June 9, 2023

Lukmaan IAS

A Blog for IAS Examination

WSDP Bulletin (16-05-2023)


(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

  1. Explained | Gaps in Aadhaar-enabled Payment System (AePS) abused by cybercriminals READ MORE  
  2. Ministry of Defence signs 250th contract under ‘Innovations for Defence Excellence’ READ MORE
  3. Wholesale prices contracts 0.9% in April READ MORE
  4. Exports fell to a six-month low in April; demand outlook gloomy READ MORE
  5. Cheetahs are difficult breeders, but Kuno death was avoidable: Here’s why READ MORE
  6. As sea levels rise, is land reclamation still a good idea? READ MORE
  7. How deep-diving sharks stay warm will take your breath away READ MORE
  8. Will recycling human poop help grow food sustainably? READ MORE
  9. Nano urea in field trials: Ingredients of fertiliser a mystery READ MORE
  10. Sea butterflies are threatened by climate change. Here’s how this can impact Antarctic marine ecosystems READ MORE

Main Exam

GS Paper- 1

  1. Satellite data signals early hints of a looming El Nino READ MORE  
  2. The universalism of Gandhi and Tagore READ MORE
  3. The caste-based discrimination continues unabated READ MORE
  4. Rising Popularity of Elder Care Homes READ MORE

GS Paper- 2


  1. A Court recall that impacts the rights of the accused: The top court’s decision to recall its order in Ritu Chhabaria would deviate from fundamental principles of criminal procedure READ MORE
  2. Evaluating DNA report as evidence: Some standard guidelines need to be laid down by the Court for admitting the DNA expert’s report as credible evidence READ MORE
  3. SC’s Delhi govt ruling affirms States’ power over officials READ MORE
  4. The anti-defection law is failing in its purpose READ MORE
  5. Delhi govt vs Centre: Onus on both to prioritise interests of residents READ MORE
  6. Need to talk READ MORE


  1. The dream of universal health care can be realized READ MORE


  1. SCO must be free from Chinese influence READ MORE

 GS Paper- 3


  1. Planely Evident: India needs a cross-border insolvency framework soon as supply chains are global READ MORE
  2. India can’t beat poverty without growth in jobs and rise in wages READ MORE


  1. Promise & politics of 6G: It is a fact that 35,000 Indian villages do not even have 2G network READ MORE


  1. ExplainSpeaking: The economics of climate change in India READ MORE
  2. India needs to adopt smart protein to feed its growing population READ MORE
  3. Groundwater scene in India looks good READ MORE


  1. Should India make tactical nukes to counter China? Delhi’s no-first-use rule has no room for it READ MORE

GS Paper- 4


  1. Earth is but one country, mankind its citizens READ MORE
  2. Beat boredom by balancing emotions and intellect READ MORE
  3. A sustainable future without us humans READ MORE
  4. The power of Gratitude READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

  1. The anti-defection law is failing in its purpose, and it opens many new ways for horse trading. Critically examine.
  2. To be effective, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation needs to come out of Chinese influence and push its own cherished goals. Comment on the statement in the light of recent developments in international geo-politics.


  • Equally unstated is the manner in which the Quad’s initiatives were consistently aimed at countering challenges emanating from China, whether it is ensuring freedom of navigation and overflight, maintaining the rules-based order, or setting standards for critical technologies.
  • There are two key takeaways from the messy saga: one, Governors should avoid overreach that undermines the dignity and credibility of their constitutional office; two, mere difference of opinion among MLAs within a party cannot be a sufficient ground for the Governor to call for a floor test.
  • Invoking the spirit of cooperative federalism and highlighting the unique federal model of the NCTD, the court has cautioned the Centre to exercise its powers within the boundaries defined by the Constitution.
  • To be effective, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation needs to come out of Chinese influence and push its own cherished goals.
  • The hidden nature of caste atrocities indicates that the problem is more pervasive and deeply rooted than official records may suggest!
  • Our steps for sustainable groundwater management are in the right direction and these are bringing a paradigm shift towards positive change.


  • Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.


  • Former US President Donald Trump’s claims that America is “going to hell” has charged up his base—but his demagoguery is deeply dangerous. Even if the hush-money case against Trump is fake, the place to win the argument is a courtroom. Elected politicians must respect the institutions on which democracies rest.

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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