INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 29 January 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 29 January 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. Import duty on palm oil cut. 2. Bhuvan Panchayat 3.0. 3. Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971.   GS Paper 3: 1. Spitzer telescope. 2. Cheetah reintroduction project. 3. Ramsar sites in India.   Facts for …

Ramsar sites in India

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Ramsar sites in India What to study? For Prelims: Ramsar sites in India, overview of the convention. For Mains: Significance of wetlands, need for conservation, challenges. Context: India has added 10 more wetlands to sites protected by the Ramsar Convention. With this, a total of 37 sites in the country have been …

Cheetah reintroduction project

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Cheetah reintroduction project What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Cheetah reintroduction project and its significance, challenges therein. Context: The Supreme Court has allowed the Centre to introduce the African cheetah to a suitable habitat in India. Background: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had previously told the Supreme Court that African cheetahs …

Spitzer telescope

Topics covered: Awareness in space. Spitzer telescope What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Features and objectives of the telescope, significant achievements.  Context: Spitzer space telescope of NASA will be retired on January 30, 2020. Spitzer is going to shut down permanently after about 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light. Background: Launched into …

Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971 What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features, need for amendments and significance. Context: Moving to ease abortion laws in the country, the Union Cabinet is set …

Bhuvan Panchayat 3.0

Topics Covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential. Bhuvan Panchayat 3.0 What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features and significance. Context: The Bhuvan Panchayat V 3.0 web portal was recently launched. About Bhuvan Panchayat Version 3.0: Bhuvan Panchayat is part of ISRO’s Space-based Information Support for Decentralised …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 29 January 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 29 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: The flawed spin to India’s cotton story

Insights into Editorial: The flawed spin to India’s cotton story Introduction: Bt Cotton is a genetically modified organism or genetically modified pest-resistant variety of cotton. Genetically Modified (GM) pest resistant Bt cotton hybrids have captured the Indian market since their introduction in 2002. These now cover over 95% of the area under cotton, with the …

Insights into Editorial: Will the Budget suspend the FRBM’s fiscal deficit goals?

Insights into Editorial: Will the Budget suspend the FRBM’s fiscal deficit goals? Context: With revenue receipts lagging behind budget estimates and economic growth slowing sharply, there is a real risk of the Centre missing its fiscal deficit target this year. Finance Minister is set to present her second Union Budget on February 1, 2020. Fiscal …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 29 January 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 29 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 …

Discuss the importance and role played by Wetlands in the Ecological conservation of Earth.

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 7. Discuss the importance and role played by Wetlands in the Ecological conservation of Earth. (250 words) Reference:  The Hindu Why this question: 37 sites in the country have been freshly recognized under the international treaty of Ramsar Convention. Key demand of the question: Discuss in …

What do you understand by a public health emergency of international concern? Present the case of Corona outbreak in China while discussing the preparedness of India for such an epidemic.

Topic:   Disaster and disaster management. 6. What do you understand by a public health emergency of international concern? Present the case of Corona outbreak in China while discussing the preparedness of India for such an epidemic. (250 words) Reference: Live Mint Why this question: Wuhan has been the epicenter of this spread of Coronavirus. There …

Discuss in detail the Institutional Framework for Disaster Management in India.

Topic: Disaster and disaster management. 5. Discuss in detail the Institutional Framework for Disaster Management in India. (250 words) Reference: VikasPedia  Why this question: The question is direct from the static portions of GS paper III. Key demand of the question: One must discuss in detail the Institutional Framework for Disaster Management in India. Directive: Discuss …

Biotechnology in cotton, post its introduction, has led to transformational changes in India’s cotton cultivation. Do you agree? Comment.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Technology missions. 4. Biotechnology in cotton, post its introduction, has led to transformational changes in India’s cotton cultivation. Do you agree? Comment. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The article presents with arguments for …

Criminalization of politics has been a deep rooted concern in our democracy, in this context discuss the reasons causing it and comment on the landmark judgments of the apex court in addressing the issue of criminalization of politics and their effectiveness.

Topic:   Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary; Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity. 3. Criminalization of politics has been a …

With Data being the new oil, National Data and Analytics Platform will work to democratize access to publicly available government data. Elucidate.

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. 2. With Data being the new oil, National Data and Analytics Platform will work to democratize access to publicly available government data. Elucidate. (250 words) Reference: Economic Times Why this …