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WSDP Bulletin (04-12-2023)

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(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

  1. What the World Malaria Report says about India READ MORE
  2. COP28: What is Global Stocktake — and why is it important? READ MORE
  3. RBI monetary policy: Why is the Monetary Policy Committee likely to leave repo rate unchanged? READ MORE
  4. BCG revaccination study in high-risk adults to begin in 23 States READ MORE
  5.  ‘India will be the largest cotton producer’ READ MORE
  6. COP28 climate meet | India not among 118 nations that pledged to triple green energy READ MORE
  7. Lithium supply strategy: India’s initiative with Argentina’s CAMYEN gains traction READ MORE
  8. Natural superhero fungi boosts crop yields by 40% READ MORE
  9. After COVID break, Centre approves fourth phase roll-out of GIAN scheme READ MORE
  10. India agreed to withdraw soldiers from country, says Maldives President Muizzu READ MORE

Main

GS Paper- 1

  1. Re-criminalising adultery as a gender-neutral offence READ MORE
  2. Weather Report: East India braces for wet days ahead as Cyclone Michaung builds up; North India to remain dry READ MORE

GS Paper- 2

POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

  1. The legal net to trap peddlers of deepfakes READ MORE
  2. Private job quota for locals ends with order READ MORE
  3. Role of Governors in focus again READ MORE

SOCIAL ISSUES

  1. India, disability inclusion and the power of ‘by’ READ MORE  

 INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

  1. Kissinger: Cold warrior of realpolitik READ MORE  
  2. Time for a reset in India-US ties READ MORE

GS Paper- 3

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  1. Growth surprise points to status quo on repo rate READ MORE
  2. Economy well on track but growth not yet broad-based READ MORE
  3. Why government is not worried about missing disinvestment target READ MORE
  4. How Indian economy has silenced ‘perennial pessimists’ READ MORE
  5. India’s geo-digital age is here – tech partnerships, data protection, semiconductors READ MORE

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

  1. Why India will continue to rely on coal for foreseeable future READ MORE  
  2. India reduced emissions intensity 33% in 2005-2019, shows new submission to UN READ MORE
  3. COP28 must put global climate action back on track READ MORE
  4. Will COP28 UAE shape climate justice amid clash between urgency and economic realities in global climate action? READ MORE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  1. The transformative benefits of population-level genome sequencing | Explained READ MORE   
  2. Artificial Intelligence: Benefits outweigh the detriments READ MORE

INTERNAL SECURITY

  1. Combating cybercrimes READ MORE

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

  1. The Uttarakhand tunnel workers have been rescued. It’s time to ask hard questions about the project READ MORE

GS Paper- 4

ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY

  1. Panacea for grief: Realise the eternity within READ MORE
  2. Your anger, your energy READ MORE
  3. Serve Param Purush READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

  1. A bottom-up approach to disability inclusion is needed to ensure that persons with disabilities are recognised as active members of society and the economy. In the light of the statement critically examine the schemes established as part of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (2016).
  2. The goal of social justice cannot be achieved without the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all spheres of development, starting with rural areas and rural resilience. Comment.
  3. The historic marginalisation of persons with disabilities and the backsliding of the progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, a fundamental shift in commitment, solidarity, financing and action is critical. Discuss how the voices and needs of persons with disabilities be prioritised at the centre of the global development agenda.
  4. ‘Strategic Autonomy’ deployed by India in recent times owes itself to the foundational principle of realpolitik, as it allows the practitioner to not get closeted within the linear grouping. Critically examine the statement.

QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS

  • The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
  • There needs to be more inclusive opportunities and employment in the rural areas as a majority of persons with disabilities live here.
  • The first step is awareness to ensure last-mile connectivity of the benefits enumerated for people with disabilities by the government, which begins with the capacity-building of community leaders who can advocate for this at the grass-roots level.
  • A bottom-up approach to disability inclusion is crucial to build productive pathways out of poverty and ensure that persons with disabilities are recognised as active members of society and the economy.
  • The goal of social justice cannot be achieved without the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all spheres of development, starting with rural areas and rural resilience.
  • A bi-directional link to poverty, nutrition, and hunger, and as a consequence, there needs to be more inclusive opportunities and employment in rural areas.
  • The historic marginalisation of persons with disabilities and the backsliding of the progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, a fundamental shift in commitment, solidarity, financing and action is critical.
  • It is about time that the voices and needs of persons with disabilities be prioritised at the centre of the global development agenda.
  • Though the domestic economy is on a stronger footing, inflation needs to sustain at 4 per cent for interest rates to be cut.
  • Though the domestic economy is on a stronger footing and global headwinds are not too threatening as to upset inflation-growth dynamics, the lingering El Nino impact on the farm sector could be a cause of concern.
  • ‘Strategic Autonomy’ deployed by India in recent times owes itself to the foundational principle of realpolitik, as it allows the practitioner to not get closeted within the linear grouping and associated puritanism of ‘allies’ to which a sovereign subscribed.
  • As India meanders and navigates its rise in global relevance and animus simultaneously, it would do well to mull over and keep pace with the evolving nature of diplomacy.
  • The extent of moral compromises, leniencies and even suppressions done by Superpowers in their quest to assert their geopolitical agendas and interests, is even more pronounced.
  • It is imperative to foster a constructive working relationship to resolve the disharmony between the Centre and the states.
  • Instead of engaging in public arguments, Chief Ministers and Governors should create a more conducive environment for the federal structure to operate seamlessly. Establishing a positive and productive relationship is crucial for the efficient functioning of the state.
  • The core commitment of COP28 is to conceptualise a sustainable socio-economic model that will substantively decouple itself from conventional reliance on the fossil-related energy model.
  • The alignment of AI use cases with the vision of the organisation is the most important aspect of the adoption of AI.
  • The development of AI should not be an ad-hoc process but a part of a well-thought-out strategy which has the support of the top management and confidence of all stakeholders as a tool for reducing their burden rather than replacing them or their work.

ESSAY TOPIC

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

50-WORD TALK

  • Tamil Nadu police have a new target. It’s called ED. Scenes of police raiding ED office upend the playbook of what has become so routine and partisan that nobody even ponders anymore. It shows how broken the federal compact is. The primary responsibility of repairing centre-state balance lies with centre.
  • China has become the first nation to accept the Taliban’s ambassador, starting the normalisation of the outfit in the global order. This is the destiny of Afghanistan that everyone will have to accept, even as efforts continue to sustain international pressure on the Taliban for women’s rights and curbing terrorism.

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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