INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 11 March 2020

Table of Contents: GS Paper 2: 1. PM Ujjwala Yojana. 2. Sir Creek pact.   GS Paper 3: 1. National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems. 2. Preservation of Eastern, Western Ghats. 3. ‘United for Biodiversity’.   Facts for Prelims: 1. What is Shared economy? 2. India’s coal imports rise. 3. India Bangladesh border. 4. …

‘United for Biodiversity’

Topics Covered:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. ‘United for Biodiversity’ What to study? For Prelims: Composition and objectives of the coalition. For Mains: Significance and the need for this group.  Context: The European Commission (EC) has launched the ‘United for Biodiversity’ coalition. It was launched on World Wildlife Day 2020- 3rd March. What …

Preservation of Eastern, Western Ghats

Topics Covered:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Preservation of Eastern, Western Ghats What to study? For Prelims: Western Ghats- Key geographical and environmental facts. For Mains: Issues related to the conservation of the region, overview of Gadil and Kasturirangan committee reports. Context: A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras …

National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems

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. National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems What to study? For Prelims: key features of NM- ICPS, targets. For Mains: Need for and significance of the mission. …

Sir Creek pact

Topics Covered:  India and its neighbourhood- relations. Sir Creek pact What to study? For Prelims: Where is sir creek located, what is the dispute all about? For Mains: How this dispute has affected the people in this region? What is the solution? Context: The third edition of WION’s global summit was held in Dubai recently. …

PM Ujjwala Yojana

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. PM Ujjwala Yojana What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the scheme. For Mains: Significance and performance analysis …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- FACIAL RECOGNITION- USES & CONCERNS

 Introduction: Facial recognition has become a cause for concern in western democracies. The European Commission is considering imposing a five-year moratorium on the use of facial recognition technologies in the European Union (EU). In the United States (US), municipalities have passed, or are considering passing prohibitions, India, however, is rushing to adopt public facial …

Insights into Editorial: UAHS develops new paddy variety resistant to blast disease

  Context: As part of its initiative to prevent decline in the area under paddy cultivation, the University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences(UAHS), Shivamogga, has developed ‘Sahyadri Megha’, a new red variety of paddy that is resistant to blast disease and rich in nutrients. The new variety has been approved by the State-level Seed Sub-Committee …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 11 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   Topic: Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.. 1. What do you understand by “Urban commons”? Examine their importance in ensuring ‘Just and liveable cities’ to all in the urban areas. …

Diligence is an imperative value for a civil servant as it stems from the belief that work is an end in itself and not a means to an end. Explain.

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration 7. Diligence is an imperative value for a civil servant as it stems from the belief that work is an end in itself and not a means to an end. Explain. (250 words) Reference : Ethics by Lexicon Why this question: The …

Curbing hate speech and fake news has emerged as a critical challenge for governments globally. But this is not just a technological issue; it is also a societal problem. Discuss.

Topic: Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges. 6. Curbing hate speech and fake news has emerged as a critical challenge for governments globally. But this is not just a technological issue; it is also a societal problem. Discuss. (250 words) Reference : Hindustan …

Despite attempts by the government to cut imports of coal, there has year on year growth in shipments of the fuel. Discuss the causes and measures needed to switch to renewables in light of India’s INDC goals.

Topic: Infrastructure: Energy; Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 5. Despite attempts by the government to cut imports of coal, there has year on year growth in shipments of the fuel. Discuss the causes and measures needed to switch to renewables in light of India’s INDC goals. (250 words) Reference : The Hindu …

Explain the concept of Agroforestry. Discuss how agroforestry could solve climate crisis.

Topic: Agriculture- Issues; Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 4. Explain the concept of Agroforestry. Discuss how agroforestry could solve climate crisis. (250 words) Reference : Down to Earth Why this question: Agriculture and climate change are deeply intertwined. Agriculture is responsible for almost 30 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions …

A public school system that guarantees universal access, good learning and all facilities has to be among the highest national priorities. Examine.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 3. A public school system that guarantees universal access, good learning and all facilities has to be among the highest national priorities. Examine. (250 words) Reference : The Hindu Key demand of the question: The absence of basic infrastructure …

Land reforms remain an unfinished agenda even after 70 years of independence. Critically comment.

Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country 2. Land reforms remain an unfinished agenda even after 70 years of independence. Critically comment. (250 words) Key demand of the question: The question first expects us to explain why land reforms are criticized so many years post its initiation as being incomplete. Discuss the reasons why …

What do you understand by “Urban commons”? Examine their importance in ensuring ‘Just and liveable cities’ to all in the urban areas.

Topic: Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.. 1. What do you understand by “Urban commons”? Examine their importance in ensuring ‘Just and liveable cities’ to all in the urban areas. (250 words) Reference: Down to earth Why this question: Urban commons represent those rare spaces in increasingly segregated cities where the rich and the poor …