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Asean-India Commemorative Summit-2018 : Important Topics for UPSC Exams


Asean-India Commemorative Summit-2018 : Important Topics for UPSC Exams


ASEAN- INDIA commemorative summit took place to celebrate 25th anniversary of establishment of  dialogue partnership. The theme of the summit was “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.

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The summit was followed by an unprecedented attendance of  10 ASEAN HEADS as the Chief Guests for the celebration of India’s 69th Annual Republic Day. This is for the first time that India has not 1 but 10 world leaders as Chief Guests for the Republic Day.

Importance-

The most significant outcome of the summit was the “Delhi Declaration’’,  which talks about various issues like maritime cooperation, stability, economic ties, joint fight against terror etc.

The summit comes in the background of the expansionist tactics followed  by China in the South China Sea and also marking a major shift from India’s earlier “LOOK EAST” POLICY to the enhanced “ACT EAST” POLICY,  which signifies India’s increased commitment to ASEAN members.

ASEAN accepted India as a sectoral partner in 1992 and full time dialogue partner in 1996. ASEAN has thus helped India expand in Asia ,post LPG reforms and motivating to formulate its “Look East” policy, which India has enhanced to as “Act East” policy to strengthen relations with the eastern neighbor countries.

India and ASEAN signed a Free Trade Agreement in 2009 which came into effect in 2010. The FTA  has strengthened the economic ties between both the sides. The trade between the two stood around $ 70Bn for 2016-2017.

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(VIDEO) Vice President Three Nation Visit - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

(VIDEO) Vice President Three Nation Visit - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

Topic of Discussion: Vice President Three Nation Visit - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Expert Panel Name : Niraj Srivastava, Former Diplomat; K.P. Nayar, Strategic Analyst ; Professor Harsh V. Pant, Head, Strategic Studies, Observer Research Foundation, Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)

Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV

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Directive Principles Of State Policy : Important Topics for UPSC Exams


Directive Principles Of State Policy : Important Topics for UPSC Exams


DPSP- are enshrined in part IV of the constitution( A36- 51)

  • Borrowed from Irish Constitution.

Some important features-

  • The DPSP basically capsulate the ideas of the people and the ideals which the State should follow or keep in mind while formulating or implementing the policies.

  • They seek to establish a Welfare State as opposed to a regulatory laissez faire State. A Welfare State recognizes the fact that people enjoy some inalienable rights that the Government should not violate and design and implement policies in the same way. Further it is different from the laissez faire as it is not entirely regulatory but also developmental and seeks to establish an egalitarian society.

The DPSP can be said as a concoction of Principles  of 

-Socialism

-Gandhisim

- Western Liberalism

-Principles of Freedom Struggle of India.
 

  • The DPSP are primarily made on the basis of Socialistic Principles. A 39 (b)and (c) seek to extend equitable distribution of resources and promote distributive justice.

  • DPSP are non justiciable.ie. not enforceable in court of law. They can be made legally enforceable if incorporated in laws made by the State.

  • Are called the positive obligations of the state as they make the State take positive actions in order to improve the welfare of the society.

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(VIDEO) Flipkart to Walmart ? - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

(VIDEO) Flipkart to Walmart ? - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

Topic of Discussion: Flipkart to Walmart ? - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Expert Panel Name : Ajay Dua, Former Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry Nitin Desai, Former Chief Economic Adviser, GoI Piyush Singh, Advocate, Supreme Court Deepak Sharma, National Spokesperson, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)

Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV

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(VIDEO) Endgame Mallya ? - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

(VIDEO) Endgame Mallya ? - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

Topic of Discussion: Endgame Mallya ? - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Expert Panel Name : Ajay Dua, Former Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry; Virendra Gupta, Former Ambassador; P.K. Malhotra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice; S.K. Verma, Secretary General, Indian Society of International Law ; Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)

Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV

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(VIDEO) Chairman's Order & Judical Scrutiny - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

(VIDEO) Chairman's Order & Judical Scrutiny - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

Topic of Discussion: Chairman's Order & Judical Scrutiny - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Expert Panel Name : Sanjay Hegde, Sr Advocate, Supreme Court; Vivek Goyal, Advocate, Supreme Court; VK Agnihotri, Former Secretary General, Rajya Sabha; PK Malhotra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice; Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)

Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV

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International Criminal Court – It’s Future : Important Topics for UPSC Exams


International Criminal Court – It’s Future : Important Topics for UPSC Exams


News:

Philippines moves to quit International Criminal Court. There have been withdrawals in the recent past namely

About ICC

The International Criminal Court is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague in the Netherlands.

