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    Christie uses CPAC to draw contrasts with Bush. Last May, in a radio interview, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said it would be "stressful" to campaign against Jeb Bush if both men run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. "Because I consider Jeb a friend," Christie said. "And he's been a wonderful friend to me." Today, the New Jersey Republican finds himself needing to draw a contrast with the former Florida governor as they both compete for business-minded Republicans and similar donor pools — a segment of the Republican coalition that, so far, seems drawn to Bush. He offered an early clue to his approach on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Asked during a question and answer segment with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham about how he plans to combat Bush's vast political network and family connections, Christie painted Bush as an elite Washington insider. "If the elites in Washington who make backroom deals decide who the president's going to be, then he's definitely the frontrunner," Christie said. "If the people of the United States decide to pick the next president of the United States, and they want someone who looks them in the eye and connects with them and is one of them, I'll do OK." His comments indicate that he's trying to position himself as an outsider against the establishment choice in Bush, a change in dynamic from last year, when Christie was considered the establishment's favorite son and a Bush candidacy seemed unlikely. Christie talked up his direct, truth-telling style, saying it's more appealing to the average voter. But while he's trying to distinguish himself from the former governor, he's not quite ready to start throwing bombs. Bush was asked point blank on Thursday about Bush's previous proposal to re-populate Detroit with immigrants — a softball question that would have been eaten up by some of the more conservative speakers at CPAC. But Christie approached with caution. "I think that's misdirecting the priorities," he said, adding that the concern should be for the "hardworking people" already living in Detroit. He was set up again. "Jeb Bush says they're more entrepreneurial, harder-working and 'more fertile' than Americans," Ingraham interrupted. "Well first of all, I'm not mentioning the fertility thing," Christie joked. "The most entrepreneurial people in the world are the people of the United States and that's why people want to come here." The audience applauded. Christie and Bush indeed have taken similar positions on policy. They've both expressed support for Common Core, though Christie now says he has "grave concerns" about the federal government's role in the testing standards. They're also tied by a common history: Christie helped raise money for Jeb Bush's brother, George W. Bush, when the then-Texas governor was running for president. President Bush appointed Christie for United States Attorney in New Jersey in 2001. Neither Bush nor Christie are candidates yet, but as the campaign season nears and as Christie continues to struggle to gain traction, he'll face pressure to start drawing sharper contrasts with Bush. So far, Christie's strategy to distinguish himself from the rest of the field has been to embrace the brash, blunt personality that helped make him famous during his first term as governor — indeed a stark difference to the more reserved style of Bush, who admitted in January that he's an introvert. "Sometimes people need to be told to sit down and shut up," Christie said Thursday, defending his outburst against a protester in the fall. Christie was given another chance to pit himself against Bush. When Christie began touting his town halls — a 90-minute format where he stands in the center of a room as people pepper him with questions — Ingraham asked if he was critiquing Bush, who has taken pre-screened questions from audiences and a moderator at two recent speeches in Chicago and Detroit. "Everybody who aspires to high positions of leadership in their state and in their country should be willing to take unscreened, unrehearsed questions from the people who pay their salary," Bush said, again getting some applause.Christie uses CPAC to draw contrasts with Bush. Last May, in a radio interview, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said it would be "stressful" to campaign against Jeb Bush if both men run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. "Because I consider Jeb a friend," Christi...See more
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    LONDON — Mohammed Emwazi was 6 when his parents moved to West London from his birthplace in Kuwait, and he seems to have lived a normal life, studying hard and graduating in computer sciences from the University of Westminster in 2009. But he came to the attention of the British intelligence services in May that same year, detained as he landed in Tanzania with two friends on what he described as a celebratory safari. British officials thought he and his friends were headed to Somalia, to fight with the terrorist group Al Shabab, and allegedly tried to recruit him as an informant before shipping him back home. Mr. Emwazi was identified on Thursday as the masked Islamic State fighter called “Jihadi John,” and his journey from computer student to a murderous spokesman for the Islamic State is only beginning to come clear. How and when he was radicalized, and whether the British intelligence services were at fault — either dealing with him too harshly or not identifying him as a serious threat soon enough — is already the subject of hot debate. The dilemma for security services is the same all over the West, whether in Britain, France or now in the United States, as some young Muslims are becoming radicalized or seeking to join a jihad. Given important constitutional and legal protections, how do counterterrorism and police officials draw the line when they find enough evidence to suspect someone, but do not have enough to prosecute them, or even to keep them under legal surveillance? “When you have a lot of evidence but not enough to prosecute what do you do?” asked Shashank Joshi, a senior research fellow at Royal United Services Institute, a British research institution. “Doing nothing is not practical or acceptable under today’s conditions.” Mr. Emwazi was called “Jihadi John” by the foreign hostages he guarded, a number of whom he apparently beheaded in widely circulated videos. First named on Thursday by The Washington Post website, his identity was confirmed by a senior British security official, who said that the British government had identified Mr. Emwazi some time ago but had not disclosed his name for operational reasons. The identification was also confirmed in Washington by a senior United States military intelligence official. Information is still vague about Mr. Emwazi, with Britain officially refusing to confirm that he is indeed “Jihadi John” because of what are described as continuing operations. But Mr. Emwazi appears in 2011 court documents, obtained by the BBC, as a member of a network of extremists who funneled funds, equipment and recruits “from the United Kingdom to Somalia to undertake terrorism-related activity.” Mr. Emwazi is alleged to be part of a group from West and North London, sometimes known as “the North London Boys,” with links to