Insights into Editorial: Co-operative banks: Is dual regulation the problem?

Insights into Editorial: Co-operative banks: Is dual regulation the problem? Context: Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed restrictions on withdrawals from the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, one of the largest urban cooperative lenders. Bank customers have been in a state of panic and the central bank has sought to assuage concerns …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 07 October 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 07 October 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 …

Green Crackers

Topics Covered: Conservation and pollution related issues.   Green Crackers   What to study? For Prelims: What are green crackers? How are they different from traditional ones? How do crackers get different colours? For Mains: Need for green crackers, observations made by the Supreme Court, what lies ahead?   Context: Indian Council of Scientific and …

Multidisciplinary drifting observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) expedition

Topics Covered: Conservation and pollution related issues.   Multidisciplinary drifting observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) expedition   What to study? For Prelims: MOSAiC- objectives and composition. For Mains: Significance of the mission, How climate change is affecting Arctic region? Concerns and measures needed.   Context: India’s Vishnu Nandan will be the only Indian …

Geotail

Topics Covered: Awareness in space. Geotail   Context: An instrument on Chandrayaan-2, CLASS, designed to detect signatures of elements in the Moon’s soil, had detected charged particles during the mission. This happened in September, during the orbiter’s passage through the “geotail”.   What is Geotail? A region in space that allows the best observations. The region …

Why state budgets matter?

Topics Covered: Government Budgeting.   Why state budgets matter?   What to study? For Prelims: a overview of FRBM Act and basics of Tax to GDP ratio. For Mains: Key findings and concerns widening state deficit, measures needed.   Context: Recently, RBI released its annual study of state-level budgets.   Key findings: Except during 2016-17, …

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

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   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 and the need for international collaboration.   Context: The Information Fusion Centre – Indian …

PFMS portal

Topics Covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.   PFMS portal   What to study? For Prelims: What is PFMS?, key features, who are arhatiyas? For Mains: Significance of PFMS and the need for it.   Context: …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- ELIMINATING SINGLE USE PLASTICS

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- ELIMINATING SINGLE USE PLASTICS Introduction:             Govt. of India has laid great emphasis on eradicating single use plastic which has become one of the biggest sources of pollution. During his Independence Day Speech this year Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the people to take a pledge on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 07 October 2019

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 07  October 2019 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1 Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the …

7) “The hungry ‘should not be punished’ for stealing small amounts of food, if they are stealing to feed their family”. Is the statement morally justifiable? Discuss by giving your opinion on the moral conundrum.(250 words)

Topic: strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance 7) “The hungry ‘should not be punished’ for stealing small amounts of food, if they are stealing to feed their family”. Is the statement morally justifiable? Discuss by giving your opinion on the moral conundrum.(250 words)  case study based question Why this question: The question is …

6) What is Single Use Plastic?Discuss the challenges posed by them and explain in what way one can deal with the plastic menace steadily and replace it? Also suggest way forward.(250 words)

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 6) What is Single Use Plastic?Discuss the challenges posed by them and explain in what way one can deal with the plastic menace steadily and replace it? Also suggest way forward.(250 words) youtube   Why this question: The TV debate captures the issues associated with single …

5) Should groundwater use for cultivation of water intensive crops be discouraged? Critically analyse how groundwater can be used and managed effectively for Agricultural purposes.(250 words)

Topic:   Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 5) Should groundwater use for cultivation of water intensive crops be discouraged? Critically analyse how groundwater can be used and managed effectively for Agricultural purposes.(250 words) Financialexpress Why this question: The article highlights the efforts …

4) “Mother tongue vital for survival of a civilization”, Do you agree? Analyse the statement with suitable justifications backing your opinion.(250 words)

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 4) “Mother tongue vital for survival of a civilization”, Do you agree? Analyse the statement with suitable justifications backing your opinion.(250 words) Hindustantimes Why this question: A few days after a language row erupted over allegations …

3) Does the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill go against Article 14 of the Constitution?Critically analyse.(250 words)

Topic:   Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 3) Does the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill go against Article 14 of the Constitution?Critically analyse.(250 words) The hindu   Why this question: he Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha in January this year but lapsed as it was not …

2) The Anglo-French Rivalry in India was a part of their global rivalry aiming supremacy. Trace the course of their wars in India and also, examine the reasons for French failure.(250 words)

Topic:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present significant events, personalities, issues  2) The Anglo-French Rivalry in India was a part of their global rivalry aiming supremacy. Trace the course of their wars in India and also, examine the reasons for French failure.(250 words) Modern Indian history by …