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[Mission 2022] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 18 MAY 2022

[Mission 2022] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 18 MAY 2022   InstaLinks help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions in your mind that might arise(or an examiner might …

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Discuss the possible potential available for private care providers innovators and start-ups to partner in the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

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. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 6. Discuss the possible potential available …

Discuss the possible potential available for private care providers, innovators and start-ups to partner in the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

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. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 6. Discuss the possible potential available …

Insights into Editorial: In political micro-targeting, the vulnerable Indian voter

Insights into Editorial: In political micro-targeting, the vulnerable Indian voter Context: In recent, there was a massive outcry against the hiring, by Indian political parties, of Cambridge Analytica, a data mining and analytics firm. The episode highlighted the need for regulating social media platforms by way of a comprehensive data protection law which takes issues …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 19 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 19 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. . Social empowerment. 1. …

“”The methods of Ethics are continuous with those of empirical science”, elaborate by emphasizing the essence of objectivity in Ethics.

Topic:  Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 7. “”The methods of Ethics are continuous with those of empirical science”, elaborate by emphasizing the essence of objectivity in Ethics. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: …

State the defining characteristics of Empathy, sympathy and compassion.

Topic:  Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 6. State the defining characteristics of Empathy, sympathy and compassion. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question is from the static portions of GS paper IV …

Discuss the effect of global price movements on food inflation in India.

Topic:   Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 5. Discuss the effect of global price movements on food inflation in India. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: The article brings out the fact that Retail and wholesale food inflation rates for December 2019 were the highest since …

Discuss the reasons leading to depletion of Native breeds of cattle in the country, recommend measures to preserve them.

Topic:  economics of animal-rearing. 4. Discuss the reasons leading to depletion of Native breeds of cattle in the country, recommend measures to preserve them. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The government has unveiled SUTRA PIC or Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows – a programme to research on ‘indigenous’ …

“Corruption deepens inequalities and increases poverty and obstructs the growth prospects of the nation. “Comment.

Topic:   Issues relating to poverty and hunger. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability. 3. “Corruption deepens inequalities and increases poverty and obstructs the growth prospects of the nation. “Comment. (250 words) Reference: PIB Why this question: In a speech, Sri M Venkaiah Naidu said that corruption is biggest hurdle to inclusive growth and called …

Do you agree with the view that “Collegium system requires reconsideration”. Give reasons in support of your arguments.

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. Do you agree with the view that “Collegium system requires reconsideration”. Give reasons in support of your arguments. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: …

With making laws on prostitution still a solicitous debate, Discuss the factors driving the sex workers to their industry and suggest measures to address it.

Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. . Social empowerment. 1. With making laws on prostitution still a solicitous debate, Discuss the factors driving the sex workers to their industry and suggest measures to address it. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: As much as 68 per cent of women sex …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (17 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (17 February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 18 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 18 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 1: 1. Battle of Çanakkale/Gallipoli. 2. Permanent Commission for Women.   GS Paper 2: 1. Delimitation of Constituencies.   GS Paper 3: 1. SUTRA PIC. 2. Station WiFi Programme. 3. State of India’s Birds 2020.   Facts for Prelims: …

State of India’s Birds 2020

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. State of India’s Birds 2020 What to study? For Prelims: Key findings. For Mains: Concerns expressed and ways to address them, conventions in this regard. Context: The research titled ‘State of India’s Birds 2020’ (SoIB), put together by over ten institutions and numerous citizen scientists, was released recently at the ongoing United …

Station WiFi Programme

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. Station WiFi Programme What to study? For Prelims: Key features. For Mains: Significance of the programme, why has it been stopped now? Context: Five years after it …

Insights Toppers @ UPSC 2019

Rank 004 SHREYANS KUMAT Online Prelims Test Series + Website Rank 005 Srushti Deshmukh Online Prelims + mains Rank 010 Tanmay Online Prelims Test Series + Website Rank 017 Rahul S Offline Mains Test Series + Interview Rank 018 Rishita Online Mains Rank 025 Gondani Vaibhav Sunil Online Prelims Rank 028 Kajal Jawla Online Prelims …

SUTRA PIC

Topics Covered: Economics of animal rearing. SUTRA PIC What to study? For Prelims:Key features of the programme. For Mains: Need for and significance of indigenous cow breeds. Context: The government has unveiled a programme to research on ‘indigenous’ cows- SUTRA PIC. About SUTRA PIC- Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows: It is …

Delimitation of Constituencies

Topic covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Delimitation of Constituencies What to study? For prelims and mains: What is delimitation, why is it needed, how is it carried out and special provisions w.r.t to J&K. Context: About six months after the State of Jammu and Kashmir was split …

Permanent Commission for Women

Topics Covered: Issues related to women. Permanent Commission for Women What to study? For Prelims: What was the issue? What is Permanent Commission? For Mains: Significance and implications of this judgment. Context: The Supreme Court has brought women officers in 10 streams of the Army on a par with their male counterparts in all respects, …

Battle of Çanakkale/Gallipoli

Topics Covered: History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society. Battle of Çanakkale/Gallipoli What to study? For Prelims: Overview of the battle and outcomes. For Mains: Significance …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 18 February 2020 – Art and Culture

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 18 February 2020 – Art and Culture

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 18 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 18 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 4 February 2020

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 4 February 2020 NOTE: Please remember that following ‘answers’ are NOT ‘model answers’. They are NOT synopsis too if we go by definition of the term. What we are providing is content that both meets demand of the question and at the same time gives you extra points in the form of background …

Insights into Editorial: Why have LPG prices seen a sharp rise?

Insights into Editorial: Why have LPG prices seen a sharp rise? Context: In recent, LPG prices, which are revised on a monthly basis, went up again. The rate for unsubsidised, 14.2 kg cylinders has risen by a steep Rs.144.50 in Delhi, at Rs.858.50. In January 2020, a non-subsidised LPG cylinder cost ₹714 in Delhi. In …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 18 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 18 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  Role of women and women’s organization, Social empowerment. 1. “Supreme Court’s ruling …

Compare and contrast the concept of ‘Empathy’ as practiced in the western societies with that our society.

Topic:  Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 7.Compare and contrast the concept of ‘Empathy’ as practiced in the western societies with that our society. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question aims to …

“Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.” Illustrate with examples.

Topic:  Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 6. “Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.” Illustrate with examples. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications …

What is Darknet? Discuss the key challenges involved in fighting the Darknet. Also suggest strategy to deal with it.

Topic:   Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention. 5. What is Darknet? Discuss the key challenges involved in fighting the Darknet. Also suggest strategy to deal with it. (250 words) Reference:  The Hindu Why this question: The …

With electoral process in India is becoming increasingly advanced in terms of use of data, there is a need for a data protection framework to uphold a voter’s informational autonomy. Elucidate.

Topic:  Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 4.With electoral process in India is becoming increasingly advanced in terms of use of data, there is a need for a data protection framework to uphold a voter’s informational …

Do you think India’s desire to diversify its defence imports wedged India-Russia relations in recent past? Examine.

Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 3. Do you think India’s desire to diversify its defence imports wedged India-Russia relations in recent past? Examine. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: In the 5th India Russia military industry conference held during …

Discuss the merits and costs of involving children in protests and political actions while bringing out the constitutional provisions associated with the same in our country.

Topic:  Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 2. Discuss the merits and costs of involving children in protests and political actions while bringing out the constitutional provisions associated with the same in our country. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The question is in the background of …

“Supreme Court’s ruling granting permanent commission to women on a par with men has been hailed as a “great leap” towards equality in the army. “ Comment.

Topic:  Role of women and women’s organization, Social empowerment. 1. “Supreme Court’s ruling granting permanent commission to women on a par with men has been hailed as a “great leap” towards equality in the army. “ Comment. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The article highlights the implications of the Supreme Court’s order …

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 3 February 2020

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 3 February 2020 NOTE: Please remember that following ‘answers’ are NOT ‘model answers’. They are NOT synopsis too if we go by definition of the term. What we are providing is content that both meets demand of the question and at the same time gives you extra points in the form of background …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 17 February 2020 – History

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 17 February 2020 – History

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 17 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 17 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 1: 1. Dara Shikoh.   GS Paper 2: 1. How to treat a child witness? 2. What is the National Security Act?   GS Paper 3: 1. Very Large Telescope. 2. GISAT-1 — Geo Imaging Satellite. 3. Railways’ corporate …

Railways’ corporate train model

Topics Covered: Investment models.  Railways’ corporate train model What to study? For Prelims: Features. For Mains: Need for and significance of the model. Context: The Kashi Mahakal Express is the country’s third ‘corporate’ train after the two Tejas Express trains between Delhi-Lucknow and Mumbai-Ahmedabad started over the past few months. What is Corporate train model? This is …

GISAT-1 — Geo Imaging Satellite

Topics Covered: Awareness in space. GISAT-1 — Geo Imaging Satellite What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features and significance. Context: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is preparing to launch GISAT-1, a new earth observation satellite, in the first week of March. It will be the first of two planned Indian EO spacecraft to …

Very Large Telescope

Topics Covered: Awareness in space. Very Large Telescope What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About VLT and it’s features, what is Betelgeuse? Significance of the findings, about Orion. Context: Using the European Space Organisation’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have noticed the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star (over 20 times …

What is the National Security Act?

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. What is the National Security Act? What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the act. For Mains: Criticisms and concerns over it’s misuse, need for review. Context: The NSA has repeatedly come under criticism …

How to treat a child witness?

Topics Covered: 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. How to treat a child witness? What to study? For Prelims: Indian laws and International Conventions in this regard. …

Dara Shikoh

Topics Covered: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. Dara Shikoh What to study? For Prelims: Legacy and other related facts, about Humayun’s tomb. For Mains: His religious tolerance and it’s significance. Why in News? The Ministry of Culture recently set up a seven-member …

RSTV: IN DEPTH- ENDANGERED SPECIES

RSTV: IN DEPTH- ENDANGERED SPECIES Introduction: Three endangered species from India – the Great Indian Bustard, the Asiatic elephant and the Bengal Florican – will be included in a special global list for protection under the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species. It will be done at the 13th conference of parties that will be …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 17 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 17 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

Insights into Editorial: Choice and candidacy: On crime and politics

Insights into Editorial: Choice and candidacy: On crime and politics Introduction: Criminalization of politics is a vital topic to be discussed in any democratic platform. This issue is on focus every now and then. The Government and the governance system’s credibility is questioned. Sometimes the government loses its legitimacy and authenticity due to the involvement …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 17 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 17 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  Salient features of world’s physical geography. 1. Discuss the concept of geomagnetism …

“With the advent of the new public administration and increasing diversity in the administrative field, an administrator needs to adorn both physical and mental aptitude. “Elaborate.

