Insights Daily Current Events, January 16, 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) ARCHIVES January 16, 2014 NATIONAL & SOCIAL ISSUES Battle against sexual harassment at the work place still continues It was in a village in Bassi and some NGOs in Jaipur and Delhi, 21 years ago, that the battle against sexual harassment at the workplace began. …

Understanding Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Rishave Verma ENVIRONMENT Understanding Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Recently the Ministry of Environment and Forest granted environmental clearance to POSCO’s Steel plant, while rejected the proposal of Vedanta’s Bauxite mining projects. What was the procedure and why one was granted clearance while the other was …

Insights Daily Current Events, January 15, 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) ARCHIVES January 15, 2014 NATIONAL & SOCIAL ISSUES Forest STs to get additional 50 days wage employment under MGNREGA . The Union Ministry of Rural Development decided to provide an additional wage employment of 50 days beyond the stipulated 100 days under Mahatma Gandhi National …

GENERAL STUDIES – Daily answer Writing Challenge

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) I. Answer all the following questions in about 400 words each: 2 x 20 = 40 1)       Critically evaluate the process of economic planning in India. 2)     “The major objectives of planning in India are not only broad but open-ended.” Elaborate. II. Answer all the …

Insights Daily Current Events, January 14, 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) ARCHIVES January 14, 2014 POLITY & GOVERNMENT BILLS The constitution (120th amendment) bill, 2013, and the judicial appointments commission bill, 2013 APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES TO THE SUPREME COURT– PRESENT SYSTEM Constitutional provision: Article 124(2): Clause (2) of Article 124 inter alia says that: “every Judge of the …

Insights Daily Current Events, January 13, 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) FROM INSIGHTS MAGAZINE TEAM ARCHIVES January 13, 2014 NATIONAL & SOCIAL ISSUES DISABILITIES According to Census 2011, the number of disabled in India amount to 2.21 percent of population that is 26.8 million. Disability activists opine the count is grossly underestimated as no. of disabled …

Insights Daily Current Events, January 12, 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) FROM INSIGHTS MAGAZINE TEAM ARCHIVES January 12, 2014 NATIONAL & SOCIAL ISSUES Government notified new natural Gas Pricing Formula The Government of India  notified the new natural gas pricing formulae, which will be in effect from 1 April 2014. As per the newly issued notification, …

Insights Daily Current Events, January 11, 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) FROM INSIGHTS MAGAZINE TEAM ARCHIVES January 11, 2014 NATIONAL & SOCIAL ISSUES CCEA approved renaming of Mill Gate Price Scheme as Yarn Supply Scheme The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the renaming of Mill Gate Price Scheme (MGPS) as Yarn Supply Scheme (YPS). …

Insights Daily Current Events, January 10, 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) FROM INSIGHTS MAGAZINE TEAM ARCHIVES January 10, 2014 POLITY & GOVERNMENT BILLS Supreme court orders states to probe all acquittals Far reaching implications for law enforcement and the criminal justice system Every criminal case with accused being acquitted will have to be examined by state …

Insights Daily Current Events, January 09, 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) FROM INSIGHTS MAGAZINE TEAM ARCHIVES January 09, 2014 NATIONAL & SOCIAL ISSUES Status Quo in the Definition Of Handloom Under Handloom Reservation Act The apprehension of a change in definition of ‘handloom’ has triggered speculation and insecurity amongst a section of weavers and handloom activities. …

Insights Daily Current Events, January 08, 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) FROM INSIGHTS MAGAZINE TEAM ARCHIVES January 08, 2013 NATIONAL & SOCIAL ISSUES Year End Review of Ministry of Women and Child Development  CHILD WELFARE: LEGISLATIVE AND PROGRAMMATIC MEASURES  A. Legislative Measures: 1.  Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012: Model Guidelines under the POSCO Act, 2012 …

Insights Daily Current Events January 07, 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) FROM INSIGHTS MAGAZINE TEAM ARCHIVES January 07, 2014   NATIONAL & SOCIAL ISSUES The Food Security Act- an initiative to avert malnutrition Food security refers to household’s physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that fulfills the dietary needs and food preferences …

The Big Picture – Will 2014 see new policy and paradigms in India?

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Guests: Mohan Guruswamy (Visiting Fellow, Observer Research Foundation) ; Dr. Santosh Mehrotra (Director General, Institute of Applied Manpower Research) ; Renu Kohli (Former Staff Member, International Monetary Fund and RBI) ; Paranjoy Guha Thakurta (Senior Journalist and Economic Analyst) Anchor: Girish Nikam [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKZ2yzia3GM&w=560&h=315] Courtesy: Rajya …

Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) ARCHIVES 03, January 2014 D1, D2 – LEADER What is CCTV? Explain the technology involved in its operation. Do you think that they are pervasive and infringing our privacy? Comment. (200 Words) The Hindu D3,D4 What is GPS? Explain the technology involved in it. What …

Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) ARCHIVES 19, December 2013 1. What are the objectives of the proposed  Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) Bill between Bangladesh and India? Explain its significance and also throw light on controversy surrounding the bill. (200 Words) The Hindu Reference 1 Reference 2 2. What is Vote on Account …

Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) ARCHIVES 1. Write a short note on Service Tax Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme 2013 (100 Words) The Hindu 2. Why is there an increase in incidents of gold smuggling into the country? Explain. (150 Words) The Hindu 3. “The bubbling debate over the idea of secular …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 25, 2013

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) ARCHIVES November 25, 2013 NATIONAL (Rule 49-O was mentioned in today’s newspaper, but nothing significant so we have put only details related to Rule 49-O ) Rule 49-O Rule 49-O is a rule in The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 of India, which governs elections …

Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) ARCHIVES Questions From The Hindu, 23/11/2013 1. Has MGNREGA benefited Indian farmer? Comment. (150 Words) The Hindu 2. Tirumayam Fort (50 Words) The Hindu 3. Write a critical note on the financial relations between Union government and states in India.  (200 Words) The Hindu The Hindu …

Insights Daily Current Events November 20, 2013

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) ARCHIVES November 20, 2013 NATIONAL Jailed persons can contest polls July 10th Judgement had upheld a 2004 Patna High Court ruling – ‘when a person in custody was disqualified to vote he/she was also disqualified from contesting the elections’. But in the recent decision, Supreme …

Insights Daily Current Events November 19, 2013

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) (Courtesy: The Hindu) ARCHIVES NATIONAL Kasturirangan’s report comes under sharp criticism MadhavGadgil, chairman of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), has criticized Kasturirangan report &Environment Ministry’s memorandum saying that there was ‘no role of the gram sabha in categorizing areas as ecologically sensitive’. The …