‘Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021’

Topics Covered: Infrastructure- waterways. ‘Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021’: Read Here Context: The Parliament has passed the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill 2021, which will repeal the Lighthouse Act, 1927, an over nine-decade-old law governing the traditional navigation aid, i.e. lighthouses.   Highlights of the Bill: Application: The Bill applies to the whole of …

Food Systems Summit

Topics Covered: Food security related issues. Food Systems Summit: Context: It is taking place in Rome. The Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit will set the stage for the culminating global event in September.   Background: Originally announced on 16 October 2019 by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the UN Food Systems Summit, including a …

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krishi Shiksha Yojana (PDDUUKSY)

Topics Covered: Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krishi Shiksha Yojana (PDDUUKSY): Context: So far, 108 training programmes have been organised across 24 states/UTs under the scheme.   About PDDUUKSY: The scheme was launched in 2016 to develop human …

How resolution ‘pre-packs’ for MSMEs can speed up insolvency cases?

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. How resolution ‘pre-packs’ for MSMEs can speed up insolvency cases? Context: The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was recently passed by Lok Sabha. It has proposed ‘pre-packs’ as an insolvency resolution mechanism for …

What is Telangana Dalit Bandhu scheme, and why has it drawn criticism?

Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for the vulnerable sections of the society. What is Telangana Dalit Bandhu scheme, and why has it drawn criticism? Context: Dalit Bandhu is the latest flagship programme of the Telangana government envisioned as a welfare scheme for empowering Dalit families.   What is the Telangana Dalit Bandhu scheme? Dalit Bandhu enables …

Academic Bank of Credit

Topics Covered: Issues related to Education. Academic Bank of Credit: Context: Academic Bank of Credit (ABC), proposed under the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, will be unveiled.   What is the Academic Bank of Credit (ABC)? Set-up by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Under the ABC, students will be given multiple entry and exit options. This …

Privileges and immunity no shield for criminal acts in House, says Supreme Court

Topics Covered: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. Privileges and immunity no shield for criminal acts in House, says Supreme Court: Context: The Supreme Court has held that lawmakers cannot indulge in criminal acts on the Parliament or Assembly floors and then …

Marketing has become a crucial link in the success of a business. With suitable examples, discuss the ethical issues involved in marketing of a product or service. How can these issues be resolved?

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. 7. Marketing has become a crucial link in the success of a business. With suitable examples, discuss the ethical issues involved in marketing of a product or service. How can these issues …

Income inequality, resource mismanagement and health hazards are some of the negative consequences of globalization. In this context, what are some of the ethical dilemmas that civil servants face today? How has the approach to handling these undergone a change? Discuss.

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. 6. Income inequality, …

The recent tourist tragedy in Himachal Pradesh points to the importance of preserving ecology. Explain with suitable suggestions.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Disaster and disaster management. 5. The recent tourist tragedy in Himachal Pradesh points to the importance of preserving ecology. Explain with suitable suggestions. (250 words) Reference:  The Hindu Why the question: The tragic death of nine tourists in a landslip in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh …

Explain the key features of Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Amendment) Bill 2020 and also analyse its significance.

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 4. Explain the key features of Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Amendment) Bill 2020 and also analyse its significance. (250 words) Reference:  Indian Express Why the question: The article examines the Pre-packaged Insolvency Resolution Process (PIRP), how it differs from the Corporate …

The floods in Europe are a wake­up call for us to adopt the Dutch mantra, ‘live with water, and build with nature’. Elucidate.

Topic: Disaster and disaster management. 3. The floods in Europe are a wake­up call for us to adopt the Dutch mantra, ‘live with water, and build with nature’. Elucidate. (250 words) Reference:  The Hindu Why the question: A month’s rain poured in just 24 hours in the worst-affected areas of Germany and Belgium. This caused …

India’s failure to invest in public health facilities has resulted in a disproportionately large role for private services in this industry. Critically analyse.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 2. India’s failure to invest in public health facilities has resulted in a disproportionately large role for private services in this industry. Critically analyse. (250 words) Reference:  Live Mint Why the question: The article explains in what way Healthcare …

The UP draft Population Bill seeks to codify and institutionalize an ableist mindset. In this context discuss the issues associated with the Bill.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 1. The UP draft Population Bill seeks to codify and institutionalize an ableist mindset. In this context discuss the issues associated with the Bill. (250 words) Reference:  Indian Express Why the question: The article highlights that …

Israeli war crimes apparent in Gaza assault, says HRW

Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Israeli war crimes apparent in Gaza assault, says HRW: Context: Human Rights Watch investigation has revealed that Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups carried out attacks during the May 2021 fighting in the Gaza Strip and Israel that …

PM-CARES funds to help all orphaned children during pandemic

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. PM-CARES funds to help all orphaned children during pandemic: Click here Context: The Supreme Court has made an oral observation that the welfare schemes for orphans, such as the one announced under the Prime Minister’s …

Supreme Court seeks Centre’s response on plea saying right to health has taken back seat

Topics Covered: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Supreme Court seeks Centre’s response on plea saying right to health has taken back seat: Context: A petition filed in the Supreme Court has said fundamental right to health had taken a back seat as patients were forced to choose between expensive private …

Plea to acquire papers of Bhagat Singh’s trial from Pakistan

Topics Covered: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. Plea to acquire papers of Bhagat Singh’s trial from Pakistan: Context: The Punjab government has been asked to take up the issue of acquiring files relating to the court cases of Bhagat Singh presently at the Punjab …