Al Shabab, organized by an individual, whose name was redacted, who had returned to London in February 2007. Another person associated with that group was Bilal al-Berjawi, who was born in Lebanon but brought to West London as a baby. He fought in Somalia and rose through the ranks of Al Shabab and Al Qaeda in Africa before being killed in a drone strike in January 2012, according to Raffaello Pantucci, also a fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. Mr. Berjawi traveled to Kenya in February 2009, telling his family he was heading for a safari; he and a friend were detained in Nairobi and shipped back to London, but made it to Somalia in October that year. The neighborhood group “is a tight community and it’s very probable that they knew each other and were part of the same crew,” Mr. Pantucci said. So it is likely that Mr. Emwazi’s own safari a few months later in May, from Britain to Germany to Tanzania, using the name of Muhammad ibn Muazzam, set off alarms with the British security services, and that he had started on the road to radicalism even before his encounter with MI5 in 2009. Asim Qureshi, research director at CAGE, a British advocacy organization opposed to what it calls the “war on terror,” met with Mr. Emwazi in the fall of 2009. Mr. Emwazi was very angry over his treatment at the hands of British security services, Mr. Qureshi said, and the two stayed in contact for two years. Mr. Qureshi said he is not 100 percent sure that Mr. Emwazi, whom he described as “extremely kind, extremely humble and extremely soft-spoken,” is the masked Islamic State terrorist. But he nonetheless blamed Mr. Emwazi’s treatment for his radicalization, describing harassment by police officers at airports, pressure on Kuwait to cancel a visa and on one occasion, Mr. Emwazi being “roughed up” and “strangled by a police officer” before being sent home. “This is not somebody who ever said, ‘I hate the system, I reject the system,’” Mr. Qureshi said. “It’s someone who said, ‘I don’t like the environment but I’ll work within the system to effect change.’” As ever, there is a set of conflicting interpretations, with some seeing a young Muslim man treated badly, put into a headlock, barred from traveling and induced to betray his friends, and those who say that such treatment is not any excuse — or reason — for repeatedly cutting off the heads of civilians taken hostage. Further, there are others who are wondering how security services can identify potential terrorists like Mr. Emwazi, but then fail to recognize what risk they pose. CAGE, which embraces its notoriety, emphasized similar circumstances in the case of Michael Adebolajo, who attacked and hacked to death a British soldier, Lee Rigby, outside a London barracks in May 2013. Mr. Adebolajo claimed he had been detained in Kenya and “tortured” by British officials who suspected he was traveling to Somalia to join Al Shabab, and MI5 also tried to turn him into an informer. Mr. Emwazi, returning from Tanzania, was detained again at an airport in the Netherlands and questioned by Dutch and British security officials. Mr. Emwazi later moved to Kuwait, his birthplace, working for a computer company, and he returned to London at least twice, Mr. Qureshi said. British counterterrorism officials detained Mr. Emwazi in June 2010, fingerprinting him and searching his belongings. In July of that year, Mr. Qureshi said, Mr. Emwazi was not allowed to return to Kuwait, which had apparently refused to renew his visa, and Mr. Emwazi blamed the British government. “I had a job waiting for me and marriage to get started,” he wrote in a 2010 email to Mr. Qureshi. “But now I feel like a prisoner, only not in a cage, in London.” In his statement, Mr. Qureshi said of Mr. Emwazi, “He desperately wanted to use the system to change his situation, but the system ultimately rejected him.” Mr. Qureshi said he had last heard from Mr. Emwazi in January 2012. By 2013, he was in Idlib, Syria, helping to guard Western hostages and in August 2014, presided over the first of the beheading videos of those hostages. Even if Mr. Emwazi’s version of events, as passed on by Mr. Qureshi, is true, Mr. Pantucci asked, “Is it justifiable to go and behead journalists and aid workers because you have cops causing you trouble?” Mr. Joshi said there were doubts about CAGE’s “crude and simplistic” narrative of radicalization because of police mistreatment, saying that there was evidence of Mr. Emwazi’s involvement with Somalia before he was ever detained, and long before the Syrian civil war and the rise of Islamic State. J.M. Berger, a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and co-author of a newly released book on the history of ISIS, also said that the narrative of police harassment, while it may have contributed to his radicalization, does not explain it. “Malcolm X and MLK got a lot more pressure from police, and neither decided that decapitating people is the right response,” he said. There were similar law enforcement issues in the case of three young men in Brooklyn who became fascinated with Islamic State. There are benefits to waiting and watching rather than rushing to disrupt a plot the moment it is detected, said Diego G. Rodriguez, chief of the F.B.I.’s New York division. “We’re always trying to identify these folks, their hierarchy, their network,” he said. “There are no rules as to how long cases should cook, no recipe,” said Andrew M. Liepman, a former deputy director at the National Counterterrorism Center who is now a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. “Lots of factors must be weighed.” Suspects in Western countries must break the law or have provided sufficient evidence to be taken into custody, he said. “Both we and the British have struggled with this.”LONDON — Mohammed Emwazi was 6 when his parents moved to West London from his birthplace in Kuwait, and he seems to have lived a normal life, studying hard and graduating in computer sciences from the University of Westminster in 2009. But he came to the attention of the British intelligence servic...See more
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    Rail Budget 2015: In simple words. To deliver a sustained and measurable improvement in customer experience. To make Rail a safer means of travel. To expand Bhartiya Rail’s capacity substantially and modernise infrastructure.: increase daily passenger carrying capacity from 21million to 30 million: increase track length by 20% from 1,14,000 km to 1,38,000 km: grow our annual freight carrying capacity from 1 billion to 1.5 billion tonnes. Finally, to make Bhartiya Rail financially self-sustainable. Generate large surpluses from operations not only to service the debt needed to fund our capacity expansion, but also to invest on an on-going basis to replace our depreciating assets. Execution strategy to have five drivers: a) Adopting a medium-term perspective: Railway Budget part of trilogy of documents viz. the White Paper placed today, Budget 2015-16 & a Vision-2030 document which will follow. Budget proposals to mark beginning of a Five Year Action Plan to transform the Railways. b)Building Partnerships: This will require partnering with key stakeholders: States, PSU’s, partner with multilateral and bi-lateral organizations & other governments to gain access to long term financing and technology from overseas, the private sector to improve last mile