Malaysia Current Affairs - 2020

Velavan Senthilkumar wins U-19 Asian title of Squash

India’s squash player Velavan Senthilkumar has won the Under-19 Asian Junior Individual squash championship title.

In the final match held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia’s capital), he defeated Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Sarraj by 12-14, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 score. With this he becomes, second Indian to win this title after Ravi Dixit in 2010.

Among 31 Indian players that had participated in various age categories at the tournament, there were two more medal winners. Tushar Shahani had won the silver medal in boys’U-17 and Yash Fadte had won bronze medal in boys’ U-15 section.

Indian-origin diplomat Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir nominated as US Ambassador to Malaysia

US President Barack Obama has nominated an Indian-origin diplomat Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir as the next US ambassador to Malaysia.

Her nomination is yet to be confirmed by the Senate. She would replace Joseph Y Yun as the next US ambassador to Malaysia.

About Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir

  • She had served as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2011 to 2015. She had joined the US Foreign Service in 1991.
  • Earlier she had served as the US Consul General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom from 2009 to 2011.
  • Previously she had worked in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs as the Director of the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia from 2007 to 2009.
  • She was the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 to 2006. Prior to it she was a Political Officer at the US embassy in Beijing from 2001 to 2005.