Hornbill Festival:

Hornbill Festival: Nagas celebrate this festival to revive, protect, sustain and promote the richness of the Naga heritage and traditions. It occurs during 1 – 10 December on an annual basis. It is also called the “Festival of Festivals”. The festival pays tribute to Hornbill, the most admired and revered bird for the Nagas for its qualities …

India’s first maritime museum in Gujarat:

India’s first maritime museum in Gujarat: A National Maritime Heritage Museum will be established at Lothal in Gujarat. The museum will act as an independent research center for archaeology of boat building, reconstruction of maritime history and materials traded. It will hold display of salvaged materials from shipwreck sites in Indian Ocean waters.

First woman pilot in Navy:

First woman pilot in Navy: Sub Lieutenant Shivangi Swaroop is the first pilot in the Indian navy. She recently qualified as a Dornier pilot. Background: Bhawana Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh are the first women pilots in the Indian Air Force.

Power of Siberia:

Power of Siberia: What is it? It is a massive gas pipeline linking one of the most remote parts of Russia with a far-flung region of China. The pipeline stretches more than 3,000km (1,864 miles). Under this pipeline project, Russia will deliver 1 trillion cubic meters of natural gas to China over the next 30 years. The pipeline will pass through the deltas …

Blue flag programme

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Blue flag programme What to study? For Prelims and mains: Key features, eligibility criteria and significance of the scheme. Context: The MoEFCC has embarked upon a programme for ‘Blue Flag’ Certification for select beaches in the country. Beaches identified in India: 13 pilot beaches …

Bill banning e-cigarettes passed

Topics covered:  Issues related to health and Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Bill banning e-cigarettes passed What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key provisions, e-cigarettes- concerns, effects on health, need for regulation, challenges associated and measures needed.   Context: Parliament …

National Pension Scheme for Traders and Self Employed Persons

Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes.   In News- National Pension Scheme for Traders and Self Employed Persons What to study? For Prelims: Key features, eligibility of the scheme. For Mains: Need for and significance of the scheme.   About …

Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG)

Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About PVTGs, spread in different states, issues related to their protection and statutory rights given to them.   Context: The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs recently informed about the funds released under the PVTGs scheme, to the Parliament.   About ‘Particularly Vulnerable Tribal …

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT)

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) What to study? For Prelims and mains: NCLAT- objectives, composition and significance. Context: Government to set up National Company Law Appellate Tribunal Bench in Chennai. About NCLAT: National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) was constituted under Section 410 of the Companies …

Administration of Oath in legislature

Topics Covered: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.   Administration of Oath in legislature What to study? For Prelims: How is oath administered? For Mains: Can it be altered? Who is the ultimate authority to decide?   Context: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 03 December 2019

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 03 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 – 1 Topic: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues. 1) Stringent laws …

7) Discuss the role played by ethics in maintaining interpersonal relationship.

Topic: Ethics in personal and professional  relationships 7) Discuss the role played by ethics in maintaining interpersonal relationship. Why this question: The question is from the static portions of the GS paper IV. Key demand of the question: Explain in detail the role played by ethics in maintaining interpersonal relationship. Directive: Discuss – This is …

6) While radicalisation is the primary problem, lone-wolf terror attacks across globe points to security, intelligence and systemic failures. Examine. Suggest how India should prepare itself to avoid such attacks.

Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security. 6) While radicalisation is the primary problem, lone-wolf terror attacks across globe points to security, intelligence and systemic failures. Examine. Suggest how India should prepare itself to avoid such attacks. The Hindu IDSA Why this question: The recent knife attack near …

5) The draft National Education Policy (NEP) recognizes the criticality of early childhood education. Discuss.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation; Agriculture. 5) The draft National Education Policy (NEP) recognizes the criticality of early childhood education. Discuss. Deccan Herald Why this question: The question is about early childhood care and education in India. The draft National Education …

4) The success in our efforts to reach the 2030 target of an AIDS free India calls for resurrecting the combination of political will, professional skill and wide ranging pan-society partnerships. Comment.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health. 4) The success in our efforts to reach the 2030 target of an AIDS free India calls for resurrecting the combination of political will, professional skill and wide ranging pan-society partnerships. Comment. The Hindu Why this question: Dec 1 is considered as …

3) The Indian Telecom sector’s troubles of today are rooted in the fast-paced growth of yesterday and regulation that increased tele-density by pushing down average revenue per user. Discuss.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation; Agriculture. 3) The Indian Telecom sector’s troubles of today are rooted in the fast-paced growth of yesterday and regulation that increased tele-density by pushing down average revenue per user. Discuss. The Hindu Why this question: The …

2) Technology has enabled blind and visually-impaired people to access mainstream services but there is a definite need to comply with the accessibility guidelines issued in the interest of millions of such users. Discuss.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 2) Technology has enabled blind and visually-impaired people to access mainstream services but there is a definite need to comply with the accessibility guidelines issued in the interest of millions of such users. Discuss.   The …

1) Stringent laws and death penalty alone cannot reduce the violence against women. In the light of this, critically analyse the role men must play in addressing the problem of sexual violence against women.

Topic: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues. 1) Stringent laws and death penalty alone cannot reduce the violence against women. In the light of this, critically analyse the role men must play in addressing the problem of sexual violence against women. The Hindu The Hindu Why this question: The recent incident …

[Insights into Editorial] Widening gap: On UN’s Emissions Gap Report

[Insights into Editorial] Widening gap: On UN’s Emissions Gap Report   Context: The UN’s Emissions Gap Report comes as a sharp warning to countries preparing to meet in Madrid in December, under the aegis of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Every year of inaction is jeopardising the main goal of the Paris Agreement: …