[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 16 May 2016
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General Studies – 1;
Topic: Distribution of key natural resources; Changes in critical geographical features
General Studies – 2
Topic: Judiciary – functioning
2) There has been a growing recognition all over the world that criminal defamation is a powerful tool in the hands of politicians and corporations to stifle and suffocate inconvenient speech. But in India, constitutionality of criminal defamation is upheld by the highest court itself. Critically discuss the justifications given to keep this provision intact in statute book. (200 Words)
Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
3) In the light of recent controversies, discuss if provision of Article 110(3) of the Indian Constitution needs insertion of any check and balances. Also examine the Supreme Court’s opinion on this Article. (200 Words)
Topic: Transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
4) In an effort to amend RTI, a key allegation made in the Parliament is that the RTI is being widely misused, especially to blackmail public functionaries. It is also argued that government servants are unable to take decisions objectively for fear of the RTI. Are these arguments valid? If valid, should these arguments be used to amend the RTI law? Critically comment. (200 Words)
General Studies – 3
Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology
General Studies – 4
Topic: Challenges of corruption
7) Recently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a staff paper that explains why corruption is bad for economies and suggests ways to eradicate it. Examine if its suggestions hold good for developing economies such as India. (200 Words)