April 20, 2024

Lukmaan IAS

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WSDP Bulletin (24/02/2024)

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(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

1. Paytm app: RBI asks NPCI to look into One97 Communication’s plea to become TPAP for UPI usage READ MORE

2. PSBs can now check borrower’s background on unified portal READ MORE

3. PAPA payload aboard Aditya-L1 detects solar wind impact of Coronal Mass Ejections READ MORE

4. Donor gametes are allowed: what the new rule on surrogacy says READ MORE

5. First moon-landing by private company: What it means for lunar exploration READ MORE

6. Inger Andersen urges inclusion of ‘super pollutants’ such as methane and black carbon in NDCs READ MORE

7. Groundwater contamination due to arsenic, fluoride not being effectively addressed: NGT READ MORE

8. 40 spotted deer translocated within Karnataka marking a new era in wildlife management READ MORE

9. Mutha river bank lost over 200 plant species in last 66 years: Study READ MORE

Main

GS Paper- 1

1. Plan for a growing elderly population READ MORE

2. Will the Indian middle class measure up to its task? READ MORE

3. Heed SC’s directive on saving forests READ MORE

4. Definition of forest: SC underscores concerns over land diversion READ MORE

GS Paper- 2

POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

1. The message from two SC verdicts READ MORE

2. Electoral bonds: Will the government comply with the Supreme Court’s disclosure orders by March 13? READ MORE

3. On Electoral Bonds: Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing? READ MORE

SOCIAL ISSUES

1. Higher Education Scenario READ MORE

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

1. The NB8 visit to India focuses on cooperation and trust READ MORE

2. Ukraine war, two years: India has exhibited deft diplomacy READ MORE

3. Ocean forays READ MORE

4. India–Japan Strategic Partnership and the Indo-Pacific READ MORE

5. NATO and India: Partners for a peaceful, free, and democratic world READ MORE

GS Paper- 3

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. Changing the growth paradigm READ MORE

2. How LPG subsidy can be redesigned to privilege low-income households READ MORE

3. Following Amul, renewing the idea of cooperatives READ MORE

4. Farmers demand MSP protection READ MORE

5. India’s EV journey is revving up, but blind spots galore READ MORE

6. Farmers’ protest has moved MSP debate from ‘why’ to ‘how’. Now we await final stage of ‘when’ READ MORE

7. Informal Sector in India: Competition or Collaboration? READ MORE

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

1. Reintroducing wild water buffaloes in MP reserve could address population decline, conserve ecology READ MORE

2. Net zero by 2070: Financing India’s biggest infrastructure buildup READ MORE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

1. Tracing Algorithmic and AI-biased Data READ MORE

INTERNAL SECURITY

1. Grey-zone warfare latest entry in lexicon of warfare, says Chief of Defence Staff 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. Jnana, Karma and Bhakti READ MORE

2. A champion of free speech READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

1. Our constitutional jurisprudence is currently centred around the ‘basic structure doctrine’ evolved in the Kesavananda Bharati case. Comment

2. To promote stability and prosperity in India’s economy, legislation-backed MSP can be a pivotal point. Comment.

3. Replacing the decades-old and inefficient MSP policy with a legislatively guaranteed MSP offers a comprehensive solution to the challenges faced by the agricultural sector. Critically Examine.

4. The Uttarakhand Civil Code fails to incorporate progressive provisions. Comment.

5. India’s economic and military potential, coupled with Japan’s unique ability to undertake projects of enormous scope and scale, provides a compelling rationale for strategic collaboration against rising threats in Indo-Pacific. Discuss.

QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS

  • The independence of judges is best safeguarded by the judges themselves. — Fali S Nariman
  • India’s policymakers must free themselves from western-dominated theories of economics and in this, local solutions are the way to solve global systemic problems.
  • India must find a new paradigm of progress, for itself and for the world, for more inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth.
  • Rural Bharat can be a university for the world, producing innovations in institutions and policies for inclusive and sustainable growth.
  • Indian elections are free and fair. But the first-past-the-post system seeks its credibility entirely from the institution that conducts the polls. And if the conductor falters, the process gets easily accused of manipulation.
  • A strong government derives its strength from the people’s conviction, not from the arm-twisting tactics of its storm-troopers.
  • Indian bureaucracy has for some time now been caged parrots and pet falcons who sing and hunt for their political master.
  • Our constitutional jurisprudence is currently centred around the ‘basic structure doctrine’ evolved in the Kesavananda Bharati case.
  • The imperative need for a legislation-backed MSP grows ever more urgent, promising stability and prosperity for the backbone of India’s economy.
  • MSP reduces the vulnerability of farmers to market fluctuations, ensuring a minimum income for their produce.
  • Replacing the decades-old and inefficient MSP policy with a legislatively guaranteed MSP offers a comprehensive solution to the challenges faced by the agricultural sector.
  • The recurrent presence of Chinese research vessels, ostensibly on scientific missions, poses a challenge that cannot be ignored. As China continues to expand its in- fluence in the region, India must navigate a delicate bal- ance between diplomacy and safeguarding its national security interests.
  • India’s venture into EVs offers vast prospects for economic expansion, energy autonomy, and ecological sustainability. Yet, confronting prevailing hurdles and enacting inclusive policies are imperative to unlock the complete potential of EVs within India’s automotive domain.
  • The Uttarakhand Civil Code fails to incorporate progressive provisions from Muslim personal laws and brings live-in relationships under a draconian boot, revealing its faulty nature.
  • Reviewing the vast literature on the informal sector in India, it is seen that competition, or lack of it, happens to be a crucial issue in analysing firm structure, market structure, and firm dynamics.
  • India’s economic and military potential, coupled with Japan’s unique ability to undertake projects of enormous scope and scale, provides a compelling rationale for strategic collaboration against rising threats in Indo-Pacific.
  • India’s goal of reaching net zero presents a crucial challenge and opportunity.

ESSAY TOPIC

  • We need to move forward on AI development but we also need to be mindful of its very real dangers.

50-WORD TALK

  • X has withheld some accounts while registering protest against the government’s order, another uneasy episode in their face-off that is already in court. Absolute free speech can’t mean hate and abuse. But suspending accounts without transparency is an irrational and illiberal system that doesn’t stand the test of public scrutiny.

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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