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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 05 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 05 April  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicFeatures of Indian society

1) A spate of murders and dishonourable crimes in the name of ‘honour’ whether of a family or caste or community have been reported in the recent past and are continuing to be reported (NCW).  Why this practice persists? What laws exist to prevent such incidences and punish individuals involved in such crimes? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Functioning of judiciary

2) It is argued that Indian criminal justice system needs urgent reforms owing to its ineffectiveness and inefficiency. Briefly discuss how this system compares with justice system in other countries such as USA, UK and Australia, and examine what measures are mooted to reform criminal justice system in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

3) Comment on recent developments in the relationship between India and Saudi Arabia. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express

Topic: Powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

4) It is said that Panchayat and municipal corporation elections are not as free and fair as those conducted by the Election Commission of India. Examine why and suggest how these elections can be made free and fair. (200 Words)


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

5) In recent years, India is trying to overcome its defensive foreign policy stance and position itself as future global power. In your opinion, what challenges – especially at foreign policy level – should India overcome to become global superpower? Discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Latest developments in technology

6) Write a note on the medical and environmental applications of 3D printing technology. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;


7) A captured man-eater tiger was captured and kept in a zoo. The tiger which was famous among visitors, was shown exemplary sympathy and based on court order, was re-released to the wild. The tiger had eaten three humans in the past. Wildlife experts opine that the tiger is not a typical man-eater – which are usually frail and old. It is a healthy tiger capable of hunting wild prey and now has got taste of humans.

Some say that it is morally and ethically wrong to release such dangerous animals into forests. Some argue that it is ethical to release them to forests.

a) Discuss what arguments on the basis of ethicality can be made both in favour and against such a move.

b) If you were the final authority to decide if the tiger would stay in zoo or released into forest, what would be your decision? Justify.

The Hindu