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What the papers say

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Consignia, the renamed Post Office Group, will shift a large portion of its mail off rail services and onto roads in a bid to improve punctuality.

Water regulator Ofwat last week authorised South West Water, Bournemouth & West Hampshire Water and Dee Valley Water to increase customers bills.

Honda this week unveiled a new Asimo robot, which can be used on construction sites and for rescue work. The robot will be available for rent at £115,000 a year.

Glas Cymru, the not for profit company managing the assets of Welsh Water, this week announced it has generated savings to customers of £41M since it was set up last year.

The worst floods to hit Algeria for 40 years have claimed 579 lives.

The outlawed Islamic Salvation Front claimed the authorities worsened the problem by closing underground alleys and tunnels in the capital, Algiers. These were closed due to fears that the armed opposition would use them as hideouts.

The Corporation of London has claimed that London will lose its international status unless more skyscrapers are allowed to go ahead in the City.

A 250km undersea power cable is planned to link the west coast of Britain with renewable hydropower stations in Scotland, through the Irish Sea to North Cornwall. The scheme was launched this week by energy minister Brian Wilson, and although costing hundreds of millions of pounds, is expected to be cheaper than a land link.

American air strikes have bombed a power plant next to the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan, potentially destabilising the dam's structure. The 1.85Mm 3capacity dam, 40km north west of Kandahar, was built by American engineers in 1953.

Lottery funds distributor Sport England is seeking legal advice on whether it can demand the return of £120M lottery money initially earmarked for Wembley national stadium, should an alternative site be chosen.

British Energy, which generates most of the country's nuclear power, is preparing to develop Canadian designed Candu nuclear reactors for Britain.

The power producer is frustrated by the high prices charged by the government owned nuclear reprocessing company BNFL. It believes that the Candu reactors are cheaper, safer and produce less waste.

SDLP chief whip Eddie McGrady this week pressed for the closure of Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria following the recent terrorist attacks in America. The plant has the highest inventory of radioactive material in Europe.

Steel producer Corus was fined £300,000 this week following an explosion at its Llanwern steelworks in South Wales last year. Three men died following an explosion at its sister plant in Port Talbot last week injuring 12.

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