RSTV: LAWS IN THE MAKING- THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS CODE, 2019

 Introduction: The Bill replaces three labour laws related to trade unions and industrial disputes. The Bill provides for registration of trade unions, institutes a notice period for strikes and lockouts and constitutes Industrial Tribunals and National Industrial Tribunals for the settlement of industrial disputes Highlights: Trade unions: Under the Code, seven or more members …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 3 March 2020

Table of Contents: GS Paper 2: 1. State funding of elections. 2. Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-dhan Yojana. 3. How the Centre’s planned Sanskrit universities will function? 4. UNESCO World Heritage List.   GS Paper 3: 1. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalaya Yojana. 2. How will in-flight WiFi work?   Facts for Prelims: 1. Directorate …

How will in-flight WiFi work?

Topics Covered: 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. How will in-flight WiFi work? What to study? For Prelims: How does WiFi work? How in- flight WiFi works? For Mains: Need for, benefits and concerns associated. …

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushlaya Yojana

Topics Covered: Employment related issues. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushlaya Yojana What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the programme. For Mains: Need for and significance of spilling and placement linked trainings. Context: The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) will soon undertake real-time assessment of government’s flagship youth employment scheme the Deen Dayal …

UNESCO World Heritage List

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. UNESCO World Heritage List What to study? For Prelims: Heritage sites in India. For Mains: The convention, significance and selection of sites. Context: Government of India has submitted two nomination dossiers namely ‘Dholavira: A Harappan City’ and ‘Monuments and Forts of Deccan Sultanate’ for inclusion in the World …

How the Centre’s planned Sanskrit universities will function?

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. How the Centre’s planned Sanskrit universities will function? What to study? For Prelims: Objectives and key features of the Bill, various authorities to be created- their powers and functions. For Mains: Significance of the bill …

Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-dhan Yojana

Topics Covered: Schemes for the vulnerable section. Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-dhan Yojana What to study? For Prelims: Key features, objectives of the scheme. For Mains: Significance and the role of scheme in ensuring financial security of small traders. Context: Under performance of National Pension Scheme for Traders, Shopkeepers and Self-Employed Persons. Just over 34,000 …

State funding of elections

Topics covered:  RPA related issues. State funding of elections What to study? For prelims and mains: State funding of elections- need, issues and feasibility, electoral reforms in general. Context: The Election Commission has informed the Government that it is not in favour of state funding of elections. What is state or public funding of elections? This means …

Now, the Secure Initiative is more Dynamic and Vibrant

Insights Secure initiative was started on 30th September 2013. It was a first of its kind initiative on online platform for any competitive exam. This idea changed the way aspirants prepared for UPSC CSE where answer writing practice became routine and serious affair. During its 6.5 years of existence, we have consistently posted questions every …

Insights into Editorial: Why is COVID-19 not a pandemic yet?

Context: The coronavirus outbreak came to light when on December 31, 2019, China informed the World Health Organisation of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause in Wuhan City in Hubei province. On January 9, 2020, WHO issued a statement saying Chinese researchers have made “preliminary determination” of the virus as a …

Insights into Editorial: State lethargy amidst cough syrup poisoning

  Context: A few days ago, 12 children died in Udhampur district of Jammu due to poisoned cough syrup (Coldbest-PC). More are fighting for their life in a hospital. A team of doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, attributed the deaths to the presence of diethylene glycol in the …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 3 March 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:  women, Social empowerment 1. What do you understand by ‘Period Poverty’? Discuss the status of it in India. To what extent does our society …

Discuss some of the key principles of probity that serve to maintain integrity.

Topic:  Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption. Case Studies on above issues. 7. Discuss some of the key …

Distinguish between “Code of ethics” and “Code of conduct” with suitable examples.

Topic:  Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption. Case Studies on above issues. 6.  Distinguish between “Code of ethics” …

As commercialization and privatization transform humankind’s activity in outer space India needs imperative and drastic reforms in its space sector.Discuss.

Topic:  Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. 5. As commercialization and privatization transform humankind’s activity in outer space, India needs imperative and drastic reforms in its space sector.Discuss. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: At author talks about the changing dynamics …

“The coronavirus is driving the world into a recession, and India cannot be insusceptible to it”, do you agree with the statement? Critically analyse.

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.   4. “The coronavirus is driving the world into a recession, and India cannot be insusceptible to it”, do you agree with the statement? Critically analyse. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The article presents a detailed discussion on the …