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[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 22 November 2014

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22 November 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words:

1) “The structure of the civil service, which is largely unchanged since Independence, might benefit from a greater focus on merit rather than seniority for promotions and incentives for good performance.” Critically comment.

The Hindu

The Hindu

2) Write a note on the issue of  RTI and application of its provisions to political parties in India.

The Hindu

3) Write a note on the contribution of popular cinema to the music of India.

The Hindu

4) Critically comment on the immigration policy of USA and its effect on Indian immigrants.

The Hindu

Business Standard

5) Write a critical note on ‘Oocyte cryopreservation’ and issues related to it.

The Hindu

6) Write a critical note on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and India’s compliance with IPCD’s provisions.

The Indian Express

7) Critically discuss various obstacles to greater cooperation and connectivity between SAARC countries with special emphasis on India’s role.

The Indian Express

8) Examine the highlights of recently signed framework agreement to strengthen defence and security cooperation between India and Australia.

The Indian Express