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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 July 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 July  2016

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Prelims Revision Tests


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) Analyse the causes of the crisis of freshwater shortage and salinity ingress faced by farmers and industries around Bharuch city, at the mouth of the once-mighty Narmada river. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Socialism; Urbanization – problems and remedies

2) “Since 1991, socialist-era thinking has been steadily discarded in a growing number of areas such as foreign policy, but it remains firmly embedded in how Indian cities are planned.” Do you agree? Discuss if socialist-era thinking is good or bad for our cities. (200 Words)

Livemint


General Studies – 2


Topic: Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

3) Discuss the need and significance of Inter State Council for India’s federalism. (200 Words)

Livemint

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

4) Do we need a national-level common test, and if so, should it cover all institutions, government and private, aided or unaided and run by minorities or otherwise? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

5) Examine the difficulties faced by Tuberculosis (TB) patients in getting treatment in India. Also examine what government can do to provide effective TB treatment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topic: Resource mobilization

6) Critically analyse merits of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Environmental pollution

7) Smart Cities will use technology. And the technology will use hardware which will eventually become e-waste. How should this e-waste be handled and by whom? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Livemint


General Studies – 4


Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;

8) If you are assigned the task of mediating peace between the government of India and Kashmiris, how will you manage the task? What will be your priorities? Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express