Lee Chong Wei wins 11th Malaysia Open title

Malaysia’s badminton star Lee Chong Wei has won his 11th Malaysian Open title.
In the final at Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, Lee defeated world number one Chen Long of China in straight games 21-13, 21-8 in a match that lasted 42 minutes.
The 33-year old Lee cruised to victory with a flurry of devastating smashes against the world’s top player.
The victory is a much-needed boost for Lee’s pursuit of a still-elusive Olympic gold medal.
Lee, one of Malaysia’s most popular sports stars, has repeatedly fallen short in his pursuit of the sport’s top prizes — the world and Olympic titles — despite reaching three world championship finals and two Olympic deciders.
But he has set his sights firmly on crowning his career by winning his first Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro.

Danny Willett, first Briton to win US Masters golf 2016

Apr 11
Danny Willett became the first Briton to win the US Masters for 20 years when he took advantage of Jordan Spieth’s capitulation on a sensational final day at Augusta. The 28 year old Englishman won his first major by three shots after eclipsing the overnight leader with a five-under 67. Defending champion Spieth led by five shots as he approached the 10th, then dropped six shots in three holes. The American ended with a one over 73, tied for second with Lee Westwood.

M to inaugurate international meet on Tiger conservation tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow inaugurate the third Asia ministerial conference on tiger conservation where tiger range countries will discuss key issues including anti-poaching strategies. More than 700 tiger experts, scientists, managers, donors and other stakeholders are gathering in New Delhi to discuss issues related to tiger conservation.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said, Tiger population has decimated to non-viable level in some range countries, which is a cause for concern. He said, government has allotted Rs 380 crore to the Project Tiger in the current fiscal year, which is an all-time high and indicates that the India is committed to the conservation of national animal Tiger. He also said that due to the concerted efforts of the government and other stakeholders, more than 70 per cent of the global wild tiger population is in India.

Jaitley advises States to stick to fiscal discipline, spend on infrastructure

Apr 11
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today advised state finance secretaries to stick to fiscal discipline, spend on infrastructure and development activities and to use Aadhaar for transferring benefits to people.
Speaking at the second conference of state finance secretaries in New Delhi, Mr Jaitley said, the tendency to spend on non-developmental activities may appear to be attractive in the short term but does not reap results in the long run.
He said, states’ share in Union taxes has substantially gone up after implementation of the 14th Finance Commission report that prescribed a record 10 per cent increase in their share in the Union taxes to 42 per cent. Mr Jaitley said, national focus is on larger expenditure on social sector, infrastructure creation and rural areas, which was lacking in the past.

70% polling recorded in Assam, West Bengal

Apr 11
Over 70% polling was recorded for the final phase of assembly elections in Assam and the second part of the first phase in West Bengal when reports last came.
In Assam, 82.02 percent polling has been recorded as per provision report. Official sources said that the figure is likely to be increased as in several booths voters were still waiting to cast their votes. Polling was held in 61 constituencies covering the lower and central parts of the state in this second and last phase of the Assembly elections in the state.
A total of 525 candidates are in the fray in this phase. 143 EVMs had to be replaced due to technical errors as of now. Election Commission has set up 148 model polling stations in the second and final phase of Assam assembly polls. Special arrangement for elderly persons, divyang, lactating mothers have been made in model booths. Also, 73 all women polling booths have been set up.
Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Chief Minister and Asom Gana Parishad leader P K Mahanta, BJP candidate Himanta Biswa Sarma, Bodoland People’s Front President Hagrama Mahilary, AIUDF Chief Badruddin Ajmal, BJP candidate from East Guwahati Siddhartha Bhattacharya, state Agriculture minister and Congress candidate from Samaguri Rockybul Hussein have exercised their voting rights today. Meanwhile, state BJP President Sarbanand Sonowal said that BJP has filed complaint to Election Commission against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his alleged violation of model code of conduct. Gogoi had organized a press meet, reportedly without obtaining permission from the Election Commission
In West Bengal, brisk and largely peaceful voting was held today for 31 Assembly seats in Paschim Medinipur, Bankura and Burdwan districts. Stray incidents of violence, mainly involving clashes between supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress and opposition parties, were reported from all the districts that went to polls today.
At Jamuria in Burdwan district clashes broke out during the polling, first between the TMC and the BJP activists and, later in the day, between TMC and CPI-M supporters. Several persons have been reported injured from both sides. During the TMC clash with BJP, Central forces personnel, sent to the spot, lathi-charged to disperse the warring groups. In the clash between TMC and CPI-M supporters five Left workers were seriously injured and some houses of the Left supporters reportedly torched. A CPI-M polling agent was attacked and seriously injured allegedly by workers of the ruling party. He was prevented from attending booth duty. Two TMC activists have been arrested for the attack. BJP leaders alleged that TMC activists ransacked their party camps at Katapahari and Barabani and drove away the party agent from the nearby booth. District TMC leaders refuted the charge.
Alleging use of wide-spread terror tactics in today’s voting by the TMC across the constituencies, CPI-M leader Surjya Kanta Mishra said that the Central forces were not used to protect the opposition polling agents when they were driven away by the ruling party activists. Complimenting the people for standing in unison against the ruling side’s terror, Mr. Mishra alleged that the Election Commission failed to act firmly. His party colleague Robin Deb led a Left delegation to the CEO’s office. Alleging kidnapping of a polling agent by TMC in Paschim Medinipur early in the day, he asked action for his safe release by the Commission.
Claiming rampant attempts of rigging by TMC, a Congress delegation also met the CEO demanding action.
The Election Commission made elaborate security arrangements for the Phase 1-B polling including aerial vigil by two helicopters. Re-poll was also conducted in two booths of Medinipur and Ranibandh assembly seats under Paschim Medinipur and Bankura districts respectively. The polling here was affected due to malfunction of EVMs during the phase1-A on 4th April.
About 70 lakh voters were enrolled for voting today in 13 constituencies of Paschim Medinipur, 9 of Burdwan and 9 in Bankura district to decide the electoral fate of 163 candidates, including 21women.
Two-phased polling was announced for 126-member Assam Assembly, while in West Bengal, which has 294 constituencies, voting is being held in six phases. The process of polls in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will begin on the 22nd of this month.


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