UPSC CSE Key – December 31, 2021: What To Read Today

COVER PAGE

Corbett Tiger Safari: No sanctions, as the state pushes the work, costs six times as much

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main exam: General Studies III: Conservation, Pollution and Destruction, Environmental Impact Assessment.

Important points to think about:

• Administrative and planning authority for compensatory afforestation funds (CAMPA)

• Project Tiger and National Tiger Conservation Authority

• Work-Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) card

• Tiger Standards (CATS) secured by nature conservation

• Section 38V (1) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972

Other important articles on the same topic:

126 Tiger Deaths Registered in India in 2021: NTCA

📍 Explained: The history of Corbett National Park and the man behind the name

R value above 1 in major cities, likely start of third wave

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:

• “The reproduction number or R” – what do you mean by that?

• R value of 1 or 2 What does that mean?

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

China is now heating up Arunachal and naming 15 additional locations

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:

• Work-Arunachal Pradesh map (Physiographic map)

• Border dispute between India and China – background and current situation

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd writes: Understanding the fears behind Chinese aggression against India

EXPRESS NETWORK

Center announces new rules for consumer panels

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.

Important points to think about:

• Consumer Protection Act, 2019 Features

• Consumer rights defined in law

• Central consumer protection authority

• Consumer dispute settlement commission – district, state and national level

• Financial jurisdiction of the Consumer Dispute Settlement Commission (CDRCs) and recent changes made by the Union government – benefits and challenges

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Explained: Government sets up a central consumer protection agency; What is it?

Center extends AFSPA for another six months

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Indian Politics and Government

Main exam:

• General Studies-II: tasks and responsibilities of the federal and state governments, questions and challenges of the federal structure

• General Studies-III: Security Challenges and their Management in Border Areas – Links between Organized Crime and Terrorism

Important points to think about:

• By whom is AFSPA imposed or repealed?

• Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958

• Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 – pros and cons

• “Disturbed Area” and who has the authority to declare “Disturbed Area”?

• AFSPA a “state of emergency”?

• Framework agreement from 2015

• The Supreme Court guidelines for the use of AFSPA in 1997

• Recommendation of the Judiciary BP Jeevan Reddy Committee in 2005, Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) in 2007, and Santosh Hegde Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court in 2013

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Explained: What is AFSPA and why are Northeastern states against it?

📍 India’s controversial Special Powers Act

📍 Why AFSPA exists

THE EDITORIAL SITE

Out of line

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Indian politics and government

Main exam: General Studies II: Essential characteristics of the parliament, legislature, regulatory and various court-like organs.

Important points to think about:

• Draft paper of the key proposal of the Demarcation Commission

• Current status of the J&K delimitation commission

• Delimitation Commission of India and Delimitation Commission Act

• Delimitation of committee members, power and independence

• Delimitation commissions in the past (1952, 1962, 1972 and 2002)

• Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019

• Key proposal of the demarcation commission – advantages and disadvantages

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Differentiation in Jammu and Kashmir: how, why

Lab to People

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:

📍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?

THE IDEAS PAGE

Minimal support, maximal profit

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Economic and social development

Main exam: General Studies-III: Questions on direct and indirect agricultural subsidies and minimum support prices

Important points to think about:

• MSP (minimum support price) and effectiveness of the MSP implementation

• Plants under MSP. fall

• Public Distribution System (PDS) and MSP

• Calculation of the MSP (costs paid out, workload, etc.) and plants that are covered by the MSP

• What demands do farmers make in connection with MSP in the current scenario?

• Recommendation of the MS Swaminathan Committee on MSP

• What do you understand by the term “comprehensive production costs of a cultivated plant”?

• Demand for a legal guarantee for MSP advantages and disadvantages

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Combating agricultural reforms after the repeal of the agricultural laws

📍 Survey in perspective

📍 MSP for all cultures is not feasible for tax purposes

Express network

Namita Gokhale, Ambai Tamil writer wins the Sahitya Akademi Award

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Important points to think about:

Sahitya Akademi Prize

• Criteria for the selection of the award winner

• Namita Gokhale and Ambai

EXPLAINED

Year hybrid workers expect 5G and can wait for Metaverse

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance

Main exam: General Studies III: Science and Technology – Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

Important points to think about:

• Metaverse

• Fifth generation (5G) wireless technology – what do you mean by that?

• Mobile broadband networks with long-term evolution (LTE)

• Difference between 4G and 5G technology

• 5G technology – key features

• 5G spectrum allocation – who decides? (Node Ministry / Department)

• Telecommunications Regulator of India – Role and Mandate

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 India will make a huge contribution to building Metaverse, says Mark Zuckerberg

📍 Explained: what is 5G and how is India prepared to adapt to this technology?

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