News Headlines - 05 April 2011

▽Phone hacking: two News of the World journalists arrested - The Guardian
Scotland Yard's inquiry into allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World took a dramatic turn on Tuesday as the paper's chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, and its former assistant editor Ian Edmondson were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept mobile phone messages.

▽Firms bid for Hitachi train contracts - The Northern Echo
HUNDREDS of North-East firms have officially expressed an interest in bidding for contracts with Hitachi Rail when it starts work on its new County Durham plant.
Within five days of a website being launched for supply chain companies to express interest there had been almost 300 registrations.

▽Now Britain's lowest-ranked university reveals it will charge students £8.5k fees - Daily Mail
The country's worst university is to charge students more than £8,000 a year in tuition fees - almost the same as world renowned institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge.
London South Bank University is ranked 113th in league tables - yet says it must charge top-tier rates just to break even after its state funding was removed.

▽Universities lack incentive to charge lower tuition fees - The Guardian
Of the universities that have shown their hand, two-thirds have gone for the highest possible tuition fee.
The reason for this appears to be simple enough – there is no competitive pressure on universities. Demand outstrips supply – last year one in three candidates failed to win a place while applications for entry this autumn have hit another record high.
Because numbers are controlled by the government, institutions are unable to expand to attract candidates deterred by high fees elsewhere, so there is little incentive to charge lower rates.

▽Libya: Rebel leader accuses Nato of failing civilians - BBC
The Libyan rebel commander, Gen Abdul Fattah Younis, has accused Nato of standing idly by while pro-Gaddafi forces kill people in Misrata.
If Nato waited another week to intervene, the besieged city's people faced extermination, he told reporters in the de facto rebel capital Benghazi.







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