. Discuss the reasons for this shift and its benefit for India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

TopicAwareness in IT; Inclusive growth

6) What are the strong arguments that can be made against Facebook’s Free Basics initiative? Do you think, if it is implemented, this initiative will empower the poor and help in inclusive growth? Substantiate. (200 Words)

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Topic: Latest developments in S&T

7) Compare and contrast Li Fi technology with Wi Fi technology. Discuss the advantages of Li Fi and its potential for India.  Also examine if it will eventually replace Wi Fi around the world. (200 Words)

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TopicCropping pattern

8) “The fact is that maize has beaten most other food crops, including wheat and rice, in terms of growth in production and productivity, especially in recent years.” Examine the factors that have led to Maize’s success and its benefits for Indian economy. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic:Accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; corporate governance

9) Recently the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha committee made a host of far-reaching recommendations for improvement of cricket administration in the country. Discuss the significance of these recommendations. Do you think these recommendations hold good for overall sports administration in India? Examine. (150 Words)

Business Standard