connectivity, expand fleet of rolling stock and modernize our station infrastructure. c)Leveraging additional resources: IR envisages investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in next five years to be mobilized from multiple sources to cater to funding i.e Multilateral development banks, pension funds. d)Revamping management practices, systems, processes, and re-tooling of human resources: Targeted operating ratio for 2015-16 at 88.5% against 91.8%in 2014-15: best in the last 9 years. IR to speed up decision making, tighten accountability, improve management information systems: training and development of human resource. To set standards for Governance and Transparency Eleven major thrust areas of Action Plan: Quality of life in journeys: Cleanliness: Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat, new department for cleanliness, integrated cleaning by engaging professional agencies and training our staff, ‘waste to energy’ conversion plants, new toilets covering 650 additional stations compared to 120 stations last year. Bio-toilets. Bed linen: NIFT to design; online booking of disposable bed rolls: Help-line: 24X7 helpline number 138;toll-free number 182 for security related complaints. Ticketing: Operation five minutes for issuing unreserved tickets, hot buttons, coin vending machines, single destination teller, concessional e-tickets for differently abled travelers, developing a multi-lingual e-portal, crediting of refunds through banks, unreserved tickets on Smart phones, proliferation of automatic ticket vending machines with smart cards and currency options, integrated ticketing system on the lines of rail-cum-road tickets, Defence Travel System developed for elimination of Warrants . Catering: E-catering to select meals from an array of choices. Ordering food through IRCTC website at the time of booking of tickets; integrating best food chains into this project; setting up of Base Kitchens in specified Divisions to be run by reputed agencies for serving quality food; expansion of water vending machines. Leveraging technology: Hand-held terminals to Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs) for verification of passengers and downloading charts; possibility of extending facility of SMS on mobiles as a valid proof of travel for PRS tickets; integrated customer portal as a single interface to access different services; Introduction of a centrally managed Railway Display Network in over 2000 stations in next two years; “SMS Alert” service to inform passengers in advance of the updated arrival/departure time of trains at starting or destination stations. Surveillance: Surveillance cameras provided on a pilot basis in selected mainline coaches and ladies’ compartments of suburban coaches without intruding into privacy. Entertainment: Project for introducing on-board entertainment on select Shatabdi trains on license fee basis launched; Mobile phone charging facilities to be provided in general class coaches & increased in sleeper class coaches. Station facilities: 200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station scheme; Wi - Fi to be provided at B category stations ; facility of self-operated lockers to be made available at stations; provision of concierge services through IRCTC at major stations; online booking of wheel chair on payment basis for senior citizens, patients and the differently-abled passengers through IRCTC on select stations. Train capacity: capacity in identified trains be augmented to run with 26 coaches; more General class coaches be added in identified trains; Comfortable travel: NID approached to design user friendly ladders for climbing upper berths; increasing quota of lower berths for senior citizens; TTEs be instructed to help senior citizens, pregnant women and differently-abled persons in obtaining lower berths; middle bay of coaches to be reserved for women and senior citizen; NID to develop ergonomically designed seats; introduction of train sets; Provision of Rs. 120 crore for Lifts and escalator which is 76% higher; newly manufactured coaches will be Braille enabled; building wider entrances for the ease of differently-abled passengers; allocation for passenger amenities up by 67% Y-O-Y. Corporate houses & MPs to be requested to invest in improving passenger amenities at Railway stations through CSR & MPLAD funds; Divisional Committees in each Railway to be chaired by Members of Parliament. Station Redevelopment Station redevelopment policy to be revamped and processes simplified by inviting open bids; present stations be available for development on “as is where is” basis, to exploit the space and air rights on concession basis; Zonal and Divisional offices be empowered for quicker decision making;Land will not be sold; Development of 10 Satellite Railway terminals in major cities with twin purpose of decongesting the city and providing service to n suburban passengers. Capacity Augmentation Network expansion: Decongesting networks with basket of traffic generating projects priority; priority to last mile connectivity projects ; fast track sanctioned works on 7,000 kms of double/third/fourth lines and commission 1200 km in 2015-16 at an investment of Rs. 8686 crore, 84% higher Y-O-Y. Commissioning 800 km of gauge conversion targeted in current fiscal. 77 projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works along with electrification, covering almost all States, at a cost of Rs. 96,182 crore which is over 2700% higher in terms of amount sanctioned. Traffic facility works a top priority with outlay of Rs. 2374 crore . In the North East States, Meghalaya brought on the Railway map of India and direct connectivity to Delhi provided. Barak Valley to be connected on BG . Award of 750 km of civil contracts and 1300 km of system contracts in 2015-16 on Dedicated Freight Corridor; 55 km section of Eastern DFC to be completed in the current year. Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic Survey (PETS) for four other DFCs in progress. Acceleration of pace of Railway electrification: 6,608 route kilometers sanctioned for 2015-16 ,an increase of 1330% over the previous year. Expansion of freight handling capacity Transport Logistics Corporation of India (TRANSLOC), to be set up for developing common user facilities with handling and value-added services to provide end-to-end logistics solution at select Railway terminals through Public Private Partnerships. For the benefit of our farmers, a state of the art Perishable Cargo Centre under completion at the Azadpur Mandi with a scientific banana-ripening Centre; air cargo sector to be developed to facilitate and integrate the movement of air cargo between ICDs and the gateway airports. Policy for Private Freight Terminals (PFT) to be revised. Automatic Freight Rebate Scheme for traffic to be expanded Long haul freight operations to be used extensively; construction of long loop lines to be expedited. Distributed power system for multi-loco haulage to be accelerated. Improving train speed Speed of 9 railway corridors to be increased from existing 110 and 130 kmph to 160 and 200 kmph respectively so that inter-metro journeys like Delhi-Kolkotta and Delhi-Mumbai can be completed overnight. Average speed of freight trains in empty and loaded conditions, will be enhanced to 100 kmph for empty freight trains and 75 kmph for loaded trains; loading density on all major freight bearing routes to be