Insights into Editorial: Drug pricing: a bitter pill to swallow

Insights into Editorial: Drug pricing: a bitter pill to swallow 27 February 2016 Article Link The government, in November 2015, formed an inter-ministerial committee to review the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) 2013, following the Supreme Court verdict that termed the drug pricing policy as irrational and unreasonable. Why government’s intervention in health sector is …

Insights Daily Current Events, 27 February 2016

Insights Daily Current Events, 27 February 2016 Archives Topic: Indian economy – growth and development Economic Survey Highlights Invest in welfare, undertake reforms, says Economic Survey Economic survey projects real GDP growth for the current financial year and 2016-17 to be in the range of 7-7.75%. According to CSO, growth this year will be 7.6%, …

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 February  2016 Archives – Secure 2015 Archives – Secure 2016 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Salient features of Indian society; Social empowerment 1) Castes which have traditionally been seen as economically powerful are now resorting to making desperate …

9) “Public health research is largely conducted on the poor and marginalised who are more susceptible to illness and disease and face greater barriers in access to healthcare. This poses a number of ethical challenges in research.” What are these ethical challenges? How should these challenges be addressed? Discuss.

Topic:Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions 9) “Public health research is largely conducted on the poor and marginalised who are more susceptible to illness and disease and face greater barriers in access to healthcare. This poses a number of ethical challenges in research.” What are these ethical challenges? How should these challenges …

8) To widen the tax net and raise revenue for spending on India’s human capital development, the recent Economic Survey calls for bringing rich farmers into the tax net, raising property tax rates and phasing out tax exemptions. Do you think this is a prudent suggestion? Critically analyse.

Topic: Resource mobilization 8) To widen the tax net and raise revenue for spending on India’s human capital development, the recent Economic Survey calls for bringing rich farmers into the tax net, raising property tax rates and phasing out tax exemptions. Do you think this is a prudent suggestion? Critically analyse. (200 Words) The Hindu

7) Discuss why The South Commission (1987-90) was set up, and what were its mandate and recommendations. The Human Development Report (HDR), 2013 titled “The Rise of the South” has recommended setting up a new South Commission. Examine why.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests  7) Discuss why The South Commission (1987-90) was set up, and what were its mandate and recommendations. The Human Development Report (HDR), 2013 titled “The Rise of the South” has recommended setting up a new South Commission. Examine why. (250 Words) EPW

6) “The no-detention provision (NDP) and continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RtE) Act 2009 have become arguably the act’s most controversial clauses.” Examine why.

 Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, 6) “The no-detention provision (NDP) and continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RtE) Act 2009 have become arguably the act’s most controversial clauses.” Examine why. (200 Words) EPW

5) It is said that the government’s Choice Based Credit System is also designed to foster privatisation of education. Critically examine the merits and demerits of making higher education a profit-oriented and tradable commodity.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, 5) It is said that the government’s Choice Based Credit System is also designed to foster privatisation of education.  Critically examine the merits and demerits of making higher education a profit-oriented and tradable commodity. (200 Words) EPW

4) The union government plans to set up a National Media Analytics Centre (NMAC) to to monitor and analyse blogs, web portals of television channels and newspapers, as well as social media. Critically comment on this move.

Topic:Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 4) The union government plans to set up a National Media Analytics Centre (NMAC) to to monitor and analyse blogs, web portals of television channels and newspapers, as well as social media. Critically comment on this move. (200 Words) …

3) “…the concept of “nationalism” that developed in countries like India during their anti-colonial struggle was of an altogether different kind when compared to Europe’s version of nationalism.” Examine what were the features of India’s nationalism during freedom struggle. Are Indians embracing nineteenth and early twentieth century European version of nationalism? Critically comment.

Topic: Political philosophies; Freedom struggle 3) “…the concept of “nationalism” that developed in countries like India during their anti-colonial struggle was of an altogether different kind when compared to Europe’s version of nationalism.” Examine what were the features of India’s nationalism during freedom struggle. Are Indians embracing nineteenth and early twentieth century European version of …

1) Castes which have traditionally been seen as economically powerful are now resorting to making desperate demands for reservation and doing so in a violent manner. Why do you think so? What would be its impact on Indian society? Critically examine.

Topic: Salient features of Indian society; Social empowerment 1) Castes which have traditionally been seen as economically powerful are now resorting to making desperate demands for reservation and doing so in a violent manner. Why do you think so? What would be its impact on Indian society? Critically examine. (200 Words) EPW

Insights Daily Debates, Day – 152: Is Britain’s Exit Good for the European Union?

Insights Daily Debates: Day – 152 26 February 2016 Archives Today’s Topic “Is Britain’s Exit Good for the European Union?”   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 mention the topic and you may …

Economic Survey – 2015 – 2016: Download All Volumes/Chapters

Economic Survey -Volume I Economic Outlook, Prospects, and Policy Challenges The Chakravyuha Challenge of the Indian Economy Spreading Jam across India’s Economy Agriculture: More from Less Mother and Child Bounties for the Well-Off Fiscal Capacity for the 21st Century Preferential Trade Agreements The Fertiliser Sector Structural Changes in India’s Labour Markets Powering “One India” Economic …

Insights into Editorial: Quantifying the caste quotas

Insights into Editorial: Quantifying the caste quotas 26 February 2016 Article Link We have, in the past, observed that our political system wakes up only when the demand for reservation by a particular community turns into a violent protest. Even then, the government just confines itself to ascertaining demands of only that particular group. The …

Insights Daily Current Events, 26 February 2016

Insights Daily Current Events, 26 February 2016 Archives   Paper 2 Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Bhopal Gas tragedy Survivors of Bhopal Gas disaster have launched a postcard campaign seeking an urgent Supreme Court hearing in the case demanding additional compensation. …

Test – 13: Mains Self Study – 2016 (Mission – 2016)

Test – 13: Mains Self Study – 2016 (Mission – 2016) Archives TIMETABLE 26 February 2015 Click on the below questions and answer each within the word limit specified before each question. 1) The European imperialist push into Africa was motivated by three main factors, economic, political, and social. Examine these factors. (200 Words) Colonization  Reference …