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President-elect nominates labor, agriculture ministers
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol finalized Cabinet nominations for 18 ministerial positions, Thursday, by nominating Lee Jung-sik as labor minister and Chung Hwang-keun as agriculture minister.
Guided tour of Songpa Trail's urban forest
Old records show that King Sejong of Joseon Dynasty designated Jamsil, one of the neighborhoods in Songpa District, as a site for the national silkworm farm and built a mulberry forest to boost the country's key sericulture business. Apartment complexes and skyscrapers now stand where the silkworm nursery was located in the past, but one of the oldest mulberry trees in this a...
Number of students from multicultural backgrounds triples over 9 years
The number of students from multicultural backgrounds grew three times over the last nine years to 160,000. According to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and the Ministry of Education, Wednesday, the number of minors from multicultural backgrounds who are enrolled in elementary, middle and high school increased from 46,954 in 2012 to 160,058 this year.
Judges question chief justice over cronyism allegations
Supreme Court Chief Justice Kim Myeong-su is facing nepotism allegations, for favoring his close associates in personnel affairs of the judiciary. A group of delegate judicial officers across the country, the name of which would translate into English as the National Council of Representative Judges, submitted an official letter to the National Court Administration of the Sup...
Presidential couple angers Buddhist monks by sitting on temple's cornerstone
President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook annoyed Buddhist monks by sitting on the cornerstones of Bubheung Temple's assumed site while taking a rest during a hike to Mt. Bugaksan on April 5. Buddhists claimed that the presidential couple's actions demonstrated their “poor understanding” of the cultural site.
Committee's plan to lift speed limit in child protection zone draws criticism
The speed limit policy to limit driving on city streets to between 30 kilometers and 50 kilometers per hour is at risk of being overturned within a year after its enactment, as the presidential transition committee announced its plan to increase “flexibility” in speed regulations. The presidential transition committee said in a press release, Tuesday that it will consider rel...
Korea braces for gradual COVID-19 transition to endemic
The government is mapping out a gradual “return to normalcy” scheme to treat COVID-19 as endemic, as the daily infection cases are showing clear signs of decline. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Wednesday, the country will lift the social distancing and quarantine measures in phases, rather than declaring an end to the pandemic and removing all regulations at...
Tourism sector excited as outbound rush set to begin
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which entered its third year in January, has been akin to torture for travel-loving Koreans as they have been discouraged from traveling overseas. The interior ministry's announcement on Wednesday increasing the weekly number of international flights to the United States, Europe and other quarantine-free countries by 100 flights starting next mo...
Bae Hyun-jin named new spokesperson for president-elect
News anchor-turned-lawmaker Bae Hyun-jin of the People Power Party (PPP) was named as the new spokesperson for President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, Tuesday, replacing Kim Eun-hye who decided to run for Gyeonggi Province governor in the local elections in June. “This will be my last briefing as the president-elect's spokesperson,” Kim said during a press briefing at the transition c...
[INTERVIEW] Lawmaker contemplates her role as voice for the voiceless
Rep. Kim Yea-ji knelt on the ground near the platform of Gyeongbokgung Subway Station in central Seoul on March 28. Her guide dog, Joy, was sitting next to her that morning. The area was more crowded than usual as her visit there coincided with rush hour and a sit-in protest by activists with disabilities urging the presidential transition team to set aside a budget to improv...
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