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Badminton: Saina Nehwal enters in 3rd round of malaysia masters

साइना नेहवाल ने मलेशिया मास्टर्स बैडमिंटन टूर्नामेंट के दूसरे दौर में हॉन्गकॉन्ग की यिप पुई यिन को हराया. 

मलेशिया मास्टर्स: साइना नेहवाल तीसरे दौर में पहुंचीं, कश्यप भी दूसरे दौर में

साइना नेहवाल ने दूसरे दौर का मुकाबला महज 39 मिनट में जीत लिया. (फाइल फोटो)

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100-Kilometre Mega Tube Under Geneva Enters Race To Succeed CERN Collider

The Large Hadron Collider smashes protons together in a 27-km circuit beneath the Swiss-French border.


A proposed 100-km particle accelerator under Geneva has joined an international quest to develop the successor to the Large Hadron Collider to help unlock humankind’s knowledge of matter.

The existing collider (LHC), which started up in 2008, smashes protons together in a 27-km circuit beneath the Swiss-French border. It helped scientists discover the long-sought Higgs boson — a particle that supplied the missing piece of the standard model of physics by explaining why objects have mass.

The FCC, or Future Circular Collider, proposed by more than 150 universities and science institutes, would be a huge tubular circuit almost four times as long, with 10 times more power than the LHC at CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Physics.

The proposal came out of the European strategy for particle physics, which recommended that design and feasibility studies be conducted in order for Europe “to be in a position to propose an ambitious post-LHC accelerator project at CERN by the time of the next strategy update”.

But the decision on whether to go ahead with the FCC – incurring an initial 9 billion euro ($10.25 billion) bill for participating governments plus a later 15 billion euro upgrade – is effectively part of an international race to host the LHC’s successor, with China, Japan, the United States and Europe all interested.

“Any big machine for the future will be a global machine,” said Arnaud Marsollier, head of media relations at CERN.


“Any big machine for the future will be a global machine,” Arnaud Marsollier, head of media relations at CERN said. 

“No one expects to have two 100-km colliders built in the next 20 years, so if one is built in China, maybe Europe will do something else.”

The LHC is expected to keep running until around 2036-2040, by which time it will have done its job collecting data, but it might also be possible to upgrade it by increasing the energy of collisions, which would require major investment.

China has floated plans for its own 100-km collider, but has not yet confirmed it will go ahead.

Japan is expected to take a decision on a linear collider in March, which could play into a potential choice by European countries in 2020 about whether to back the FCC or another proposal for CERN, the Compact Linear Collider.

For physicists, the location may be less important than the science opportunities on offered by a new collider, allowing them to peer into the debris left when subatomic particles smash together and shatter into even smaller pieces, some of which may answer fundamental questions about the universe.

But science mega-projects attract talent and can generate unforeseen spin-offs – including the invention of the World Wide Web at CERN, which has become a global centre for physicists, despite the high cost of living around Geneva.

The discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 earned Peter Higgs and Francois Englert the 2013 Nobel prize. They had predicted half a century earlier that it would one day be discovered.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Mumbai’s Bus Strike Enters Day 4 As Uddhav Thackeray’s Mediation Fails

BEST employees are demanding better wages and working terms along with the merger of BEST and BMC budgets


Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s seven-hour meeting has failed to resolve the BEST strike in Mumbai which has entered its fourth day on Friday. Mr Thackeray held meetings on Friday as well to try and end what is now the longest ever bus strike in the city.

Commuting problems of around 25 lakh Mumbai residents continued on Friday. More than 3,000 Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses won’t run as the unions have dug their heels in and refused to budge.

The impact of the strike is being felt at several railway stations where BEST operates feeder services. Share taxis and autos are however filling in at several places for the missing buses that are a regular feature on Mumbai’s roads. BEST is the largest transport provider in the city after the suburban trains that run from the city’s north to south.

BEST employees are demanding better wages and working terms along with the merger of BEST and BMC budgets as the loss-making entity struggles with its finances with a debt of around Rs. 2,000 crore. Employees say the management is not interested in running the operations efficiently and want to sell out to private operators. The proposal to merge the BEST and BMC, one of the richest municipal bodies in Asia, is yet to be cleared by the state government and this remains a sticking point between the unions and BEST management.

Meanwhile, the unions have said that BEST hasn’t even bothered to recover around Rs 320 crore as redevelopment rights fee. Eight years ago the undertaking had allowed builders to construct residential and commercial structures at bus depots in premium locations for a redevelopment fee. BEST officials say the amount has been disputed by the real estate firms and that has caused delay in payments due to the undertaking.

A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court on Thursday seeking directions to BEST workers to end the strike and return to work so that operations can resume.

