6) It is said that among the four verticals in the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All (Urban) (PMAY-HFA[U])scheme, the credit linked subsidy scheme (CLSS) has some important features that make it stand out. In the light of recent modifications made to this vertical, discuss critically.

Topic:  Infrastructure 6) It is said that among the four verticals in the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All (Urban) (PMAY-HFA[U])scheme, the credit linked subsidy scheme (CLSS) has some important features that make it stand out. In the light of recent modifications made to this vertical, discuss critically. (250 Words) EPW

5) In the light of their promises and pitfalls, critically evaluate performance of the  Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (during kharif 2016) and Weather-based Crop Insurance Scheme (kharif 2007–kharif 2014). Also suggest way forward for these schemes

Topic:  Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; 5) In the light of their promises and pitfalls, critically evaluate performance of the  Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (during kharif 2016) and Weather-based Crop Insurance Scheme (kharif 2007–kharif 2014). Also suggest way forward for these …

4) Recently, Russia has positioned itself as a key player in the Middle East’s affairs. What implications will it have on the region? Also examine how will it affect India’s interests in the region.

Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.  4) Recently, Russia has positioned itself as a key player in the Middle East’s affairs. What implications will it have on the region? Also examine how will it affect India’s interests in the region. (250 Words) EPW

3) The proposal of a National Exit Test (NEXT) as an exit examination for MBBS graduates to ensure a minimum quality standard is desirable in a country with large gaps in healthcare. Do you think in its current form NEXT serves as a panacea to the lack of standardised medical graduate output in the country? Critically examine.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, 3) The proposal of a National Exit Test (NEXT) as an exit examination for MBBS graduates to ensure a minimum quality standard is desirable in a country with large gaps in healthcare. Do you think in its current form NEXT serves as a …

2) Why should developing countries persist for a permanent solution to the problem of whether to allow public stockholding of food stocks for food security purposes in the World Trade Organization? Also discuss the current provisions on public stockholding and their limitations.

Topic:   Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests  2) Why should developing countries persist for a permanent solution to the problem of whether to allow public stockholding of food stocks for food security purposes in the World Trade Organization? Also discuss the current provisions on public stockholding and their limitations. …

1) What is the intensity and level of domestic tourism in rural and urban India? What are the key reasons for households’ domestic tourism trips? What can we understand from domestic tourism patterns in India?  Examine.

Topic: Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues; Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India) 1) What is the intensity and level of domestic tourism in rural and urban India? What are the key reasons for households’ domestic tourism trips? What …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 05 JANUARY 2018

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AIR spotlight summary on “Electoral Bond”.

AIR spotlight summary on “Electoral Bond”.   Introduction Funding of political parties has always been on suspicion or controversy. The government has come out with Electoral Bonds for funding of political parties. The government unveiled the fine print of the electoral bonds scheme.  As per the notification, the electoral bonds will be a bearer instrument …

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 05 January 2018

  Insights Daily Current Affairs, 05 January 2018     GS Paper 1: Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.   Jal Mahotsav   Context: India’s biggest water carnival through ‘Jal Mahotsav’ is organised every year in Hanuwantiya Island in Madhya Pradesh. The …

All India Radio News Summary: 04 JANUARY 2018

All India Radio News Summary: 04 JANUARY 2018 Prime Minister of India and Russian President reiterate their commitment to strengthen Indo-Russia strategic ties. Prime Minister and Russian President have vowed to strengthen Indo-Russia strategic ties. During a telephone conversation, the two leaders discussed the intensification of bilateral relations between India and Russia and their cooperation …

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 05 January 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 05 January 2018 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers.  Wish You ALL Insightians Very Happy New Year . We Hope You will Write More Answers this Year and SECURE Your Ticket to Success! General Studies – 1   Topic:   Salient features of world’s physical geography. …

ETHICS CASE STUDY: Evaluate the merits and demerits of the options you have in this situation.  Justify with valid reasons which course of action you would finally follow. 

Topic:   Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; 7) You are working as Superintendent of Police in a communally sensitive region which is also a commercial hub. You get a complaint that a holy site belonging to a minority religion is desecrated and it has resulted in violence. You know that if the …

6) The social media platforms such as twitter are increasingly polarising the world and their claim of being neutral facilitators of online communication is dubious. Comment.

Topic:  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges 6) The social media platforms such as twitter are increasingly polarising the world and their claim of being neutral facilitators of online communication is dubious. Comment. (250 Words) The Hindu

3) What are the areas of concern in the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill? Are the provisions of this Bill consistent with the observations made by the Supreme Court on Triple Talaq? Critically examine.

Topic:  Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 3) What are the areas of concern in the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill? Are the provisions of this Bill consistent with the observations made by the Supreme Court on Triple Talaq? Critically examine. (250 Words) …