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QUIZ QC 11: Current Affairs & General Awareness – IAS General Studies Prelim 2008

March 31, 2008

6. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Royal Swedish Academy of Science awarded the Noble Prize in Physics for 2007 to Gerhard Ertl for his discovery of Giant Magneto resistance.
  2. The Royal Swedish Academy of Science awarded the Noble Prize in Chemistry for 2007 jointly to Albert Fert and Peter Grunberg for their studies of chemical Processes on solid surface.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?   

a). Only 1                               b). Only 2 

 c). both 1 and 2                    d). Neither 1 nor 2

 

9. Which one has become the first country to allow creating and using CYBRIDs or Human –animals embryos for research purpose?   

a). United State                         b). Canada

c). Australia                              d). Britain

 

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                                                 INDIAN ECONOMY   

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¨      Money and Banking

¨      Export and Import

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¨      Human Development , Poverty and Unemployment

¨      Development Programmes

¨      Economic Survey 2007-2008       

        >  State of the Economy        

        >   Challenges, Policy Response and Medium-Term Prospects         

       >   Fiscal Developments and Public Finance        

      >   Prices and Monetary Management         

      >   Financial Intermediation and Markets        

      >   External Sector         

      >   Agriculture and Food Management        

     >   Industry       

    >   Infrastructure        

    >   Social Sectors        

    >  Statistical Tables         

     Finance Minister’s Speech  ( Live web cast )  

¨      Budget  : Budget 2008 – 09                                                         

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March 2, 2008

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UPSC –IAS: Economic Survey 2007-2008 and Budget 2008 – Indian Economy

February 29, 2008

Economic Survey 2007-2008 

>  State of the Economy

>   Challenges, Policy Response and Medium-Term Prospects

>   Fiscal Developments and Public Finance

>   Prices and Monetary Management  

>   Financial Intermediation and Markets

>   External Sector  

>   Agriculture and Food Management

>   Industry

 >   Infrastructure

>   Social Sectors

>  Statistical Tables

Finance Minister’s Speech  ( Live web cast )  

Budget  : Budget 2008 – 09

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IAS General Studies – Reports / Speeches / Conference Papers / Summit

February 14, 2008

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Towards Faster and More Inclusive Growth: An approach to the Eleventh Five Year Plan 2007-2012  

 United Nations Climate Change Conference – Bali, 3 – 14 December 2007 

India and China: A shared vision for the 21st Century

Manmohan Singh’s address at Economic, Trade and Investment Summit

 Speech: National Development Council (NDC) 54th Meeting under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister  

National Knowledge Commission – Report to the Nation 2007 

Reforms in Governance and Administration  

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IAS General Studies – FRONTLINE – Sept 8- Sept 21, 2007

September 16, 2007

Articles: Social Issues – The Naxalite Problem

Roots in history by Praveen Swami

The politics of jehad in Hyderabad goes back to 1948 when the princely state resisted accession to the Indian Union. 

 

Questions over judicial council by V.Venkatesan

A Parliamentary Standing Committee seeks to remove the pro-Judiciary bias in the Judges (Inquiry) Bill, 2006. 

The battle is on By John Cherian  Despite widespread protests, India joins in the naval exercises conducted in the Bay of Bengal by the U.S. and its regional allies. 

Unravelling India’s growth transition  By C.P. Chandrasekhar The surge in foreign capital inflows that fuelled the Indian economy’s high growth trajectory is also making it fragile and vulnerable to financial crises elsewhere  

Tackling terror by R.K. Raghavan  

A policy declaration that we stand firm against terrorism and have done all that is needed to guard our assets will only enhance India’s image as a mature nation. 

Sanctifying mass destruction by praful Bidwai

The toxic terms of discourse of the nuclear debate have insidiously intruded into the public’s mind and distorted its moral perspective

Access to farming knowledge By Jayati GhoshExtension workers continue to disseminate knowledge about practices that may be not only irrelevant but even harmful

At a crossroads by Walden Bello

The WSF, a space to discuss and debate an alternative world order, is in danger of becoming a forum of ideas with no agenda for action. 

