(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)
Prelim and Main
- Cabinet approves major Reforms in Telecom Sector READ MORE
- S., U.K. and Australia announce new security partnership for Indo-Pacific READ MORE
- Sansad TV launched; Modi calls it the new voice of Parliament READ MORE
- Folk rice: Researchers spot dozen Indian paddy varieties that can boost nourishment READ MORE
- Climate change is real: India received 129% over normal rainfall September 14 READ MORE
- Crimes against SC/STs saw the rise of over 9% in 2020, but crimes against women decline: NCRB data READ MORE
GS Paper- 2
POLITY AND GOVERNANCE
- Real democratic freedom is impossible without economic equality READ MORE
- The intersection of IPR and Competition Law READ MORE
- Juvenile Justice Laws Need to Uphold the Twin Objectives of Justice and Deterrence READ MORE
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ISSUES
- Nobody knows the fate of our ‘out-of-school’ children. Enrolment data is insufficient READ MORE
- Asset ownership data a stark reminder of inequality READ MORE
- Hardly the India-China century Deng envisioned: For the current Chinese leadership, the 21st century is destined to be China’s alone, with India to be shown its place READ MORE
- Biting the SCO bullet to re-enter Afghan game READ MORE
- Why Afghanistan will be a new geopolitical pivot READ MORE
GS Paper- 3
- Transient easing: On fuel taxes and prices- Cutting fuel taxes is a sure-shot way to address a major component of price pressures READ MORE
- A new pipeline for infrastructure READ MORE
- Lifeline for telecom: The reforms unleashed in the relief package for telecom is a timely rescue act READ MORE
ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY
- With climate change, the need to conserve India’s urban water bodies has become even more urgent READ MORE
- Some Animals Changing Shapes in Response to Global Warming READ MORE
- Environment-related offences recorded 78% increase in 2020 READ MORE
GS Paper- 4
ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY
- Humility opens the door to inner strength READ MORE
- The intergenerational mortality tradeoff of Covid-19 lockdown policies READ MORE
Questions for the MAIN exam
- ‘Using technology to solve agriculture problems is good but issues like the digital divide and privacy must be addressed’. Discuss the statement.
- ‘As economic democracy is real democracy; Government needs to ensure economic security to all through universal property rights rather universal basic income’. Analyse the statement.
- Real democratic freedom is impossible without economic equality.
QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS
- The radical of one century is the conservative of the next.
- For the current Chinese leadership, the 21st century is destined to be China’s alone, with India to be shown its place.
- Cutting fuel taxes is a sure-shot way to address a major component of price pressures and it is time the Government bites the bullet and acts to provide a more abiding solution.
- Democracy is quintessentially about freedom.
- In India’s case, inequality is the very base of our culture, an unquestioning acceptance of a “culture of inequality.” Democracy is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end that should be socially defined and determined. For instance, development, in a democratic sense, must be inclusive, equitable and sustainable.
- Power, whether at the national, regional, local, corporate or family level, always tends towards centralization.
- Real democracy is economic democracy, as Ambedkar stressed. A starting point is ensuring economic security to all, not through an income transfer programme (universal basic income), but through the provision of universal property rights.
- The National Monetisation Pipeline can be a game-changer if it has the support of the stakeholders and regulatory ecosystem.
- Using technology to solve agriculture problems is good but issues like the digital divide and privacy must be addressed.
- The Taliban’s return will lead to geopolitical realignment. India’s ties with major powers will also be readjusted to manage terrorism coming from the Af-Pak area.
- Intellectual property rights law and competition law have been treated as conflicting in nature as their goals seem to be at loggerheads with one another.
- Modi government’s relief package for the telecom sector is sweeping in its scope and should end the existential crisis faced by the sector. These reforms should encourage the entry of newer players and investments in technology, service. ‘Digital India’ needs more than three telecom companies and healthy ones at that.
- India’s self-sufficiency in strategic autonomy, though hampered by the tensions with China, will need to assert itself. For all the gloss that is put on the visits to India by Russian, British and US security chiefs to discuss Afghanistan, India has been left holding the bag. The roads to Kabul and beyond have been left wide open for the Pak-China duo. In this situation, Afghanistan’s neighbours will score over the channels that India has explored in the past to get closer to the Taliban.
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.