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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 27 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 27 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Conservation; Environmental pollution; Changes to critical geographical features

1) Critically comment on American President Donald Trump’s climate change policy. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic:  Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

2) The Supreme Court of India, in Krishna Kumar Singh v. State of Bihar , made a series of pronouncements with potentially huge implications for the future of democratic governance in the country. Critically discuss significance of these pronouncements. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate; 

3) Discuss the significance of the recently concluded Astana talks on the Syrian conflict for the international diplomacy and conflict resolution. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

4) Breaking the banker-borrower nexus is just as critical for safeguarding public money as is acting against corrupt administrators. In the light of wilful defaulting and involvement of some bankers in facilitating huge loans without due diligence, critically examine how should government proceed to safeguard public money and act against corrupt bankers, businessmen and administrators. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic:  Dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions

5) The bankruptcy and insolvency code, which received the Parliament’s nod in May 2016, has a wide ambit under its jurisdiction including individuals, companies, limited liability partnerships, partnership firms and other legal entities. Can this code be effectively implemented in India? What challenges does it face? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 

6) Strong arguments are made in favour of introducing universal basic income (UBI) in India. Analyse these arguments and suggest how UBI can be made feasible and effective in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


 

Topic:  Infrastructure; Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life 

7) What is the science and technology involved in Hyperloop? Can it transform how Indians travel? Examine. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: Disaster and Disaster management

8) It is said that in Bhuj’s post 2001 earthquake rebuilding, the Gujarat approach is widely looked at as a model for reconstruction post natural disasters such as earthquakes. Discuss features of this disaster management model. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 4


Topic:Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;

9) It is alleged that the American President Donald Trump is a proven liar. What ethical challenges such leaders pose to free media, independent institutions and to the public? (150 Words)

The New York Times