QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 05 September 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 05  September 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: 05 September 2019

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 05 September 2019 Table of contents: GS Paper 1: Teachers’ Day 2019. Dadabhai Naoroji. Global Liveability Index.   GS Paper 2: Jurisprudence of the judicial rubber stamp.   GS Paper 3: Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs). External benchmark rates.   Facts for Prelims: Maritime Route Between Chennai and Vladivostok. Colour-coded …

External benchmark rates

Topics Covered: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. External benchmark rates   What to study? For Prelims: What are EBR? For Mains: Significance and the rationale behind RBI’s move.   Context: The RBI has made it compulsory for banks to link their new floating rate home, auto …

Jurisprudence of the judicial rubber stamp

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Jurisprudence of the judicial rubber stamp   What to study? For Prelims: Overview of UAPA and tribunals. For Mains: Concerns over functioning of these tribunals, challenges therein and the need for reforms.   Context: …

Global Liveability Index

Topics covered: Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.   Global Liveability Index   What to study? For Prelims: Features of the Global Liveability Index, rankings of various countries, Indian Cities in the list. For Mains: Significance of the index and what makes cities more liveable?   Context: The …

Dadabhai Naoroji

Topics Covered: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues   Dadabhai Naoroji   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key contributions and their significance.   Context: September 4, 2019 was the 194th birth anniversary of Dadabhai Naoroji, the “Grand Old Man of India”, …

Teachers’ Day 2019

Topics Covered: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.   Teachers’ Day 2019   What to study? For Prelims and mains: Teachers Day Significance and about Radhakrishnan and his key contributions.   Context: Teacher’s Day is observed annually on September 5, as Dr. Radhakrishnan …

RSTV: IN DEPTH- NRC (NATIONAL REGISTER OF CITIZENS)

RSTV: IN DEPTH- NRC (NATIONAL REGISTER OF CITIZENS) Introduction:             On 31st August, the updated National Registry of Citizens was released in Assam after a Supreme Court deadline.  Of the 3.3 crore applicants, 3.11 crore figured in the final citizens’ list, while about 19 lakh residents were excluded. This led to protests about an uncertain …

Insights into Editorial: What is the economics behind e-vehicle batteries?

Insights into Editorial: What is the economics behind e-vehicle batteries?                              Introduction: Shifting gears in the transition to electric vehicles (EVs): The NITI Aayog proposed to ban the sale of all internal combustion engine (ICE) powered three-wheelers post March 2023. It also suggested that all new two-wheelers below 150cc sold after March 2025 should be …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 05 September 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 05  September 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 General Studies – 1 Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different …

7) “Psychological arousal of the masses to sudden stimulus created by public causes of corruption, violence against women etc. have something related to social and political attitudes of masses.” Elucidate with suitable examples.(250 words)

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion. 7) “Psychological arousal of the masses to sudden stimulus created by public causes of corruption, violence against women etc. have something related to social and political attitudes of masses.” Elucidate with suitable examples.(250 words) …

6) Where does India stand on plastic waste management today? Discuss the solutions and alternatives to the plastic menace of India.(250 words)

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6) Where does India stand on plastic waste management today? Discuss the solutions and alternatives to the plastic menace of India.(250 words) The hindu Why this question: The article discusses in detail the issue of plastic menace India is dealing with. Key demand of the question: …

5) Does the pay-out of ₹1.76 lakh crore to the union government damage the credibility of the Reserve Bank of India as an independent central bank? Critically analyse.(250 words)

Topic:Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 5) Does the pay-out of ₹1.76 lakh crore to the union government damage the credibility of the Reserve Bank of India as an independent central bank? Critically analyse.(250 words) The hindu Why this question: The question is amidst the recent controversies …

4) The India-Pakistan face-off on bilateral trade can result into more repercussions than intended, with border economies the worst hit. Do you agree? Discuss the consequences.(250 words)

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. 4) The India-Pakistan face-off on bilateral trade can result into more repercussions than intended, with border economies the worst hit. Do you agree? Discuss the consequences.(250 words) The hindu Why this question: The article captures the ongoing trade-off between India and …

3) After more than 70 years of Independence, India is still in a position where there is only 1 doctor per 1,700 Indians, far less than the WHO standard of 1 per 1000 people. Critically analyse the statement in light of recently introduced National Medical Commission Bill which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India Act, 1956.(250 words)

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 3) After more than 70 years of Independence, India is still in a position where there is only 1 doctor per …

2) Falling fertility rate will have a direct impact on the child sex ratio in India irrespective of the methods of population control. elucidate.(250 words)

Topic: population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. 2) Falling fertility rate will have a direct impact on the child sex ratio in India irrespective of the methods of population control. elucidate.(250 words) Livemint Why this question: The article discusses in detail the effects of population control policies …

1) Discuss the accomplishments and failures of Non-cooperation movement of 1920. Also elaborate upon its impact on the subsequent freedom movements in pre-independence India.(250 words)

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. 1) Discuss the accomplishments and failures of Non-cooperation movement of 1920. Also elaborate upon its impact on the subsequent freedom movements in pre-independence India.(250 words)  Indian modern history by Spectrum publications / Bipin Chandra Why this question: …