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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 25 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 25 February  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicWorld geography; Social empowerment; Resources location

1) There are instances across the world where so-called underdeveloped but mineral-rich regions have fallen prey to fierce corporate plunder of natural resources at the expense of the local population. Identify such major regions around the world and in India, and critically examine how local communities are affected by this plunder. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society

2) What do you understand by progressive nationalism? How different is it from cultural and territorial nationalism? In your opinion, which one should Indians and Indian government pursue? Substantiate. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topic:India and its neighborhood- relations

3) In your opinion, why is Nepal important for India? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

4) India is investing in the Iranian port of Chabahar. Why is investing in this port so important for India? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

5) It is reported in media that India’s role in the South China Sea dispute is assuming a new dimension as its involvement in the region is growing. Examine the nature of India’s involvement in the dispute and its costs and benefits for it. (200 Words)

The Diplomat

The Economic Times

The Hindu

 

TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

6) Do you support the abolition of Section 124A of IPC? Substantiate. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3

Topic: Awareness in Space; Achievements of Indians in S&T

7) Discuss the nature of collaboration between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), their achievements and future projects. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

TopicResource mobilization

8) Economists argue that instead of allowing more free ATM transactions, RBI and government should encourage more cashless transactions. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges,

9) Recent studies have highlighted the negative impact of spending excessive time on Facebook or other social media on individual’s health and social behaviour. Critically comment on these findings. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:Human values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; 

10) “Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.”  Explain the significance of this quote for a public servant. (150 Words)

General