Insights into Editorial: Why is COVID-19 not a pandemic yet?

Context: The coronavirus outbreak came to light when on December 31, 2019, China informed the World Health Organisation of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause in Wuhan City in Hubei province. On January 9, 2020, WHO issued a statement saying Chinese researchers have made “preliminary determination” of the virus as a …

Insights into Editorial: State lethargy amidst cough syrup poisoning

  Context: A few days ago, 12 children died in Udhampur district of Jammu due to poisoned cough syrup (Coldbest-PC). More are fighting for their life in a hospital. A team of doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, attributed the deaths to the presence of diethylene glycol in the …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 3 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:  women, Social empowerment 1. What do you understand by ‘Period Poverty’? Discuss the status of it in India. To what extent does our society …

Discuss some of the key principles of probity that serve to maintain integrity.

Topic:  Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption. Case Studies on above issues. 7. Discuss some of the key …

Distinguish between “Code of ethics” and “Code of conduct” with suitable examples.

Topic:  Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption. Case Studies on above issues. 6.  Distinguish between “Code of ethics” …

As commercialization and privatization transform humankind’s activity in outer space India needs imperative and drastic reforms in its space sector.Discuss.

Topic:  Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. 5. As commercialization and privatization transform humankind’s activity in outer space, India needs imperative and drastic reforms in its space sector.Discuss. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: At author talks about the changing dynamics …

“The coronavirus is driving the world into a recession, and India cannot be insusceptible to it”, do you agree with the statement? Critically analyse.

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.   4. “The coronavirus is driving the world into a recession, and India cannot be insusceptible to it”, do you agree with the statement? Critically analyse. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The article presents a detailed discussion on the …

Recent activities in Climate change and geopolitics meet to yield locust swarms that could disturb the productivity of Indian crops. Examine.

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Disaster and disaster management 3. Recent activities in Climate change and geopolitics meet to yield locust swarms that could disturb the productivity of Indian crops. Examine. (250 words) Reference: Live mint Why this question: Reuters suggest that while locust swarms continue to plague African countries, for …

The U.S.-Taliban settlement may not bring lasting peace to Afghanistan and the region at large. Examine.

Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. 2. The U.S.-Taliban settlement may not bring lasting peace to Afghanistan and the region at large. Examine. (250 words) Reference: The …

What do you understand by ‘Period Poverty’? Discuss the status of it in India. To what extent does our society promise ‘period dignity’? Explain.

Topic:  women, Social empowerment 1. What do you understand by ‘Period Poverty’? Discuss the status of it in India. To what extent does our society promise ‘period dignity’? Explain. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: The Scottish Parliament passed the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill. Thus the question analyses the aspects of …

RaIDer-X

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. RaIDer-X What to study? For Prelims: What is it? Key features? For Mains: Significance and it’s relevance today. Context: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and …

Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan

Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan What to study? For Prelims: Overview and key features of the agreement. For Mains: Significance, concerns remaining, relevance for India. Context: US and Taliban have signed a historic agreement- “Agreement for Bringing …

Rare Disease Day

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Rare Disease Day What to study? For Prelims: What are rare diseases? How do they occur? For Mains: Their spread, concerns and issues associated. Context: Rare Disease Day is observed on February 29.  What is a rare disease? …

National Sports Development Fund

Topics Covered: Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders National Sports Development Fund What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Features, findings and significance. Context: Under CSR initiative, Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL) contributes Rs 1 crore towards …