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Reporter : Lee Yeon-woo
Sat, March 25, 2023 | 20:56
Gov't raises late-night taxi fares to ease shortage of cabs
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport unveiled a set of measures on Tuesday intended to ease the acute taxis shortage late at night. Among them, the fares for calling and reserving a late-night cab will be hiked from the current 3,000 won ($2.10) to 5,000 won ($3.50) for taxis from franchised platform operators such as Kakao, and 4,000 won ($2.80) for general cab...
Released child rapist forbidden to go out during morning school rush hour
Kim Geun-sik, an infamous child rapist, will be prohibited from leaving his house in the morning when school starts after his release on Oct. 15. Kim, 54, has served 15 years in prison for raping 11 minors in 2006. According to legal circles, Sunday, the Seoul Southern District Court has accepted the prosecution's request to extend Kim's curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Th...
Celebrating National Foundation Day
Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, left, ruling People Power Party interim chief Rep. Chung Jin-suk, second from left, and Democratic Party of Korea Chairman Rep. Lee Jae-myung, third from left, raise their hands and cheer during a ceremony to celebrate National Foundation Day at the Government Complex Seoul, Monday. Han highlighted the importance of “international solidarity...
Nursing home visitations to resume on Oct. 4
Starting Tuesday, people will be allowed to visit their elderly relatives at long-term care facilities in person. Elderly people who receive their second booster of a COVID-19 vaccine will also be permitted to leave their facility and stay out overnight. Due to COVID-19 resurgence this summer, in-person visits were suspended in late July.
Study finds voter turnout, elderly suicide rate related
Korea has the highest elderly suicide rate among OECD member nations. In 2019, 46.6 senior citizens per 100,000 committed suicide, according to the White Paper of Suicide Prevention released this June by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Political rookies exploited for benefit of established parties
The last two years saw a golden period for young politicians in Korean politics. Lee Jun-seok, then a 36 year old, was elected the leader of the ruling People Power Party (PPP) in June last year, becoming the youngest politician to rise to that position. As Lee created a buzz, the rival Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) also named 26-year old activist, Park Ji-hyun, to lead the...
Stalkers should be punished regardless of victims' consent: experts
The Sindang Station murder case has been an awakening moment in Korea. It revealed that stalking victims are left without proper protection. The suspect, a 31-year-old man, allegedly killed a 28-year-old female subway station worker while he was on trial without detention after the victim pressed charges on him for stalking. The brutal murder case raised a red flag. The curre...
International volunteers join hands to clean up typhoon-hit Busan beach
Korea's southern coastal regions were hit earlier this month by two super typhoons, first Hinnamnor and then Nanmadol. Help was on the way all across the nation. Marines were mobilized to restore damaged buildings and streets. Volunteers fed displaced residents. Donations from businesses and private individuals were handed over to help those who were displaced or hit hard by ...
World ginseng expo to kick off on Sept. 30 in Yeongju City
The southeastern city of Yeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, is home to premium ginseng. Every year, the city hosts a ginseng festival to encourage tourists to visit and experience the medicinal root. This year, the city authorities were determined to go beyond the local festival.
Government to lower number of teachers amid population decline
The government plans to downsize the public school workforce as a decreasing population has been forcing more and more schools to close down across the country. The Ministry of Education has yet to announce such a plan. But the measure to scale back the number of teachers was spotted in the government's budget proposal that was submitted to the National Assembly.
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