Topic:  Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 7. “With the advent of the new public administration and increasing diversity in the administrative field, an administrator needs to adorn both physical and mental aptitude. “Elaborate. (250 words) Reference: Ethics …

“The virtue of integrity does not exist in isolation rather it involves several other virtues to supplement and complement it”, In the light of the above statement discuss in detail what way Integrity is not just a single trait in itself.

Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 6.“The virtue of integrity does not exist in isolation rather it involves several other virtues to supplement and complement it”, In the light of the above statement discuss in detail what way …

What are Green Buildings? Do you think innovation in green buildings can help address the carbon challenge and harness an opportunity for sustainable development? Explain.

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 5.What are Green Buildings? Do you think innovation in green buildings can help address the carbon challenge and harness an opportunity for sustainable development? Explain. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu  Why this question: The Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) has signed an MoU with CII’s Indian …

The Reservation debate in India with the recent Supreme court’s pronouncement has pitted individual mobility versus class entitlements and the need of the state to identity ‘legitimate claimants’. Do you agree with the view that reservation benefits in Job promotions are not a fundamental right? Give reasons in support of your arguments.

Topic:  Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary. 4. The Reservation debate in India with the recent Supreme court’s pronouncement has pitted individual mobility versus …

The United States Trade Representatives (USTR) has taken India and other countries off the developing country list. Account for in detail how this could affect Indian economy.

Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. . Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 3. The United States Trade Representatives (USTR) has taken India and other countries off the developing country list. Account for in detail how this could affect Indian economy. (250 …

“Judicial impartiality is a significant element of justice”, Elucidate in the backdrop of recusal made recently by Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Supreme Court judge.

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. “Judicial impartiality is a significant element of justice”, Elucidate in the backdrop of recusal made recently by Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Supreme Court judge. (250 words) …

Discuss the concept of geomagnetism and explain the impact of the recent shift in the Earth’s magnetic pole.

Topic:  Salient features of world’s physical geography. 1. Discuss the concept of geomagnetism and explain the impact of the recent shift in the Earth’s magnetic pole. (250 words) Reference: National Geographic  Why this question: The question is from the Geography subject of GS paper I and is based on the concept of Geomagnetism. Key demand …

Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2020 – Week 21: “When civil services does its job, people will not need social service.”

Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2020 – Week 21 Archives 16 February 2020 Write an essay on the following topic in not more than 1000-1200 words: “When civil services does its job, people will not need social service.”

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (14 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (14 February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 15 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 15 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. Apiary on Wheels. 2. Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) issue. 3. BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation).   GS Paper 3: 1. Future of Earth 2020. 2. SyRI- an identification mechanism.   GS …

SyRI- an identification mechanism

Topics Covered: Cyber security related issues. SyRI- an identification mechanism What to study? For Prelims: Key features. For Mains: Significance of Dutch ruling, need for and implications. Context: In a first anywhere in the world, a court in the Netherlands recently stopped SyRI- a digital identification scheme for reasons of exclusion. Implications worldwide: This has …

Future of Earth 2020

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Future of Earth 2020 What to study? For Prelims: The five risks and other key findings. For Mains: Concerns and challenges ahead, ways to address them. Context: The Future of Earth 2020 report has been released by the South Asia Future Earth Regional Office, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian …

BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation).

Topic covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. BIMSTEC What to study? For prelims and mains: BIMSTEC- members, objectives, significance and need for reforms. Context: The 2nd Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Disaster Management Exercise was recently conducted in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The focus of the 2nd edition of …

Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) issue

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) issue What to study? For Prelims: What is AGR? How is it calculated? What is contempt of Court? For Mains: What is the impact of latest ruling? Issues and ways to …

Apiary on Wheels

Topics Covered: 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 Apiary on Wheels What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key objectives and features, significance. Context: The Ministry of …

Insights into Editorial: Nutrition and the Budget’s fine print

Insights into Editorial: Nutrition and the Budget’s fine print Context: In Recent, the Global Hunger Index, reported that India suffers from “serious” hunger, ranked 102 out of 117 countries, and that just a tenth of children between six to 23 months are fed a minimum acceptable diet. With the largest number of undernourished people in …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 15 February 2020 – Environment

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 15 February 2020 – Environment

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 15 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 15 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (13 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (13 February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- CENSUS- CHALLENGES & IMPORTANCE

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- CENSUS- CHALLENGES & IMPORTANCE Introduction: Amid rising instances of field enumerators coming under attack across at least three states for some of the ongoing NSS surveys and gathering mistrust over CAA and NRC, the house-listing operation and the updation of the National Population Register, set to begin in April for Census …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 15 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 15 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   1. Discuss the historical and current engagements of India with Africa. Why is …

Discuss the key findings of the ‘’Future of the Earth report, 2020”. Also discuss how it aims at reducing carbon footprint and halting global warming below 2 degree Celsius by 2050.

7. Discuss the key findings of the ‘’Future of the Earth report, 2020”. Also discuss how it aims at reducing carbon footprint and halting global warming below 2 degree Celsius by 2050.(250 words) Reference: The Hindu

The auditing profession plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity of the Indian capital markets, but recent audit failures are renewing doubts about whether the country’s largest accounting firms are truly serving the public interest. Critically examine and suggest measures to overcome the challenges.

6. The auditing profession plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity of the Indian capital markets, but recent audit failures are renewing doubts about whether the country’s largest accounting firms are truly serving the public interest. Critically examine and suggest measures to overcome the challenges.(250 words) Reference: Indian Express

What are Orphan diseases? Discuss the challenges involved in the treatment of such diseases. Explain in the context of India whether the State should be responsible for such treatments.

5. What are Orphan diseases? Discuss the challenges involved in the treatment of such diseases. Explain in the context of India whether the State should be responsible for such treatments.(250 words) Reference: Hindustan Times

The United States Trade Representatives (USTR) has updated its list of developing and least-developed countries, removing India from the list of countries that are designated as developing, what does this indicate for India? Discuss and elaborate on the pros and cons.

4. The United States Trade Representatives (USTR) has updated its list of developing and least-developed countries, removing India from the list of countries that are designated as developing, what does this indicate for India? Discuss and elaborate on the pros and cons.(250 words) Reference: Indian Express (USTR) has updated its list of developing and least-developed …

What steps has Indian been taking to protect itself from the menace of drug trafficking? Elaborate on the measures it is taking to  realise its vision of a Drug-free India.

3. What steps has Indian been taking to protect itself from the menace of drug trafficking? Elaborate on the measures it is taking to  realise its vision of a Drug-free India.(250 words) Reference: News On Air

What is the purpose of a protest? Explain the significance of the right to protest in a democracy, Illustrate with cases specific to Indian context.

2. What is the purpose of a protest? Explain the significance of the right to protest in a democracy, Illustrate with cases specific to Indian context.(250 words) Reference: India Today

Discuss the historical and current engagements of India with Africa. Why is Africa important for India?

1. Discuss the historical and current engagements of India with Africa. Why is Africa important for India? (250 words) Reference: Hindustan Times

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 14 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 14 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 1: 1. Konark Sun Temple. 2. Bill calls for two-child norm.   GS Paper 2: 1. Criminalization of Politics 2.Slapping Section 144 during CAA protests ‘illegal’: Karnataka HC. 3. School Health Ambassador Initiative. 4. All medical devices to be …

How WHO names a new disease?

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. How WHO names a new disease? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Naming procedure, need for and significance. Context: On February 11, the World Health Organization officially announced COVID-19 as the name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This comes more than …

USTR takes India off developing country list

Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. USTR takes India off developing country list What to study? For Prelims: What are CVDs? What USTR list means? For Mains: Implications, significance of the list. Context: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has published …

All medical devices to be treated as ‘drugs’ from April 1

Topics covered :Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. All medical devices to be treated as ‘drugs’ from April 1 What to study? For Prelims: The announcement. For Mains: Why treat medical devices as drugs- need, concenrs and …

School Health Ambassador Initiative

Topics Covered: Issues related to health. School Health Ambassador Initiative What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features and significance of the initiative. Context: The central Government launched the School Health Ambassador Initiative.  Overview: Aim: To spread awareness about the preventive health aspects. Under the initiative, two teachers will be identified in every government school …

Slapping Section 144 during CAA protests ‘illegal’: Karnataka HC

Topics Covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability. Slapping Section 144 during CAA protests ‘illegal’: Karnataka HC What to study? For Prelims: What is Section 144? Who and why it is imposed? Implications? For Mains: Concerns, challenges and ways to address them. Context: The Karnataka High Court has declared as “illegal” the order passed …

Criminalization of Politics

Topics Covered: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Criminalization of Politics What to study? For Prelims: Salient features of RPA. For Mains: Criminalisation of politics- concerns, challenges and solutions. Context: Expressing concern about the “alarming increase” in number of persons with criminal backgrounds being elected Members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies of states, …

Private member’s Bill calls for two-child norm

Topics Covered: Population related issues. Private member’s Bill calls for two-child norm What to study? For prelims and mains: Concerns and issues associated with the proposed two- child policy. Context: Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member Anil Desai has introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the Rajya Sabha that proposes incentives in taxation, education and employment for people …

Konark Sun Temple

Topics Covered:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Konark Sun Temple What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key facts. Context: A plan to restore and preserve the nearly 800-year-old Konark Sun Temple in Odisha would be drawn up soon, after a two-day …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 14 February 2020 – Economy

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 14 February 2020 – Economy

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 14 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 14 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

Reservation as right: The Delhi model of education

Reservation as right: The Delhi model of education   Introduction: Mahatma Gandhi secured the participation of thousands of households in the freedom struggle when he launched the civil disobedience movement. For every household today, rich or poor, education has the same relevance as salt did in 1930. This is seen in the resounding verdict given …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 14 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 14 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. Government policies and interventions for …

Why should impartiality and nonpartisanship be considered as foundational values? Analyse and Give reasons.

Topic:   Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 7. Why should impartiality and nonpartisanship be considered as foundational values? Analyse and Give reasons. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question is based on …

What is the difference between probity, honesty and integrity? Discuss their relevance to civil services.

Topic:  Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 6. What is the difference between probity, honesty and integrity? Discuss their relevance to civil services. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question is from the …

Account for the role that microfinance institutions can play in poverty alleviation in India.

