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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 12 July 2017

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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 12 July 2017

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General Studies – 1;


 

 

TopicUrbanization – problems and remedies

1) It is often argued that India needs directly elected and empowered mayors for all its big cities. Do you agree? Comment. (200 Words)

Livemint

 


General Studies – 2


 

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

2) Do you think the Chinese geo-economic encirclement of India has already taken place? In the light of recent tensions between India and China, critically examine. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 

3) Critically analyse the significance of issue where activists are demanding making eco-friendly sanitary pads tax-free and reduce the tax bracket of other napkins from 12-14% to 5%. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic:  Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

4) The critics claim that the government’s notifications mandating Aadhaar in schemes like the PDS, MGNREGA and mid-day meals have led to denial of benefits to the vulnerable sections of society. Do you agree? Critically examine. (200 Words0

The Indian Express

 

Topic: Poverty and hunger

5) Do you think serving ready-to-eat fortified meals would tackle malnutrition among children in the country? What are the other solutions that are worth considering? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


 

 

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

6) The textile sector is undergoing a huge churn due to automation, digital printing and the relentless rise of e-commerce. Do you think textile sector needs a national textile policy document, an articulation much like the national telecom policy of 1999? Discuss. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: Conservation

7) According to a recent research, a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared. Discuss the magnitude, causes and remedial measures needed to halt the extinction. (200 Words)

The Guardian


General Studies – 4


70 Days ETHICS PLAN

 

TopicEthics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions

8) Define the following (in 40-50 words each):

a) Morality

b) Free will

c) Materialism

d) Humanism

e) Humanitarianism

f) Scholasticism

g) Stoicism

Reference (Page 61 to 66)

 

TopicEthics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions

9) Write a note on moral rationalism as propounded by Immanuel Kant. (150 Words)

Reference (Page 66)

 

 

Note: Tomorrow’s questions will be based on THIS document (Chapter 1 – Dimensions of Ethics)