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In the papers - Thursday, 17 April 2008

WS Atkins, the engineering company, will pump £192M into its pension plan over the next six years to reduce its deficit...

...The group said the move comes after the deficit grew from £187M in June 2006 to about £215M in April 2007 due to more conservative assumptions related to future investment returns and people living longer - The Daily Telegraph

German energy giant E.On is still considering joining a consortium bid for British Energy, operator of Britain's nuclear power stations. Despite reports that the company, which ownes Powergen, had gone cool on buying a slice of the UK's nuclear industry - The Daily Telegraph

Heathrow suffered another damaging blow to its reputation yesterday when figures showed that its passengers suffered longer delays than at any other major British airport. Figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority showed that scheduled flights left or departed on average 21 minutes late - The Daily Telegraph

An arts lecturer was killed yesterday when her foot became stuck in a rail crossing in the path of an oncoming train as her best friend desperately attempted to free her – The Times

The price of farmland is rising at its fastest rate for more than 30 years as wealthy city dwellers and overseas buyers seek a slice of idyllic rural England and jittery investors rush to move their money out of stocks and shares because of the global credit crunch – Independent

Italy's prime minister in waiting, Silvio Berlusconi, has confirmed that he will hold the first cabinet meeting of his new government in Naples, probably at Palazzo Reale, the former seat of the Bourbon kings, to symbolise his determination to resolve the city's rubbish crisis – Independent

The first Russian railway company to float on the London Stock Exchange is to seek a higher-than-expected price when it lists in the next few months, it announced yesterday – Financial Times

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