Thursday, 24 September 2009 London Lite World at a glance Indianmoonmissionfinds largequantitiesofwater EVIDENCE that large quantities of water exist on the surface of the moon has been reported by Indias first lunar mission. In a discovery which could lead to a new space race, data from the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft suggests water is still being formed on the moon. The finding was made after researchers examined data from three missions. The reports will be published in journal Science tomorrow. Mylswamy Annadurai, project director at the Indian Space Research Organisation in Bangalore, said: Its very satisfying. This was one of the main objectives, to find evidence of water on the moon. The unmanned craft, launched last October, was equipped with Nasas moon mineralogy mapper, designed to find water by picking up the electromagnetic radiation emitted by minerals. Professor Carle Pieters of Brown University in Rhode Island, who reviewed the data, said: Were not talking about lakes, oceans or puddles. Water on the moon means molecules. Dampener: director Mylswamy Annadurai ItaliancopscatchMafiacrocodile A MAFIA mobster had an unusual method of persuading people not to refuse his offer of protection -- he threatened them with his crocodile. Antonio Cristofaro, 38, would take businessmen who refused to pay, on to his terrace and show them the 40kg reptile eating rabbits and mice. Police who raided his home at Caserta, near Naples, heartland of the Camorra Mafia, were following a tip-off that guns and drugs were being hidden there but the only weapon they found was the croc. Cristofaro will be charged with illegal possession of a wild animal. Ohmygourd,whatabigpumpkin! PUMPKIN grower Bill Neptune shows off his giant squash weighing nearly half a tonne at the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival in Ohio, US. The winning pumpkin was so heavy it had to be winched on to a truck. But Mr Neptunes 477kg vegetable fell short of the 766kg world record. Last year, he claimed first prize in another competition for his 83kg watermelon. Wife-killer banned from driving a cabA CONVICTED killer has had his minicab licence revoked by Transport for London. The 38-year-old, who strangled his wife, has also been banned from studying The Knowledge in his bid to qualify as a black cab driver. TfL today announced it will ban criminals convicted of serious or violent offences for life from becoming licensed minicab or cab drivers. They now will only be licensed under exceptional circum- stances and with the backing of an independent panel of experts. TfL acted after it was revealed that the man, a paranoid schizophrenic, was training to become a black cab driver and had begun work as a minicab driver with a private-hire licence. He had been sentenced to indefi- nite detention under the Mental Heath Act in January 2001 after pleading guilty, on the grounds of diminished responsibility, at the Old Bailey to killing his wife. He was released in 2003. Under old rules, TfL allowed convicts to apply to become drivers once their convic- tions were spent and they no longer had to mention their criminal history at job interviews. Detention under the Mental Heath Act becomes spent after five years. Jeroen Weimar, TfLs chief operat- ing officer for surface transport, said: We believe insufficient weight was given to the applicants criminal his- tory and have tightened guidelines. By georgina littlejohn Dust-up: this is the view from 300 miles above the Earth of the dust cloud that enveloped Australias east coast. The image from a Nasa satellite shows the cloud being blown in from the Outback by strong winds that churned up thousands of tons of top soil. As the worst dust storm in decades lifted today, the clean-up began. Almost every exposed surface in Sydney and parts of Queensland was covered in a red film of dust. Authorities are preparing to lift water restrictions to allow people can wash their cars and homes. Picture of the day SyDNEy index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html