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READY FOR 1500 ELEPHANTS

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the T2 terminal (roof in AFP picture) of Mumbai airport on Friday. The most prominent elements are 30 wine-stemmed, peacock-themed columns — called pods — that hold up the massive roof. “Each pod can take the weight of 50 elephants,” said a GVK official, standing in front of a mock-up design of T2. “We are opening only one arm of the terminal. The second one will open later.” If there are 30 pods and each can hold up 50 elephants, technically, 1,500 elephants can dance on the roof.

The elephant is a commonly used metaphor for India — and the Elephant is dancing after all.

But sobering word emerged elsewhere. Industrial production contracted by 2.1 per cent in November last year, the lowest in six months, according to latest data. Export growth also slowed to a six-month low of 3.49 per cent.


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