SYNOPSIS- Secure – 2017: 20, December 2016

    SYNOPSIS- Secure – 2017:  20, December 2016   General Studies – 1; Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger. 1) Comment on the findings of ‘Household Survey on India’s Citizen Environment & Consumer Economy’ (ICE 360° survey) 2016. (200 Words) Livemint Background: The ICE 360° survey 2016, covering 61,000 households is among the largest …

AIR spotlight summary on “Different ways of cashless transactions”.

    AIR spotlight summary on “Different ways of cashless transactions”. Introduction India has seen a dramatic move such as demonetisation. It is a significant move in the economic history of the country. Today mobile is viewed as an instrument of making payments. Ways of Digital Transactions A common man today has variety of alternatives …

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 20 December 2016

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz – 20 December, 2016 QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz 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 …

Insights into Editorial: The unmaking of Parliament

    Insights into Editorial: The unmaking of Parliament   Summary: Disruptions have become an endemic feature of the functioning of the Indian Parliament. This has led to widespread public outcry that has focused on two elements— first, the waste of taxpayers’ money on a perpetually disrupted and consequently, non-functioning Parliament; second, the legislative paralysis …

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 20 December 2016

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 20 December 2016 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Poverty and developmental issues 1) The official study of Maharashtra government reveals that in seven tribal belts, over 40 per cent of children are affected by some form of malnutrition. Examine the …

8) One of the most important medical insights of recent decades is that cancers are triggered by genetic mutations. However, in recent days scientists are focusing on protein – led approach instead of gene-led approach to understanding and treating cancer. Examine why.

Topic:  Latest developments in S&T; Awareness in biotechnology 8) One of the most important medical insights of recent decades is that cancers are triggered by genetic mutations. However,  in recent days scientists are focusing on protein – led approach instead of gene-led approach to understanding and treating cancer. Examine why. (200 Words) The Economist

7) Recently, the union government announced Lt General Bipin Rawat as the new army chief by superseding two of his seniors. How would this decision affect civil – military relations? Critically comment.

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive  7) Recently, the union government announced Lt General Bipin Rawat as the new army chief by superseding two of his seniors. How would this decision affect civil – military relations? Critically comment. (200 Words) The Indian Express

5) As we transition from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are taking policy centre stage in most emerging and developing countries. Critically analyse how union and state governments are dealing WASH challenge at policy level.

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States 5) As we transition from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are taking policy centre stage in most emerging and developing countries. Critically analyse how union and state governments are dealing WASH challenge at policy level. (200 Words) The Hindu

4) Do you think the issue of Dalai Lama has potential to completely upset India’s relationship with China? Should India continue to engage and entertain Dalai Lama at highest levels? Critically comment.

Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations 4) Do you think the issue of Dalai Lama has potential to completely upset India’s relationship with China? Should India continue to engage and entertain Dalai Lama at highest levels? Critically comment. (200 Words) The Indian Express

2) Critically analyse the effects of subsidised Amma food centres and drinking water schemes of Tamil Nadu government on long-term governance questions of distribution, institution-building, democracy, inclusion and sustainability.

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; 2) Critically analyse the effects of subsidised Amma food centres and drinking water schemes of Tamil Nadu government on long-term governance questions of distribution, institution-building, democracy, inclusion and sustainability. (200 Words) The Hindu

1) The official study of Maharashtra government reveals that in seven tribal belts, over 40 per cent of children are affected by some form of malnutrition. Examine the causes and comment why Maharashtra government has failed to address this issue.

Topic: Poverty and developmental issues 1) The official study of Maharashtra government reveals that in seven tribal belts, over 40 per cent of children are affected by some form of malnutrition. Examine the causes and comment why Maharashtra government has failed to address this issue. (200 Words) The Hindu