QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 10 September 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 10  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 into Editorial: Bear hug: On India strengthening relations with Russia

Insights into Editorial: Bear hug: On India strengthening relations with Russia Context: Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, set up by Russian President to attract investment to the farthest outlying East Siberian and Arctic-pole areas of the country, Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi said that the announcement of the extend a $1 billion …

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 10 September 2019

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 10 September 2019 Table of contents: GS Paper 2: India Iodine Survey 2018- 19 report. UN Peacekeeping.   GS Paper 3: Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana. National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP). African Swine Fever (ASF). Single-use plastic ban.   Facts for prelims: Hurricane Dorian. India-Nepal petroleum pipeline. …

Single-use plastic ban

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Single-use plastic ban   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Ban on single- use plastics- significance.   Context: Single-use plastic items will be banned in India from October 2, 2019.   What is single-use plastic? A form of plastic that is disposable, which …

African Swine Fever (ASF)

Topics Covered: Economics of animal rearing. African Swine Fever (ASF)   What to study? For Prelims and mains: The Disease, spread, symptoms and concerns.   Context: ASF outbreak has been sweeping through swine populations in China, leading to massive mass cullings and a subsequent increase in the price of the country’s favourite protein.   Background: …

National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP)

Topics Covered: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.   National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP)   What to study? For Prelims: Key features of NADCP, About FMD and Brucellosis. For …

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana

Topics Covered: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.   Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: The scheme- features, significance, need and potential? …

UN Peacekeeping

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   UN Peacekeeping   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About UN Peacekeeping- need, significance, challenges and operations in place.   Context: India calls for reforms in peacekeeping at UNSC debate.   Need for reforms: Peacekeeping currently is in a “no-man’s land” between …

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 09 September 2019

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 09 September 2019 Table of contents: GS Paper 2: Krishna water dispute. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).   GS Paper 3: National Genomic Grid (NGG). National Infrastructure Pipeline.   Facts for prelims: India’s first ever helicopter summit. 3 Animal Species In India Extinct Due To …

National Infrastructure Pipeline

Topics Covered: Infrastructure related issues. National Infrastructure Pipeline   What to study? For Prelims: Features of NIP. For Mains: Funding, need for and significance.   Context: A task force to draw up a National Infrastructure Pipeline for each of the financial years from 2019-20 to 2024-25 has been constituted. The Task Force is chaired by the Secretary, Department of …

National Genomic Grid (NGG)

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.   National Genomic Grid (NGG)   What to study? For Prelims and mains: Key features, need for and significance of the grid.   Context: Recently, the government …

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Topic covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)   What to study? For prelims and mains: SCO- objectives, members, functions, significance, various organs and issues associated.   Context: The first Conference on Military Medicine for Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) Member States will be held in New Delhi …

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Topics Covered: India and its neighbourhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests   Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)   What to study? For prelims: RCEP- Key facts and Geographical location of member countries. For mains: Why is India concerned, gains and losses from this, what India needs …

Krishna water dispute

Topics covered: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.   Krishna water dispute   What to study? For Prelims: Overview of Krishna river and award by the tribunal. For Mains: The dispute, it’s …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 10 September 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice:10  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:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Population and associated issues, poverty and …

7) What do you understand by land degradation? Do you think restoration of degraded lands would also address water scarcity issue in the country? Discuss. (250 words)

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment, Disaster and disaster management. 7) What do you understand by land degradation? Do you think restoration of degraded lands would also address water scarcity issue in the country? Discuss. (250 words) The hindu Why this question: In an address while hosting the COP -14 of UNCCD, …