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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 12 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 12 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicArt and culture

1) “Cinema had become an integral part of the nation’s cultural identity.” Do you agree? If yes, what is the nature and influence of this cultural identity? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

2) Recently the Supreme Court asked Parliament to enact a separate law providing for harsh punishment to criminals raping infants and children below 10 years. Critically analyse if existing laws are not sufficient to stop crimes like this and there is a need for separate law. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

3) Why is it said that money bills have a special place in our Constitution? Do you think the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Bill, 2015 recently introduced in Lok Sabha fits the definition of money bill? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: Conservation & Environmental pollution

4) The union government is preparing legislation for involving riparian states for rejuvenating the Ganga river. What are the likely roadblocks this legislation might face? Is there a necessity of such a legislation? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic:Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security; Security challenges and their management in border areas

5) How can nations enhance the prevention of terrorist attacks in big cities and strategic bases worldwide? In the light of recent attacks on Paris, Pathankot and Peshawar, discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicEnvironmental pollution

6) Write  a note on the Saumitra Chaudhuri Committee report on Auto Fuel Vision and Policy 2025 and its significance. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethics in human actions; Corruption

7 ) One of the scientists working in the R&D laboratory of a major pharmaceutical company discovers that one of the company’s bestselling veterinary drugs has the potential to cure a currently incurable liver disease which is prevalent in tribal areas. However, developing a variant of the drug suitable for human being  entailed a lot of research and development having a huge expenditure to the extent of Rs. 50 crores. It was unlikely that company would recover the cost as the disease was rampant only in poverty stricken areas having very little market otherwise. (250 Words)

If you were the CEO, then;

(a) Identify the various actions that you could take

(b) Evaluate the pros and cons of each of your actions

CSM 2015