Reaching out by John cherian

Venezuela’s new Constitution seems to be on course for approval even as Chavez attempts to build a new America free of U.S. influence.

War games in the Urals by Vladimir Radyuhin The largest ever military exercise by the SCO adds a new dimension to its rapidly expanding security agenda.       

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IAS General Studies – FRONTLINE – August 25- Sept 7., 2007

August 30, 2007

Going critical by R. RAMACHANDRAN (Nuclear Fuel cycle: Graphic presentation)

The Department of Atomic Energy was not the driving force behind the India-U.S. nuclear engagement.IN the wake of the Left parties’ opposition to the negotiated 123 Agreement, which will form the basis for India-United States civil nuclear cooperation, efforts by the government to emphasise its importance for the energy security of the country are in evidence. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has used all available opportunities to dwell on the role of nuclear power in our energy security and the necessity of the India-U.S. nuclear deal to realise that role. While nuclear power will be critical for the country’s long-term energy security, and our indigenous three-stage nuclear power programme has been evolved from that perspective, it is important to understand that the nuclear deal cannot be central to achieving that. Indeed, Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), has always maintained that any import of nuclear power that may become possible following the India-U.S. nuclear agreement will only be an “additionality” to the long-term projections for the installed nuclear capacity under the indigenous programme.

Basics of Nuclear Energy 

Enriched uranium: If the non-fissile U-238 is removed from natural uranium, then the U-235 concentration will go up. This is known as uranium enrichment. This is done by a series of chemical and physical processes. In India, enrichment of uranium is done at the Rare Materials Plant, Ratnahalli, near Mysore.

Nuclear standoff By Venkitesh Ramakrishnan 

The fate of the Union government hangs in the balance as the ruling UPA and the Left parties differ strongly on the India-U.S. nuclear deal.

Strategic trap byJOHN CHERIAN  

The nuclear deal has the potential to intertwine the U.S. and India into an even closer strategic relationship than already exists

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Interview :  Nuclear Deal

           Interview with Kapil Sibal, Union Minister

.          Interview with BJP leader Yashwant Sinha. 

          Interview with CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat

  Silent fusion by VIJAY PRASHAD  

In the U.S., there is almost no consideration of the ongoing debate in India over the 123 Agreement. 

Hyde-bound by VIJAY PRASHAD  

The Hyde Act was a major White House achievement at a time when the Bush presidency entered its lame duck phase. 

Invitation to war by JOHN CHERIAN  

The U.S. proposes to label Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organisation. 

Atomic impasse  by PRAFUL BIDWAI  

The deal cannot be worked out without risking the UPA government’s survival. The present pause should occasion a rethink on disarmament and energy. 

Can U.S. Fed help Asian markets? By C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR  

Revival of the U.S. housing market by debt restructuring rather than improved credit flow can help Asian markets recover from the subprime blow. 

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IAS General Studies – NCERT : ECONOMICS – Understanding basic & Fundamental of Indian Economy  

IAS General Studies – Economic Survey 2006-2007

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IAS General Studies – FRONTLINE – August 11- 24, 2007

August 22, 2007

Deal and debate by R. RAMACHANDRAN  

The 123 Agreement as concluded is more acceptable and domestically saleable in both countries than what it was in its original form. 

Euphoria and fear by T.S. SUBRAMANIAN

Some nuclear scientists welcome the agreement, while others are concerned about the consent clause on reprocessing spent fuel.

Growing protests by JOHN CHERIAN

The deal fails to meet the assurances given by the Prime Minister to Parliament, says CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat.

‘No possibility of any interruption.’ By T.S. SUBRAMANIAN  

Interview with Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy. 

IMF in crisis by WALDEN BELLO  

The IMF itself may have fallen victim to the 1997 Asian financial cataclysm as it faces a budget crisis owing to a ‘boycott’ by its big borrowers. 

A reticent RBI succumbs by C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR  

The relief expressed over the recent monetary policy review proves that the RBI has been limited by pressure from the Finance Ministry and the private sector.

