QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz – 04 September, 2016

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz 04 September, 2016 Archives   The following quiz will have 5-10 MCQs . The questions are mainly framed from The Hindu  and PIB news articles. This quiz is intended to introduce you to concepts and certain important facts relevant to UPSC IAS civil services preliminary exam 2016. It is not …

AIR spotlight summary on Nominations for Padma Awards.

    AIR spotlight summary on Nominations for Padma Awards.   Introduction Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities are going online. The government is opening nomination for ordinary citizens to nominate anyone. This is happening for the first time and it …

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz – 03 September, 2016

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz 03 September, 2016 Archives Clarifications:   Q4, September 1st Quiz (Click Here): The Ganges dolphin is not completely blind. Refer to paragraph 1 (which mentions, “limited eyesight”) and 3 (which mentions that “it still uses its eye to locate itself”) in the explanation. Paragraph 2 explains how the …

Insights into Editorial: Paralympian Marieke Vervoort considering euthanasia after Rio 2016

    Insights into Editorial: Paralympian Marieke Vervoort considering euthanasia after Rio 2016   Belgian paralympian Marieke Vervoort recently declared that she is considering euthanasia after Rio 2016. During the 2012 Games in London, Vervoort won gold in the 100m wheelchair sprint and silver in the 200m. She has an incurable degenerative spinal disease, one …

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 14 September 2016

    Insights Daily Current Affairs, 14 September 2016   Paper 3 Topic: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.   Government plans 27,000km economic corridors   The government is planning to make 44 highway stretches totalling 27,000 km to be developed as “economic corridors” for seamless movement of cargo vehicles, cut delays, deepen economic …

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz – 02 September, 2016

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz 02 September, 2016 Archives Clarifications:   Quiz, August 30th (Click Here):   Q5. Regarding nations which have successfully tested the scramjet technology: This is why, the word “nation” was mentioned in italics here, as well as in the question. The European Space Agency does not belong to one …

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 13 September 2016

    Insights Daily Current Affairs, 13 September 2016   Paper 2 Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Extension of contract between India and the International Seabed Authority   The Union Cabinet has approved the extension of contract between Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India and the International Seabed …

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 14 September 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 14 September  2016 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent) 1) From geographical perspective, critically analyse why the Cauvery River water dispute is complicated and has not …

8) The recent Cauvery water dispute is turning out to be less about water and irrigation and more about linguistic chauvinism and regional identity. In your opinion, how should public servants and media behave in charged up situations like Cauvery dispute protests in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu? Critically comment

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; 8) The recent Cauvery water dispute is turning out to be less about water and irrigation and more about linguistic chauvinism and regional identity. In your opinion, how should public servants and media behave in charged up situations like Cauvery dispute protests in Karnataka and Tamil …

6) “The agreement reached between Russia and the United States in Geneva on a ceasefire in Syria is perhaps the best opportunity for a solution to the five-and-a-half-year old civil war.” Do you agree? Critically comment

Topic: Policies of developed and developing countries 6) “The agreement reached between Russia and the United States in Geneva on a ceasefire in Syria is perhaps the best opportunity for a solution to the five-and-a-half-year old civil war.” Do you agree? Critically comment. (200 Words) The Hindu Livemint

3) Experts argue that the union government should involve state governments to improve quality of higher education in India. Examine the role of states in higher education and challenges they face in this regard.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education 3) Experts argue that the union government should involve state governments to improve quality of higher education in India. Examine the role of states in higher education and challenges they face in this regard. (200 Words) The Hindu

2) Recently, the Supreme Court of India made it mandatory for the police to upload within 48 hours a First Information Report (FIR) drawn up by it suo motu or on a complaint. Discuss the significance of this ruling and challenges in its implementation

Topic: e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; 2) Recently, the Supreme Court of India made it mandatory for the police to upload within 48 hours a First Information Report (FIR) drawn up by it suo motu or on a complaint. Discuss the significance of this ruling and challenges in its implementation. (200 Words) The Hindu

The Big Picture- Railway Flexi Fares: Why Is It Necessary?

    The Big Picture- Railway Flexi Fares: Why Is It Necessary? The Indian Railways has come up with a surprise for the passengers travelling by Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto trains by introducing flexi fares like in airlines. As a result, the passengers will be paying different prices for the same seats and berths depending …

AIR spotlight summary on BRICS Conference on Negation of Drug Abuses

    AIR spotlight summary on BRICS Conference on Negation of Drug Abuses Introduction The inauguration of the second Anti-Drug Working Group meeting of Heads of Drug Control Agencies was held in New Delhi. It comprises heads of Anti-Narcotics Bureau of 5 countries. Drug Abuse is a subject which is posing a serious challenge to …