5) According to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, 14,132 habitations in 19 States contain fluoride above the permissible levels. Critically examine the risks involved and steps taken by the government to address the issue.

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, 5) According to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, 14,132 habitations in 19 States contain fluoride above the permissible levels. Critically examine the risks involved and …

4) India is planning to sign an inter-government agreement (IGA) with the US on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca). But this has given raise to some concerns with regard to US policy on the issue at home. Examine why India wants to sign this agreement and its implications.

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests 4) India is planning to sign  an inter-government agreement (IGA) with the US on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca). But this has given raise to some concerns with regard to US policy on the issue at home. Examine why India …

The Big Picture – Private Sector’s role in the Indian Economy

Summary: Ever since the Liberalization process started in 1991, the role of private sector in the economy has been growing significantly. As the size of the Private Sector has grown, so as the size of the economy. Private Sector is mainly worried about the high interest rates and difficulty in getting capital. Medium and small …

Insights Daily Current Events, 27 December 2014

Insights Daily Current Events, 27 December 2014 ARCHIVES President signs coal, insurance ordinances President has signed two key ordinances to raise the cap on foreign direct investment in the insurance sector and facilitate e-auction of coal blocks, amid protest from the opposition parties. The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014, was passed by the Lok …

The Big Picture – Indian Foreign Policy: Is it heading in the right direction?

Summary: 2014 has been a year of dramatic developments with the major shift in the political scene. This has also resulted in a new approach towards foreign policy. Probably no other Indian PM has ever participated in so many high powered multilateral and bilateral summits as Narendra Modi has done in his first 6 months …

Lok Sabha Insights – Ordinances on Coal and Insurance

  Lok Sabha Insights – Ordinances on Coal and Insurance 26/12/2014 A day after budget session was concluded 2 ordinances were promulgated; one was for Coals Mines Allocation ordinance which was redone as government failed to get relevant legislation passed in both houses. Other one was for FDI in insurance which raised FDI limit from …

Ethics and Integrity – Insights Secure – 2015, December 27, 2014

Topic: Information sharing and transparency in government;  accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; 11)  You are working as District Health Officer in a backward district. You are asked by the government to order all Primary Health Clinics (PHC) to conduct sterilization programmes to control births. In one of the camps, post …

10) Some analysts arguethat the public food supply chain for market intervention has a favourable impact on the cost-benefit ratio, poverty reduction, calorie consumption by the poor and productivity-led agricultural growth. In this regard, examine the reforms needed in the public food supply chain.

Topic: Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; 10) Some analysts arguethat the public food supply chain for market intervention has a favourable impact on the cost-benefit ratio, poverty reduction, calorie consumption by the poor and productivity-led agricultural growth. In this regard, examine the reforms needed in the public food supply chain. (200 Words) Economic and …

7) An Indian origin scientist in USA has proposed that geoengineering of Eastern ghats can harness the full potential of moisture rich North Eastern Monsoons to solve the water scarcity problem in the peninsular India. What do you understand by geoengineering? Examine why North Eastern Monsoon brings less rainfall far below its actual potential and also critically discuss how geoengineering can solve the problem.

Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.  7) An Indian origin scientist in USA has proposed that geoengineering of Eastern ghats can harness the full potential of moisture rich North Eastern Monsoons to solve the water scarcity problem in the peninsular India. What do you understand by geoengineering? Examine why …

6) “Maldives is redefining democracy in a way similar to the version the Maumoon Abdul Gayoom presidency had in place for many decades before the country held its first multiparty presidential election in 2008.” In the light of recent developments in Maldives, critically comment on the statement.

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations 6) “Maldives is redefining democracy in a way similar to the version the Maumoon Abdul Gayoom presidency had in place for many decades before the country held its first multiparty presidential election in 2008.” In the light of recent developments in Maldives, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words) Frontline

5) Changes in various policies related to trade and entry of multinational companies in the Indian pharmaceutical industry were initiated in the early 1970s. However, the pace of growth of this industry has shown a remarkable upswing only after 1991, and particularly after 2005. Critically examine which factors have been responsible for this growth.

Topic:  factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world and India (Also part of paper-3:  bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights) 5) Changes in various policies related to trade and entry of multinational companies in the Indian pharmaceutical industry were initiated in the early …

4) The World Bank-funded hydrology project in some states in India was helpful in coping with flood related problems. What do you understand by hydrological data? Analyse why reliable hydrological data is important in flood management.

Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena  4) The World Bank-funded hydrology project in some states in India was helpful in coping with flood related problems. What do you understand by hydrological data? Analyse why  reliable hydrological data is important in flood management. (200 Words) The Hindu