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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 23rd December, 2019

1. Undoing harms: about criticism on Citizenship Amendment Act (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus: Indian Constitution

As the Centre tries to fend off criticism that its Citizenship (Amendment) Act excludes Muslims from its beneficial provisions and quell strident protests, it must look for ways to undo the incalculable harm caused by fears set off by the law. Indications that it is open to suggestions on the rules to implement the CAA are welcome. However, these should not be confined to the proposed rules. The government must heed the call for meaningful changes that would dispel fears gripping the country, especially minorities.

2. Ironing out the wrinkles in trade disputes adjudication (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

Key Terms for Prelims and Mains

  • General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
  • Appellate Body: Established in 1995 under Article 17 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes, Appellate Body is a standing body of seven persons that hears appeals from reports issued by panels in disputes brought by WTO Members. The Appellate Body can uphold, modify or reverse the legal findings and conclusions of a panel, and Appellate Body Reports, once adopted by the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), must be accepted by the parties to the dispute. The Appellate Body has its seat in Geneva, Switzerland.

3. OIC voices concern, flags impact of CAA (CSAT-1)

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is an international organization founded in 1969, consisting of 57 member states, with a collective population of over 1.8 billion as of 2015 with 53 countries being Muslim-majority countries. It is headquartered at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

4. Hong Kong protesters rally for Uighurs : (CSAT-1)

The Uyghurs or Uygurs (Uighurs or Uigurs) are a minority Turkic ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia. The Uyghurs are recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.

5. FATF puts 150 questions to Pak : (CSAT-1)

A global watchdog for terror financing has sought more clarifications and data from Pakistan on actions taken by it against madrasas belonging to the banned outfits, weeks after Islamabad submitted a report to the Parisbased body detailing steps taken by the country to curb terrorism and money laundering.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which kept Pa kistan on the Grey List for an extended period till February 2020, had warned in October that Islamabad would be put on the Black List if it did not comply with the remaining 22 points in a list of 27 questions.

6. Operation Twist : CSAT-1 & (GS-3)

The OMO as an instrument of monetary policy is aimed at either withdrawing liquidity or boosting it, including during periods of robust capital flows. The essential aim of such a programme would be not just to influence long-term interest rates but also to provide a boost to the economy by making the cost of capital or funds cheaper for business and industry and other borrowers.

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