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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 03 November 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 03 November  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Communalism; Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 

1) Why did Rabindranath Tagore return his knighthood in 1919 and how did the British react to this? Is there any correlation between this incident with present trend of prominent writers returning awards in India in response to rising tide of intolerance and government’s role in it. Critically examine. (150 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

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

2) Why does India consider it is important to get the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), MTCR (Missile Technology Control Regime), Australian and Wassenaar Arrangements? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests

3) Critically analyse US’s policy towards China in recent years and its possible impact on India. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests

4) Critically comment on US’s policy on Pakistan and its impact on India. (200 Words)

Livemint

General Studies – 3

Topic: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.  

5) It is argued that Social entrepreneurs are a key stakeholder segment to engage in delivering basic services and opportunities efficiently and effectively to the underserved in India and help in inclusive growth. Examine why such an argument is made. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: Energy; S&T

6) It is said that the critical shortage of fissile material is the single greatest factor that is preventing the large-scale deployment of thorium-fuelled reactors in India. Discuss advantages of thorium based reactors, why they need fissile material, challenges that India faces in procuring this material and measures needed to overcome these challenges. (250 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 

7) You are posted as CEO of Zilla Panchayat. Your district has only 50% adult literacy rate. It is well below national average and is considered extremely backward. You are asked by Chief Minister to personally take interest in this regard and help the district improve its literacy rate.

What measures will you take? Suggest innovative ideas. (200 Words)

The Hindu