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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 April 2015

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08 April 2015

 

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General Studies – 1;

 

Topic:  urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1) Recently, the National Green Tribunal banned all diesel vehicles over ten years old from plying in Delhi and the National Capital Region. Examine why only diesel vehicles are banned but not petrol ones. (150 Words)

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Topicurbanization, their problems and their remedies.

2) India recently launched National Air Quality Index to provide real time data on air quality in some of India’s bigger cities. Write a critical note on this policy initiative and examine if anything more needs to be done to tackle air pollution in Indian cities. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

3) It is alleged that, India, which is home to largest number of leprosy patients in the world has discriminatory policies against these patients. Critically examine. (200 Words)

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Topic: transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures; Paper – 4; Right to Information

4) Should intelligence agencies provide information to the public under the Right to Information Act? Substantiate. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 3

 

Topic: Indian Economy – issues

5) Why many economists advocate increasing the use of plastic money in India? Examine its advantages and disadvantages. (200 Words)

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TopicSecurity challenges and their management in border areas;

6) In your opinion, how has India fared in countering infiltration and cross-border terror? Critically comment. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 4

Topic:  ethics in private and public relationships; role of family in inculcating values

7) Raman cleared UPSC civil services exam in his very first attempt and secured second rank. He was a son of poor landless labourer.His parents lived in a hut in their village. He got posting in his home state. He was given government bungalow and car. He married a beautiful, well educated daughter of a rich politician.  Raman now wanted to bring his parents to his bungalow and make them live with him. But his wife did not like this. She told him bluntly that he should choose between her and his parents to live in his bungalow.  She told him that she was not comfortable with the idea of his parents living with them in the same house. She told him that she needed privacy. He yielded to her threats and did not bring his parents to live with him. It was one of his dreams to make his parents happy, live with them and take care of them in their old age.  However, he made arrangements in his village so that his parents could live in a better house with good amenities.

a) Do you think what Raman did was correct? Justify giving suitable reasons. (150 Words)

b) Do you think Raman’s wife was right in expressing her opinion boldly and opposing Raman’s proposition to bring his parents to live with him? Justify giving suitable reasons. (100 Words)

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