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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 April 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 April 2015

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27 April 2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment; Salient features of Indian society

1) “The Shah Bano case was a milestone in the Muslim women’s search for justice and the beginning of the political battle over personal law.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

2) A new study says that five billion people globally do not have access to safe, affordable surgery and anaesthesia when they need them. Examine the reasons and suggest what union and state governments can do to address this issue in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic; Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

3) Compared to India’s relationship with US, Germany and France, its relationship with the European Union (EU) is said to be in doldrums. Critically examine why. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topicmechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections. 

4) “The Cabinet’s nod to amendments in the Juvenile Justice Bill would not only violate the basic principles of the Constitution, but also be in conflict with evidence-based social policy.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The HIndu

 

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations. 

5) Should India worry about recent geopolitical developments taking place in Afghanistan? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express

 

General Studies – 3

Topicenvironmental pollution and degradation

6) There are various arguments put forward against continuation of subsidies on fossil fuels in India. Critically examine the pros and cons of such subsidies and suggest if these subsidies should be continued or not. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

 

Topic:Effects of liberalization on the economy,

7) Critically analyse what impact did reforms of 1991 have on agriculture sector in India. Also examine, in your opinion,  which government policies have adversely affected this sector in recent years. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

TopicIndian economy – Growth and Development

8) Write down some of the limitations of using GDP as an index of welfare of a country. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XII, Introductory Macroeconomics, Chapter – 2

 

TopicIndian economy 

9) What are the instruments of monetary policy of RBI? How does RBI stabilize money supply against exogenous shocks? Examine. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XII, Introductory Macroeconomics, Chapter – 3

 

General Studies – 4

Topic:  Contribution of moral thinkers

10) “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.” ― Aristotle. Explain the meaning an significance of this statement, especially in the context of public administration. (150 Words)

General