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List of topics for 12 July 2017
News or ArticlePage NumberFor Prelim or Main?AreaWhat to look out for? And, what extra needs to be explored?
1) Sensor network to map and predict pollution7MG.S paper 3- S&T and environmental pollution(M) Discuss the increasing use of technology in environmental conservation in light of sensors being used to monitor river pollution an emerging technological approach in India?

-U.S researchers working on a system to map pollution trends in river Godavari.

-River Godavari(1465km) is second longest river after Ganga.

-Around 60 million people live in the Godavari river basin.

Tools used:

-Satellite monitoring

-Remote sensors to measure bacterial and chemical pollution.

-Cloud based data collection.

-Real-time mapping systems.


-Detect and anticipate pollutants that enter the Godavari.

-Develop and economical river water forecast system.

-Access raw data to predict the efficacy of a proposed sludge treatment plant on Godavari’s banks.

-Access water quality.

-Gauge its impact on the local environment.

2) Tough times8MG.S paper 3- Security challengesYear 2017 has seen a rise in militant activities in state of J&K. What steps must be taken by the government to check the violence being unleashed and to give Kashmir a peaceful future?

Steps that could be taken:

-Coherent security strategy

-outreach programs by civil administration to foster confidence in people and reduce tensions on the streets of Kashmir.

– Improve quality of intelligence gathering.

-Better training for personnel to handle phase of unrest.

-Other measures : Education , skill development, Employment opportunities, economic development etc.

3) Getting GST right8MG.S paper 1 –Women issues and their problemsComment on increasing demands by women right activists on reducing tax on personal hygiene products for women and how crucial it is in women empowerment?
4) MAD doctrine9MIR-It is a military doctrine also known as the doctrine of mutually assured destruction.

-It states that when two adversaries possess nuclear weapons , neither of them is likely to use them. This is because both the sides will suffer severe damage.

-It is an application of Nash Equilibrium and deterrence theory.

-It prevents a nuclear attack.

-The strategy of MAD is credited to John von Neumann.

5) India to celebrate Falun Gong10PArt and CultureWhat is Falun Gong ?

-Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is an advanced practice of Buddha school self-cultivation.

– It is a discipline in which “assimilation to the highest qualities of the universe—Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance)—is the foundation of practice.

-It is an ancient Chinese holistic system that is banned in China.

6) 5 States, a UT sign a pact with Centre13PG.S paper 3- GovernanceWhat is e-Marketplace initiative of GoI?

-Government e-Marketplace (GeM) is a very bold step of the Government with the aim to transform the way in which procurement of goods and services is done by the Government Ministries/Departments, PSUs, autonomous bodies etc.

-GeM is a completely paperless, cashless and system driven e-market place that enables procurement of common use goods and services with minimal human interface.

Benefits of GeM :



Secure and Safe

Potential to support Make In India.

Savings to the government.