upgraded to 22.82 tonne axle loads. Bullet train Feasibility study for High Speed Rail between Mumbai-Ahmadabad is in advanced stage and report expected by the mid of this year. For other high speed routes on the diamond quadrilateral, studies are being commissioned. Upgrading manufacturing capability Creation of job opportunities by upgrading the manufacturing capability. Functioning of Indian Railways Production Units and Workshops would be reviewed to provide them a cutting edge; measures for technological upgradation and enhancing productivity be undertaken to make them self-sustaining. Safety Action plan being prepared for areas where accidents occur: five-year corporate safety plan by June 2015 indicating annual quantifiable targets; Pending recommendations made by High Level Safety Review Committee headed by Dr. Kakodkar Committee to be examined by April 2015. RDSO to develop a suitable device with reliable power supply system based on theft-proof panels/batteries in consultation with Indian Space Research Organization, using geo-spatial technology for providing audio-visual warning to road users at unmanned level crossings; radio based signal design project been taken up with IIT Kanpur for warnings at unmanned level crossing. 970 ROB/RUBs and other safety-related works to eliminate 3438 level crossings at a total Railway expense of Rs. 6,581 crore have been sanctioned which is 2600% higher than the previous year covering most States. Train Protection Warning System and Train Collision Avoidance System to be installed on select routes at the earliest. Modern track structure consisting of sleepers and heavier rails being used while carrying out primary track renewals. Better welding techniques being promoted; digital type machines to replace analogue type machines. Technology upgradation Constituting an innovation council called “Kayakalp” for business re-engineering and introducing a spirit of innovation in Railways. Technology portal being constituted to invite innovative technological solutions. Strengthening of RDSO into an organization of excellence for applied research; four Railway Research Centers to be set up in select universities for fundamental research; ‘Malaviya Chair’ for Railway Technology at IIT (BHU), Varanasi to be set up. Consortium of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Science And Technology and Industries on to take up identified Railway projects for research. IT vision to be unveiled: information on latest berth availability station navigation system, bar coded/RFID tracking of parcels and freight wagons, automated parcel warehouses. Integration of train control and asset management applications. Mechanize integrated track maintenance. Partnerships for development PPP cell to be revamped to make it result oriented. Projects for rail connectivity to many ports and mines being developed under participative models; simplification of procedures and consistency of policy to be ensured. “Foreign Rail Technology Cooperation scheme” to be launched. MUTP III for Mumbai to be taken up. Joint ventures to be set up with States for focused project development, resource mobilization, land acquisition, project implementation and monitoring of critical rail projects. JVs to be set up with major public sector customers for meeting requirements of new lines. Improvements to Management Processes and Systems Delegate, de-centralize, de-regulate & simplify to be the new mantra. Systems audit to be conducted for review of all processes and procedures. Global benchmarks for key operating and maintenance activities. Improve appraisal mechanism for the selection of projects and introduce simulation tools for project planning and decision-making; introducing EPC system of contracting. Constitution of a working group to modify present system of accounting, to ensure tracking of expenditure to desired outcomes. Train operations to be audited. Paperless working in material management system to be expanded; Vendors to be integrated through Vendor Interface Management System to provide single window interface to vendors. Resource Mobilisation Plan Budget up by 52% from Rs. 65,798 crore to Rs. 1,00,011 crore in 2015-16. Support from the Central Government 41.6% of the Plan and Internal generation 17.8 %; setting up of a Financing Cell in the Railway Board. Setting up an infrastructure fund, a holding company and a JV with an existing NBFC of a PSU with IRFC, for raising long term debt from domestic as well as overseas sources, including multilateral and bilateral financial institutions. Monetisation of assets rather than selling them. Digitized mapping of land records and responsibility fixing for encroachments. New strategy to tap latent advertising potential, including offering stations and trains for corporate branding. Coastal Connectivity Program. Railways in partnership with ports will deliver rail connectivity to Nargol, Chharra, Dighi, Rewas and Tuna. Projects worth Rs 2500 crore through BOT/ Annuity route. These include Wardha- Nagpur 3rd line, Kazipet-Vijaywada 3rd line, Bhadrak –Nargundi 3rd line and Bhuj- Nalia Gauge Conversion. Scrap disposal policy to be reviewed for speedier scrap disposal. Human Resources Human Resource Audit to be undertaken. Focused Human Resource strategy to raise employee productivity in line with global standards. Separate accounting head for HRD. ERP based Human Resource Management System. Special training module on soft skills for frontline staff so that our customers feel welcomed. Training in yoga. Setting up a full-fledged University during 2015-16. Improved delivery of health services to employees: Upgradation of four Holiday Homes. Energy and sustainability Environment Directorate to be constituted in Railway Board to give increased focus and thrust on environment management. Detailed energy audit for energy saving. Procure power through the bidding process at economical tariff from generating companies, power exchanges, and bilateral arrangements. Initiative likely to save at least Rs. 3,000 crore in next few years. Solar Power as part of the Solar Mission of Railways. 1000 MW solar plants will be set up by the developers on Railway/private land and Railway buildings with subsidy/viability gap funding support of Ministry of Non-Renewable Energy in next five years. Water conservation mission including water audit and expansion of water harvesting systems. Accreditation for environment management to be extended. 