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North Korea's ‘unidentified projectile’ could possibly be a submarine missile

Nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled for more than two years over disagreements in exchanging the release of crippling US-led sanctions against North Korea. 
North Korea test-fired a newly developed hypersonic missile in September, according to state news media KCNA. (File Photo)
North Korea test-fired a newly developed hypersonic missile in September, according to state news media KCNA. (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 11:25 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid-19 travel update: Seoul tightens social distancing rules, Chile eases curb

From South Korea raising social distancing in Seoul to its highest level to US keeping ban on foreign travel, Portugal continuing with curfew, Chile easing curbs and Canada not allowing unvaccinated tourists yet, catch all the travel updates amid Covid-19 here
Covid-19 travel update: Seoul tightens social distancing rules, Chile eases curb(Photo by Capturing the human heart. on Unsplash)
Covid-19 travel update: Seoul tightens social distancing rules, Chile eases curb(Photo by Capturing the human heart. on Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 09, 2021 07:47 AM IST
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Designer in South Korea creates ‘Third Eye’ for ‘smartphone zombies’

Paeng Min-wook, 28, has developed a robotic eyeball he has dubbed "The Third Eye", which obsessive mobile phone users can strap to their foreheads so they can browse injury-free on the go.
South Korean industrial designer Paeng Min-wook showcases a robotic eye, called
South Korean industrial designer Paeng Min-wook showcases a robotic eye, called "The Third Eye", on his forehead as he uses his mobile phone while walking on street, in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 05, 2021 10:46 AM IST
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South Korea’s population falls for first time during Covid-19 pandemic

South Korean policy makers for years have had little success trying to boost birth rates by subsidizing pay during childcare leave and providing free nurseries.
The number of South Korean births slid 11% compared with the previous year.(REUTERS)
The number of South Korean births slid 11% compared with the previous year.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 04, 2021 02:31 PM IST
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South Korea orders schools to shut as COVID-19 cases spike

South Korea ordered schools to close from Tuesday in the capital Seoul and surrounding areas as it battles its worst outbreak of novel coronavirus since the pandemic began, surpassing the previous peak in February.
A medical worker carries a sample of a person during a COVID-19 testing at a makeshift clinic in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. South Korea was opening dozens of free COVID-19 testing sites in the greater Seoul area, as the country registered additional more than 700 new cases Monday amid a surge in infections. The signs reads;
A medical worker carries a sample of a person during a COVID-19 testing at a makeshift clinic in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. South Korea was opening dozens of free COVID-19 testing sites in the greater Seoul area, as the country registered additional more than 700 new cases Monday amid a surge in infections. The signs reads; "A makeshift clinic for COVID-19 testing."(AP)
Published on Dec 14, 2020 03:08 PM IST
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Seoul | By Reuters | Posted by Nilesh Mathur

Covid-19 woes bring US-style gig economy to South Korea

While South Koreans do not typically take a second job as much as do Americans or Canadians, private polls show interest is growing in “gig” work, freelancing or running a business in addition to working a full-time job.
This year, the number of people employed but who want to earn more because of insufficient income spiked. During the April-June period in South Korea, that number rose to a record 1.2 million, a 55% jump from a year earlier and more than double from 2015, before declining slightly to 1.1 million in the third quarter.(Reuters image)
This year, the number of people employed but who want to earn more because of insufficient income spiked. During the April-June period in South Korea, that number rose to a record 1.2 million, a 55% jump from a year earlier and more than double from 2015, before declining slightly to 1.1 million in the third quarter.(Reuters image)
Published on Dec 14, 2020 12:19 PM IST
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By Bloomberg | Posted by Prashasti Singh

South Korea says tightest Covid restrictions may be ‘inevitable’

