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31 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) Is agricultural loan waiver policy, announced by many states and sometimes by the union government to help farmers in distress, good for the economy? Comment.

Business Standard

2) Examine why voluntary disclosure of income schemes (VDIS) was implemented and what has been its record.

Business Standard

3) Write a note on different types of landslides, their causes and remedies.

The Hindu

4) Critically comment on the effect of sanctions on both the parties  imposed on Russia by the West.

The Hindu

5) Examine the leading causes of high infant and maternal mortality rates in India. What steps need to be taken and what is the cost of neglecting interventions to reduce these rates? Analyse.

The Hindu

6) “Such is the United Nations’ marginalisation in international relations that it is becoming irrelevant to the raging conflicts. ” Critically comment.

The Hindu

7)  “..trade is what most of international relations are about. For that reason, trade policy is national security policy.” Evaluate in the context of India.

The Indian Express

8) Write a note on  the Nasa Mars rover, Opportunity and its significance. 

The Indian Express

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