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UK defends immigration limit on Indian professionals

UK defends immigration limit on Indian professionals

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LONDON: The government defended its decision to introduce an interim limit on skilled workers from India and other countries outside the European Union, despite concerns raised by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and others. The government has placed a temporary limit of 24,100 until April 2011, when a permanent... 

BBC News – UK VIPs pulled out ahead of deadly Nigeria parade

BBC News – UK VIPs pulled out ahead of deadly Nigeria parade

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UK dignitaries pulled out of Friday’s parade marking Nigeria’s 50th anniversary, which was targeted by explosions that killed 12 people. The Queen’s representative was due to attend but did not. Ex-PM Gordon Brown cancelled his visit to the country. The pullouts have raised questions about how much the Nigerian... 

New heating system may cut GHG emissions

New heating system may cut GHG emissions

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Washington: Experts have suggested that a new heating system where homes would be heated by district centres rather than in individual households could dramatically reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists at the University of Manchester have claimed using sustainable wood and other biofuels could hold the... 

Climate change: Danger to long distance migratory birds

Climate change: Danger to long distance migratory birds

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London: A new study has suggested that birds embarking on long distance migrations are more susceptible to shifts in the climate than ones making shorter journeys. Scientists have said that the increasingly early arrival of spring at breeding sites in Europe makes it harder for the birds to attract a mate or find food. The researchers... 

UK guidance on torture challenged by watchdog

UK guidance on torture challenged by watchdog

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New guidance for UK intelligence staff on how to deal with suspects facing torture overseas may breach human rights law, a watchdog has warned. As a result officers may wrongly believe they were “protected” from court action, the Equality and Human Rights Commission says. In a letter to the prime minister, it has... 

Three top UK athletes pull out of Commonwealth Games

Three top UK athletes pull out of Commonwealth Games

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New Delhi: The news just keeps getting worse for the organisers of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. A day after a foot over-bridge at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium collapsed and Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive Mike Hooper termed the Games Village as “filthy and uninhabitable,” three top British athletes... 

Seagulls ‘may be spreading superbugs’

Seagulls ‘may be spreading superbugs’

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Scientists fear migratory birds may be spreading hard-to-treat infections after discovering seagulls can carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Portuguese researchers analysed 57 samples of droppings from the yellow-legged Caspian Gull Larus Cachinnans. They found that one in 10 harboured bacteria resistant to a common antibiotic... 

Telescope goes after first stars

Telescope goes after first stars

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The UK has officially opened its first station in a new international radio astronomy antenna network. Lofar (Low Frequency Array) is a European project that incorporates new digital techniques to survey wide areas of the sky all at once. The station in Chilbolton, Hampshire, joins similar sites in France, Germany, Sweden and... 

UK troops leave Helmand’s Sangin

UK troops leave Helmand’s Sangin

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Control of the area was formally handed over from UK forces to the US Marine Corps at 0630 BST. The UK has suffered its heaviest losses in the Sangin area. Of the 337 UK deaths in Afghanistan since 2001, a third have happened there. Defence Secretary Liam Fox announced in July that the troops were to be replaced by US forces. Continue... 

Quakes ‘are an issue for London’

Quakes ‘are an issue for London’

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The earthquake hazard to London has been under-appreciated, say scientists at the British Geological Survey. This post was submitted by Chinmaya Nayak. Read More →

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