The following are the most important Current Affairs Questions and Current Affairs Topics Anlaysis filtered for the IAS Prelims Exam 2016. Such important current affairs quizzes and topic analysis will help IAS aspirants during their preparation for IAS Main Exam 2016 as well as for IAS Prelims Exam 2017.
For IAS Prelims and IAS Mains, lot of horizontal as well as vertical coverage of topics is required that makes IAS Exam preparation more tough and exhaustive. Aspirants must have to be updated with every aspects of current affairs while the IAS Mains Exam is approaching to be conducted in December 2016.
IAS Prelims Current Affairs Questions
IAS Exam 2016 Important Current Affairs Topics
Indus Water Treaty and Analysis
The historic Indus water treaty is seen as a cornerstone of peaceful cooperation in water sharing around the world. The conclusion of the Indus Water Treaty was an achievement for both India and Pakistan. The Treaty is also an example of the effectiveness of the third-party mediation in dispute settlement.
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The Enemy Property Ordinance
Enemy property constitutes all immovable property, all negotiable instruments such as debentures, shares and promissory notes, all lockers and safe deposit and certain movable properties.
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G20 Summit 2016 objective and analysis
G20 or group of twenty is an international forum of the Heads of States of 19 leading industrialized economies and the EU for international cooperation on global economic and financial issues. The group comprises of two-thirds of world’s population and 85 per cent of world’s GDP
Details of G-20 Summit 2016
The Brexit Issue
The exit of Britain from European Union has been coined as Brexit. British people in a referendum voted for the exit in a majority. It will take UK two years to formally exit from European Union as per the article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Brexit may have long lasting impact on the trade, economy, immigration, labor migration, citizens, visa, currency and so on.
Impact of Brexit
National Mineral Exploration Policy 2016
The National Mineral Exploration Policy, 2016 has been released by the Ministry of Mines in July, 2016. The policy provides a complete action plan to ensure the comprehensive exploration of mineral resources, non-fuel or non-coal in the country. The primary aim of the policy is to accelerate the exploration activity through enhanced participation of the private sector.
Explanation of National Mineral Exploration
FDI in Defence
Foreign Direct Investment is an investment by a foreign business (individual or company) in the country which is not its home country. It establishes control over the business operations or acquires business assets in a company based in another country, called the host country.
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Land Acquisition objective and analysis
Land acquisition is the process by which land owned by private persons is compulsorily acquired. It is different from the selling/buying of land, in which a mutual agreement is concluded between parties based on their willingness to buy/sell. Acquisition is where the land owner is forced to relinquish his property.
Land Acquisition Bill in Detail
Cauvery Water Dispute and Analysis
The monsoon which started on a hopeful note this year has suddenly narrowed in the end of monsoon season leading to shortage of water in reservoirs across the Cauvery. Therefore, the Karnataka state was not able to fulfill its obligation to supply water to Tamil Naidu in the months from June to august as mandated by the Cauvery tribunal.
Dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
India and NSG Membership
India has been trying to get into NSG since 2008 and has been making immense effort since then. It indeed got substantial success in the form of NSG waiver in 2008 which led it to sign various nuclear agreement pacts with many countries including US. Since then almost all the countries of the world have been batting for India's unconditional entry into NSG. World powers like US, UK, Russia etc. have put all its weight behind India to get it the deserving membership. However, the main opposition is coming from China apart from Pakistan, Turkey, Switzerland etc.
Water Security in India
Water security becomes equally vital for a nation as the energy security or food security is. water security for India means effective responses to changing water conditions in terms of quality, quantity and uneven distribution. The scarcity of water may arise inter-state and intra-state tensions in India, as have been observed in southern India in post-independence times.
Religious Liberty and Women Rights
Every Right has a corresponding duty and every duty comes from the legal statute or the moral obligation. The relation between the right and duties goes hand in hand. But sometimes both liberty and right become contradictory(in short term) and they lock horn at the societal platform.This is a matter of thorough discussion and we are giving the issue in its relevant detail.
Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan
The government has declared to initiate a new programme for strengthening the Panchayati Raj and to culminate the Panchayati Raj System to increase the social harmony between villages. The campaign for To inaugurate Gram Uday se Bharat Uday will kick start on 125th Birth Anniversary 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar’s.
Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it is, how to respond, has three things about the ongoing transformation and advancement mark it out as a new phase rather than a prolongation of the current revolution Scope, Velocity and Systems impact. The speed of change is quite unprecedented, it is disrupting almost everything in every industry in every country, and it heralds “the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance”.
