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A convicted killer has denied stabbing Indian waiter


Surjit Singh Chhokar almost 18 years ago.


Scotland's private sector firms haven't been insulated from


The families from war-torn Syria, finally reunited, and yet


still fighting to be allowed to stay together.


TRANSLATION: I almost died to be with them, to have them with me. I


cannot imagine life without them. Faith leaders and


charities call for more Celtic head to Spain ahead


of tomorrow's opening Champions League group stage


clash with Barcelona. And almost a hundred


of Scotland's top buildings, The nephew of a man accused


of murdering a waiter in Lanarkshire in 1998 has denied


committing the crime. Andrew Coulter was giving evidence


at the trial of his uncle Ronnie Coulter who's


accused of stabbing Andrew Coulter admitted attacking


Mr Chhokar with a home made bat on the night he died but said


he didn't murder him. From the High Court in Glasgow,


Andrew Black reports. Andrew Coulter told the court that


on the date of November four, 1998, he went out looking for money to buy


alcohol and broke into a flat which turned out to belong to Mr Chhokar.


He said he took the gyro cheque he found there Richie it then cashed


after forging the signature of Mr Chhokar. The partner of Mr Chhokar


found out what had happened and talked of calling the police. Andrew


Coulter told the court that later that night he along with money


Coulter and another man, travelled to the home of Mrs Price and found


Mr Chhokar coming home from work. Andrew Coulter said he shouted at Mr


Chhokar, you had better not involve the police. Andrew Coulter said at


this stage Mr Chhokar swung a bottle at him but it missed. Mr Chhokar


said he then swung a home-made bat at Mr Chhokar which struck on arm.


Andrew Coulter said then his knee gave way and it collapsed on the


ground. He said he and David Montgomerie left the scene and


Ronnie Coulter was nowhere to be seen. The prosecutor asked Andrew


Coulter as he had stabbed Mr Chhokar, Mr Coulter responded he had


not. The court also heard that Andrew Coulter, now 35, stabbed and


killed a man called Patrick Kelly in 1999 and was sentenced to six years


detention. Before beginning his evidence the judge told Mr Coulter


he did not have to answer any questions which might incriminate


him in the murder of Mr Chhokar. Ronnie Coulter has been tried for a


second time for the murder, which he denies. The case continues.


Scotland's private sector firms saw their output


That's according to a survey of 600 of them.


It's one of many indicators of how the economy is responding


to the vote for Britain to leave the European Union.


Here's our business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser.


Scotland's economy isn't too healthy at the moment.


Growth has been weak or stalled for about a year -


That's partly due to a deep downturn in the oil and gas industry.


And today's business survey shows that the vote to leave


Even though across the UK as a whole there was Brexit shock in July -


on this measure, it bounced back in August.


Here in Scotland the decline continued, particularly


in the large services sector, from accountants to zoo-keepers.


I visited one Scottish firm that's looking beyond Europe to survive.


