Saina, Sindhu enter Swiss Open quarters

saina NehwalBasel, March 14 - Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P. V. Sindhu had contrasting victories to progress to the women's singles quarterfinals at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at St. Jakobshalle here Thursday.

French World No. 42 Sashina Vignes Waran was no match for the sixth seeded Indian as Saina came out on top 21-7, 21-13 in 34 minutes to proceed to the next stage. With the triumph, the Olympic bronze medallist took an undefeated 3-0 advantage in career clashes against Sashina.

Sindhu enters second round of Swiss Open

p-v-sindhuBasel, March 12 : World No. 9 shuttler P. V. Sindhu won her women's singles opener at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at St. Jakobshalle here Wednesday.

In their first ever match, the seventh seed overcame Malaysian World No. 127 Sannatasah Saniru 21-18, 21-15 in 32 minutes to proceed to the second round.

However, World No. 3 and third seed Shixian Wang of China thrashed Saili Rane 21-8, 21-9 in 31 minutes also in their first match.

Saina seeded 6th at Swiss Open

Saina-NehwalBasel, March 8 : Two-time winner Saina Nehwal of India has been seeded sixth at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold which starts at St. Jakobshalle here Tuesday.

The Olympic bronze medallist will try to regain the crown which she won in 2011 and 2012 and reached the semi-finals last year. Saina's city-mate P. V. Sindhu is just a notch below her and has been seeded seventh.

Saili Rane is the other Indian in the main draw of the women's singles category.

Meanwhile, out of form Parupalli Kashyap has been seeded third in the men's singles draw, followed by fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth.

LSD study shows reduced anxiety in terminally ill

LSD study shows reduced anxiety in terminally illAnother overview has uncovered, dropping acid can alleviate angst in anguish terminal disease.

Noting that legitimate utilization of LSD by U.  S. therapists pummeled to an end in 1966 after the brain altering pill got prevalent as a recreational opiate, the new study reported positive outcomes around malignancy patients, who were in advanced stages, in Switzerland.

The discoveries distributed this week in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease detail the initially regulated investigation of LSD-supported psychotherapy in more than 40 years.

Honeybees can taste food with claws!

HoneybeesZurich, Feb 5 : How interesting it would be if we could taste our food just by touching it. Honeybees can actually do that.

Research sheds light on honeybees’ ability to taste with claws on their forelegs.

Insects taste through sensilla - hair-like structures on the body that contain receptor nerve cells, each of which is sensitive to a particular substance.

Honeybees have sensilla on the mouthparts, antenna and the tarsi - the end part of the legs.

Ferguson to work as UEFA coach ambassador

Alex-FergusonGeneva, Jan 24 : Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will work as a coach ambassador for UEFA, president Michel Platini said Friday.

"Sir Alex will be chairman of the forum of elite coaches that meets every year.  He will also be a member of the technical study group of the Champions League and the European Championship," Platini said at an executive committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, reports Xinhua.

UNHRC condemns rights violations in Syria

UNHRC condemns rights violations in SyriaGeneva, Sep 27 : The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Friday strongly condemned the continued gross, systematic and widespread violations of human rights and all violations of international humanitarian law in Syria and urged the government to grant immediate access to the UN commission of inquiry.

The UNHRC demanded that the Syrian authorities cooperate fully with the commission of inquiry, including by granting it immediate, full and unfettered access throughout the country.

Senn assures investors regarding Zurich Insurance

Senn assures investors regarding Zurich InsuranceMartin Senn, the Chief Executive Officer of Switzerland's largest insurer, Zurich Insurance Group has assured investors and analysts that its accounts will remain intact and that the company is performing well.

The remarks came after Chairman Josef Ackermann stepped down following the chief financial officer's suicide. The company had announced on 26 August, 2013 that Pierre Wauthier was found dead at his home. The shares of the company had fallen about 2.2 billion Swiss francs in total market value.

Poor infra, financing hampering India-Africa trade: Report

india-south-africaGeneva, July 9 : Poor infrastructure facilities and lack of financing are getting in the way of expanded business and investment ties between India and Africa, said a report Tuesday.

A study, jointly by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) supported by Britain's Department for International Development, found a number of constraints to bilateral trade. Access to Indian buyers and trade finance emerges as major concerns for African traders.

Grenada biggest mover in FIFA rankings

FIFAZurich, May 14 : Grenada has emerged as the most improved team in the latest FIFA rankings.

The Spice Boyz, crowned Windward Islands' football champions last month, climbed 20 spots to 121 in the global rankings and 16 in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF).

The movement is owed in part to the two victories in the Windward Islands Football Association (WIFA) Tournament in St Vincent.

Grenada defeated the host 1-0 and St Lucia 2-1 to win the three-team tournament following the withdrawal of Dominica after the tragic death of the coach and a player a few days before the kick-off.