100 DEMUs to be enabled for dual fuel – CNG and diesel. Locomotives running on LNG are also currently under development. Noise levels of locos to be at par with international norms; concerns related to wildlife to be addressed. Investing in Indian Railways necessary for our ecological sustenance mainly due to efficiencies of fuel consumption. Transparency and Governance initiatives System of on-line applications introduced for two categories of recruitment as a pilot project- to be extended. All possible solutions be explored to address menace of corruption. E-procurement value chain being expanded. Constituting a mechanism for making regulations, setting performance standards, determining tariffs & adjudicating disputes among licensees/private partners and the Ministry, subject to review in appeal. Social initiatives Infrastructure like stations and training centers to be made available for skill development. Indian Railways personnel and their services also available for this national cause. Promotion of products made by Self Help Groups, consisting mainly of women and youth on the model of Konkan Railway. Tourism Incredible Rail for Incredible India to be launched; Promotion of training of auto-rickshaw and taxi-operators as tourist-guides on the model of Konkan Railway. Coaches in select trains connecting major tourist destinations to travel agencies may be offered on a revenue sharing model. IRCTC to work on promoting the Gandhi circuit to attract tourists to mark the occasion of 100 years of the return of Mahatma Gandhi to India from South Africa; IRCTC will work on Kisan Yatra, a special travel scheme for farmers for farming & marketing technique centres. FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE 2014-15: Net reduction in Gross Traffic Receipts by Rs 917 crore compared to the BE of Rs 1,60,165 crore. Growth in Ordinary Working Expenses (O.W.E) scaled down to 11.7% as against BE of 15.5% y-o-y. Taking into account the likely savings accruing from drop in prices of HSD (high speed diesel) for traction partly offset by higher requirements under certain heads for maintenance, safety and cleanliness activities, the budgeted O. W. E. of Rs 1,12,649 crore decreased in the RE 2014-15 to Rs. 1,08,970 crore i.e. by Rs 3,679 crore. Appropriation to the Pension Fund has been increased to Rs. 29,540 crore in RE. Internal resource generation also improved and accordingly the appropriation to DRF has been scaled up to Rs 7,975 crore in RE from the BE 2014-15 provision of Rs 7,050 crore. After taking into account the above, "Excess" of receipts over expenditure stands at Rs 7,278 crore in RE 2014-15 reflecting better financial management. Plan size for 2014-15 increased from Rs 65,445 crore in the B.E to Rs 65,798 crore in the Revised Estimates i.e. by Rs 353 crore with higher provisions under internal resource component and market borrowings for rolling stock requirement. Budget Estimates for 2015-16. The intention is to capture increased revenues and ensure appropriate investments so as to de-congest the system and enhance line-capacity. Passenger earnings growth pegged at 16.7% and target budgeted at Rs. 50,175 crore. Freight traffic is pegged at an all time high incremental traffic of 85 million tonnes, anticipating a healthier growth in the core sector of economy; Goods earnings proposed at Rs. 1,21,423 crore which includes rationalisation of rates, commodity classification and distance slabs. Other coaching and sundries are projected at Rs. 4,612 crore and Rs. 7,318 crore. Gross Traffic Receipts estimated at Rs 1,83,578 crore , a growth of 15.3%. Ordinary Working Expenses proposed to grow at 9.6% over RE 2014-15. Traction fuel bill anticipated to shrink further. Higher provisions made for safety maintenance and cleanliness. Lease charges, interest component of the current and previous market borrowings, at a growth of 21%. Appropriation to Pension Fund proposed at Rs 35,260 crore and appropriation to DRF at Rs 8,100 crore. Appropriation of Rs 7,616 crore proposed to be made to Capital Fund for payment of principal component of lease charges to IRFC. Plan Outlay 2015-16 Gross Budgetary Support of Rs 40,000 crore for the Railway’s annual Plan. Rs 1,645.60 crore has also been provided as Railway’s share of diesel cess from the Central Road Fund. Market borrowing under EBR projected at Rs 17,655 crore, an increase of about 46.5%. Balance Plan outlay includes Rs 17,793 crore from Internal Resources and Rs. 5781 crore from PPP. Significantly, we are allocating large amounts towards Doubling, Traffic Facilities, Electrification and Passenger Amenities. Given the huge shelf of project and ensuring proper funds flow for the same with a view to completing them on target, a new financing approach to expand EBR has been projected. This EBR, presently named EBR (Institutional Finance) would be based on institutional investments in railway projects through Railway/ PSUs. This element is projected at Rs 17,136 crore and is aimed at accelerating completion of capacity augmentation projects. Works proposed to be financed through this mode are listed in the Budget documents. Plan Outlay is Rs 1,00,011 crore, an increase of 52% over RE 2014-15. It is anticipated that the Plan size will get higher once resources from institutional bodies are formalized during the course of the ensuing financial year. Conclusion Complete the review of speed restrictions soon. All critical initiatives to be pursued in mission mode under designated senior officials in the Ministry of Railways as Mission Directors; similar structure replicated in all Zonal Railways.Rail Budget 2015: In simple words. To deliver a sustained and measurable improvement in customer experience. To make Rail a safer means of travel. 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  • Protesto de caminhoneiros tem semelhanças com movimento de junho de 2013.
    O protesto de caminhoneiros que interrompe estradas, paralisa indústrias e provoca desabastecimento pelo país guarda semelhanças com o movimento que sacudiu o Brasil em junho de 2013.
    A onda de bloqueios nas rodovias se agigantou sem o protagonismo de sindicatos expressivos, a exemplo das marchas que tomaram as ruas há quase dois anos. De seis entidades nacionais da categoria ouvidas por Zero Hora, nenhuma afirmou liderar a organização.
    O vice-presidente da Federação dos Caminhoneiros Autônomos do Rio Grande do Sul e de Santa Catarina (Fecam), André Costa, diz que tomou conhecimento das mobilizações quando ganharam força no Mato Grosso, depois viu se espalharem por outros Estados até pipocarem no RS com líderes locais e quase sempre anônimos.
    – Não há uma organização clara. Por isso, a situação é preocupante, mas era uma tragédia anunciada – desabafa Costa.
    Entidades de cunho local, como o Sindicato dos Caminhoneiros Autônomos de Ijuí, têm relação mais próxima com os protestos.
    – Quando eclodiu, fui para a pista junto do movimento, mas não fomos nós que organizamos. Em cada cidade, alguns motoristas decidem quando e onde vão parar – afirma o presidente do sindicato de Ijuí, Carlos Dahmer, que troca informações com colegas de São Sepé, Santa Rosa e Uruguaiana.
    Por telefone e redes sociais, atividades são organizadas quase que em tempo real em todo o país.
    Assim como ocorreu em junho de 2013, grupos tentam fazer uso político das ações. Na página de caminhoneiros do Espírito Santo no Facebook, uma das principais bandeiras é a saída de Dilma Rousseff do governo – o que não integra a pauta da categoria. Membros do Movimento Brasil Livre divulgam fotos em bloqueios nas estradas pedindo que Dilma deixe o cargo.
    Um dos principais líderes de protestos da categoria no passado e atual presidente do Movimento União Brasil Caminhoneiro, Nélio Botelho defendeu voto em Aécio Neves na eleição passada. Porém, preferiu não encampar a interrupção das estradas neste momento:
    – O bloqueio das rodovias coloca o usuário contra nós. Só deve ser utilizado quando não há mais qualquer solução.
    Protesto de caminhoneiros tem semelhanças com movimento de junho de 2013.
    O protesto de caminhoneiros que interrompe estradas, paralisa indústrias e provoca desabastecimento pelo país guarda semelhanças com o movimento que sacudiu o Brasil em junho de 2013.
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  • Ações da Petrobras sofrem forte queda após classificação da Moody's.