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it. 5. Account for the role that microfinance institutions can play in poverty alleviation in India. (250 words) Reference: Economic Survey 2019-20 – Chapter 7 Why this question: The question is based on the …

Discuss the prospects of transforming Indian Agriculture through farm Mechanization. Highlight the steps taken so far by the government of India in recent times in this direction.

Topic:  E- technology in the aid of farmers, Technology Missions 4.Discuss the prospects of transforming Indian Agriculture through farm Mechanization. Highlight the steps taken so far by the government of India in recent times in this direction. (250 words) Reference: PIB Why this question: The article highlights the significance of transforming agriculture through farm mechanization. …

What is a privilege motion? Discuss the rules related to it and the authority of the Speaker/ Chairperson vis-a-vis privilege motion.

Topic:  Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. 3. What is a privilege motion? Discuss the rules related to it and the authority of the Speaker/ Chairperson vis-a-vis privilege motion. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: Recently, Privilege motion was submitted …

Is the concept of marriage less exclusionary in our country? In the context of same-sex marriage, discuss the need for a multi-pronged approach to deal with issue of prejudice and discrimination prevalent in society against them.

Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 2. Is the concept of marriage less exclusionary in our country? In the context of same-sex marriage, discuss the need for a multi-pronged approach to deal with issue of prejudice and discrimination prevalent in society against them. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: A …

Do you think denying a path to citizenship to immigrants of a particular religion is an unconcealed expression of the two-nation theory which formed the basis for the partition of India in 1947? Compare and analyse.

Topic:  Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 1. Do you think denying a path to citizenship to immigrants of a particular religion is an unconcealed expression of the two-nation theory which formed the basis for the partition …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (12 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (12 February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 13 February 2020 – Geography

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 13 February 2020 – Geography

RSTV: IN DEPTH- TAMILS OF SRI LANKA

RSTV: IN DEPTH- TAMILS OF SRI LANKA Introduction: India has once again expressed hope that the new government in Sri Lanka, led by the Rajapaksa brothers, will realise the aspirations of the Tamil community in the island nation. The issue figured prominently during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 13 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 13 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. Voting Rights of Prisoners. 2. Vivad Se Vishwas scheme. 3. Debts Recovery Tribunals. 4. Tribes of Tripura. 5. Major Port Authority Bill, 2020. 6. Don’t detain children in jails, lockups, Supreme Court tells police.   GS Paper …

Jal Jeevan Mission

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Jal Jeevan Mission What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the mission. For Mains: challenges and concerns in water conservation, ways to address them.  Context: Rajasthan government has sought changes in the norms for Central assistance for the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in order …

Pesticides Management Bill 2020

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. Pesticides Management Bill 2020 What to study? For Prelims: Key provisions. For Mains: Need for and significance of the bill. Context: Union …

Don’t detain children in jails, lockups, Supreme Court tells police

Topics Covered: 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. Don’t detain children in jails, lockups, Supreme Court tells police What to study? For Prelims: About JJB and JJ …

Major Port Authority Bill, 2020

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Major Port Authority Bill, 2020 What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features of the bill, need for and significance of the provisions. Context: The Cabinet has given its nod to Major Ports Authority …

Tribes of Tripura

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. Tribes of Tripura What to study? For Prelims: Autonomous Councils- composition, objectives and functions. For Mains: Their significance, challenges being faced and scope for reforms. Context: The Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District …

Debts Recovery Tribunals

Topics Covered: Statutory organisations. Debts Recovery Tribunals What to study? For Prelims and Mains: All about DRTs. Context: The Direct Tax Vivaad se Vishwas Bill, 2020 will now cover pending litigation in debt recovery tribunals (DRTs) as well besides those in various courts and tribunals, the Union cabinet said while approving the change to the bill. What are DRTs? Debt …

Vivad Se Vishwas scheme

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Vivad Se Vishwas scheme What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the scheme. For Mains: Need for and significance. Context: The vivad se vishwas scheme was announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during …

Voting Rights of Prisoners

Topics Covered: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Voting Rights of Prisoners What to study? For Prelims: Who can and who cannot cast their votes? For Mains: Should undertrials and convicts be allowed to vote- arguments ‘For’ and ‘Against’. Context: The Delhi High Court has rejected a petition seeking voting rights for prisoners. …

Insights into Editorial: ‘Only 82 trafficking survivors awarded relief in last 8 years’

Insights into Editorial: ‘Only 82 trafficking survivors awarded relief in last 8 years’ Context: Highlighting the poor status of compensation awarded to survivors of human trafficking in the country, response obtained through RTI queries from 25 States and seven Union Territories reveal that between March 2011 and April 2019 only 82 such victims were awarded …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 13 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 13 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 13 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 13 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  Social empowerment . Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by …

Discuss some of the key theories of Attitude formation.

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion. 7. Discuss some of the key theories of Attitude formation. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications Why this question: The question is again straightforward and from the static portions of GS paper IV. …

Discuss the role of Social influence, peer-pressure in shaping behavior of a person.

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion. 6. Discuss the role of Social influence, peer-pressure in shaping behavior of a person. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications Why this question: The question is from the static portions of GS paper …

India needs more podiums like the National Bio-Entrepreneurship Competition, to democratize innovation for ideas with great prospective societal impact. Comment.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 5. India needs more podiums like the National Bio-Entrepreneurship Competition, to democratize innovation for ideas with great prospective societal impact. Comment.(250 words) Reference: …

Discuss the indispensability of a strong relation between India and Sri Lanka.

Topic:  India and its neighbourhood- relations.Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 4.Discuss the indispensability of a strong relation between India and Sri Lanka. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The question is in the backdrop of Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s official visit to India. Key demand of …

Discuss the provisions available to resolve the problem of criminalization of politics in India and also suggest steps that need to be taken to address it more effectively.

Topic:  Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. 3. Discuss the provisions available to resolve the problem of criminalization of politics in India and also suggest steps that need to be taken to address it more effectively. (250 words) Reference: Hindustan Times Why this question: The Supreme Court on Thursday will pronounce its verdict …

Without the requisite rules, regulations, and machinery in place, it is not surprising that the Lokpal has failed to meet expectations. Critically analyse the statement with respect to the functioning of Lokpal in India.

Topic:  Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies 2. Without the requisite rules, regulations, and machinery in place, it is not surprising that the Lokpal has failed to meet expectations. Critically analyse the statement with respect to the functioning of Lokpal in India. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this …

The gender gap in the STEM sector has been snowballing in the past few decades. Critically examine the reasons behind such trend spatially and temporally.

Topic:  Social empowerment . 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. 1. The gender gap in the STEM sector has been snowballing in the past few decades. Critically examine the …

Book on Essay and Answer writing by Anudeep Durishetty, AIR 1, CSE 2017

Book on Fundamentals of Essay and Answer Writing by Anudeep Durishetty, AIR 1, CSE 2017, is available now. To Purchase the book , Click HERE Visit Anudeep Durishetty’s blog to read more about the book and strategy for UPSC Civil Services Examination.

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (11 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (11 February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 12 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 12 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 12 February 2020 – Polity

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 12 February 2020 – Polity

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- REGULATING AI- ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- REGULATING AI- ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Introduction: One of the most powerful men in IT, Sundar Pichai, has backed regulations for artificial intelligence. While Pichai isn’t the first big tech executive to say so publicly, his voice matters, given that Google is arguably the world’s largest AI Company. Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 12 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 12 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 1: 1. Hampi 2. Iran celebrates 1979 Islamic Revolution. 3. HC seeks govt. stand on plea to ban acid sale. 4. Uniform Civil Code.   GS Paper 2: 1. Private member’s Bill.   Facts for Prelims: 1. Safer Internet …

Private member’s Bill

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. Private member’s Bill What to study? For prelims: Private Member’s Bill- introduction and procedure followed. For mains: Issues associated and why are they not …

Uniform Civil Code

Topics covered: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Uniform Civil Code What to study? For Prelims: Constitutional provisions related to Uniform Civil Code. For Mains: UCC- need, concerns, challenges and is it suitable for India? Context: Last week, while hearing a matter relating to properties of a Goan, the Supreme Court described Goa as …

HC seeks govt. stand on plea to ban acid sale

Topics Covered: Issues related to women. HC seeks govt. stand on plea to ban acid sale What to study? For Prelims: Overview of the guidelines. For Mains: Loopholes, challenges in implementation and ways to address them. Context: The Delhi High Court has sought the State government’s stand on a plea by an acid attack survivor, …

Iran celebrates 1979 Islamic Revolution

Topics Covered: World History. Iran celebrates 1979 Islamic Revolution What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Causes, effects and outcomes of the revolution. Context: Iran celebrates 1979 Islamic Revolution. About Islamic Revolution: Also called Islamic Revolution, it was a popular uprising in Iran in 1978–79 that resulted in the toppling of the monarchy on February 11, 1979, and led to the …

Hampi

Topics Covered: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Hampi What to study? For Prelims: Overview, rule of Hampi and various associated dynasties. For Mains: Challenges to it’s protection, concerns and ways to address them. Context: SC backs move of Karnataka government to demolish …

Insights into Editorial: For a data firewall: On need for a data protection law

Insights into Editorial: For a data firewall: On need for a data protection law Context: The report by a German cybersecurity firm that medical details of millions of Indian patients were leaked and are freely available on the Internet is worrying. The firm listed 1.02 million studies of Indian patients and 121 million medical images, …

“UPSC IAS CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION 2020 NOTIFICATION OUT”

NOTIFICATION UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination – 2020 Number of vacancies : 796   DOWNLOAD THE NOTIFICATION HERE APPLY HERE.  Last date for applying is : 3rd March, 2020 till 6:00 PM.   UPSC NOTIFICATION for CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION is now out. It is very important to read the Notification as it gives all the …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 12 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 12 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until …

The success of persuasion depends on three factors: source, message and target. Comment.

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion. 7. The success of persuasion depends on three factors: source, message and target. Comment. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question based on the concept of Persuasion and the …

Compare and contrast moral attitudes with political attitudes.

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion. 6. Compare and contrast moral attitudes with political attitudes. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question is from the static portions of GS paper IV and is based on …

The world’s rivers are under unprecedented pressure from contamination, damming, and diversion, in such a situation International cooperation is the only way forward to saving of these rivers. Comment.

