UN Arms Trade Treaty

Topic covered:           Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.   UN Arms Trade Treaty   What to study? For prelims: key features of the treaty. For mains: significance of the treaty, implications of withdrawal by the US.   Context: US President Donald Trump has …

Ombudsman Scheme for Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)

Topic covered:           Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability.   Ombudsman Scheme for Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)   What to study? For prelims and mains: key features, need and significance of the scheme.   Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the coverage of Ombudsman Scheme for Non-Banking …

Khasi ‘kingdoms’ to revisit 1947 agreements

Topic covered:           Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.   Khasi ‘kingdoms’ to revisit 1947 agreements   What to study? For prelims: the 1948 agreement between khasi kingdoms and the government, about Khasi tribe. For mains: threats to their ethnicity, concerns and what needs to be done.   Context: A …

ICMR launches ‘MERA India’ to eliminate malaria by 2030

Topic covered: Issues related to health.   ICMR launches ‘MERA India’ to eliminate malaria by 2030   What to study? For prelims: MERA India- key features, targets and significance. For mains: Malaysia- key facts, spread and measures needed to eliminate the disease.   Context: The Indian Council of Medical Research has launched the ‘Malaria Elimination …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 26 April 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 26 April 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 …

Insights into Editorial: Uncertain times: On India’s oil imports

Insights into Editorial: Uncertain times: On India’s oil imports                                       Context: United States announced that it would not extend beyond May 1 the 180-day waiver it had granted to eight countries, including India, to purchase oil from Iran. India will stop importing crude oil from Iran following the US move to end sanction waivers, and …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 27 April 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 27 April 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: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of …

7) With technological innovations greatly influencing human values  mainstreaming of ethics with technology is becoming a necessity. Discuss. (250 words)

Topic : Dimensions of ethics. 7) With technological innovations greatly influencing human values  mainstreaming of ethics with technology is becoming a necessity. Discuss. (250 words)  Indianexpress Why this question: The article highlights the need for Ethics in the time of technology. Recently  An external advisory council, the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) — essentially an …

6) World’s forests  are in an ‘emergency room’. Comment. (250 words)

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6) World’s forests  are in an ‘emergency room’. Comment. (250 words) The hindu Why this question: The article gives a detailed account of a report that states that world lost 12 million hectares (30 million acres) of tropical tree cover last year, warning the planet’s health …

5) In what way the revival of ancient silk route by China through BRI is changing the geopolitics of the region? Analyse. (250 words)

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. 5) In what way the revival of ancient silk route by China through BRI is changing the geopolitics of the region? Analyse. …

4) Discuss the challenges facing Indian universities. Do you think they require some kind of “cultural revolution” to join the lines of global world-class universities.(250 words)

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 4) Discuss the challenges facing Indian universities. Do you think they require some kind of “cultural revolution” to join the lines of global world-class universities.(250 words) The hindu   Why this question: The Article discusses specific issues being faced …

3) Differentiate between Pressure Groups, Civil Society Organizations and NGOs. Discuss role played by them in achieving true values of Democracy.(250 words)

Topic : Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity. 3) Differentiate between Pressure Groups, Civil Society Organizations and NGOs. Discuss role played by them in achieving true values of Democracy.(250 words) Polity by Lakshmikanth   …

2) Does the Rajya Sabha hold a position at equals with the Lok Sabha? Discuss any two provisions apart from money bill provisions that put the Rajya Sabha at disadvantage.(250 words)

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity. 2) Does the Rajya Sabha hold a position at equals with the Lok Sabha? Discuss any two provisions apart from money bill provisions that put the Rajya …

1) Induction of Women  as Jawans is a big step towards achieving full parity between men and women in the Indian forces. Discuss the significance of such steps.(250 words)

Topic : Role of women, Social empowerment. 1) Induction of Women  as Jawans is a big step towards achieving full parity between men and women in the Indian forces. Discuss the significance of such steps.(250 words) Indianexpress Why this question: In a historic first, the Indian Army has begun the process to induct women in …