A policy for unfreedom by JAYATI GHOSH   

The U.P. government’s Agriculture Infrastructure and Investment Policy is no solution to the current agrarian crisis; instead, it is likely to intensify the crisis.

Systemic ills by  by T.K. RAJALAKSHMI  

Preoccupied with AIDS control, government and funding agencies gloss over other health priorities. 

Turkey’s choice  by JOHN CHERIAN  

The ruling party led by moderate Islamists returns in Turkey with a resounding margin.

Squeezing Gaza by JOHN CHERIAN  

Arab countries are skeptical about President Bush’s call for a new West Asia peace conference. 

PATENT ISSUES: Question of innovation  

WHEN Novartis challenged a section of the patent law in the Madras High Court, it sought to provoke a debate on issues left undecided by the government when the Patent (Amendments) Act was passed in March 2005: How can we balance intellectual property rights with the right to health? What should be the criteria for giving a patent?

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 Resource : IAS General Studies: The Essential Reading Material for UPSC 

IAS General Studies Main: Question Paper 2004, 2005 & 2006 – Analyse Pattern of Question & Change

IAS General Studies – NCERT : ECONOMICS – Understanding basic & Fundamental of Indian Economy  

IAS General Studies – Economic Survey 2006-2007

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IAS General Studies – FRONTLINE – July 28 – August 10, 2007

August 9, 2007

N-deal and beyondPRAFUL BIDWAI  

India must not lose either the disarmament or the sustainable energy perspective while concluding the nuclear deal with the U.S. 

 Mirage in Vidarbha DIONNE BUNSHA in Vidarbha  The Prime Minister’s package for farmers in the region has done little to mitigate their distress, and suicides continue to be a way out.   

  Russia resistsJOHN CHERIAN  The diplomatic stand-off with Britain over the Litvinenko issue indicates that Russia’s relations with the West are going steadily downhill.   

Cold War over oil VIJAY PRASHAD  The new players are the United States, as the face of global oil corporations, and China, and the theatre is resource-rich Africa.   

Question of integrity C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR

Some reports in “The Wall Street Journal” make nonsense of the counterposition of the Journal’s integrity with takeover tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s greed.  

  Minus-two formula HAROON HABIB  in Dhaka  

The caretaker government’s decision to keep the Begums away may open a new chapter of confrontational politics in Bangladesh.   

  On death row ANUPAMA KATAKAM in Mumbai  

The death penalty has been awarded to 12 of the accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, but the key plotters are at large.   

  PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: Clear winner VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN in New Delhi  

UPA nominee Pratibha Patil wins big and the BJP’s attempt to convert the poll into a game of realpolitik comes a cropper.   

Jats as OBCs V. VENKATESAN  in New Delhi  

The NCBC recommended inclusion of only the Jats of Rajasthan in the OBC list for Central services, on objective grounds.

  Conditional crutch VIJAY PRASHAD  

Musharraf can count on Washington’s support provided he takes “active steps” to bring the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region under control.   

Dialogue in dangerJOHN CHERIAN  With Musharraf’s focus on internal problems, his government may not be able to give top priority to the peace process with India.    

The general in his labyrinthNIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN  in Islamabad  President Pervez Musharraf is in a minefield of problems, created partly by himself and partly by his foes and friends.

   Taliban threat JOHN CHERIAN  A resurgent Taliban is a problem for Musharraf, both for the Islamist fundamentalism it inspires and for the U.S. pressure it generates.    

A measure of crimeR.K. RAGHAVAN  A well-conceived crime survey can be a reasonable check on the Executive’s attempts to present a rosy picture that is divorced from reality.  

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 Resource : IAS General Studies: The Essential Reading Material for UPSC 

IAS General Studies Main: Question Paper 2004, 2005 & 2006 – Analyse Pattern of Question & Change

IAS General Studies – NCERT : ECONOMICS – Understanding basic & Fundamental of Indian Economy  

IAS General Studies – Economic Survey 2006-2007

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