Drug Policy in India
Until 1970, the government made hardly any efforts to control the prices of important medicines, although it had issued the Drug (Price Control) Order in 1963. The Drug (Price Control) Order of 1970 was significant in two respects. First it limited the scope of price control to 16, and eventually to 33 essential medicines, on which a mark-up of 75 per cent over cost was permitted.
Land Reforms in India
Historically, land has defined rights of a man. A man who did not possess a private property did not have right to vote or other acquisition. It is associated with a person’s economic status, strength in the society and a good source of revenue generation for the state. Land as a commodity, therefore, has been of utmost importance across civilizations since times immemorial.
Green Budgeting in India
Green Budget or Green Accounting is one of the types of accounting tries to include all factoral environmental costs into the financial results of operations. It is been debated and argued that gross domestic product (GDP) ignores the environmental loss and degradation while calculating it, and therefore policymakers and government need a revised model that incorporates them through green accounting.
Real Estate Bill
Real Estate Bill tries to regulate the Real Estate Sector in India. Real Estate means Land and anything fixed, immovable, or permanently attached to it such as appurtenances, buildings, fences, fixtures, improvements, roads, shrubs and trees (but not growing crops), sewers, structures, utility systems, and walls. Title to real estate normally includes title to air rights, mineral rights, and surface rights which can be bought, leased, sold, or transferred together or separately. Also called real property or realty.
SETU BHARATAM PROJECT
Setu Bharatam project has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for building bridges for safe and seamless travel on National Highways. This project will ensure all the highways to be railway crossing free by 2019. Prime minister asserted the present government’s commitment for the good governance by stating that India is set to take a quantum leap in infrastructure through this project.
Climate Change and Food Security
Food security can be defined as the condition of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. It is Physical, Economic and Ecological access of food. Hence, food security is directly dependent upon the performance of Agriculture, which in turn depends heavily on the climatic factors. Unfortunately, persistent disruptions in the natural climatic phenomena in recent times have created highly sceptical situations for mankind to accomplish food security for its growing population.
New Silk Route
The Silk Route derives its name from the lucrative trade in Chinese silk carried out along its length, during ancient era. This trade was prominent on ancient network of trade routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West world to the East from China to the Mediterranean Sea. However, the trade was not limited to trade in Silk only and it was flourishing in other goods as well, along with the spread of religion, culture and philosophies.
Convention on Supplementary Compensation For Nuclear Damage
The Convention on Supplementary Compensation (CSC) is an international nuclear liability regime governed by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The convention, which sets parameters on a nuclear operator’s financial liability, was signed on 12th September 1997. It has been framed in consistent with the principles of Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (1963) and the Paris Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy (1960). It desires to establish a worldwide liability regime to supplement and enhance these measures with a view to increasing the amount of compensation for nuclear damage.
Employees’ Provident Fund
What is the EPF- Employees’ Provident Fund, why salaried class considers it a trust worthy social security scheme and why government wants to make it EET? What is the rationale for making the change?
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana
Agriculture schemes are always required for two reasons. Firstly to maintain the agriculture growth and secondly to provide a consistent employment to the rural population . India is primarily an agricultural economy, because more than 50 percent of its population still involves itself in agriculture and allied activities. Further, agriculture contributes around 14% to GDP of India. With these facts, we can easily understand the importance of agriculture and its contribution to Indian economy.
Supporting Syria and the Region Conference 2016
ISIS is becoming a curse on Humanity day by day and on Syria on a second by second basis. Syria is crisis ridden and needs help! The country is torn to its core and this war for motherland has resulted into suffering to its own children. Their loss is unjust and non-indemnifiable; the country has not only lost its pride but also generations.
Mudra is one of the most recent initiatives of the Government of India to prepare the MSME Sector for the Technological up gradation and make it resilient for any downturn. Success for India lies in success of Small business units.
Banking reforms in India is needed because resilient banking sector is a sine qua non for a strong economy. A Country’s capacity to the internal as well as external shocks depends largely on maintaining a robust banking infrastructure. Banking sector has so long been strategic for supporting India’ service sector led growth.
Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
A crop insurance scheme linking institutional credit (crop loan based on area approach) was suggested by Prof.Dandekar in 1976 & this scheme called as Comprehensive Crop Insurance Scheme was implemented from kharif 1985 on all-India level.
Chinese growth has basically been an export led growth and present slowdown can be attributed to slowdown in its manufacturing sector due subdued global demand world over and especially in European countries. After the 2008 global recession the demand world over slackened but China continued to grow robustly because of a massive stimulus of $600 billion dollars injected by the Chinese government.
The term "diplomatic immunity" refers to a principle of international law that limits the degree to which foreign government and international organization officials and employees are subject to the authority of police officers and judges in their country of assignment.
Economic Survey 2015-16 Questions