South Korea had been praised and emulated for its earlier success in slowing the virus’s spread without a lockdown, relying instead on rapid testing and contact-tracing to reduce flareups.
The country in November modified its social-distancing system with a five-tier system that intensifies restrictions according to the severity of the outbreak.(HT file photo)
The country in November modified its social-distancing system with a five-tier system that intensifies restrictions according to the severity of the outbreak.(HT file photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 02:56 PM IST
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By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma

South Korean student recycles face masks to make eco-friendly stools

Though the stools are not yet for sale, fellow students were impressed by the idea and rough-surfaced design.
Kim Ha-neul, who is majoring in furniture design, poses for photographs with his upcycled stools made from discarded protective masks in Uiwang, South Korea.(REUTERS)
Kim Ha-neul, who is majoring in furniture design, poses for photographs with his upcycled stools made from discarded protective masks in Uiwang, South Korea.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 10, 2020 10:18 AM IST
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UIWANG, South Korea | By Reuters | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury

South Korean health minister warns of ‘Covid-19 war zone’ as cases surge

“The capital area is now a Covid-19 war zone,” Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said in a virus meeting, asking for citizen vigilance.
City officials in Seoul have also reduced public transportation after 9 p.m. to discourage unnecessary gatherings.(AP)
City officials in Seoul have also reduced public transportation after 9 p.m. to discourage unnecessary gatherings.(AP)
Published on Dec 07, 2020 01:59 PM IST
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Seoul, South Korea | By Associated Press | Posted by Srivatsan K C

Covid-19: South Korea’s Gwangju City toughens social distancing rules amid spike in coronavirus cases

From limiting 100 people in rallies and demonstrations, to food businesses distancing tables at least 1 meter (3.3 feet) from one another or alternatively filling every other table or installing shields between them, Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province of South Korea increases social distancing rules in addition to mandatory face masks
South Korea’s capital region, Gwangju City toughen social distancing rules(Twitter/hoteldealphuket)
South Korea’s capital region, Gwangju City toughen social distancing rules(Twitter/hoteldealphuket)
Updated on Nov 19, 2020 12:59 PM IST
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Seoul [South Korea] | By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

South Korean firm to produce 150 mln doses a year of Russian Covid-19 vaccine: RDIF

While Russia is ramping up its domestic production capacities, which will be focused on meeting its own needs, it has also reached agreements to produce 500 million doses annually abroad, which will supply other countries.
Hours after the results were announced, China’s Tibet Rhodiola Pharmaceutical Holding said a deal had been agreed to manufacture, sell and test Sputnik V vaccine in China.(REUTERS)
Hours after the results were announced, China’s Tibet Rhodiola Pharmaceutical Holding said a deal had been agreed to manufacture, sell and test Sputnik V vaccine in China.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 13, 2020 03:53 PM IST
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Moscow | By Reuters| posted by Susmita Pakrasi

K-Pop band BTS rocks virtual concert, draws thousands of fans worldwide

The band’s latest success was “Dynamite”, its first song entirely in English, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart last month.
Fans of K-pop idol boy band BTS watch a live streaming online concert, wearing a protective masks to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a cafe in Seoul, South Korea October 10, 2020.(REUTERS)
Fans of K-pop idol boy band BTS watch a live streaming online concert, wearing a protective masks to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a cafe in Seoul, South Korea October 10, 2020.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 11, 2020 08:54 PM IST
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Seoul | By Reuters | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury

South Korea allows relaxations in social distancing rules as cases decrease

Health Minister Park Neung-hoo warned against complacency, saying the country still faced the dangers of what he called a “twindemic” of the virus and a winter seasonal flu.
A boy enjoys skateboarding amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic at a park in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS)
A boy enjoys skateboarding amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic at a park in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 11, 2020 03:26 PM IST
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Seoul | By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

North Korea’s Kim attends military parade, thanks troops for stopping coronavirus

