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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 30 December 2014

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30 December 2014


Tomorrow’s Topic for GS – 1: NCERT Class XII, Themes in Indian History – II,Chapter – 7 and Chapter – 8

General Studies – 1

Topic: NCERT Class XII, Themes in Indian History – II, Theme 5 and 6

1) Compare and contrast the picture of Indian culture depicted by Arabian and European travellers respectively. (200 Words)

Theme – 5

2) To what extent do you think the architecture of mosques in the subcontinent reflects a combination of universal ideals and local traditions? (150 Words)

Theme – 6

3) Discuss the major beliefs and practices that characterised Sufism. (150 Words)

Theme – 6

General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

4) “The quality of health services in urban and rural India, in both the public and private sectors, continues to be abysmal, as millions of patients travel to access health services elsewhere.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

TopicLand reforms in India; Infrastructure; Investment models

5) Examine the recent amendments made to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisi-tion, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 through an ordinance. Do you think these amendments are against social justice? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

The Hindu

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Topic:  Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices

6) The latest data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) has shown that farmers remain poor despite government interventions. Critically examine its findings on farm incomes and suggest what should be government’s priority – boosting farm income or farm production? Explain why. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic:  indigenization of technology 

7) In order to give push to ‘Make in India’ campaign, recently the government asked all government departments to give preference to domestically manufactured electronics products in their procurement. Is this a right step? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicEffects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

8) It is suggested that to make ‘Make in India’ program a success, India must focus on building competitive advantage and global scale in sectors where it has a large domestic market and certain inherent capabilities. Examine these capabilities and explain how India can make use of them to have a competitive advantage. (150 Words)

The Hindu 

Topic:  role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges,

9) It is said that the rise of social media and greater Internet access are behind a massive upsurge in illicit sales of drugs. Examine the possible health and security threats arising out of this trend. Also examine how it is being done. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topicethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

10) Recently, many rescued child labourers who were put in State Home for Boys, fled it by bribing the guard. They requested police not to send them back to ‘jail’.

Critically examine the ethical issues involved in this incident. In your opinion, how should government deal with child labour issue? Suggest measures. (200 Words)

The Hindu