Under the Radar News 6.18.2010

Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 by Evelyn Kusnawirianto

A weekly compilation of underreported developments in Asia

  • 10 Jemaah Islamiah members were arrested by Malaysian Police on charges of recruiting local university students and youths to take part in jihad abroad.

  • The Asian Development Bank will provide up to US$146.6 million in equity and loans for waste water treatment at the polluted Songhua River Basin in northeast China. Widespread contamination of river water has deprived 62 million people living in the region of clean, safe drinking water.

  • South Korea announces plans to further improve its ISR capability by deploying two recon planes near North Korea by 2014, as part of its effort toward assuming wartime operational control from the United States in 2012.

  • The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says that nearly half of Japan’s commercial nuclear power reactors do not pass safety inspections, with some having significant problems over discharge of radioactive materials into the sea.

  • Vietnam, listed as one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change, will collaborate with the United Nations to set up a national natural disaster-mitigating forum to discuss measures to mitigate impacts of natural disasters and climate change.

  • In the aftermath of ethnic unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan, China has evacuated 1299 nationals by chartered flight to Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

  • Australia will provide a P5.2 million grant to the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights to improve its investigative capability and response to human rights violations allegations.

  • Indonesia may change its elections law to allow military personnel to vote. They have not been allowed to vote over concerns that it would lead to a split in the military but President Yudhoyono said that military personnel should be allowed to exercise their political right.

  • North Korea has cut off state ration and allowed people to buy food through private markets after China stopped supplying it with cereals.

  • China is using seawater desalination technology at a nuclear power station in Liaoning Province. This is the first time the technology has been employed at a major nuclear power plant in China.
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