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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 24 October 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 24 October  2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicArt and culture

1) Write a short note on the art form of Kaniyan Koothu (150 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

2) The promulgation of the new Constitution leaves half of Nepal in tumultuous protest, with large sections of the population feeling it is not inclusive and has not taken on board their concerns. Examine why. (200 Words)


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

3) Write a note on cultural links between India and Japan, and its importance in their relationship. (200 Words)


Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests

4) With reference to recent joint statement by USA and Pakistan, critically comment on concerns expressed by India on the impact of this joint statement on its strategic interests. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Awareness in Space; Achievements of Indians in science & technology

5) Can the Hubble Telescope be compared to India’s Astrosat? Examine. (200 Words)



Topic: Conservation

6) Discuss the findings of the Indian State of Forest Report 2013 recently released by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) under the Ministry of Environment and Forests. (200 Words)



Topic: Conservation

7) With suitable examples critically discuss the role of indigenous communities in protecting and sustaining forests. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance

8) According to a 2013 study by the scientist Rick Heede, nearly two-thirds of carbon dioxide emitted since the 1750s can be traced to just 90 of the largest fossil fuel and cement-producing entities, most of which still operate. Fifty are investor-owned companies, including ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Peabody Energy; 31 are state-owned companies, such as Saudi Aramco and Norway’s Statoil; and nine are states such as Saudi Arabia and China. (Livemint)

These entities, while making huge profits, they also provide much needed energy to the world.

Do you think these entities are making profits unethically? What are the consequences of their profiteering actions? Should they be punished and held responsible for the consequences of their actions? If yes, how should they be punished? Critically comment. (300 Words)