The ICC has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

The ICC is intended to complement existing national judicial systems and it may therefore only exercise its jurisdiction when certain conditions are met, such as when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals or when the United Nations Security Council or individual states refer situations to the Court.

The ICC began functioning on 1 July 2002, the date that the Rome Statute entered into force. The Rome Statute is a multilateral treaty which serves as the ICC's foundational and governing document. States which become party to the Rome Statute, for example by ratifying it, become member states of the ICC. Currently, there are 123 states which are party to the Rome Statute and therefore members of the ICC.

India (also US and China) has neither signed nor ratified the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Recent withdrawals include Burundi, Russia etc.

 

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(Final Result) National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (II) 2017

(Final Result) National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (II) 2017

The following is list, in order of merit of  447  candidates, who have qualified  on the basis  of  the results of the  Written  Examination held by Union Public Service Commission in  10th  September, 2017 and the subsequent Interviews held by the Services  Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence  for admission to the  Army, Navy and  Air Force wings  of National  Defence Academy for the 140th Course and Naval Academy  for the  100th  Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from  July, 2018.  For detailed information regarding the date of commencement of the above courses, please visit the websites of Ministry of Defence  i.e www. Join Indian army. nic.in www.nausena-bharti.nic.in and www.careerairforce.nic.in.

The results of Medical Examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists. 

The candidature of all the candidates is provisional, subject to their submitting the requisite certificates  in support of date of birth and educational qualifications etc. claimed by them, directly to the Additional Directorate General of Recruiting, Adjutant General’s Branch, Integrated  Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Army), West Block No. III, Wing-1, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066  wherever this has not already been done and  NOT  to  U.P.S.C.

In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters at the address given above.

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The result is  also  available on the UPSC Website at http:// www.upsc.gov.in. However, marks of the candidates will be available on the Website after 15 days from the date of declaration of final results.  

For any further information, the candidates may contact  Facilitation Counter  near Gate ‘C’ of the Commission,  either in person or on telephone Nos.011-23385271/ 011-23381125/011-23098543 between 10:00 Hours to 17:00 hours on any working day.

