Comprehensive News Analysis - 09 October 2016

Table of Contents:

A. GS1 Related:
B. GS2 Related:

1. Operation Ginger

2. India rejects Pak references at U.N.

3. Death toll in Haiti due to Hurricane Matthew rises

C. GS3 Related:

1. India to light up IEA’s global LED programme

D. GS4 Related
E. Important Editorials : A Quick Glance

The Hindu

F. Concepts-in-News: Related Concepts to Revise/Learn:
H. Fun with Practice Questions 🙂
I. Archives



Useful News Articles

A. GS1 Related

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B. GS2 Related
  1. Operation Ginger

Category: Bilateral

Topic: Indo-Pak

Key Points:

  • Few weeks in the summer of 2011 witnessed two of the bloodiest cross-border surgical strikes between India and Pakistan in which at least 13 soldiers were killed, and six of them decapitated. Five of those heads were carried across the border as trophies – two to Pakistan and three to India. To carry out the revenge attack at least seven reconnaissance – physical and air surveillance mounted on UAV missions were carried out to identify potential targets.

Indian Reconnaissance – In revenge, the Indian Army planned Operation Ginger, which would turn out to be one of the deadliest cross-border raids carried out by the Indian Army in recent memory.

  • Consequently, three Pakistani army posts were determined to be vulnerable: Police Chowki, a Pakistani army post near Jor, Hifazat and Lashdat lodging point. The mission was to spring an ambush on Police Chowki to inflict maximum casualty.

A few days after the beheading, Indian Army discovered a video clip from a Pakistani militant who was killed in an encounter while crossing into Kashmir, showing Pakistanis standing around the severed heads of Adhikari and Singh displayed on raised platform. After repeated recce over two months, the Indian Army launched Operation Ginger on August 30, 2011. The operation had lasted 45 minutes- at least eight Pakistani troops had been killed and another two or three more Pakistani soldiers may have been fatally injured in the action.


2. India rejects Pak references at U.N.

Category: Bilateral

Topic: Indo-Pak

Key Points:

  • India has strongly rejected Pakistan’s references on Kashmir at the U.N., saying such remarks is a self-serving attempt by Pakistan to bring extraneous issues to the world body for its territorial aggrandisement.
  • India, exercising the Right of Reply after Pakistan’s envoy to the U.N. raised the Kashmir issue at the U.N said that Pakistan had made references to the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir in a self-serving attempt to bring extraneous issues before the committee. Such efforts were a flagrant misuse of the body for Pakistan’s own territorial aggrandizement. India said, recalling that the Special Committee on Decolonisation was concerned only with Non-Self-Governing Territories.

It asserted that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India.

  • Pakistan responded by saying that the United Nations recognised that all people under alien subjugation had a right to self- Raking up the Kashmir issue again at the U.N., Pakistan had said the non-implementation of the U.N. Security Council resolutions for a plebiscite in Kashmir was the most persistent failure of the U.N.

Pakistan further said the U.N. has a moral responsibility towards people suffering under colonial domination and foreign occupation.


  1. Death toll in Haiti due to Hurricane Matthew rises

Category: International

Topic: Disasters

Key Points:

  • Hurricane Matthew killed almost 900 people and left tens of thousands homeless in Haiti before plowing northward over waters just off the U.S. southeast, where it caused flooding and widespread power outages.

Matthew triggered mass evacuations along the U.S. coast from Florida through Georgia and into South Carolina and North Carolina.


C. GS3 Related
  1. India to light up IEA’s global LED programme

Category: Science & Technology

Topic: Conservation of energy

Key Points:

  • The International Energy Agency (IEA) said India, through its company Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has performed exceedingly well in terms of vastly improving access to LED lighting while reducing their cost drastically.
  • IEA at the World Sustainable Development Summit – 2016 said the LED programme by EESL has been so successful that IEA is partnering with it to take the initiative global. The Agency is also planning to implement the LED program in

Note – The price at which EESL has been purchasing LED lights to distribute under the government’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme has been consistently falling over the last couple of years. The company purchased LEDs at Rs.310 per piece in 2014, and the price fell to Rs.55 as of March 2016. Along with this, production has also been ramped up to about four crore per month from the 10 lakh a month that were produced two years ago.

LED lights consume 80 per cent less electricity than incandescent bulbs. UJALA also helps the centre in achieving the objectives of the National renewable energy policy (A target of producing 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022)


D. GS4 Related

Nothing here today folks!

E. Important Editorials: A Quick Glance

Nothing here today folks!

The Hindu
Nothing here today folks!

F. Concepts-in-News: Related Concepts to Revise/Learn:
  • Operation Ginger
  • Surgical strikes
  • Tropical and Temperate cyclones
  • Conservation of energy
  • International Energy Agency


International Energy Agency

UJALA scheme

H. Fun with Practice Questions 🙂
Question 1: Consider the following statements about the Special Committee on decolonization:
  1. It was created by the UN General Assembly with the purpose of granting Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.
  2. 1990–2000 as the International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.

Which are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Question 2: Which International organization recently supported the Indian company Energy Efficiency Services Limited – EESL’s energy conservation initiatives to make it global?

a) International Energy Agency (IEA)

b) Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

c) Organization for Economic cooperation and development (OECD)

d) World Energy Summit

Question 3: ‘Operation Ginger’ was in news. It is related to -

a) Cross-border surgical strikes between India and Pakistan

b) Cross-border surgical strikes between India and China

c) Green revolution

d) Organic farming

Question 4: Which organization releases the World trade and development report?

a) The Asian Development Bank

b) UN Centre for trade and development

c) World Trade organization

d) The World Bank

Question 5: Consider the following statements about the International energy agency:
  1. It is an autonomous intergovernmental organization established in the framework of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  2. The IEA acts as a policy adviser only to its member states.

Which are correct?
a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

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