April 20, 2024

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WSDP Bulletin (03/04/2024)

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(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

1. Russia Says Working On Removing Taliban From Its Terrorist List READ MORE

2. March manufacturing PMI survey signals a 16-year peak READ MORE

3. More heat-wave days than usual for most of India this summer, IMD says | Explained  READ MORE

4. What is Kallakkadal, which has flooded houses in Kerala’s coastal areas? READ MORE

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

6. 90 years of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI): Its history, how it navigated times of crisis READ MORE

7. Jalpaiguri disaster: Tornadoes a symptom of warming & anomalous wind patterns READ MORE

8. Controversial deep sea mining negotiations showed progress, but many disagreements among member states remain READ MORE

9. World’s most powerful MRI scans first images of human brain READ MORE

10. Taiwan hit by strongest earthquake in 25 years; 7 dead, 77 trapped and 700 injured READ MORE

Main

GS Paper- 1

1. Impact and dualities of Social Media READ MORE

2. Empowering India’s tribal communities READ MORE

3. Why India will See More Heatwave Days in 2024. Are Climate Change Predictions for Real? READ MORE

4. Battling the summer heat READ MORE

5. Legal hurdles to protect groundwater READ MORE

6. Reassessing India’s forest conservation: Navigating complexities for a just transition? READ MORE

GS Paper- 2

POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

1. When governments listen to the Election Commission READ MORE

2. Balance between demographic concerns and human rights READ MORE

SOCIAL ISSUES

1. India can’t slack in its fight against TB READ MORE

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

1. Rohingya case brings India’s refugee policy under scrutiny READ MORE

2. Why shoot-and-scoot diplomacy with India isn’t good for America READ MORE

3. Why India’s plurolateral global strategy irks United States READ MORE

GS Paper- 3

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. A reform window: On the GST trajectory READ MORE

2. RBI likely to remain cautious on inflation READ MORE

3. GDP growth should be a corollary of job creation READ MORE

4. Catalyst for India READ MORE

5. GDP Growth READ MORE

6. Navigating the Indo-Pacific: Development Cooperation as a Diplomatic Tool READ MORE

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

1. How to ensure India’s green power revolution doesn’t also wreak ecological damage READ MORE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

1. AI in Healthcare READ MORE

INTERNAL SECURITY

1. Cyber fraud: Indians trapped in shady jobs in Southeast Asia READ MORE

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

1. Mitigating risks in infrastructure development READ MORE

GS Paper- 4

ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY

1. In the season of Ramadan, lessons in kindness READ MORE

2. Role of parents in a child’s formative years READ MORE

3. TIME TO Root out corruption 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.

QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS

  • Strategy is not the consequence of planning, but the opposite: its starting point.
  • Recognising the gravity of the climate situation and the urgency to address it comprehensively, has led to all nations agreeing, in what is famously known as the Paris agreement, to holding the temperature rise to well below 2 °C from that in pre-industrial times, and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C.
  • Core inflation including services inflation has been moderating in the economy, but with food inflation remaining sticky, the RBI would be wary.
  • The EC is extremely reasonable in matters that affect public welfare. Government, investigative agencies must respect that.
  • India, which has a good rapport with the majority of the ASEAN nations, needs to step up the crackdown on operators of fraudulent call centres and ensure that its advisories about online/phone scams are widely circulated among the stakeholders.
  • Given the severity of the employment challenge, it is time for a paradigm shift. The focus needs to shift from GDP growth to the creation of more productive and better-paying jobs. GDP growth should be a corollary of job creation.
  • A few labour-intensive sectors with the highest potential for creating jobs need to be chosen initially for putting together a critical mass of interventions to achieve a breakthrough.
  • The key is to design state interventions and allocate financial resources, giving job creation overriding priority. It should be profitable for private firms to create more jobs, and the state can and should make it happen.
  • Maximising positive experiences and interactions during this critical phase sets the foundation for a child’s future success in various aspects of life.
  • In the pursuit of justice and fairness, the matter surrounding the CAA was also presented in the halls of the Supreme Court.
  • The fight against TB has a special significance because the disease is more prevalent in the lower socio-economic strata of society.
  • It is essential to recognise that groundwater resources are abundant in areas with large water bodies, such as lakes.
  • India stands at a crossroads of opportunity and challenge, grappling with the imperative of internal migration to unlock its economic potential.
  • In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) stands as a beacon of hope, promising to revolutionise the way we approach disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Political battlefront over the role of the judiciary shows that instead of protecting the judiciary, there is an attempt to intimidate one of the pillars of democracy.
  • Recent amendments to the Forest Conservation Act seem to be contentious, casting a shadow over India’s just transition journey.
  • Businesses and individuals in India must seize the benefits of AI and strategically enhance their competitiveness by staying abreast of advancements in AI.
  • Development cooperation has gained further currency in a post-pandemic world amid staggered economic growth and an increasing gap in financing the Sustainable Development Goals.

ESSAY TOPIC

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

50-WORD TALK

  • Supreme Court has rightly refused to accept Ramdev’s apology on misleading ads. Patanjali must recognise this isn’t about plugging its FMCG empire, but about selling snake oil, folk medicine as cures. The court has called Patanjali to account to end the promotion of quackery in the name of ancient knowledge.
  • A fresh political battlefront over the role of the judiciary is bizarre. It shows that instead of protecting the judiciary, there is an attempt to intimidate one of the pillars of democracy. The nation’s faith endures in a judiciary that remains committed to the Constitution, far away from political whims.

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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