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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 October 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 October  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:History of the world will include events from 18th century; Redrawal of boundaries

1) Critically comment on the events that led to Iraq War in 2003 and its consequences. (200 Words)

Business Standard

NYT

General Studies – 2

Topic: Fundamental rights; Laws for protection of weaker sections

2) What are the arguments made for and against castration as an additional form of punishment for rapists and child sex abusers? What is your opinion? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 3

Topic: Conservation; Economic growth

3) Analyse the relationship between corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability and corporate philanthropy. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: Conservation

4) In its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDCs), announced last month ahead of the 12th Climate Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) made a commitment to create an additional forest cover to hold 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2030.  How does it seek to achieve this target? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Indigenization of technology and developing new technology

5) After five decades of chasing the goal of indigenous production of defence equipment, more than 70 per cent of the defence equipment our forces use are produced abroad. Why do you think government has failed in this regard? What needs to be done? Discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethical issues in international relations

6) The drone killing systems, that are in operation in Afghanistan and some parts of other conflict zones,  exist in an ideological belief system where the rhetoric of precision technology helps justify the violence of the state.

Do you think because drone killing systems are better than full scale wars, hence they are ethical? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemma in public and private institutions

7) You are working as Principal in an engineering college. You are known for strict discipline. Few in college management are not happy with the way you are bringing various reforms.  Few senior professors are trying for the post of Principal by spreading false rumours against you. Your son was recently caught red-handed while cheating in engineering entrance examination. A case was filed against him and he was debarred from taking any entrance exam for next 3 years. No engineering college was ready to admit him even under management quota because of case against him. Your wife requests you to talk to your college management and admit your son to any branch. The college management refuses saying that if media or rivals come to know about this, the college would get a bad name. However, the management which was looking for ways to remove you suggests that they would give admission to your son if you resign as Principal of the college.

What will you do in this situation? Justify. (200 Words)

General