Supergrass in Stirling uses recycled bottles to use -- to make insulation


for homes. It has been in trouble for years as the market for the


products has stalled. The staff here expected it to collapse until this


man, a Russian with a big presence in building materials across Eastern


Europe and Asia, bought the business for almost ?9 million. It is a


company that manufactures high-quality products and has very


good staff. The company has a good relation with clients. And I think


together we can increase business. The company has already cut losses


by targeting house builders rather than owners of older homes and with


10% of output now going abroad, raising up to 40% while brushing


aside uncertainty about future trading relations, should help the


Scottish grand great wardrobes. The plan is to double the capacity of


this plant. That will mean significant multi-million pound


investment in the factory. That is encouraging for us, an investment in


infrastructure, I believe it will be a good chance for personal


development for the people who have been part of the business and for us


to begin to grow on this site. So, jobs secured in Stirling -


but elsewhere it's One in nine Scots are


now self-employed - that's about 30,000 people -


and it's being your own boss where almost all Scottish jobs


growth has come from over The highest proportion working


for themselves are in Orkney, at one in five, also high


in mainland rural areas. It gives people flexibility,


including many reducing And if successful, home grown


businesses will take But a lot of people have less job


security around hours and contracts. We'll get more on this health-check


of the Scottish economy later this week - with official figures


on the cost of living and jobs. As we've been hearing the former


Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced he's resigning


as an MP. But how will he be


remembered in Scotland. Our political correspondent,


David Porter is at It was an eventful premiership as


far as Scotland is concerned. It certainly was and in his 11 years as


Tory leader and later Prime Minister, I doubt whether he managed


to get bored too many times. He was in power are first in the coalition


and then as outright winner in the election last year. For people in


Scotland his career will be defined by agreeing to winning the Scottish


independence referendum in 2014 and of course this year the EU


referendum which he lost. As far as the Scottish referendum was


concerned, he put himself at the centre of the Better Together


campaign and he succeeded in keeping Scotland as part of the UK. He was


hoping to repeat that trick a little earlier this year with regards to


the EU referendum. But of course he lost and everything that followed


from that over the summer, later today in him deciding to stand down


as MP. As far as politicians at Westminster concerned, the SNP have


refused to give any public comment tonight but the Scottish


Conservative leader Bruce Davidson, who is in London, has said that she


was sorry that he was standing down and that he was a man who had


transformed the UK and his party. Rangers say their supporters


were "subjected to a sickening and shameful display of outright


sectarian hatred" during Saturday's A supporters group wants the club


to ban Celtic fans Saturday's game has


thrown up several issues. Rangers - as you say -


have released a statement following demands from a supporters


group that they ban Celtic The club say, "Directors are fully


aware of the disgust felt by Rangers supporters


who were subjected to a sickening and shameful display of outright


sectarian hatred towards them." This relates to a banner held up


by Celtic supporters Pictures have also been published


in newspapers and online of effegies of Rangers supporters being hanged


with their arms behind their back. Celtic say they won't become


involved in a tit for tat spat but would deal with any issues


"in a proper and They're also clearing up damage


caused by Rangers supporters to toilets inside Celtic Park


on Saturday - police said on Saturday the club were dealing


with that internally and Police Scotland added today:


"The overwhelming majority of those who attended the Celtic v Rangers


game behaved responsibly. What is hugely disappointing


and frustrating is that a minority of individuals behaved


in a manner which has no place in our communities,


football and modern society The Scottish Professional Football


League say they'll study carefully their match delegate's


report from the match. Faith leaders and charities


are calling on the Home Office to be more generous to families split


whilst fleeing war in Syria. The Scottish Government has also


said it wants obstacles to be removed to allow families to be


allowed to join those granted My name is Emma. I'm nine years old.


My name Muhammad. Tentative first words in English for this family.


The mother and children have been cast as refugees. And this is why.


TRANSLATION: Aeroplanes were bombing and we were in the underground


shelter was a lot of dust, the planes were bombing and people were


dying. Now far from the bombing and reunited in Glasgow. The only thing


he is, the mother and children can stay here, the father cannot.


TRANSLATION: I almost died to be with them, to have them with me. I


cannot imagine life without them. He has to prove that he is their father


to avoid being deported. TRANSLATION: The government do not


believe they're my family, I'm prepared to take a DNA test or


anything they ask for. TRANSLATION: My children need him, I have two


disabled children, I do not understand the system. TRANSLATION:


I call for help from the government so I can work and support my family.


200 faith leaders from around the country are making the call for help


saying that the UK can do more and quickly. There is a simple practical


steps the government can take, it can relax some regulations about


admitting refugees with family in this country, who guaranteed they


have a network when they arrived and that is achievable within the


foreseeable time frame. The Scottish Government is also taking a stance.


We have got to be in the business of keeping families together, some are


calling on the UK Government to revisit and revise the guidelines of


the family reunion programme. revisit and revise the guidelines of


response, the Home Office said, the UK has a proud history of granting


asylum to those who genuinely need it. And every case is carefully


considered on its individual merits. This is what this family fled at


home in Syria. Five years ago this was the city that sparked the Syrian


uprising. Today a truce begins. When the war began, school stopped. Now


they're learning to read and write but in a different language. And in


the fear that they may lose their father once again. A reminder of the


top stories. A convicted killer has denied stabbing Indian waiter Surjit


Singh Chhokar almost 18 years ago. And still to come, Celtic had to


Spain ahead of the opening Champions League clash tomorrow with


Barcelona. The BBC has been told that other


countries are better prepared to do the work of dismantling oil


platforms. A major contract went to Norway last year. Drilling rigs


moored in Dundee bring welcome work but this sport has its eye on a


bigger prize. Dundee harbour is busy at the moment with three rigs here


for maintenance. But there is plenty of room for decommissioning work.