    As ações da Petrobras sofreram forte desvalorização na quarta-feira (25), um dia depois do anúncio do rebaixamento da nota da empresa por uma agência de classificação de risco internacional. A queda afetou a cotação dos papéis de outras empresas ligadas ao governo, como o Banco do Brasil.
    No pregão, o começo do dia foi nervoso. O valor das ações rapidamente despencou com a corrida dos investidores para vender as ações da empresa.
    Ao longo do dia, o ímpeto para se livrar dos papeis diminuiu e eles se recuperaram um pouco. As ações ordinárias, que tiveram a menor queda, fecharam em baixa de 4,51%. No valor de mercado, a Petrobras perdeu mais R$ 6 bilhões.
    O analista Raphael Figueiredo chegou a ficar conectado com 700 investidores ao mesmo tempo. Ele tirou muitas dúvidas, até porque alguns investidores começaram a vender ações de empresas ligadas ao governo, como o Banco do Brasil, que também fechou em queda. “A Petrobras é uma estatal e se ela acabou de perder seu grau de investimento é possível também que a dívida soberana do Brasil também venha a perder. Isso pode se refletir diretamente nas empresas ligadas ao governo”, explica.
    Outro analista lembra que alguns acionistas avaliam a atual situação da empresa com paciência. “Grandes investidores lá fora, pelo menos, acabam tendo uma visão um pouco diferente da situação atual da companhia. Eles enxergam mais como um período de reestruturação e não como período de crise. Eles estão vendo nessa crise uma oportunidade”, afirma Luís Gustavo Pereira, estrategista da Guide Investimentos.
    Ações da Petrobras sofrem forte queda após classificação da Moody's.
    As ações da Petrobras sofreram forte desvalorização na quarta-feira (25), um dia depois do anúncio do rebaixamento da nota da empresa por uma agência de classificação de risco internacional. A queda afetou a cotação dos papé...See more
  • "The World in 2030" by Dr. Michio Kaku
    "The World in 2030: How Science will Affect Computers, Medicine, Jobs, Our Lifestyles and the Wealth of our Nations" Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretic...
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    Morgan Stanley to pay $2.6B to settle charges over mortgages. NEW YORK — Morgan Stanley said Wednesday that it has agreed to pay $2.6 billion to settle with the federal government over its role in the mortgage bubble and subsequent financial crisis. The settlement makes Morgan Stanley the latest Wall Street bank to reach a settlement with federal authorities, following the billions paid by JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup. The $2.6 billion will go to "resolve certain claims" the Justice Department intended to bring against Morgan Stanley related to its mortgage division, the bank said in a regulatory filing. The Justice Department declined to comment. In the regulatory filing, Morgan Stanley said the agreement is not been finalized and could fall though. The New York bank said it will restate its 2014 results as a result of the settlement. It is increasing its legal reserves by $2.8 billion, which will decrease its full-year operating profit by $1.35 per share. When it reported its full-year results back in January, Morgan Stanley had said it had earned $2.95 a share for the full year. The settlement eats up, on a per-share basis, roughly half of what Morgan Stanley earned last year. Wall Street banks have paid tens of billions of dollars in the last two years to settle state and federal charges that they misrepresented the risk subprime mortgage bonds represented to investors. JPMorgan agreed to pay $13 billion in 2013 and last year Bank of America reached a $16.7 billion settlement with the Justice Department over its role in the financial crisis. Morgan Stanley reached smaller settlements with other federal and state agencies in the last two years. In 2014, the bank paid $1.25 billion to the Federal Housing Finance Authority over the mortgages it sold to the government-sponsored mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.Morgan Stanley to pay $2.6B to settle charges over mortgages. NEW YORK — Morgan Stanley said Wednesday that it has agreed to pay $2.6 billion to settle with the federal government over its role in the mortgage bubble and subsequent financial crisis. The settlement makes Morgan Stanley the latest Wa...See more
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    Legal pot arrives in District of Columbia. Possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia on Thursday amid a face-off between local officials and the U.S. Congress over whether the new standards are lawful. The U.S. capital joined Washington state, Alaska and Colorado in making marijuana lawful for recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug. It remains illegal under federal law. Initiative 71, a ballot measure legalizing marijuana possession and approved by 65 percent of District of Columbia voters in November, took effect at 12:01 a.m. EST. Sale of marijuana is still prohibited. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other city officials vowed on Wednesday that legalization would go ahead despite warnings from Republicans on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee that the move was illegal. In a letter to Bowser, committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, head of a committee subpanel, said a December spending bill had barred the District of Columbia from spending any funds to make pot legal or lessen penalties. Congress has oversight over the District of Columbia. Bowser contends that Initiative 71 was officially certified before the spending ban. A congressional review period ran out on Wednesday. The law allows adults to possess up to 2 ounces (56 grams) of marijuana and to grow six plants, three of them mature. Sales are barred but transfers of up to 1 ounce (26 grams) is legal. Bongs, pipes and other paraphernalia are legal but public smoking is not. Pot is barred in about 20 percent of the district that is federal land. Congressional opposition has kept District of Columbia lawmakers from writing rules on how marijuana could be sold, regulated and taxed. Asked at a news conference if she would be up at 12:01 a.m., Bowser said: "No, absolutely not." But Adam Eidinger, a onetime owner of a pot paraphernalia shop who spearheaded Initiative 71, said he would enjoy a celebratory smoke at home with friends shortly after midnight. "I'm very pleased that the mayor is standing up for the voters and democracy right now," he told Reuters. Eidinger said there were no plans for a public lighting-up celebration, given restrictions of the new law. Oregon voters approved a similar measure in November, but marijuana does not become lawful until July. The District of Columbia already has one of the lightest U.S. penalties for pot possession.Legal pot arrives in District of Columbia. Possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia on Thursday amid a face-off between local officials and the U.S. Congress over whether the new standards are lawful. The U.S. capital joined Washington state, Alaska and Colo...See more
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    Obama’s Political Advice for Jeb Bush on Illegal Immigrants.
    President Barack Obama, while in Miami, called on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to push the Republicans in Congress to pass immigration reform.

