QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 17 December 2018

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz,17 December 2018 QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz 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 UPSC IAS civil services preliminary exam …

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 17 December 2018

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 17 December 2018 Paper 2: Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules, 2018   What to study? For Prelims: Overview of the guidelines. For Mains: Significance and the need for …

PM inaugurated 175 Km of sewerage network in Prayagraj

Topics Covered: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   PM inaugurated 175 Km of sewerage network in Prayagraj   National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) made its effort to reduce pollution in river Ganga when PM inaugurated projects in Prayagraj including 175 KM of sewerage network. …

Trans Regional Maritime Network (T-RMN)

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.   Trans Regional Maritime Network (T-RMN)   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features and significance of T- RMN.   Context: India has signed the ascension agreement to …

Information Fusion Centre (IFC) for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.   Information Fusion Centre (IFC) for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)   What to study? For Prelims: Key facts on IOR. For Mains: IOR- significance, potential, challenges to its security …

India, Nepal, Bhutan plan joint task force to protect wildlife

Topics Covered: India and its neighbourhood- relations. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   India, Nepal, Bhutan plan joint task force to protect wildlife   What to study? For Prelims: Overview of India, Nepal and Bhutan borders and states located there. For Mains: Need for Joint task force, significance and challenges.   Context: …

High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)

Topics Covered: Awareness in space.   High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: InSight Mission- objectives and significance and about HiRISE camera.   Context: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)- A camera aboard Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured the image of the InSight lander, which recently …

Australia Recognizes West Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.   Australia Recognizes West Jerusalem as Capital of Israel   What to study? For Prelims: Where is Jerusalem located? For Mains: What is the Controversy all about, India’s stand and the need for viable solution.   Context: Australia …

Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules, 2018

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules, 2018   What to study? For Prelims: Overview of the guidelines. For Mains: Significance and the need for guidelines and the in- flight connectivity.   Context: The government recently …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 17 DECEMBER 2018

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 17 DECEMBER 2018 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2019: YEARLONG TIMETABLE   Tomorrow’s Static Topic:  Role of civil services in a democracy.  General Studies – 1 Topic:  modern Indian history 1) …

8) NGT’s fine on Karnataka government for improper management of city’s lakes is a timely reminder to other states to take care of their water bodies. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic– Environmental pollution and degradation. 8) NGT’s fine on Karnataka government for improper management of city’s lakes is a timely reminder to other states to take care of their water bodies. Discuss.(250 words) Financialexpress Why this question The article examines the recent decision of NGT of imposing fine on karnataka government for mismanagement of city …

7) There is an urgent need to reconsider green clearance mechanism for small-scale mining in India. Examine.(250 words)

Topic– Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 7) There is an urgent need to reconsider green clearance mechanism for small-scale mining in India. Examine.(250 words) downtoearth Why this question Small-scale mining is a huge source of resource exploitation, environmental degradation as well as corruption. It is necessary to look into the issue in …

6) Despite the environmental and human costs,  and NGT orders banning rat -hole mining, it is widely practiced across Meghalaya. Critically analyze.(250 words)

Topic– Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6) Despite the environmental and human costs,  and NGT orders banning rat -hole mining, it is widely practiced across Meghalaya. Critically analyze.(250 words) Downtoearth Reference Why this question Rat-hole mining is a dangerous business and it recently took over the life of around 13 people in …

5) The results of Lancet Planetary Health study are disquieting, for they point to a looming public health emergency that necessitates a renewed focus on mitigating the hazards of air pollution in India. Discuss and critically analyze government policies for dealing with the crisis?(250 words)

Topic-Environmental pollution and degradation 5) The results of Lancet Planetary Health study are disquieting, for they point to a looming public health emergency that necessitates a renewed focus on mitigating the hazards of air pollution in India. Discuss and critically analyze government policies for dealing with the crisis?(250 words) Epw Why this question The article …

4) The Rule book agreed to in COP 24, is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming. Critically analyze.(250 words)

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 4) The Rule book agreed to in COP 24, is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming. Critically analyze.(250 words) The hindu Downtoearth Downtoearth Why this question Nearly 200 countries have agreed to the rule book to the Paris agreement in the recently …

3) Kashmir stands today at the cusp of a new and dangerous phase. Comment in the context of the present turmoil in Kashmir.(250 words) 

Topic-Linkages between development and spread of extremism. 3) Kashmir stands today at the cusp of a new and dangerous phase. Comment in the context of the present turmoil in Kashmir.(250 words)  The hindu Why this question The recent report about the spate in the number of casualties in Kashmir and a handful of other incidents …

2) Critically examine the impact of TDSAT’s order on predatory pricing? Also explain the function of TDSAT?(250 words)

Topic – Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies 2) Critically examine the impact of TDSAT’s order on predatory pricing? Also explain the function of TDSAT?(250 words) Economictimes Why this question This article discusses the recent judgmental of TDSAT where it rejected the telecom regulator’s order that had changed the definition of ‘significant market power’ (SMP) …