Australia Current Affairs - 2019

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‘Namaste Pacific’ Cultural Event held in New Delhi

A cultural event called ‘Namaste Pacific’ to showcase in India the culture of Pacific countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji was held in New Delhi. The event was jointly organized by High Commissions of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji.

Key Highlights of Event

Participants: Event saw participation of members of diplomatic community, government officials, business leaders, and cultural personalities.

International Solar Alliance and Pollinate Energy based in India, Nepal, and Australia and solar lanterns from Barefoot College in Rajasthan were also showcased at event.

Cuisine: Among the cuisine showcased at the event, a curated menu included Fiji’s national drink ‘Kava’ and dishes slow-cooked in an earth oven using heated rocks in a pit oven specially dug for purpose at New Zealand High Commission.

Traditional masks and artefacts from Papua New Guinea as well as Pacific Green furniture and other products from Fiji were also displayed.

Artist: A multi-award-winning R&B and soul artist from New Zealand named Aaradhna, performed with her band. She is part Indian and part Samoan and has to her credit four individual albums.

Significance

Cultural events hold importance as they encourage people to people links between India and countries in Pacific region which receive a boost through an event like Namaste Pacific.

Why India? India being highly respected among pacific country and as it is becoming an important country in Pacific region, it is appropriate to celebrate Pacific culture in India. Such event is an example of things that unite the countries of Indo-Pacific.

Australia, Qatar invited to 2020 Copa America

South America’s governing body of football CONMEBOL has invited Australia and Qatar to take part in 2020 COPA America. COPA 2020 will be co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia. The final of Copa 2020 will be played in one match and in one host city.

Key Highlights

The Copa America is contested between national teams from South America and usually features 12 teams but CONMEBOL only has 10 members which means that there is often pair of invitees to tournament. Qatar and Japan are guest teams at Copa 2019 scheduled to be held in Brazil. Qatar which is 2019 AFC Asian Cup champions and 2022 FIFA World Cup host will be making their Copa America debut at 2019’s edition of tournament. It will be Australia’s third time participation at Copa.

About Copa America Football

It is international football competition is played between men’s national football teams of South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). Since 1990s, tournament also sees the participation from Asia and North America. It was established in 1916 and is the oldest international continental football competition.