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 5. The world’s rivers are under unprecedented pressure from contamination, damming, and diversion, in such a situation International cooperation is the only way forward to saving of these rivers. Comment. (250 words) Reference: Live Mint Why this question: The article explains that It will take global …

Do you consider that the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill doesn’t do enough to safeguard women’s choices and interests in the country? Critically analyse.

Topic:  Social empowerment. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 4.Do you consider that the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill doesn’t do enough to safeguard women’s choices and interests in the country? Critically analyse. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The article discusses in detail …

Discuss the Key components of the Delhi model of education. Explain how it has successfully tried to bridge the gaps between the education for masses and that for the classes.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 3.Discuss the Key components of the Delhi model of education. Explain how it has successfully tried to bridge the gaps between the education for masses and that for the classes. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The …

“Indian national Congress was just an outcome of the political developments of second half of 19th century.” Do you agree to the statement? Examine.

Topic:  The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. 2. “Indian national Congress was just an outcome of the political developments of second half of 19th century.” Do you agree to the statement? Examine. (250 words) Reference: Indian freedom struggle by Bipin Chandra Why this question: …

To what extent you believe that Indigo rebellion in Bengal carried both old and new characteristics of peasant movements?

Topic:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present 1. To what extent you believe that Indigo rebellion in Bengal carried both old and new characteristics of peasant movements? (250 words) Reference: Indian freedom struggle by Bipin Chandra Why this question: The question is from the static portions of …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (10 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (10 February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 11 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 11 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

RSTV: IN DEPTH- DEFENCE EXPO 2020

RSTV: IN DEPTH- DEFENCE EXPO 2020 Introduction: India’s biennial Defence Expo was held in Lucknow. Aimed at showcasing India’s potential as a global defence manufacturing hub, the 11th edition of the DefenceExpo will bring new technologies and solutions on a single platform for defence manufacturing firms from India and abroad. The theme of the Expo …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 11 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 11 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 1: 1. Supreme Court upholds changes to SC/ST atrocities law.   GS Paper 2: 1. Special category status. 2. National Deworming Day.   GS Paper 3: 1. What is CRR or cash reserve ratio? 2. Protected Special Agricultural Zone’ …

Global conservation list

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Global conservation list What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Implications and significance of the move, about CMS. Context: India will be moving to include the Asian Elephant and the Great Indian Bustard in global conservation list- the list of species that merit heightened conservation measures. The list will be …

Solar Orbiter Mission

Topics Covered: Awareness in space. Solar Orbiter Mission What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Objectives, features and significance of the mission. Context: Solar Orbiter mission was launched recently. The mission is a collaboration between ESA (the European Space Agency) and NASA. The spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral on a United Launch Alliance Atlas …

Protected Special Agricultural Zone’ (PSAZ)

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Protected Special Agricultural Zone’ (PSAZ) What to study? For Prelims and Mains: PSAZ- features, need for and significance. Context: Tamil Nadu CM declares Cauvery Delta as Protected Special Agriculture Zone. A law in this regard will be enacted soon. The protected zone will include Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam districts and delta …

What is CRR or cash reserve ratio?

Topics Covered: Indian economy related issues. What is CRR or cash reserve ratio? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Meaning, features and significance. Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has exempted banks from maintaining cash reserve ratio (CRR) for loans to retail and micro, small and medium enterprises for five years, if these …

National Deworming Day

Topics Covered: Issues related to health and management of human resources. National Deworming Day What to study? For Prelims and Mains: NDD- features and need, what is deworming and the need for it, and what are Intestinal parasitic worms? Context: NDD is observed bi-annually on 10th February and 10th August in all states and UTs followed …

Special category status

Topics Covered:Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Special category status What to study? For Prelims: SCS- features, implications and criteria. For Mains: Significance, the need for and concerns associated. Context: Andhra Pradesh has revived its demand for Special Category Status (SCS). Background: It …

Supreme Court upholds changes to SC/ST atrocities law

Topics Covered: Social empowerment and Indian society. Supreme Court upholds changes to SC/ST atrocities law What to study? For Prelims: What is Anticipatory bail? Supreme Court Judgment, over of SC/ST atrocities law. For Mains: Concerns over misuse, impact of Supreme Court ruling, implications and way ahead. What’s the issue? The Supreme Court has upheld a …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 11 February 2020 – Art & Culture

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 11 February 2020 – Art & Culture

Insights into Interview : A Motivational Article for Interview by Mr. Saurabh Kumar- IFS Rank 16

Insights into Interview : A Motivational Article for Interview by Mr. Saurabh Kumar- IFS Rank 16   Written for : IFS interview (Scheduled 10-14 Feb, 2020) appearing candidates … Especially those who are facing UPSC for the first time… Ideally, by now, You should have given many interview mocks and received good feedback in all …

Insights into Editorial: Fashioning the framework of a New India

Insights into Editorial: Fashioning the framework of a New India Context: State of Indian Economy: The Indian economy is going through a severe crisis: a slowdown as well as a structural crisis. In the words of the former Chief Economic Adviser, Arvind Subramanian, it is headed towards the ICU. Almost all sectors of the economy …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 11 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 11 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from …

Discuss the role of family in inculcating values in a person.

Topic:  Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged …

Worsening ecological ethics is one of the principal reasons for Environmental degradation. Discuss.

Topic:  Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged …

Discuss the concept of Agricultural Protection Zoning (APZ). Explain in what way such methods can help control the extent of urban sprawls.

Topic:  Land reforms in India. 5. Discuss the concept of Agricultural Protection Zoning (APZ). Explain in what way such methods can help control the extent of urban sprawls. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The question is based on the concept of Agricultural Protection Zoning (APZ) and its significant contributions in curtailing the …

India is often labeled as the ‘pharmacy of the world’, But with reliance on API imports from China running to well over 60% for most drugs, India’s claim to be a world leader in pharmaceuticals is heavily compromised. Analyse what should India do to overcome such dependencies and maintain its position in the pharma industry.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 4. India is often labeled as the ‘pharmacy of the world’, But with reliance on API imports from China running to well over 60% for …

“The evolution of the widely practiced Unani system of medicine has been as a syncretic science”, under such pretext explain in what way practicing such systems of medicines can lead to sustainable and effective healthcare in the country.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 3. “The evolution of the widely practiced Unani system of medicine has been as a syncretic science”, under such pretext explain in what way practicing such systems of medicines can lead to sustainable and effective healthcare in the country. …

Compare and contrast the tenets of Buddhism and Jainism. How far are these religious ideas relevant to present day Modern India?

Topic:  Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present 2. Compare and contrast the tenets of Buddhism and Jainism. How far are these religious ideas relevant to present day Modern India? …

Communalism was only a facade to hide the real economic and political conflicts between different groups. Critically examine the statement in the context of communal divisions during freedom struggle.

Topic:  The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. 1. Communalism was only a facade to hide the real economic and political conflicts between different groups. Critically examine the statement in the context of communal divisions during freedom struggle. (250 words) Reference: INSIGHTS ON INDIA Indian …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 10 February 2020 – History

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 08 February 2020 – History

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (08 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (08 February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 10 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 10 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 1: 1. Guru Ravidas.   GS Paper 2: 1. Reservation in promotion in public posts not a fundamental right: SC. 2. Disha Police Stations. 3. Vigilance wing for Health in Kerala.   GS Paper 3: 1. Muktoshri- arsenic-resistant rice. …

Muktoshri- arsenic-resistant rice

Topics covered: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology. Muktoshri- arsenic-resistant rice What to study? For Prelims: What is Muktoshri? Arsenic contamination- effects. For Mains: Increasing arsenic contamination- issues, concerns, WHO guidelines. Context: West Bengal government’s rice research centre has come up with a new variety of rice called Muktoshri that can be grown …

Vigilance wing for Health in Kerala

Topics Covered: Issues related to health. Vigilance wing for Health in Kerala What to study? For Prelims: Functions of the wing. For Mains: Need for and significance. Context: Kerala government has proposed to set up a Vigilance Wing in the Health Department to monitor private practice by doctors and crackdown on quackery. Composition and functions: A police officer …

Disha law

Topics Covered: Government policies and their working. Disha law What to study? For Prelims: what are they? For Mains: Significance and the need for the law, issues surrounding death sentence. Context: The Andhra Pradesh state government is preparing to implement the Disha Bill once it gets the nod of the President. As per the law, …

Reservation in promotion in public posts not a fundamental right: SC

Topics Covered: Indian constitution and historical underpinnings. Reservation in promotion in public posts not a fundamental right: SC What to study? For prelims: Names of relevant SC cases and constitutional provisions wrt to SC/ST welfare. For mains: Significance of Supreme Court verdict and its implications.  Context: The Supreme Court has recently ruled that the states are not bound to …

Guru Ravidas

Topics Covered: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Guru Ravidas What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About Guru ravidas, teachings, important literary works and relevance today.  Context: Sant Ravidas Jayanti was celebrated on February 9th. About Guru Ravidas: Guru Ravidas was a North Indian mystic …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 10 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 10 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

Insights into Editorial: Course correction for the Speaker’s office

Insights into Editorial: Course correction for the Speaker’s office Context: Recently, the Supreme Court of India while adjudicating upon the matter relating to the disqualification of MLAs in the Manipur Legislative Assembly under the Tenth Schedule in Keisham Meghachandra Singh vs. the Hon’ble Speaker Manipur Legislative Assembly & Ors. made a significant suggestion. The office …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- PORNOGRAPHY- IMPACT ON CHILDREN & SOCIETY

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- PORNOGRAPHY- IMPACT ON CHILDREN & SOCIETY Introduction: The Adhoc Committee of the Rajya instituted by Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu has made 40 far reaching recommendations to prevent sexual abuse of children and to contain access to and transmission of child pornography content on social media. The report of the Committee was …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 10 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 10 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and …

What are Moral Emotions? How are they different from basic emotions? Explain.

Topic:  Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged …

“Gandhi’s martyrdom was his final sacrifice in his Altar for Hindu-Muslim harmony. “Elucidate.

Topic:  Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged …

‘piracy is a global beast’, In this context, critically examine the challenges involved in the e-commerce sector with respect to the threats of counterfeits and piracy with special focus on India.

Topic:  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention 5. ‘piracy is a global beast’, In this context, critically examine the challenges involved in the e-commerce sector with respect to the threats of counterfeits and piracy with …

Discuss the advantages of disinvestment as a mode for mobilization of resources for the government with recent cases.

Topic:  Investment models. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 4.Discuss the advantages of disinvestment as a mode for mobilization of resources for the government with recent cases. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: Union Minister of Finance recently announced that the government plans to sell …

Do you agree that India needs to have an open mind on trade in an economically interconnected and technologically inseparable world? Comment and suggest measures to be taken in this aspect.

