[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 10 October 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) The entire stretch of the Ganga’s tributary Bhagirathi from its origin at Gaumukh to Uttarkashi is declared as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ). Government is thinking to allow river bed mining in this stretch. What is river bed mining? Will it impact river adversely? In the light of definition of ESZ, critically examine. (200 Words)
General Studies – 2
Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.
Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
3) To address the bad loan problem of public sector banks (PSBs), creation of a ‘bad bank’ that would house the bad loans in the PSB system is mooted. Discuss the merits and demerits of this proposal. (200 Words)
General Studies – 3
Topic: Land reforms; Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth
Topic:Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
Topic:Linkages between development and spread of extremism
6) It is argued that India has decisively won the battle against the foreign-based militants and terror outfits from Pakistan, but it now confronts a far graver problem of winning over the youth of Kashmir before an entire generation gets detached from India. Why Kashmiri youth, including school children are up against India? What India should do to address their grievances and win over them? Critically comment. (200 Words)
Topic: Changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth
Topic: Environmental pollution and degradation
8) Countries are gathering in Kigali (Rwanda) to finalise an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to enable this 1989 ozone-protecting agreement to phase out the use of Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. Discuss the significance of this move. (200 Words)
General Studies – 4
Topic:ethical issues in international relations