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WSDP Bulletin (02/12/2023)

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(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

1.  Tamil Nadu Governor cannot refer re-enacted Bills to President, says Supreme Court READ MORE

2.  PMI records slight uptick in November READ MORE

3.  States debt to remain high at 31-32 per cent of their GDP in FY24 amid higher capex, moderate revenue growth READ MORE

4.  World Bank recalls paper on decline in toilet usage in India READ MORE

5.  UAE president announces $30 bln fund to bridge climate finance gap READ MORE

6.  What is the Green Credits scheme, which PM Modi mentioned at COP28 READ MORE

7.  Cyclone Michaung to make landfall in Tamil Nadu: What is a cyclone — and its different types? READ MORE

8.  President Murmu advocates for All India Judicial Service: What the idea is, why it hasn’t been implemented READ MORE

9.  August, September & November warmest on record in India, winter temperatures to remain above normal: IMD READ MORE

10.  Nomads and denotified tribes are the invisible people of India READ MORE

11.  Pakistan beats India by 10 votes to secure Vice Chair post at UNESCO READ MORE

12.  Ghostlike dusty galaxy reappears in James Webb Space Telescope image READ MORE

Main

GS Paper- 1

1. Rising student suicides shock Kota, India’s coaching capital READ MORE

2. Tropical cyclones cause more damage than we think — and India among countries facing high social cost of carbon READ MORE

3. Antarctic glacier dramatically moves eight kms after being stable for 50 years READ MORE

GS Paper- 2

POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

1. Improving the capability of the Indian state READ MORE

2. On Constitution Day, more people-friendly laws READ MORE

3. Supreme Court on Governors: Another reminder of remit and overreach READ MORE

4. Will worsen situation READ MORE

5. Death penalty must be abolished READ MORE

SOCIAL ISSUES

1. Employability of skilled trainees is a must READ MORE  

2. Engage the private sector in the battle against TB READ MORE

 INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

1. Is the emerging global order bipolar? READ MORE    

2. New India’s diplomacy – nimble and forthright READ MORE

GS Paper- 3

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. GDP growth surprise: How to read the data READ MORE

2. Patchy expansion: On provisional estimates of GDP READ MORE

3. The GDP surprise: India on the up and up READ MORE

4. Political pointers in GDP numbers READ MORE

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

1. Finding funds: On COP28 and the ‘loss and damage’ fund READ MORE   

2. The helping hand READ MORE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

1. Leveraging the power of advanced AI in the Edtech space READ MORE  

2. A new hope for Tuberculosis patients READ MORE

INTERNAL SECURITY

1. The pursuit of peace in troubled Manipur READ MORE

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

1. Happy ending and a call for caution READ MORE

GS Paper- 4

ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY

1. Lead me from reality to the truth READ MORE

2. Your anger, your energy READ MORE

3. Serve Param Purush READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

1. India is becoming proactive in international arena and getting good response but the China’s dominance in the Global South remains undisputed. Critically comment.

2. Aligning Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana PMKVY with the industry to match local economic needs is crucial to making skilled trainees employable. How would you justify this statement.

3. Governors, who sought to display overbearing attitudes vis-a-vis the elected governments, using their discretionary powers under the Constitution.

4. The role of the governor is not clearly defined in Indian Constitution and the time has come to strengthen the Constitution and bring more clarity to the roles and responsibilities of the governor. Critically comment on the statement in the light of recent state governments governor tussle.

5. Deepfake technology not only poses a threat to the privacy of individuals but can be a challenge to national security. In the light of the statement do you think that a robust regulatory framework should be implemented?

QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS

  • The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
  • A centralised recruitment process will go against the spirit of federalism and will be regarded as trespass on the states’ powers, which are duly granted by the Constitution.
  • Foreign university campuses in India may be good for many reasons but improvement of higher education is not one of them.
  • As AI continues to grow, its ethical considerations must be evaluated to ensure that it provides an equitable, inclusive, and successful learning environment.
  • India is becoming proactive in international arena and getting good response but the China’s dominance in the Global South remains undisputed.
  • The autonomy of the Reserve Bank is indispensable for safeguarding the integrity of the financial system, in turn a necessary condition for economic security.
  • The government is not treating the RTI Act as its own instrument for bringing to its notice its own shortcomings in performance.
  • Governors, who sought to display overbearing attitudes vis-a-vis the elected governments, using their discretionary powers under the Constitution.
  • When education is a right, it is only natural that sexual education is a part of it, which will transform gender relationships in society.
  • The Supreme Court now seems to realise that much more needs to be done quickly to make access to justice a right for all.
  • The UN’s move to develop a transparent tax regime and transfer rulemaking from the OECD must get India’s unstinted support.
  • Anger, a double-edged sword, needs careful handling. Right-channelling the energy released due to anger can raise one to great heights. Handled carefully, it is a door to justice and achievement.
  • Building a robust cybersecurity infrastructure requires high levels of investment and commitment. The Centre must continue playing its role of a facilitator, pushing the public and private sectors to deepen defences, expand detection capabilities and improve the response mechanism.
  • A well-regulated pharma industry is essential.
  • The education which does not help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle for life, which does not bring out the strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy, and the courage of a lion – is it worth the name? Real education is that which enables one to stand on one’s own.

ESSAY TOPIC

  • Strategy is not the consequence of planning, but the opposite: its starting point.

50-WORD TALK

  • With 16th finance commission’s report due in October 2025, the finalisation of its terms of reference now is timely. However, without an updated Census, the Commission’s recommendations lose significant current value. It’s becoming increasingly urgent for government to come clean on its Census preparedness, something it’s been too tight-lipped about.
  • A 7.6 percent growth in Q2, when RBI predicted 6.5 percent, is a strong consolidation of Q1’s performance. Construction has surged, with double-digit growth on an already high base. Manufacturing, too, has turned around strongly. But the government should look into whether consumption’s lower contribution to GDP suggests income distress.
  • SC’s deadline for last rites of unclaimed bodies in Manipur can be a nightmare to execute. With Kukis in the hills and Meiteis in Imphal, even crossing territories is risky. The security situation is still broken. Rushing to meet deadline without a plan can push Manipur into the abyss again.

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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