Growth pegged at 5.25 p.c.
New Delhi, Sept. 9. In a mid-year review of the economy, the
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has projected a 5.25 per
cent growth for the current fiscal. This is even lower than the
revised 5.6 per cent forecast made by the National Council of
Applied Economic Research.
Venus wins battle of sisters
New York, Sept. 9. Fourth seed Venus Williams successfully
defended her title at the U.S. Open tennis championship beating
10th- seeded younger sister Serena Williams in straight sets 6-2
6-4 in Saturday night's final.
67 ticketless travellers on Palace on Wheels
New Delhi, Sept. 9. After winding up the surprise check on the
super-luxury tourist train ``Palace on Wheels'', the Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said 67 passengers, including
Government officials and journalists, were found travelling
without tickets, causing a loss of nearly Rs. 80 lakhs to the
Jaipur, Sept. 9. Annoyed over the CBI raid on the ``Palace on
Wheels'', foreign tourists said this was an attack on their
6 Armymen killed in Udhampur blast
Srinagar, Sept. 9. Six Army personnel were killed and another
injured in yet another devastating landmine blast in the Udhampur
district today. A seven-year old girl, five militants and two
soldiers were killed in other militancy-related incidents.
Muslim groups denounce diktat
New Delhi, Sept. 9. With just a day left for the deadline for
implementation of the `burqa' (veil) diktat of militants in Jammu
and Kashmir, Muslim organisations today denounced the use of
``coercive tactics'' to make women wear veils, saying Islam did
not permit the use of force to implement even good things.
Muslim League warning
Mumbai, Sept. 9. The youth wing of the Mumbai Regional Muslim
League today urged Muslim women to wear veils. The youth wing
president, Mohammed Aftab Alam, in a statement, warned Muslim
women to follow his party's directive or face ``concrete''
action. However, he did not spell out what it would be.
Mumbai, Sept. 9. The Shiv Sena leader, Mr. Bal Thackeray, today
expressed unhappiness over the recent reshuffle in the Union
Council of Ministers and demanded that his party's
representatives be given better portfolios.
Shabir Shah to meet Pant
New Delhi, SEPT. 9. Separatist Kashmiri leader, Mr. Shabir Shah,
will meet the Centre's interlocutor, Mr. K. C. Pant, tomorrow as
part of the continuing process of dialogue between the Government
and Kashmiri groups.
Fiji PM to be sworn in today
Suva, Sept. 9. The Fijian United Party leader, Mr. Laisenia
Qarase, a banker installed by the Army as caretaker Prime
Minister following last year's nationalist coup that toppled
Fiji's first government led by an ethnic Indian, will be sworn in
tomorrow as democratically elected PM, the President's Office
Iraqi germarms in U.K.?
London, Sept. 9. Iraqi spies are posing as refugees to smuggle
germ weapons into Britain, a leading daily said here today.