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Work paused on Carillion construction sites

Work on construction sites run by Carillion is to pause while decisions are made over their future, the Insolvency Service has said. But work on most of Carillion’s private sector service contracts, such as catering and cleaning, is to carry on until new suppliers can be found. Carillion’s customers want to continue with existing services and will provide funding to retain staff for the moment. On Monday the building firm went bust putting thousands of jobs at risk. The collapse of Carillion was discussed during Prime Minister’s Questions. Labour leader…

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Carillion: Urgent talks on construction firm's future

The future of troubled engineering firm Carillion is being discussed at high-level government meetings this weekend, the BBC understands. The firm is a key government contractor for projects including the HS2 high speed rail scheme, schools and prisons. There are fears it is close to collapse as it struggles with £1.5bn of debt and a pension shortfall of £587m. On Friday, Carillion said it remained in constructive dialogue about short-term financing. Reports that creditors had turned down a potential rescue plan sent the firm’s shares down by more than 28%…

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India says Chinese construction on river dirtying water

Officials in India’s northeast are complaining that Chinese construction activity on the upper reaches of one of the largest rivers that flows into India are likely turning the waters downstream turbid and unfit for human consumption. Over the weekend, Sarbananda Sonowal, the chief minister of India’s Assam state, said the Brahmaputra river was contaminated with bacteria and iron, with laboratory tests declaring its waters unfit for human consumption. Sonowal asked that the Indian government take up the matter with Beijing. The Yarlung Tsangbo river originates in the Tibetan Himalayas and…

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