Lok Sabha TV- Insight: International Day of Rural Women

    Lok Sabha TV- Insight: International Day of Rural Women   Note: Please watch from 23ed minute for today’s topic   On October 15th each year, the United Nations celebrates International Day of Rural Women and recognizes importance of women in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide. As per the UN, empowering rural women …

Insights into Editorial: India’s missing girl children

    Insights into Editorial: India’s missing girl children   Summary: The demographic transition in India has brought along an ugly unintended consequence – a historically strong preference for sons over daughters in these societies has strengthened with the decline in fertility, thus worsening the female-male sex ratio at birth. New data from the Civil …

Insights into Issues: Merger of Railway Budget into the General Budget

    Insights into Issues: Merger of Railway Budget into the General Budget   The almost century old practice of presenting a separate Railway Budget ahead of the General Budget is to be dispensed with from the next financial year (2017-18) and the Railway Budget will be merged with the General Budget. The proposal has …

Insights into Issues: Antimicrobial resistance

    Insights into Issues:  Antimicrobial resistance   Antibiotic resistance arises when bacteria evolve mechanisms to withstand the drugs which are used to fight infection.  It is one of the most important public health issues currently.  Antimicrobial resistance happens when microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs (such as antibiotics, …

Insights into Issues: Waste Management

    Insights into Issues: Waste Management   The Government of India had notified the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules in 2000, thereby making it mandatory for all urban local bodies in the country to engage in collection, segregation, secondary storage in covered bins, transportation in covered vehicles, processing through composting or waste-to-energy technologies and disposal …

Insights into Issues: Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016

    Insights into Issues: Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016   Status Quo on Surrogacy India has become the hub for surrogacy.  In 2002, India had become the first country to legalize commercial surrogacy. By 2012 India had become the surrogacy capital of the world with surrogacy tourism valued at 400mn$ annually (according to a UN 2012 report). …

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 01 December 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 01 December 2016 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Population and associated issues 1) New data from the Civil Registration System of the Registrar General of India shows a fall in sex ratio at birth from 898 girls to 1,000 boys in 2013, to …

6) The Supreme Court has ruled that the national anthem must be played in cinema halls across the country before a film is screened, and everyone present must stand to pay respect. Do you think patriotism could be inculcated by forcing these orders on citizens? What are the ethical issues involved in this order? Critically examine.

Topic: Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion. 6) The Supreme Court has ruled that the national anthem must be played in cinema halls across the country before a film is screened, and everyone present must stand to pay respect. Do you …

5) In September 2016, the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department issued an order that banned all forms of fishing within a radius of 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) at 90 sites along the State’s coastline. Do such measures aid the conservation of olive ridleys? What long-term solutions are required? Critically discuss

Topic: Conservation 5) In September 2016, the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department issued an order that banned all forms of fishing within a radius of 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) at 90 sites along the State’s coastline. Do such measures aid the conservation of olive ridleys? What long-term solutions are required? Critically discuss. (200 Words) The Hindu

4) At least 89 security personnel have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir so far in 2016. Do you think, despite measures being taken by India to avert terrorist attacks in border areas, terrorists are gaining upper hand? How can India minimise loss of lives of security personnel in Kashmir? Critically examine.

Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism 4) At least 89 security personnel have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir so far in 2016. Do you think, despite measures being taken by India to avert terrorist attacks in border areas, terrorists are gaining upper hand? How can …

2) How does the development Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) project offer India an opportunity to create its own win-win relationship with China, especially in the light of growing US – China face-off? Examine

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 2) How does the development  Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) project offer India an opportunity to create its own win-win relationship with China, especially in the light of growing US – China face-off? Examine. (200 Words) Livemint

1) New data from the Civil Registration System of the Registrar General of India shows a fall in sex ratio at birth from 898 girls to 1,000 boys in 2013, to 887 in 2014. Examine the reasons for declining sex ratio. Also examine why states such as Tamil Nadu which are progressive, are experiencing fall in sex ratio at child birth

Topic: Population and associated issues 1) New data from the Civil Registration System of the Registrar General of India shows a fall in sex ratio at birth from 898 girls to 1,000 boys in 2013, to 887 in 2014. Examine the reasons for  declining sex ratio. Also examine why states such as Tamil Nadu which are progressive, are …