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 3. Do you agree that India needs to have an open mind on trade in an economically interconnected and technologically inseparable world? Comment and suggest measures to be taken in this aspect. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: …

“Caste system is assuming new identities and associational forms. Hence, caste system cannot be eradicated in India”. Do you agree? Comment and  Present your viewpoints with suitable arguments.

Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society 2.  “Caste system is assuming new identities and associational forms. Hence, caste system cannot be eradicated in India”. Do you agree? Comment and  Present your viewpoints with suitable arguments. (250 words) Reference Why this question: The question expects us to discuss the evolved nature of caste system in India …

Chola bronze sculptures had set a new benchmark in the history of art and metallurgy”. Elucidate.

Topic:  Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 1. Chola bronze sculptures had set a new benchmark in the history of art and metallurgy”. Elucidate. (250 words) Reference: An introduction to Indian Art Part -I   Class XI  NCERT Why this question: The question is …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (07 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (07February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2020 – Week 20: “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2020 – Week 20 Archives 09 February 2020 Write an essay on the following topic in not more than 1000-1200 words: “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- EDUCATION & ASPIRING INDIA

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- EDUCATION & ASPIRING INDIA   Introduction: In the Union Budget 2020, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has suggested speedy implementation of the new education policy, besides several measures that will bring in a paradigm shift in the educational systems and creation of employment in India and abroad. The budget earmarked Rs 99,300 …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 08 February 2020 – Environment

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 08 February 2020 – Environment

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 08 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 08 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. What is ‘unparliamentary’ language? 2. Panel suggests steps to curb child porn.   GS Paper 3: 1. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft. 2. Genome India project. 3. Kerala’s ban on CFL and filament bulbs from November 2020.   …

Kerala’s ban on CFL and filament bulbs from November 2020

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Kerala’s ban on CFL and filament bulbs from November 2020 What to study? For Prelims: Differences between LED, CFL and filament bulbs. For Mains: Why the ban? Implications and significance. Context: Kerala will impose a ban on the sale of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and incandescent (filament) bulbs starting November …

Genome India project

Topics Covered: Issues related to biotechnology. Genome India project What to study? For prelims: What is genome sequencing and how is it done?  For Mains: Significance, need and challenges to the project.  Context: The government has cleared an ambitious gene-mapping project, called Genome India Project. Overview of Genome India Project: The Rs 238-crore Genome India …

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft

Topics Covered: Awareness in space. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features, objectives and accomplishments of Voyager 1 and 2. Context: NASA has managed to fix its Voyager-2 probe remotely, almost 11.5 billion miles away from its location. Background: The probe has reportedly been acting in an unexpected manner …

Panel suggests steps to curb child porn

Topics Covered: 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. Panel suggests steps to curb child porn What to study? For Prelims: Key recommendations, about NCPCR. For Mains: Significance …

What is ‘unparliamentary’ speech and conduct?

Topics Covered: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. What is ‘unparliamentary’ speech and conduct? What to study? For Prelims: Rules in this regard, what constitutes unparliamentary language? For Mains: Need for rules in this regard and ways to improve. Context: Few recent …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 08 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 08 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

[COMPILATIONS] Insights into Editorials – December 2019

[COMPILATIONS] Insights into Editorials – December 2019 Click the link below to download: InsightsonIndia December 2019 Editorial    

Insights into Editorial: Purifying water: On draft notification on RO systems

Insights into Editorial: Purifying water: On draft notification on RO systems Context: The Environment Ministry’s draft notification to regulate the use of membrane-based water purification systems primarily concerns the manufacturers of reverse osmosis (RO) water filters but effectively bars domestic users from installing RO systems. The Central government has drawn up plans to ban the …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (06 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (06February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 08 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 08 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 2   1. India has made progress in deepening integration in South Asia. However several …

Discuss the key features and provisions of Uniform Code of Pharmaceuticals Marketing Practices. Highlight the need and its significance to the Pharma industry.

7. Discuss the key features and provisions of Uniform Code of Pharmaceuticals Marketing Practices. Highlight the need and its significance to the Pharma industry.(250 words) Reference: The Hindu

Lesser enterprises need other forms of support to play their spirited role in aggregating employment and incomes at the bottom of the pyramid. Deliberate.

6. Lesser enterprises need other forms of support to play their spirited role in aggregating employment and incomes at the bottom of the pyramid. Deliberate.(250 words) Reference: The Hindu

Considering draft notification to regulate reverse osmosis, the main aim should be to persuade authorities to promote and supply BIS-standard water at the consumer’s end.

5. Considering draft notification to regulate reverse osmosis, the main aim should be to persuade authorities to promote and supply BIS-standard water at the consumer’s end.(250 words) Reference: The Hindu  

Formalization could be the forerunner of change for the economy, but extreme formalization can prove to be a formula for distress to the informal sector. Examine.

4. Formalization could be the forerunner of change for the economy, but extreme formalization can prove to be a formula for distress to the informal sector. Examine. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu

“The Genome India Project is supposed to be among the most significant of its kind in the world because of its scale and the diversity.” Discuss the key elements of the project and highlight the importance of it in genetic studies.

3. “The Genome India Project is supposed to be among the most significant of its kind in the world because of its scale and the diversity.” Discuss the key elements of the project and highlight the importance of it in genetic studies.(250 words) Reference:Indian Express

How far is imposition of death sentence to satisfy “collective conscience” justified? Illustrate with recent decisions made by apex court in this direction.

2.How far is imposition of death sentence to satisfy “collective conscience” justified? Illustrate with recent decisions made by apex court in this direction.(250 words) Reference : The Hindu

India has made progress in deepening integration in South Asia. However several challenges persist, discuss the concerns facing India in this dimension of regional connectivity with South Asia.

1. India has made progress in deepening integration in South Asia. However several challenges persist, discuss the concerns facing India in this dimension of regional connectivity with South Asia.(250 words) Reference: Hindustan Times

RSTV: IN DEPTH- LOCUST ATTACK

RSTV: IN DEPTH- LOCUST ATTACK   Introduction: In recent weeks, locust swarms have attacked crops in more than a dozen countries in Asia and Africa. The United Nations says the situation is extremely alarming in three regions – the Horn of Africa, the Red Sea area, and southwest Asia. The Horn of Africa is the …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 07 February 2020 – Economy

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 07 February 2020 – Economy

[COMPILATIONS] Insights into Editorials – January 2020

[COMPILATIONS] Insights into Editorials – January 2020 Click the link below to download: InsightsonIndia January 2020 Editorial  

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 07 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 07 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 1: 1. Female Genital Mutilation. 2. Kumbhabhishekam   GS Paper 2: 1. Motion of thanks to President’s Address. 2. Ram Temple trust. 3. Uniform Code of Pharmaceuticals Marketing Practices, 2014 (“UCPMP Code”).   GS Paper 3: 1. Public Safety …

Public Safety Act

Topics covered: Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism. Public Safety Act What to study? For prelims: Key features of the act. For mains: Issues related, why it is called a draconian law, need for reforms. Context: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has slapped the stringent Public Safety …

Uniform Code of Pharmaceuticals Marketing Practices (“UCPMP Code”)

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Uniform Code of Pharmaceuticals Marketing Practices (“UCPMP Code”) What to study? For Prelims: Overview of UCPMP. For Mains: Features, need for and significance. Context: Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has yet again “requested companies to abide …

Ram Temple trust

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Ram Temple trust What to study? For Prelims: About the Ayodhya verdict and the trust- functions. For Mains: Issues, concerns and ways to address them. Context: A 15-member trust to oversee the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya has been constituted. The announcement of a “broad …

Motion of thanks to President’s Address

Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. Motion of thanks to President’s Address What to study? For Prelims and Mains: What is Motion of thanks, what it contains? Its …

Kumbhabhishekam

Topics Covered: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Kumbhabhishekam What to study? For Prelims and Mains: the ritual and it’s significance, the temple. Context: The ‘kumbhabhishekam’ (consecration) of the 1,010-year-old Brihadeeswarar Temple or the Big Temple is being held at Thanjavur. This enormously …

Female Genital Mutilation

Topics Covered: Women related issues. Female Genital Mutilation What to study? For Prelims: Meaning and where is it practiced? For Mains: Prevention, challenges, need for and ways. Context: Every year, February 6 is observed as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). What is Female Genital Mutilation? It is the name …

Insights into Editorial: What Brexit means for the EU and its partners

Insights into Editorial: What Brexit means for the EU and its partners Context: On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union. Britain has officially left the European Union (EU) and has become the first country to leave the 28-member bloc. Nevertheless, we have always respected the sovereign decision of 52% of the …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 07 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 07 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 07 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 07 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies   1. Considering the manner in which public data are being stored and used by both …

“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” Elaborate

7. “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” Elaborate (250 words)

“The nations morals are like its teeth, the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them”. Discuss

6. “The nations morals are like its teeth, the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them”. Discuss (250 words)

“On several occasions, the Speaker’s role has been questioned on the allegation of bias and the office has been criticized for being an agent of pernicious partisan politics”. Critically comment.

5. “On several occasions, the Speaker’s role has been questioned on the allegation of bias and the office has been criticized for being an agent of pernicious partisan politics”. Critically comment. (250 words) Reference  The Hindu

“ Achieving the target of 30% electric mobility by 2030 looks challenging and investment innovation research and development (R&D) across the right technologies will be key to achieve it ”. Discuss critically.

4. “ Achieving the target of 30% electric mobility by 2030 looks challenging, and investment, innovation, research and development (R&D) across the right technologies will be key to achieve it ”. Discuss critically. (250 words) Reference Live mint

There is a need of more innovative reforms to ensure internal democracy, financial accountability in political parties. In the light of the above statement, critically analyse the steps taken by the government on electoral reforms.

3. There is a need of more innovative reforms to ensure internal democracy, financial accountability in political parties. In the light of the above statement, critically analyse the steps taken by the government on electoral reforms. (250 words) Reference Insights On India  

The informal sector provides the vast majority of opportunities both for its youth and for people coming off the farm to earn incomes. In this context, what necessitates the reorientation of policies towards the informal sector?

2. The informal sector provides the vast majority of opportunities both for its youth and for people coming off the farm to earn incomes. In this context, what necessitates the reorientation of policies towards the informal sector? (250 words) Reference :  The Hindu  

Considering the manner in which public data are being stored and used by both the state and private entities, a comprehensive Data Protection Act is the need of the hour. Comment.

