UPSC EDITORIAL ANALYSIS : The global nuclear order is under strain

  Source: The Hindu Prelims: Current events of international importance, Important International Institutes, GNO, spy satellites, cold war, SIPRI’s annual report, Nuclear Disarmament agreements. Mains GS Paper II: Significance of Important International Institutes, Significance of nuclear disarmament. ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS North Korea will launch three additional military spy satellites, build more nuclear weapons and introduce modern …

UPSC Sansad TV: Perspective- Tackling Climate Change

    Challenges in addressing climate change: Regional Inequality: The principle of Common but differentiated responsibilities was proposed to tackle climate change by addressing the regional inequality. However, the indifferent behaviour by the developed countries has led to partial success of many global initiatives. Eg. Kyoto Protocol. Developed Countries not taking responsibility: Historical emissions and pollution …

Marine Energy Conversion Systems Sectional Committee (MECSSC)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has taken a significant step in promoting standardization in the field of Marine Energy Conversion Systems by establishing the Marine Energy Conversion Systems Sectional Committee under ETD 54.   It will establish comprehensive standards and guidelines for various aspects of Marine …

Green Funds/Deposit

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: RBI  Context: The Reserve Bank of India clarified that banks and NBFCs are not obligated to raise green funds.   What are Green Funds/Deposits? Green funds refer to financial resources (interest-bearing deposit) specifically earmarked for environmentally sustainable projects and activities. These funds are designed to support initiatives that contribute …

Virtual Digital Asset Service Providers (VDA SPs)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Financial Intelligence Unit India (FIU IND) issued show-cause notices to 9 offshore virtual digital asset service providers (VDA SPs), including Binance and Huobi, for operating illegally without complying with anti-money laundering regulations (under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002)   What are VDA SPs? …

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) scheme

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: LM   Context: The government has increased the interest rate on the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) scheme by 20 basis points for the January-March quarter ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The new interest rate is 8.2%, up from the previous 8%.   About the scheme:

IAS officer Sushant Gaurav

Content for Mains Enrichment:   Source: Money Control  Context: IAS officer Sushant Gaurav, the Deputy Commissioner of Gumla in Jharkhand, has been credited for transforming the poverty-stricken district into the ‘Ragi Capital of India.‘ Gaurav’s innovative approach shifted locals from water-intensive paddy cultivation to a more sustainable model of ragi cultivation. The district, once plagued …

Performance of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Government Programme and Policies   Source: The Wire, TH   Context: The Centre has mandated the payment of all wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) through an Aadhaar-based payment system (ABPS), starting from Jan 1st, 20024. Exceptions: The government may consider exemptions for Gram Panchayats facing …

UPSC Editorials Quiz : 3 January 2024

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UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE: 03 January 2024

  Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  MISSION – 2023: YEARLONG TIMETABLE Join IPM 4.0 to get an assured review of 2 secure answers everyday   General Studies – 1   Topic: static syllabus 1. The Indo-Greek invasions marked a phase of cultural and …

Encouraging a culture of honesty, understanding, and constructive dialogue can help create a safe space for individuals to express their true thoughts and opinions in public relationships. Discuss.

Topic: ethics – in private and public relationships; 7. Encouraging a culture of honesty, understanding, and constructive dialogue can help create a safe space for individuals to express their true thoughts and opinions in public relationships. Discuss. (150 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General …

Categorical Imperative helps us think about what’s fair and right for everyone, not just for ourselves. Examine.

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. 6. Categorical Imperative helps us think about what’s fair and right for everyone, not just for ourselves. Examine. (150 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: plato.stanford.edu Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4. Key Demand …

Do you think there is need for legal frameworks, particularly designed for the protection sacred groves in India? Comment.

Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. 5. Do you think there is need for legal frameworks, particularly designed for the protection sacred groves in India? Comment. (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: Down to Earth Why the question: Sacred groves are integral …

Although the constitutional rationale behind establishing the position of the Governor may remain valid, the evolution in Indian politics necessitates a redefined and updated role for the functions performed by the governor. Critically analyse.

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity. 4. Although the constitutional rationale behind establishing the position of the Governor may remain valid, the evolution in Indian politics necessitates a redefined and updated role for the …

Elaborate upon the factors that contribute to Japan’s susceptibility to tsunamis. Write a note on the importance of an early warning system in preventing the loss of lives due to a tsunami.

Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., 3. Elaborate upon the factors that contribute to Japan’s susceptibility to tsunamis. Write a note on the importance of an early warning system in preventing the loss of lives due to a tsunami. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: theguardian.com , Insights on India …

Discuss Harshavardhana’s legacy as a dynamic and influential king in Indian history who promoted cultural and religious harmony during a transitional period in Indian history. Discuss

Topic: static syllabus 2. Discuss Harshavardhana’s legacy as a dynamic and influential king in Indian history who promoted cultural and religious harmony during a transitional period in Indian history. Discuss. (250 words). Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Insights on India Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – …

The Indo-Greek invasions marked a phase of cultural and political interaction between the Greek and Indian civilizations. Explain.

Topic: static syllabus 1. The Indo-Greek invasions marked a phase of cultural and political interaction between the Greek and Indian civilizations. Explain. (150 words). Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Insights on India. Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2024 Secure …