7) A big corporate house is engaged in manufacturing industrial chemicals on a large scale. It proposes to set upon the additional unit. Many states rejected its proposal due to the detrimental effect on the environment. But one state government acceded to the request and permitted the unit close to a city, brushing aside all opposition. The unit was set up 10 years ago and was in full swing till recently. The pollution caused by the industrial effluents was affecting the land, water and crops in the area. It was also causing serious health problems to human beings and animals. This gave rise to a series of agitation thousands of people took part, creating a law and order problem necessitating stern police action. Following the public outcry, the State government ordered the closure of the factory. The closure of the factory resulted in the unemployment of not only those workers who were engaged in the factory but also those who were working in the ancillary units. It also very badly affected those industry which depended on the chemicals manufactured by it. As a senior officer entrusted with the responsibility of handling these issues, how are you going to address it?(250 words)

Topic: Case study 7) A big corporate house is engaged in manufacturing industrial chemicals on a large scale. It proposes to set upon the additional unit. Many states rejected its proposal due to the detrimental effect on the environment. But one state government acceded to the request and permitted the unit close to a city, …

6) The Indian fertiliser industry has overlooked the aspects related to environmental pollution, while making improvements in energy efficiency. Critically analyse the statement while suggesting solutions to the problems.(250 words)

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6) The Indian fertiliser industry has overlooked the aspects related to environmental pollution, while making improvements in energy efficiency. Critically analyse the statement while suggesting solutions to the problems.(250 words) Reference Why this question: The article captures the pollution caused by the fertiliser industry in detail, …

5) Discuss the changing Political Scenario of India with Pakistan, what are the factors contributing to it? Suggest what should be the way forward for peaceful relations amidst the two countries.(250 words)

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations. 5) Discuss the changing Political Scenario of India with Pakistan, what are the factors contributing to it? Suggest what should be the way forward for peaceful relations amidst the two countries.(250 words) Epw Why this question: The question is straightforward and is to evaluate the relations of India and …

4) Buddhism constitutes a key linkage between India and south east Asia. Elaborate.(250 words)

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations. 4) Buddhism constitutes a key linkage between India and south east Asia. Elaborate.(250 words) Financialexpress Why this question: The question is about the cultural aspects of Buddhism which is a key link between India and south Asia. Key demand of the question: The question expects us to discuss the …

3) Discuss the purpose of a cabinet committee while explaining the types and their composition. Why are cabinet committees important in dealing with the big issues of the day and the government’s overall strategy?(250 words)

Topic:  Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive. 3) Discuss the purpose of a cabinet committee while explaining the types and their composition. Why are cabinet committees important in dealing with the big issues of the day and the government’s overall strategy?(250 words) The hindu   Why this question: The Government recently reconstituted eight key …

2) Evaluate the role played by Swachh Bharat initiative in reducing ground water contamination.(250 words)

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 2) Evaluate the role played by Swachh Bharat initiative in reducing ground water contamination.(250 words) Reference Why this question: A recent study by the UNICEF has found that …

1) What do you understand by Fixed dose Drug Combinations (FDCs)? Discuss their merits and demerits. (250 words)

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health. 1) What do you understand by Fixed dose Drug Combinations (FDCs)? Discuss their merits and demerits. (250 words) Indianexpress Why this question: The article talks about FDCs, the question is to evaluate what are FDC’s, their advantages and disadvantages. Key demands of …

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 06 June 2019

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 06 June 2019 Relevant articles from PIB: Paper 2: Topics covered: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.   Cabinet committees   What to study? For prelims …

Rule 49MA

Topics covered: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.   Rule 49MA What to study? For prelims: related provisions in News. For mains: need for protection of electors, concerns over misuse and reforms needed.   Context: The Election Commission may “revisit” the rule for prosecution of a voter for making a …

Fiscal Performance Index (FPI) launched by CII

Topic covered: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.   Fiscal Performance Index (FPI) launched by CII   What to study? For prelims:About CII, components of your PI. For mains: Significance and the need for such index.   Context: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched a Fiscal Performance Index (FPI) …

IRENA report ‘Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018’

Topics covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   IRENA report ‘Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018’   What to study? For prelims and mains: Key findings of the report, challenges and concerns raised, ways and measures to address them.   Context: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report titled ‘Renewable …

Gujarat launches India’s first trading programme to combat particulate air pollution

Topics covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Gujarat launches India’s first trading programme to combat particulate air pollution   What to study? For prelims: key features of the program. For mains: significance, need and potential of such programs, challenges ahead and ways to address them.   Context: Gujarat has launched India’s …

2nd Global Disability Summit at Buenos Aires

Topic covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   2nd Global Disability Summit at Buenos Aires   What to study? For prelims and mains: key features, location, mandate and significance of the summit.   Context: 2nd Global Disability Summit is being held at Buenos Aires, Argentina. About the Summit: The objectives of …

Economic Census

Topics covered: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.   Economic Census   What to study? Fo Prelims and Mains: What is Economic Census, who conducts and coordinates, uses and significance.   Context: …

Cabinet committees

Topics covered: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.   Cabinet committees   What to study? For prelims and mains: Cabinet committees- establishment, mandate, composition, functions and significance.   Context: The Government reconstituted eight …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 04 June 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 04 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 …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 03 June 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 03 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 …