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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 18 February 2015

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18 February  2015

General Studies – 1;

Topic:  factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)

1) India’s information technology (IT) services industry has traditionally been dominated by exports – but, in the last couple of years, it is the domestic scene which has begun to matter. Examine the factors that have enabled this shift and also examine prospects of such shift. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

General Studies – 2

 

TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

2) “Even before concrete work begins on the government’s ambitious smart-city project, there seems to be increasing concern over the initiative turning into an elitist concept.” Critically examine why such apprehension is expressed from some quarters. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

 

TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

3) In recent months, the United States of America and South Africa are involved in a major trade dispute between them over the trade of chicken between them. Critically analyse the issue and examine what implications such similar  issues can have on India. (200 Words)

The New York Times

 

TopicImportant International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 

4) How effective has been United Nations Security Council in addressing some of pressing security challenges faced by raising extremism across the world? In the light of its mandate, critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations. 

5) “There are at least five factors, which should make the ongoing sectarian war in Pakistan different from its earlier avatars, and more difficult to combat.” Discuss these factors and their possible implications on India – Pakistan relations. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic: Conservation,

6) Some recent news reports reported that the rise in number of tigers in India was not greeted well in regions such as Sunderbans. Critically discuss why and examine the moral dimensions of concerns raised by inhabitants of these regions. (200 Words)

The Hindu 

 

TopicInfrastructure: Energy

7) “Renewables can and should play a greater role in our sustainable energy future, but we need proper accounting and specialised effort to understand their grid implications and scalability.” What do you understand by this statement in the context of India’s quest for energy security by enhancing energy production through renewable sources? Elaborate. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 4

Topic Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; 

8) Do you think the actions of a soldier committed during war time such as killing of terrorists, or collateral damage such as killing of innocent civilians is ethical? It is known fact that many soldiers who return from war suffer from  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What should be the role of family and society in dealing with such soldiers? Discuss. (200 Words)

The New York Times

 

For Those Who Liked Old Pattern:

 

1) India’s information technology (IT) services industry has traditionally been dominated by exports – but, in the last couple of years, it is the domestic scene which has begun to matter. Examine the factors that have enabled this shift and also examine prospects of such shift. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

2) “Even before concrete work begins on the government’s ambitious smart-city project, there seems to be increasing concern over the initiative turning into an elitist concept.” Critically examine why such apprehension is expressed from some quarters. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

3) In recent months, the United States of America and South Africa are involved in a major trade dispute between them over the trade of chicken between them. Critically analyse the issue and examine what implications such similar  issues can have on India. (200 Words)

The New York Times

 

4) How effective has been United Nations Security Council in addressing some of pressing security challenges faced by raising extremism across the world? In the light of its mandate, critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

5) “There are at least five factors, which should make the ongoing sectarian war in Pakistan different from its earlier avatars, and more difficult to combat.” Discuss these factors and their possible implications on India – Pakistan relations. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

6) Some recent news reports reported that the rise in number of tigers in India was not greeted well in regions such as Sunderbans. Critically discuss why and examine the moral dimensions of concerns raised by inhabitants of these regions. (200 Words)

The Hindu 

 

7) “Renewables can and should play a greater role in our sustainable energy future, but we need proper accounting and specialised effort to understand their grid implications and scalability.” What do you understand by this statement in the context of India’s quest for energy security by enhancing energy production through renewable sources? Elaborate. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

8) Do you think the actions of a soldier committed during war time such as killing of terrorists, or collateral damage such as killing of innocent civilians is ethical? It is known fact that many soldiers who return from war suffer from  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What should be the role of family and society in dealing with such soldiers? Discuss. (200 Words)

The New York Times