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Current Affairs 18 March 2019 Digest 2: India to host FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2020; Second Scorpene Class Submarine INS Khanderi to be inducted soon

India will host the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020. The 2020 World Cup will be the seventh edition of the U-17 Women's tournament.

Mar 18, 2019 12:46 IST
Current Affairs 18 March 2019 Digest 2: India to host FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2020

Story 1: India to host U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020: FIFA

Gianni Infantino, the President of International Football Federation (FIFA), on March 15, 2019 announced that India will host the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020.

The 2020 World Cup will be the seventh edition of the U-17 Women's tournament.

The announcement was made during the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, USA.

India’s second FIFA tournament

The U-17 Women's World Cup will be the second FIFA tournament that India will be hosting, the first was the U-17 Men’s World Cup held in 2017.

Bidding process

The bidding process for the U-17 Women’s World Cup tournament began in 2018. India had bid for the tournament then. France also expressed interest to host the tournament.

Besides the U-17 Women’s WC, India had also expressed interest in hosting the U-20 Women’s World Cup.

About FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is an international association football tournament for female players under the age of 17.

It is organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

The tournament is held in even-numbered years.

The first U-17 women’s tournament was held in 2008. It was hosted by New Zealand.

Previous winners of U-17 Women's Tournaments

Tournaments

Winner Country

2008

North Korea

2010

South Korea

2012

France

2014

Japan

2016

North Korea

2018

Spain

Spain is the current champion of the tournament. It defeated Mexico 2-1 in the 2018 finals in Uruguay.

Story 2: INS Khanderi: Second Scorpene Class Submarine to be inducted soon in Indian Navy

INS Khanderi, the second of the 6 Scorpene Class Submarines, will soon be inducted into the Indian Navy by May 2019.

INS Khanderi was launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on January 12, 2017 and since then it has been undergoing trials and tests.

INS Khanderi

• The INS Khanderi is a part of Project 75 of Indian Navy.

• The submarine includes superior stealth, which may provide invulnerability to it.

• It is capable of launching a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons.

• It can undertake diverse types of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine laying, intelligence gathering and area surveillance among others.

• It also carries the ability to launch attacks with torpedoes and tube-launched anti-ship missiles, while being on the surface or underwater.

• The submarine is designed to operate in all theatres, including the tropics.

Scorpene Class Submarines

The Scorpene Class Submarines are designed by French naval defence company ‘DCNS’ and are being manufactured by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.

India purchased six submarines for USD 3 billion under Project 75 in 2005.

The project was undertaken due to the decreasing number of submarines in the Indian Navy. The Navy required replacement for older Sindhughosh and Shishumar class submarines.

The Scorpene class submarines have the capability to fire Exocet anti-ship missiles.

INS Kalvari, the first of the Scorpene-class submarines, was commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 14, 2017.

The third Scorpene-class submarine, INS Karanj was launched by the Indian Navy on January 31, 2018 and is in the advanced stage of trials.

The fourth submarine ‘INS Vela’ is also ready to be launched for trials in 2019 itself.

The remaining submarines INS Vagir and INS Vagsheer are in advanced stages of manufacturing.