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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 April  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. 

1) How can irrigation methods help fight drought as both short term and long term measures? Eamine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

TopicStructure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary

2) “The settling of disputes is central to the duties of a well-governed state and to the prospects of economic growth; India’s sclerotic and dilatory judicial process is not just unjust, but a severe impediment to any other efforts to raise India out of poverty.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

The Hindu

Topic: Poverty and Hunger

3) Recently few experts have suggested that the Tendulkar Committee’s report should be accepted for poverty estimation but socio-economic indicators should be used to determine entitlement for benefits. Do you see merit in this suggestion? Examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The Indian Express


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

4) India became the 76th member to ratify the trade facilitation agreement (TFA) of the World Trade Organization. Do you think this will benefit India? Critically examine. (200 Words)



TopicFunctions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure

5) The Union government has mooted the idea of a Centre-State investment agreement to be signed between the Centre and various State governments to ensure effective implementation of BITs or bilateral investment treaties. Examine what this means to cooperative federalism and Centre’s obligations under international law. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

TopicAwareness in IT

6) Discuss the issue of the European Union’s (EU) tussle with tech giant Google and other issues this tussle has given rise to. (200 Words)


The Guardian

Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

7) What do you understand by tri-service command? Defence experts have been arguing that India would benefit from tri-service theatre commanders who report directly to the political leadership, as in the US. Discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in governance

8) In what ways lack of ethics in governance damage country? Illustrate with examples. (150 Words)

Business Standard