April 20, 2024

Lukmaan IAS

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WSDP Bulletin (02/04/2024)

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(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

1. Team led by PRL Ahmedabad finds ozone on Jupiter’s moon Callisto READ MORE

2. Germany gives controversial green light to cannabis READ MORE

3. SEBI updates complaint redressal system for investors READ MORE

4. SC notice to EC on plea to cross-verify EVM and VVPAT counts READ MORE

5. Why Supreme Court barred unregulated soil extraction for linear projects READ MORE

6. Utkala Dibasa or Odisha Day: Story of the state’s formation READ MORE

7. What is ‘Havana syndrome’, linked to a Russian intelligence unit? READ MORE

8. 125 years of Kodaikanal Solar Observatory: How the Great Drought of 1876 led to its establishment READ MORE

9. West Bengal farmers shift from wheat to lucrative banana, lentils and maize cultivation READ MORE

Main

GS Paper- 1

1. Impact and dualities of Social Media READ MORE

2. Empowering India’s tribal communities READ MORE

3. Navigating the global waterscape, its challenges READ MORE

4. Compounding crises: On the impact of a summertime water crisis READ MORE

5. Safeguarding food security: The vital role of water READ MORE

GS Paper- 2

POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

1. The PMLA — a law that has lost its way READ MORE

2. AI in elections, the good, the bad and the ugly READ MORE

3. Dead and buried READ MORE

SOCIAL ISSUES

1. Inclusive digital policies are key to mould women leaders READ MORE

2. Transforming menstrual hygiene in India READ MORE

3. Elevating teachers: Enriching society READ MORE

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

1. A speech that put India on the global stage READ MORE

2. India reaffirms commitment to boosting ties with ASEAN READ MORE

3. Checkmating China’s chicanery READ MORE

4. The US needs a new paradigm for India: ‘Great Power Partnership’ READ MORE

5. India–Bhutan Relations after Prime Ministerial Visits READ MORE

GS Paper- 3

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. On road to Viksit Bharat, India should target per capita, not aggregate, GDP. Here’s why READ MORE

2. Solar surge: Moving away from imported solar panels READ MORE

3. A legally-guaranteed MSP may do more harm than good READ MORE

4. Unemployment and demographic dividend READ MORE

5. Solar solutions: Transforming rooftops into green energy hubs READ MORE

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

1. IMD predicts a scorching summer for 2024 READ MORE

2. Severe environmental harm equal to genocide, crime against humanity: Experts write to International Criminal Court READ MORE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

1. Need more women representation in science READ MORE

2. Digital affordability and access: Starlink in India READ MORE

INTERNAL SECURITY

1. Myanmar and irregular warfare in a multipolar world READ MORE

2. New capabilities: India and the Agni-V with MIRV READ MORE

3. Why India’s defence deals with the Global South matter READ MORE

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

1. Mitigating risks in infrastructure development READ MORE

GS Paper- 4

ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY

1. The Growing Gaps in Global Humanitarian Challenges READ MORE

2. Mantra for evolution: Arpan, Tarpan, Samarpan READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

1. The digital revolution opens new avenues for women’s economic participation, however, to ensure true inclusion, this revolution must be steered by gender-sensitive policies. Comment.

2. The US-India Great Power Partnership enjoys strong tailwinds, but its success is not inevitable. The relationship requires a considered understanding of the cultural, demographic, and political drivers at work in the two complex democracies. Critically analyse.

3. Investing in a green resilient and knowledge-based economy is crucial for sustainable economic development of the State. Comment.

4. Fiscal transfer based on the advancement of gender budgeting in the State is critical to redress gender inequalities. Comment.

5. Schemes such as MGNREGS are rooted in ideals such as inclusion in the development process and mitigation of inequality and socioeconomic distress. Comment.

6. In a well-functioning democracy, where the political leadership is accountable, fighting an election would need neither big funding nor electoral bonds to be bought in secrecy. Discuss.

QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS

  • Strategy is not the consequence of planning, but the opposite: its starting point.
  • The widespread application of Artificial Intelligence is likely to cause a paradigm shift in almost every aspect of an election.
  • The most serious aspect of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act is the inclusion of offences which have nothing to do with the original motive — namely, to combat the laundering of drug money.
  • While the Indian solar industry must grow and gain a reputation for being a high quality exporter, it should not forget that this is a road with no easy shortcuts.
  • India is being more vocal in its support for the Philippines’ sovereignty and integrity, while being ready to provide defence equipment that Manila requires for its protection.
  • Women aspiring to pursue scientific research often encounter barriers in the form of stereotypes and inadequate mentorship opportunities.
  • In a democracy, the integrity of electoral processes and the fairness of political competition are paramount, and any measures undertaken in the realm of political finance must be aimed at upholding these principles.
  • Evolving insurgent tactics in a world order characterised by multipolarity competition may now be increasingly characterised by overt proximity between militant actors and their state backers.
  • The digital revolution opens new avenues for women’s economic participation, however, to ensure true inclusion, this revolution must be steered by gender-sensitive policies.
  • Emergency humanitarian aid, which aims to save lives and reduce people’s suffering in times of crises, has grown considerably over the last century to become a central feature of international relations and of the multilateral system.
  • The US-India Great Power Partnership enjoys strong tailwinds, but its success is not inevitable. The relationship requires a considered understanding of the cultural, demographic, and political drivers at work in the two complex democracies.
  • The groundbreaking PM Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana initiative which will expand India’s RTS capacity even further can help India achieve its net-zero target by 2070.
  • Amidst economic and geopolitical uncertainties, the lack of movement on reviving and reforming the World Trade Organisation will only exacerbate divisions within it.
  • The enduring friendship between India and Bhutan is rooted in mutual warmth and goodwill, reinforced by frequent high-level exchanges.

ESSAY TOPIC

  • Mutual tolerance is a necessity for all time and for all races.

50-WORD TALK

  • The drone technology has provided easy solutions to many day-to-day administrative and policing problems, aerial photography and videography, transport management, construction support, telecom services, watershed management, disaster management, spraying of pesticides and nutrients on crops, last-mile delivery of services and goods in healthcare and retail logistics, border management and military operations in armed conflict zones.
  • Tamil Nadu, which has about 6% of India’s population, employs half of the female factory workforce. There exists a gaping gender gap — something a country with the largest working-age population cannot afford. The next level in India’s growth story can only be unlocked once this limiting factor is eliminated.

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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