UPSC CSE Key – Jan 11, 2022: What To Read Today

COVER PAGE

SC forms new probe body, consults center on communications to Punjab officials

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main exam: General Studies III: Various security forces and agencies and their mandate

Important points to think about:

• The new exploratory body set up by the Supreme Court

• Sudhir Kumar Saxena Committee and Mehtab Singh Gill Committee

• Prime Minister – The true executive (de facto executive) authority – appointment, powers, role and functions

• Importance of the Prime Minister as a post and as an institution

• Why are security breaches a major concern?

• VVIP security and protection levels such as X, Y, Y Plus, Z, Z Plus and SPG

• Special Protection Group (SPG), SPG’s Blue Book and Prime Minister for India’s Security

• Draft law on special protection group (amendment), the main highlights of 2019

• Different Forces Involved in VVIP Security – Who are they?

• Emergency safety plan followed by SPG for VVIP safety

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 No room for propaganda in the investigation of security breaches by PM

📍 The violation was serious

EXPLAINED

Selection of the booster recording

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:

• India’s COVID-19 vaccination program

• Precautionary dose / third dose / booster dose required?

• Covishield and Covaxin – know the difference

• Covid-19, Omicron variant and Delta variant – do you know the differences

• What do you understand by an Emergency Authorization (EUA)?

• National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) – Role, Powers and Functions

Other important articles / videos on the same topic:

📍 Explained: What is an Emergency Authorization (EUA)

📍 Strengthen the shield

📍 Omicron & immune response after vaccination

Bravery of the Chhote Sahibzaade and the political reach of the Prime Minister in Punjab

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: History of India

Main exam:

• General Studies I: Indian culture covers the most important aspects of art forms, literature and architecture from ancient times to modern times and modern Indian history

• General Studies – IV: Contributions from moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world

Important points to think about:

Ve ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ on December 26th – why?

• Guru Gobind Singh – About him, philosophy and contributions

• Sahibzaade (Prince) Zorawar Singh and Sahibzaade (Prince) Fateh Singh

• Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and Gurdwaras Act of 1925

• Sikhism and the history of the Sikhs

• Bhakti movement and Sikhism

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Explained: The importance of recognizing the fifth Sikh Takht. by the government of Delhi

📍 Explained: The role of the 5 Sikh takhts and the debate over a proposal for a 6th

THE EDITORIAL SITE

Unsafe state

Curriculum:

Main exam: General Studies III: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges for internal security, challenges for internal security through communication networks

Important points to think about:

• Counterinsurgency operations in India

• Frequent internet shutdowns for security reasons in the context of Jammu and Kashmir?

• Increase security operations in Jammu and Kashmir grounds

• Types of security operations in Jammu and Kashmir and application of the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act (UAPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA)

• Importance of ‘Over Ground Worker (OGW) networks’

• Terror Monitoring Group role, work and under which ministry?

• Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Public Safety Act (PPE) – key highlights

• Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Public Safety Act (PPE) and Human Rights

• Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act (UAPA) and Article 22 of the Constitution

• Know the terms – criminal detention and preventive detention

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Read Section 43D (5): How It Raises the Bar for Deposits Under UAPA

📍 J&K safety net wider: not just operations, raids, arrests in a new strategy

Incorrect interpretation

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Indian politics and government

Main exam: General Studies II: How the executive and judiciary work

Important points to think about:

• “India and International Law” by the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs – Highlights

• India follows the principle of “dualism” – what do you understand by the “principle of dualism”?

• Article 253 of the Indian Constitution

• India’s Supreme Court for Customary International Law and National Law

• What is the principle of non-refoulement? Principle of non-refoulement and Rohingyas

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Summary of the report of the Standing Committee

THE IDEAS PAGE

The turbulence in Eurasia

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main exam: General Studies II: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements that affect India and / or affect India’s interests

Important points to think about:

• Eurasia – Why is it called That? (Physical and political map)

• The dissolution of the Soviet Union and the current geopolitical situation in Eurasia

• Protest against Kazakhstan and how does Russia get involved?

• What do you know about the “Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)”?

• Kazakhstan and India – bilateral relations

• Map Work-Belarus, Ukraine, Caucasus and Kazakhstan, Baltic States (Please look at the map and see the
Central Asian countries, their capitals, nearby major lakes, etc.)

• Importance of the Central Asian region for India

• India’s “Connect Central Asia” policy

Other important articles / videos on the same topic:

📍 Explained: What is CSTO, the organization that helps the Kazakh President deal with protesters?

📍 Why the Russia-West Equation is important to India | Express opinion from C Raja Mohan

THE WORLD

US and Russian diplomats meet to avert war in Ukraine

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main exam: General Studies II: Effects of Politics and Politics of Developed and Developing Countries on
India’s interests

Important points to think about:

• USA-Russia and Ukraine crisis

• Russia’s demand / proposals – the main highlights

• annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation

• Crimean crisis 2014

• Strategic location of Crimea – why is it important for Russia?

• Ukraine, NATO, USA and Russia – where are we going?

• Article 5 of the founding treaty of NATO (collective security)

• India’s stance on the Ukraine crisis

• India and Ukraine – bilateral relations

• How can India help the US and Russia maintain “peace” in this conflict?

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Explained: What are the Minsk agreements on the Ukraine conflict?

BUSINESS

At the WTO, China is a “developing country”: Why many nations raise concerns

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main exam: General Studies II: Important international institutions, agencies and forums their structure,
Mandate.

Important points to think about:

• World Trade Organization (WTO) – Historical Background and Current Status

• Who are the developing countries in the WTO?

• What are the advantages of developing country status?

• China’s status as a “developing country” in the World Trade Organization (WTO)

• What are the Special and Different Treatment Regulations (S&DT)?

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 UNDERSTANDING THE WTO: DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

📍 The World Trade Organization: Developing countries enjoy special and different treatment

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