            S.NO.                ROLL NO                          NAME

1

0105019

UTPAL ANAND

2

0022773

KUNAL MALHAN

3

0104016

SHUBHAM KUMAR JHA

4

0012605

SHUBHANKAR M NAIR

5

0032560

KULKARNI NISHANT PRADYUT

6

0021020

SUSEENDRANATHAN ADITYA

7

0023391

SUYASH UTKARSH

8

0153419

GAJRAJ SINGH

9

0078093

VAIBHAV DEOLI

10

0007547

GURBEER SINGH SOHAL

11

0004383

RAHUL KALKAL

12

0006123

AMOL GAUTAM

13

0136599

GURNOOR SINGH BEDI

14

0023231

ASHISH YADAV

15

0034478

RAMKRISHNA BHAT

16

0241581

NIRAJ SINGH PAPOLA

17

0101871

MRIDUL CHHABRA

18

0035596

BINNAR AJINKYA BALU

19

0037515

VIKHRAM KRISHNAA

20

0006690

SIDDHARTHAN A

21

0285543

SAHIL PILLANIA

22

0034160

GAVADE PUSHKRAJ BALASAHEB

23

0090552

SWAPNIL KUMAR

24

0111688

KARANSINGH CHANDEL

25

0103446

EMMADI PAVAN KUMAR

26

0008626

MAHESH TARD

27

0163851

MAHIPAL SINGH RAJAWAT

28

0063700

ARMAN DIXIT

29

0036559

ADARSH SINGH VERMA

30

0032137

ROYAL KUHAD

31

0017307

PRAKHAR SHUKLA

32

0053004

ANANT YADAV

33

0039452

KANISHK MALLIK

34

0011390

AMIT KUMAR

35

0006121

SHUBHDEEP AULAKH

36

0029783

VIVEK KUMAR GUPTA

37

0005961

RAGHAV ARORA

38

0070339

ADITYA SINGH

39

0169004

SUSHANT KUMAR

40

0246462

DIVYANSH CHAND

41

0006907

JAPNEET SINGH

42

0258849

NITIN YADAV

43

0003716

TEGJEET SINGH

44

0006443

AASHRAY THUKRAL

45

0196557

GIRISH VERMA

46

0187691

SURYANSH THAKUR

47

0140282

VIVEK SAHU

48

0101784

ADITYA SHARMA

49

0063606

BHUPENDRA SINGH

50

0037519

ANJAN TAMANG

51

0130752

RISHI S

52

0233411

ASTIK PATERIYA

53

0005704

HIMANSHU TETARWAL

54

0160962

DESHPANDE VISHNU CHAITANYA

55

0134435

JAY KARHADE

56

0001126

PRANAV SUMBARIA

57

0110268

UDDESHYA

58

0188812

ABHISHEK CHANDEL

59

0030492

VIVEK KUMAR

60

0046877

GOUTAM THAKURI

61

0101356

SAMUDRALA BHANU MAHESH

62

0000537

SOURABH SWAIN

63

0018116

RONIT BAGARIA

64

0104502

SATYAM

65

0231425

KARAN KUMAR

66

0054639

ANIRUDH SINGH

67

0078530

GAIKWAD AJINKYA VIJAY

68

0041535

NIRAJ KUMAR SINGH

69

0246385

ABHAY PRATAP SINGH

70

(VIDEO) Hospitals : Capping Profits - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

(VIDEO) Hospitals : Capping Profits - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

Topic of Discussion: Hospitals : Capping Profits - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Expert Panel Name : Prasanna Kumar Hota, Former Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman and Managing Director, Medanta; Aditi Tandon, Special Correspondent, The Tribune; Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)

Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV

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(VIDEO) What is the Karnataka election Temper ? (कर्नाटक चुनाव क्या है मिज़ाज) - Lok Sabha TV Insight Discussion

(VIDEO)What is the Karnataka election Temper ?(कर्नाटक चुनाव क्या है मिज़ाज) - Lok Sabha TV Insight Discussion

Topic of Discussion: What is the Karnataka election Temper ? (कर्नाटक चुनाव क्या है मिज़ाज) - Lok Sabha TV Insight Discussion

Expert Panel :

Courtesy: Lok Sabha TV

Chemical Weapons in Syria and the US response : Important Topics for UPSC Exams


Chemical Weapons in Syria and the US response : Important Topics for UPSC Exams


News:  

The alleged use of Nerve agent and other chemical weapons in Syria has evoked a response from US which has launched missiles at certain locations in Syria.

What are chemical weapons?

  1. It is a toxic chemical in a delivery system such as bomb or artillery.

  2. The chemical weapons convention defines each component of a chemical weapon as a chemical weapon— whether assembled or not, stored together or separately. Anything specifically designed or intended for use in direct connection with the release of a chemical agent to cause death or harm is itself a chemical weapon.

  3. These include :

  1. Choking agents :  Fluid builds up in lungs, choking victim. Examples include chlorine, phosgene, diphosgene and chloropicrin

  2. Blister agents: Burns skin, mucous membranes and eyes; causes large blisters on exposed skin; blisters windpipe and lungs; large casualties, low percentage of deaths. Examples: sulphur mustard, nitrogen mustard , phosgene oxime, Lewisite

  3. Blood agents: Cyanide destroys ability of blood tissues to utilise oxygen, causing them to ‘starve’ and strangling the heart. Examples include hydrogen cyanide, cyanogen chloride, Arsine, VX

  4. Riot control agents: Cause tears, coughing and irritation to eyes, nose, mouth and skin; constrict airway and shut eyes; teargas and pepper spray are examples of such agents

What is nerve gas?

  1. It is a compound that acts by incapacitating the mechanism within the body responsible for the conduction of nerve impulses

  2. Action of acetylcholineesterase is blocked (a compound that catalyses the breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine), When acetylcholinesterase  is prevented from performing its normal function of breaking down acetylcholine, muscles go into a state of uncontrolled contraction — a sign of paralysis or a seizure-like state.

  3. Nerve agents can also be absorbed through the skin.

  4. When countries started to develop newer weapons to bypass CWC  restrictions, they preferred nerve agents. That is how Novichok evolved: because restrictions are based on chemical formulae, newer molecules can bypass restrictions. Novichok is said to be 5-8 times more lethal than VX nerve agent and its effects are rapid, usually within 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

 

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(VIDEO) South China Sea : Sea of Troubles - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

(VIDEO) South China Sea : Sea of Troubles - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

Topic of Discussion: South China Sea : Sea of Troubles - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Expert Panel Name : K.P. Nayar, Strategic Analyst; Raviprasad Narayanan, Associate Professor, Centre for East Asian Studies, JNU; Commodore (Retd.) Abhijit Singh, Head, Maritime Policy Initiative, ORF; Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)

Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV

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(VIDEO) Har Gaanv Hua Raushan (हर गांव हुआ रौशन) - Lok Sabha TV Insight Discussion

(VIDEO) Har Gaanv Hua Raushan (हर गांव हुआ रौशन) - Lok Sabha TV Insight Discussion

