MOTIVATION: YOU ARE YOUR WORD!

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     MOTIVATION: YOU ARE YOUR WORD! Shreya Kabir     As the year is set to bid adieu and the brand new year is about to set it’s foot in, many heads might be turning a bit philosophical today. While some might be putting …

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 31 December 2016

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)   Insights Daily Current Affairs, 31 December 2016   Paper 2 Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.   ‘Mobile App and Facebook Page’ of ‘National Trust’   The government has launched the ‘Mobile App and Facebook Page’ of the National Trust to mark the …

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 31 December 2016

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) [Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 31 December 2016 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Social empowerment 1) “Dalit liberation is essential to the liberation of all the Indian people, and impossible without it.” In the light …

ETHICS CASE STUDY: A measure of Government control over voluntary social work is necessary. But it should not be exercised in a coercive a corrupt manner. What measures can you suggest to ensure that due control is exercised but well meaning, honest NGO efforts are not thwarted?

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Ethical dilemmas in public and private institutions 7) Saraswati was a successful IT professional in USA.  Moved by the patriotic sense of doing something for the country she returned to India. Together with some other like-minded  friends, she formed an NGO to build a school …

6) Critically comment on the National Water Commission. Also discuss major problem areas in India’s water management and suggest ways forward.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems 6) Critically comment on the National Water Commission. Also discuss major problem areas in India’s water management and suggest ways forward. (200 Words) EPW

5) Examine the historical evolution of irrigation in India, the nature of shifts that have occurred over the years, and the major challenges it faces now.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems 5) Examine the historical evolution of irrigation in India, the nature of shifts that have occurred over the years, and the major challenges it faces now. (200 Words) EPW

4) The Reserve Bank of India’s biannual Financial Stability Report has once again expressed concern about high risks to the banking sector. What measures have been taken to address these risks? What new ideas have been mooted to address these risks? Discuss.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Indian economy – growth and development 4) The Reserve Bank of India’s biannual Financial Stability Report has once again expressed concern about high risks to the banking sector. What measures have been taken to address these risks? What new ideas have been mooted to address …

3) The National Mental Health Survey of India, 2015–16, a 12-state survey conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, found that 1% of those surveyed had “high suicidal risk.” This figure could be around 76 lakh persons if extrapolated for India. Examine the causes of these suicides and how they can be reduced.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Human Resources.  3) The National Mental Health Survey of India, 2015–16, a 12-state survey conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, found that 1% of those surveyed had “high suicidal …

2) There is a growing awareness that water endowments in India are severely under the threat of exhaustion and degradation. However, scant attention has been paid to maintaining the health of rivers, their catchments, and aquifer systems. In this regard, examine what needs to be done.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Resources, changes in critical geographical features 2) There is a growing awareness that water endowments in India are severely under the threat of exhaustion and degradation. However, scant attention has been paid to maintaining the health of rivers, their catchments, and aquifer systems. In this regard, …

1) “Dalit liberation is essential to the liberation of all the Indian people, and impossible without it.” In the light of recent events that have taken place against the interests and rights of dalits, critically comment.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Social empowerment 1) “Dalit liberation is essential to the liberation of all the Indian people, and impossible without it.” In the light of recent events that have taken place against the interests and rights of dalits, critically comment. (200 Words) EPW

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 30 December 2016

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)   Insights Daily Current Affairs, 30 December 2016   Paper 2 Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Govt meets PMUY target of 1.5 crore LPG connection additions this financial year   …

Insights into Editorial: Why more than note-ban, India needs a Big Bad Bank

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     Insights into Editorial: Why more than note-ban, India needs a Big Bad Bank   Summary: The withdrawal of Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes on 8 November has changed the composition of money supply in the economy. A large part of what was currency in …

Insights into Editorial: Comment on the Proposed National Water Commission

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     Insights into Editorial: Comment on the Proposed National Water Commission   Summary: India faces unprecedented challenges of water management in the 21st century. As the water crisis deepens by the day, the old 20th century solutions appear to be distinctly running out of …

The Hindu News Analysis (VIDEO): 30 December 2016

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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 December 2016

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) [Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 December 2016 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: World history; Impact of globalizaton; Political philosophies 1) What do you understand by an open society? At present the world is witnessing …

ETHICS CASE STUDY: Suppose you have been entrusted with the task of drafting a better compensation-cum-rehabilitation policy for such displaced persons, how would you approach the problem and what would be the main elements of your suggested policy?

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Ethical dilemmas in public and private institutions 7) Land needed for mining, dams and other large-scale projects is acquired mostly from Adivasis, hill dwellers and rural communities. The displaced persons are paid monetary compensation as per the legal provisions. However, the payment is often tardy. …

6) A recent survey in USA has revealed that nearly a fourth of Americans use cash for all or almost all of their purchases during a typical week and more than half tended to use a mix of both cash and cashless payment modes, in an economy that is overwhelmingly dominated by non-cash payment options, unlike India. In the light of this survey, critically comment on ongoing push towards cashless economy by the Indian government.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Indian economy  6) A recent survey in USA has revealed that nearly a fourth of Americans use cash for all or almost all of their purchases during a typical week and more than half tended to use a mix of both cash and cashless …

5) It is argued that leaving everything to the market can lead to social and political turmoil. It is also said that the evolution of vicious politics is due to steady march of technology. Discuss.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Economic growth; Employment; Developments in S&T 5) It is argued that leaving everything to the market can lead to social and political turmoil. It is also said that the evolution of vicious politics is due to steady march of technology. Discuss. (200 Words) Livemint Livemint

4) On 2 October 2014, Prime Minister announced the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), which targets eradicating open defecation in India by 2019. Halfway through its term in office, how close is the government to achieving this ambitious target? What needs to be done to make this mission successful? Examine.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Welfare schemes and their performance 4) On 2 October 2014, Prime Minister announced the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), which targets eradicating open defecation in India by 2019. Halfway through its term in office, how close is the government to achieving this ambitious …

3) Critically analyse the role of NGOs in empowering dalits and other oppressed communities. Also discuss the challenges these NGOs face.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, 3) Critically analyse the role of NGOs in empowering dalits and other oppressed communities. Also discuss the challenges these NGOs face. (200 Words) Livemint