4) India-Bhutan relations not only reflects the contemporary nature of their relationship but also lay the foundation for their future development in the 21st century. Elucidate the statement in the backdrop of India’s emphasis on neighborhood-first policy.(250 words)

Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations.  4) India-Bhutan relations not only reflects the contemporary nature of their relationship but also lay the foundation for their future development in the 21st century. Elucidate the statement in the backdrop of India’s emphasis on neighborhood-first policy.(250 words) livemint Why this question: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bhutan …

3) Do you think giving the government the authority to fix the tenure and salaries of information commissioners, would be a proxy way to kill the RTI? Analyse and suggest solutions to strengthen the ambit of RTI.(250 words)

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. 3) Do you think giving the government the authority to fix the tenure and salaries of information commissioners, would be a proxy way to kill the RTI? Analyse and suggest …

2) “India’s digital transformation has given rise to an entrepreneurial mindset not just among urban masses but also among rural youth”. Comment. (250 words)

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 2) “India’s digital transformation has given rise to an entrepreneurial mindset not just among urban masses but also among rural youth”. Comment. (250 words) Livemint Why this question:  The article highlights the positives that the digital …

1) Discuss the different fertility transitions witnessing rural and urban India also discuss the contrast in the trends in North vs South India.(250 words)

Topic:  population and associated issues. 1) Discuss the different fertility transitions witnessing rural and urban India also discuss the contrast in the trends in North vs South India.(250 words) livemint Why this question: The article discusses in detail the newer trends in the fertility transition across the country. Key demand of the question: The answer …

‘Deep Ocean Mission (DOM)’

Topics covered: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.   ‘Deep Ocean Mission (DOM)’   What to study? For Prelims: Polymetallic nodules, features of Deep Sea Mission, ISA. For Mains: Significance and relevance of such missions, …

Effects of El Niño and Antarctic Oscillation On Air Pollution

Topics covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Effects of El Niño and Antarctic Oscillation On Air Pollution   What to study? For prelims and mains: Causes and effects of El Niño and Antarctic Oscillation on pollution levels.   Context: Team of researchers affiliated with various institutions in China and the U.S. …

Article 35A and related issues

Topics Covered: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.   Article 35A and related issues   What to study? For Prelims: Features of Article 35A. For Mains: Controversies and issues associated, is …

International Tiger Day: 29 July

Topics covered: Conservation related issues.   International Tiger Day: 29 July   What to study? For Prelims: International Tiger Day- significance and theme, Tiger population- state- wise, country- wise and other key facts, Important tiger reserves, M- Stripes. For Mains: Dwindling tiger population- causes, concerns and conservation efforts- both national and international.   Context: Global Tiger …

Silk Samagra

Topics covered: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.   Silk Samagra   What to study? For prelims and mains: Key features of the scheme and overview …

National Creche Scheme 

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.   National Creche Scheme    What to study? For prelims and mains: Key features and significance of the scheme. …

In news- Nirbhaya fund

Topics covered: Women related issues. Schemes for the protection of vulnerable sections of the society.   In news- Nirbhaya fund   What to study? For Prelims: About the fund, its objectives and its administration. For Mains: Significance of the fund and issues related to its utilization.   Context: A total of 59 proposals/schemes have been …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 29 July 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 29 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 into Editorial: Private member’s bill urges state poll funding

Insights into Editorial: Private member’s bill urges state poll funding Context: Congress MP Rajeev Gowda has moved a private member’s bill- Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha that seeks removal of the limit and state funding of elections as part of reforms to the way polls are financed in India. Following …

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- PUBLIC, PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN RAILWAYS

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- PUBLIC, PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN RAILWAYS Introduction: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech said that the Indian railways will use Public Private Partnership model for faster development, rolling stock manufacturing and the delivery of freight. Railways will need 50 lakh rupees between 2018 to 2030 to complete the sanctioned projects. Finance …