HINDU NOTES-January 15 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

HINDU NOTES-January 15 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

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Cyber security, big data are new areas of India-Israel cooperation.

News

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi on a six-day visit during which he will hold extensive talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, who received him at the airport, setting aside protocol.

Beyond News

Mr. Netanyahu’s visit to India is only the second by an Israeli Prime Minister and comes after a gap of 15 years.
Ahead of his departure from Israel, Mr. Netanyahu said that, they are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power [India].
Oil and gas sector and cyber security will be new areas of India-Israel cooperation.
‘Big data’ from India was brought up by Israel to influence individual farmer’s efforts, yield, water use.

India, Israel ink nine pacts

  • India and Israel inked nine pacts to boost cooperation in key areas, including cybersecurity and energy.
    The nine pacts were signed in the areas of cybersecurity, petroleum, air transport, research in homoeopathy, film co-production, space science, business investment, metal-air batteries and solar thermal technology.
    During Mr. Netanyahu’s visit, Israel and India are expected to sign agreements on cybersecurity, energy and space cooperation, according to the External Affairs Ministry.

Historians oppose Monuments Bill

News

Historians and archaeologists have expressed concern over amendments proposed to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act (1958).

Beyond News

If the related Bill is passed in the Upper House, it could have disastrous consequences for historical monuments.

The Act, which originally instituted conservation measures and banned construction activities near protected monuments, is now sought to be amended so that public works could be allowed within the 100 m prohibited zone.

The Lok Sabha passed the amendments to the Act on January 3. But the Bill is yet to be cleared by the Rajya Sabha.

Pressures

  • Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) reveals that the pressure to bring in this amendment came when the ASI declined permission for a six-lane highway to come up on the Delhi-Kanpur highway near Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra, Uttar Pradesh.
  • In 2013, after a CAG report raised an alarm that 92 historical monuments had gone “missing” due to development activities around them, the ASI started a ground survey to verify them, and found that 21 had indeed become untraceable.

Citing a Cabinet note, Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor informed Parliament recently that plans were afoot to construct a railway line next to Rani ki Vaw, an ancient step well in Patan, Gujarat, which had been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.

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Flood sensors planned at 16 spots

News

The Chennai Corporation is set to commission flood sensors in 16 locations across the city, boosting flood preparedness.

Beyond News

The civic body has identified two locations in Tiruvottiyur zone, one in Madhavaram, four in Royapuram, two in Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar, two in Anna Nagar, one in Teynampet, and four in Kodambakkam zone.

The flood sensors will give real time alerts to civic officials. Using the alerts, efforts will also be made to bale out water to prevent traffic congestion.

Drains at 32 locations

  • The civic body has also identified 306 vulnerable locations that reported water stagnation during the 2015 floods.
  • They have constructed stormwater drains in only 32 locations. Work on linking some flood-prone areas with canals have also been taken up. More initiatives have to be taken to cope with floods.
  • A topographic study will be done by the consultant. The estimated timeline for this study is 36 months. It is likely to be completed by December 2020.

Rajnath Singh launches nuclear technology-based diagnosis

Beyond News

It has set up a molecular imaging with single photon emission computerised tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET-CT) and radio-nuclide therapy unit at a cost of around Rs. 15 crore.

Importance of SPECT

  • SPECT can conduct scans of bones, hepatobiliary, thyroid, parathyroid, MIBG, lung and also renal scans.
  • It can also aid in lymphoscintigraphy, gastric emptying, gastrointestinal bleed diagnosis, gastroesophageal reflux, neurologic scans, blood volume analysis, infection studies, cisternogram, myocardial perfusion scan, testicular scan and others.

IGIB discovers a protein regulating melanoma growth, pigmentation

News

  • Researchers at Delhi’s CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) have for the first time identified a calcium sensor protein (STIM1) that independently regulates both skin cancer and pigmentation.

Beyond News

  • The STIM1 protein does so by activating two independent signalling pathways.
  • Interestingly, different parts of the STIM1 protein activate the two independent signalling pathways that control melanoma growth and pigmentation.

This opens up the possibility of developing drug molecules that target specific sites in the STIM1 protein to control tumour growth and regulate pigmentation.

While skin cancers account for third highest number of cancer associated deaths worldwide, perturbations in pigmentation pathways result in pigmentation disorders such as solar lentigo, melasma, vitiligo, and pityriasis alba.
Current therapeutic regimes are not efficient in alleviating pigmentation disorders.

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HINDU NOTES-January 13 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

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Four SC judges air differences with CJI Misra

SC judges conflict analyses

News

  • In an unprecedented act, four senior judges of the Supreme Court held a press conference and publicly accused Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra of selectively assigning cases to judges of his choice without any rational basis.

Beyond News

  • Transcending judicial protocol that sitting judges should not interact with the media, Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph the senior-most judges after the CJI  accused Justice Misra of assigning cases of “far-reaching consequences to the nation” to junior hand-picked judges against the time-tested convention, practice and tradition of the court.
  • In a letter addressed to the CJI and circulated at the press meet, the four said certain Supreme Court judges arrogated to themselves the “authority to deal with and pronounce upon” cases which ought to be heard by other appropriate Benches.

Justice Chelameswar, speaking for the four, said they had collectively tried to persuade the Chief Justice to take remedial measures but their efforts had failed.

The judges said that with the independence of the judiciary and the future of democracy at stake, they had “no other choice but communicate to the nation to please take care of this institution.”

  • Justice Chelameswar recounted that the trigger for the press conference was a meeting they held with the Chief Justice regarding the assignment of a petition, seeking an independent probe into the mysterious death of CBI judge B.H. Loya, to a particular Bench.
  • Without naming any, Justice Chelameswar said that several other important cases like this had been assigned to preferred Benches over the past months.
  • Also said that,the convention of the court demands that important cases of public interest or sensitive matters should be first heard by the CJI. If the CJI is not willing for some reason to hear the case, it should be assigned to the next senior-most judge in the Supreme Court.

India makes push for U.K. immigration reform

News

  • Commerce and Industry Minister and Minister of State for Home Affairs, both on visits to the U.K., have pressed the need for Britain to review immigration policies relating to India, including on student visas and the extension of a visa system introduced for Chinese visitors to the U.K.

Beyond News

  • The meetings came as India and Britain agreed to the terms of a memorandum of understanding on the swift return of Indian illegal immigrants from the U.K. an issue that has been repeatedly raised by the British government and cited as an obstacle to immigration reform on the British side.
  • Among the key asks raised by the Ministers is for the introduction of a two-year visa system for business travellers.
  • Prabhu said he raised issues both around the ease of getting visas and the costs which could prove prohibitive for the services sector.
  • Both Ministers expressed their satisfaction with the progress of talks on these issues.

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Search in Bharathapuzha unearths 6 pieces of PSP

News

  • Six pieces of perforated steel planking (PSP) were recovered from the Bharathapuzha under the Kuttippuram bridge during a combined search conducted by the police and other security agencies.

Beyond News

  • The search was carried out under the leadership of Intelligence DIG, in the wake of the recovery of a cache of ammunition from the river. Five anti-personnel mines had been found abandoned near the bridge last week.

For Army use only!

  • Both the land mines and the cache of bullets recovered from the site were used by the Army.
  • The PSP pieces recovered were rusted heavily. The PSP is used to prevent Army vehicles getting stuck in marshy land.

The search was conducted with the help of an earth mover and using deep search metal detectors (DSMD). Bomb squads joined the search.

Waterbird census in district from today

News

  • Waterbird census, the annual event of counting birds in wetland areas conducted as part of the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC), will be held on January 13 and 14 in Kochi(Kerala).

Waterbird

  • Waterbirds are birds that are ecologically dependent on wetlands.

Beyond News

  • Annually in January, hundreds of volunteers move across the wetland bird habitats in Asia to count waterbirds including the migratory ones.
  • Data generated from AWC is used to identify and monitor wetlands of international and national importance.
  • AWC covers the region of Asia from Afghanistan eastwards to Japan, southeast Asia and Australasia.
  • The event runs parallel to other international census procedures of waterbirds in Africa, Europe, Middle East, and the neotropical regions.
  • The annual waterbird census began in Kerala in 1987.
  • The Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad and the Social Forestry Wing of the Forest Department are also supporting the event.

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HINDU NOTES-January 12 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

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Netanyahu’s visit to give a leg-up to India-Israel ties

News

Israeli Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu will visit India between 14-19 January, 2018, the Ministry of External Affairs announced.

Beyond News

nethanyahu visit
The visit is a reciprocating gesture from Israel to the first Prime Minister-level visit from India undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2017.

The visit marks the high point of the 25th anniversary of normal diplomatic ties between the two countries.

China breaks India’s internet monopoly in Nepal

News

China became Nepal’s second internet service provider, breaking India’s monopoly in providing internet access to the Himalayan Kingdom.

Beyond News

The Hong Kong and Beijing based China Telecom Global (CTG) a company formed in 2012 has teamed up with Nepal Telecom to provide alternate cyber-connectivity to Nepal.

So far, Nepal had been linked to the global internet network through Indian telecom operators, using optical fiber connections in Biratnagar, Bhairahawa and Birgunj, among others.

But a new terrestrial fiber cable launched in 2016 by CTG will now connect Nepal and China through the Jilong (Rasuwagadhi) border gateway.

Media reports in Nepal say that the new fiber link extends to China’s Hong Kong Data Center one of Asia’s largest global data centers.

 

Coming soon: orange passports sans parents’ names

News

Orange will be the colour of jackets of new general passports, announced the Ministry of External Affairs indicating a facelift for the blue booklet, essential for the Indian travellers.

Beyond News

  • The announcement came even as the ministry responding to a single mother’s application for her child’s passport, conducted extensive consultations and did away with the usual last page of the document, which contained names of parents, and home address of the applicant.
  • However, the passports that are currently in circulation would remain valid till the printed date of expiry in the booklet.
  • The announcement on the new look passport came along with the decision of the MEA to do away with the back page of the passport that has been subjected to criticism from single parents as it required names of both parents.

After consulting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding compatibility of passport booklets minus the last page, with Machine Readable Travel Documents, the MEA concluded that, the last page of the passport and other travel documents issued under the Passports Act, 1967 and Passport Rules, 1980 would no longer be printed.

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ISRO’s 42nd PSLV successfully puts 31 satellites in orbit

News

The 42nd Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), PSLV-C40, was launched successfully by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from the First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota and it placed 31 satellites across two orbits.

Beyond News

The PSLV, launched at 9.29 a.m., had as its primary payload the country’s fourth satellite in the remote sensing Cartosat-2 series, weighing 710 kg. The 30 other co-passenger smaller satellites, together weigh 613 kg. Of them, 28 are from other countries.

The Cartosat-2, whose imagery will be used to develop various land and geographical information system applications, was placed in a circular polar sun synchronous orbit 505 km from the Earth.

It is the two other Indian satellites in the payload that have generated much excitement. Both are called technology demonstrators, indicating significant strides in miniaturisation.

The other one, a nanosatellite, named Indian Nano Satellite (INS) – 1C, is the third in its series; its predecessors were part of the PSLV-C37 launch of February 2017.

Of the 28 foreign satellites, launched as part of deals made by ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited, three were microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites.

There were 19 satellites from the United States and five from South Korea. The United Kingdom, France, Canada and Finland had a satellite each.

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General Studies -01

Syllabus area: Significant personalities until present.

Q1: Discuss the significance of swami vivekanadas teaching in the wake of attempts by fissiparous forces to impeded progress. (250 words)

Source: The Indian Express

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE-January 12 (Page 2)


General Studies -02

Syllabus area: Effect of policies and politics of developed & developing nations on india’s interest.

Q2: Its argued that India could have abstained the UNGA resolution on Jerusalem. Discuss its impact of India’s vote in west Asian relation and possible way forward to restore influence in west Asia. (250 words)

Source: The Hindu.

Reference:EDITORIAL MODULE-January 12 (Page 4)


General Studies -03

Syllabus area: Infrastructure; Investment models.

Q3:  Critically examine the decision to allow 49% foreign stake in air India.   (250 Words)

Source:The Financial express, The hindu

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 12(Page 6,7)


General Studies -04

Syllabus area: Ethical dilemmas/concerns government & private institutions.

Q4: What do you mean by virtual identity? Its argued that Virtual ID for aadhar which offers choice not to share their unique identification is late. Comment. (Answer in 150 Words)

Source: The Tribune,Business standard,Indian Express.

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 12(Page 8 onwards)


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HINDU NOTES-January 11 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

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U.S. places India at Level 2 in its new travel advisory for citizens

News

The United States on Wednesday issued a new travel advisory for countries including India, which its officials said is “user friendly” as it is based on ready-to-understand level of advice ranging from one to four.

Beyond News

  • India has been ranked Level 2 (exercise increased caution) while Pakistan has been places in Level 3 (reconsider travel).
  • Level 1 advises travellers to exercise normal precaution, while Level 4, which has countries like Afghanistan, recommends “Do Not Travel“.

Impact of Terrorism.

  • Placing India on Level 2, the State Department identified “crime and terrorism” for Americans to exercise increased caution.
  • However, it asks Americans not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir, except for eastern Ladakh and Leh and not to venture within 10 miles of the India-Pakistan border due to the “potential for armed conflict“.
  • Ranking Pakistan on Level 3, the State Department asked Americans to reconsider travel to this country due to terrorism.
  • Americans are also advised not to travel to Pak-Occupied Kashmir due to terrorism and the potential for armed conflict.

Ban on use of national flag made of plastic

News

The Central government urged everyone not to use a national flag made of plastic and asked the states and Union Territories to ensure strict compliance of the Flag Code in view of the Republic Day celebrations ahead.

Beyond News

  • An advisory from the Union Home Ministry said that the “national flag represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of the country and hence should occupy a position of honour”, but since plastic flags are not biodegradable like paper flags, ensuring appropriate disposal of a national flag made of plastic is a practical problem.

Section 2 of The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971

  • As per Section 2 of The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, whoever in any public place or any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defiles, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

The advisory said that on important national, cultural and sports events, flags made of paper only are to be used by the public, and after the event such flags are to be disposed of in private, consistent with the dignity of the flag.

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Mullaperiyar dam: SC asks Centre, TN, Kerala to set up panels to prepare disaster management plans

MULLAPERIYARNews

Despite assurances from the Union government that the 122-year-old Mullaperiyar dam is “safe,” the Supreme Court directed it to set up a special committee to exclusively prepare disaster management plans.

Beyond News

  • A three-judge Bench also directed Tamil Nadu, which owns the dam, and Kerala, where it is situated, to set up similar committees.
  • It said the three committees would work in harmony.
  • The Bench said the step was taken to allay the fears of thousands of people who live downstream or in the vicinity of the dam.

It clarified in the order that the special committees have nothing to do with the lifespan or safety of the dam.

Their brief is restricted to disaster management plans to prevent a calamity or contain the loss of life and damage to property in case a tragedy hits the dam.

The Bench noted that a committee had been formed to cover the aspects of safety and lifespan of the dam as ordered by a Constitution Bench of the court in May 2014.

Gujarat to count elusive tigers

tiger periyarNews

Gujarat, which houses a rich population of lions, will now see an exercise to find out if tigers also inhabit the State.

Beyond News

  • The last time a tiger was spotted in Gujarat was way back in 1985.
    Now, over three decades later, a census has been planned next month to ascertain the presence of the striped animal in the forest of Dang district.
  • The State forest department earlier sent a proposal to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for the census after some media reports suggested the presence of tigers in Dang.

The proposal was approved by the NTCA, a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

  • Till the early 1980s, there were tigers in Gujarat, mainly inhabiting the forests of Dang, Narmada and Sabarkantha districts.
  • “The last tiger died in a road accident in Dang in 1985. No tiger was seen in the State after that.
  • The forest department sent a team in July last year to survey the area to ascertain the presence of tigers, but the report was negative.

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General Studies -01

Syllabus area: Changes in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Q1: Analyse the impacts of national waterway project on aquatic life of Ganga(150 words)

Source: The Hindustan Times

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE-January 11 (Page 2)


General Studies -02

Syllabus area: India and its neighborhood-relations

Q2: Differentiate LoC with PAK and LAC with China.Make a brief note on border disputes associated. (250 words)

Source: The Indian Express.

Reference:EDITORIAL MODULE-January 11 (Page 4)


General Studies -03

Syllabus area: Economic developments.

Q3: What do you mean by FDI?Discuss the proposed changes in FDI norms and its significance to indian economy.  (250 Words)

Source:The Business standard.

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 11(Page 6)


General Studies -04

Syllabus area: Ethical dilemmas/concerns government & private institutions.

Q4: Its argued that mandatory linking of aadhar with ration card resulted in large scale exclusion from benefits guaranteed under NFSA. Analyse the ethical issues associated.(Answer in 150 Words)

Source: The Indian Express

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 11(Page 9)


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HINDU NOTES-January 10 2018 [UPSC IAS Current affairs]

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2017 was second hottest year on record

hottest years

News

Last year was the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a sweltering 2016 with signs of climate change ranging from wildfires to a thaw of Arctic ice, a European Union monitoring centre said.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service, the first major international weather agency to report global 2017 temperatures, said they averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.

Findings in the Report

  • Last year was slightly “cooler than the warmest year on record, 2016, and warmer than the previous second warmest year, 2015,” the report said.
    Temperature records date back to the late 19th century.
  • The measurements back up a projection by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in November that 2017 would be second or third warmest behind 2016, as part of a long-term trend driven by man-made greenhouse gases.

