(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)
Prelim and Main
- PM urges the private sector to help improve quality in govt. schools READ MORE
- 13th BRICS Summit READ MORE
- Soil microbes can make for a greener revolution READ MORE
- Explained: What UAE’s new visa means for foreign workers READ MORE
- 37% students in rural areas not studying at all as schools remain shut, survey finds READ MORE
GS Paper- 2
POLITY AND GOVERNANCE
- Making them pay: on regulating app store operators- A law to regulate app store operators is key to check Big Tech’s monopolising nature READ MORE
- Intellectuals are Being Failed by Institutions in India READ MORE
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ISSUES
- The future is at stake READ MORE
- Drug deaths in Punjab: An urgent probe should reveal the supplier-peddler network READ MORE
- Instead of Taliban talks, India must stand up for Afghan resistance despite Panjshir fall READ MORE
- Can India Engage with the Taliban? READ MORE
GS Paper- 3
- The economic reforms — looking back to look ahead: The fundamentals need to be set right with a focus on human capital, technology readiness and productivity READ MORE
- NBFC regulation needs to be strengthened READ MORE
ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY
- Climate crisis in North East India: Why are rainfall patterns changing? READ MORE
- Let all green initiatives not be just gas: Further electrification of India’s rail tracks would actually result in higher CO2 emissions because electricity is majorly sourced from fossil fuels READ MORE
- Conservation Strategies Save Some Tuna Species from Extinction READ MORE
- Why India Needs a Climate-Resilient Action Plan for Its Drylands READ MORE
- As Himalayan nations deal with glacial floods, cooperation is the key to mitigating disasters READ MORE
GS Paper- 4
ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY
Questions for the MAIN exam
- ‘While domestic politics and moral compulsions pull India away from the Taliban, its strategic interests will push it to engage with the new government in Kabul’. Analyse the statement.
- Discuss the reasons why are rainfall patterns changing in North East India?
- ‘With growing evidence on the transboundary nature of climate risks, there is an urgent need for a comprehensive regional risk governance framework’. Comment.
QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS
- After all the sacrifice in Afghanistan and Iraq, why do we find ourselves in a more dangerous world?
- While domestic politics and moral compulsions pull India away from the Taliban, its strategic interests will push it to engage with the new government in Kabul.
- The fundamentals need to be set right with a focus on human capital, technology readiness and productivity.
- A law to regulate app store operators is key to check Big Tech’s monopolising nature.
- With growing evidence on the transboundary nature of climate risks, there is an urgent need for a comprehensive regional risk governance framework.
- India must be clear that the Taliban are a clone of Pakistan and any attempts at seeking a reconciliation must be transactional and tactical.
- Covid-19 has devastated education; it also affected teachers; while many tried to help students, most were out of touch with them. It may take years to compensate for the loss.
- As NBFCs have become systemically important, regulation must be on a par with banks to ensure financial stability.
- Tamil Nadu’s ‘Right to Sit’ Bill that mandates seating facilities for workers is a welcome reform, underscoring the rights and dignity of labour. While Kerala and Tamil Nadu have led the way in avoiding ‘on the toes situation’ during duty hours, this should go beyond states to become a national ‘right’.
- Supreme Court is right to feel aggrieved over the delay in filling up tribunal vacancies. 100 vacancies for over a year cannot be justified, especially due to a turf war between executive and judiciary. Speedy, efficient dispute redressal is critical not just for justice but the ease of doing business too.
- Internet shutdowns by the Haryana government in Karnal ahead of farmers’ gherao runs counter to the right to internet freedom, dissent and protest. From Kashmir to Karnal, jamming mobile internet has become the default tool of the panic-ridden State. Disruption by the State can’t be the only response to civic protests.
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 map work (marking those areas in maps and also exploring other geographical locations nearby including mountains, rivers, etc. same applies to the national places.)
- For economy-related news (banking, agriculture, etc.) you should focus on terms and how these are related to various economic aspects, for example, if inflation has been mentioned, try to relate with prevailing price 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 occur 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 to your writing.