News Highlights From South Asia: July 10, 2013

Bangladesh
Bangladesh Set To Join Elusive Club Of 28 Genetically Modified Crop Growing Countries
Bangladeshi scientists have readied the country’s first genetically modified (GM) crop — brinjal infused with pest-resistant genes — that will see a drastic fall in the use of harmful pesticides in the crop.By Reaz Ahmad
From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/189foku

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Police Arrest Leader Of Undergraduate Buddhist Monks
Sri Lanka police Tuesday arrested the leader of the undergraduate Buddhist monks’ student union, Inter University Bhikku Federation (IUBF) for failing to appear in court despite pending cases.From Colombo Page http://bit.ly/174GEvK

Afghanistan
Report Shows Judiciary Is the Most Corrupt Unit In Afghanistan
According to a recent global survey conducted by Transparency International, during the last year, the Afghan judiciary and police were the recipients of the largest amount of bribes in Afghanistan. Furthermore, based on the report, 60% of Afghans reported that they thought the judiciary was the most corrupt organ of government in the country.By Saleha Saodat
From TOLO News http://bit.ly/153p0HH

Nepal
India Bound 35 KGs Of Gold Seized In Nepal
The Nepal Police on Wednesday seized 35 kg of gold biscuits being smuggled from China to India, amid falling gold prices in India.From Zee News http://bit.ly/189glcC

Maldives
Maldives Seeks Sri Lanka’s Assistance For Food Security
The Maldives has requested Sri Lanka to assist the island nation in several agricultural areas towards achieving food security in the country.From Colombo Page http://bit.ly/13BKM9J

Pakistan
In Pakistan, Army Adamant On Fighting The Other Taliban
In the past few years, Pakistan’s Swat valley has been occupied by Islamic insurgents, undergone a bruising counter-offensive by the army and then flooded by waters that washed away acres of fruit orchards and steeply terraced fields.
By Frank Jack DanielFrom Reuters http://reut.rs/1aqqthR

Myanmar
Myanmar Receives Over US$432 Million In Foreign Investment
Foreign companies from five countries have invested over US$ 423 million in Myanmar between May 31st to June 30th of this year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA).From Eleven News http://bit.ly/15fX6I0

India
Supreme Court Bars Convicted MPs, MLAs From Office After Axing Protection

The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down as ultra vires a provision of the Representation of the People Act, which protects convicted lawmakers against disqualification on the ground of pendency of appeal against their conviction in the higher courts.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/14JmSpr
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