INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 13 January 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 13 January 2020 Table of Contents: GS Paper 1: 1. Taanaji Malusare and the Battle of Singhagad.   GS Paper 2: 1. Private property is a human right: Supreme Court. 2. Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019. 3. Why is National Youth Day celebrated on Swami Vivekananda …

What are CRZ rules?

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. What are CRZ rules? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: CRZ Regulations- key features and significance. Context: SC backs order to demolish 59 villas on Kerala island for violating CRZ norms. The villas are constructed in the Vembanad backwaters — a Ramsar site. The wetland is …

Artemis Mission

Topic covered: Awareness in space. Artemis Mission What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features, objectives and significance of the mission, previous missions.  Context: NASA announces graduating class of 11 astronauts for upcoming space missions including the Artemis Mission. The team includes an Indian American- Raja Chari. About Artemis: NASA wants to send the …

What is H9N2?

Topics Covered: Issues related health. What is H9N2? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: H9N2- spread, concerns and symptoms. Context: Indian scientists have detected the country’s first case of infection with a rare variant of the virus- H9N2- that causes avian influenza, or bird flu. About H9N2: H9N2 is a subtype of the influenza …

Why is National Youth Day celebrated on Swami Vivekananda Jayanti?

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Why is National Youth Day celebrated on Swami Vivekananda Jayanti? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: NYD- objectives, about Swami Vivekananda. Context: January 12 marks the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. National Youth Day is celebrated on this …

Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019

Topics covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes. Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 What to study? For Prelims: Definitions included and key …

Private property is a human right: Supreme Court

Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Private property is a human right: Supreme Court What to study? For Prelims: Right to property. For Mains: Observations made by the court and their significance. Context: The Supreme Court has recently held that a citizen’s right to own private property …

Taanaji Malusare and the Battle of Singhagad

Topics Covered: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. Taanaji Malusare and the Battle of Singhagad What to study? For Prelims and mains: About Taanaji, the battle and it’s outcomes.  Context: A Bollywood film, based on Subedar Taanaji Malusare, a Maratha military leader, was recently …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 13 January 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 13 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 into Editorial: Mining deep: on Cabinet easing mining laws

Insights into Editorial: Mining deep: on Cabinet easing mining laws Context: The Union cabinet approved opening up of coal mining and further disinvestments. The Centre’s decision to liberalise norms for entry into coal mining and relax regulations on mining and selling coal in the country is significant in many respects. Apart from deciding that the …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE – ELECTION COMMISSION: COLLEGIUM SYSTEM & APPOINTMENTS

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE – ELECTION COMMISSION: COLLEGIUM SYSTEM & APPOINTMENTS Introduction: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear after four weeks a public interest litigation seeking that the chief election commissioner and election commissioners be appointed by a three-member collegium. The collegium will comprise the Prime Minister, the leader of opposition in Lok …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 13 January 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 13 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: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until …

What do you understand by Conservation Agriculture? Discuss the key principles of such a practice and elucidate upon its significance.

Topic:  Agriculture, Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers 7. What do you understand by Conservation Agriculture? Discuss the key principles of such a practice and elucidate …

The agri value chain in India seems to be stuck in the cycle of low returns and low investment. Discuss the causative factors and analyse what needs to be done.

Topic:  Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management. Land reforms in India. 6. The agri value chain in India seems to be stuck in the cycle of low returns and low investment. Discuss the causative factors and analyse what needs to be done.(250 words) …

Why are food processing industries significant? Discuss the Scope and Significance of Food Processing Industries in India.

Topic:  Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management. Land reforms in India. 5. Why are food processing industries significant? Discuss the Scope and Significance of Food Processing Industries in India. (250 words) Comprehensive Indian Geography by Khullar Why this question: The question is directly …

Investments in the infrastructure sector in different ways can transmit into numerous effects leading to better growth of the Indian economy and inclusive employment generation. Discuss.

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 4. Investments in the infrastructure sector in different ways can transmit into numerous effects leading to better growth of the Indian economy and inclusive employment generation. Discuss.(250 words) Financial Express  Why this question: The article highlights the significance of investments in …

In the recent hearing of Tripura high court that ruled – posting on social media was tantamount to a “fundamental right” applicable to all citizens, including government employees provides a moment of opportunities and obstacles to the government servants, Do you agree? Critically examine the statement.

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 recent hearing of Tripura high court that ruled – posting on social media was tantamount to a “fundamental right” applicable to all citizens, including government employees provides …