Forth ports are investing in the quayside and more land is available


at the back with a giant installations could be brought in to


be broken up. Installations like these, a towering steel platform


from the North Sea, now approaching the end of their lives. Dundee


missed out on the oil boom, maybe now it's time has come. The people


of Dundee have been ready and waiting for this for a number of


years and there is a general feeling that we're on the cusp of something


big. And his boss agrees. I think when we have the infrastructure


ready, that will be by the end of next year, then we see Dundee is the


ideal hub for decommissioning and we are well placed to take advantage of


a market that is only just beginning. Not everyone is so


optimistic. There was dismay last month when a major contract to


dismantle the North Sea platform went to Norway. We definitely have


the skill set within the Dundee area and also the people who have been


involved in the downturn of offshore, that we can bring that


work here. And confident of being able to do it. Millions were spent


building the North Sea steel giants, able to do it. Millions were spent


millions more will be spent on removing them. Between now and 2024,


79 platforms are to be decommissioned. Work valued at


around ?15 billion. Potentially a jobs bonanza. To have Dundee and


other Scottish boards when the work, has it been left too late? I think


other competitors have developed their supply chain and are ahead of


us. That means we can easily catch up, we have the embryonic supply


chain in Dundee and other ports in Scotland but we need to develop it


chain in Dundee and other ports in further. And that is the challenge


for Scotland, to win the decommissioning race, and it could


bring a new oil boom. A five-year-old boy has died after


being struck by a van in Glasgow this afternoon. He was taken to the


Queen Elizabeth University Hospital but died a short time later. The


humanist Society of Scotland is seeking a judicial review of the


refusal by Scottish ministers to give older school pupils the right


to opt out of religious observance. The society says a growing number of


young people do not identify with any religion. In England and Wales,


those aged 16, to 18, have a right to choose for themselves.


Now look at other stories from across the country. A gun owners are


being urged to apply for a firearms certificate within the next 50 days


to ensure they comply with a new law coming into effect at the end of the


year which requires them to have a permit. The form is simple and


straightforward. The only other thing you need is somebody to sign


that you are of good character and they have known you for at least two


years. That then will needs to be returned no later than October 21.


Motorists using the MA in to, and 73 and am 74 on the outskirts of


Glasgow are being warned to expect significant disruption of next three


months. -- M73 and M74. Sections of routes are being reduced to three


lanes. The design team behind the Olympic Park in London has been


given the task of drawing up plans to regenerate a historic Aberdeen


city centre park. The company has been chosen to bring new life into


union Terrace Gardens. Four years ago, councillors rejected plans for


a ?140 million transformation of the gardens. Sir Ian Wood had offered


?50 million towards the cost. Edinburgh airport had an almost 12%


increase in passenger numbers this August, compared with the same time


last year. The rise was in part due to the popularity of the Edinburgh


Festivals. Photos have been discovered of the construction of a


major sewer system in Aberdeen in 1901. The scheme was designed to


address the sanitary requirements of the growing city. A series of photos


were discovered by a Scottish water employee. A giant spider common in


Australia, Africa and Asia has been found inside a shipping container in


Dumbarton. The Huntsman spider was spotted by staff at a manufacturing


firm on Friday. They called in the Scottish SPCA amid concern that it


was poisonous. The spider specialist identified the spider, which can


give a painful bite. The Huntsman is being cared for while a suitable


home is sought. The first turbine which will form


part of the world's largest tidal energy scheme has been unveiled


in the Highlands. The structure is to be installed


in the Pentland Firth as part of a project which could


eventually provide enough This is the first of more than 260


undersea turbine is set to be sited in the waters between Orkney and the


Caithness coast. The tidal scheme has been almost a decade in the


planning but those backing the product say that Scotland is now on


the brink of taking a global leader in tidal energy generation. What


we're seeing is the application of technology, renewable energy


potential on a massive scale, and also the ability to see these


turbines manufactured here. That delivers economic impact and jobs


potential that is really significant. A newly emerging


industry, and one in which Scotland is already at the epicentre. This is


a significant day, not just because this is the launch of the first


tidal turbine that will be placed in the Pentland first, but because the


backers of the MeyGen project say it is the birth of a new industry here


in Scotland. -- Pentland Firth. This is about reproducing jobs recently


lost in oil and gas. We are trying to invest up to half ?1 billion in


projects, and for us and that will translate into thousands of jobs.


The waters around Scotland contain a massive potential for marine power


but so far harnessing that has been painfully slow and problematic. With


this turbine now ready to go and to be joined by many more, the industry


and its political supporters believe that the corner is now well and


truly been turned. The Celtic players are in Barcelona


where they'll begin their European Champions League


campaign tomorrow evening. It's been three years


since the Scottish league leaders have played at this group stage


of the competition. Chris McLaughlin reports


from Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium. Good evening from one of the most


