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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 07 February 2015

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07 February  2015

 Monday’s Topic of GS-1: India – People and Economy, Class 12 Geography, Unit – III (Chapter – 7 and 8)

 

General Studies – 1;

 Topic: changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes;

1) How are coral reefs formed? Assess the impact of climate change and anthropogenic factors on coral reefs. (200 Words)

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/great-barrier-reef-decides-queensland-election

 

 Topic: Indian Society;

2) Recent reports indicate that communal violence has many layers of caste , community, administrative and patronage networks which have played a role in fostering it. Critically comment. (200 Words)

http://www.epw.in/system/files/pdf/2015_50/5/Caste_Community_and_Crime.pdf

 

General Studies – 2

 

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

3) The Communal violence bill makes the local administration accountable for prevention and control of communal riots. Critically analyse the bill and also give suggestions to prevent communal riots in the country. (200 Words)

http://www.epw.in/system/files/pdf/2015_50/5/Caste_Community_and_Crime.pdf

http://www.prsindia.org/billtrack/the-communal-violence-prevention-control-and-rehabilitation-of-victims-bill-2005-165/

 

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

4) “Proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection Act will further erode consumers’ rights instead of addressing existing lacunae.”Critically analyse the amendments to the bill. (200 Words)

http://www.epw.in/commentary/consumer-protection-act.html

 

General Studies – 3

Topic: Disaster Management.

5) On the brink of celebrating a decade since the passing of the Disaster Management Act of 2005, India’s disaster management system has seen a significant shift from a relief-driven response to being more proactive, with an emphasis on disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Critically comment. (200 Words)

http://www.epw.in/perspectives/decade-disaster-risk-management-india.html

 

Topic:  Land Reforms; Environmental conservation;

6) The Andhra Pradesh government’s plan to convert an agrarian economy into a “throbbing urban agglomeration” full of life and economic activity has its flip-sides too. Critically analyse the move in respect of social, economic  and environmental aspects. (200 Words)

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/capital-punishment

 

Topic:  Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life;

7) Unscientific usage of fertilisers and pesticides is causing great harm to the ecosystem across time and space. Substantiate with examples and suggest steps to tackle this issue. (200 Words)

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/mass-death-decoded

 

General Studies – 4

Topic:  Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; 

8) Assume you are the Collector of a district which is known for corruption, delays and inefficiencies in public service delivery. Suggest some innovative steps you would take up as a collector to tackle corruption in your district? (200 Words)

General

 

Topic: Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; 

9) Is it important to be contended to lead an ethical life and why? What is the importance of “contentment” in public life? (150 Words)

General