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WSDP Bulletin (12/02/2024)

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(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

1. Scientists say tectonic plate tearing apart under Pacific Ocean from Japan to New Zealand READ MORE

2. Scientists discover new fungus species in Thrissur READ MORE

3. What are the changes in the new Water Act? READ MORE

4. Probability of survival decreases with increased duration of CPR READ MORE

5. India set to transition to hyperlocal extreme weather forecasting READ MORE

6. Parliament’s average annual sitting days down to 55 in the 17th Lok Sabha from 135 in the first READ MORE

7. Experts Explain | Darwin Day: How theories of evolution helped our knowledge of life on Earth READ MORE

8. Is La Nina in the offing? How the shift from El Nino may impact monsoon, summer in India this year READ MORE  

Main

GS Paper- 1

1. How can child safety be ensured online? READ MORE

2. Uttarakhand UCC is an attempt to control young people’s sexuality READ MORE

3. How coaching culture lets children down READ MORE

4. Arctic: The quasi-global common READ MORE

GS Paper- 2

POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

1. What does Uttarakhand’s UCC entail? READ MORE

2. How women can be represented in politics READ MORE

3. Fiscal federalism at a crossroads READ MORE

4. The menace of political defections READ MORE

5. Defamation: Law panel is wrong READ MORE

6. South India is rightly agitated by unfair allocation. Limiting Centre’s power is the answer READ MORE

7. Electoral Bonds ‘Likely to be Sold’ Ahead of Lok Sabha Polls. Will the SC Act? READ MORE

SOCIAL ISSUES

1. More women taking up higher education READ MORE

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

1. A privileged strategic partnership, without a gulf READ MORE

2. India focuses on small blocs amid wait for permanent UNSC seat READ MORE

3. Strategic shift READ MORE

GS Paper- 3

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. Circular economy paves the way for sustainable vehicle lifecycle management READ MORE

2. Boosting the fisheries’ ecosystem in India READ MORE

3. Good reason to keep repo rate unchanged READ MORE

4. India’s WTO Stance on Farmers Will Be a Test of Its Rhetoric of Championing the Global South READ MORE

5. Role of prosumers in renewable energy adoption in India READ MORE

6. Pulses: Sustaining the Earth and nourishing communities READ MORE

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

1. Earth’s Changing Climate READ MORE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

1. Future Warfare and Critical Technologies: Evolving Tactics and Strategies READ MORE

INTERNAL SECURITY

1. Cybersecurity concerns amidst rising cyber threats READ MORE 

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

1. In Morbi’s debris, the role of the State in PPP projects READ MORE

GS Paper- 4

ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY

1. Swami Dayananda’s pursuit of ultimate truth READ MORE

2. Choose well: Power of choice is power of God READ MORE

3. Idols and idolatry READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

1. Providing a quota for women in Parliament and State Assemblies only increases women’s political representation, but in actuality, it does not represent women. Critically examine.

2. In recent times, the United Arab Emirates has become most important pillar for India in its look-west policy. Comment.

3. Citizens have the right to their reputation and it may be considered as part of their right to privacy the provision like criminal defamation acts as a curb on free speech, which is more important in a democracy. How can the balance be created the freedom of expression and the right to reputation?

4. NGOs act as catalysts for change, addressing gaps in transformation, supporting marginalised groups, delivering essential services, and persuading better policy decisions. Comment.

5. A UCC is neither desirable nor necessary, and, instead, each body of personal law be reformed to eliminate discrimination or regressive practices. How far do you agree view this view?

QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS

  • It’s the responsibility of the police to maintain the government’s prestige and protect the honour of the citizens.
  • Providing a quota for women in Parliament and State Assemblies seems to be the only way to increase their political representation.
  • India has numerous strategic partnership agreements across the globe, but none displays more convergence and mutual respect at all levels than the one with the UAE.
  • While India recognises and values the UAE’s role in the region, the UAE too is cognisant of the ‘global leadership’ role that India is set to acquire. Both countries recognise that this privileged strategic partnership is only set to grow stronger in the years ahead.
  • Distributing more tickets to women in the first-past-the-post system may not necessarily lead to more representation of women in legislature.
  • Centre should engage with southern states’ concern over funds allocations.
  • The disproportionate anxiety over interfaith and inter-caste relationships, including live-in relationships, betrays the state’s inherently paternalistic attitude towards adult women citizens.
  • The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.
  • The anti-defection law, which was passed in 1985 and amended in 2003, is not effective because the power of proving defection vests with the speaker, who belongs to the ruling party and works partially.
  • Citizens have the right to their reputation and it may be considered as part of their right to privacy. That is a basic requirement of civilised life and coexistence.
  • Civil defamation will serve the purpose of adequately protecting the right to reputation of individuals and civil remedies are available for aggrieved persons.
  • Criminal defamation is the legacy of an era and attitude which considered questioning of anything as a crime. It should have no place in a democracy which thrives on free expression of views and open criticism.
  • Citizens have the right to their reputation and it may be considered as part of their right to privacy. That is a basic requirement of civilised life and coexistence. The consequence is that it acts as a curb on free speech, which, too, is a fundamental right, and more important in a democracy.
  • South India’s situation is unlike any in large federal unions across the world. US, UK, China, Germany, and Spain correct their fiscal imbalances through tax policy. India is making it worse.
  • At the upcoming WTO’s biennial trade ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi, it will become clear whether India fights for its farmers or yields ground to Uncle Sam on one of the most crucial issues for poor farmers in developing countries.
  • The current ecological and geopolitical shifts in the Arctic region may warrant a thorough revaluation of the Arctic Council’s functions and authority.
  • he World Pulse Day provides an opportunity for various stakeholders to come together and celebrate the significance of pulses in achieving certain SDGs.
  • Despite many positive outcomes of globalization, “it has also undeniably led to such deep economic concentrations that much of the world today depends on production of a few geographies.”

ESSAY TOPIC

  • Knowledge has become fundamental to economic development and technological advancement.
  • The greatest resource of all economic development is the mind.

50-WORD TALK

  • Pakistan elections were supposed to be a crowning moment for Nawaz Sharif, but now he will have to cobble up numbers to form a government. While some say independent candidates winning is a setback to the Army, one wonders whether this was the military’s ploy to have a weakened Nawaz.
  • EC’s decision to give NCP name and symbol to Ajit Pawar faction was unsurprising. Its arguments for relying solely on legislative strength are convoluted. Assembly Speaker, a BJP leader, sits on MLAs’ disqualification petitions and EC uses their strength to rule in favour of BJP’s ally. It’s politics, not justice.
  • Karnataka has joined Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana in protesting Centre’s tax devolution policies. The timing works since 16th Finance Commission’s deliberations have just started. But such concerted criticism is another sign of worsening Centre-State relations. If the Centre is serious about fiscal federalism, it needs to rebuild states’ trust.

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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