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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.

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.

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.

Shuttlers Sindhu, Prannoy advance in Swiss Open

Shuttlers Sindhu, Prannoy advance in Swiss OpenBasel, March 14 - Indian shuttlers H. S. Prannoy and P. V. Sindhu caused upsets in their respective matches to advance to the next round of the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold here Wednesday.

Sindhu's women's singles match lasted only two minutes as her South Korean opponent Ji Hyun Sung, seeded third, retired when the score was 7-2 in favour of the Indian. With this, Sindhu now has a 2-0 head-to-head against the World No. 5.

The 17-year-old Pullela Gopichand protege will next play Japanese qualifier Yui Hashimoto in their first ever encounter in the second round.

Kashyap advances in Swiss Open

Kashyap advances in Swiss OpenBasel, March 13 - World No. 9 Parupalli Kashyap was the lone bright spot as all other Indian shuttlers lost their respective matches Tuesday here at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold.

In men's singles action at St. Jakobshalle, only fifth seed Kashyap managed to advance to the second round while Sourabh Varma and K. Srikanth ended their campaign in the first round of the tier three tournament.

Swiss Bankers back move to accept OECD tax offence standards

Swiss Bankers back move to accept OECD tax offence standards Basel, Switzerland - The Swiss Bankers Association said Friday that it supported Bern's decision to offer better international cooperation on tax offences.

"The SBA now expects an end to all improper international criticism of Switzerland and its legal system and also an end to threats to put Switzerland on a so-called 'black list'," the group said in a statement.

Swiss back protecting banking secrecy

Swiss back protecting banking secrecy Basel, Switzerland - The overwhelming majority of Swiss citizens want to protect their country's banking secrecy laws, a poll released Wednesday showed, in spite of international pressure for change.

The survey, conducted for the Swiss Bankers Association by M. I. S Trend, based in Lausanne, indicated a drop from the previous year, when 81 per cent of those interviewed supported bank-client confidentiality.

Basel art exhibition puts spotlight on Venice

Basel, Switzerland (dpa) - Ah, Venice! La Serenissima (the Divine Republic). Queen of the Adriatic. A city between the sky and the sea. Hardly a city has fascinated writers and artists more than Venice, the favourite of painters as early as the 18th century.

The Fondation Beyeler, in the Basel suburb of Riehen, has gathered for joint display some 150 oil and watercolour paintings of Venice by Canaletto, Francesco Guardi, JM William Turner, James McNeill

Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Edouard Manet, Pierre- Auguste Renoir, Pietro Fragiacomo, Odilon Redon, Paul Signac, and Claude Monet.

Violence erupts as Swiss football fans clash

Berne/Basel, Switzerland  - Police used rubber bullets to restore order after football fans clashed in Berne and Basel in Switzerland following two Super League games Friday night.

A number of fans and a police officer were hurt in clashes in Berne, according to a police statement where trouble erupted after Young Boys lost 3-1 to visitors Xamax Neuchatel.

Sixteen people were hurt in violence during and after the FC Basel -FC Zurich game. Basel beat their opponents 4-0 at their home ground of St Jakob Park, where Switzerland is due to meet the Czech Republic when Euro 2008 kicks off on June 7.

Three people including a police officer needed hospital treatment after missiles were thrown. Police said 12 people were arrested. (dpa)

UBS admits mistakes in subprime mortgage crisisb

UBS admits mistakes in subprime mortgage crisisBasel, Switzerland  -  European bank UBS AG chairman Marcel Ospel faced a stormy shareholders' meeting Wednesday acknowledging that the group had made a mistake after the Swiss financial giant emerged as a major victim of the US subprime mortage market crisis.

The worst hit of its global rivals, Zurich-based UBS has been forced to make more than 37 billion dollars writedowns in assets stemming from the US housing shakeout, which has set shock waves across the world financial sector.

Ospel has already announced his departure and the company has faced calls for it to be split up.




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