Exports driving Spain's incipient recovery: Economists

ExportsZurich, April 18 : A new focus on exports - now 30 percent of Spain's GDP - as opposed to construction is crucial to the turnaround underway in the country's economic cycle, the executive director of Spain's Business Council for Competitiveness, or CEC, said Wednesday in Switzerland.

"There's been a change in how the Spanish economy works because now it's based on exports and not on construction. This change provides a sufficient basis for expecting gross domestic product growth in the coming year," Fernando Casado told EFE.

No match-fixing in 2014 World Cup qualifiers: FIFA

Ralf-MutschkeGeneva, April 6 : Football's world governing body FIFA said no match-fixing was found in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, with more than 500 matches played so far.

FIFA security director Ralf Mutschke said up to now "we don't have any leads that any match has been thrown" and they are "confident that nothing will happen through the qualification", reports Xinhua.

The full program of about 820 preliminary matches ends in November.

Novartis loses key patent battle in India

Novartis loses key patent battle in IndiaSwiss drug maker, Novartis faced a defeat in a patent issue as India's apex court dismissed its patent bid for a blockbuster cancer drug.

The company condemned the decision by the Supreme Court of India to dismiss its patent application. The decision by the Supreme Court came after legal battle for seven years by the company to gain a patent protection for an updated version of leukemia drug Glivec in the country.

Spamhaus attacks highlight security threats posed by poorly configured DNS servers

Domain-Name-SystemThe substantial security threats which millions of poorly configured Internet Domain Name System (DNS) servers pose for organisations came into limelight this week, following massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Spamhaus, the volunteer organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The attacks on Spamhaus started on March 19; and were probably launched by a group which opposes the antispam work carried out by the organisation. According to a number of security companies, the attacks on Spamhaus were by the biggest ever publicly disclosed DDoS attacks thus far.

UAE man dies from novel disease

UAE man dies from novel diseaseGeneva, March 27 - A 73-year-old man from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has died in Germany from infection of a novel disease coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

WHO said in its latest disease outbreak update that the man was transferred from a hospital in Abu Dhabi to Munich March 19. Germany's Robert Koch Institute informed WHO of the new confirmed case.

WHO also said that the British patient in the family cluster reported on Feb 11 with travel history to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia prior to his illness has died.

2014 World Cup draw to be known Dec 6

World-Cup-2014-BrazilZurich, March 20 : World football governing body FIFA has announced that the draw for the 2014 World Cup finals will be made Dec 6 in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil.

"It was confirmed at the meeting that the draw for the 2014 World Cup finals would take place at Costa do Sauipe, in Bahia State, at 1300 local time (1600GMT) December 6 2013," FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA president Sep Blatter said he was confident that Brazil would be ready in time to host the big event.(IANS)

Saina reaches semis of Swiss Open

Saina reaches semis of Swiss OpenBasel, March 16 - Two-time defending champion Saina Nehwal booked her berth in the women's singles semifinals of the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold here at St. Jakobshalle Friday.

The top seed made short work of her Chinese Taipei opponent Tzu Ying Tai in straight games in the quarterfinal of the tier three tournament.

Saina beat the sixth seed 21-11, 21-12 in half an hour.

With this match, the World No. 2 extended her lead over Tzu to 5-2 in career meetings.

Saina in quarters, others exit from Swiss Open

Saina in quarters, others exit from Swiss OpenBasel, March 15 - Defending champion Saina Nehwal remained the lone bright spot for India as all her compatriots took the exit route, in the pre-quarterfinal stage, from the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Thursday.

Parupalli Kashyap, H. S. Prannoy and P. V. Sindhu lost their respective matches here at St. Jakobshalle in the tier three tournament.

Newly-discovered particle is likely Higgs boson, shows data

Higgs-bosonGeneva, March 14 : Physicists found that the new particle discovered in July 2012 is "looking more and more like a Higgs boson" after analysing more data, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said Thursday.

"It remains an open question, however, whether this is the Higgs boson of the Standard Model of particle physics, or possibly the lightest of several bosons predicted in some theories that go beyond the Standard Model. Finding the answer to this question will take time," CERN said in a statement.

Saina & Co. advance in Swiss Open

Saina & Co. advance in Swiss OpenBasel, March 14 - It was a good day in office for Indian shuttlers here Wednesday as all participants progressed to the next round in their respective categories at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold.

Leading the Indian challenge was top seed Saina Nehwal, who overcame a stiff challenge from French Sashina Vignes Waran in her first round women's singles tie in the tier three tournament.

The World No. 3 won 13-21, 21-15, 21-12 in 47 minutes at St. Jakobshalle to take a 2-0 lead in career meetings over the World No. 40 French girl.

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