Zimbabwe is planning to merge all diamond mining companies, including the local unit of Rio Tinto, into one big firm in which the state will own 50% of the shares, the minister of mines said on Thursday. President Robert Mugabe’s government is pursuing a black economic empowerment programme, known locally as indigenisation that requires foreign-owned companies, including mines, to sell 51 percent of their shares to black Zimbabweans.The government had previously said it wanted to merge some of the diamond companies operating in the Marange area to the east of the southern African country, in which it already owns half the shares, to enhance transparency. But mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa told a committee of parliament that all the mines would be merged, including Rio Tinto’s Murowa diamond mine in south-central Zimbabwe.
BACOLOD City – He allegedly sold illegaldrugs. Braza – resident of the village – wascaught after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop aroundfor P500 around 8:50 p.m. on April 6, the police added. When frisked, Braza yielded two moresachets of suspected illegal drugs. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Talisay City police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN The 61-year-old Mario Braza was nabbedin a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Zone 6, Talisay City, NegrosOccidental, police said.
West Harrison, Ind.— Indiana State Police say five people were injured in a three vehicle crash Wednesday morning on U.S. 52 near I-74.Investigators say a car driven by Barbara Frech, 72, of Sunman, failed to yield after exiting I-74 onto U.S. 52 and struck another car driven by John Renck, 72, of West Harrison. The collision forced Renck’s vehicle into a stationary semitruck driven by David Suddarth, 69, of Winchester, in the intersection.Frech and Suddarth were not injured. Renck and front seat passenger, Judy Renck, 67, complained of pain and were transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital. Additional passengers, Jud Renck, 10, Walter Renck, 12, and Jackson Renck, 12, complained of pain and were transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.Indiana State Police were assisted by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department and Harrison Fire/EMS.