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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 August 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 August  2016

Archives – Secure 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) Recently, a committee of experts, appointed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to assess the damage caused to the Yamuna floodplain in Delhi where the World Culture Festival was held, has found that the event has extensively damaged Yamuna floodplain. Critically examine how such religious or spiritual congregations affect ecology of regions where such events are held. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2

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

2) Critically analyse competitive and cooperative components of the relationship between India and China, and the way these components are being managed by both the countries. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary

3) Recently, the Chief Justice of India publicly complained over executive delay in clearing judicial appointments. Critically examine how the executive has tried to stifle judiciary in various ways since independence. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic Infrastructure; Investments; Security issues; Industrial policy

4) Discuss the role of private players in meeting India’s defence needs and strengthening its new geostrategic goals. (200 Words)



TopicAchievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology

5) Write a note on the objectives and significance of NAVIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation). (200 Words)



Topic: Environmental pollution

6) “Cleaner technologies with the potential to improve air quality are available, but policymakers tend to focus on the costs of action, rather than the costs of inaction.” Discuss. (200 Words)



Topic: Employment; Effects of liberalization

7) It is reported that the economic reforms in India have produced too many unemployable engineers and too less doctors. Analyse the causes and implications. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in international relations;

8) Is it morally right for India to support and extend help to Baloch freedom struggle? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu