India and BRICS

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: International Relations   Source: TOI  Context: 19 nations including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, and Iran have expressed interest in joining the emerging-markets bloc of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).   About BRICS:   Importance of BRICS for India:     Challenges for BRICS:   Way forward …

China- Central Asia and India

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: International Relations   Source: IE  Context: China convened a meeting (online) of trade ministers of the grouping known as C+C5.   C+C5: It constitutes China and the five Central Asian republics, namely Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan.   China and Central Asia: China shares a long history of trade, culture, …

India and Australia Relations

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Bilateral Relations   Source: TH, PIB Context: Australian Prime Minister’s visit to India for India-Australia Summit concluded recently Issues in the relation: India-Australia relations face several challenges, including the controversy over the Adani coal mine project, which caused tensions due to protests by activists. Visa restrictions for Indian students and professionals seeking …

India and Italy elevate ties to strategic partnership

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: India’s bilateral relations   Source: TH   Context: Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is on a visit to India. In recent years, India-Italy relation has been mired by the MB Enrica Lexie case (In February 2012, two Indian fishermen were killed off the coast of Kerala, India, aboard St. Antony. Two Italian marines …

UNSC does not reflect today’s realities, is paralysed, says UNGA President

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: International Organizations   Source: Indian Express, The Hindu   Context: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Csaba Korosi has expressed concern that the UN Security Council does not reflect today’s realities, is paralysed and is unable to discharge its basic function of maintaining international peace and security.   What has happened now? …

[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 23 January 2023

InstaLinks :  help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions ina your mind that might arise(or an examiner might imagine) from each current event. InstaLinks also connect every issue to their …

SANSAD TV: PERSPECTIVE- QUAD FOR FREE INDO-PACIFIC

  Introduction: The foreign ministers of the Quad grouping of India, the US, Australia and Japan vowed to work vigorously to achieve the grouping’s shared vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and collectively deal with common threats such as terrorism. At the Quad Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Melbourne, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, …

Insights into Editorial: Bridging the bay in quest of a stronger BIMSTEC

    Context: Sri Lanka is gearing up to host the Fifth Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit, now in its silver jubilee year (the summit is being held in virtual/hybrid mode on March 30, and Sri Lanka is the current BIMSTEC chair). This special occasion makes it imperative …

World Soil Day

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   World Soil Day What to study? For Prelims: World Soil Day 2019- key facts. For Mains: Soil pollution- reasons, concerns, challenges and measures. Context: World Soil Day is celebrated every year on 5th of December by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations. Aim: To communicate messages …

Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

AIR News Analysis http://newsonair.nic.in/writereaddata/broadcast/Daily-Spotlight-Bulletins-17581.mp3 AIR Current Affairs http://newsonair.nic.in/writereaddata/broadcast/Weekly-Current%20Affairs-Bulletins-17582.mp3 ARCHIVES 15, February 2014 1. What measures does government take to tame high inflation? Explain why maintaining optimum inflation rate is very important for the economy. (200 Words) The Hindu 2. “There are no costs involved in moving towards a more federalist structure called the United States …

Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

ARCHIVES 10, February 2014 1. What are the main hurdles India is facing when it comes to military modernization? Comment. (200 Words) Business Standard (http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/out-of-cash-114020900783_1.html) 2. “The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 has established that indoor air pollution from cook stoves is a primary cause of disease and death in South Asia. ” Elaborate. (200 Words) …

Insights Daily Current Events, January 21, 2014

ARCHIVES January 21, 2014 INTERNATIONAL India- Japan Relationship Civilian nuclear cooperation agreement between India and Japan and controversial issues India plans to build about 20 nuclear power plants to increase the share of nuclear power in supply from the current 4% to 25% by 2050. To meet its energy needs, India would like to partner …

Insights Weekend Discussions – Week Twelve

Welcome to the Twelfth edition of Insights Weekend Discussions. You can access details of last Eleven discussions here. And the topic is: Should India take initiative and destroy its nuclear  stockpile ? India has asserted that it would follow ‘no-first-use’ policy when it comes to use of nuclear weapons and it would solely use the nuclear weapons …

The Big Picture – Supreme Court judgement: Have Gay Rights taken a beating?

Guests: Colin Gonsalves (Human Rights Lawyer, Supreme Court) ; T R Kakkar (Former Delhi Police Commissioner) ; Father Stanley Kozhichira (Media Director, Archdiocese of Delhi) ; Prof. Sanjay Srivastava (Professor of Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth) ; Vrinda Gopinath (Editor, Altgaze.com) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XutEz0jGgNs&w=560&h=315] Courtesy and Source: Rajya Sabha TV

Question From Insights That Appeared in UPSC Mains General Studies Paper – 2

Following are the questions posted earlier on Insights that are Directly or Indirectly related to the questions that appeared in 2013 UPSC Mains General Studies Paper – 2 held on December 3, 2013 Question 1 (GS-2, Mains 2013) – Indirect “Although individuals within a representative democracy possess rights, allowing them to lobby parliamentarians and governments …