Archive | December 13, 2014

Books you should read to Prepare for Civil Services Exam

Books for IAS Exam

The selection of books and study materials comprises one of the important pre-requisites for civil services preparation. Since the syllabus of UPSC is very vast and requires a very strategic preparation, selection of authentic books forms the very first step  in this direction.

“Books are the treasury of all enlightment, selecting good books will hunt that enlighted treasury”

Following is the analysis of some books that should be read by IAS aspirants. You can buy these books with the links provided or by any other site as well.

Note: The list might not be exhaustive, but is recommended for all the aspirants.


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India’s leadership role in promoting the global debate on the need for urgent national action for the promotion of mental health was acknowledged by the World Health Organization at the ongoing 65th World Health Assembly. An important resolution calling on Member-states and the WHO to develop an action plan was moved by India and received warm support before being approved. The Government of India has been separately working on strengthening interventions in the 12th Plan for the care of persons with mental illness, including emphasis on family and community care and training of health and community workers, and short and long stay homes. Government has begun a major exercise to develop a mental health policy for the country and also expects to shortly introduce new legislation to replace the Mental Health Act, 1987, to bring India into conformity with international commitments to protect the rights of persons with mental illness.

A National Health Policy was last formulated in 1983, and since then there have been marked changes in the determinant factors relating to the health sector. Some of the policy initiatives outlined in the NHP-1983 have yielded results, while, in several other areas, the outcome has not been as expected.

The NHP-1983 gave a general exposition of the policies which required recommendation in the circumstances then prevailing in the health sector. The noteworthy initiatives under that policy were:-

  • A phased, time-bound programme for setting up a well-dispersed network of comprehensive primary health care services, linked with extension and health education, designed in the context of the ground reality that elementary health problems can be resolved by the people themselves;
  • Intermediation through ‘Health volunteers’ having appropriate knowledge, simple skills and requisite technologies;
  • Establishment of a well worked out referral system to ensure that patient load at the higher levels of the hierarchy is not needlessly burdened by those who can be treated at the decentralized level;
  • An integrated net-work of evenly spread specialty and super- specialty services; encouragement of such facilities through private investments for patients who can pay, so that the draw on the Government’s facilities is limited to those entitled to free use.

Programmes and Policy measures for Child welfare


Children constitute principle assets of any country.  Children’s development is very

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An Update on GST- Goods and Services Tax

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

The GST or the Goods and Service Tax is a long pending indirect tax reform which India has been waiting for, is all set to integrate State economies and boost overall growth. The present government has expressed the hope that the GST will be implemented in the current winter session of parliament. The government has proposed to implement it from April 1, 2016. Finance minister of the current regime has even announced the release of RS 11,000 crore to states as compensation for the reduction in central sales tax to bridge the trust issues between Centre and states and get them to support the proposed goods and services tax (GST).


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News for December 13, 2014

Important News from The Hindu:

Editorials You should read:

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