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Peter Popham: Vedanta's very embarrassing silence

Imagine it: a room full of suits in London's austere and business-like Institute of Civil Engineers, engaged in a passionate debate about religion. That was the scene on Wednesday at the annual general meeting of the London-based and LSE-listed mining company Vedanta, which has been trying for years to get permission to mine bauxite on Nyamgiri, a mountain in the east Indian state of Orissa.

FSA fines shares 'cheat' a record £2.8m

He claims to live in a former council house, holidays in the South of France only thanks to the generosity of friends and says even when his business (now in liquidation) was at its height, it was only a tiny operation.

Oil boom threatens the last orang-utans

A famous British company, Jardines, is profiting as the lowland forest – which shelters the few remaining orang-utans – is razed to make way for massive palm oil plantations, reports Kathy Marks in Tripa, Indonesia

No Pain, No Gain: City gloom casts a shadow over Lighthouse

For months, shares of Lighthouse, the financial management group, held up well, seemingly largely immune from the money crisis rocking the world. The No Pain, No Gain portfolio alighted on them at 17.5p in the summer of 2006. At one time, the price hit 35p; it then suffered a relapse. Even so, as the credit crunch continued to spread despondency, the shares bobbed around the lower 20s, suggesting that the company was performing quite well.