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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 December 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 December  2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicUrbanisation – problems and remedies

1) Write a critical note on the importance of public transport as an instrument to fight pollution in Indian cities. (150 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

Topic: Urbanisation – problems and remedies

2) “The Indian state is failing miserably in managing its metamorphosis from a largely rural country into an urbanising liberal democracy.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;

3) Critically analyse the implications of right to free and compulsory education act (RTE) on private schools and beneficiary children. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Forbes

Livemint

 

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

4) With the lifting of Western sanctions, hydrocarbon-rich Iran is positive on finalising an agreement with India for setting up a $4.5-billion undersea gas pipeline. Examine how this deal would benefit both countries. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 3

Topic: Infrastructure – transport

5) Inland waterways in India makes up a paltry 3% of the total transport, compared with China’s 47%.  Examine the potential and importance of inland waterways sector in India and measures needed to increase their length. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express

 

Topic: Infrastructure – energy

6) A recent report says that solar power prices are now within 15 per cent of thermal power, and by 2020, the prices will be approximately 10 per cent lower. Examine the factors that have contributed to lowering of solar power prices and its implications for Indian economy. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

TopicEconomics of animal rearing

7) Unabated shrinkage of grazing lands and rapid deterioration in their vegetative cover have adversely affected livelihood of small and marginal farmers and landless people. Examine the causes,  implications and what government can do to address this problem. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic: Investment models

8) Governments use a variety of public procurement methods. Few of them include LCM (least cost method), QCBS (quality and cost-based selection), viability gap, reverse e-auctions, and hybrid annuity. Analyse each of them and examine how different is Swiss Challenge method compared to these methods. (300 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic:Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

9) Write a note on the teachings of any two moral thinkers from India and relevance of their teaching today. (200 Words)

General