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Al-Qaeda's all-female 'Burkha Brigade' to hit Western targets

The women are thought to have been recruited from the war-torn Russian republic of Chechnya by an al-Qaeda-linked group, with bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan

 
London: Al-Qaeda has formed an all-female 'Burkha Brigade' whose cadres are being trained to infiltrate and hit military bases and official buildings in the Western nations as they are less likely to attract suspicion than men, reports PTI.
 
A film posted by fanatics online shows the all-female unit of al-Qaeda using a fearsome array of weapons, including machine-guns, grenade rocket launchers and sniper rifles during their training session at an unknown place.
 
The women are thought to have been recruited from the war-torn Russian republic of Chechnya by an al-Qaeda-linked group, with bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan, British tabloid The Sun reported.
 
The films carry the symbol of 'Islam Awazi' or 'Voice of Islam, an al-Qaeda linked terror group based in Russia's Caucus region.
 
The report has raised concerns among authorities and experts who say the global terror network has formed such units as women are less likely to attract suspicion than men and can easily infiltrate the security barriers.
 
In recent months, cases of female suicide attackers’ successfully hitting targets have emerged in different countries. Such bombers generally hide the explosives beneath their abaya -- a woman's black cloak worn from head to toe.
 
The report raises concern as several women terrorists have been arrested in the West that includes America's Colleen LaRose alias Jihad Jane and Germany's Filiz Gelowicz.
 
In September, a female suicide bomber in Afghanistan rammed an explosive-laden car into a mini-bus carrying foreign aviation workers to the airport in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 12 people including eight South Africans.
 
In August, a 30-year-old Russian actress who converted to Islam killed Dagestan's top Muslim spiritual leader Sheikh Said Afandi and six others in a suicide attack.
 
In war-torn Iraq, several cases have been reported in the past in which female suicide bombers have targetted security officials, killing scores of people.
 

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Auto production may end FY13 with 6% growth, says CMIE

According to the economic think tank, driven by a likely 32.7% growth in the multi-utility vehicle segment, passenger cars and vans, the segment is expected to record a slightly faster 6.2% growth in FY13

 
Mumbai: Automobile production in the country, which took a hit due to the high borrowing costs and rising fuel prices coupled with weak consumer sentiment in the April-August period, is likely to bounce back in the second half and may end FY13 with about 6% growth, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has said, reports PTI.
 
The recovery in the production is expected to come on the back of festival season and a host of new launches by auto companies, CMIE said in its latest report.
 
"We expect automobile production to grow by 5.8% in the current fiscal. Yet, this will be considerably lower than 13.8% recorded in the previous fiscal." 
 
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s continued hawkish stance on key policy rates and rising oil prices along with deceleration in consumer demand impacted the auto production in the five months of the fiscal as it grew by a muted 4.1%, the report said.
 
According to CMIE, the two-and three-wheeler industry, which accounts for almost three-fourths of total production, is expected to grow by a mere 5.9% during the fiscal, impacting the overall industry's growth.
 
"However, driven by a likely 32.7% growth in the multi-utility vehicle segment, passengers cars and vans, the segment is expected to record a slightly faster 6.2% growth," the city-based economic think tank said.
 
Passenger car and van production dropped by 2.4% in the April-August period, the report said, adding however the festival season, new launches and resumption in production at the Maruti's Manesar plant will help passenger car and van output to grow by 2.6% this fiscal.
 
The industry saw launch of a new Alto from Maruti, the Rexton and Quanto from M&M, Indigo Manza Club Class, Safari Storme from the Tatas, the new Figo from Ford, and the automatic version of the Honda Brio in last couple of weeks.
 
A likely pick-up in manufacturing activity and higher agricultural and export-import cargo in the second half is expected to generate a higher demand for transportation.
 
This, subsequently, will help limit the fall in medium and heavy commercial vehicles production to 6.4% from 4.2% in the April-August period, the report said.
 
However, light commercial vehicle production is likely to rise by a healthy 8.9%, it added.
 

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Entertainment, media may touch Rs1.75 lakh crore by 2016 says report

The potential game changers in the media and entertainment industry would be rising advertising and consumer spend, infrastructure and policy support, says a report by CII and PwC

 
New Delhi: India's entertainment and media industry size is likely to touch Rs1.75 lakh crore by 2016 owing to sustained growth in advertising and rising consumer spend, reports PTI quoting a study.
 
In 2011, the industry was estimated to be Rs80,000 crore, according to a report jointly done by CII and consultancy firm PwC.
 
"The potential game changers in the industry would be rising advertising and consumer spend, infrastructure and policy support," it said.
 
Television and print dominate the advertising segment in India. These segments are expected to play a central role in driving entertainment and media industry's growth, it said.
 
The advertising spend contributes about 35% of revenues in the entertainment and media industry, it added.
 
The study said rising disposable incomes combined with macro-economic stability will also drive rapid growth in consumer spend in the industry.
 
"Increased advertising and consumer spend will take the industry to desired heights. This will be fuelled by technological innovation leading to better quality of media content being consumed. Internet access will be a key enabler in driving the growth," PwC India Leader (Entertainment and Media Practice) Smita Jha said.
 

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