Kazakhstan

Mapping   Source: BBC  Context: One of the worst methane leaks ever recorded happened in Kazakhstan, releasing an estimated 127,000 tonnes of methane over six months. Satellite data verified the magnitude of the leak, prompting concerns about methane emissions.   Kazakhstan is a large landlocked country in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. It shares borders …

Cuscuta dodder

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: NIE  Context: An invasive weed, Cuscuta dodder, originally from North America, is threatening the Chengalpet forests and Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary in Chennai.   About Cuscuta dodder: This parasitic vine lacks roots and covers trees, strangling and killing them. The forest department is manually removing it, but it’s spreading rapidly. …

India’s Request for Full Membership of IEA

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IEA  Context: The International Energy Agency (IEA) is set to commence discussions with India on its request for full membership, recognizing India’s strategic importance in addressing global energy and climate challenges.   India’s growing economy, population, and energy usage underline its pivotal role in energy security and climate action. …

‘E-Jagriti’ Portal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Daily Excelsior  Context: The Consumer Affairs Department has integrated artificial intelligence in the ‘e-Jagriti’ portal, aiming to reduce pending cases in consumer courts. What is ‘E-Jagriti’ Portal?  The e-Jagriti portal, an initiative by the Department of Consumer Affairs under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution, aims …

Terai Arc Landscape (TAL)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Mongabay  Context: Nepal’s Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) initiative earns UN recognition for ecosystem restoration, boosting hopes despite challenges like infrastructure expansion and human-wildlife conflict.   What is Terai Arc Landscape (TAL)? It is a transboundary biodiversity hotspot launched in 2001. It aims to conserve critical habitats for tigers, rhinos, …

DARPG Releases NeSDA Way Forward Annual Report 2023

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: E-Governance    Source: NeSDA  Context: The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) released a report (National e-Governance Service Delivery Assessment (NeSDA)  Way Forward Annual Report 2023) showcasing efforts to improve e-Service delivery.   What is E-Governance?  E-governance, meaning ‘electronic governance’ is using information and communication technologies (ICTs) at various …

UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 16 February 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: population and associated issues. 1. While harnessing the benefits of a large …

While the concept of international morality exists and is advocated by various actors in the global arena, the application of moral principles in international relations is influenced by a complex interplay of factors, including national interests, power dynamics, and cultural differences.

Topic: ethical issues in international relations and funding; 7. While the concept of international morality exists and is advocated by various actors in the global arena, the application of moral principles in international relations is influenced by a complex interplay of factors, including national interests, power dynamics, and cultural differences. (150 words) Difficulty level: Tough …

Non-partisanship in public administration, is a precondition for ensuring that, regardless of their political orientation, citizens are treated fairly and in an equitable manner. Elaborate.

Topic: strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance 6. Non-partisanship in public administration, is a precondition for ensuring that, regardless of their political orientation, citizens are treated fairly and in an equitable manner. Elaborate. (150 words) Difficulty level: Easy Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper …

What Is the Dutch Disease? Discuss the pros and cons of the influx of foreign capital in the economy.

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 5. What Is the Dutch Disease? Discuss the pros and cons of the influx of foreign capital in the economy. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Live Mint , Insights on India Why the question: Bloomberg could join JPMorgan in adding …

Do you think the government must take steps towards granting equality to queer couples and legalise same-sex marriages?

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 4. Do you think the government must take steps towards granting equality to queer couples and legalise same-sex marriages? (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: The Hindu , Insights on India Why the question: Greece’s parliament approved …

Anonymous donations of high value tend to undermine electoral democracy and governance as they facilitate a quid pro quo culture involving donors and beneficiaries. Critically analyse the statement in the light of SC judgement on electoral bonds.

Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. 3. Anonymous donations of high value tend to undermine electoral democracy and governance as they facilitate a quid pro quo culture involving donors and beneficiaries. Critically analyse the statement in the light of SC judgement on electoral bonds. (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: The Hindu …

Rapid urbanization can indeed lead to a host of challenges that require urgent interventions to ensure the sustainability of cities across the country. Elaborate.

Topic: urbanization, their problems and their remedies. 2. Rapid urbanization can indeed lead to a host of challenges that require urgent interventions to ensure the sustainability of cities across the country. Elaborate. (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy Reference: Insights on India Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies …