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Published: Sunday 30 April 2006

-- Rock musician Thom Yorke says that he turned down a meeting with UK prime minister Tony Blair to discuss climate change. The singer was asked to visit Downing Street by campaigners last September, in his role as ambassador for environmental group Friends of the Earth. But he dismissed Blair as a man with "no environmental credentials" and said dealing with Labour party made him sick.

UNESCO recently awarded its US $20,000 biennial prize for rural communications to the leading Kerala daily, Malayala Manorama. The honour was bestowed in recognition of the daily's imaginative water conservation campaign: Many a drop. Malayala Manorama also runs a school contest to spread awareness on water issues.

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