GS paper II
Learning outcomes poor, says ASER - Ques. “The reading levels of schoolchildren have stagnated throughout the country. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 2014, says only an average 48.1 per cent of Class V children across India can read a Class II-level text”, Critically comment.
Search ads on sex determination under lens - Ques. Highlight the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act in India. Describe the consequences of online advertisements of pre-natal sex determination technologies thereby violating the Indian law. Suggest measures.
Burning of cow dung cakes near Taj Mahal banned - Ques. “A recent study published in an American journal says that due to brown and black carbon particles, the white marble of the Taj Mahal is turning yellow”, analyse the causes as well as discuss the initiatives adopted by the government to address the concerning issue.
Bill moots heavy fine for smoking in restricted areas - Ques. Evaluate the recent initiatives undertaken by the government to minimize the tobacco consumption in India. Describe the objectives of drafted (COTPA) Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Amendment) Bill 2015.
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