US Developing Insect Spy Drone

One of the current areas of research reportedly being undertaken in the scientific/military field is the development of micro air vehicles (MAVs), tiny flying objects intended to go places that cannot be (safely) reached by humans or other types of equipment. One of the primary military applications envisioned for MAVs is the gathering of intelligence (through the surreptitious use of cameras, microphones, or other types of sensors); among the more extreme applications posited for such devices is that they may eventually be used as "swarm weapons" which could be launched en masse against enemy forces.

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US wants Snowden dead, not alive

Edward Snowden needs better security after a news report quoted unnamed United States intelligence officials saying they wanted the former spy agency contractor dead and are discussing ways to kill him, his Russian lawyer said yesterday (Jan 21). Snowden was granted asylum in Russia last summer after fleeing the US, where he is wanted on espionage charges for leaking information about government surveillance practices.

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China man who kept 6 sex slaves executed

China yesterday (Jan 21) executed a man who held six women as sex slaves in an underground prison and killed two of them, state news agency Xinhua said, in a crime which shocked the nation. Li Hao, 36, was convicted of murder and rape in Luoyang Intermediate People’s Court in the central province of Henan in 2012, Xinhua said.

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Crazy Malaysian Woman Evades Woodlands Checkpoint Security and Forced Way into MFA

A 27-year-old Malaysian woman was yesterday (Jan 20) arrested at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for criminal trespass. “The subject had managed to leave the Checkpoint without being stopped, as the officers-in-charge did not immediately raise the alarm. By the time the alarm was raised two minutes later, efforts to locate the car in Woodlands Checkpoint were unsuccessful despite an immediate lock down of the arrival car zone,” said the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Police in a joint statement today.

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TUDUNG IN THE WORKPLACE: WHY THE CONTROVERSY?

The issue came to prominence in 2002, when four Malay-Muslim parents sent their daughters to school wearing the tudung. The girls were suspended for not adhering to the school uniform, and where schools previously had the leeway to permit amendments to their own uniforms on religious grounds, the issue came under the purview of the Ministry of Education, which enforced stricter regulations on uniforms in the interest of keeping government schools secular. The case sparked a flurry of discussions, arguing both for and against the acceptance of headscarves.

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MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RAPING HIS 8-YEARS-OLD COUSIN

A man admitted to raping his cousin 14 years ago, when she was eight, and he, in his teens. The accused, who is now 31, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one of three charges of raping his young cousin at a staircase landing of a Housing Board flat in the north sometime in mid-1999. His cousin is now 22 years old. The victim only made a police report in August, 2011. The accused will be sentenced on Jan 29. He faces up to 20 years' jail, fine or caning.

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Singapore Set for Icelandic-Style Property Bubble Meltdown; Hype or Reality?

When I arrived in Singapore in 2009 and secured a realtor to help me find an apartment, he told me that Asians were coming from all over the continent with large wads of cash in hand, begging him to find some property. Anything. Anywhere. All they wanted was some property in Singapore to invest in. Eventually I found an apartment, 1,800 sq ft, with a $4.8 million appraised value! (It's probably really worth about $750,000 max). I had to pay $9,800 per month in rent!

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MRT brawlers in viral video arrested

Police arrest two men for fighting in a moving MRT train on Jan 11; Both suspects were apprehended yesterday following investigations. The two men who fought each other on an MRT train, in an incident that was filmed and went viral, have been arrested, the police said today (Jan 21). On Jan 11, the police were alerted of a fight between two men in the 40s on board a moving MRT train, somewhere between Khatib and Yio Chu Kang MRT stations.

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SMRT CEO LG (NS) DESMOND KUEK - MOST USELESS PERMANENT SECRETARY IN SINGAPORE HISTORY?

Looking at his track record, this is not the first time Desmond Kuek being caught out of his depth. In July 2010, after leaving the SAF, Desmond Kuek was appointed Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resource. However, Desmond Kuek only lasted for 3 months as Permanent Secretary and quietly left the service soon after. SMRT should take cue from the Singapore Government and get rid of this dead weight at once. The quicker he goes, the faster we get our MRT back on track!

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