QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 26 July 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 26 July 2019 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 …

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 26 July 2019

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 26 July 2019 Relevant articles from PIB:   Kargil Vijay Diwas: Context: Indian Army declared the Kargil mission successful on July 26, 1999; since then the day has been celebrated annually as Kargil Vijay Diwas. India launched ‘Operation Vijay’ to clear the Kargil sector of infiltration by Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri …

UKIERI Mobility Programme

Topics covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.   UKIERI Mobility Programme   What to study? For prelims and mains: key features and significance of the programme.   Context: India and UK have joined hands together for UKIERI Mobility Programme: Study in India which will allow UK students …

Employment of Local Candidates in Industries and Factories Bill, 2019

Topics covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Employment of Local Candidates in Industries and Factories Bill, 2019   What to study? For prelims and mains: Key features of the bill, need, significance, concerns, challenges and alternatives present.   Context: Andhra Pradesh …

National Data Quality Forum (NDQF)

Topic covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.   National Data Quality Forum (NDQF)   What to study? For prelims: NDQF- features, need and launched by? For mains: The need for data management, challenges present and measures to address them.   Context: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s National Institute for Medical Statistics (ICMR-NIMS), in …

Van Dhan Yojana

Topics covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.   Van Dhan Yojana   What to study? For Prelims: Van Dhan Vikas Kendras. For Mains: MFP and its …

Global Innovation Index

Topics covered: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.   Global Innovation Index   What to study? For Prelims: GII- performance of India and other countries. For Mains: Need for innovation and government efforts to promote innovation.   Context: Global Innovation Index 2019 has been released. GII rankings are based …

Kargil Vijay Diwas

  Kargil Vijay Diwas: Context: Indian Army declared the Kargil mission successful on July 26, 1999; since then the day has been celebrated annually as Kargil Vijay Diwas. India launched ‘Operation Vijay’ to clear the Kargil sector of infiltration by Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri militants on the Indian side of the Line of Control. Background: The war took …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- AERA (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- AERA (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019 Introduction:             The Rajya Sabha passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to raise threshold for an airport to qualify as ‘major airport’ and hence reducing the tariff-fixing power of airport regulator to a fewer airports. The Bill was passed after …

Insights into Editorial: Making the water-guzzling thermal plants accountable

Insights into Editorial: Making the water-guzzling thermal plants accountable             Introduction: Water is essential for human survival, and for agriculture and industry. The advancing monsoon has brought relief to many parts of India, but its progress has been slower than average and the country is still in the midst of …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 26 July 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 26  July 2019 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: Disaster and disaster management General Studies – 1 Topic:  women, Social empowerment 1) “Gender …

7) Can an ethical act be determined by its ‘intent’? or it should be determined by the ‘consequences’ it produces? What is more desirable for ethics applied to public administration? Discuss.(250 words)

Topic:  Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. 7) Can an …

6) Transparency in government is desired, but absolute transparency harms the efficiency of the administration. In this context bring out the ethical aspects involved in use or misuse of RTI.(250 words)

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. 6) Transparency in …

5) What is wetland? Explain the Ramsar concept of ‘wise use’ in the context of wetland conservation. Cite two examples of Ramsar sites from India. (250 words)

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation. 5) What is wetland? Explain the Ramsar concept of ‘wise use’ in the context of wetland conservation. Cite two examples of Ramsar sites from India. (250 words) previous year question, Indian geography by Majid Hussain, Environment by Shankar IAS Academy.   Why this question:  The question is straightforward and …

4) Discuss the concept of carbon tax, also analyse to what extent it can prove to be an effective policy instrument in achieving INDC targets for India.(250 words)

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 4) Discuss the concept of carbon tax, also analyse to what extent it can prove to be an effective policy instrument in achieving INDC targets for India.(250 words) Financialexpress Why this question:  The question is based on the concept of carbon tax and the utility of …