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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 21 October 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 21 October  2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicPoverty and Developmental Issues

1) Compare and analyse poverty estimation made by World Bank for Indian population with that of estimations made by various committees in India. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

General Studies – 2

Topic:  Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 

2) Critically discuss the effectiveness of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Act in stopping atrocities against SC & ST communities in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Livemint

PRS

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

3) Analyse India and Africa’s shared concerns on the issues of terrorism, piracy in ocean and climate change. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

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

4) “The geopolitical changes around Afghanistan coupled with the ongoing organisational struggles of the Taliban provide an opportunity for Russia, Iran and India to reassess their roles in Afghanistan.” Analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 3

Topic: PDS; Cash transfers

5) Will replacing PDS with direct cash transfers drastically reduce corruption and leakages in welfare programmes? What are the other implications? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

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

6) Examine, especially in the Indian context, why regulators around the world are finding it imperative to regulate sharing services such as taxi aggregators. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: environmental pollution

7) Write a critical note on bio-medical waste management in India and its impact on population health.(200 Words)

The Hindu

WHO

General Studies – 4

Topic:Tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections: Values in family

8) Recently your wife’s gold bangle was stolen from your bedroom. Apart from maid who daily works from morning to afternoon, only you, your wife and your 18 year old son live in your home. Your son is a school drop-out and goes to acting and dance classes to fulfill his ambition to become an actor. You suspect him of stealing the bangle, whereas your wife suspects maid even though she has been working in your home for past ten years. In your absence, your wife confronts the maid and accuses her of breaching trust. She asks her to give back the bangle and threatens to file police complaint against her. The maid pleads not guilty and says that she has not stolen anything in last ten years and she would never do such thing despite being very poor. From next day maid stops coming to your home. You find out that, as expected, your son had stolen the bangle to pay fee for a dance class. He had done after you had refused to pay his fees. Knowing this, your wife feels bad about the maid.  She tries to reach the maid, but later learns from another maid that she has left the town with her blind son. 

Which values are lacking in your family in the above case? Knowing that your son had stolen, what will you do now? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

General