Sudirman Cup 2019: India eye elusive medal, face tough tests in group stageSudirman Cup badminton: India will take on Malaysia in their opening tie of the mixed team championships on Tuesday before facing a tough test against powerhouses China on Wednesday.advertisement Next Press Trust of India NanningMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 17:01 IST Sudirman Cup 2019: India will bank on their singles stars PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth to deliver (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia take on Malaysia in their Sudirman Cup opener on TuesdayIndia have been drawn alongside Malaysia and China in Group DIndia have been seeded 8th in the mixed team championshipsIndia will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway Nanning Sunday.India reached the quarterfinals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions but failed to cross the last eight stage.The Indians would have to ensure they pull no punches when they face heavyweights China and avoid any early hiccups against 2009 semifinalists Malaysia in Group 1D to qualify from the group.India’s chances during the mixed team championship will depend on the quality singles players such as reigning BWF World Tour Finals winner Sindhu, 2019 Indonesia Masters champion Saina Nehwal, 2019 India Open finalist Kidambi Srikanth and BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma.India first will look to quell the challenge of Malaysia on Tuesday before taking on the mighty 10-time champions China the following day.India fancy their chances against MalaysiaThe 13-member Indian team, seeded eighth this time, will look to draw inspiration from their sensational win over Malaysia en route to an unprecedented team gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018.With former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei missing in action this time, India will fancy their chances against Malaysia, who are likely to bank on Lee Zii Jia in the men’s singles.In women’s singles, Goh Jin Wei or Soniia Cheah will lead the charge for Malaysia but they are unlikely to pose any threat to Sindhu or Saina.Malaysia will need their doubles to put up a good performance to salvage hopes of making it to the knockout stage.advertisementSatwiksairaj’s return from injury boosts India’s chances of making the knockoutsBut the return of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy after an injury gap will fuel India’s hopes in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles.Satwik, who recovered from a shoulder injury to make a title-winning comeback at the Brazil International Challenge recently, will form a formidable men’s doubles pair with Chirag Shetty, while pairing with the experienced Ashwini Ponappa in mixed doubles.At the last edition, India had put up a superb performance to upset 1989 winners Indonesia on their way to the quarter-finals where their run was ended by eventual runners-up China.This time too China boosts of formidable team which comprises Olympic champion Chen Long and 2018 All England Champion Shi Yuqi in men’s singles and reigning All England champion Chen Yufei in women’s singles.Besides, China also possess quality doubles combinations and all three Indian pairs will need to punch above their weights to pose a challenge to the formidable neighbours, who are eyeing their 11th title this time.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sudirman Cup 2019Follow India badmintonFollow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Saina NehwalFollow Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
At the recent Vale Day event in London attended by International Mining, Vale announced the latest on its flagship 90 Mt/y S11D iron ore project. Up to October 2014, physical progress completion was 55% with start-up in H2 2016 still on course, and of the approved CAPEX of $8.09 billion, the trend is looking at a final total of $6.7 -7.1 billion with executed CAPEX so far at $3.30 billion. Vale states: “Our flagship project reached 37% of combined physical progress in Q3 2014. During the quarter, Vale concluded 83% of electromechanical assembly of modules, initiated the earthworks on the mine and received all mobile crushing rigs, part of the truckless system equipment, on site. In the railway and port, we initiated the pile driving for the bridges over Sossego and Parauapebas rivers, while in the offshore north berth we reached 31% of completion.”Galib Chaim, Executive Director Capital Projects told IM when asked about progress with primary mining and any anticipated issues with the use of the new fully mobile rig design from Sandvik: “We already use IPCC methods at operations in Brazilian iron ore and Australian coal and at S11D have already made good progress with the mine, having advanced more than we had planned. Earthworks will complete ahead of the due date, with the contractor having reached its target also ahead of the due date. Earth movement to date totals 15 million m3. The mine schedule does not see production until H2 2016 and the main truckless rigs and components are already on site, as is the bulk of the conveyor system. Much of the equpiment was made in China and there have been no issues with our key suppliers.” Some 69 modules for project equipment were preassembled and transported by road to site. He also directly referred to “two smaller capacity IPCC units” that it already uses in Brazil, a reference the two ThyssenKrupp fully mobile IPCC rigs that Vale has already been using for some time at the Carajas N4E operation.Also at Carajas, Vale it has delivered the licencing of orebody N4WS, with the N5S licence expected soon. N4WS is a key part of 2015 and 2016 production plans having higher quality ore and a lower strip ratio. the N4WS area is also close to the Plant 2 primary crusher, which reduces average transportation costs.