INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 04 January 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 04 January 2020 Table of Contents: GS Paper 2: 1. Zonal Councils. 2. Farm loan waiver. 3. Qassem Soleimani killing. 4. UNESCO creative cities network (UCCN).   GS Paper 3: 1. FAME-India Scheme. 2. New and Emerging Strategic Technologies (NEST).   Facts for Prelims: 1. What is Extraocular …

New and Emerging Strategic Technologies (NEST)

Topics Covered: Cyber security related issues. New and Emerging Strategic Technologies (NEST) What to study? For Prelims: Objectives and functions of NEST. For Mains: Need for and significance of NEST.  Context: With India grappling with issues like the security implications of the introduction of 5G and artificial intelligence, the Indian foreign ministry has announced the …

FAME-II Scheme.

Topics Covered: Infrastructure FAME-II Scheme. What to study? For Prelims and Mains: FAME- India scheme- features, significance and potential. Context: To give a further push to clean mobility in Road Transport Sector, the Department of Heavy Industries has sanctioned 2636 charging stations in 62 cities across 24 States/UTs under FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric …

UNESCO creative cities network (UCCN)

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. UNESCO creative cities network (UCCN) What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About Creative Cities Network- features and significance. Context: The government of Hanoi recently held a ceremony to formally announce that the Vietnamese capital city is joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). …

Qassem Soleimani killing

Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Qassem Soleimani killing What to study? For Prelims: What Quds force? For Mains: Implications of the latest event. Context: Major General Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, was recently killed in a US strike at Baghdad International Airport. He …

Farm loan waiver

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Issues related to farm subsidies. Farm loan waiver What to study? For Prelims: Which states announced farm loan waivers in last one year. For Mains: Advantages and Disadvantages of farm loan waivers, the need for …

Zonal Councils

Topics covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Zonal Councils What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Particulars and significance of Zonal Councils. Context: The 25th meeting of the western zonal council will be held in January 2020. Maharashtra will be the lead coordinator this time. Zonal councils: Statutory bodies established under the States Reorganisation Act 1956 and …

Insights into Editorial: The need for a single energy ministry

Insights into Editorial: The need for a single energy ministry Context: Five different ministries along with a multitude of regulators govern India’s energy sector. Petroleum and natural gas, coal, renewable energy and nuclear energy have separate ministries or departments. We also have a Ministry of Power, along with State-level bodies that regulate electricity distribution companies, …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 04 January 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 04 January 2020   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 …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 4 January 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 4 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 – 2   1. Discuss the guiding principles (ABCDEF) of Swachh Bharat Mission and explain in …