The Big Picture – Content on Internet: Should there be reasonable restrictions?

The proliferation of the news media and the social media has brought with it many new areas of problems on the legal front. The IT Act, which has been around for some years now, has sought to provide the legal framework to deal with some of the problems which are cropping up more often now. …

Insights Daily Current Events, 12 December 2014

Insights Daily Current Events, 12 December 2014 Backward Regions Grant Fund for development of 272 districts in the country The Government has approved the Backward Regions Grant Fund for 272 districts of 27 States, including 35 districts of Uttar Pradesh, to redress regional imbalances in development. The fund is intended to help coverage and add …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 12 December 2014

ARCHIVES 12 December 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) “Indian roads are unsafe not only because the law in question is archaic, but also because even that law is enforced abysmally.” In the light of  the proposed new Road Transport and Safety Bill, critically comment. Business Standard 2) What do you …

The Big Picture – Climate Change: Will there be a global pact on emissions?

ARCHIVES The 20th conference on Climate Change is being held at Lima in Peru. 190 countries are participating. The conference of parties, as it is known, is specifically discussing on the issue of cut in carbon emissions. The conference will discuss each country’s emissions in the proposal for cutting them over time. The dangers of …

Insights Daily Current Events, 11 December 2014

Insights Daily Current Events, 11 December 2014 Amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003 The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, recently approved the various amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003 as per the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014. Aim: The amendments will usher in much needed further reforms in the power sector. The amendments …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 11 December 2014

ARCHIVES 11 December 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) A recent study estimated that 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic, large and small, weighing 269,000 tons, could be found throughout the world’s oceans, even in the most remote reaches. Critically examine their sources, their effect on environment and marine life, and how this …

News Analysis: Safety of Working Women

… ARCHIVES All India Radio http://www.newsonair.com/writereaddata/broadcast/Daily-Spotlight-Bulletins-33547.mp3 Safety of Working Women Delhi has once again witnessed the horrors of rape. Here the offender who is involved is a taxi driver who was operating taxi in the night. SYSTEM FAILURE: Even though with a such a large population it appears impossible to prevent every crime but if …

The Big Picture – Planning Commission Alternative: What’s on offer?

The decision of the NDA government to scrap Planning commission and bring in its place an alternative body, has received mixed responses. The meeting of Chief Ministers and Lt. Governors of various states called by the PM did not see a consensus on the issue. Everybody was divided on political line. It is a classic …

India: Industrial Policy, Liberalization and Impact

    Syllabus mentions – Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. Table of Content Introduction Why industrial policy? Arguments against industrial policy Common instruments of Industrial Policy Evolution and Changes in Industrial Policy in India   Introduction One of the most important tasks of the …

[UPSC Mains – 2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 10 December 2014

  ARCHIVES 10 December 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) Examine the factors that have helped China to become world leader in production of energy from renewable sources. In your opinion, what lessons can India learn from Chinese? Discuss. The Hindu 2) Do you think the recent defence pact signed between …

Insights Daily Current Events, 09 December 2014

Insights Daily Current Events, 09 December 2014 Code of Conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism The Union Ministry of Tourism along with all stakeholders, including the Tourism Departments of all States and UTs, has already adopted the ‘Code of Conduct for Safe & Honourable Tourism’. Why? To encourage tourism activities to be undertaken with respect …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 09 December 2014

…. ARCHIVES 09 December 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) Examine, in the light of latest findings, what makes Mars a more habitable planet in the opinion of space scientists? The New York Times 2) Many of the central government schemes faced various problems, especially related to their implementation and sharing …