Single-use plastic ban

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Single-use plastic ban   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Ban on single- use plastics- significance.   Context: Single-use plastic items will be banned in India from October 2, 2019.   What is single-use plastic? A form of plastic that is disposable, which …

African Swine Fever (ASF)

Topics Covered: Economics of animal rearing. African Swine Fever (ASF)   What to study? For Prelims and mains: The Disease, spread, symptoms and concerns.   Context: ASF outbreak has been sweeping through swine populations in China, leading to massive mass cullings and a subsequent increase in the price of the country’s favourite protein.   Background: …

National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP)

Topics Covered: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.   National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP)   What to study? For Prelims: Key features of NADCP, About FMD and Brucellosis. For …

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana

Topics Covered: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.   Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: The scheme- features, significance, need and potential? …

UN Peacekeeping

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   UN Peacekeeping   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About UN Peacekeeping- need, significance, challenges and operations in place.   Context: India calls for reforms in peacekeeping at UNSC debate.   Need for reforms: Peacekeeping currently is in a “no-man’s land” between …

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 09 September 2019

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 09 September 2019 Table of contents: GS Paper 2: Krishna water dispute. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).   GS Paper 3: National Genomic Grid (NGG). National Infrastructure Pipeline.   Facts for prelims: India’s first ever helicopter summit. 3 Animal Species In India Extinct Due To …

National Infrastructure Pipeline

Topics Covered: Infrastructure related issues. National Infrastructure Pipeline   What to study? For Prelims: Features of NIP. For Mains: Funding, need for and significance.   Context: A task force to draw up a National Infrastructure Pipeline for each of the financial years from 2019-20 to 2024-25 has been constituted. The Task Force is chaired by the Secretary, Department of …

National Genomic Grid (NGG)

Topics Covered: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.   National Genomic Grid (NGG)   What to study? For Prelims and mains: Key features, need for and significance of the grid.   Context: Recently, the government …

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Topic covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)   What to study? For prelims and mains: SCO- objectives, members, functions, significance, various organs and issues associated.   Context: The first Conference on Military Medicine for Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) Member States will be held in New Delhi …

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Topics Covered: India and its neighbourhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests   Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)   What to study? For prelims: RCEP- Key facts and Geographical location of member countries. For mains: Why is India concerned, gains and losses from this, what India needs …

Krishna water dispute

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.   Krishna water dispute   What to study? For Prelims: Overview of Krishna river and award by the tribunal. For Mains: The dispute, it’s …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 10 September 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice:10  September 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 General Studies – 1 Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Population and associated issues, poverty and …

7) What do you understand by land degradation? Do you think restoration of degraded lands would also address water scarcity issue in the country? Discuss. (250 words)

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment, Disaster and disaster management. 7) What do you understand by land degradation? Do you think restoration of degraded lands would also address water scarcity issue in the country? Discuss. (250 words) The hindu Why this question: In an address while hosting the COP -14 of UNCCD, …

6) “Internet gaming has turned worse than drugs”. Do you agree? Critically examine the statement in the light of the announcement made by World Health Organization (WHO) to include “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition. (250 words)

Topic:   Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life 6) “Internet gaming has turned worse than drugs”. Do you agree? Critically examine the statement in the light of the announcement made by World Health Organization …

5) To what extent can it be said the constituent assembly was a one party body? Critically Examine.(250 words)

Topic: Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 5) To what extent can it be said the constituent assembly was a one party body? Critically Examine.(250 words) Indian Polity by Lakshmikant Why this question: The question is from the static portions of the GS paper II. Key demand of the …

4) Calling off of Taliban peace talks indicate greater regional stability, than in its completion. Critically comment. (250 words)

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. 4) Calling off of Taliban peace talks indicate greater regional stability, than in its completion. Critically comment. (250 words) Timesofindia Why this question: The recent US President Donald Trump’s shock announcement that he had called off the peace negotiations with the …

3) Is India’s Employment Guarantee Program – MGNREGA, Successfully Challenging Her Historical Inequalities? Critically analyse. (250 words)

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 3) Is India’s Employment Guarantee Program – MGNREGA, Successfully Challenging Her Historical Inequalities? Critically analyse. (250 words) livemint Why this …

2) Growing feeling of regionalism can be a real threat to India’s unity and integrity. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic:  Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism. 2) Growing feeling of regionalism can be a real threat to India’s unity and integrity. Discuss.(250 words) Insightsonindia Why this question: Question is about how if regionalism is not contained will give rise to secessionist trend affecting territorial integrity and unity in diversity. Key demand of the question: …

1)  Should live-in relationships be regulated by the state? And, if so, to what extent? Examine and give your opinion in the light of recent demands made by the Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission in this regard.(250 words)

Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. 1)  Should live-in relationships be regulated by the state? And, if so, to what extent? Examine and give your opinion in the light of recent demands made by the Rajasthan State Human …