    “I appreciate Mr. Bush being concerned about immigration reform,” Obama said during a town hall meeting co-sponsored by MSNBC and TeleMundo. “I would suggest what he do is talk to the speaker of the House and members of his party, because the fact of the matter is that even after we passed bipartisan legislation in the Senate, I gave the Republicans a year and a half – a year and a half – to just call the bill.”
    Bush is a likely contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and a supporter of providing a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants.

    The town hall was hosted by José Díaz-Balart at Florida International University,

    Obama talked about his executive actions on deferred actions for childhood arrivals in 2012 and his executive actions last November to shield 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. He added that this did not poison the well, as some Republicans charged, preventing Congress from passing a bill.

    “We had the votes. They wouldn’t do it,” the president added. “Then the notion that, well, if you just hadn’t taken these executive actions that if you hadn’t done DACA that maybe, that doesn’t make any sense. That’s an excuse.”

    Last week, a U.S. district judge halted part of Obama’s executive actions to allow 26 states to proceed with their lawsuit to undo the actions. Meanwhile, some Republicans in Congress are still pushing for legislation that would not fund the implementation of Obama’s executive acitons.

    “Instead of trying to hold hostage funds for the Department of Homeland Security, which is so important for our national security, fund that and let’s get on with actually passing comprehensive immigration reform,” Obama said.

    Obama said he anticipates winning the court case against the states.

    “We have appealed it very aggressively,” Obama said. “We’re going to be as aggressive as we can because not only do we know that the law is on our side, but history is also on our side.”
    Obama’s Political Advice for Jeb Bush on Illegal Immigrants.
    President Barack Obama, while in Miami, called on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to push the Republicans in Congress to pass immigration reform.

    “I appreciate Mr. Bush being concerned about immigration reform,” Obama sa...See more
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    Mossad used sex to entrap.
    Johannesburg - Israeli intelligence agents use prostitutes to blackmail Arab agents, will use sex for entrapment purposes and allegedly killed a number of South African chemical engineers.

    In a National Intelligence Agency spy document released by news agency Al Jazeera, there is an in-depth analysis of Israel’s secret service.

    It looks at the history of the organisation, also revealing how agents were recruited.

    Some of the information appears to have been taken from the book Gideon’s Spies: The Inside Story of Israel’s Legendary Secret Service The Mossad.

    “In the past, Mossad recruited almost exclusively through word of mouth and front companies that screened potential applicants at generic offices set up around Israel and the world.

    “The Mossad even set up false foreign intelligence agencies – staffed by men and women from Denmark, Turkey and Spain, for instance – to recruit and give assignments to newly hired Israeli agents taken in from the cold.

    “Agents who refused to carry out fake spying assignments against their own nation were quickly promoted by the Mossad, having passed the test of loyalty.”

    The report says a field intelligence officer is known as a “katsa”. To be a field agent, they had to have an aptitude for languages and they are natural manipulators of people. They can persuade, cajole and, if all else fails, threaten.

    The document says female katsas are often partnered as a married or courting couple because it attracts less attention than a single male in a surveillance operation.

    “The Mossad does send women into action for purposes of sexual entrapment, but reluctantly. Intelligence chiefs prefer to use single women for entrapment. They are almost always used this way only once. While there is no pressure on female agents to exploit their gender, it is expected of them to use sex as one of many weapons in their field,” the document says.

    If sexual blackmail or entrapment is an integral part of the mission, however, Mossad often employs prostitutes.

    “Their activities are occasionally photographed for potential blackmail leverage to ensure the Arab agent’s loyalty in the future.”

    The report says there is less hesitation in sending Mossad men abroad “to befriend and usually to become intimate with an international array of embassy secretaries and airline stewardesses, for they can provide much valuable information about the diplomats, airports and cities of the Arab world”.

    The South African State Security Agency followed around one agent who was operating in South Africa and gave details of what he was up to.

    The report says they believe that Israeli operatives assassinated a number of South African chemical engineers and arms dealers, and a Samwu (SA Municipal Workers’ Union) official in 2007 said he had been strip-searched by Israeli security at OR Tambo International Airport.

    The document gives some details about the strange life of a spy.

    The intelligence officer followed drove between 30km/h and 90km/h to get to meetings, pulled up regularly on the side of the road for four minutes at a time, constantly changed the access routes to get to his house, and cut his dustbin bags so they could not be lifted out of his bin without the contents spilling out.

    The agent who was followed allegedly used the Jewish community to get information, was in contact with members of the police service regarding Islamic militants’ issues in South Africa and had contact with members of government departments.

    The report also alleges that Mossad agents are employed at an airline at OR Tambo International Airport and are allowed to travel with their weapons among travellers in order to protect Israeli planes.
    Mossad used sex to entrap.
    Johannesburg - Israeli intelligence agents use prostitutes to blackmail Arab agents, will use sex for entrapment purposes and allegedly killed a number of South African chemical engineers.

    In a National Intelligence Agency spy document released by new...See more
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    South Korea Legalises Adultery.
    South Korea’s Constitutional Court has thrown out 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which those found guilty face up to two years in prison.
    The nine-member bench ruled by seven to two says the 1953 law was unconstitutional in a judgement handed down on Thursday.

    The court held that adultery was a private matter in which the State should not intervene.

    According to the presiding judge, Park Han-Chul “even if adultery should be condemned as immoral, state power should not intervene in individuals’ private lives.”

    It was the fifth time the Apex court had considered the constitutional legality of the legislation which had made South Korea one of the few non-Muslim countries to regard marital infidelity as a criminal act.

    In the past six years, close to 5,500 people have been formerly arraigned on adultery charges – including nearly 900 in 2014.

    The numbers had been falling, with cases that end in prison terms increasingly rare.

