[Questions] Mains Marathon I Daily Answer Writing I 17th February, 2020

1. It is said that India has been a ‘hot zone’ for the emergence of new zoonotic (animal-derived) pathogens for over a decade. In light of this, discuss the need of strengthening healthcare infrastructure to handle any risk of epidemics in India.

Indian Express

2. Explain, what reverse osmosis (RO) systems are and how do they work? Why does the Environment Ministry want to regulate RO-based water filtration systems? 

The Hindu

3. What are the major Initiatives taken by the government for enhancing productivity of agriculture and efficiency of agricultural markets? Suggest some measures to improve agricultural productivity and efficiency of agricultural markets.

Economic Survey

4. Critically examine the nature and scope of environmental movements in independent India.

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