INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 22 January 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 22 January 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 1: 1. Time to care report.   GS Paper 2: 1. Powers of Speaker under 10th 2. Three capitals for Andhra Pradesh. 3. National Startup Advisory Council. 4. Global Investment Trend Monitor report. 5. UN Commission on International Trade …

Carbon Disclosure Project

Topics Covered: Conservation and pollution related issues. Carbon Disclosure Project What to study? For Prelims: Key findings and overview. For Mains: Significance, performance improvements and challenges ahead. Context: The CDP India annual report has been released by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) India. The report examines carbon reduction activities of companies. Top 4: United States of …

Review of state and Central government water departments

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Review of state and Central government water departments What to study? For Prelims: Key findings. For Mains: Significance and challenges highlighted. Context: Report on the review of state and Central government water departments by the ministry of Jal Shakti has been released. How are they ranked? Ranking has been done …

UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) What to study? For Prelims and Mains: UNCITRAL- objectives and functions. Context: An International Arbitration Tribunal has dismissed all claims brought against India in entirety. What’s the issue? The arbitration arose out of the cancellation of Letters of …

Global Investment Trend Monitor report

Global Investment Trend Monitor report What to study? For Prelims: Key findings. For Mains: Improvements, challenges and ways to address them. Context: The Global Investment Trend Monitor report, compiled by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), has been released. Key findings: India- specific: India was among the top 10 recipients of Foreign Direct …

National Startup Advisory Council

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. National Startup Advisory Council What to study? For Prelims and Mains: NSAC- objectives, composition and functions. Context: The Union Government has notified the structure of the National Startup Advisory Council to advice on measures needed to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and startups in the …

Powers of Speaker under 10th schedule

Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Powers of Speaker under 10th schedule What to study? For Prelims: 10th schedule. For Mains: Need for a permanent mechanism- challenges and measures. Context: The Supreme Court has recently held that disqualification petitions under the tenth schedule should be adjudicated by a …

Time to Care report

Topics Covered: Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. Time to Care report What to study? For Prelims: Key findings. For Mains: Concerns highlighted and ways to address them. Context: A report titled- “Time to Care”– has been released by Oxfam International. The report Focuses on the alleviation of global …

Insights into Editorial: Redesigning India’s ailing data system

Insights into Editorial: Redesigning India’s ailing data system   Introduction: The new series of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures with 2011-12 as base, released in 2015, has not gone well with analysts; the withholding of employment-unemployment data for some time and consumer expenditure data, which is not released, added to this unease. Bringing the National …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 22 January 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 22 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:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 1. What do you …

While humans have been manipulating organisms for their benefit since at least the dawn of agriculture, and genetic editing has created a few artificial organisms in recent years, the latest research that brings “Xenobot”; world’s first living machines is the new breakthrough element. Do you agree? Debate from the ethical perspective.

Topic:  Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships based Case study. 7. While humans have been manipulating organisms for their benefit since at least the dawn of agriculture, and genetic editing has created a few artificial organisms in recent years, …

Briefly elucidate upon the steps taken by India for strengthening IPR focused on technology and innovation.

Topic:  Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. 6. Briefly elucidate upon the steps taken by India for …

Explain the key features of National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2015-2020 (NBDS) also discuss How can Biotechnology be used to address various issues in India?

Topic:  Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. 5. Explain the key features of National Biotechnology Development Strategy …