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

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 20 June 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 Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 20 June 2019

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 20 June 2019 .Relevant articles from PIB: Paper 2: Topics Covered: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.   President’s address to both Houses of Parliament   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: President’s address- what, …

Climate change can trip small island states enroute SDGs: UN

Topics covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Climate change can trip small island states enroute SDGs: UN   What to study? For prelims: about SIDS and its members. For mains: Impact of climate change on SIDS, concerns and measures needed.   Context: Many small island developing states (SIDS) may fail to …

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Topics covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: ccNSO, ICANN and its key features.   Context: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) have announced …

African Union (AU)

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   African Union (AU)   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: AU- objectives, composition, functions and significance.   Context: India has for the first time extended $15 Million financial support to Niger as a support for organising African Union (AU) summit scheduled to …

Dispute Resolution Mechanism for solar/wind sector 

Topics covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Dispute Resolution Mechanism for solar/wind sector    What to study? For prelims and mains: DRM- need, significance, composition and functions.   Context: In a major decision to facilitate the solar and wind energy projects, …

Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC)

Topics Covered: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.   Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC)   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Composition, role, objectives and significance of FSDC.   Context: FSDC meeting held recently was chaired by the Union Finance Minister.   About FSDC: The Financial …

President’s address to both Houses of Parliament

Topics Covered: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.   President’s address to both Houses of Parliament   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: President’s address- what, when and how? Significance and other key features.   Context: President Ramnath Kovind recently addressed joint …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- FORMALISING INFORMAL SECTOR

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- FORMALISING INFORMAL SECTOR Introduction:             A vast majority of India’s workforce is informally employed – those who work outside of formal establishments, in un-incorporated private enterprises and mostly without any social security benefit. A new research now finds that Modi 1.0’s reforms and policies have managed to push ahead with the …

7) What do you understand by Morality? In what way it plays a significant role in public services? 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) What do …

6) “Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as it is to cooperate with the good”, explain in the context of civil services.(250 words)

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values. 6) “Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as it is to cooperate with the good”, explain in the context of civil services.(250 words) Ethics by Lexicon Publications …

5) India faces a water crisis acute enough to cause popular unrest as it slowly assumes calamitous proportions. Discuss the causes that have led to such conditions and what needs to be done to address the situation on ground?   (250 words)

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 5) India faces a water crisis acute enough to cause popular unrest as it slowly assumes calamitous proportions. Discuss the causes that have led to such conditions and what needs to be done to address the situation on ground?   (250 words) Livemint   Why this …

4) Provide for a detailed critical assessment of poverty alleviation programmes of the country so far.(250 words)

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger. 4) Provide for a detailed critical assessment of poverty alleviation programmes of the country so far.(250 words) Reference Why this question: The question is straightforward and is about discussing the poverty alleviation programs of the country. Key demand of the question: One must discuss the successes and failures …

3) Discuss the growth redistribution conundrum in the context of poverty alleviation. How far is it justified? (250 words)

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger. 3) Discuss the growth redistribution conundrum in the context of poverty alleviation. How far is it justified? (250 words) Reference Why this question: The question is about discussing the growth redistribution conundrum with respect to the poverty alleviation. Key demand of the question: The answer must analyse in …

2) Reforms in India’s law enforcement are the need of the hour. Discuss the key reasons hindering both police reforms and the impetus for police performance. (250 words)

Topic:Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 2) Reforms in India’s law enforcement are the need of the hour. Discuss the key reasons hindering both police reforms and the impetus for police performance. (250 words) Livemint Why this question: The article discusses in detail …

1) Arabian Sea is comparatively less prone to cyclonic storms than the Bay of Bengal, do you think climate change off late has been changing the cyclone behaviour and challenging the fact that Arabian sea is less prone? Analyse.(250 words)

Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. 1) Arabian Sea is comparatively less prone to cyclonic storms than the Bay of Bengal, do you think …