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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 September 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 September  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Role of women; Social empowerment

1) “Although laws like the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937 and other laws are supposed to grant Muslim women rights and protect them from discriminatory customary laws, the absence of codification of Muslim personal laws has resulted in many of the rights granted in religious texts getting negated or diluted.” Discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

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

2) Discuss the issues and challenges that India should deal with in upcoming BRICS and BIMSTEC summits. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

3) Recently, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to ask States to end the oppressive practice of sterilising women in large camps. Examine the significance of this directive. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

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

4) In 2014, the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2014 was unanimously passed in Rajya Sabha. Recently, the government has drafted a new Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016.  Compare both the versions and critically comment on features of the the 2016 Bill. (200 Words)


Topic: Functioning of judiciary

5) “The Supreme Court order dismissing Common Cause’s writ petition seeking directions against the misuse of Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 is a monumental abdication of the judicial function.” Critically comment. (200 Words)


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

6) “Malaria control in India is seriously affected by the fact that the knowledge once gained through painstaking research and fieldwork by entomologists is ignored.” In the light of the statement, critically discuss why India is failing to fight Malaria. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic; Developments in S&T

7) A recent study has found that despite early detection and appropriate medical attention, thousands of neonates in India with sepsis and pneumonia (both common ailments in newborns) died. Examine the causes and suggest remedies. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Environmental pollution

8) Refrigeration and air-conditioning industry has switched to ozone-friendly hydrofluorocarbons. Do you think this step is enough to protect ozone? What should India do with regard to hydrofluorocarbons? Examine. (200 Words)

Down to Earth

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in human actions

9) Do you consider poverty and inequality as ethical challenges? Substantiate. (150 Words)