May 27, 2024

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WSDP Bulletin (03-03-2023)

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(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

  1. Supreme Court verdict on ECI appointments READ MORE  
  2. India, Italy elevate ties to strategic partnership, sign MoU on defence cooperation READ MORE
  3. Appointment of an Election Commissioner with tenure less than six years is a clear breach of law: Supreme Court READ MORE
  4. India’s jobless rate rose to 7.45% in Feb.: CMIE READ MORE
  5. Ornamental fish aquaculture to help Lakshadweep women READ MORE
  6. Adani-Hindenburg report: SC sets up a probe panel, also asks Sebi to investigate READ MORE
  7. News broadcasters seek exemption from advisory on national interest content READ MORE
  8. SC Collegium recommends 7 as judges for Gujarat HC READ MORE
  9. Fossil fuels firms failed to curb methane emission: What IEA’s annual report says READ MORE
  10. African dryland trees store less carbon than believed earlier, finds study READ MORE
  11. How Lunar Cycles Guide the Spawning of Corals, Worms and More READ MORE

Main Exam

GS Paper- 1

  1. South Asia’s human capital is the resilience it needs READ MORE
  2. Post-Covid education READ MORE
  3. Our Fragile Coasts: Scientific Approaches and Solutions READ MORE

GS Paper- 2

POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

  1. Supreme Court verdict will ensure a more independent Election Commission READ MORE
  2. SC corrects error of Commission, with one omission: For true functional independence, EC should also be made accountable to a parliamentary committee READ MORE
  3. SC ruling on ECI marks a new era READ MORE
  4. Collegium for Appointing Election Commissioners: What Next? READ MORE
  5. Explainer: Why the SC took away the government’s discretion to appoint election commissioners READ MORE
  6. The Dam Safety Act, 2021: Asymmetry in Indian Federalism READ MORE

SOCIAL ISSUES

  1. Understanding intergenerational educational mobility with conflicting evidence READ MORE
  2. Does EWS Reservation Redraft the Principles of Social Justice? READ MORE

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

  1. Positing India’s stand on the Ukraine war READ MORE
  2. Japan’s new defence strategy and the move away from pacifism READ MORE

GS Paper- 3

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  1. Data dissonance: On the revised GDP estimates READ MORE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  1. Generative AI and Large Language Models: The AI Gold Rush READ MORE

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

  1. A plateau? Global CO2 emissions rose less than initially feared in 2022, says IEA READ MORE

SECURITY

  1. Cyberattacks are rising, but there is an ideal patch READ MORE
  2. Dealing with the cyber threats READ MORE

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

  1. Lessons from Turkey: How to make India earthquake prepared READ MORE

GS Paper- 4

ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY

  1. Deep within, we all are averse to corruption READ MORE
  2. How To Reconcile Management And Morality In Today’s Gilded Age READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

  1. Digitalisation is inevitable, but it must be adopted only after proper ‘digital literacy’. Critically comment with reference to the technological advancement in recent times.
  2. Despite efforts to ensure their wellbeing, the Adivasi community remains one of the most deprived in India. In light of this statement critically analyse the steps taken by Government of India to address the issues of Adivasi community.

QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS

  • Strategy is not the consequence of planning, but the opposite: its starting point.
  • The post of the Governor, a relic of the colonial era, often becomes a fifth wheel and a clog to democratic governance, when provincial autonomy is diluted, or an elected government is derailed.
  • Federalism is an integral part of the basic structure of our Constitution, and it is intertwined inextricably with the unity and integrity of the nation.
  • Despite recommendations of the Sarkaria and Venkatachaliah Commissions, active party politicians have been appointed as Governors. There are instances of young party loyalists being appointed as Governors who were later sworn in as Ministers in the States.
  • A look at the estimated receipt and expenditure position of Budget 2023-24 would make it clear that the Government is consciously ignoring the fiscal consolidation measures enunciated in the last year’s budget.
  • The judicial system ought not to enjoy unfettered freedom in the name of the independence of the judiciary.
  • There is a need for a reformed mechanism for the appointment of judges to the constitutional courts where the judiciary and executive could amicably come to the conclusion.
  • The rule of law requires that law be applied consistently & impartially.
  • Smart technologies and solutions thus have the potential to alter the entire value chain of businesses across industries.
  • Digitalisation is inevitable, but it must be adopted only after proper ‘digital literacy’; end users must be made aware of its drawbacks.
  • A country that is fast emerging as a global leader cannot afford to let an unhealthy preoccupation with the past cast a shadow on its promising future.
  • Technical and operational gaps leading to inclusion or exclusion errors must be plugged to ensure the money reaches the intended beneficiaries.
  • Reducing the inevitable negative impact of conflicts between major powers on the forum will be a diplomatic achievement for Delhi in G20.

ESSAY TOPIC

  • The secret of all victory lies in the organisation of the non-obvious.

50-WORD TALK

  • Justice Joseph’s five-judge bench should take pride in its order on Election Commission appointments and toss aside the whataboutery it has unleashed. We can’t mix it up with judges’ appointments collegium. It’s a different and valid debate. For now, hail a much-needed and belated reform in a key constitutional body.
  • If a share is overpriced, it’s for the market to make that discovery and punish it. Which it has done with Adani by knocking Rs 12 trillion in value. Regulator SEBI has managed the volatility calmly. Supreme Court’s intervention is unnecessary, anti-market and undermines a due process that’s working brilliantly.

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 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.
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