News Alex Salmond said his government believed that independence would lead to a new industrial strategy

An independent Scotland's ability to use tax powers, including a cut in corporation tax , would lead to a "jobs boom" and end Westminster's "one size fits all" economics policies, Scotland's First Minister has claimed.

Science: A warm Wellcome to Tayside

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Dance: Scottish steps

Janet Smith, well known over recent years as director of her own small but always ambitious company, has taken on a new commitment this season, running the Scottish Dance Theatre which is based at the Dundee Rep Theatre but is able to travel widely, thanks to using just five dancers and being economical in decor and musical accompaniment. Tonight, London is added to an itinerary that has already this year included the Channel Islands as well as many Scottish and English cities.

Caravan boy killed by gas

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a Scottish seaside caravan park, police said. Gary Stewart, from the West Port area of Dundee, on holiday with his grandparents, was discovered by relatives yesterday at Seaton Caravan Park in Arbroath, Tayside.

Rich pickings for peers in Scotland

THERE are no MPs yet in the Scottish parliament and elections to choose them are still more than a year off, but professional lobbyists are already licking their lips at the prospect of business worth pounds 40m a year.

Rugby Union: Chirpy Welsh determined to steal Twickenham show

Kevin Bowring could barely wait to report that his chirpy and strikingly cocksure Welsh team had made only one mistake - a line-out overthrow by Barry Williams - in an otherwise faultless 25-minute training session at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff yesterday. The coach was being slightly economical with the truth, however; the Dragons made a second, far more drastic error by leaving their dressing-room door ajar.

Rugby Union: Ellis recalled by Scotland

SCOTLAND yesterday recalled the Currie hooker Graham Ellis for the squad to face France at Murrayfield on 21 February.

Scottish E.coli alert

An E. coli precautionary alert was issued yesterday after tests revealed traces of the potentially lethal bacteria on meat destined for school meals.

Football: Marr defends actions of Scotland's `gang of four'

Peter Marr, the Dundee chief executive, yesterday defended the decision of four leading Scottish First Division clubs to hold secret discussions with the Premier Division sides in an attempt to solve the breakaway row.

Letter: They need help, not barbed wire

IN HIS column on 21 December, Neal Ascherson attributes remarks to me that I never made. He says I proposed that problem tenants should be segregated and forcibly resettled in special ghetto estates, surrounded by wire fencing and controlled by security guards. That is nonsense.

We must embrace, not banish, those who prefer to kick in the door

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Rugby Union: Wainwright back for Scotland

Rob Wainwright will be back from injury when the world champions, South Africa, come to Murrayfield on Saturday.

Rugby Union: Scotland must wait for Weir

Doddie Weir has lost his race to be fit for Scotland's match against South Africa at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Newcastle second-row was hoping that a troublesome back problem would clear up in time to face the Springboks, but the Scotland coach, Ritchie Dixon, yesterday revealed that Weir will need up to another two weeks before he can contemplate a playing return.

Millenium: The third lottery giveaway - pounds 220m to build the future

The Millennium Commission yesterday announced its third and final phase before winding down next spring. Nonie Niesewand, Architecture Correspond ent, reports that it is giving away pounds 220m of Lottery money to 71 projects nati on- wide that will open in 2000.

Lifestyle: pounds 12m turns tenants into landlords

Almost 1,900 tenants of Scottish Homes in Dundee have become their own landlords in a pounds 12m transfer deal which is set to benefit the area's economy, it was announced today.

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