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In the papers today - Tuesday 29 January

More green cars than gas-guzzlers will be sold this year for the first time as drivers respond to rising fuel prices and environmental concerns...

...Sales of new cars in the £300-a-year top road tax band fell last year by 15 per cent to the lowest level on record, according to industry figures obtained by The Times. Sales of low-emission cars in bands A and B — which are either zero-rated for road tax or pay £35 — leapt by 17% - The Times

Business criticised the 'unhelpful' high turnover in business ministers yesterday after the latest reshuffle saw Baroness Vadera become the fifth person in less than three years to occupy the role – Financial Times

Investigators into alleged corruption by British companies and government departments overseas are probing many more cases than had been expected, as domestic and international pressure grows for the first successful prosecution – Financial Times

British Airways, the biggest airline at Heathrow, said yesterday BAA, the airport operator, was seeking to delay the introduction of improved customer service quality targets by up to two years – Financial Times

Plans for a £2m sculpture taller than the Angel of the North and every other public sculpture in Britain except the cockade on the top of Nelson's hat in Trafalgar Square were announced yesterday for an old chalk quarry in Ebsfleet, Kent. A shortlist of five potential creators includes Turner prize winners Mark Wallinger, Rachel Whiteread and Richard Deacon, plus Christopher le Brun and Daniel Buren – The Guardian

Blizzards stranded hundreds of thousands of travellers in China yesterday as forecasters warned that further severe snowstorms are on their way. At least 24 people have died in the harsh weather – said to be the worst for half a century in parts of the country – which has also destroyed homes and crops, shut major roads and rail lines, grounded flights and caused power blackouts – The Guardian

Beijing unveiled the first of its showpiece Olympic venues yesterday, a giant swimming pool known as the "Water Cube". The Cube, which is covered with a blue bubble effect translucent membrane, stands at the heart of the Olympic Green next to the National Stadium which is nicknamed the Bird's Nest – Daily Telegraph

Dozens of commuters wore cattle masks and brandished fake tickets at bath Spa station yesterday in protest at overcrowded and late running trains. Similar protests took place at 19 other stations operated by First Great Western across the South West - The Times

Top artists a battling to win a £2M commission to build a 50m tall sculpture that can be seen from road, rail and air. The commission is for the new Ebbs fleet International station and Ebbsfleet Valley, a development between Dartford and Gravesend in north Kent - The Times

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