INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 24 February 2020

Table of Contents: GS Paper 1: 1. Why we have leap years? GS Paper 2: 1. Biodiversity management committees (BMC). 2. Hunar Haat. GS Paper 3: 1. PM KISAN. 2. Jalyukta shivar. 3. What are joint commands? Facts for Prelims: 1. Pakke tiger reserve. 2. Olive Ridley turtles. 3. Rohtang pass. 4. Surajkund International Crafts …

What are joint commands?

Topics Covered: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate What are joint commands? What to study? For Prelims: What are joint commands, their features? For Mains: Need for and significance of joint commands. Context: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) office is working on a tentative timeline for the establishment of joint commands among the …

Jalyukta shivar

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Jalyukta shivar What to study? For Prelims: Features of the programme. For Mains: Significance and why was it scrapped? Context: Maharashtra government has scrapped the Jalyukta Shivar- the flagship water conservation project. What is Jalyukta Shivar? Launched in December 2014 after Maharashtra experienced consecutive droughts. Aimed at rolling out measures …

PM KISAN

Topics Covered: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions. PM KISAN What to study? For Prelims: Features of the scheme. For Mains: Significance and performance of the scheme. Context: PM-KISAN Scheme completes one year …

Hunar Haat

Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. Hunar Haat What to study? For Prelims: Features of Hunar Haat and USTTAD scheme. For Mains: Significance and the …

Biodiversity management committees (BMC)

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Biodiversity management committees (BMC) What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Composition, functions and significance. Context: The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) is set to tell the National Green Tribunal that it created 243,499 biodiversity management committees (BMC) and 95,525 people’s biodiversity registers (PBR) as of January 2020. …

Why we have leap years?

Topics Covered: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. Why we have leap years? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: What is leap year, when …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 24 February 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 a test of your knowledge. If you score less, please do …

Insights into Editorial: Powering the health-care engine with innovation

  Introduction: It has been close to 18 months since the central government, launched the country-wide implementation of Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), or the national health protection scheme. The initial momentum has been very encouraging. The scheme is currently being implemented in 32 of 36 States and Union Territories. It has provided …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 24 February 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   Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 1. Amidst the newly signed Bodo Agreement, there …

Analyse John Rawls’s concept of social justice in the Indian context.

Topic:  Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. 7. Analyse John Rawls’s concept of social justice in the Indian context. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications Why this question: The question has been asked in 2016 Civil services examination conducted by UPSC. Key demand of the question: The answer must analyse …

The Gandhian philosophy of ‘enemylessness’ are often the roots of Moral courage and conviction. Comment.

Topic:  Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. 6. The Gandhian philosophy of ‘enemylessness’ are often the roots of Moral courage and conviction. Comment. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: The Author in the article highlights the irony that at a time when we are celebrating Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, the …

Pulses consumption in India is showing signs of flattening explain the possible underlying causes and suggest measures to address the issue.

Topic:  Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 5. Pulses consumption in India is showing signs of flattening explain the possible underlying causes and suggest measures to address the issue. (250 words) Reference: …

In what way will India’s plans at UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) help in sustainable management and conservation of migratory species? Give details.

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 4. In what way will India’s plans at UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) help in sustainable management and conservation of migratory species? Give details.(250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: The article explains How India’s proposals at UN …

Research and Development (R&D) plays a critical role in determining the productivity and economic growth of a nation, Discuss the relevance of harnessing private sector investments to improve the spendings on R and D in the country.

Topic:   Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 3. Research and Development (R&D) plays a critical role in determining the productivity and economic growth of a nation, Discuss the relevance of harnessing private sector investments to improve the spendings on R and D in the country.(250 words) Reference: The …

What is Blue dot Network? How will it benefit India amidst evolving Indo-Pacific strategies of the US? Discuss.

Topic:  Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. 2.  What is Blue dot Network? How will it benefit India amidst evolving Indo-Pacific strategies of the US? Discuss. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: Amidst the high pitched visit of Trump to India, roars of India joining the US-led …

Amidst the newly signed Bodo Agreement, there is a need to ensure that a Bodo solution does not create a non-Bodo problem. Analyse.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 1. Amidst the newly signed Bodo Agreement, there is a need to ensure that a Bodo solution does not create a non-Bodo problem. Analyse. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The Ministry of Home Affairs, Assam …