Q1. A democratic republic polity aspires to a government run by elected representatives without involvement in serious criminal offences should be left to the PM’s prerogative. Comment.
Q2. Mining sector is facing a challenge of being run smoothly. Discuss Shah Commission recommendation & Supreme Court directions for mining.
Q3. Prohibition of Liquor consumption causes social, economic and political challenges. Few states tried but could not implement successfully. What are the challenges to prohibit liquor?
Q4. Do you think bilateral agreements & regional pacts are inferior to rule based multilateral trade. Comment
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Q5. Due to think poor countries are more vulnerable to spread of epidemic like Ebola virus. Suggest steps India should take to overcome Ebola threats.
Q6. Scientific and technological developments in the field of nuclear energy in India are not confined to the strategic area and to nuclear power generation only but medical, industrial and research uses of ionizing radiation rose manifold over the past few decades. Discuss.
The WTO’s role as an arbitrator of trade disputes has been established and that needs to remain firmly entrenched as a key objective of the multilateral body to ensure that global trade remains fair.
Another role that WTO may also focus more on is to identify issues such as regulations under thesanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT) agreements that may impact trade in the form of non-tariff barriers. This will be an area where bilateral or regional trade pacts may not be able to perform well.
From September, countries will make a renewed push to put the Doha agenda back on track following the setback in July due to India’s reluctance on moving forward on the trade facilitation piece, citing the need for a larger agenda.
It may be time for some informal discussions in the corridors of the Centre William Rappard, the building in Geneva where the WTO is housed, to check if the approach of countries towards the negotiations needs to change to get some tangible results.