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In the papers today - Tuesday 29 May

The government's timetable for decommissioning nuclear reactors has been pushed back with delays to the clean-up of two sites after cash constraints have raised the possibility 200 senior scientists and engineers being made redundant.
The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority says financial cuts will mean that decommissioning nuclear reactors at Harwell in Oxfordshire and Winfrith in Dorset will face delays of up to five years - The GuardianThe government is to unveil a multi-billion pound rebuilding programme for the British rail network to ease congestion on the most crowded lines. The High Level Output Statement in July will give the go-ahead to the £500M reconstruction of Birmingham's New Street station and possibly the £3.5bn overhaul of the London north-south Thameslink route - The GuardianAn elephant in eastern India has been blocking traffic and refusing to allow vehicles to pass unless drivers give it food, the Hindustan Times reported yesterday. The elephant scouts for food on a highway in Orissa, forcing motorists to roll down their windows - The GuardianShares in water companies listed on the stock market look set to reach record highs in the coming weeks amid mounting speculation that there will be no British listed operators left by the end of next year. Takeover talk was fuelled when the Competition Commission cleared the merger of Mid Kent and South East water against advice by water regulator Ofwat - The Times

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