DAY – 12 ( INSTA REVISION TEST)INSTA REVISION PLAN 2.0, 2020

Post your INSTA Revision Test score as well as your answers for the below Mains Questions in the Comments section for review. Static question: Social empowerment is understood as the process of developing a sense of autonomy and self-confidence, and acting individually and collectively to change social relationships and the institutions. In the light of …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 26 June 2020

InstaLinks help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions in your mind that might arise(or an examiner might imagine) from each current event. InstaLinks also connect every issue to their static …

Global report on the illegal wildlife trade

Topics Covered: Issues related to internal security. Global report on the illegal wildlife trade Context: First global report on the illegal wildlife trade was recently released by FATF. It is called the “Money Laundering and the Illegal Wildlife Trade” report. Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has described illegal wildlife trade as a “global threat”, which …

Styrene Gas leak case

Topics Covered: Disaster management. Styrene Gas leak case Context: Andhra Pradesh State government has extended the time for submission of report by the high-power committee that is probing the styrene monomer vapour leak incident at the LG Polymers unit till June 30. Background: The committee was constituted to investigate into the May 7 incident that had …

Scheme for Promotion of academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC)

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Scheme for Promotion of academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) Context: Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras are collaborating with their counterparts in Germany to develop new materials for green energy solutions. This project has been taken up under the Scheme for Promotion of academic …

Ozone pollution spiked in several cities during lockdown

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Ozone pollution spiked in several cities during lockdown Context: According to an analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), while particulate matter and nitrous oxide levels fell during the lockdown, ozone — also a harmful pollutant — increased in several cities. Factors responsible …

Decarbonizing Transport Project

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Decarbonizing Transport Project Context: NITI Aayog and the International Transport Forum (ITF) of OECD jointly launched the ‘Decarbonizing Transport in Emerging Economies’ (DTEE) project in India on 24June. About the project: The ambitious five-year project will help India develop a pathway towards a low-carbon transport system …

Urban, multi-State cooperative banks to come under RBI supervision

Topics Covered: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it. Urban, multi-State cooperative banks to come under RBI supervision Context: To ensure that depositors are protected, the Centre has decided to bring all urban and multi-State cooperative banks under the direct supervision of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance to …

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2020

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger. International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2020 Observed on 26 June. Theme: “Better Knowledge for Better Care”. Why June 26th? The date June 26 is to commemorate Lin Zexu’s dismantling of …

Kala Azar

Topics Covered: Issues related to health. Kala Azar Context: The only drug available against leishmaniasis, miltefosine, is rapidly losing its effectiveness because of emerging resistance to this drug due to a decrease in its accumulation inside the parasite, which is necessary for the drug to kill the parasite. So, a team of researchers had been exploring …

Pune NGO aims to revive spirit of ‘Lal-Bal-Pal’

Topics Covered: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. Pune NGO aims to revive spirit of ‘Lal-Bal-Pal’ Context: In a bid to revive the Independence-era spirit of the ‘Lal-Bal-Pal’, named after nationalists Lala Lajpat Rai, ‘Lokmanya’ Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal, and to …

Insights into Editorial: Downing the shutters: On H1-B visa halt

  Context: The White House has made a proclamation restricting the issuance of non-immigrant work visas across the board, purportedly to clamp down on American jobs going to foreign workers, a consistent policy priority of the Donald Trump administration. H1-B visas among those suspended till year end: The broad-brush order includes the H-1B visa for …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 26 June 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 : History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political …

One of the scientists working in the R & D laboratory of a major pharmaceutical company discovers that one of the company’s bestselling veterinary drugs, B has the potential to cure a currently incurable liver disease that is prevalent in tribal areas. However, developing a variant of the drug suitable for human beings entailed a lot of research and development having a huge expenditure to the extent of R 50 crores. It was unlikely that the company would recover the costs as the disease was rampant only in poverty-stricken area having very little market otherwise. If you were the CEO, then—

Topic : Ethics based case study 7. One of the scientists working in the R & D laboratory of a major pharmaceutical company discovers that one of the company’s bestselling veterinary drugs, B has the potential to cure a currently incurable liver disease that is prevalent in tribal areas. However, developing a variant of the drug …