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2008-01-09 03:00:18

By Dhawan, Samriti Kaur, Jagdeep ABSTRACT Microbial mannanases have become biotechnologically important since they target the hydrolysis of complex polysaccharides of plant tissues into simple molecules like manno- oligosaccharides and mannoses. The role of mannanases in the paper and pulp industry is well established and recently they have found application in the food and feed technology, coffee extraction, oil drilling and detergent industry. Mannanses are enzymes produced mainly from...

2008-01-02 00:55:00

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - A volcano in southern Chile erupted on Tuesday, spewing lava and ash, and forcing the evacuation of about 150 people, officials said. Authorities declared an "early alert" around the Llaima volcano, readying police and firefighters in case further evacuations were needed, Chile's Emergency Bureau said in a communique. A column of smoke rose more than 9,300 feet into the sky and television images showed thick smoke and lava emerging from Llaima, one of the most active of...

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2006-10-09 07:55:00

SANTIAGO, Chile -- A once-nomadic tribe of hunters and fishermen living in the frigid channels near the bottom of the world is nearing extinction. Down to just 15 full-blooded members, the Kawesqar people could soon go the way of other indigenous tribes in Chile, its language and culture disappearing to all but the history books. Juan Carlos Tonko, however, is doing all he can to stop the Kawesqar's slow march to oblivion. Six months ago, the 40-year-old left the comforts of the capital,...

2006-07-11 07:55:00

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile's capital, home to some of Latin America's foulest air, is losing ground in its battle against pollution after hard-won gains in the 1990s. From 1990-2000 air pollution levels fell in Santiago as factories switched to cleaner fuels and belching old buses hit the scrap heap, helping improve a blight on what is otherwise one of the region's most livable urban areas. Officials crowed that the metropolitan area, home to roughly 6 million people, had seen...

2006-06-05 20:51:52

By Pav Jordan SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Protesters clashed with Chilean police on Monday as nearly one million high school students and sympathizers joined an expanding strike pushing for increased education funding. The strike, the largest by Chilean students in decades, is the first domestic crisis of President Michelle Bachelet's nearly three-month-old government. Public high school pupils are demanding free bus fare, free college entrance exams, more teachers, and improved...

2006-06-05 15:50:39

By Pav Jordan SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Protesters clashed sporadically with Chilean police on Monday as nearly 1 million high school students and sympathizers joined an expanding strike pushing for increased education funding. The strike, the largest such action by Chilean students in decades, is the first domestic crisis of President Michelle Bachelet's nearly 3-month-old government. Public high school pupils are demanding free bus fare, free college entrance exams, more...

2006-05-30 21:30:51

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Police used tear gas and water cannons to try to break up Chile's biggest student protests in decades on Tuesday as thousands marched to demand the government spend more of its budget surplus on education. Dozens of students were arrested in the capital and protest leaders said half a million students occupied hundreds of schools all over Chile calling for free bus fare, free college entrance exams, more teachers and improved school...

2006-05-30 17:30:55

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Police used tear gas and water cannons to try to break up Chile's biggest student protests in decades on Tuesday as thousands of students marched to demand the government spend more of its fat budget surplus on education. Dozens of students were arrested in the capital and protest leaders said half a million students occupied hundreds of schools all over Chile calling for free bus fare, free college entrance exams, more teachers and...

2006-05-18 18:07:15

By Antonio de la Jara SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A beaming Alberto Fujimori, Peru's ex-president, was granted bail on Thursday and left a Chilean jail where he was held for six months, angering Peruvian officials seeking his extradition. Chile's Supreme Court set $3,000 bail for Fujimori, 67, detained while Peru tries to extradite him to face human rights abuse and corruption charges. Under conditions of the bail, he cannot leave Chile. Fujimori, who is both revered and reviled in...

2006-04-19 18:39:55

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Former members of a German cult based on a communal farm in southern Chile on Wednesday issued a public apology and asked for forgiveness for 40 years of child sex and human rights abuses. In a full-page letter published in a leading Chilean newspaper, former members of the Colonia Dignidad communal farm said their charismatic former leader Paul Schaefer dominated them in mind and body while he molested children. Schaefer is also accused of working with...