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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 25 October 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 25 October  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization, their problems and their remedies

1) The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (referred as “Habitat III”) held in Quito, Ecuador, has come up with a “New Urban Agenda”. Discuss why is this significant for India. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

2) In the light of increasing Chinese economic, political and cultural investments in Myanmar, how should India strengthen its relationship with Myanmar? Critically analyse.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

3) Several groups in Assam have been protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Critically examine reasons behind protests. Do you think these protests are valid? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations. 

4) China has tapped into anti-American sentiments in Asia to develop alternatives to US-led institutions in the region. Is it good for the region? Should India be worried? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: Basics of cyber security

5) In the light of recent bank data theft, how should banks and governments work together to strengthen cyber security to prevent such data thefts? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Economics of animal rearing; S&T

6) Several subtypes and strains of avian influenza viruses are now found around the world, some of them capable of causing death among humans and others inflicting serious losses on poultry farmers. Why is India more vulnerable to bird flu and what measures government has taken to prevent outbreak of this disease? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate; Linkages between development and spread of extremism. 

7) To control crowds, the police in most countries use weapons that are termed “non-lethal” but have proved lethal in many cases. In this light, what should be done to control violent mobs in regions like Kashmir Valley? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Political attitude; Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government 

8) Just like shareholders are demanding greater clarity on issues ranging from succession to the management of wealth and the distribution of profits in family-run companies, should voter be given right to know or decide how a family-run political party functions? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Indian Express