INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 9 March 2020

Table of Contents: GS Paper 1: 1. Marakkars who fought against Portuguese invaders. 2. Nari Shakti Puraskara. 3. International Women’s Day 2020. 4. Gender Social Norms Index.   GS Paper 2: 1. Centre Cannot Brand Organisations ‘Political’: SC. 2. Enforcement Directorate. 3. Status of Govt. Schools. 4. Kyasanur Forest Disease.   GS Paper 3: 1. …

Cord Blood Banking

Topics Covered: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. Cord Blood Banking What to study? For Prelims: What is Cord blood, features and benefits. For Mains: Significance of cord blood and the need for its banking. Context: Poona Citizen Doctors’ forum dispels beliefs on …

Status of Govt. Schools

Topics Covered: Issues related to education. Status of Govt. Schools What to study? For Prelims: Funding for govt schools under various schemes and schemes associated. For Mains: Concerns expressed by the report and ways to address them. Context: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development (HRD) recently submitted its report on the 2020-2021 demand …

Enforcement Directorate

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Enforcement Directorate What to study? For Prelims: ED- objectives, functions and composition. For Mains: Controversies and issues surrounding it’s independence and misuse, ways to address them. Context: Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor was recently placed under arrest by the Enforcement Directorate. He was charged under the Prevention …

Centre Cannot Brand Organisations ‘Political’: SC

Topics Covered: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Centre Cannot Brand Organisations ‘Political’: SC What to study? For Prelims: Overview of the judgment, FCRA guidelines on foreign funding to NGOs, eligibility. For Mains: Significance and implications of this judgment, Misuse of foreign funds, issues and the need for stringent measures …

Gender Social Norms Index

Topics Covered: Role of women and related issues. Gender Social Norms Index What to study? For Prelims: About the index and key findings. For Mains: Concerns expressed and ways to address them. Context: The first Gender Social Norms Index was recently released by the UN Development Programmme (UNDP).  About the index: This index measures how …

Nari Shakti Puraskar

Topics Covered: Role of women and related issues. Nari Shakti Puraskar What to study? For Prelims: Awards- objectives, eligibility criteria and benefits. For Mains: Need for recognition and significance of these awards. Context: To acknowledge Women’s achievements, the Government of India confers Nari Shakti Puraskars on eminent women and institutions in recognition of their service towards …

Marakkars who fought against Portuguese invaders

Topics Covered: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. Marakkars who fought against Portuguese invaders What to study? For Prelims: About Marakkars clan and their fight against Portuguese. For Mains: Significance of their fight. Context: Recently, a petition was filed in the Kerala High …

Insights into Editorial: The role of women in developing a knowledge economy

  Introduction: A rapidly growing India requires a highly skilled technical workforce that is crucial for developing a knowledge economy. Unfortunately, half the scientific potential of India, women in science—is squandered. Women make up only 14% of the 280,000 scientists, engineers, and technologists in research and development institutions across the country, according to a recent …

Insights into Editorial: Banking on bailouts: On Yes Bank crisis

  Context: One of the major private player Yes Bank (India’s fifth largest private sector bank) has also come under the RBI action for mounting bad loans. In order to save Yes Bank from collapsing and to preserve people’s trust in the Indian banking system, RBI has taken several measures. It placed the financially troubled …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 9 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:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present significant events, personalities, issues.  The Freedom Struggle — its various …

An NCC cadet, Aparna Sen, has sent following petition to the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT)- “NCC Cadets spend three years of their life with an ambition to become an officer in defense or police. They sacrifice college life of fun and leisure to attend various local, state and national camps. They get rigorous training in discipline, leadership and physical fitness. While there is quota for sportspersons in the recruitment of defense, railways and public sector undertakings, no such separate quota exists for NCC Cadets. Therefore, I request you to create separate quota for us in government jobs, failing which, we will organize a mass protest across the country.” As the Secretary (DoPT), how will you deal with petition?

Topic:  Case study 7. An NCC cadet, Aparna Sen, has sent following petition to the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT)- “NCC Cadets spend three years of their life with an ambition to become an officer in defense or police. They sacrifice college life of fun and leisure to attend various local, state and national …

Discuss what are electronic transmissions in global trade? Do you think negative list approach on custom duties on them is a better substitute in protecting the competitiveness?Analyse.

Topic:  Government Budgeting. 6.Discuss what are electronic transmissions in global trade? Do you think negative list approach on custom duties on them is a better substitute in protecting the competitiveness?Analyse.(250 words) Reference:  Financial Express Why this question: The debate about whether or not to extend the WTO Moratorium on imposing customs duties on electronic transmissions …

Discuss therising threat and impact of coral bleaching on coral reefs of the World.

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 5.Discuss therising threat and impact of coral bleaching on coral reefs of the World. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express, UN.ORG Why this question: The article presents a picture of rising threat and impact of coral bleaching on coral reefs of the World.Scientists have warned that the Great Barrier …