From today's UK papers

October 12, 2001

Today's top story

The Trinidad-born British author V. S. (sir Vidia) Naipaul yesterday achieved the wildest dream of his iron-willed, sometimes viper-tongued and initially impoverished lifetime by winning the £644,000 Nobel prize for literature. ( Guardian , Daily Telegraph , Independent )

Financial Times

One in three new graduates will struggle to get a job which justifies the time, effort and cost of a university degree, according to research published today by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

The Commons science and technology committee is the only select committee not to have been appointed before the House of Commons broke up for its summer recess.


Researchers at the University of Leeds have grown a plant that glows when it is “under stress”.

After years losing business to the relentless spread of out-of-town supermarkets, corner shops are enjoying an unexpected revival, a survey published today by Mintel shows.

Daily Telegraph

A feared backlash against British Muslims after last month’s terrorist attacks on America appears not to have materialised, according to a special NOP survey for The Daily Telegraph .


Support for military action against Afghanistan has grown since the bombing campaign started with nearly three out of four Britons giving their backing, according to the first national opinion poll since the war began.

A public health official yesterday challenged the orthodoxy on the origin of variant CJD, saying it was unlikely the fatal disease was caught by eating beef from cattle with BSE. (From the British Medical Journal)

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