1. Considering the manner in which public data are being stored and used by both the state and private entities, a comprehensive Data Protection Act is the need of the hour. Comment. (250 words) Reference  The Hindu

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (05 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (05February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 06 February 2020 – Geography

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 06 February 2020 – Geography

RSTV: THE AIRCRAFT (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020

RSTV: THE AIRCRAFT (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020 Introduction: The government on Tuesday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Aircraft Act whereby the fine amount for violations will be hiked from Rs 10 lakh to up to Rs 1 crore. The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 also provides for keeping “aircraft belonging to any …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 06 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 06 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 06 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 06 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. Cooperative banks under RBI. 2. Select Committee recommendations on Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill. 3. Supreme Court panel recommends several prison reforms.   GS Paper 3: 1. Soil Health Cards (SHC) scheme. 2. International IP Index 2020. 3. Vadhavan …

Vadhavan port and landlord model

Topics Covered: Investment models. Vadhavan port and landlord model What to study? For Prelims: Major ports in India and about landlord model. For Mains: Need for and significance of this model. Context: The Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to set up a major port at Vadhavan near Dahanu in Maharashtra with a total cost …

International IP Index 2020

Topics Covered: IP related issues. International IP Index 2020 What to study? For Prelims: About the IIP Index and performance of India and its neighbours. For Mains: Performance analysis of India and challenges ahead, measures needed to ensure transparency and enhance protection. Context: The International IP Index 2020 has been released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s …

Soil Health Cards (SHC) scheme

Topics Covered: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers. Soil Health Cards (SHC) scheme What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features, objectives and significance of …

Supreme Court panel recommends several prison reforms

Topics Covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. Supreme Court panel recommends several prison reforms What to study? For Prelims: Committee constituted for the purpose. For Mains: Prison reforms- need, concerns, challenges and reforms suggested. Context: Supreme …

Select Committee recommendations on Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill

Topic covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Select Committee recommendations on Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features, changes and significance. Context: 15 major changes have been suggested in a report presented by the Select Committee on …

Cooperative banks under RBI

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Cooperative banks under RBI What to study? For Prelims: Cooperative banks- composition, functions and regulations. For Mains: The issue of dual regulation and ways to address it.  Context: Union Cabinet has approved to bring regulation …

Insights into Editorial: Growing wealth inequality doesn’t bode well for India’s future

Insights into Editorial: Growing wealth inequality doesn’t bode well for India’s future Context: The policy world has witnessed the ripples caused by Oxfam releasing its Annual Inequality Report ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Every year, this report captures staggering increases in global wealth inequality over the years. This year, the report established …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 06 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 06 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 2   Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, …

“Hate the sin,Love the Sinner”- Discuss the relevance of quote in today context

Topic:  Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged …

Discuss Schooling as an important agent of systematic learning and inculcator of moral values for a child.

Topic:  Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged …

Why does the European Commission want a temporary ban on facial recognition technologies in public spaces? What are its implications on the use of artificial intelligence? Discuss.

Topic:  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. 5. Why does the European Commission want a temporary ban on facial recognition technologies in public spaces? What are its implications on the use of artificial intelligence? Discuss. …

At the moment, India is one of the few countries which have major interest in international seaborne trade. In the backdrop of such a situation critically examine the role played by India in the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 4. At the moment, India is one of the few countries which have major interest in international seaborne trade. In the backdrop of such a situation critically examine the role …

Along with value-added administration, the education system needs a revamp to address India’s human capital crisis effectively. Deliberate.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. 3. Along with value-added administration, the education system needs a revamp to address India’s human …

Developing the rural infrastructure has a direct effect on the economic growth and wellness of the country; in such a context discuss the need to have a budget inclusive of tech infrastructure to cater these areas.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 2. Developing the rural infrastructure has a direct effect on the economic growth and wellness of the country; in such a context discuss the need to have a budget inclusive of tech infrastructure to cater these …

Discuss whether the recurrent viral outbreaks can be termed as man-made disasters. Illustrate with the case of corona outbreak.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Disaster and disaster management. 1. Discuss whether the recurrent viral outbreaks can be termed as man-made disasters. Illustrate with the case of corona outbreak. (250 words) Reference: NCBI The Hindu Why this question: Recently, a new virus belonging to …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- POLICE COMMISSIONER SYSTEM

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- POLICE COMMISSIONER SYSTEM Introduction: UP govt has approved the commissionerate system of policing state capital Lucknow and Noida . This system gives more responsibilities including magisterial powers to IPS officers of the rank of Inspector general of Police who are posted as Commissioner. Many states have adopted the commissionerate system at …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 05 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 05 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA). 2. East Asia Summit.   GS Paper 3: 1. Vikram Sarabhai. 2. India develops new vaccine to control classical swine fever. 3. Reverse osmosis (RO). 4. Blue dot network. 5. Maharashtra tops list …

Maharashtra tops list of States hit by global medical data leak

Topics Covered: Cyber security related issues. Maharashtra tops list of States hit by global medical data leak What to study? For Prelims: Key findings. For Mains: Concerns, challenges and preparedness. Context: Greenbone Sustainable Resilience, a German cybersecurity firm, has published a report on medical data leak. This is the second report. Key findings: Medical details …

Blue dot network

Topics Covered: Infrastructure. Blue dot network What to study? For Prelims: Meaning, members and features. For Mains: Need for and significance. Context: The first meeting of the Blue Dot Network‘s embryonic steering committee was held recently in Washington, with Australia and Japan as partners. What is the Blue dot network? The U.S., Australia and Japan …

Reverse osmosis (RO)

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. Reverse osmosis (RO) What to study? For Prelims: What is Osmosis and RO? TDS in water. For Mains: Why was it banned? Issues and alternatives available.  Context: …

India develops new vaccine to control classical swine fever

Topics Covered: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology. India develops new vaccine to control classical swine fever What to study? For Prelims: About CSF, symptoms and prevention, the new vaccine. For Mains: Significance and the need for new vaccines. Context: The Indian Institute of Veterinary Research (IVRI) …

Vikram Sarabhai

Topics Covered: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology. Vikram Sarabhai What to study? For prelims: Key contributions of Vikram Sarabhai. For mains: Contributions of India and Indians to the development of space technology. Context: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) are conducting …

East Asia Summit

Topics covered: India and its neighbourhood- relations. East Asia Summit What to study? For Prelims and Mains: EAS- composition, objectives, significance for India and issues associated. Context: India is set to host an East Asia Summit conference this week in Chennai with a focus on maritime security cooperation and tackling challenges in the maritime domain. It will be organised …

Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA)

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) What to study? For Prelims: PTA- features and applications. For Mains: Significance of the move and it’s implications. Context: The government has announced that it was abolishing in “public interest” an …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 05 February 2020 – Polity

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 05 February 2020 – Polity

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 05 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 05 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

Insights into Editorial: Changes in 1971 abortion law, and why India feels it necessary

Insights into Editorial: Changes in 1971 abortion law, and why India feels it necessary Context: The Union Cabinet cleared a long-pending change to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 that raises the legally permissible limit for an abortion to 24 weeks from the current 20 weeks. The Union cabinet has done well to approve …

Insights into Editorial: Economic Survey 2020 takes a cue from China for creation of 8 crore jobs

Insights into Editorial: Economic Survey 2020 takes a cue from China for creation of 8 crore jobs Context: Finance Minister tabled the Economic Survey 2019-20 in the Parliament after a joint address by President Ram Nath Kovind to both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Prepared by Chief Economic Advisor, the Economic Survey gives a review …

RSTV: IN DEPTH- ANTICIPATORY BAIL

RSTV: IN DEPTH- ANTICIPATORY BAIL Introduction: The Supreme Court delivered a significant verdict, ruling that no time limit can be set while granting anticipatory bail. It also referred to the freedom movement when people were jailed for protesting against the British rule. While lamenting that arbitrary arrests continue to be a pervasive phenomenon. The Top …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 05 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 05 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 2   Topic:  Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s …

Discuss the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges.

Topic:  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention. 7. Discuss the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges. (250 words) Reference: IDSA Why this question: The question aims to analyse different internal …

Modern computing devices are not safe when it comes to the issue of security vulnerabilities in technology use. Do you agree? Examine.

Topic:  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention. 6. Modern computing devices are not safe when it comes to the issue of security vulnerabilities in technology use. Do you agree? Examine. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu …

India’s major power generator NTPC Ltd has raised ‘largest ever’ Samurai loan recently. In the light of this statement explain what is a Samurai loan? and where will the funds raised under it be used?

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 5.India’s major power generator NTPC Ltd has raised ‘largest ever’ Samurai loan recently. In the light of this statement explain what is a Samurai loan? and where will the funds raised under it be used? (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why …

In the Indian polity, states cannot be reduced to mere administrative agencies delegated with enforcing Parliamentary laws without any application of mind. Critically analyze.

Topic:  Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. 4. In the Indian polity, states cannot be reduced to mere administrative agencies delegated with enforcing Parliamentary laws without any application of mind. Critically analyze. (250 words) Reference:  The Hindu Why this question: The article …

There was hope that the recently proposed Budget would increase allocations in various sectors, and in turn would trigger demand but the numbers do not seem promising, Give your opinion and analyse.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 3. There was hope that the recently proposed Budget would increase allocations in various sectors, and in turn would trigger demand but …

Discuss the suggestions given in the Economic Survey 2020 to boost India’s economic growth.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 2. Discuss the suggestions given in the Economic Survey 2020 to boost India’s economic growth. (250 words) Reference: PIB Why this question: Recently the economic survey 2020-21 was released ahead of Budget proposals issued in the …

Despite the unsolved tension between Israelis and Palestinians the defining war is a broader struggle among multiple players seeking regional hegemony. Thus, is it right to say that New West Asia today is rife with small state, non-state actors pitted against each other? Analyse.