    In 2004, 216 people were jailed under the law in 2004. That figure had dropped to 42 by 2008, and since then only 22 have found themselves behind bars, according to figures from the state prosecution office.
    South Korea Legalises Adultery.
    South Korea’s Constitutional Court has thrown out 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which those found guilty face up to two years in prison.
    The nine-member bench ruled by seven to two says the 1953 law was unconstitutional in a judgement hand...See more
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    Canadian woman starts 'mermaid school' MONTREAL - Ms Marielle Chartier Henault, a 24-year-old business school graduate and part-time underwater model, launched the AquaMermaid Academy in her native Montreal earlier this month. She also plans to open another school in Toronto to offer two-legged folks a taste of life under the sea, reported The Toronto Star. "It's just a fairy tale in everyday life," said Ms Henault, who got the idea during an underwater photo shoot in which she posed as one of the mythical sea creatures. "I really liked that experience and I thought it was a really good workout." When a friend sent her a link to a YouTube video of mermaid swimming lessons in Germany, she was convinced to start her first business venture, reported Montreal Gazette. AquaMermaid classes are based on synchronised swimming techniques. To warm-up, students lie on their sides practising the abs-intensive "undulation movement". When they are ready, they make their way underwater with their legs bound by a scaly spandex tail. "At the beginning, people feel like it's a bit harder because they're not used to their legs tied together," Ms Henault, who has been swimming since she was six months old, told the Toronto Star. But after an hour or so, most people get the hang of it. "It's not rocket science," she added. The students in the Montreal academy range from seven-year-olds "who want their dreams to come true" to older women looking to tone their midsection and to parents and kids who want to bond. Ms Henault told the Montreal Gazette: "People are always looking for new sports, new activities, something different. "A lot of little girls don't like sports but if you let them be a mermaid, they get into it and don't realise it's a sport.Canadian woman starts 'mermaid school' MONTREAL - Ms Marielle Chartier Henault, a 24-year-old business school graduate and part-time underwater model, launched the AquaMermaid Academy in her native Montreal earlier this month. She also plans to open another school in Toronto to offer two-legged folk...See more
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    Singapore researchers find gene mutation in some East Asians. A gene mutation in some Chinese is proving to be a double- edged sword. It gives them added protection against heart attacks, but also significantly increases their risk of going blind, a Singapore-led team of researchers has discovered. A mutation is a change in the structure of the gene that makes it work slightly or totally different from the norm. This particular mutation, found almost exclusively in East Asians, raises the level of HDL or good cholesterol, which protects the heart. About 2 per cent to 3 per cent of the Chinese in Singapore have it. But it also puts them at 70 per cent higher risk of getting age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the top cause of irreversible blindness here, affecting one in 20 people over the age of 40. Among Chinese with AMD, 5 per cent to 7 per cent had the gene mutation - or more than double that found in the population. This discovery comes from a huge study led by Singapore clinicians and researchers. In it, they looked at over a million genetic markers in the DNA of more than 22,000 people in Singapore, China, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. The findings of the year-long study were published last month in Nature Communications, one of the most prestigious research journals in the world. Associate Professor Cheng Ching-Yu, a clinician scientist at the Singapore Eye Research Institute and the study's principal investigator, said the findings do not show if the eye condition is due to the mutation or higher levels of HDL these people have. But an earlier study of 10,000 Asians had shown that those with AMD generally have higher levels of HDL, so there might be a connection. There is no similar link between high HDL levels and AMD in Caucasians. Associate Professor Gemmy Cheung, a senior consultant at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), said there is no treatment for early AMD, aside from providing patients with nutrients including vitamins B, C and E. Treatment for late-stage AMD is monthly or bimonthly injections that cost over $1,000 a jab. Doctors at the SNEC give more than 4,000 such jabs a year, she said, adding that the number has been going up over the years. The SNEC said 145,000 people here suffer from AMD, with 14,000 in the late stage. In the early stage, vision might be a little hazy with blank spots. In severe cases, a black spot appears in the centre of the vision. If not treated, it can spread, in a matter of weeks or months, to block out all but peripheral sight. Associate Professor Tai E Shyong, head of endocrinology at the National University Health System (NUHS) and a member of the team, suspects it is "a subset of those with high HDL" who are prone to AMD, as there are different types of HDL. His gut feel is that the risk of AMD is linked to the type of HDL caused by the mutation. If that is true, then other people with a similar type of HDL, even if they lack the mutation, could also be at higher risk of AMD. At the very least, he said, knowing the link between the mutation and AMD could help drug companies produce more targeted treatment. Dr Sharon Siddique, president of the Macular Degeneration Society, Singapore, said: "Those of us with AMD can take heart from new discoveries in prevention and cure. "We are lucky to be living in Singapore, where our eye specialists are in the vanguard of global research."Singapore researchers find gene mutation in some East Asians. A gene mutation in some Chinese is proving to be a double- edged sword. It gives them added protection against heart attacks, but also significantly increases their risk of going blind, a Singapore-led team of researchers has discovered. ...See more
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    Girl's remains found at former home of accused Australian pedophile in Philippines.
    The remains of a 12-year-old girl have been found at the former Philippines home of an Australian man who is facing charges of rape and cybercrime.

    The body was found in a home Peter Gerald Scully, 51, once rented in Suriago City in the country's north.

    The grim find was made just days after the Australian was arrested at another rented home in Malaybalay City and charged with sexually abusing girls and posting videos of sex acts online.

    Scully is accused of luring young girls to his home with promises of an education and food and then forcing them into sex.

    It is not known if the remains are believed to be an alleged victim of Scully.

    Chief investigator Angelito Magno told online news site Rappler that Scully gains his victims’ trust "as he is broadcasting his activities on the internet".

    He added Scully "performs sexual acts according to his client's instructions".

    He is accused of abusing girls seven girls, including a one-year-old.

    A Philippines woman described as Scully's former partner reportedly told police that he had accidentally killed one of his victims in 2013.

    The 51-year-old, who has lived in the Philippines since 2011, was under investigation for online pornographic activities after he was tracked by Dutch authorities.

    Last year Scully was charged with human trafficking and child abuse but evaded capture.

    Philippine authorities believe he is also facing sexual abuse charges in other countries.
    Girl's remains found at former home of accused Australian pedophile in Philippines.
    The remains of a 12-year-old girl have been found at the former Philippines home of an Australian man who is facing charges of rape and cybercrime.

    The body was found in a home Peter Gerald Scul...See more
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    Lee Kuan Yew closely monitored by doctors.
    SINGAPORE: Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew remains warded in the Intensive Care Unit at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Thursday morning.

    Lee is still sedated and on mechanical ventilation, the statement said.

    It added that Lee's doctors have restarted him on antibiotics, and are continuing to monitor him closely.

    Lee, 91, was admitted to SGH on Feb 5 with severe pneumonia.

    The PMO had said on Saturday that his condition was stable, although he remained in intensive care.

    On Wednesday night, rumours flew on social media that Lee had died, but government sources told The Straits Times that these were untrue.
    Lee Kuan Yew closely monitored by doctors.
    SINGAPORE: Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew remains warded in the Intensive Care Unit at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Thursday morning.

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