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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 April 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 April 2017

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STATIC Syllabus Timetable

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) Examine how is global warming affecting Siachen and the nature of its dispute between India and Pakistan. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies 

2) In the light of failure of many solutions to tackle air pollution in Indian cities, suggest new solutions that are innovative and practical. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 

3) What are the differences between the Indian nationalism and Hindu nationalism? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic:  Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 

4) Briefly outline the structure and mandate of the European Union (EU), the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament. In the light of changing political landscape in Europe, examine what role should these institutions play to safeguard European unity and integrity. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

5) In the light of Kulbhushan Jadhav episode, critically comment how should India and Pakistan resolve this issue. Do you think India’s perception of Pakistan being weak and isolated state is correct? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these

6) What’s the difference between laws and rules? It is said that in India, rulemaking to implement laws suffers from certain problems. What are these problems? In the light of these problems, discuss if rulemaking process needs overhauling. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic:Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

7) In the light of reports of Army personnel using a young man as a human shield in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district, do you think such tactics would help army curb terrorism in the valley? Critically comment on use of such methods by armed forces either as defence or tactics in conflict zones. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration

8) “The case of Justice C.S. Karnan is no longer just strange or curious; it is disgraceful and intolerable.” What are the ethical issues involved in this case? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu