July 13, 2024

Lukmaan IAS

A Blog for IAS Examination

WSDP Bulletin (12-08-2021)

(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelims and Mains

  1. Government e-Marketplace (GeM) organizes 5th edition of National Public Procurement Conclave READ MORE
  2. Kaziranga guards equipped with satellite phones READ MORE
  3. Geoengineering Science Is Advancing, but Should We Use It? READ MORE
  4. “Quality of Life for Elderly Index assesses well-being of India’s ageing population” READ MORE
  5. Sicily records highest ever temperature in Europe; one dead as wildfires rage in southern Italy READ MORE
  6. Major Atlantic-ocean current system might be approaching critical threshold READ MORE

Main exam  

GS Paper- 2


  1. Safe at school: On getting students back on campus READ MORE
  2. Explained: Productivity in a Parliament session marred by disruptions READ MORE
  3. SC check on governments’ power to withdraw cases against MPs-MLAs is welcome READ MORE
  4. Malignant: Criminalisation of politics is a chronic disease which the Supreme Court is trying to cure READ MORE


  1. An urban jobs safety net: It is time to formulate a wage employment-based national urban livelihood scheme similar to MGNREGS READ MORE


  1. A new Afghan war READ MORE
  2. China and India’s move towards candid messaging READ MORE

GS Paper- 3


  1. As Indian economy heads towards an uncertain but pivotal moment, growth is the only answer READ MORE
  2. Retrospective tax: A policy based on delusion gets buried READ MORE
  3. The climate crisis threatens Indian agriculture and livelihoods READ MORE


  1. Heat is on: India needs to revisit its climate action plans in the light of IPCC projections and CoP 26 READ MORE
  2. The climate crisis: An opportunity for India READ MORE


  1. The importance of the booster dose to plan ahead READ MORE

GS Paper- 4


  1. Good character is the best medal to work for READ MORE

Questions for MAIN exam

  1. Discuss the need of National Urban livelihood scheme similar to MGNREGS in rural areas. What could be the different approach in design and implementation of such scheme compared to MGREGS?
  2. ‘Links between money and muscle power with politics continue to bedevil democracy’. In the light of the statement, discuss whether the recent ruling of Supreme Court would be sufficient to stop the culture of criminalization of politics in India?


  • Young people must hold older generations accountable for the mess they have created.
  • Students should be able to return to campus without fear if protocols are strict.
  • The key lesson to take away from history of poverty alleviation in India is that the most effective way of helping the poor is faster economic growth.
  • A nation is greater than the sum of its parts. India’s political class is forgetting it.
  • Climate finance must assume centre-stage in global climate talks, as the needs of mitigation (renewables transition and other emission reduction efforts) and adaptation (dealing with the catastrophic effects of climate change) need to be met.
  • India must work on a war-footing to mitigate the dire consequences of the climate crisis that could push millions into poverty, and also lead to food insecurity and under-nutrition.
  • Agricultural policy should focus on improving crop productivity, water management, and developing safety nets for farmers to cope with the risks of the climate crisis.
  • The proceeds of privatisation should go entirely to the social sector, particularly health and education.
  • As the world’s largest democracy and one of the most dynamic societies, we need to progress multilaterally and multi-sectorally, without one programme being exclusive of the other.


  • The crown and glory of life is the character.


  • The ‘Quit India’ rhetoric in Parliament for global e-commerce giants by minister Piyush Goyal is dangerous. It sends a totally wrong message to investors, including those quitting China and looking for new destinations. Self-reliance is a good thought but Indian economy needs to be open and fair to grow, prosper.
  • Parliamentary panel on education is right to stress the reopening of schools. But this cannot happen with just 50% of teachers vaccinated. Governments must treat them as frontline workers and cover them all. Children are the silent sufferers of the pandemic. They need to return to school and real learning.

Things to Remember:

  • For prelims related news try to understand the context of the news and relate with its concepts so that it will be easier for you to answer (or eliminate) from given options.
  • Whenever any international place will be in news, you should do a map work (marking those areas in maps and also exploring other geographical locations nearby including mountains, rivers etc. same applies for the national places.)
  • For economy related news (banking, agriculture etc.) you should focus on terms and how these are related with various economic aspects, for examples if inflation has been mentioned, try to relate with prevailing prices rises, shortage of essential supplies, banking rates etc.
  • For main exam related topics, you should focus on the various dimensions of the given topic, the most important topics which occurs frequently and are important from the mains point of view will be covered in ED.
  • Try to use the given content in your answer. Regular use of this content will bring more enrichment in your writing.
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