AIR spotlight summary on “Launch of Submarine KHANDERI”.

    AIR spotlight summary on “Launch of Submarine KHANDERI”. Introduction INS Khanderi, the second indigenously built Scorpene submarine, was launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. Khanderi is the second of the six submarines being built at MDL in collaboration with M/s DCNS of France, as part of Project 75 of Indian …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 18 January 2017

      QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz –  18 January  2017 QUIZ – 2017: 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 …

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 18 January 2017

    Insights Daily Current Affairs, 18 January 2017   Paper 3 Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.   Finance Ministry suspends Dec. 21 tax circular on indirect transfers   In a move that will provide a respite to foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), venture capital and …

Insights into Editorial: Delhi air pollution: Why graded action is a good idea, but tough to implement

    Insights into Editorial: Delhi air pollution: Why graded action is a good idea, but tough to implement   Summary: The EPCA, empowered by the Centre to roll out the graded response action against air pollution in Delhi and NCR towns, may come out with the first set of directives shortly. The union Environment …

AIR Brief: Prime Minister’s address at Indian Science Congress

    AIR Brief: Prime Minister’s address at Indian Science Congress Introduction The 104th edition of Indian Science Congress was held recently at Tirupati. This year the theme of the congress is “Science and Technology for National Development”. Prime Minister addressed the issue of infrastructure and investment. He said that tomorrow’s experts will come from …

AIR spotlight summary on “Election Commissions proposal against 200 nonexistent political parties”.

Election Commissions proposal against 200 nonexistent political parties Introduction The Election Commission of India (ECI) is proposing to Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to delist 200 political parties. Election Commission has been saying from quite some time that it needs to be equipped and given more teeth to deal with the issue of delisting …

Lok Sabha TV- Public Forum: Promoting Scientific Excellence

    Lok Sabha TV- Public Forum: Promoting Scientific Excellence   Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress recently in Tirupati. Tirupati was hosting the Science Congress for the second time, the first being in 1983. While addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister spoke at length about scientific excellence and about …

Last Lap : Preparing for the Interview – By Artika Shukla IAS, Rank 4 CSE-2015

    Last Lap : Preparing for the Interview – By Artika Shukla IAS, Rank 4 CSE-2015   “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein   …

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 January 2017 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Role of women; Social empowerment 1) In India violence against women in various forms has continued unabated. What are the economic costs of violence against women? Critically examine. (200 Words) Livemint …

9) The US President Obama has decided to commute sentences of a person who had leaked sensitive national security information to Wikileaks. Critically examine what impact does pardon, clemency or commutation of sentences will have on convicted individuals? Also justify whether these actions are ethical or not.

Topic: Ethics in human actions 9) The US President Obama has decided to commute sentences of a person who had leaked sensitive national security information to Wikileaks. Critically examine what impact does pardon, clemency or commutation of sentences will have on convicted individuals? Also justify whether these actions are ethical or not. (150 Words) NYTimes NYTimes

7) A flurry of videos has emerged in the social media in recent days showing jawans of both the paramilitary forces and the Army complaining against a host of issues from diet to colonial-era practices. Analyse these issues. Also comment critically how these complaining jawans should be treated by the military and government.

Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate 7) A flurry of videos has emerged in the social media in recent days showing jawans of both the paramilitary forces and the Army complaining against a host of issues from diet to colonial-era practices. Analyse these issues. Also comment critically how these complaining jawans should be …

6) The Goods and Services Tax Council has made some breakthroughs on outstanding negotiables that were holding up the introduction of the indirect tax regime. What are these breakthroughs? Discuss their significance.

Topic: Resource mobilization 6) The Goods and Services Tax Council has made some breakthroughs on outstanding negotiables that were holding up the introduction of the indirect tax regime. What are these breakthroughs? Discuss their significance. (200 Words) The Hindu

5) Critically examine various views of the Supreme Court on the precondition of “sanction” for prosecution of a public servant under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988. Also comment how these views have impacted fight against corruption among public servants.

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, 5) Critically examine various views of the Supreme Court on the precondition of “sanction” for prosecution of a public servant under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988. Also comment how these views have impacted fight against corruption among public servants. (200 Words) The Indian …