Andaman Sea Current Affairs - 2019

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Namaste Thailand film festival concludes in New Delhi

Namaste Thailand Film Festival, a two day event was held in Delhi from 15 June to 16 June 2019. This year was the 3rd edition of Thai film extravaganza event that celebrates Thai Culture’s Diversity.

Key Highlights

Objective: The Namaste Thailand film festival is an annual festival that is held with the aim of celebrating uniqueness and diversity of Thai culture. It also seeks to continue the endeavour of bridging the gap between cultures of India and Thailand.

Organiser: It was organised by Royal Thai Embassy and was inaugurated by Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to India.

Features: The film festival featured 6 specially curated movies which displayed culture and tradition of Thailand in different ways. These films were chosen on basis of various age-groups and genre and were screened with English subtitles.

The film festival kick started with superhit Thai romantic comedy, Friend Zone at PVR Select Citywalk ine New Delhi. The film depicts a grey zone where relationships are trapped in between being friends and lovers.

Other movies showcased at event include- 2,215, Homestay, The Promise, and The Legend of Muay Thai: 9 Satra and another romantic comedy Suddenly Twenty.

Facts about Thailand

Official Name– Kingdom of Thailand. The short form Thailand means Land of the Free. Until the year 1949, the country’s name used was “Siam”.

Geography: It is located in heart of mainland Southeast Asia (SEA). It is a country of mountains, hills, plains and a long coastline along Gulf of Thailand (1,875 km) and Andaman Sea (740 km). Thailand shares its borders with Lao PDR and Myanmar to north; Lao PDR and Cambodia to the east; Malaysia to the south and Myanmar to the west.

It is a Bi-cameral Parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy.

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SIMBEX: Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise to be held off Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal

India and Singapore will hold 25th joint naval exercise SIMBEX, acronym for Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise from November 10 to 21 in India off Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. SIMBEX 2018 will mark silver jubilee of exercise and will be largest edition since 1994 in terms of scale and complexity.

SIMBEX 2018

It will witness diverse range of exercises at sea such as live weapon drills including multiple missile firings, heavy weight torpedo (HWT) and medium range gun and anti-submarine rocket firings; advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercises, submarine rescue demonstrations; integrated surface and anti-air warfare (AAW); unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations and cross deck helicopter flying among others.

The initial first harbour phase of the exercise will be held at Port Blair followed by Sea Phase in Andaman Sea. Second harbour phase will be held at Visakhapatnam. Final sea phase will be held in Bay of Bengal. The number of missiles and torpedo firings in this exercise will be largest ever undertaken by Indian Navy with any foreign Navy till date. It will also witness highest numbers and variety of platforms fielded by both sides.

Indian Navy for this exercise will be deploying Ranvir class destroyer — INS Ranvijay, two Project 17 multirole stealth frigates — INS Satpura and INS Sahyadri, Project 28 ASW corvette — INS Kadmatt, Project 25A missile corvettes, INS Kirch, OPVs INS Sumedha and INS Sukanya, Fleet Support Ship, INS Shakti, Sindhughosh Class submarine, INS Sindhukirti, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol and ASW aircraft from INAS 312, Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol aircraft from INAS 311, Mk 132 Hawk AJTs from INAS 551 and integral helicopters such as the UH3H, Seaking 42 B, Seaking 42C and Chetak utility helicopters.

Singapore Navy will be deploying represented by two Formidable Class stealth frigates — RSS Formidable and RSS Steadfast, two Missile Corvettes, RSS Vigour and RSS Valiant, one Littoral Mission Vessel — RSS Unity, Archer class Submarine, RSS Swordsman, ‘Swift Rescue’ Deep Sea Rescue Vehicle (DSRV), Fokker F50 maritime reconnaissance aircraft, embarked S70B helicopters and Scan Eagle unmanned aerial systems.

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