Topic:  Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 1.Despite the unsolved tension between Israelis and Palestinians the defining war is a broader struggle among multiple players seeking regional hegemony. Thus, is it right to say that New West Asia today is rife with small state, non-state actors pitted against …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (03 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (03 February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 04 February 2020 – Art & Culture

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 04 February 2020 – Art & Culture

[COMPILATION] InsightsIAS Current Affairs Quiz – January 2020

[COMPILATION] Current Affairs – January 2020   Click the following link to download Compilation of Static Quiz (January 2020) Insights January 2020 Current Affairs Quiz Compilation    

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 04 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 04 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. Gram Nyayalayas. 2. Recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission. 3. Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY).   GS Paper 3: 1. Locust attacks. 2. Global Go To Think Tank Index. 3. Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes(SATHI). …

REIT and InvIT

Topics Covered: Infrastructure. REIT and InvIT What to study? For Prelims: Features of InvIT and REIT. For Mains: Need for and significance of InvIT and REIT. Context: The proposal in the Union Budget to tax dividend in the hands of unit holders/ investors would hurt future InvITs and REITs, say real estate and infrastructure industry …

Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes(SATHI)

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. Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes(SATHI) What to study? For Prelims and Mains: SATHI- key features, need for and significance. Context: The Department of Science & Technology …

Global Go To Think Tank Index

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. Global Go To Think Tank Index What to study? For Prelims: All about the index. For Mains: Key findings and significance, ways and means to improve. Context: …

Locust attacks

Topics Covered: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage. Locust attacks What to study? For Prelims: What are locusts, how they affect crops? Affected countries. For Mains: Concerns, effects, challenges and ways to address them. Context: During the past few weeks, major locust attacks …

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)

Topics covered: 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. Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) What to study? For Prelims and mains: Key Highlights of the PMMVY, funding and …

Recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission

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. Recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission What to study? For Prelims: About FC- composition, functions and objectives, key recommendations. For Mains: Significance and the …

Gram Nyayalayas

Topics Covered: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Gram Nyayalayas What to study? For Prelims: What are they, how are they function? For Mains: Need for and significance. Context: The Supreme Court has directed the states, which are yet to come out with notifications for establishing ‘Gram Nyayalayas’, to do …

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 30 January 2020

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 30 January 2020 NOTE: Please remember that following ‘answers’ are NOT ‘model answers’. They are NOT synopsis too if we go by definition of the term. What we are providing is content that both meets demand of the question and at the same time gives you extra points in the form of background …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 04 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 04 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

[COMPILATION] InsightsIAS Static Quiz – January 2020

[COMPILATION] Static Quiz – January 2020   Click the following link to download Compilation of Static Quiz (January 2020) Insights January 2020 Static Quiz Compilation    

Insights into Editorial: Will Budget 2020 work in getting the Indian economy back on track?

Insights into Editorial: Will Budget 2020 work in getting the Indian economy back on track? Context: Union Budget of India is the country’s comprehensive Annual Financial Statement. The Union Budget consists of a detailed account of the government’s finances, its revenues from various sources and expenditures to be incurred on different activities that it will …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 03 February 2020 – History

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 03 February 2020 – History

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 04 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 04 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and …

In the recent times there has been uproar to review the open ended procurement policy, Discuss what the policy is about? And explain how does the government decide minimum support price for the farmers?

Topic:  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. 7. In the recent times there has been uproar to review the open ended procurement policy, Discuss what the policy is about? And …

Do you think privatization of health and education sectors in India can bring transformational shift in the current social indicators? Examine with suitable cases.

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. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 6. Do you think privatization of …

What is Money Laundering? How does Money Laundering work? Discuss various steps taken by government of India to prevent money laundering.

Topic:  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention. 5. What is Money Laundering? How does Money Laundering work? Discuss various steps taken by government of India to prevent money laundering. (250 words) Reference: Legal Service India …

“Communication networks are a part of our critical information infrastructure”, in this context, what are the threats posed by communication networks to the internal security of India? Elucidate.

Topic:  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention. 4. “Communication networks are a part of our critical information infrastructure”, in this context, what are the threats posed by communication networks to the internal security of India? …

Discuss the constitutional provisions available for the Finance Commission of India and explain its significance. Also, examine the major recommendations of the recently released interim report of the 15th Finance Commission.

Topic:  Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 3. Discuss the constitutional provisions available for the Finance Commission of India and explain its significance. Also, examine the major recommendations of the recently released interim report of the 15th Finance Commission.(250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The report of …

Bring out the key highlights of the draft National logistic policy, analyse the benefits and challenges involved in implementing the same.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Food Processing and Related Industries in India- Scope’ and Significance, Location, Upstream and Downstream Requirements, Supply Chain Management. 2. Bring out the key highlights of the draft National logistic policy, analyse the benefits and challenges involved …

Highlight the challenges associated with Demographic Dividend in India. Discuss the steps taken by the government of India to enhance the capacity of the population and make it more productive.

Topic:  population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. 1.Highlight the challenges associated with Demographic Dividend in India. Discuss the steps taken by the government of India to enhance the capacity of the population and make it more productive.  (250 words) Reference: Business Today Why this question: The question …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (01 February 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (01 February 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

[COMPILATION] InsightsIAS Revision Through MCQs (RTM) – January 2020

[COMPILATION] InsightsIAS Revision Through MCQs (RTM) – January 2020 Click the Link Below to Download: RTM-January -2020 Magazine  

RSTV: INDIA’S WORLD- WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2020

RSTV: INDIA’S WORLD- WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2020 Introduction: The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters happens to be the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. It brought together 3,000 participants from around the world, …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 03 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 03 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 1: 1. Bodo Language.   GS Paper 2: 1. Finance Commission of India. 2. Common Wealth   GS Paper 3: 1. Quantum computing gets funds. 2. Green India Mission. 3. World Wetlands Day 2019.   Facts for Prelims: 1. …

World Wetlands Day 2019

Topics covered: Conservation related issues. World Wetlands Day 2019 What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Significance of the day, wetlands conservation related issues.  Context: World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2 each year to mark the Day the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the Iranian City of Ramsar in 1971. India is a …

Green India Mission

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Green India Mission What to study? For Prelims: GIM- Key features, NAPCC. For Mains: Performance analysis of GIM, challenges and concerns highlighted, need for reforms. Context: A sum of Rs 343.08 crore has been released under the Green India Mission (GIM) for undertaking afforestation activities …

Quantum computing gets funds

Topics Covered: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. Quantum computing gets funds What to study? For Prelims and mains: What is it? Significance. Context: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Union Budget for 2020-21, presented on February 1, 2020, proposed Rs 8,000 crore over five …

Commonwealth

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. Commonwealth What to study? For Prelims: About commonwealth. For Mains: Relevance of Commonwealth today and the need for reorganization. Context: The Maldives re-joined the Commonwealth, more than three years after the Indian Ocean island nation quit amid mounting criticism of its human rights. In …

Finance Commission of India

Topics Covered:  Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. Finance Commission of India What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About FC- roles, objectives, functions, criteria used and need for reforms. Context: The report of the Fifteenth Finance Commission, along with an Action Taken Report, has been tabled in …

Bodo Language

Bodo Language What to study? For Prelims: Bodo Language and it’s scripts. For Mains: Significance, need for protection. Context: Bodo language is one of the key thrust areas in the Bodo Accord which was signed recently. Bodo language- Key facts: Estimated to have 1.5 million speakers (Census 2011), Bodo is listed in the Eighth Schedule …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (31 January 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (31 January 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 03 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 03 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 03 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 03 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water …

Compare and contrast Distributive and social justice. Do you think Distributive justice can prove to be a better philosophy to bring social justice? Give your opinion with suitable examples.

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. Compare and …

The recent budget proposals with respect to the power and the renewable energy sector will not only help fulfill India’s obligations towards global climate action but will also serve as an impetus to the economy. Elucidate.

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 6. The recent budget proposals with respect to the power and the renewable energy sector will not only help fulfill India’s obligations towards global climate action but will also serve as an impetus to the economy. Elucidate. (250 words) Reference: …

Examine the role of cybersecurity in securing digital India.

Topic:  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention. 5. Examine the role of cybersecurity in securing digital India. (250 words) Reference: Analytics Training   Why this question: The question is direct and aims to examine the aspects …

Discuss in detail the components of Cyber Security. Explain various mechanisms available at the international level to handle it.

Topic:  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention. 4. Discuss in detail the components of Cyber Security. Explain various mechanisms available at the international level to handle it.(250 words) Reference:  DSCI Why this question: The question …

Discuss the key features of National Mission on Quantum Technologies & Applications (NM-QTA).

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 3. Discuss the key features of National Mission on Quantum Technologies & Applications (NM-QTA).  (250 words) Reference: News On AIR Why this question: The government in its budget 2020 has announced a National Mission on Quantum …

Will Trump’s peace plan help resolve Israel-Palestine crisis? Discuss the possibilities and suggest way forward.

Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. 2. Will Trump’s peace plan help resolve Israel-Palestine crisis? Discuss the possibilities and suggest way forward.(250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The West Asia peace plan has been unveiled recently by U.S. President Donald Trump. Thus the …

India has witnessed a rapid degradation of its wetlands in recent times, Discuss the causes and explain in what way they will lead to water, food and climate insecurity in the country? Suggest solutions to address the issue.

Topic:  geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 1. India has witnessed a rapid degradation of its wetlands in recent times, Discuss the causes and explain in what …

Insights into Editorial: Crime and politics: on political candidates with criminal records

Insights into Editorial: Crime and politics: on political candidates with criminal records Context: The Supreme Court has taken a timely decision by agreeing to hear a plea from the Election Commission of India (ECI) to direct political parties to not field candidates with criminal antecedents. The immediate provocation is the finding that 46% of Members …

Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2020 – Week 19: “Ability will get you success, Character will keep you successful.”

Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2020 – Week 19 Archives 02 February 2020 Write an essay on the following topic in not more than 1000-1200 words: “Ability will get you success, Character will keep you successful.”

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- ARTICLE 13- SPECIAL POWERS OF SUPREME COURT

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- ARTICLE 13- SPECIAL POWERS OF SUPREME COURT Introduction: The Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government in Kerala, on Tuesday, moved the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a first by any state government. They sought that the act be declared as violative of the basic structure—principle of equality, freedom and secularism. …

[COMPILATION] Insights Current Affairs, January 2020

[COMPILATION] Insights Current Affairs, January 2020   Like we did last month, we are posting the compilation of current affairs on time this month too. Hope you will find it handy to revise current affairs of entire month of December 2019. Click the link below to download the compilation: InsightsIAS Current Affairs – January 2020 …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 01 February 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 01 February 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. What is Dividend Distribution Tax? 2. Insurance cover on bank FDs, deposits increased to ₹5 lakh. 3. What Is in the New Brexit Deal?   GS Paper 3: 1. Yellow Rust. 2. What is Anticipatory bail?   …

What is Anticipatory bail?

