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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 27 September 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 27 September  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Poverty and developmental issues

1) In its recent report, the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) has said that inequality is the fundamental reason for the sluggishness in world trade. Examine why. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

2) From 1995 to 2014, 999 suicides were reported inside Indian prisons. What measures should government, courts and other related institutions take to prevent deaths in prisons? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3) Critically discuss various concerns expressed on the initiatives of the Central Monitoring System (CMS), the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) and possible usage of Aadhaar data in NATGRID. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

4) “If concurrent Lok Sabha and Assembly elections were to be a reality, it would go against the political diversity essential for addressing the social diversity of India.” Elaborate. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

5) In the light of recent GST Council meeting, critically examine if GST is going to be good for cooperative federalism or not. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic; Conservation, Environmental pollution

6) Recently India agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change. Once India ratifies the Agreement, what challenges does India face in implementing this Agreement and how should it go about it? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Prevention of money laundering

7) What do you understand by double non-taxation? Looking at how various jurisdictions have sought to prevent or punish instances of tax  avoidance, do you think big companies are given unfair advantages by these jurisdictions? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

TopicChallenges of corruption

8) In recent months, instances of corruption in banking sector are being unearthed by investigation agencies across India. In your opinion, despite good pay and incentives, what prompts these bankers to indulge in corruption? How do they involve in corruption despite strict regulation in place unlike in civil services? Critically examine. (200 Words)