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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 16 March 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 16 March  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicSocial empowerment; Poverty and developmental issues

1) To address agrarian distress, raising farm income is very important. How can it be done? Analyse. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Role of women; 

2) Critically analyse the nature of feminist movement in India in pre and post Independent India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

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

3) What is the Obama Doctrine? What are its elements? Where does India stand in this Doctrine? Critically comment. (200 Words)


The Diplomat

Topic:Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources

4) Do you think recent budgetary allocations for higher education and related schemes is in line with India’s aspirations to become “human resource capital of the world”? Critically discuss. (200 Words)


TopicIndia and neighbourhood relations

5) Write a critical note on the nature of Sir Creek dispute between India and Pakistan, and why it’s still unresolved. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Infrastructure – energy;

6) The new Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy, or HELP, is said to signal one of the most important market-oriented sectoral reforms of the past two decades. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

TopicInfrastructure – Roads, Railways

7) In India, the aggregate ratio of goods transported by road as compared to rail is now at 70:30. Is it a good sign for the economy? If not, discuss what needs to be done and why. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

8) “The diamond mine falls in a tiger corridor connecting two protected parks and has been identified by the government as an inviolate area — a forest too dense and valuable to be mined. At least one village in the region has also rejected the proposal to mine their traditional forestlands falling in the mine area under the Forest Rights Act.

The Bunder Diamond mining project requires 971 hectares of forest land in Chhattarpur forest division of Madhya Pradesh. The estimated deposit of kimberlitic ore at the site, the environment ministry records say is 53.7 million ton and that of diamond is 34.2 million carat. The mineral value is estimated to be Rs 20,520 crore. The royalty and taxes to be generated to state exchequer are estimated at Rs 2,052 crore and Rs 208 crore respectively.’

Looking at the above scenario, do you think mining permission should be granted? Justify on ethical grounds. (200 Words)

Business Standard