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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 May 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 May  2016

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

1) It is said that, in the face of rising climate and disaster risk, investments in nature-based solutions can protect lives and safeguard prosperity in a cost-effective manner. Examine what these nature based solutions are and their significance. (200 Words)

Livemint

 


General Studies – 2


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

2) Between the potential catastrophes of big out-of-pocket costs for healthcare and the current weaknesses of the public healthcare system, the private insurance markets offer what looks like a way out. Critically comment on the role of private insurance companies in India’s healthcare sector. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

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

3) India require of its banking system stability, efficient service delivery,  inclusion and monetary policy transmission. But in recent months there has been concern in all these areas. What urgent reforms are needed in banking sector? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

The Hindu

TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

4) It is argued by town planning experts that smart laws are needed to implement smart cities project effectively and efficiently. Discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

5) “Each section of the act defines the duty and accountability of the taxpayer. However, there is not a single provision under the Income Tax Act, which holds a tax officer accountable for misuse of tax provisions or passing unfair orders against a taxpayer.” What issues does the lack of provision in IT act vis a vis tax officer give rise to? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topic: Awareness in biotechnology, S&T

6) Examine why the discovery of mcr-1 gene in bacteria such as E.coli in more countries and settings has sounded alarm bell across the globe. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas

7) North Kashmir, which had remained quiescent for quite some time has, of late, become the main locus of violent activity. Critically comment on the causes of, and challenges faced by both state and union governments in dealing with rise in violence and anti -India sentiment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

TopicInclusive growth and issues arising from it.

8) What is wrong with the payments bank idea? Why this idea is failing? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4


Topic: Moral thinkers

9) “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Discuss the relevance of meaning of this quote for a public servant. (200 Words)

General