Climate change is damaging health of children, says Lancet report

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Climate change is damaging health of children, says Lancet report   What to study? For Prelims: Key findings. For Mains: Concerns and challenges and ways to address them.   Context: The Lancet has published a report titled- ‘Countdown on Health and Climate Change’. The report is …

BHIM UPI goes international

Topics Covered: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.   BHIM UPI goes international   What to study? For Prelims: About UPI, BHIM and NPCI. For Mains: Cashless economy- need, significance, challenges and role of BHIM in furthering this.   Context: BHIM app has …

Pamba-Achankovil-Vaippar river link project

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Pamba-Achankovil-Vaippar river link project   What to study? For Prelims: ILR- approved projects and their brief overview. For Mains: Need for and significance of interlinking of rivers.   Context: The Kerala State government is …

Green Climate Fund

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Green Climate Fund   What to study? For Prelims: About GCF and its funding. For Mains: India’s observations on funding pattern, need for review and clarity on the issue.   Context: In a move that may positively impact over 10 million people living …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 14 November 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 14 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 into Editorial: After RCEP reticence, need for reform recalibration

Insights into Editorial: After RCEP reticence, need for reform recalibration Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would not sign on to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. The agreement, which is dubbed as the world’s biggest trade agreement, is expected to proceed with the 15 other members of the agreement, including Australia, …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 14 November 2019

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 14  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 – 2 Topic:  Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.  …

7) Internet diffusion can act as a multiplier effect on empowerment of human beings and also for country’s growth. Examine the statement in the context of India’s digital advancement with suitable best practices.(250 words)

Topic:   Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. 7) Internet diffusion can act as a multiplier effect on empowerment of human beings and also for country’s growth. Examine the statement in the context of India’s digital advancement with suitable best practices.(250 words) The …

6) “Conservation of plant genetic resources is the shared responsibility of humanity”, do you agree with the statement? Discuss and give your opinion with suitable justifications.(250 words)

Topic:  Issues relating to intellectual property rights. 6) “Conservation of plant genetic resources is the shared responsibility of humanity”, do you agree with the statement? Discuss and give your opinion with suitable justifications.(250 words) Reference Why this question: Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar attended the 8 Governing Body of International Treaty of Plant …

5) Discuss major fast-evolving ethical conundrums of biotechnology in detail. (250 words)

Topic: 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. 5) Discuss major fast-evolving ethical conundrums of biotechnology in detail. (250 words) Livemint Why this question: The article discusses the ethical concerns associated with our capacity to re-engineer the …

4) Social audits help in tying together the gap between policy goals and results. Discuss.(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. 4) Social audits help in tying together the gap between policy goals and results. Discuss.(250 words) Livemint Why this question: The article discusses the significance of social audit in general and …

3) PESA seeks to empower Gram Sabhas in scheduled areas to emerge as effective institutions of self-governance. Critically evaluate the performance of PESA.(250 words)

Topic: 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 Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply. Therein. 3) PESA seeks to empower Gram Sabhas in …

2) Unequal development among states and within states have led to problems like migration, substandard quality of life and led to competitive federalism, it has also further increased gap between developed and underdeveloped states. Do you think formation of small states would address this problem in India? Analyse. (250 words)

Topic: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 Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply. Therein. 2) Unequal development among states and within states have …

1) Do you think the Ayodhya issue has proved to be a tale of demolition and restoration of India’s secular fabric? Present your view point while throwing light upon the verdict of the apex court.(250 words)

Topic:  Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 1) Do you think the Ayodhya issue has proved to be a tale of demolition and restoration of India’s secular fabric? Present your view …