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In the papers today - Thursday 22 March

Twenty construction firms that failed to blow the whistle on an alleged £3bn bid-rigging scandal will face fines and possible criminal prosecutions.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will announce today that it has raided 57 companies, including some of the country's biggest construction firms. Of them, 37 applied for leniency for giving information to OFT officials - The TimesTwo British sailors were killed yesterday by an explosion aboard HMS Tireless, a nuclear submarine on exercise with US vessels under the Arctic, north of Alaska, the Ministry of Defence said last night. In an emergency procedure, the vessel broke through the ice to surface following the blast - The GuardianThe driver who fought to keep a high-speed train on the tracks as it derailed returned home from hospital yesterday. Iain Black, 46, his head and neck still in a brace after suffering multiple injuries, said he was feeling fine as he arrived at the home he shares in Dumbarton with his partner, Janice - The Daily TelegraphCrossrail, the long-planned trans-London rail link, received a boost yesterday when Sir Michael Lyons recommended that councils be allowed to 'top up' business rates to fund important infrastructure projects. His review said that councils could levy up to 4p in supplementary business rates for special projects. The levy, if implemented by London's local authorities, could help to raise more than £3bn to fund the rail project proposed to run from Heathrow to Canary Wharf - Financial Times The planning system must be streamlined if environmental measures outlined in the Budget are not to have the opposite of their intended effect, experts warned yesterday. The chancellor raised the standard rate of landfill tax by £8 a tonne to £32 from April 2008. It is levied on all rubbish sent to landfill sites to encourage alternatives such as recycling - Financial TimesThe company that owns the Orient-Express train and some of the world's most luxurious hotels looks set to change hands for more than $3bn (£1.53bn. Orient-Express Hotels, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is understood to have received approaches from a number of potential suitors - The TimesThe government has cut spending by 85% on its campaign to get car occupants to wear seatbelts, despite a sharp rise in the number of people fined for failing to belt up. The Department for Transport has raided the budget normally allocated for promoting seatbelt use to spend £1M advertising the new £60 penalty for driving while using a handheld mobile phone - The Times

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