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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 28 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 28 April  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies 

1) Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB has found that apart from India’s large metro cities, 41 tier-II cities also are facing high air and water pollution. Examine the magnitude of the problem and effectiveness of measures taken by the government to address pollution problem in these cities. (200 Words)


Topic: Role of women; Salient features of Indian society

2) Why women fare badly on nutritional health indicators in India when an average girl child aged less than 5 years is healthier than her male peers? Explain the causes of these gender gaps in nutritional status and significance of these causes. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

3) The formation of three small States in 2000, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand nourished hopes that democracy would be deepened. Do you think democracy has deepened in these states and these states have fulfilled the objectives behind their formation? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

4) Five years ago, the Planning Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage had recommended moving a Bill requiring doctors to prescribe generic medicines in place of costly, branded ones. Should such Bill be moved? Examine the merits and demerits. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Functions of Judiciary

5) The Supreme Court of India was meant to be a Constitutional Court, and this function has impaired thank to various problems faced by it. Analyse these problems and possible solutions. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

TopicInfrastructure – Railways

6) The government of India recently decided to build a high-speed rail (HSR) corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad at a cost of Rs 97,636 crore with Japanese financial and technical assistance.  Does India need projects such as this at such a high cost? Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 4

Topic:Corporate governance; Accountability and ethical governance

7) In India, certain spiritual gurus are running big businesses which are directly competing with established multinational brands. What are the ethical and governance related issues involved in such businesses? Critically examine. (150 Words)

Business Standard