Chennai Current Affairs - 2019

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India supported Jaffna International Airport commence its operations

The Jaffna International Airport (JIA) in Sri Lanka received its inaugural flight from Chennai, Tamil Nadu in presence of country’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe. Alliance Air, the subsidiary of Air India sent its inaugural flight from Chennai to newly upgraded Jaffna International Airport at Palaly, (20 km north of Jaffna city of Sri Lanka). It carried Air India CMD Ashwini Lohani and its CEO C.S.Subbiah among other invitees from aviation sector.

This inaugural flight is yet another example of India’s commitment to continue with people-oriented development projects in Sri Lanka.

Key Highlights

Currently, there will be 3 flights a week to Chennai but connectivity to Tiruchirapalli and Kochi is also planned in coming months. This will provide a big boost to Jaffna connectivity with Southern India.

Alliance air services from Chennai is the beginning and efforts are being made to start services between Jaffna and Colombo.

The flight is expected to improve people-to-people contact between India and Sri Lanka as well as boost tourism and trade between the two neighbours.

About Jaffna International Airport

The airport is built with Indian assistance and is located in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority North. It completion marks an important development for region as well as for whole of Sri Lanka. It is equipped with a 2.3-km runway and is third international airport in Sri Lanka.

The airport has now been developed afresh and the runway length has been extended from 950 metres to 1400 metres to facilitate ATR 72 aircraft that carries 70 passengers. Under Phase II of project the runway length will be further extended up to 2,300 metres for bigger aircraft.

Background: The Jaffna airport was operational during 1960s and 1970s but was closed down following eruption of LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) war or Sri Lankan Civil War. India then extended assistance for development of war-affected Jaffna in northern province.

MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup: IOC beats PNB

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) emerge champion in the 93rd All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament by defeating Punjab National Bank (PNB) with 3-1 in final held at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Murugappa Group Chairman M M Murugappan gave away trophy to the winning team.

Key Highlights

IOC, the defending champion of the season, after a goalless first quarter managed to

open its account in 23rd minute when Gurjinder Singh beat rival goalkeeper from a penalty corner.

Gurjinder Singh handed IOC a 2-0 advantage 15 minutes later, converting another penalty corner.

PNB scored 1 goal in 44th minute when Vishal Antil slammed home from a penalty corner.

Later in the 59th minute of the tournamnet Veteran Deepak Thakur scored the final goal of the game.

About MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey

It is the 2nd oldest hockey tournament in country after Beighton Cup in Kolkata.

As the domestic tournament is in its 93rd edition it showcases a rich legacy as it has been a breeding ground for some of Indian hockey’s most celebrated stars.

The 93rd All India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey tournament was held from 29 August to 8 September at Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium in Egmore, Chennai.

Participants: A total of 10 teams participated in tournament, pooled across 2 groups of 5 teams each. Defending champions of tournament was Indian Oil Corporation. Indian Air Force (IAF) team is participating for 1st time in the tournament while teams from Indian Army and Navy (who are regulars to tournament), are also taking part. So, for first time, hockey teams from all 3 forces are participating.

Prize Money: Winner of tournament received Rs.6 lakhs while runners up get Rs.3.5 lakhs. Cash prize of Rs.10,000 were given along with a high-end bicycle each to best forward, best midfielder, best goalkeeper, the most promising player of tournament and man of the match of finals.