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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 28 October 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 28 October  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: World history

1) It is said that the present difficulties Pakistan is facing are the outcomes of its involvement in Cold War. Do you agree? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

Livemint

Reference – Brookings

 

General Studies – 2

 

TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

2) Why is there a strong case for Africa and India to become permanent members of UNSC? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

General Studies – 3

Topic: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country,

3) What are the conditions required for growing tobacco? Critically comment on challenges faced by tobacco farmers in India and government’s response to them. (200 Words)

Business Standard

The Hindu

 

Topic:  Agricultural issues – Green revolution, subsidies, etc

4) “From the breadbasket of India, Punjab has become a basket-case economy. The expected progression of Punjab from agricultural economy to industrial powerhouse to service-sector leader never took place.” Critically examine why. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

Topic: Indian economy – growth and employment

5) Can start-ups ensure sustainable job growth in India? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

TopicMajor crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country

6) What long-term, structural approaches are needed to the problem of regularly recurring spikes in one of the country’s most important sources of protein i.e. pulses? Examine. (150 Words)

Business Standard

Livemint

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in public life; Empathy towards weaker sections

7) You are working as Panchayat Development officer in a gram panchayat. Your work involves proper implementation of government schemes at local level. One day a very old lady comes to you and tell you that her hut has been completely destroyed due to heavy rain and she has no place to sleep. She tells you that she is treated as outcast by villagers for many years and nobody is coming forward to help. She requests you to grant her home under any of government’s schemes. You are not authorized to do so unless a proper gram sabha is held to choose beneficiaries.  Moreover villagers are opposed to any help to old lady.

In this situation, what will you do? Discuss. (200 Words)

General