1. SCORES OF ROHINGYA DETAINED IN BANGLADESH
Scores of Muslim Rohingya refugees have been detained in Bangladesh as they waited to be trafficked to Malaysia.
Police detained 81 Rohingya Muslims who gathered at the coast of Cox’s Bazar.
The detained refugees said, some of their family members are residing in Malaysia, and they gathered in order to go to Malaysia to meet them.
All of those detained have been taken back to refugee camps, he said and the operation was now looking to arrest human traffickers.
Rohingya, described by the UN as the world’s most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.
2. SEOUL SEEKS TO NURTURE BIO-HEALTH AS KEY PILLAR OF ECONOMY
South Korea will seek ways to boost the bio-health industry as a key pillar of Asia’s fourth-largest economy.
Hong Nam Ki, the minister of economy and finance said, the government will soon unveil a set of comprehensive measures that focus on research and development and deregulation.
He added, if South Korea capitalises on its ICT and excellent medical professionals, it can nurture the bio-health industry as a key industry, like semiconductors.
Semiconductors are a key export product in South Korea, home to Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest memory chip maker, and its smaller rival, SK Hynix.
3. N.KOREA FACES DROUGHT AMID WORSENING FOOD SHORTAGES
North Korea is suffering from serious droughts that have led to a sharp drop in grain production and the drying of many rivers.
Christian Friends of Korea (CFK), a US-based non-profit organisation, sent an 11-member team to North Korea from March 18 – April 8 to check on the distribution of its assistance and treat hepatitis patients in medical care centres across the country.
Throughout the travels, a report said, many care centres that the 2018 corn crop sustained heavy losses due to the drought and prolonged high temperatures last summer.
The report appears to be in line with North Korea’s recent media reports highlighting growing concerns over drought caused by a sharp drop in precipitation.
The Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s official newspaper, called for all-out efforts to fight drought, saying nationwide damage is expected following a sharp drop in the country’s average precipitation.
South Korea is drawing up plans to provide food to North Korea in the hope of helping alleviate the situation there and to help keep the stalled negotiating process alive, despite the North’s recent projectile launches.