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American socialite Paris Hilton is visiting Cuba, an island on which her family lost a hotel half a century ago after Fidel Castro came to power. British model Naomi Campbell was also spotted in the capital of the communist island. Their visits follow the historic rapprochement between the United States and Cuba announced in December that has eased travel restrictions. Hilton's great-grandfather Conrad Hilton traveled to Cuba in 1958 to open a hotel.
India's economy is in a "sweet spot" and ready to grow by more than eight percent in the next financial year, an official report said Friday on the eve of the new right-wing government's first full-year budget. The India Economic Survey, an annual report prepared by the finance ministry, said growth would be between 8.1 and 8.5 percent in the 2015-16 financial year, reaching levels last seen five years earlier. The ministry said the data showed the timing was right for the reforms to India's economy promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to meet his ambitious targets to eradicate poverty. "India has reached a sweet spot... in which it could finally be launched on a double-digit medium-term growth trajectory," the Economic Survey said, adding there was now scope for "Big Bang reforms".