South Asia

Published: Monday 31 August 2009

BT damage: Thirty per cent cottonseed pods of Bt cotton were damaged in Pakistan's southern Punjab cotton belt due to water shortage. Indus River System Authority released only 5,000 cusecs of water against a demand of 18,000 cusecs by the Punjab government. As a result, the canals had 40 per cent less water; tubewells were rendered useless due to long power cuts.

Toxic Cough syrup: At Least 25 children aged between one and five died in Bangladesh after consuming toxin-laced paracetamol syrup. A local drug firm added diethyl glycol, used in the textile dyeing, to the syrup. The chemical is 10 times cheaper than propylene glycol, used as a solvent in the syrup.

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