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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 13 October 2014

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13 October 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words:

1) “The recent developments in finalising global trade deal under WTO framework have raised the question of very existence and continuation of WTO as an institution.” Comment.

Business Standard

The Guardian

2) There is a call for quota reforms in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for many years now. Examine why these reforms are needed? What are the obstacles to reforms? And how does India benefit from these reforms?

Business Standard

3) Write a critical note on the nature, composition and mandate of the Law Commission of India. Critically comment on its some of latest reports.

Business Standard

4) The changed political and security scenario in Afghanistan have thrown new challenges at India in terms of building and carrying forward its strategic cooperation with Afghanistan. Critically analyse.

Business Standard

5)  ‘Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)has been a bugbear in the India-United States relationship – as big as World Trade Organization and Intellectual Property Rights disputes.” Elaborate.

Business Standard

6) Critically analyse the changing scenario of health insurance in India. Examine the implications of its deep penetration in India.

Business Standard

7) Critically comment on the relevance and constitutionality of existing privileges of Parliament and State Assemblies and their members.

The Hindu

8) Critically comment on India’s national rating system for buildings – the Green-rated Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA).

The Hindu

9) Write a note on India – Canada relations.

The Hindu

10) “If India wishes to end its TB crisis, we must begin by providing prompt diagnosis and treatment to our missing million. Yet this is unlikely to happen unless we transform our current TB programme while simultaneously engaging the vast private sector.” Comment.

The Hindu

11) “The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 recognises the crucial links among child rights, labour, and school education and, in doing so, recognises one of the most fundamental prerequisites of a better tomorrow for millions of children everywhere.” Discuss.

The Hindu