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WSDP Bulletin (02-11-2023)

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(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

  1. India and Sri Lanka re-launch negotiations of the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) READ MORE
  2. UPSC tightens guidelines for appointment of State DGPs READ MORE
  3. Haemoglobin isn’t used only in blood, scientists find in major discovery READ MORE
  4. Manufacturing PMI falls to an eight-month low READ MORE
  5. Gwalior, Kozhikode now on Unesco list of creative cities READ MORE
  6. Bangladesh PM Hasina’s daughter Saima Wazed voted as new WHO regional director READ MORE
  7. India-born author Nandini Das wins 2023 British Academy Book Prize READ MORE
  8. Rajya Sabha panel to hold meeting, take up pending cases of privilege breach READ MORE
  9. India’s cotton yield may be lowest in 15 years, to drop by 20% READ MORE

Main

GS Paper- 1

  1. Divorce: Changing attitudes and social mores READ MORE
  2. WWF: 32 million acres of grasslands across US & Canadian Great Plains ploughed up since 2012 READ MORE
  3. View from the Himalayas | The ‘Third Pole’ is drying up READ MORE
  4. With El Nino around, the heat is on READ MORE

GS Paper- 2

POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

  1. The blueprint to develop India by 2047 must factor in critical governance reforms READ MORE
  2. Impacting a woman’s freedom to reproductive choices READ MORE
  3. Law doesn’t bar states from counting castes READ MORE
  4. Small projects, big impact READ MORE

SOCIAL ISSUES

  1. Challenges in equipping job seekers with skills READ MORE

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

  1. Hope floats for a thaw in China-US relations READ MORE
  2. US can help India become battery manufacturing powerhouse. And decouple from China READ MORE

GS Paper- 3

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  1. India is proud to be the biggest development partner of Bangladesh: PM READ MORE
  2. Why GST collections surged sharply in October READ MORE
  3. Supreme Court’s decision on tax treaties clarifies India’s Most Favoured Nation approach READ MORE
  4. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation: India and global supply chains READ MORE

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

  1. India’s race to a green hydrogen future READ MORE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  1. AI and the issue of human-centricity in copyright law READ MORE

INTERNAL SECURITY

  1. Malware malice: On the Apple cyberattack alert READ MORE
  2. India’s Need for a National Security Strategy Cannot Be Ignored READ MORE
  3. Is it Time to Call India a Digital Dystopia? READ MORE

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

  1. Farm fires rage on: Stakeholders not doing enough to curb menace READ MORE

GS Paper- 4

ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY

  1. The birth and death of Ego READ MORE
  2. Essence of the Upanishads READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

  1. One of the strengths of an effective administrator is the ability to retain equanimity and restraint in any situation and those in power do not act as the instruments of nemesis due to their inflamed egos. With the help of some real-life examples, justify this statement.
  2. To address the challenges posed by rapid and mass urbanisation, policymakers must shift their focus to organic rural development that involves farmers and local communities. Do you think, in this regard, a bottom-up infrastructure development approach over a top-down approach would be an effective strategy?
  3. Policymakers in India need to assume a more cautious approach against diluting the human-centricity in copyright law. Discuss why there is a need to have a cautious approach in extending existing IP protections to work generated by Artificial Intelligence?
  4. Caste censuses are essential for addressing socioeconomic inequalities and informing policymaking. How far do you agree with this view? Justify your view.
  5. India is deploying smart fencing, but there should be a balance between manned security and technologies. Comment on the statement in light of recent developments.
  6. Recent data breach shows that digital India, in reality, is too far from the claim and India needs to renew its efforts to de-mystify technology with the aim of surveillance reforms. Comment.

QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS

  • Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
  • One of the strengths of an effective administrator is the ability to retain equanimity and restraint in any situation and those in power do not act as the instruments of nemesis due to their inflamed egos.
  • Policymakers and courts in India also need to assume a more cautious approach against diluting the human-centricity in copyright law.
  • The popularity and importance of the right to a piece of information has been used to hold local governments accountable for lapses in the delivery of services and secure access to basic rights and entitlements.
  • Aiming for a high 9% growth rate between 2030 and 2047 is laudable but factoring in alternative scenarios and changing course when warranted, is advisable.
  • There needs to be cautious approach in extending existing IP protections to work generated by Artificial Intelligence.
  • There is no place within our constitutional structure to see a foetus as anything but dependent on the mother. To see it as a separate, distinct personality would be tantamount to conferring a set of rights on it that the Constitution grants to no other class of person.
  • As economic realities change, negotiated relations among countries must also adapt. There is a need for periodic review of tax treaties, especially with respect to their economic benefits.
  • The Hamas attack on Israel and this colossal human crisis that is unfolding before our eyes has key lessons for India and the world.
  • Engaging with research organisations and academic institutions that focus on education, skills, and labour markets is critical to building capability.
  • India needs infrastructure, but the issue is that policymakers often prioritise large and impressive projects that often benefit only those directly connected to the larger economy.
  • To address the challenges posed by rapid and mass urbanisation, policymakers must shift their focus to organic rural development that involves farmers and local communities.
  • India is deploying smart fencing but the recent developments show that there needs to be a balance between manned security and technologies.
  • It is time to renew efforts to de-mystify technology with the aim of surveillance reforms, before this Digital Dystopia becomes a permanent future.
  • Digital India isn’t what it is being claimed, the reality is different on the ground. It is time to renew efforts to de-mystify technology with the aim of surveillance reforms, before this Digital Dystopia becomes a permanent future.

50-WORD TALK

  • India’s major IT companies have laid off 21,000 people between June and September, largely citing operational efficiency. This data is important. While there is the social cost of such a move, this is how markets function. It’s important for IT giants to think long and hire responsibly, not on impulse.
  • India is testing smart fencing in Kashmir using sensors by Magal, which developed systems in Gaza and US. But the Israel episode shows that there needs to be a balance between manned security and technologies that enable unmanned defence at borders. Reliance on such technologies can only go so far.

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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