Gulf of Thailand 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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Orange alert sounded for Cyclone Pabuk

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated that cyclone Pabuk will move northwestwards and cross the Andaman Islands late on 6th Jan as a cyclonic storm with wind speed up to 90 kmph. IMD has sounded a orange alert for the cyclone Pabuk. The Pabuk cyclone would cause heavy rain over the Andaman Islands.

Cyclone Pabuk

Cyclone Pabuk originated over the Gulf of Thailand and neighbourhood. The IMD predicts that Pabuk would move west-northwestwards and emerge into the Andaman Sea. Then it would move northwestwards and cross the Andaman Islands. Then recurve northeastwards towards Myanmar coast and weaken gradually.

Course of Cyclone Pabuk

Cyclone warnings

The four stages of cyclone warnings in India are:

  • The First Stagewarning Pre Cyclone Watch, issued 72 hours in advance. It contains an early warning about the development of a cyclonic disturbance in the north Indian Ocean, its likely intensification into a tropical cyclone and the coastal belt likely to experience adverse weather.
  • The second stage warning is Cyclone Alert, is issued at least 48 hrs in advance of the expected commencement of adverse weather over the coastal areas. It contains information about the location and intensity of the storm likely direction of its movement, intensification, coastal districts likely to experience adverse weather and advice to fishermen, the general public, media and disaster managers.
Stage of warning Colour code
Cyclone Alert Yellow.
Cyclone Warning Orange.
Post-landfall outlook Red.
  • The Third Stage warning is Cyclone Warning, issued at least 24 hours in advance of the expected commencement of adverse weather over the coastal areas and the landfall point is forecasted at this stage.
  • The Fourth Stage of warning is Post Landfall Outlook and it gives likely direction of movement of the cyclone after its landfall and adverse weather likely to be experienced in the interior areas.

Even though there is no cyclonic situation for Odisha, Seven districts of Odisha have been put on alert and the weather in Odisha would be cloudy and dry.

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