iconic stadiums in world football. Celtic are back in the Champions


League. It does not get much bigger, it does not get much tougher. As you


can see, the squad are training behind me here at the Camp Nou at


the moment. It is a squad full of confidence. But without Leigh


Griffiths. Scott Brown is also a doubt although we understand he


should be OK to play. But remember Celtic go into this on the back of a


5-1 victory over Rangers at the weekend. This was Moussa Dembele's


third in a deadly hat-trick. The Celtic manager has also been


speaking just a few moments ago about another striker, a man who he


worked with at Liverpool, a man who his side will face here tomorrow


evening, Luis Soares. At this moment in time, he is the best record in


the world. I do not think there is any question about that. Luis Soares


is one of the most beautiful man you could come across, very humble. He


works tirelessly at his profession. He is super professional. A family


man, who gives everything for his life as a footballer and for his


family. So the perfect build-up for Celtic ahead of that women -- after


that win over Rangers. But not so for Barcelona, who lost here to


Alaves on the Sunday evening. Their manager, Luis Enrique, has been


speaking today, highlighting Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts as


dangerous players for Celtic. The last time Celtic were here in 2013,


they were humbled 6-1. Now a very different team with a different


manager, and the 2000 Celtic fans travelling here will be hoping for a


different result. Dumbarton Castle took


three weeks to make, The roof on the Riverside Museum


started to slide off half way through the afternoon and everyone


had problems keeping wasps All occupational hazards


for the amateur bakers involved in creating almost


a hundred of Scotland's top Our arts correspondent


Pauline McLean reports. From iconic landmarks to newer


institutions, this was one way to put Scotland's most recognisable


buildings on the map. The biggest cake festival ever staged as part of


the year-long festival of architecture and design. It is 50%


baking and 50% architecture because it is about, people only build of


these buildings because they love them or care about them. Maybe it is


somewhere they went as children on holiday, and they have a connection


to the place. It is about sharing and about building cakes. Plenty of


amateur bakers took up the challenge, with almost 100


structures to choose from. Our patron is Sir Jackie Stewart, who is


severely dyslexic. He struggled with dyslexia all his life. It seems to


me to be a nice tribute to him because he has done so much work for


dyslexia in Scotland, that Dumbarton Castle, because he comes from


Dumbarton, and looking at it, when you look at it online, it looks so


much simpler. The finished structures had just a few short


hours in the limelight, which was just as well since a few roofs


started to melt and whether bakers or architects, the importance of


good foundations became all too apparent. Being part of the


festival, we thought it was a good way of making architecture


approachable. And we thought it was going to be easier, when we signed


up! Apparently you can have your cake and eat it because after


raising money for charity, raising the profile of Scottish


architecture, now all that is left to do is eat those cakes. Polly


Maclean, Reporting Scotland, Stirling. I was about to moan about


the weather but I think it has been really nice in the East.


Thank you very much, it has been very warm in Scotland. And humid as


well. In particular, if we take a look at what is happening, we can


see we have this weather front waxing and waning, from the east to


the west. But we have outbreaks of rain with heavier pulses through the


course of this evening. In the east, it is dry, with not much brightness.


That rain pushing him towards the Northern Isles. Across northern,


inland areas, it will become more than find to the West. Mistimed low


clouds developing. But look at these temperatures developing. Incredibly


humid, 17 or 18. Fresher towards the Western Isles. If you like a cooler,


that is where to be. The wind will be light, dry in the East. That rain


affecting a good part of western Scotland but it will generally


improve, and the weather front will retreat. Staying cloudy and damp for


Kintyre, North Argyll, down towards the Galloway area. Brightening up


around Glasgow where we see the sunshine. Even under the cloud, 18


Celsius. Dry and bright, with rain in the alliance. Warm spells of


sunshine for eastern parts of the north-east. 23, maybe 24 Celsius. We


might see 25 or 26 across the borders. Still some patchy rain


across north-western areas tomorrow evening but drier and brighter in


the East. Heading towards Tuesday and Wednesday, if you look at the


pressure chart, we can see the wind start to go East, pushing that


weather front for the north-west, pushing the rain away. Also


introducing a lot of cloud across eastern Scotland. It will not be


quite as warm. Cloudy initially in the East, with the cloud breaking


up. The rain will shrink away with the best of the sunshine across the


South West. Highs of 22. Now, a reminder of


tonight's main news. The former prime minister


David Cameron has announced It's just two months since he quit


as Prime Minister after losing the referendum on leaving the EU -


his decision will trigger a by-election in his


Oxfordshire constituency. The nephew of a man accused


of murdering a waiter in Lanarkshire in 1998 has denied


committing the crime. Andrew Coulter was giving evidence


at the trial of his uncle Ronnie Coulter who's accused


of stabbing Surjit Andrew Coulter admitted attacking


Mr Chhokar with a home made bat on the night he died but said


he didn't murder him. I'll be back with the main bulletin


just after the ten o'clock news. Until then, from everyone


on the team - right across the country -


have a very good evening.


Join Jackie Bird for the latest news headlines, and Glenn Campbell for a special debate with voters quizzing both sides on what the EU referendum means for Scotland.

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