Sweltering temperatures in 2016 were also boosted by a natural El Nino event that happens every few years and releases heat from the Pacific Ocean.

  • Last year was the warmest year on record without the influence of an El Nino, according to Copernicus, run by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.

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India, U.K. to ink illegal migrants pact

India UK diaspora

News:

India will sign a pact with the United Kingdom for a return of illegal Indian migrants within a month of them being detected by British authorities.

Beyond News:

The U.K has consistently raised the issue of return of illegal migrants said to number in thousands with India.

The memorandum of understanding comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit in March.

During her maiden visit to India on November 7, 2016, British Prime Minister Theresa May had said the U.K. would consider an improved visa deal “if at the same time we can step up the speed and volume of returns of Indians with no right to remain in the U.K.”

An Indian delegation, led by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, is visiting the U.K. this week.

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India to regain top spot with GDP pegged at 7.3% in 2018-19: World Bank

News

The World Bank is estimating India’s economy to grow by 6.7 per cent in the current fiscal year, higher than the 6.5 per cent estimate by the Government of India.

Beyond News

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is expected to rise to 7.3 per cent in 2018-19, making India again the world’s fastest growing economy, according to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report released .

The report dropped the growth estimate for 2017-18 by 0.1 per cent from its projection June 2017, because of the disruptions to the economy from the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
But it raised the growth forecast for 2018-19 by 0.1 per cent from the June figure.

The bank has forecast a GDP growth of 7.5 per cent in 2019-20 and 2020-21. It saw benefits down the road from the GST.

Food Security Act: Team to probe bungling in Odisha

News

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has decided to send its high-level team to Kandhamal to inquire into allegations of irregularities in implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in this underdeveloped district.

Beyond News

According to the order passed by the commission on January 8, the high-level committee will go to Daringbadi in Kandhamal to look into the matter and submit its report to the OHRC within 15 days.

The OHRC took this decision in view of serious objections raised by the petitioner convenor of ‘Banabasi Suraksha Parishad’ Narendra Mohanty against the report filed by the Kandhamal collector before the commission.

Mr. Mohanty said that, following an agitation by the tribals and Dalits living in the remote pockets of the district in 2016, the administration had declared issuance of around 1,000 new ration cards to beneficiaries.
But it was alleged that the real beneficiaries did not receive the ration cards and the subsidised food items.

State to unveil ‘Electricmobility policy’ soon

News

With electric power-based locomotion becoming the preferred mode of transport sooner than later, the Andhra Pradesh government will soon come up with an ‘Electric mobility policy’.

Why this news Important

This makes Andhra Pradesh the first State to not only identify and tap the potentially emerging sector, but also make a vision plan in tune with its policy of promoting clean energy.

Beyond News

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister made the announcement after laying foundation stone for the ultra modern global scale manufacturing facility of the Apollo Tyres at Chinna Pandur in Satyavedu, the tail-end constituency abutting Tamil Nadu.

He called electric-powered mobility as the next generation mode of transportation that must be adopted at the earliest.

He also said that,emphasis would be laid on Research and Development (R&D), creating demand and improving the charging infrastructure.

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JANUARY 10 2018– Questions for Mains Answer Writing

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General Studies -01

Syllabus area: Role of women; Salient features of Indian society.

Q1: Despite of rising educational levels,patriarchal attitudes are limiting women’s work which in turn hurts economy and society. Analyse the statement with suitable examples. (150 words)

Source: The Indian Express

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE-January 10 (Page 2)


General Studies -02

Syllabus area: Global groupings & agreements involving India and /or India’s interests.

Q2: It is argued that the paris agreement is an example of what is wrong with current framework. Discuss the achievements in last 25 years from UNFCC adoption.(250 words)

Source: The Financial Express.

Reference:EDITORIAL MODULE-January 10 (Page 4)


General Studies -03

Syllabus area: Issues related to direct & indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices.

Q3: What do you mean by MSP in primary sector? Discuss the major reasons that made farm income unattractive & the need for reforms. (250 Words)

Source:The Hindu.

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 10(Page 7)


General Studies -04

Syllabus area: Ethical dilemmas/concerns government & private institutions.

Q4:  “Roads are needed but roads through wildlife corridors are not.”-Comment(Answer in 150 Words)

Source: The Hindu

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 10(Page 10)


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