The government has also threatened to invoke the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act of 2017. This law allows the government to take coercive steps to end strikes to maintain essential services like transport. Eviction notices have been issued to the staff and residential quarters of the employees.

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Mumbai Bus Strike Enters Fourth Day, High Court To Hear Plea Today

Over 32,000 BEST employees went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday. (File)


The BEST bus strike in Mumbai today entered the fourth day with a stalemate prevailing between striking workers and the management of the civic-run transport undertaking.

Lakhs of commuters were inconvenienced with autorickshaws, taxis and private transport buses pressed into service proving inadequate to take on the passenger load catered to by the BEST buses on a daily basis.

All eyes are now on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against the bus strike in the Bombay High Court. The court is scheduled to hear the PIL today.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose party controls the BMC, the parent body of BEST, on Thursday held several rounds of talks with BEST union leaders in the presence of Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and BEST general manager Surendra Kumar but could not break the deadlock.

With the 3,200-odd bus fleet of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) off the roads, both Western and Central Railways ran extra services and several MSRTC buses were also deployed in the metropolis, said officials.

Over 32,000 BEST employees went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday over various demands, including higher salaries and merger of the BEST and BMC budgets.

The state government has already invoked the stringent Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) against the striking BEST employees but the move has not been able to force workers to call off their strike.

Workers, meanwhile, said they are yet to get salaries for the month of December despite it being ten days into the new year.

Rajaram Satpute, a daily commuter from Kurla to Mahul, said, “I have been living in Mumbai for the past 40 years and I have never seen such a long BEST strike.”

“I want to ask the chief minister (Devendra Fadnavis) what he is doing in Uttar Pradesh. This is the time when he should be in Mumbai,” he said.

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Mumbai Commuters Face Hardships As BEST Employees’ Strike Enters Day 2

The BEST has a fleet of over 3,200 buses and ferries 8 lakh passengers a day.


Lakhs of commuters in Mumbai continued to face hardships on Wednesday as an indefinite strike called by the BEST, the city’s civic transport undertaking, entered its second day.

Despite the Shiv Sena-affiliated union withdrawing from the protest, only five buses of the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) were plying on roads this morning, a BEST official said.

Over 32,000 BEST employees went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday over various demands, including higher salaries.

The state government quickly moved to invoke the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) against the striking BEST employees, while its management asked them to end the stir and come to the negotiating table.

BEST’s Kamgar Sena had late Tuesday evening said that 11,000 of its members would go back to work on Wednesday to mitigate woes of Mumbaikars.

It had also said that nearly 500 buses were expected to run on Wednesday.

The Sena union’s announcement to withdraw from the protest invited sharp criticism from BEST Workers’ Union chief Shashank Rao who said the former had shown its “true character”.

The BEST has a fleet of over 3,200 buses, which criss-cross the city and also operate services in the neighbouring Thane district and Navi Mumbai.

It is the second-biggest mode of transport in Mumbai after local trains, which ferry over 80 lakh passengers every day.

“However, only five buses were plying on the city roads on Wednesday morning,” a senior BEST official said.

The employees are demanding higher pay, merging budget of the loss-making transport undertaking with that of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), deliberations on new wage agreement, resuming appointments on compassionate grounds and a bonus equivalent to that of the civic body’s employees.

The protest by BEST employees coincided with the two-day nationwide bank strike called by trade unions to protest the government”s “anti-worker” policies and labour reforms.

The strike, declared illegal by the industrial court in Mumbai, on Tuesday affected nearly 25 lakh daily commuters, who rely on BEST buses to reach their destinations.

A BEST staffer, who is a member of the Sena-affiliated union, expressed anger over his union’s decision to withdraw from the strike.

“The BEST Kamgar Sena should not have withdrawn its support to the strike. Our union leaders do not seem to have any sympathy with us,” he told reporters on condition of anonymity.

The BEST management is likely to send notices to the agitating workers on Wednesday.

“We are hopeful that our staffers will resume work, considering the hardships faced by commuters across the city,” the official said.

The commuters complained they were inconvenienced by the ongoing protest.

Pramod Tamane, a Ghatkopar resident who travels to Wadala every day by BEST buses, sought to know how the government was planning to end the stalemate.

“This is too much. How can a few people be allowed to paralyse the city? What is the government doing to address this? It seems busy preparing for elections and has forgotten about the innocent citizens,” he said.

The Central Railways and the Western Railways have decided to operate additional suburban trains for the convenience of the commuters.

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Donald Trump Says We Have To Build The Wall As US Shutdown Enters Third Week

Donald Trump has stressed on illegal immigration to highlight the need of the wall with Mexico. (File)


President Donald Trump stood firm Sunday on his demand for billions of dollars to fund a border wall with Mexico, which has forced a shutdown of the US government now entering its third week.

