INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 31 January 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 31 January 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. President’s address to both Houses of Parliament. 2. Who is a star campaigner? 3. Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU). 4. India’s no-fly list. 5. What makes WHO declare a disease outbreak a public health …

World Sustainable Development Summit

Topics covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. World Sustainable Development Summit What to study? For Prelims and Mains: WSDS- key facts and significance of the summit, about TERI. Context: The theme of the 2020 edition of the Summit is ‘Towards 2030 Goals: Making the Decade Count’. World Sustainable Development Summit: It …

UN’s new rules for ships in the Arctic region

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. UN’s new rules for ships in the Arctic region What to study? For Prelims: Overview of the new rules, about MARPOL. For Mains: Sulphur emissions- concerns, challenges and ways to address them. Context: On January 1, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued new rules …

What makes WHO declare a disease outbreak a public health emergency?

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. What makes WHO declare a disease outbreak a public health emergency? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Coronavirus- spread, symptoms and prevention, WHO public health emergency. Context: World Health Organization declares coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. What necessitated this? Rising …

India’s no-fly list

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. India’s no-fly list What to study? For Prelims: What is it, how it works and features? For Mains: Need for and redress? Context: Four airlines in India — IndiGo, SpiceJet, Air India and GoAir — …

Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU)

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About INCCU- composition, objectives and functions. What is it? Initially Setup in 1949, it is a governmental body functioning under the Department of Secondary and Higher Education in the Ministry of Human …

Who is a star campaigner?

Topics Covered: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Who is a star campaigner? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Who is a star campaigner? Significance, removal, implications. Context: The Election Commission (EC) has removed BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma from the party’s list of star campaigners. Background: The move comes …

President’s address to both Houses of Parliament

Topics Covered: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. President’s address to both Houses of Parliament What to study? For Prelims and Mains: President’s address- what, when and how? Significance and other key features. Context: On first day of the Budget Session of Parliament, …

Insights into Editorial: Black and grey: On terror funding and Pakistan

Insights into Editorial: Black and grey: On terror funding and Pakistan Context: The deliberations, in Beijing, of the Asia-Pacific joint group of the global watchdog on terror financing and money laundering, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), gave Pakistan some encouraging news: that it had progressed in its efforts to avoid a blacklisting. A final …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 31 January 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 31 January 2020 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:  Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and …

How to tackle the groundwater crisis in India especially keeping in view the demands of the farmer? Discuss.

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 7. How to tackle the groundwater crisis in India especially keeping in view the demands of the farmer? Discuss. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: The article highlights the need to switch to newer approaches that are centric to farmers’ demands and yet aid …

Given a rising graph of cross-border terrorism over the past two decades, Discuss in what way cooperation with neighbors on security is essential for India.

Topic:  Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism 6. Given a rising graph of cross-border terrorism over the past two decades, Discuss in what way cooperation with neighbors on security is essential for India.(250 words) Reference:  Research Gate Why this question: The question tends to analyse the …

India faces significant challenges in the internal, geopolitical and economic front going ahead in 2020. Managing these challenges will decide the progress India makes in 2020. Elucidate.

Topic:  Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism 5. India faces significant challenges in the internal, geopolitical and economic front going ahead in 2020. Managing these challenges will decide the progress India makes in 2020. Elucidate. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The article brings …

Rural India has been witnessing slowdown, and one of the key factors contributing to it has been the fund crunch in the schemes addressing jobs in rural India. In such a scenario, discuss what way MGNREGA can prove to be an effective solution?

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it. 4. Rural India has been witnessing slowdown, and one of the key factors contributing to …

With much in common, the rising ties between India and Brazil will send out strong signals of South-South cooperation. Explain.

Topic:   Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 3. With much in common, the rising ties between India and Brazil will send out strong signals of South-South cooperation. Explain.(250 words) Reference:  Financial Express Why this question: The article discusses the growing ties between India and Brazil and in …

Inhuman practices in the name of religion in the country are a cause of worry in the country, the recent step taken by the govt. of Karnataka; by adopting anti-superstition law is a step in the right direction. Discuss the underlying factors responsible for the prevalence of such practices and suggest solutions to address the same.

Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 2. Inhuman practices in the name of religion in the country are a cause of worry in the country, the recent step taken by the govt. of Karnataka; by adopting anti-superstition law is a step in the right direction. Discuss the underlying factors responsible for the …

Discuss the significance of the findings of Nagardhan excavations in understanding the Vakataka dynasty.

Topic:  Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 1. Discuss the significance of the findings of Nagardhan excavations in understanding the Vakataka dynasty. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: At Nagardhan near Nagpur, recent excavations have brought new clarity on the life, …