Topics Covered: Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention. What is Anticipatory bail? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Meaning, features, significance and issues involved. Context: A constitution bench of the Supreme Court has ruled …

Yellow Rust

Topics Covered: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country. Yellow Rust What to study? For Prelims and Mains: What is Yellow Rust, how it occurs, spread, impact and prevention? Context: Yellow Rust was recently detected in wheat crops in parts of Punjab and Haryana. What is Yellow Rust? It is a disease …

Brexit Deal 

Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Brexit Deal  What to study? For Prelims and mains: What is Brexit? Why does Uk wants it? Implications and challenges ahead, overview of the deal. Context: Britain has officially left the European Union (EU) and has become the first country …

Insurance cover on bank FDs, deposits increased to ₹5 lakh

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Insurance cover on bank FDs, deposits increased to ₹5 lakh What to study? For Prelims: What is Deposit Insurance? How is it regulated? For Mains: Reforms needed. Context: In Budget 2020, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has proposed …

What is Dividend Distribution Tax?

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. What is Dividend Distribution Tax? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Meaning, significance, features and need. Context: Dividend Distribution Tax shifted to individuals instead of companies, says FM. What is it? It is a tax …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 01 February 2020 – Environment

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 01 February 2020 – Environment

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 01 February 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 01 February 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (30 January 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (30 January 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 01 February 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 01 February 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   1. Examine the contributions of Dr B R Ambedkar in awakening Dalit consciousness …

Discuss the significance of Gandhi’s Talisman for a civil servant in quest of administrative justice.

7. Discuss the significance of Gandhi’s Talisman for a civil servant in quest of administrative justice. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications

Discuss the possible impact of corona virus on Indian pharma industry.

6. Discuss the possible impact of corona virus on Indian pharma industry. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express

What do you understand by crowding effect? Do you agree to the fact that Market borrowings of the government do not always squeeze credit for the private sector in India? Comment.

5. What do you understand by crowding effect? Do you agree to the fact that Market borrowings of the government do not always squeeze credit for the private sector in India? Comment. (250 words) Reference: Live Mint

Discuss the key features of National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill 2019 (NCIM) how is it different from the previous version? Explain.

4. Discuss the key features of National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM) , how is it different from the previous version? Explain. (250 words) Reference: PIB

Discuss the role North Eastern council in improvising regional integration of India. Discuss the efforts made by government of India in enhancing the regional connectivity.

3. Discuss the role North Eastern council in improvising regional integration of India. Discuss the efforts made by government of India in enhancing the regional connectivity. (250 words) Reference: News On Air  

Who is a Star campaigner? Discuss the process of removal for a Star campaigner.

2. Who is a Star campaigner? Discuss the process of removal for a Star campaigner. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express

Examine the contributions of Dr B R Ambedkar in awakening Dalit consciousness in India.

1. Examine the contributions of Dr B R Ambedkar in awakening Dalit consciousness in India. (250 words) Reference: IOSR JOURNALS

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 31 January 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 31 January 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. President’s address to both Houses of Parliament. 2. Who is a star campaigner? 3. Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU). 4. India’s no-fly list. 5. What makes WHO declare a disease outbreak a public health …

World Sustainable Development Summit

Topics covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. World Sustainable Development Summit What to study? For Prelims and Mains: WSDS- key facts and significance of the summit, about TERI. Context: The theme of the 2020 edition of the Summit is ‘Towards 2030 Goals: Making the Decade Count’. World Sustainable Development Summit: It …

UN’s new rules for ships in the Arctic region

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. UN’s new rules for ships in the Arctic region What to study? For Prelims: Overview of the new rules, about MARPOL. For Mains: Sulphur emissions- concerns, challenges and ways to address them. Context: On January 1, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued new rules …

What makes WHO declare a disease outbreak a public health emergency?

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. What makes WHO declare a disease outbreak a public health emergency? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Coronavirus- spread, symptoms and prevention, WHO public health emergency. Context: World Health Organization declares coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. What necessitated this? Rising …

India’s no-fly list

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. India’s no-fly list What to study? For Prelims: What is it, how it works and features? For Mains: Need for and redress? Context: Four airlines in India — IndiGo, SpiceJet, Air India and GoAir — …

Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU)

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About INCCU- composition, objectives and functions. What is it? Initially Setup in 1949, it is a governmental body functioning under the Department of Secondary and Higher Education in the Ministry of Human …

Who is a star campaigner?

Topics Covered: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Who is a star campaigner? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Who is a star campaigner? Significance, removal, implications. Context: The Election Commission (EC) has removed BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma from the party’s list of star campaigners. Background: The move comes …

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: On first day of the Budget Session of Parliament, …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- PRIVATE TRAINS IN INDIA

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- PRIVATE TRAINS IN INDIA Introduction: NITI Aayog and Indian Railways have come out with a discussion paper for running 150 trains on 100 routes by private operators. The recommendations of the high powered committee envisaging an investment of 22500 crore rupees have been put in public domain for stakeholder consultations. The …

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 31 January 2020

QUIZ – 2020: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 31 January 2020   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 exam 2018. It is not …

Insights into Editorial: Black and grey: On terror funding and Pakistan

Insights into Editorial: Black and grey: On terror funding and Pakistan Context: The deliberations, in Beijing, of the Asia-Pacific joint group of the global watchdog on terror financing and money laundering, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), gave Pakistan some encouraging news: that it had progressed in its efforts to avoid a blacklisting. A final …

INSIGHTS CURRENT AFFAIRS (29 January 2020) REVISION THROUGH MCQS

Insights Current Affairs (29 January 2020) Revision Through MCQs  

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 31 January 2020

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 31 January 2020 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic:  Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and …

How to tackle the groundwater crisis in India especially keeping in view the demands of the farmer? Discuss.

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 7. How to tackle the groundwater crisis in India especially keeping in view the demands of the farmer? Discuss. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: The article highlights the need to switch to newer approaches that are centric to farmers’ demands and yet aid …

Given a rising graph of cross-border terrorism over the past two decades, Discuss in what way cooperation with neighbors on security is essential for India.

Topic:  Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism 6. Given a rising graph of cross-border terrorism over the past two decades, Discuss in what way cooperation with neighbors on security is essential for India.(250 words) Reference:  Research Gate Why this question: The question tends to analyse the …

India faces significant challenges in the internal, geopolitical and economic front going ahead in 2020. Managing these challenges will decide the progress India makes in 2020. Elucidate.

Topic:  Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism 5. India faces significant challenges in the internal, geopolitical and economic front going ahead in 2020. Managing these challenges will decide the progress India makes in 2020. Elucidate. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The article brings …

Rural India has been witnessing slowdown, and one of the key factors contributing to it has been the fund crunch in the schemes addressing jobs in rural India. In such a scenario, discuss what way MGNREGA can prove to be an effective solution?

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it. 4. Rural India has been witnessing slowdown, and one of the key factors contributing to …

With much in common, the rising ties between India and Brazil will send out strong signals of South-South cooperation. Explain.

Topic:   Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 3. With much in common, the rising ties between India and Brazil will send out strong signals of South-South cooperation. Explain.(250 words) Reference:  Financial Express Why this question: The article discusses the growing ties between India and Brazil and in …

Inhuman practices in the name of religion in the country are a cause of worry in the country, the recent step taken by the govt. of Karnataka; by adopting anti-superstition law is a step in the right direction. Discuss the underlying factors responsible for the prevalence of such practices and suggest solutions to address the same.

Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 2. Inhuman practices in the name of religion in the country are a cause of worry in the country, the recent step taken by the govt. of Karnataka; by adopting anti-superstition law is a step in the right direction. Discuss the underlying factors responsible for the …

Discuss the significance of the findings of Nagardhan excavations in understanding the Vakataka dynasty.

Topic:  Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 1. Discuss the significance of the findings of Nagardhan excavations in understanding the Vakataka dynasty. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: At Nagardhan near Nagpur, recent excavations have brought new clarity on the life, …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 30 January 2020

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 30 January 2020 Table of Contents:   GS Paper 2: 1. National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM). 2. Ranking of Aspirational districts. 3. Karnataka anti-superstition law. 4. Neglected diseases. 5. West Asia Peace Plan.   GS Paper 3: 1. CCTNS   Facts for Prelims: …

National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)

Topics covered: Cyber security related issues. National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) What to study? For Prelims: CCTNS, NCRB. For Mains: CCTNS- need and benefits, smart policing, police reforms.  Context: NCRB has launched two online national-level services related to Search of Missing Persons and to Generate Vehicle NOC. These police-related citizen-centric services have been launched on Crime …

West Asia Peace Plan

Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. West Asia Peace Plan What to study? For Prelims: Overview of the plan. For Mains: Need for, significance and the issues involved. Context: The West Asia peace plan was recently unveiled by U.S. President Trump. What is it …

Neglected diseases

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger. Neglected diseases What to study? For Prelims: What are neglected tropical diseases? For Mains: Neglected diseases- spread, vulnerable sections, concerns, measures and the need for international cooperation. Context: January 30, 2020 is …

Karnataka anti-superstition law

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Karnataka anti-superstition law What to study? For Prelims: Overview of the law. For Mains: Need for and significance of the law. Context: A controversial anti-superstition law in Karnataka has formally been notified by the current …

Ranking of Aspirational districts

Topics Covered: Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders Ranking of Aspirational districts What to study? For Prelims: About Aspirational Districts Programme, key performers. For Mains: Significance and the need for such programmes. Context: NITI Aayog recently released the ranking of …

National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM)

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM) What to study? For Prelims and Mains: NCIM- objectives, composition and functions. Context: The Union Cabinet has given its approval for proposal of Official Amendments in the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM). …

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- EASE OF DOING BUSINESS   Introduction: The government is set to slash the requirements & time taken for starting a new business from 10 processes and 18 days to five processes and as many days. Ten key services, including name reservation, incorporation as well as registration for various taxes such as goods …

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 29 January 2020

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 29 January 2020 NOTE: Please remember that following ‘answers’ are NOT ‘model answers’. They are NOT synopsis too if we go by definition of the term. What we are providing is content that both meets demand of the question and at the same time gives you extra points in the form of background …

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 27 January 2020

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 27 January 2020 NOTE: Please remember that following ‘answers’ are NOT ‘model answers’. They are NOT synopsis too if we go by definition of the term. What we are providing is content that both meets demand of the question and at the same time gives you extra points in the form of background …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 30 January 2020 – Economy

QUIZ – 2020: Insights  Static Quiz, 30 January 2020 – Economy