3) According to the World Bank’s World Development report of 2016, despite being the second largest exporter of information and communication technology goods, India has the largest offline population in the world. It highlights the challenges that the government faces in providing Internet access to all Indians at a reasonable cost. Discuss these challenges.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 3) According to the World Bank’s World Development report of 2016, despite being the second largest exporter of information and communication technology goods, India has the largest offline population in the world. It highlights the challenges that …

1) A recent data released by the Global Media Monitoring Project report clearly shows that age-old discriminatory practices against women in the mainstream media are now being passed on to online media as well. Discuss the nature of this discrimination and measures needed to address it.

Topic:Role of women; Social empowerment 1) A recent data released by the Global Media Monitoring Project report clearly shows that age-old discriminatory practices against women in the mainstream media are now being passed on to online media as well. Discuss the nature of this discrimination and measures needed to address it. (200 Words) Livemint

9) For any improvements in the institutions, economic, social or political, desired change in the attitude of citizens and concerned functionaries is very essential. For this attitudinal change, which values are essential and why? Examine.

Topic:Human values; Attitude 9) For any improvements in the institutions, economic, social or political, desired change in the attitude of citizens and concerned functionaries is very essential. For this attitudinal change, which values are essential and why? Examine. (200 Words)  Reference (Page 49-50)

6) Saudi Arabia is trying to reshape its economy and reposition itself in West Asia. What are the challenges it faces? How will it affect the region, including India? Examine.

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. 6) Saudi Arabia is trying to reshape its economy and reposition itself in West Asia. What are the challenges it faces? How will it affect the region, including India? Examine. (200 Words) The Hindu

3) What options does government has to discourage smoking in India? Tobacco companies are resisting a new regulation that the mandatory pictorial warnings on cigarette packages be made larger. Should government yield to such resistance because tobacco farmers are affected? Comment.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 3) What options does government has to discourage smoking in India? Tobacco companies are resisting a new regulation that the mandatory pictorial warnings on cigarette packages be made larger. Should government yield to such resistance because tobacco farmers are affected? Comment. (200 …

2) “The proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, threatens to destroy the innovation ecosystem. A better option is to switch to a simple registration-based system.” Comment.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 2) “The proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, threatens to destroy the innovation ecosystem. A better option is to switch to a simple registration-based system.” Comment. (200 Words) The Hindu

1) It is said that ignoring the ecology of the semi-arid Deccan plateau has led to the current environmental catastrophe in Marathwada and adjoining areas for humans and wildlife. Discuss.

Topic:Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes 1) It is said that ignoring the ecology of the semi-arid Deccan plateau has led to the current environmental catastrophe in Marathwada and adjoining areas for humans and wildlife. Discuss. (200 Words) Livemint

7) “The “free market” has not benefited the customers—both the borrowers and the depositors—as much as it should have because of an extremely restrictive entry policy in the banking space. There is an inherent contradiction in the coexistence of a free market and a repressive banking system in India.” Elaborate the statement and examine if things are changing for the better.

Topic: Indian economy – growth; Resource mobilization 7) “The “free market” has not benefited the customers—both the borrowers and the depositors—as much as it should have because of an extremely restrictive entry policy in the banking space. There is an inherent contradiction in the coexistence of a free market and a repressive banking system in India.” …

5) Education has for long been the key to moving up the economic and social ladder. There can be no equality of opportunity without access to quality education. Have inequalities in educational access in India diminished in recent times? Examine

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources. 5) Education has for long been the key to moving up the economic and social ladder. There can be no equality of opportunity without access to quality education. Have inequalities in educational access in India diminished in recent times? Examine. (200 …

4) It is said that since independence, successive governments have appeased China only to be disappointed in turn by China’s policies towards India’s interests. Do you agree? Critically examine.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 4) It is said that since independence, successive governments have appeased China only to be disappointed in turn by China’s policies towards India’s interests. Do you agree? Critically examine. (200 Words) Livemint

1) New data released by IMF and other agencies in recent weeks shows that inequality in India is of Latin American rather than East Asian proportions. In the light of these data, discuss the nature of inequality in India

Topic: Poverty and developmental issues 1) New data released by IMF and other agencies in recent weeks shows that inequality in India is of Latin American rather than East Asian proportions. In the light of these data, discuss the nature of inequality in India. (200 Words) Livemint