Topic of Discussion: Har Gaanv Hua Raushan (हर गांव हुआ रौशन) - Lok Sabha TV Insight Discussion

Expert Panel : Prativimbh Sharma (Anchor, Studio)

Courtesy: Lok Sabha TV

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2017 Toppers Marks


UPSC 2017 Toppers Marks


Topper Details Marks Obtained Rank

Durishetty Anudeep

Year: 2017
Roll No.0156266

  • Written Total: 950

  • Personality Test: 176

  • Final Total: 1126/2025

AIR-1

Anu Kumari

Year: 2017
Roll No. 0048547

  • Written Total: 937

  • Personality Test: 187

  • Final Total: 1124

AIR-2

Sachin Gupta

Year: 2017
Roll No. 0587709

  • Written Total: 946

  • Personality Test: 176

  • Final Total: 1122

AIR-3

Atul Prakash

Year: 2017
Roll No. 0165049

  • Written Total: 929

  • Personality Test: 190

  • Final Total: 1119

AIR-4

Pratham Kaushik

Year: 2017
Roll No. 0001574

  • Written Total: 974

  • Personality Test: 143

  • Final Total: 1117

AIR-5

Koya Sree Harsha

Year: 2017
Roll No. 0022544

  • Written Total: 962

  • Personality Test: 154

  • Final Total: 1116

AIR-6

Ayush Sinha

Year: 2017
Roll No. 0012050

  • Written Total: 964

  • Personality Test: 151

  • Final Total: 1115

AIR-7

Anubhav Singh

Year: 2017
Roll No. 0464321

  • Written Total: 945

  • Personality Test: 165

  • Final Total: 1110

AIR-8

Saumya Sharma

Year: 2017
Roll No. 0003674

  • Written Total: 943

  • Personality Test: 165

  • Final Total: 1108

AIR-9

Abhishek Surana

Year: 2017
Roll No. 0022697

  • Written Total: 932

  • Personality Test: 173

  • Final Total: 1105

AIR-10

(VIDEO) Tackling Cyberbullying - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

(VIDEO) Tackling Cyberbullying - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

Topic of Discussion: Tackling Cyberbullying - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Expert Panel Name : Harsh Kumar, Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training; Aprajita Gautam, President, Delhi Parents Association; Karnika Seth, Cyber law expert; Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)

Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV

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(VIDEO) New Round of Confidence Restoration (विश्वास बहाली का नया दौर) - Lok Sabha TV Insight Discussion

(VIDEO) New Round of Confidence Restoration (विश्वास बहाली का नया दौर) - Lok Sabha TV Insight Discussion

Topic of Discussion: New Round of Confidence Restoration (विश्वास बहाली का नया दौर) - Lok Sabha TV Insight Discussion

Expert Panel : Prakram Singh Shekhawat (Anchor, Studio)

Courtesy: Lok Sabha TV

UPSC 2016 Toppers Marks


UPSC 2016 Toppers Marks


Topper Details Marks Obtained Rank

Nandini K R

Year: 2016
Roll No.0134810

  • Written Total: 927

  • Personality Test: 193

  • Final Total: 1120/2025

AIR-1

Anmol Sher Singh Bedi

Year: 2016
Roll No. 0561724

  • Written Total: 899

  • Personality Test: 206

  • Final Total: 1105

AIR-2

Gopalakrishna Ronanki

Year: 2016
Roll No. 0147866

  • Written Total: 936

  • Personality Test: 165

  • Final Total: 1101

AIR-3

Saumya Pandey

Year: 2016
Roll No. 0014451

  • Written Total: 911

  • Personality Test: 184

  • Final Total: 1095

AIR-4

Abhilash Mishra

Year: 2016
Roll No. 0656401

  • Written Total: 908

  • Personality Test: 184

  • Final Total: 1092

AIR-5

Kothamasu Dinesh Kumar

Year: 2016
Roll No. 0032405

  • Written Total: 912

  • Personality Test: 179

  • Final Total: 1091

AIR-6

Anand Vardhan

Year: 2016
Roll No. 0583119

  • Written Total: 920

  • Personality Test: 168

  • Final Total: 1088

AIR-7

Shweta Chauhan

Year: 2016
Roll No. 0559310

  • Written Total: 923

  • Personality Test: 165

  • Final Total: 1088

AIR-8

Suman Sourav Mohanty

Year: 2016
Roll No. 0384935

  • Written Total: 917

  • Personality Test: 168

  • Final Total: 1085

AIR-9

Bilal Mohi Uddin Bhat

Year: 2016
Roll No. 0000823

  • Written Total: 896

  • Personality Test: 182

  • Final Total: 1078

AIR-10

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