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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 September 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 September  2015

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04 September  2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicDistribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent)

1) Explain the process of formation of crude oil and natural gas. Examine why there is so much oil in Middle East but less in India. (200 Words)

BBC

The Hindu

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General Studies – 2

Topic: Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries 

2) Critically examine and compare how affirmative actions in India and USA have the backing of their respective Constitutions. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

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

3) Do you think G – 20 is an effective forum to address India’s concerns on various issues affecting its interests and security? Analyse. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Reference

 

 

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

4) Write a critical note on Bhutan’s Gross Happiness Index and its importance for country’s economy and environment. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

General Studies – 3

Topic: Prevention of Money  Laundering

5) The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team on black money has come out with a slew of recommendations to curb various ways of money laundering. Critically comment on some of these recommendations. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic: Government Budgeting.

6) Few economists urged the Union government to use the timely abolition of the Planning Commission to execute urgent reforms in India’s fiscal budgeting process by introducing medium-term fiscal budgeting. In the light of concerns raised against India’s budgetary process, critically examine why this suggestion is made. (150 Words)

Business Standard

 

 

General Studies – 4

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators

7) Do you think religions can play an effective role in establishing peace and ending violence in conflict regions? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic:  ethics in private and public relationships

8) You are working as district collector. Your wife, who is a housewife,  is angry that you spend more time with the public and in office doing government work rather than spending time with her. She is also not happy with the fact that you are not even talking to children these days because of your busy work schedule. She is sometimes supportive of you. But sometimes she keeps asking you why you married her when all you wanted was serving the public 24×7. Her parents are worried too. Even though you want to spend time with your family, work pressure is not allowing you to do this. Recently she even proposed that she would divorce you rather than living a lonely life.

Your friend is suggesting that you should divorce your wife and marry a girl who is also into civil services.

How will you manage this situation? If a situation arises where you have to give more importance to public service and not to family, what will you choose and why? In the light of this case study, justify. (200 Words)