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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …