Topics for Today’s questions:
GS-1 Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone. etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
GS-2 Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
GS-3 Infrastructure : Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc ; Inclusive Growth and issues
GS-4 Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance
Q.1 In context of the significance of the Himalayan mountain system for South Asia, explain the factors responsible for melting of glaciers and its impact on the region. (10 Marks)
Q.2 France, which had sought strategic autonomy within the framework of its alliance with the US, and India, which has valued independent foreign policy, are natural partners in building the new coalitions for an uncertain era. Comment. (10 Marks)
Q.3 Electricity prices vary not just among end-users, but also between states due to the complex patchwork of different taxes and subsidy regimes. What are the implications of this for unequal development among the states? Suggest the way forward. (10 Marks)
Q.4 Analyze the significance of appointing ethics officers in the light of strengthening corporate governance in India. (10 Marks) .
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