QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 21 September 2018

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 21 September 2018 QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz The following quiz will have 5-10 MCQs. The questions are mainly framed from The Hindu and PIB news articles. This quiz is intended to introduce you to concepts and certain important facts relevant to UPSC IAS civil services preliminary …

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 21 September 2018

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 21 September 2018   Paper 1: Topic: Issues related to women.   Portals to strengthen Women Safety launched   What to study? For Prelims: Key features of portals launched. For Mains: Issues and challenges involved in women safety.   Context: The government has launched two portals to strengthen Women Safety: Cyber …

Insights into Editorial: Ten years on, in uncharted waters

Insights into Editorial: Ten years on, in uncharted waters     Introduction: It was “Lehman Weekend”. The moment in September 2008 when the 150-year-old investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, precipitating the worst global economic crisis since the 1930s. The East Asian crisis of 1997 caused a rethink on full capital account convertibility and fixed exchange …

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 21 SEPTEMBER 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  LIST of TOPICS (Static) General Studies – 1 Topic – Part of static series under the heading – “Islands” 1) Explain the origin of the …

Epimetheus was particularly proficient at recognizing music, advertisements and human voices. Unlike previous apps using dynamic sound identification, Epimetheus was also adept at picking up subtle auditory signals and sorting through environmental noise in order to accurately identify natural phenomena, such as the changing tides. This functionality was meant to benefit scientific researchers who could employ Epimetheus as a tool to track ecological change in remote locations. It also proved popular among students and casual hobbyists who enjoyed the app’s educative and informative capabilities. In addition to identifying sounds with a high degree of accuracy, Epimetheus incorporated a machine learning algorithm that adapts to new inputs and provides users with useful information about the sounds being processed. For example, the app might identify personal information about those speaking, links to websites selling a product being advertised on television, encyclopedic entries about bird calls in the wild and other relevant resources. One company, Cronus Corp., was especially impressed by these demos, and was eager to acquire Epimetheus and incorporate its sensing technology, databases and information provisions into its own products. You are the Head Ethics Officer of Cronus Corp. What questions will you have regarding such a deal. What do you think are the possible issues involved here. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic– Part of series on Ethics Case studies. 7) Epimetheus was particularly proficient at recognizing music, advertisements and human voices. Unlike previous apps using dynamic sound identification, Epimetheus was also adept at picking up subtle auditory signals and sorting through environmental noise in order to accurately identify natural phenomena, such as the changing tides. This …

6) Critically examine the factors that led to the  recent devastating floods across different cities of India.(250 words)

Topic– Disaster and disaster management. 6) Critically examine the factors that led to the  recent devastating floods across different cities of India.(250 words) The hindu Why this question Floods have become a more common phenomenon in the wake of the climate change and unorganised urban development has worsened the situation. In this light it is …

5) With its loose language and ambiguous words, the UAPA creates a climate in which the focus shifts from individuals and crimes to groups and ideologies. Critically analyze.(250 words) 

Topic– Linkages between development and spread of extremism. 5) With its loose language and ambiguous words, the UAPA creates a climate in which the focus shifts from individuals and crimes to groups and ideologies. Critically analyze.(250 words)  The hindu Reference Why this question UAPA has been severely criticized for its draconian provisions, which have been …

4) The debate on data localisation must not be reduced to a simple binary of whether data localisation is good or bad. Comment.(250 words)

Topic-Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. 4) The debate on data localisation must not be reduced to a simple binary of whether data localisation is good or bad. Comment.(250 words) The hindu Why this question There have been talks and some policy suggestions …

3) What are NRI bonds? Examine how they can help in arresting the slide of rupee against dollar?(250 words)

Topic– Indian economy : Issues 3) What are NRI bonds? Examine how they can help in arresting the slide of rupee against dollar?(250 words) The hindu Why this question The slide of rupee against dollar is leading to several economic issues, and intellectuals on one hand have talked how this is rupee correcting itself, and …

2) With two out of five children in the country stunted, India needs to direct focus on this problem. Discuss how POSHAN attempts to tackle the problem malnutrition in India? (250 words)

Topic – Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health 2) With two out of five children in the country stunted, India needs to direct focus on this problem. Discuss how POSHAN attempts to tackle the problem malnutrition in India? (250 words) Indian express Why this question The article directs focus …

1) Explain the origin of the two major islands of India and highlight their salient features?(250 words)

Topic – Part of static series under the heading – “Islands” 1) Explain the origin of the two major islands of India and highlight their salient features?(250 words) NCERT India Physical geography pg 18 Key demand of the question The question expects us to bring out how the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep islands …

Rajya Sabha TV In Depth Age of Democracy

Rajya Sabha TV In Depth Age of Democracy (TOPIC COVERED: GENERAL STUDIES II – GOVERNANCE, CONSTITUTION, POLITY) Democracy is a form of government in which power ultimately comes from the people who are governed, either through direct voting or through elected representatives. To protect the ideas of democracy worldwide and promote its principles, the International …