Malaysia Current Affairs

India wins 2017 Asia Cup hockey title

India won 2017 Asia Cup hockey title by defeating Malaysia in the final match held in Dhaka, Bangladesh by 2-1 score. It was India’s overall third Asia Cup title and earlier it had won it in 2003 and 2007.

For India goals were scored by Ramandeep Singh (3rd minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th). For Malaysia single goal was scored by Shahril Saabah (50th minute). Pakistan won bronze medal by defeating South Korea by 6-3 score in third-fourth place play-off match.

In this edition of tournament, top-ranked India finished unbeaten as it won all matches except for the 1-1 draw against South Korea in the Super 4s stage. For Malaysia, it was their best result in the tournament. They had earlier won bronze medal in 2007 edition of the event in Chennai.

Asia Cup hockey title

The ASHF Asia Cup is an international men’s and women’s field hockey tournament governed by Asian Hockey Federation (ASHF). It was introduced in 1982 for men’s competition and later women’s competition in 1985. So far, South Korea has been most successful team with 4 titles in Men’s (1994, 1999, 2009, 2013) and 3 titles in Women’s competition. India has reached most number of finals in Men’s (8 times) and South Korea, Japan(tied) in Women’s (5 times) competitions.


UJALA scheme launched in Melaka, Malaysia

India’s zero-subsidy UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme was launched in Melaka State of Malaysia by Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Union Ministry of Power.

It highlights success of Indian model UJALA scheme to promote efficient lighting, using efficient equipment to reduce electricity bills and preserve environment at global level.

Key Facts

India’s Ujala scheme will be replicated in Malaysia, under which each household in Melaka state will get 10 high quality 9-watt LED bulbs, at subsidised rate almost half price offered in market. The initiative is implemented by India’s EESL with logistical assistance and facilitation support from Green Growth Asia, a non-profit organisation in Malaysia. The EESL is planning to distribute about 1 million 9W LED bulbs, replacing 18W CFLs. It will help Melaka promote efficient lighting and conserve the resources, money and environment by reducing19,000 tonnes carbon emissions per year.

UJALA Scheme

The main objective of scheme is to promote efficient lighting, enhance awareness on using efficient equipment which reduce electricity bills and preserve environment. It is LED based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP). Under it, LED Bulbs are distributed.

Its purpose is not only to help reduce electricity bills of consumers but also contribute to energy security of India. It is being implemented by EESL, a joint venture of PSUs under Union Ministry of Power. LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs, and 8-10 times that of CFLs, and therefore provide both energy and cost savings.