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LONDON – Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported Thursday that the UK economy has emerged from recession, helped by the Olympic Games.

In the three months from July to September, the country’s economy returned to growth at its fastest pace in five years, with its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rising 1%, ending three consecutive quarters of declining output.

The Office for National Statistics said that Olympic ticket sales added 0.2 percentage points to the figures – as all Olympic and Paralympic ticket sales counted towards July to September's GDP figure. Though officials acknowledged the artificial boost of Olympic sales, the numbers were still far better than the 0.6% rise that analysts had forecast.

"There is still a long way to go, but these figures show we are on the right track," said Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne quoted by BBC News.

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Fading Flavor: Production Of Saffron Declines Sharply

Saffron is well-known for its flavor and its expense. But in Kashmir, one of the flew places it grows, cultivation has fallen dramatically thanks for climate change, industry, and farming methods.

Photo of women harvesting saffron in Kashmir

Harvesting of Saffron in Kashmir

Mubashir Naik

In northern India along the bustling Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Pampore — known as the saffron town of Kashmir —people are busy picking up saffron flowers to fill their wicker baskets.

During the autumn season, this is a common sight in the Valley as saffron harvesting is celebrated like a festival in Kashmir. The crop is harvested once a year from October 21 to mid-November.

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