Philippines Current Affairs - 2019
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Indian Women’s Rugby team claimed their 1st ever international women’s 15s victory after beating Singapore in the Asian Women Rugby Championship Division 1 in Manila, Philippines.
Sumitra Nayak kicked a penalty in the dying minutes to claim a narrow victory for India against Singapore with a 21-19 win for girls in blue.
This historic victory means India finished 3rd in tournament, therefore claiming a bronze medal.
The Championship Division 1 will double up as part of the qualification process for the Rugby World Cup 2021.
Rugby’s Future in India: India has a big following for Rugby game. India, China and USA together constitute 33% of 800 million followers of game globally. As per Nasser Hussain, former India captain and General Manager, Indian Rugby Union, the game is spread across 24 States with India having about 80,000 registered rugby players.
Asia Rugby Women’s Championship
In 2006 the 1st recorded Asian rugby championship for female 15-a-side teams was founded. Prior to that at least since 2000 there had been women’s 7-a-side tournaments in Asia.
It is organised by Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU).
China were the hosts of and winners of the 1st tournament that took place in 2006.
Two Indian Navy ships INS Kolkata and INS Shakti carried out a six day long ‘Group Sail’ (starting from 3 May and ending on 9 May) with naval ships of USA, Japan and Philippines in South China Sea (SCS).
About ‘Group Sail’
- Objective: It was aimed at deepening existing partnership and fostering mutual understanding among participating country’s navies.
- Participants: four countries namely, US, India, Japan and Philippines.
- Naval Ships: six combatants from participating countries included India’s INS Kolkata (Guided Missile Destroyer) and INS Shakti (Fleet Support Ship), Japna’s JMSDF Izumo (Helicopter Carrier) and JMSDF Murasame (Guided Missile Destroyer), Philippines’s BRP Andres Bonifacio (Frigate and offshore patrol vessel) and USA’ USS Williams P. Lawrence (Arleigh Burke Class guided Destroyer).
- Exercise Included: formation exercises, communication drills, passenger transfers, cross-deck flying, replenishment runs, and exchange of Sea Riders.
- Importance: It showcased India’s commitment to enhance interoperability with like-minded countries for ensuring safe maritime environment.
- Indian Navy ships (INS Kolkata and INS Shakti) were on return passage from their deployment to South and the East China Seas as part of annual Eastern Fleet Overseas Deployment (in pursuance of India’s Act East policy) during which they visited Vietnam, China and South Korea.
- In China, ships took part in International Fleet Review (IFR) as part of 70th anniversary celebrations of China’s People’s Liberation Army, PLA (Navy).
- Later on departing from South Korea, ships participated in Opening Ceremony (Phase I) of Maritime Security (MS) Field Training Exercise (FTX) under aegis of ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-PLUS).
Tags: ADMM Plus • ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plu • BRP Andres Bonifacio • China’s People’s Liberation Army • Eastern Fleet Overseas Deployment • IFR • India • India’s Act East policy • INS Kolkata • INS Shakti • Japan • JMSDF Izumo • nternational Fleet Review • Philippines • PLA • SCS • South China Sea • US • USS Williams P. Lawrence