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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 13 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 13 April  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicSalient features of Indian Society;

1) One of the key strategies of the racist, discriminating communities is to make us believe that discrimination is natural, that it is part of nature, and that you have to accept it. This applies to India where caste-based discrimination is made to believe as crude reality that one has to live with.  In your opinion, how this notion can be deconstructed? How India can be made caste-free society? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

TopicThe Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. 

2) Why was the Komagatu Maru tragedy a significant event in India’s fight against colonialism? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

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

3) Recently, India and USA announced an in principle agreement to conclude a logistics exchange memorandum of agreement (LEMOA). Discuss the significance of this agreement and also throw light on importance of ongoing defence talks for India. (200 Words)

Business Standard

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The Indian Express

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

4) Why is securing its interests in Indian Ocean important for India? How can India make use of its strategic advantage in Indian Ocean to counter possible threats by the rise of China? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

5) In India as the number of elite institutions such as IITs and IIMs has increased, the budgetary requirements for supporting them is proving to be a challenge. Why do these institutions need more funds? What alternative ways are there to fund these institutions? Examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

TopicImportant International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate; Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

6) Recently, the World Health Organization made a strong argument for greater investment in mental health services in countries of all income levels. Examine why. (200 Words)

Livemint


General Studies – 3

Topic: Conservation

7) Despite increase in their numbers, it is said that in future tigers will face many threats to their existence. What measures need to be taken by India and other countries to preserve tigers and other endangered species? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Awareness in S&T

8) Why is potassium chlorate banned for use in fireworks? Also examine why it’s called beautiful, but dangerous. (150 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:Right to information;Information sharing and transparency in government

9) Is it ethical to protect whistleblowers? Justify. (150 Words)

SCU