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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 23 June 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 23 June 2015

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23 June  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) Critically discuss the problem of childhood lead poisoning in Indian cities, its causes, consequences and remedies. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicPoverty and Developmental issues.

2) Since 2001, illicit hooch has killed over 700 people across India in 18 recorded incidents. Critically examine the causes of these deaths, repetition of these incidents and measures required to stop them. Do you think complete prohibition of sale and consumption of alcohol can be a solution? Substantiate. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

3) What do you understand by ‘soft power’ – often referred to India? Critically examine the potential and limits of ‘soft power’ status. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

4) It is argued that, in the light of recent publication of series of defence white papers by China, India should also publish its own white paper on its foreign policy. Critically examine why. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3

Topic: Basics of cyber security

5) ‘Cyberspace desperately needs an international legal regime, and India is well poised to offer a “zero draft” — diplomatic jargon for the starting text of any negotiation — that acknowledges both its burgeoning digital economy and its constitutional commitment to free speech and expression.” In the light of the statement, critically comment on the existing laws that govern and address cyberspace issues, and examine what role can India play in cyberspace governance. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Basics of cyber security

6) Do you think the Information Technology Act 2000 is well positioned to address the threats of cyberwarfare and other threats emanating from the cyberspace? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicScience and Technology- developments; Environmental pollution

7) Write  a critical note on each of the following in about 100 words:

a) Teraethyl Lead (TEL)

b) Biopurification

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Ethical issues in international relations; 

8) Critically comment on the methodology used by the Institute for Economics and Peace to prepare the annual Global Peace Index (GPI) report. In your opinion what does peace mean to you? Comment. (200 Words)