June 9, 2023

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WSDP Bulletin (16-03-2023)


(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

  1. Functioning of Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS) READ MORE  
  2. Exports fell 8.8% in February, but trade deficit also shrank over 7% READ MORE
  3. Foreign Trade Policy may be finally revised after eight years from April 1 READ MORE
  4. NCBC working with chairperson and just one member: govt. in Rajya Sabha READ MORE
  5. Foreign lawyers, firms can operate in India: BCI READ MORE
  6. What is GPT-4 and how it is different from GPT-3.5, which currently powers ChatGPT READ MORE
  7. US Senate resolution for underlining backing India on McMahon Line: What is the McMahon Line? READ MORE
  8. Japan-South Korea summit: What has kept the two nations apart and why they must overcome it READ MORE
  9. Over a third of forest land in Burhanpur lost to encroachers: Officials READ MORE  
  10. Messengers of the gods: 1,400-year religious protection of sika deer in Japan’s Nara have made them genetically unique READ MORE

Main Exam

GS Paper- 1

  1. A sustainable model for women’s leadership READ MORE

GS Paper- 2


  1. Governors cannot precipitate the fall of elected governments: Supreme Court READ MORE
  2. How to use technology to track crime READ MORE
  3. SC’s Election Commission judgment upsets a delicate balance READ MORE
  4. Will the Supreme Court be able to legalise same-sex marriage in India? READ MORE
  5. Why the Supreme Court’s ECI verdict is jurisprudentially unsound READ MORE


  1. Inaction and intervention: On the handling of social issues READ MORE   
  2. Digital training in healthcare is vital READ MORE


  1. Sharp divides: On the implications of the AUKUS trilateral defence pact READ MORE   
  2. With Saudi-Iran deal, China emerges as honest broker in a fractured West Asia READ MORE
  3. AUKUS may transform the Indo-Pacific sphere READ MORE
  4. China’s growing influence: It is playing a notable role in developments across the Indo-Pacific and the Gulf READ MORE
  5. Global institutions losing relevance READ MORE
  6. A New Era In World Politics, China Scales Up READ MORE

GS Paper- 3


  1. Monetary, fiscal authorities should focus on inflation READ MORE
  2. Making development much more inclusive READ MORE
  3. Comprehensive approach: India needs legislation on cryptos READ MORE


  1. Artificial intelligence may make us work more, not less READ MORE


  1. How to climate-proof the agriculture sector READ MORE
  2. Death of the Nile? Mega dams have killed the river’s ability to flush carcinogens, slowly killing its delta READ MORE


  1. China-Russia cybersecurity ties taking darker turns. India needs to worry too READ MORE


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

GS Paper- 4


  1. Jainism’s three keys to transcendence READ MORE
  2. Levels of love READ MORE
  3. Ethics, yoga are must for holistic growth READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

  1. Any stimulus for growth should be undertaken while adhering to the fiscal consolidation road map to keep India’s medium-term story intact. Comment on the statement in the light of India’s latest growth prospects and fiscal challenges.
  2. The China-brokered deal affirms Beijing’s role in West Asian affairs, posing new challenges for Indian diplomacy in the region. Critically Examine.
  3. ‘China’s role in the Iran-Saudi rapprochement raises questions about India’s decision to shed its traditional policy of pursuing strict neutrality and going for bilateralism in West Asia’. Examine.
  4. Digital training of healthcare professionals is an important step towards achieving the SDGs.


  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
  • The Supreme Court’s decision to refer to a Constitution Bench the issue of granting legal recognition to same-sex marriages can be seen as an important step towards ensuring gender equality, despite apprehension that it is encroaching on the legislative domain.
  • The China-brokered deal affirms Beijing’s role in West Asian affairs, posing new challenges for Indian diplomacy in the region.
  • India will need to engage with China in West Asia where they have a broad gamut of shared interests in energy security, free and open sea lanes, logistical connectivity, and, above all, regional stability. Here, they can work together to further mutual and regional interests.
  • A steady growth of 6% to 7% can be ensured over the medium term, only if the fixed capital formation rate is raised by another 2 percentage points. This is notwithstanding the global factors that are not encouraging.
  • As our society and nation lurch towards a future in which even the rudimentary semblances of democracy and decency are defied, we are increasingly witness to a shrinking support base of persons who can struggle and assert the need for these indispensable norms.
  • In very challenging times, India and Italy intend to give a strong impulse to their relations, united by a millenary tradition of exchanges, linked by the common recognition of the value of true friendship and solidarity.
  • The lack of standardized healthcare practices hampers the objective of achieving SDGs which can lead to disparities in care and negative health outcomes.
  • Digital training can provide healthcare professionals with a consistent, evidence-based approach to patient care.
  • Digital training of healthcare professionals is an important step towards achieving the SDGs.
  • Increasing access to quality healthcare education can play a critical role in achieving a more sustainable and equitable world.
  • Investing in digital training programs for healthcare professionals can help to ensure that the SDGs are met and we are on track towards achieving our goals.
  • A continuous evaluation of banks and other financial institutions would allow the RBI to focus on attaining the objective of price stability.


  • Women are ready to take charge of this era but they can’t leave their responsibilities behind.


  • The ignominious defeat of the Lahore police in the street battles which broke out after its botched attempt to arrest Imran Khan reveals the Pakistani state is fast unravelling. Even if the courts order his arrest, Imran has demonstrated he can paralyse the government. Only early elections can restore stability.

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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March 2023