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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 31 August 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 31 August  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Urbanization – problems and remedies 

1) Official projections suggest that with faster growth and rapid urbanisation, Indian cities will be generating Municipal Solid Waste to the tune of 160-165 million tonnes — more than two-and-a-half times the present level — by 2030. What challenges does this pose to Indian cities?  Which best practices in municipal solid waste management should be adopted to tackle garbage problem? 

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2

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

2) The National Health Accounts data for 2013-14 present fresh evidence that India continues to have a non-serious approach to the provision of universal health coverage to all its citizens. Do you think more privatisation of health sector can bring about universal health coverage? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

3) Critically assess the significance of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) signed between India and USA. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicImportant International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate

4) Why is UNSC reforms is important for India? Do you think maintaining status quo at UNSC is in the interest of permanent members? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topicmechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

5) Write a note on Assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Examine how does the Surrogacy Bill 2016 seek to address issues of parentage, rights and identity of child born through surrogacy. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic Cyber security; Organized crime

6) NCRB data reveals crimes against women and foreigners, cases of sedition have decreased while human trafficking, cyber crimes have increased. How can India reduce crimes such as human trafficking and cyber crimes? Discuss. (200 Words)


Topic: Environmental pollution

7) “The gravest threat to groundwater in India isn’t over-exploitation but arsenic and salt contamination.” Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface

8) As you can see, both good and bad people coexist in this world. What merits do you see in being a good person when bad people around you are leading a good life? Justify. (150 Words)