“We have to build the wall,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for the Camp David presidential retreat, while conceding that the barrier could be “steel instead of concrete.”

“It’s about safety, it’s about security for our country,” he said. “We have no choice.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Air Force C-130J Super Hercules Flies In Tools As Meghalaya Miners’ Rescue Enters 15th Day: 10 Points

Giant Air Force Plane Joins Meghalaya Rescue On 15th Day: 10 Points

Meghalaya mine: Odisha Fire Service and NDRF personnel load tools on C-130J Super Hercules plane

Guwahati/New Delhi:  A heavy-lift transport plane of the Air Force carrying high-power pumps has taken off from Odisha for Guwahati in Assam, from where the equipment will be taken to a rat-hole mine in Meghalaya where 15 men are trapped for three weeks. Low-capacity pumps used by the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF turned out ineffective in extracting water from the collapsed mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills. NDRF senior officials said water from an adjacent abandoned mine and a nearby river kept flooding the rat-hole mine, making it unsafe for their divers to operate. The high-power pumps are arriving three weeks after the mine collapsed on December 13.

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Gionee Officially Files for Bankruptcy, Enters Liquidation: Report

In yet another Chinese smartphone company going bust, Gionee, which is said to owe CNY 20.2 billion (nearly $3 billion) to 648 creditors, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy.

According to media reports, a court in Shenzhen has accepted the Gionee application for liquidation bankruptcy.

A report in The South China Morning Post last month said that the founder of Shenzhen-based Gionee admitted he may have used company assets to gamble at a Hong Kong-listed casino in Saipan.

In an interview with Securities Times, Liu Lirong, Gionee’s Chairman and Chief Executive, “admitted that Gionee’s total debts amount to CNY 17 billion, with CNY 10 billion of this owed to banks, CNY 5 billion to upstream suppliers and about 2 billion to advertising agencies”.

When asked how much he lost gambling, Liu said, “a bit more than CNY 1 billion”, which may actually be to the tune of CNY 10 billion ($1.44 billion).

Gionee, which ranked behind Apple in the sixth place for handset sales in China last year, began facing difficulties when suppliers halted component sales after failing to receive payments for several months.

“For comparison, Liu claims that the company was losing around CNY 100 million ($14.4 million) a month between 2013 and 2015. The losses per month doubled in the last two years,” cited an iFeng report to claim.

Founded in 2002, Gionee was once a mainstream brand in China and India, selling nearly 40 million handsets in 2016.

Gionee, which established its presence in India in 2012, claimed in February this year to have retail presence in over 42,000 stores and has 600 exclusive service centres in the country. It also claimed a customer base of 1.25 crore in the country.

In India, after running domestic operations for almost five years, Gionee India’s CEO and Managing Director Arvind Vohra stepped down in August 2017. David Chang, Global Sales Director for Gionee, then started leading the India operations.

In the first quarter of 2018, Gionee shipped an all-time low of 150,000 units with shipments down 90 per cent year on year, according to Counterpoint Research.

Ending a brief hiatus amid restructuring plans in India, Chinese smartphone maker Gionee in April launched two smartphones.

There has been no buzz from Gionee in India since then.

Gionee is the second company after Chinese conglomerate LeEco that shut operations in India last year after financial crisis hit it hard.

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Search Operations To Rescue Meghalaya Miners Enters 7th Day

More than a dozen labourers are trapped in the Meghalaya mine.


The operation to rescue more than a dozen labourers who got trapped in a Meghalaya mine last week continued for the seventh day on Wednesday.

The operation has so far failed to rescue any person as the water level in the flooded mine in the East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya has not receded, a senior official said.

Senior police officer Sylvester Nongtynger told news agency PTI that the family of one Assh Bahadur Limbu of Assam has said he was among those trapped inside.

If the claim is true, then the total number of people trapped inside the mine stands at 15, the officer said.

He said the exact number of miners trapped in the mine could not be ascertained as the owners did not maintain a logbook.

The labourers have been trapped in the illegal “rat-hole” mine in Lumthari village — around 80 km from Shillong — since last Thursday after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it. They are now feared dead as water from the river has been entering into the 370-feet-deep pit.

The police officer said over 100 personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the SDRF and the police were at the site and water was being pumped out continuously from the mine.

Doctors said the chances of survival of the trapped miners were diminishing every minute.

“Taking into consideration that the miners could have escaped to higher and safer grounds, starvation, dehydration, compounded with the toxic gas underneath, is a cause of concern,” they said.

Authorities said they have not given up their efforts to rescue the trapped labourers.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had on Monday sought the help of the Union Home Ministry.

The NDRF has suggested the district administration to ask the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to deploy submersible water pumps to reduce the water level.

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