current-affairs-based-mains-drill-18-december-2020

 

Q.1) In the face of growing technological innovation in the financial sector, it is critical to strengthen the supporting regulatory frameworks of virtual currencies in India. Comment (15 Marks - 250 Words)

Why this question? - Recently, the Bitcoin cryptocurrency has breached an important psychological barrier against the US dollar - the $20,000 mark. 

Intro - About virtual currencies (Bitcoin)

Body

  • Pros and cons
  • Regulatory framework across the world
  • Status in India

Way ahead - What more needs to be done.

Conclusion - Summarize based on above discussion.

 

Q.2) What is monoculture farming? How is it adding to farm distress in India? (15 Marks - 250 Words)

Why this question? - With the ongoing protests by Punjab farmers, the issues of monoculture in the state has been raised. 

Intro - Monoculture farming

Body

  • Its advantages and disadvantages
  • How adding to farm distress - Punjab case

Way ahead - Crop rotation

Conclusion - Summarize based on above discussion.

 

Q.3) The government needs to acknowledge the right to dissent and protest for all Indians. Discuss. (150 words)

Why this question?

  • The Supreme Court said farmers have a constitutional right to continue with their “absolutely perfect” protest as long as their dissent against the three controversial agricultural laws did not slip into violence.

Introduction: Discuss in brief about the background of the question- farmers’ protests

Body: 

  • Constitutional provisions for right to protest
  • Significance of peaceful protests in democracy
  • Concerns- Govt handling of protests, use of force to quell protests
 

Conclusion: Summarize the above points

Q.4) Discuss the present state of bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh along with associated concerns. Also suggest the future course for bilateral relations. (250 words)

Why this question?

  • Indian Prime Minister and Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh held a Summit in virtual format.

Introduction: Briefly explain the present context of the bilateral relations.

Body:

  • River water sharing, Bilateral Trade, military cooperation, SAARC, BIMSTEC
  • Concerns: Teesta dispute, illegal migrants, NRC, CAA

Conclusion:  Conclude with what should be the areas which need further cooperation.