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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 12th December, 2019

1. 50th PSLV launch carries radar satellite (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Achievements of Indians in science & technology

The PSLV, which has a history of successful launches of payloads that include Chandrayaan­1, Mars Orbiter Mission and the space recovery mission, soared into clear blue skies at 3.25 p.m. from the refurbished first launchpad, marking the 50th launch for the vehicle.

2. Indian Polity; Article 15 (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Right to Freedom of Expression

Papikonda National Park is located in the Papi Hills in East Godavari and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh.

3. Heavy metals contaminating India’s rivers CSAT-1

UPSC Syllabus : Pollution; Toxic metal; Heavy metals, Pollution

• Heavy metals are dangerous because they tend to bioaccumulate.

Bioaccumulation:

• It means an increase in the concentration of a chemical in a biological organism over time, compared to the chemical's concentration in the environment. Compounds accumulate in living things any time they are taken up and stored faster than they are broken down (metabolized) or excreted.

• Heavy metals can enter a water supply by industrial and consumer waste, or even from acidic rain breaking down soils and releasing heavy metals into streams, lakes, rivers, and groundwater, resulting in damaged or reduced mental and central nervous function, lower energy levels, and damage to blood composition, lungs, kidneys, liver, and other vital organs.

Central Water Commission:

• Central Water Commission is a premier Technical Organization of India in the field of Water Resources. It functions as an attached office of the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India.

• CWC is headed by a Chairman, with the status of Ex-Officio Secretary to the Government of India.

4. Strength in numbers: On judge vacancies (GS-2) & (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Collegium system; procedure of the appointment of the judges

5. The not­so bright idea of selling the family silver (GS-2) & (GS-3)

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the International Financial Services Centres (IFSC) Authority Bill, 2019 which provides for the establishment of an authority to develop and regulate the financial services market.

6. Testing judicial reforms (GS-2) & (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Functioning of the judiciary

Experimental research in the Indian legal system is an idea whose time has come. Judicial reforms are far too important to be implemented without the rigorous backing of such research.

7. LS passes Bill to set up unified authority for financial services (GS-2) & (GS-3)

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the International Financial Services Centres (IFSC) Authority Bill, 2019 which provides for the establishment of an authority to develop and regulate the financial services market.

8. Suu Kyi denies Myanmar genocide allegations at ICJ (GS-2) & (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Right issues

Experimental research in the Indian legal system is an idea whose time has come. Judicial reforms are far too important to be implemented without the rigorous backing of such research.

9. Bougainville votes to become world’s newest country CSAT-1

UPSC Syllabus : Current events of international importance

Voters backing Bougainville’s independence from Papua New Guinea have won a landslide referendum victory, according to results released on Wednesday -a major step toward the troubled isles becoming the world’s newest nation

10. Bougainville votes to become world’s newest country CSAT-1

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide.

11. Nod to ring-fence successful IBC suitors (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Economic growth; Ease of doing business

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