Insights Daily Current Affairs, 13 January 2017

  Insights Daily Current Affairs, 13 January 2017   Paper 2 Topic: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.      SC refuses plea on alleged dilution of whistleblower law   The Supreme Court has refused to examine a petition alleging dilution in the Whistleblower Protection Act and seeking interim measures …

Insights into Editorial: How to make publicly-funded elections a reality

    Insights into Editorial: How to make publicly-funded elections a reality   Summary: Competitive political parties and election campaigns are central to the health of democracies. Parties and campaigns require significant resources to be effective. India has developed complex election expenditure, political party funding, and reporting and disclosure laws. However, these laws may have …

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 13 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 13 January 2017 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic:  Urbanization  – problems and remedies 1) The city is never a function of concrete objects assembled in space, but rather, how people live together, prosper and create better lives for themselves. …

9) It is no secret that intense lobbying is done by ‘reputed persons’ every year to receive Padma Shri or a Padma Bhushan awards. Is it ethical to lobby for such awards, especially when it’s a public servant who’s lobbying? Justify.

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration 9) It is no secret that intense lobbying is done by ‘reputed persons’ every year to receive Padma Shri or a Padma Bhushan awards. Is it ethical to lobby for such awards, especially when it’s a public servant who’s lobbying? Justify. (150 Words) The Hindu

8) More than a decade ago, the National Commission on Farmers pointed out that successive droughts, illness, high expenditure on social obligations and asset loss push farmers to the brink. What reforms are needed in drought management for effective distress mitigation? Critically examine.

Topic: Agriculture issues 8) More than a decade ago, the National Commission on Farmers pointed out that successive droughts, illness, high expenditure on social obligations and asset loss push farmers to the brink. What reforms are needed in drought management for effective distress mitigation? Critically examine. (200 Words) The Hindu

6) Can social media ensure efficient governance, especially in India where government is often slow to respond to citizen’s grievances? Discuss critically.

Topic: e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. 6) Can social media ensure efficient governance, especially in India where government is often slow to respond to citizen’s grievances?  Discuss critically. (200 Words) The Hindu

5) Over the past two decades, India has worked towards upgrading more than 30 of its bilateral relationships to “strategic partnerships”. What do you understand by strategic partnership? Critically comment on its relevance for India, especially with 3o countries.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 5) Over the past two decades, India has worked towards upgrading more than 30 of its bilateral relationships to “strategic partnerships”. What do you understand by strategic partnership? Critically comment on its relevance for India, especially with 3o countries. (200 Words) …

4) The opaque and gargantuan nature of electoral finance is at the root of the twin evils of corruption and black money. How to make publicly-funded elections a reality? Suggest solutions.

Topic:Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity. 4) The opaque and gargantuan nature of electoral finance is at the root of the twin evils of corruption and black money. How to make publicly-funded elections a reality? Suggest solutions. (200 Words) Livemint

3) It is argued that restoring Class X exams will lead to exclusion of disadvantaged sections from higher education. Do you agree? Critically discuss merits and demerits of restoring Class X board exams.

Topic:Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources. 3) It is argued that restoring Class X exams will lead to exclusion of disadvantaged sections from higher education. Do you agree? Critically discuss merits and demerits of restoring Class X board exams. (200 Words) The Indian Express

1) The city is never a function of concrete objects assembled in space, but rather, how people live together, prosper and create better lives for themselves. Examine how citizens can be solution to growing problems in Indian cities.

Topic:  Urbanization  – problems and remedies 1) The city is never a function of concrete objects assembled in space, but rather, how people live together, prosper and create better lives for themselves. Examine how citizens can be solution to growing problems in Indian cities. (200 Words) The Hindu