Britain is to overhaul the running of its rail network to give service operators a role in managing the tracks their trains use to try to improve reliability, British Transport Minister Chris Grayling said on Tuesday. Grayling said in rail contracts awarded from 2018 in England he wanted the company operating the services to form a joint management team with bosses from Network Rail, the state-owned giant currently responsible for maintaining Britain's track infrastructure. "I intend to start bringing back together the operation of track and train on our railways," Grayling told the BBC.
Around 21,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks to escape violence in neighbouring Myanmar, an official of the International Organisation for Migration said on Tuesday. Bangladesh has stepped up patrols on the border to try to stem the tide of refugees fleeing a bloody crackdown by Myanmar's army in the western state of Rakhine since early October.