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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 01 May 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 01 May 2015

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01 May  2015

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General Studies – 1;

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

1) A recent study has analysed that the Climate change could drive to extinction as many as one in six animal and plant species. Critically examine how climate change would affect plants and animals. (200 Words)

The New York Times

 

TopicUrbanisation – problems and remedies

2) Rapid urbanization has brought urban water supply in India under increasing pressure. Critically discuss the magnitude of the problem, its causes and consequences. (200 Words)

Livemint

The Hindu

 

Topic:Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

3) The language problem was the most divisive issue in the first twenty years of independent India, and it created the apprehension among many that the political and cultural unity of the country was in danger. How was it overcome? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 7

 

(Macroeconomics Portion is Already Covered)

General Studies – 2

 

Topic: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

4) It is suggested that the Indian government, like the US, should consider permitting open and registered lobbying by interest groups and NGOs. In the light of recent controversy over funding and functioning of certain NGOs and action against them by the government, critically examine the merits and demerits of the said suggestion. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations;  regional groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

5) “If Pakistan joins other SAARC countries to sign the Motor Vehicles Agreement and fully implements the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit and Trade Agreement (APTTA) it signed in 2011, the subcontinent could see a revolution on the roads.” Elaborate and examine how this benefits India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy – resource mobilization -issues

6) Examine how public debt is managed in India. Examine the objectives of public debt management and the strategy followed to manage it. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

TopicIssues related to IPR

7) In its annual report on intellectual property right (IPR) laws and patent regimes of partner countries, the US Trade Representative (USTR) has again kept India on a ‘priority watch list’. What does it mean to India? Critically comment if concerns raised by US regarding India’s IPR laws are valid. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 

8) “It is insufficiently appreciated that India’s border tax arrangements undermine Indian manufacturing and the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Eliminating exemptions in the countervailing duties (CVD) levied on imports will address this problem.” Elaborate. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic:  Disaster management

9) You are working as District Collector in a remote district in one of India’s Northeastern states prone to frequent natural disasters. Recently a massive earthquake struck your district causing huge loss of property and lives. The situation is demanding urgent but careful relief measures to protect lives and offer humanitarian assistance to affected population. You are made incharge of relief work. How will you manage the situation? What will be your priorities? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 4

Topic: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions

10) You and your wife are traveling in a public bus. The bus is full. The conductor of the bus is making indecent gestures to a destitute girl  sitting alone in the last seat. From their conversation it appears that the girl hasn’t paid sufficient money to buy the bus ticket. The conductor is making an issue out of her helplessness. Emboldened by her silence, he starts making indecent comments against the girl and tries to touch her at inappropriate places. When an elderly person raises his voice against conductor’s behaviour, he is silenced by driver and cleaner. They argue that the girl has illegally boarded the bus and needs to be thrown out. They make indecent comments against the girl about her appearance and character. Many passengers nod in agreement. When you try to raise your voice against bus staff’s conduct, your wife pulls you down and asks you to sit silently. She tells you that the issue might get complicated and you might miss your next train if the issue gets out of control. You both get down at next stop to catch the train. Next day you read in a local daily that the poor girl was molested and thrown out of the bus. The girl died.

Critically comment on the conduct of your’s, your wife and co- passengers.  Explain, ideally, what should have been done by you in this situation. (200 Words)

The Hindu