UPSC CSE Key – Jan 7th 2022: What To Read Today

COVER PAGE

Punjab, Funding Separate Probes; FIR against demonstrators

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:

• Prime Minister – The real executive (de facto executive)

• 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 VIP Security – Who Are They?

• Emergency safety plan followed by SPG for VVIP safety

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Explained: What is SPG protection and who gets it?

📍 Explained: How is the Prime Minister’s security planned and what went wrong in Punjab?

Center breaks silence, China hits back on letter to MPs, Pangong Bridge

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Indian geography and current events of national and international importance

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

Important points to think about:

• Background to border disputes between India and China

• Map Work-Ladakh, Pangong Tso / Pangong Lake and Arunachal Pradesh

• Line of actual control

• Importance of Pangong Tso / Pangong Lake

• China’s aggressive stance on the Sino-India border and what impact may this have on Sino-India relations?

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Explained: The importance of the south bank of Ladakh Pangong Tso

📍 Explained: Pangong Tso Lake, theater of the LAC battles between India and China

📍 A strategy of claim: Why China is inventing names for places in Arunachal Pradesh

Immerse yourself in water bird species at Sanjay Lake this time, compared to the last 3 years

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: General topics on environmental ecology, biodiversity and climate change

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

Important points to think about:

• Asian Water Bird Census (AWC) Mission, Goals

• What is the International Water Bird Census (IWC)?

• Bombay Natural History Society – Role and Mission

• Who contributes to the International Water Bird Census (IWC)?

• Which areas and species are counted under the IWC and AWC?

• Cormorant and the Eurasian migratory coot

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 How important are migratory birds in times of climate change

EXPRESS NETWORK

Molnupiravir has significant safety concerns: ICMR

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance

Main exam: General Studies III: Disaster and Disaster Management.

Important points to think about:

• Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) – Under which node ministry or independent body?

• Molnupiravir – the first Covid-19 antiviral pill that was developed by whom?

• Mechanism of action of molnupiravir

• Molnupiravir – Problems, Concerns, and Challenges

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Molnupiravir anti-Covid pill: Approved, not recommended

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

1.3k Kanal Valley Land declared a Strategic Area; for army ops use up

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:

• What do you understand by the term “Strategic Area” in Jammu & Kashmir?

• Who defines and declares “Strategic Area” in Jammu and Kashmir?

• Jammu and Kashmir Development Act 1970

THE EDITORIAL SITE

Taming the third wave

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance

Main exam: General Studies III: Disaster and Disaster Management.

Important points to think about:

• Omicron variant and delta variant of the coronavirus key differences

• What makes the Omicron variant more dangerous?

• How is the administration in states dealing with the Omicron boom?

• What lessons has India learned from the second wave of Covid-19?

• “Community Transmission of Omicron” – What do you mean by that? What is community broadcast?

• National Center for Disease Control – Role and under which Ministry?

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Mild yet dangerous

Players in the game

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:

• The Mutual Access Agreement (RAA) treaty between Australia and Japan

• Changing security architecture in the Asia and Indo-Pacific region

• Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) – member countries

• Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) and Mutual Access Agreement (RAA) – Importance

• The Mutual Access Agreement (RAA) and India

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 India and the changing dynamics of the Indo-Pacific

📍 In defense of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ concept

BUSINESS

Green Energy Corridor Phase II: Cabinet clears 12K Cr for power lines

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Economic and social development

Main exam: General Studies III: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc

Important points to think about:

• Green Energy Corridor project – the main highlights and functions

• Green Energy Corridor Phase I – In which countries implemented?

• Renewable energy rich states of India – Know the five most important states

• Renewable energy targets set by India and various programs

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 GREEN ENERGY CORRIDORS

THE WORLD

Russia sends troops to Kazakhstan as dozens of protesters are killed

Curriculum:

Preliminary examination: Current events of national and international importance

Main exam: General Studies II: Influence of Politics and Politics in Developed and Developing Countries on India’s Interests

Important points to think about:

• Work Kazakhstan map, capital and major provinces

• Protest in Kazakhstan background

• How is Russia getting involved?

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

• Kazakhstan and India

Other important articles on the same topic:

📍 Why do Kazakhs protest?

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