Insights into Editorial: Outer Space Treaty: 50 years later

    Insights into Editorial: Outer Space Treaty: 50 years later    Summary: Space exploration is governed by a complex series of international treaties and agreements which have been in place for years. The first and probably most important of them celebrated its 50th anniversary on January 27, 2017 – The Outer Space Treaty. This …

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 January 2017 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies 1) To rehabilitate slum dwellers, a common approach adopted is to build higher quality, affordable housing for the poor on the city’s periphery. Critically comment on the viability …

7) While sabotage is indeed a factor in some derailments, bad railway performance is responsible for the majority of train accidents. Critically examine causes of recent railway accidents and measures taken by government to ensure railway safety.

Topic: Infrastructure – Railways 7) While sabotage is indeed a factor in some derailments, bad railway performance is responsible for the majority of train accidents. Critically examine causes of recent railway accidents and measures taken by government to ensure railway safety. (200 Words) The Hindu

6) An apolitical ethos of the services has been one of the strongest pillars of our democracy. Do you think the selection of Army Commanders must be made only through deep selection based on merit? Critically examine.

Topic:Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate 6) An apolitical ethos of the services has been one of the strongest pillars of our democracy. Do you think the selection of Army Commanders must be made only through deep selection based on merit? Critically examine. (200 Words) The Hindu

5) What do you understand by ‘Revolving door detention’ – which was in new recently? In Jammu and Kashmir, the Public Safety Act has been criticised for various reasons. Examine why

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability 5) What do you understand by ‘Revolving door detention’ – which was in new recently? In Jammu and Kashmir, the Public Safety Act has been criticised for various reasons. Examine why. (200 Words) The Indian Express

4) Recently the Union Cabinet approved the IIM Bill, granting the 20 Indian Institutes of Management more autonomy than they currently enjoy. What are the salient features of this Bill? Examine how does it affect autonomy of IIMs.

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability 4) Recently the Union Cabinet approved the IIM Bill, granting the 20 Indian Institutes of Management more autonomy than they currently enjoy. What are the salient features of this Bill? Examine how does it affect autonomy of IIMs. (200 Words) The Indian Express

1) To rehabilitate slum dwellers, a common approach adopted is to build higher quality, affordable housing for the poor on the city’s periphery. Critically comment on the viability and usefulness of this approach for the urban poor.

Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies 1) To rehabilitate slum dwellers, a common approach adopted is to build higher quality, affordable housing for the poor on the city’s periphery. Critically comment on the viability and usefulness of this approach for the urban poor. (200 Words) The Indian Express

The Big Picture: Is Holding Simultaneous Elections A Good Idea?

    The Big Picture: Is Holding Simultaneous Elections A Good Idea?   President Pranab Mukherjee recently batted strongly for simultaneous elections to Parliament and Assemblies; an issue on which the Government has focused its attention of late. With five state elections around the corner, President Mukherjee called for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and …

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 January 2017 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Poverty and developmental issues 1) Oxfam’s latest report tells us that the bottom 50% of the world’s population has “just 0.2%” of the world’s “wealth.” What are the causes of this huge …

7) It is argued that the changing cropping pattern is of key significance for the present state and future prospects of Punjab economy. Examine how has cropping pattern changed in Punjab over the decades.

Topic: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, 7) It is argued that the changing cropping pattern is of key significance for the present state and future prospects of Punjab economy. Examine how has cropping pattern changed in Punjab over the decades. (200 Words) EPW