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UPSC CSE Key – December 21, 2021: What you need to read today

The Indian Express UPSC Key December 21, 2021 will help you prepare for the civil service and other competitive examinations with cues on how to read and understand content from the most authoritative news source in India.

Written by Priya Kumari Shukla | Hyderabad |
Updated: December 23, 2021 11:39:57 am
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Important topics and their relevance in UPSC CSE exam for December 21, 2021. If you missed the December 20, 2021 UPSC CSE exam key from the Indian Express, read it here.

FRONT PAGE

6 more seats for Jammu, 1 extra for Kashmir: Delimitation draft

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance

Main Examination: General Studies II: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act, Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.

Key Points to Ponder:

• Draft Paper of the Delimitation Commission-key Proposal

• Current Status of the J&K delimitation commission

• Delimitation Commission of India and Delimitation Commission Act

• Delimitation Commission-Members, Power and Independence

• Delimitation commissions in the past (1952, 1962, 1972 and 2002)

• Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019

• Gujjar and Bakarwal Communities

• Key Proposal by the Delimitation Commission-Pros and Cons

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir: how, why

📍 Linking electoral roll to Aadhaar: Opp objects, Govt pushes Bill through

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance

Main Examination: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

Key Points to Ponder:

• Aadhar and Voter ID Linking-Step towards Electoral reforms

• Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021-Key Highlights

• Why Aadhaar-linking is Important or Required?

• Justice K. S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) Vs Union of India 2017

• Representation of the People Act, 1951-Key Highlights

• The Aadhaar Act, 2016-Key Features

• Election Commission recommendation for electoral Reforms

• Election Commission of India-Constitutional Provisions

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021

IN PARLIAMENT

Amid ruckus, RS passes NDPS (Amendment) Bill

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination:

Main Examination: General Studies II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Key Points to Ponder:

• The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021- Key Highlights

• Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985

• Why is there opposition to the amendment?

• Essential Narcotic Drugs (ENDs)

• Narcotics Control Bureau- Role and mandate

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic

📍 NDPS Act: a drafting error, its implications, and an amendment

GOVT & POLITICS

Anti-conversion Bill gets cabinet nod in Karnataka

Syllabus:

Main Examination: General Studies II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Key Points to Ponder:

• The Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021-Why in News?

• The Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill 2021-Key Highlights

• Anti-conversion law in other States

• Reason Behind Anti-Conversion Laws

• Article 25 of the Constitution

• Landmark Judgements of Supreme Court and High Courts on Conversion

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic

📍 3 states, 3 anti-conversion laws: what’s similar, what’s different

📍 Karnataka’s draft Bill has 10-year jail term for ‘forced conversion

THE EDITORIAL PAGE

A Fairer Test

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social Development

Main Examination: General Studies II: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

Key Points to Ponder:

• Avni Prakash v National Testing Agency and Ors-Background

• Article 41 of the Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP)

• Disability in India-Data’s and statistics

• The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act)

• United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic

📍 Disability and Rehabilitation Services in India: Issues and Challenges

📍 Explained: How much of India’s population lives with disabilities?

THE IDEAS PAGE

Three decades after a break-up

Syllabus:

Main Examination: General Studies‐ II: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s Interest

Key Points to Ponder:

• India-Russia Relations

• Russia’s Impact on Indian Polity and Economy

• India-Russia ties in Present Scenario

• Recent differences between India and Russia bilateral relationship

• Russia China and India (RIC)

• USA-Russia Difference and its impact on India

• USA-Russia bilateral relationship under Biden Administration

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic

📍 Explained: Why Vladimir Putin visit to India is significant

A legal fix, hard to implement

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance

Main Examination: General Studies I: Social empowerment

Key Points to Ponder:

• Union Cabinet’s decision to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years

• Rationality behind the re-examining marriage age?

• Relative significance of the age of marriage and women’s health-How they are related?

• The Age of Consent Bill, 1927 and Sharda Act 1929

• The Law Commission Report of 2008 on Reforming Family Law

• Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

• Raising legal age of marriage for women- Criticism

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic

📍 Why raise legal age, or why not

📍 Poverty, not age of marriage, is responsible for women’s poor health indicators

A bigger step forward

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social Development

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

Key Points to Ponder:

• Infrastructure Sector in India

• Infrastructure projects in India-Issues and Challenges

• PM Gati Shakti Master Plan-Highlights

• India as a Manufacturing Hub-Issues and Challenges

• Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat

• National Investment and Infrastructure Fund

• Kelkar Committee recommendations

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic

📍 Explained: What is Gati Shakti Master Plan that PM Modi announced on Independence Day?

EXPLAINED

Revisiting definition of EWS

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance

Main Examination: General Studies II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Key Points to Ponder:

• The economically weaker sections reservation-103rd Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2019

• Indira Sawhney case 1992

• Supreme Court on EWS Reservation Criteria

THE WORLD

Davos World Economic Forum called off due to Covid: report

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance

Key Points to Ponder:

• World Economic Forum-Formation, Headquarters and Purpose

• Reports Published by World Economic Forum

ECONOMY

15% global minimum tax: Model rules by OECD

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social Development

Main Examination: General Studies II: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

Key Points to Ponder:

• Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)-Members

• Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and India

• Global Minimum Tax (GMT)-Definition and why it is required?

• Global Minimum Tax and India

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic

📍 Explained: Taxing Big Tech where it earns profits

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