June 22, 2024

Lukmaan IAS

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WSDP Bulletin (16/05/2024)

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(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

1. India records highest number of Internet shutdowns globally in 2023 READ MORE

2. The Great Barrier Reef is seeing unprecedented coral bleaching READ MORE

3. Critically endangered bird at a greater risk of being taken for captivity than harmed through loss of habitat READ MORE

4. Ramcharitmanas among 3 Indian literary works included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Regional Register: Their significance READ MORE

5. Kanwar lake, Bihar’s only Ramsar site, faces challenge of survival but not a poll issue READ MORE

6. Government starts giving citizenship under CAA, 300 get in first lot READ MORE

7. Ahead of U.K. FTA,  India agrees with Australia to share key import data READ MORE

8. Coal India, NMDC, OVL look to secure critical mineral assets abroad READ MORE

Main

GS Paper- 1

1. Use of lighting in Indian architecture READ MORE

2. How to care for an ageing population READ MORE

3. Around half the world could lose easily accessible groundwater by 2050 READ MORE

4. Why have Bikaner and Barmer in Rajasthan reported land sinking in the last month? READ MORE

GS Paper- 2

POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

1. The case for election day as a holiday READ MORE

2. Judicial infrastructure needs a revamp READ MORE

3. Rule of law prevails: SC orders release of Prabir, Navlakha READ MORE

4. Crime in India: A Critical Review of Data Collection and Analysis READ MORE

SOCIAL ISSUES

1. The challenge of extra-pulmonary TB READ MORE

2. Fostering innovation from schools to startups READ MORE

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

1. Reforming the UNSC remains a tough task READ MORE

2. Anchoring ties in Chabahar waters READ MORE

3. Chabahar Port: India’s counterweight to China’s BRI in Eurasia READ MORE

4. SCO is not an anti-Western club. India’s presence is a guarantee against it READ MORE

GS Paper- 3

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. Not so easy to improve ease of doing business READ MORE

2. Declining poverty ratio: a continuing trend READ MORE

3. Services exports must go beyond IT READ MORE

4. Precision agriculture: Key to food security READ MORE

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

1. Climate crisis compass for water management READ MORE

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

1. AI is revolutionising sustainable, tech-driven farming READ MORE

2. Decoding O-RAN: A blueprint for digital connectivity beyond 5G READ MORE

3. The rise of robots READ MORE

INTERNAL SECURITY

1. Countering Maoist Insurgency: Has Chhattisgarh turned the corner? READ MORE

2. Maritime Security in the Bay of Bengal: Obstacles and Opportunities READ MORE

3. Can IORA aid maritime security efforts in the Indian Ocean? READ MORE

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

1. Weather-related disasters continue to displace more than conflict and violence READ MORE

GS Paper- 4

ETHICS EXAMPLES AND CASE STUDY

1. Shift the focus to duty-based approach READ MORE

2. Harnessing the power of resolution READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

1. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  is the golden rule of ethics and it is the highest principle of social ethics. Comment.

2. The Indian Constitution enshrined a balance between equitable representation of marginalised communities and the principles of meritocracy. Examine.

3. Ensuring transparency and accountability in the electoral process has been an ongoing endeavour, guided by judicial interventions aimed at curbing malpractices and fostering electoral integrity. Critically comment.

4. The evolution of drone technology has opened up boundless possibilities in the realm of crop assessment and monitoring. Comment.

5. How far do you agree with this view that to represent the local issues in Parliament, independent candidates play an effective role than partly relative candidates? Examine your view.

QUOTATIONS AND CAPTIONS

  • In a vibrant democracy such as India, the right to vote is not just a privilege but also a fundamental duty enshrined in the Constitution.
  • While the Constitution underscores the importance of voting rights, it is imperative to strike a balance that respects both civic obligations and business autonomy.
  • Public awareness of proper waste management practices is also lacking, contributing to littering and improper disposal habits, which divert the MCD’s attention towards clearing open points rather than processing wet waste.
  • Shortage of courtrooms, lack of adequate health/sanitation facilities and other citizen-centric amenities must be addressed.
  • The absence of adequate representation from Asia and Africa betrays the UN Charter. To regain its effectiveness, the UN body must reflect the world as it is.
  • While reiterating the protection of individual freedom against arbitrary state action, the SC has frequently emphasised that bail should be the norm and jail an exception.
  • A degree of social consensus on indisputable national goals will help India move forward in a comprehensive way.
  • The lesson that India can learn from Southeast Asia is to move forward with its own type of consensus which considers it wise to spend less time fighting internal political battles and focuses single-mindedly on improving overall economic functioning and attracting more investment.
  • By harnessing data-driven insights, AI empowers farmers to optimise resource allocation, mitigate environmental degradation and enhance crop yields.
  • The Chabahar Port deal between India and Iran can help the former gain connectivity to Eurasia and counter China’s growing regional influence.
  • Maritime security in the Indian Ocean needs to be conceptualised. Thus, a rethink about injecting momentum into collective regional cooperation via IORA is required.
  • India’s critical water infrastructure must be built to withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from climate disruptions.
  • The SCO is critical for India to advance its priorities for peace and prosperity in its northern periphery and broader Eurasia.
  • O-RAN’s ability to decouple hardware and software components of traditional systems fosters flexibility and interoperability, potentially countering China’s 5G dominance.
  • Despite the recent series of successful operations against the Maoists, the state and its security forces have to entrench themselves in the state while still opening a line for peace dialogue with the rebels.

ESSAY TOPIC

  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.

50-WORD TALK

  • As Elon Musk comes calling, India’s notification of 100% FDI in space sector is timely. It isn’t automatic. FDI above 49% or 74% will need government approval. Unfortunately, we’ve seen the ‘system’, armed with discretions, defeat many reforms. We can only hope this won’t be the fate of space FDI.

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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