7. “Progress in human development cannot be sustained without addressing environmental degradation and climate change”, comment on the statement in the light of recently released 2019 Human Development Index (HDI) vis-à-vis India’s rank.(250 Words)

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 7. “Progress in human development cannot be sustained without addressing environmental degradation and climate change”, comment on the statement in the light of recently released 2019 Human Development Index (HDI) vis-à-vis …

6. Discuss the need for greater collaboration between the government and the private sector for developing trade-smart schemes that can ensure long-term sustainability for the growth of Indian industry.(250 Words)

Topic:   Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.   6. Discuss the need for greater collaboration between the government and the private sector for developing trade-smart schemes that can ensure long-term sustainability for the growth of Indian industry.(250 Words)   Financial Express Why this question: The recent …

5. Provided the lack of effectiveness of the current global climate policy, the alternative strategy of the low carbon social development model adopted by India and China needs more consideration. Examine. (250 Words)

  Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. . Disaster and disaster management. 5. Provided the lack of effectiveness of the current global climate policy, the alternative strategy of the low carbon social development model adopted by India and China needs more consideration. Examine. (250 Words) The Hindu Why this question: The question …

4. What are local bodies? Enumerate their key objectives. Discuss the causative factors of undue delay in conducting elections for these local bodies and highlight the impact of the same. (250 Words)

Topic:  .Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.   4. What are local bodies? Enumerate their key objectives. Discuss the causative factors of undue delay in conducting elections for these local bodies and highlight the impact of the same. (250 Words)   The …

3. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a study done to produce comparable data on education policy and outcomes across countries. What is the aim of the test and how has India performed so far? Analyse while presenting the positives and negatives of such a scheme. (250 Words)

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.   3. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a study done to produce comparable data on education policy and outcomes across countries. What is the aim of the test and how …

2. Citizenship law amendment goes against non-discriminatory norms in the Constitution. Critically analyse.(250 Words)

  Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.   2. Citizenship law amendment goes against non-discriminatory norms in the Constitution. Critically analyse.(250 Words) The Hindu   Why this question: Home Minister Amit Shah moved Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in the …

1. How far the recent discoveries are capable in changing the older perspective of Indus Valley Civilisation? Discuss. (250 Words)

  Topic:   Salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 1. How far the recent discoveries are capable in changing the older perspective of Indus Valley Civilisation? Discuss.(250 Words) Businessline   Why this question: The question aims to discuss the impact of recent discoveries with respect to the Indus …

QUIZ – 2019: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 10 December 2019

QUIZ – 2019: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 10 December 2019   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 preliminary exam 2018. It is not …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- PHARMACEUTICAL MARKETING MALPRACTICES

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- PHARMACEUTICAL MARKETING MALPRACTICES     Introduction: A recent report by a public health group on pharmaceutical marketing practices has revealed widespread use of bribes and inducement by Pharma companies to the doctors in order to increase the sale of their products. For doctors the Medical Council of India has a code …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL   Introduction: The Union Cabinet has cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution there. The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, in order to grant Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, …

Insights into Editorial: A strategic pause: On RBI holding interest rate

Insights into Editorial: A strategic pause: On RBI holding interest rate   Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy statement for 2019-20 in which the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), led by Governor Shaktikanta Das, decided to keep the policy repo rate unchanged at 5.15%. All six members of the …

[INSIGHTS SECURE – 2020] DAILY UPSC MAINS ANSWER WRITING PRACTICE: 10 DECEMBER 2019

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 10 December 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:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, …

7. “Death is not the greatest loss in life; the greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live”, analyse the quote from the ethical perspectives relevant to today’s contemporary world.(250 Words)

Topic:  Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.   7. “Death is not the greatest …

5. “The oxygen bars are the new entrants in the field to tackle pollution in major cities in India”. Elucidate. (250 Words)

  Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   5. “The oxygen bars are the new entrants in the field to tackle pollution in major cities in India”. Elucidate.( 250 Words) The Hindu   Why this question: The article is based on the concept of oxygen bars that are being seen as a …

6. “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, there are three key societal members who can make a difference and they are the father, the mother and the teacher.” – Analyse the statement with suitable illustrations. (250 Words)

Topic:   Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.   6.  “If a country is …

4. In the background of the emerging uncertainty in global affairs discuss the need for closer collaboration between India and China.(250 Words)

Topic:  Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests   4. In the background of the emerging uncertainty in global affairs discuss the need for closer collaboration between India and China.(250 Words) The Hindu   Why this question: The article talks about the emerging uncertainty in global affairs and the …

3. In the backdrop of recent Hyderabad encounter killing, present your arguments against the calls for immediate justice and discuss as to why they fail to address the larger problems of violence against women in the country. (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.   3. In the backdrop of recent Hyderabad encounter killing, present your arguments against the calls for immediate justice and discuss as to why they fail to address the …