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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Role of women; Social empowerment

1) In India violence against women in various forms has continued unabated. What are the economic costs of violence against women? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Livemint


General Studies – 2


Topic:Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, 

2) In your opinion, what does autonomy for the RBI entail? In the light of doubts expressed on its autonomy in the wake of demonetization decision, critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

3) In your opinion, how should Trump try to resolve Afghanistan problem? In the light of an assessment of Obama’s  Afghanistan policy, discuss critically. Also discuss what role could India play in Afghanistan during Trump Presidency. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Livemint

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

4) What is an orphan drug? It is said that there is a need for a nationwide policy on the treatment of rare diseases that incentivizes the development of orphan drugs. Elaborate. (200 Words)

Livemint

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability,

5) Critically examine various views of the Supreme Court on the precondition of “sanction” for prosecution of a public servant under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988. Also comment how these views have impacted fight against corruption among public servants. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


Topic: Resource mobilization

6) The Goods and Services Tax Council has made some breakthroughs on outstanding negotiables that were holding up the introduction of the indirect tax regime. What are these breakthroughs? Discuss their significance. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

7) A flurry of videos has emerged in the social media in recent days showing jawans of both the paramilitary forces and the Army complaining against a host of issues from diet to colonial-era practices. Analyse these issues. Also comment critically how these complaining jawans should be treated by the military and government. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

Topic:  Environmental pollution and degradation

8) The union Environment Ministry last week notified a ‘Graded Response Action Plan’ against air pollution for Delhi and the National Capital Region. Discuss the feasibility of this Plan. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 4


Topic: Ethics in human actions

9) The US President Obama has decided to commute sentences of a person who had leaked sensitive national security information to Wikileaks. Critically examine what impact does pardon, clemency or commutation of sentences will have on convicted individuals? Also justify whether these actions are ethical or not. (150 Words)

NYTimes

NYTimes