[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 28 January 2016

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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 28 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicResources; Locational factors of industries

1) India, one of the world’s leading producer of iron ore has become near zero exporter of the ore in recent years. Examine the reasons and implications of this on iron ore production, consumers and producers. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

General Studies – 2

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education; 

2) It is found that there has been increase in tobacco consumption level by children below 18 years of age in India. What multipronged approach is necessary to keep the young ones away from tobacco? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these; Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive

3) In the light of the European Council’s Convention 108, discuss the concept and importance of data privacy, the measures needed to ensure privacy in this digital age. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

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

4) The challenge of efficiently delivering government benefits to the large mass of poor farmers and the working population in rural areas is crucial to the revival of the rural economy at a time when it is clearly in stress. How should government deliver efficiently? Discuss. (200 Words)

Livemint

General Studies – 3

Topic:Indigenization of technology and developing new technology

5) “The high cost and poor serviceability of foreign aircraft (with long-term dependence for the supply of critical spare parts) underline the importance of developing indigenous capabilities.” In the light of recent Rafale deal, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicResource mobilization; Infrastructure

6) Do you think the building of infrastructure should be left to the private sector and bank financing rather than through fiscal resources? Substantiate. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic: Issues of buffer stocks and food security

7) Do you think it is time for India to import food to build stocks for food security as international commodity prices are low  today? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 4

Topic:Accountability and ethical governance

8) “If you flaunt a yacht while owing a lot, it suggests you don’t care.” What should be done to such individuals? Do you think the governance system in India has tacitly failed to punish such individuals? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic: Challenges of corruption

9) It is said that the fight against corruption in public service is extremely problem-ridden, because the canker has spread to the higher echelons of the civil service. How to fight corruption at higher levels? Is hike in salary for civil servants justified when it is found that corruption is increasing day by day? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu