Insights into Editorial: Engaging Germany

Insights into Editorial: Engaging Germany Context: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India highlights expanding European interest in partnering Delhi as well as emerging concerns about India’s economic and political trajectory. Germany, as the natural leader of Europe, is struggling to cope with deepening uncertainties economic, political and security in its own neighbourhood and the world. …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- NAGA TALKS- ISSUES & WAY FORWARD

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- NAGA TALKS- ISSUES & WAY FORWARD Introduction:             With the round of peace, the Nagaland and Manipur governments have taken steps to meet any eventuality and have put their respective police forces on “high alert”. Officials said in Kohima the Nagaland government has directed all deputy commissioners of the districts and …

Brus of Mizo

Topics Covered: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.   Brus of Mizo   What to study? For Prelims: Who are Brus and issues associated. For Mains: Agreement in this regard and the recent demands for relaxation of the norms in the agreement.   Context: Nearly 32,000 Brus living …

Punjab Preservation of Subsoil Water Act, 2009

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment   Punjab Preservation of Subsoil Water Act, 2009   What to study? For Prelims: Key features and significance of the act. For Mains: Role in increasing air pollution in the capital and surrounding.   Context: The Punjab Preservation of Subsoil Water Act, 2009 is being …

Moody’s ratings

Topics Covered: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.   Moody’s ratings   What to study? For Prelims and mains: What does the downgrade mean for India? Implications and what needs to be done?   Context: Global ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has cut its outlook on the …

India Justice Report (IJR)

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.   India Justice Report (IJR)   What to study? For Prelims and mains: Key findings and concerns expressed by he report and ways to address them.   Context: India …

Why govt is encouraging ethanol production?

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Why govt is encouraging ethanol production?   What to study? For Prelims: ethanol- production and benefits. For Mains: Need for blending and the demand for increased production?   Context: The Ministry of Environment and …

What next in Maharashtra?

Topics Covered: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.   What next in Maharashtra?   What to study? For Prelims: Role if governor in case of a hung assembly. For Mains: Implications and challenges involved.   Context: Term of current government in Maharashtra …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 08 November 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 08 November 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 Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 08 November 2019

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 08  November 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: Geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) …

7) India’s claims to being a legitimate power in cyberspace have come under doubt following two recent revelations – the breach at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and the recent WhatsApp spyware attack.   Do you think these instances point out to a weakening of India’s cyber sovereignty? Critically analyse.(250 words)

Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism 7) India’s claims to being a legitimate power in cyberspace have come under doubt following two recent revelations – the breach at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and the recent WhatsApp spyware attack.   Do you think these instances point out …

6) Do you think Kyoto Protocol’s emission trading mechanisms could become redundant after 2020? Analyse while presenting your view points on the upcoming challenge of deciding how markets can be deployed in the service of climate.(250 words)

Topic:   Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. .  6) Do you think Kyoto Protocol’s emission trading mechanisms could become redundant after 2020? Analyse while presenting your view points on the upcoming challenge of deciding how markets can be deployed in the service of climate.(250 words) Indianexpress Why this question: The article discusses that …

5) What is online political advertising? Should it be regulated? Discuss the possible role that election commission should play to ensure transparency and accountability in it.(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. 5) What is online political advertising? Should it be regulated? Discuss the possible role that election commission should play to ensure transparency and accountability in it.(250 words) The hindu …

4) To ensure the region’s growth path remains strong and sustainable, new policies and initiatives need to remain mindful of fiscal, financial and environmental risks of the South Asia. Comment.(250 words)

Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 4) To ensure the region’s growth path remains strong and sustainable, new policies and initiatives need to remain mindful of fiscal, financial and environmental risks of the South Asia. Comment.(250 words) Reference Why this question: A newly released paper by the IMF’s …

3) While there is no single solution for tackling climate change and its ill effects, cities across the world must now develop ability and capacity, and the will to take on the challenge. Elaborate. (250 words)

Topic:  population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 3) While there is no single solution for tackling climate change and its ill effects, cities across the world must now develop ability and capacity, and the will to take on the challenge. …