UPSC CSE Key – December 29, 2021: What To Read Today

COVER PAGE

With the Omicron surge looming, the government approves two more Covid vaccines and an antiviral pill

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main exam: General Studies II: Issues relating to the development and management of the social sector / social services in the fields of health, education, human resources.

Important points to think about:

• What is an Emergency Permit (EUA) and how is an Emergency Permit issued in India?

• Molnupiravir – the world’s first Covid-19 pill

• Corbevax, India’s first domestically developed RBD protein subunit vaccine against Covid-19

• Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) role, Nodal Ministry

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Worries remain, but India and the world are better prepared

📍Two new vaccines, an oral pill for Covid-19 and how they work

📍 Explained: What is the emergency response? Looking for approval companies for Covid-19 vaccines?

📍 Explained: What is Molnupiravir, the India-approved Covid-19 pill?

EXPRESS NETWORK

Added by the British for stability reasons, sand in the Sun Temple can be removed

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: History of India

Main exam: General Studies I: Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of art forms, literature and architecture from ancient times to modern times

Important points to think about:

• Konark Temple – Architecture

• Ganga dynasty (1238-1250 AD) and King Narasimhadeva I (1238-1264 AD)

• Importance of heritage conservation

• Safety of Listed Buildings in India – Questions and Challenges

• UNESCO World Heritage Site – Importance and Use

• Archaeological survey of India

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Explained: How ASI is saving, why Odisha is upset

📍 Konark Sun Temple

Why Consultation for Medical NEET-PG Courses Remains Suspended

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main exam: General Studies II: Issues relating to the development and management of the social sector / social services
in terms of health, education, human resources

Important points to think about:

• What is the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and is it carried out by whom?

• National Examination Authority (NTA) and National Examination Commission (NBE)

• Supreme Court for the National Aptitude Test (NEET)

• The economically weaker sections Reservation-103. Constitutional Amendment Act, 2019

• The 1992 Indira Sawhney case

• Supreme Court on EWS reservation criteria

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Explained: The All India Quota for NEET and OBC, EWS reservation

THE EDITORIAL SITE

A blurred focus

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Indian politics and government

Main exam: General Studies II: Legal, Regulatory and Various Judicial Bodies.

Important points to think about:

• National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) – Role, Vision, Mandate

• Reasons for merging the Films Division (FD), the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) and the Children’s Films Society of India (CFSI) to form the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and how as far as this is justified?

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 National Film Development Corporation of India declared

Digital public goods

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main exam:

General Studies II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising from their design and implementation.

General Studies III: Infrastructure

Important points to think about:

• What are digital public goods?

• Potential of digital public goods in India?

• Physical infrastructure vs. digital infrastructure

• Post-pandemic digital India

• Digital India Program – various programs

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 How to create a truly digital public

📍 India as a startup nation is building on the foundation of its digital public goods

THE IDEAS PAGE

The standstill on the farm

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

Main exam: General Studies III: Indian Economy and Planning, Mobilization, Resources, Growth, Development and Employment Issues.

Important points to think about:

• Reforms in Agriculture – Why and Current State

• Agricultural reforms at various levels in India

• Model APMC laws and e-NAM

• Contract farming

• Recommendation of the National Farmers ‘Commission, chaired by Prof. MS Swaminathan and the Ashok Dalwai Committee, to double farmers’ incomes

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Combating agricultural reforms after the repeal of the agricultural laws

EXPRESS NETWORK

Lanka prepares oil terminal deal with India; Wang visits Colombo after spitting, can offer sweeteners

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main exam: General Studies II: India and its Neighborhood Relations.

Important points to think about:

• bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka

• Trincomalee oil tank farm

• 1987 India-Sri Lanka Agreement

• India-Sri Lanka and China geopolitics and geoeconomics

• Map work – Sri Lanka, waters between India and Sri Lanka

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