NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex

Topics covered: Awareness in space.   NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex What to study? For Prelims and Mains: OSIRIS-Rex mission and facts on asteroid bennu.   Context: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has detected particle plumes ejecting off of the surface of asteroid Bennu. That makes Bennu an active asteroid that is regularly ejecting material into space, which is rare. …

Pulsars

Topics Covered: Awareness in space.   Pulsars   What to study? For prelims and Mains: Pulsars- meaning, features and characteristics.   Context: NASA has discovered a pulsar speeding through space. This pulsar is dubbed PSR J0002+6216 (J0002 for short) and sports a radio-emitting tail pointing directly towards the expanding debris of a recent supernova explosion. …

Real Estate Investment Trust

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Real Estate Investment Trust   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: REITs- what are they, significance, potential and concerns associated?   Context: The recent initial public offering (IPO) of India’s first Real Estate …

World Happiness Report

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger.   World Happiness Report   What to study? For Prelims: Highlights, key findings and significance of the report. For Mains: How is happiness related to governance, what needs to be done to …

International Air Transport Association

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   International Air Transport Association   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: IATA- composition, functions and functions.   Context: SpiceJet has announced its membership of global airlines’ grouping ‘International Air Transport Association’ (IATA). SpiceJet is the first Indian low-budget carrier to join the …

Worldwide Cost of Living 2019

Topics Covered: Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.   Worldwide Cost of Living 2019   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Highlights of the report, significance and performance of various countries.   Context: The Economist Intelligence Unit has released the report of the Worldwide Cost of …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 20 March 2019

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 20 March 2019 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 into Editorial: Down, but definitely not out: on future of the Islamic State

Insights into Editorial: Down, but definitely not out: on future of the Islamic State Context: About ISIS presence: The Islamic State, which at its peak controlled territories straddling the Iraq-Syria border of the size of Great Britain, is now fighting for half a square kilometre in eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish-led rebel …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 21 March 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 21 March 2019 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2019: YEARLONG TIMETABLE   Tomorrow’s Static Topic:  Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, …

7) “With bad laws and good civil servants, it’s still possible to govern, But with bad civil servants, even the best possible laws can’t help”. Do you approve of the view in the statement? elucidate(250 words)

Topic:   Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. 7) “With bad …

6) Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are critical to property market development in India , but face unique challenges. comment. (250 words)

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 6) Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are critical to property market development in India , but face unique challenges. comment. (250 words) Hindubuisnessline Why this question: The article highlights the fact that REITs have an important role to play in the …

5)  A recently published Lancet report stated that India’s goal to end the epidemic of Tuberculosis by 2025 is too ambitious and unrealistic.critically analyse. (250 words)

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 5)  A recently published Lancet report stated that India’s goal to end the epidemic of Tuberculosis by 2025 is too ambitious and unrealistic.critically analyse. (250 words) In TB reality check. Lancet report says Indian, global goals unrealistic  Mint e-paper front …

4) The frequency of tropical cyclones has decreased ever so slightly over the last 70 years in the Indian Ocean season and Instead, a much higher frequency of high-intensity storms are being witnessed, in the light of recent onset of Cyclone Idai discuss role of human-induced climate change in such events.(250 words)

Topic–   Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc./ Disaster and disaster management. 4) The frequency of tropical cyclones has decreased ever so slightly over the last 70 years in the Indian Ocean season and Instead, a much higher frequency of high-intensity storms are being witnessed, in the light of recent onset …

3) What do you understand by counter- urbanization? Discuss the factors responsible for counter-urbanization. (250 words)

Topic– Urbanization, their problems and their remedies. 3) What do you understand by counter- urbanization? Discuss the factors responsible for counter-urbanization. (250 words) Timesofindia Reference Why this question: Counter urbanization is a demographic and social process whereby people move from urban areas to rural areas. It first took place as a reaction to inner-city deprivation and …

2) Gender wage disparity in India is among the worst in the world. discuss the reasons and suggest solutions to this problem.(250 words)

Topic: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues. 2) Gender wage disparity in India is among the worst in the world. discuss the reasons and suggest solutions to this problem.(250 words) Reference Reference Why this question: The question is in the context of rising trends of Gender wage …

1) Polarization around religion and caste often drives voters’ choices in India. evaluate.(250 words)

Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 1) Polarization around religion and caste often drives voters’ choices in India. evaluate.(250 words) Livemint Why this question: Caste-based vote bank politics, rather than economic issues and social policy have determined India’s electoral choices. With Lok Sabha elections round the corner it is becomes necessary for us …