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Space lab topresent ‘splendidshow’

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The re-entry window re- mains “highly variable” and the debris from the lab could land anywhere between the lati- tudes of 43° north and 43° south – from New Zealand to the AmericanMidwest, the European Space Agency said. There is “no need for people to worry”, the China Manned Space Engineering Office said earlier on itsWeChat social media account. Such falling spacecraft do “not crash into the Earth like in sci-fi

BEIJING: A defunct Chinese space laboratory is expected to become an aerial fireball as it re- enters Earth’s atmosphere, hitting speeds of over 26,000kph before disintegrating sometime today. Tiangong-1 is expected to make an uncontrolled earthbound plunge over the weekend. The abandoned eight-tonne craft is unlikely to cause any dam- age when it comes down, but its fiery disintegration will offer a “splendid show”, Chinese au- thorities said.

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ON MONDAY APRIL 2, 2018 into a splendid (meteor shower) and move across the sky as they race towards the Earth”, it said. Tiangong-1 , “Heavenly Pal- ace”, had been slated for a con- trolled re-entry, but ceased functioning in March 2016. – AFP Don’tupset China 307,000 COPIESDAILY MEMBER 

“The Opposition do not think of the interests of the rakyat. They are only playing politics to fulfil their personal agenda,” saidNajib,whodescribedPH’s pledge to review contracts signed between Malaysia and China as “irresponsible.” “ Imag i ne i f you sour your relationshipwithChina. (They)will not buy our products, (including) our palm oil. Imagine what would happen to our economy,” he said at the launch of an e-commerce micro-financing fund for Malaysian Chinese youths. At the event, Najib announced that RM25 million will be channelled to the E-commerce Micro Credit scheme for the benefit of Chinese entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 45. The scheme is accessible to any Malaysian Chinese who wants to participate in the digital transformation journey. “Let me urge Chinese youths and small and medium enterprises to take this golden opportunity to make your own digital transformation a success, and to play the fullest part in making our Transformasi Nasional 2050 a reality.” He s a i d 4 1 Ch i ne s e - b a s ed associationsandchambersof commerce will join the scheme as strategic partners. At a gathering of national silat practitioners at SMK Sungai Pusu in Gombak later, Najib said victory in the 14th general election (GE14) canonlybe achieved by those who hold to the principle of being loyal to their leader. He said such loyalty should not be given to him in a personal context but through the post he holds as the top leader of the country.

contracts between the two countries, PrimeMinister Datuk Seri NajibAbdul Razakwarned yesterday. “The other side has come up with a statement that they will cancel the contracts that we have signed with the Chinese government if they come into power.

BY VATHANI PANIRCHELLVUM AND HAIKAL JALIL newsdesk@thesundaily.com S ERDANG: Ti e s be tween Malaysia and China would be damaged if Pakatan Harapan (PH) wins power and cancels

Oppositionplan to cancel contracts withBeijingwill

harmour economy : Najib

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SENT HOME ... Aplane used to return Russian diplomats expelled from the United States is seen at the Vnukovo government ferried back 46 diplomats and their family members, with a second aircraft expected to arrive later in the day. airport in Moscow yesterday. The flight

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