The Big Picture – Sanskrit conundrum: What’s the national policy?

The decision of the union HRD ministry to scrap German as a third language choice in Kendriya Vidyalayas has blown up into a full fledged controversy encompassing the entire three language formula. The ministry has defended itself by saying that it is trying to uphold the law of the land. The critics feel that scrapping …

Insights Daily Current Events, 08 December 2014

Insights Daily Current Events, 08 December 2014 Lok Adalat settles 1.25 cr. cases in a day The Second National Lok Adalat held across the country recently settled about 1.25 crore pending and pre-litigation cases and brought financial relief of over Rs. 3,000 crore to ordinary litigants in a single day. Organized by: The National Legal …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 08 December 2014

ARCHIVES 08 December 2014 Answer the following questions in about 200 words: 1) Central banks in many countries around the world, including developed and developing, are resorting to quantitative easing to devalue their currency. Examine the reasons and its implications. Project Syndicate 2) Critically comment on some of important provisions of the proposed Road Transport and …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, December 5th and 6th, 2014

ARCHIVES 07 December 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) “Untouchability in India is not just a rural phenomenon, it is also an urban phenomenon as found by recently the India Human Development Survey II.” In the light of the findings of this survey, critically  comment how and why untouchability persists even in …

News Analysis: Social Justice Bench At Supreme Court

ARCHIVES All India Radio, 05 December 2015 http://www.newsonair.com/writereaddata/broadcast/Daily-Spotlight-Bulletins-33310.mp3 Chief justice of India has set up a special bench to exclusively deal with social justice for less previliged, disadvantaged sections of society, women and children. Social justice is not an something unique concept. It is explicitly mentioned in our constitution and it is the duty of …

The Big Picture – Petrol & Diesel Prices: Are consumers deprived of full benefit?

The rapid fall in crude oil prices over the last few months, with the barrel price coming down to around 70 US$/barrel, has resulted in a welcome fall of prices of Diesel and Petrol in the country. However accompanying the reduction in diesel and petrol prices have been 2 excise duty hikes in the last …

News Analysis: 30 Years After Bhopal Gas Tragedy – Lessons to Lean

ARCHIVES http://www.newsonair.com/writereaddata/broadcast/Daily-Spotlight-Bulletins-33241.mp3 30 YEARS OF BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY.. LESSONS TO LEARN A US multinational pesticide company called ” union carbide” operating in Bhopal, met with an accident in December 1984, spewed enormous amount of poisonous gases killing thousands of people and leaving many more in serious health hazards – whose effects are felt even today. HOW DID …

The Big Picture – Land Swap with Bangladesh: Will it check illegal migration?

ARCHIVES The Indo Bangladesh border issue has been festering for years, in fact, ever since the country was carved out of Pak in 1971. The two countries share a 4096 border along Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram. In 2011, India and Bangladesh signed an agreement to exchange enclaves on both sides and thereby …

[UPSC Mains 2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 04 December 2014

ARCHIVES 04 December 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) Critically examine the reasons behind increasing cyber security threats around the world. Explain what needs to be done to mitigate these threats. The New York Times 2) It is said that Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in India have  completely failed – of …

Insights Daily Current Events, 03 December 2014

Insights Daily Current Events, 03 December 2014 Amendments to Regional Rural Banks Act, 1976 The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, recently approved the amendments in the Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) Act, 1976. Why the amendments are necessary? to enhance authorized and issued capital to strengthen their capital base and to bring flexibility in …

News Analysis: Maoist Attack on Security Forces

http://www.newsonair.com/writereaddata/broadcast/Daily-Spotlight-Bulletins-33171.mp3  ARCHIVES MAOIST ATTACK ON SECURITY FORCES 14 CRPF personnel have been killed and 12 injured by maoist attack in chhattisgarh  preliminary report suggests that there was an ambush and maoist took villagers as shield. 2014 alone there were 3 incidents of maoist attack in the same area. Also we have seen highest number of …

[UPSC Mains 2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 03 December 2014

ARCHIVES 03 December 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) Examine the merits and demerits of modernising and running India’s large railway stations in the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode. Business Standard 2) Critically comment on the significance of Iraqi government’s recent long-term accord with the autonomous Kurdish region to share the country’s oil wealth and …