The country marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party with a raft of concerts and festivals, and the ceremony was seen around the region as an event where Kim could deliver messages to domestic and foreign audiences.
State television began broadcasting edited video of the event later on Saturday after a day of silence about the parade, which was held in Pyongyang’s recently renovated Kim Il Sung Square.(AFP)
State television began broadcasting edited video of the event later on Saturday after a day of silence about the parade, which was held in Pyongyang’s recently renovated Kim Il Sung Square.(AFP)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 07:47 PM IST
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Seoul | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Seoul schools resume in-person classes as South Korea coronavirus cases dip

Students returned to schools under a hybrid schedule of in-person and online classes to limit the number of people at schools at any given time. Students will attend in-person classes once or twice a week.
High school students prepare for a class amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic at a high school in Seoul, South Korea.(Reuters)
High school students prepare for a class amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic at a high school in Seoul, South Korea.(Reuters)
Updated on Sep 21, 2020 02:51 PM IST
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Seoul, South Korea | By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar

Battery-powered face mask amid COVID-19 amp up the fashion game to fight fogged-up glasses

While face masks have certainly become the new fashion accessory amid COVID-19, innovators have given it a battery-powered twist for those fighting fogged-up glasses
Battery-powered face mask amp up fashion game for bespectacled beauties(Twitter/viplav76)
Battery-powered face mask amp up fashion game for bespectacled beauties(Twitter/viplav76)
Updated on Sep 10, 2020 11:07 AM IST
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Seoul | By Reuters by Daewoung Kim | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Now, an extra green topping for Chandigarh Golf Club course

Hole 12 at the course gets three-tier greens, players likely to find putting more challenging
Ready for a round: SPS Matharoo, CGC captain (centre), Amrit Inder Singh, course manager and professional golfer (right) and Surjit Singh, assistant course manager, at the newly re-laid greens at hole 12 of the 18-hold Chandigarh Golf Course.(Ravi Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Ready for a round: SPS Matharoo, CGC captain (centre), Amrit Inder Singh, course manager and professional golfer (right) and Surjit Singh, assistant course manager, at the newly re-laid greens at hole 12 of the 18-hold Chandigarh Golf Course.(Ravi Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 07, 2020 10:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Saurabh Duggal, Chandigarh

Starbucks cafe’s Covid outbreak spared employees who wore masks

The August 8 outbreak in the South Korean city of Paju is another example of how rapidly the SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread in confined, indoor spaces -- as well as ways to minimize transmission.
Guidance on face masks is being issued from Australia to Venezuela to help stem the pandemic, which has infected more than 23 million people and killed at least 810,000 worldwide.(BLOOMBERG NEWS)
Guidance on face masks is being issued from Australia to Venezuela to help stem the pandemic, which has infected more than 23 million people and killed at least 810,000 worldwide.(BLOOMBERG NEWS)
Published on Aug 25, 2020 11:08 AM IST
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Bloomberg | By Bloomberg| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Kim Jong Un warns on economy, promotes sister, in sign of crisis

Kim told a gathering of ruling party leaders that the country “faced unexpected and inevitable challenges in various aspects” and that his development goals had been “seriously delayed,” state media said Thursday.
North Korea also announced plans for the first national congress of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea since 2016 next year.(AP)
North Korea also announced plans for the first national congress of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea since 2016 next year.(AP)
Updated on Aug 21, 2020 06:19 AM IST
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Bloomberg | By Bloomberg| posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 teaser video out, catch the live stream on Aug 5

The video features a seemingly liquid symbol in a refulgent bronze hue with a matte finish that continuously morphs into a variety of shapes. What can that possibly mean? Read on to know more!
At its Galaxy Unpacked 2020 virtual event on August 5, Samsung is expected to introduce five devices that will further power our work and play.(Samsung)
At its Galaxy Unpacked 2020 virtual event on August 5, Samsung is expected to introduce five devices that will further power our work and play.(Samsung)
Updated on Aug 04, 2020 06:42 PM IST
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South Korea to convert golf courses, military sites into residential apartments in Seoul

Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said state-owned Taereung golf course, military base Camp Kim in central Seoul as well as a driving test center in western Seoul would be converted into residential developments.
File photo of an apartment complex in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS File)
File photo of an apartment complex in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS File)
Updated on Aug 04, 2020 01:28 PM IST
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Seoul | By Reuters

Heavy rain hammers South Korea, leaving 6 dead, 7 missing

Torrential rain pounded most of South Korea over the weekend, leaving six people dead and seven others missing, officials said Sunday.
Agricultural lands are inundated with flood waters after heavy rains in Anseong, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020.(AP photo)
Agricultural lands are inundated with flood waters after heavy rains in Anseong, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020.(AP photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2020 08:41 PM IST
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Seoul, South Korea | By Associated Press

South Korea to tighten property market rules, hike tax on multiple home owners

Real estate taxes that kick in on properties valued over 600 million won ($499,488) for multiple home owners will be increased, while capital gains tax rates will also be raised, finance minister Hong Nam-ki said at a policy meeting.
Residential apartment buildings stand in this aerial photograph taken above Gimpo, South Korea, on Friday, July 10, 2020. South Korea’s government is preparing new regulations to curb excessive house price gains that have fueled public discontent over inequality and property speculation. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg(Bloomberg Photo)
Residential apartment buildings stand in this aerial photograph taken above Gimpo, South Korea, on Friday, July 10, 2020. South Korea’s government is preparing new regulations to curb excessive house price gains that have fueled public discontent over inequality and property speculation. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg(Bloomberg Photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 12:30 PM IST
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Seoul | By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

Seoul’s missing mayor park found dead after massive search

Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency official Choi Ik-soo said in an early morning briefing that Park was discovered just after midnight on Friday by a rescue dog near a trail along a fortress wall in a mountainous area overlooking Seoul.
Police officers carry the body of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, which was found during a search operation in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS)
Police officers carry the body of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, which was found during a search operation in Seoul, South Korea.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 12:30 PM IST
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By Bloomberg | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Drones light up Seoul sky with messages of motivation and awareness amid Covid-19 pandemic

Three hundred unmanned drones were programmed to form images conveying motivational messages above the Han river in Seoul for a show held on July 4.
Drones fly over the Han river showing messages to support the country as a measure to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease.(REUTERS/Yonhap)
Drones fly over the Han river showing messages to support the country as a measure to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease.(REUTERS/Yonhap)
Updated on Jul 06, 2020 11:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Saumya Sharma

Covid-19: Hundreds of drones light up Seoul’s sky with messages of support

Drones fly over the Han river showing messages to support the country, as measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continue, in Seoul, South Korea, July 4, 2020. (REUTERS/Yonhap) 6
Drones fly over the Han river showing messages to support the country, as measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continue, in Seoul, South Korea, July 4, 2020. (REUTERS/Yonhap)
Updated on Jul 06, 2020 10:50 PM IST
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South Korea records 48 new Covid-19 cases, some outside Seoul

Figures released by the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday brought the national caseload to 12,421 confirmed infections including 280 deaths.
Medical staff in protective gear work at a 'drive-thru' testing center for the novel coronavirus disease of Covid-19 in Yeungnam University Medical Center in Daegu, South Korea.(Reuters Photo)
Medical staff in protective gear work at a 'drive-thru' testing center for the novel coronavirus disease of Covid-19 in Yeungnam University Medical Center in Daegu, South Korea.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Jun 21, 2020 12:15 PM IST
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Seoul | By Associated Press | Posted by: Jasra Afreen

Coronavirus still spreading in second South Korea wave

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 49 new cases for the nation Friday, with 26 of them in Seoul and the nearby port city of Incheon. South Korea has had a total of 12,306 infections, including 280 deaths.
Hundreds of cases in the Seoul area have been linked to leisure and religious activities and low-income workers who can’t afford to stay home.(AP)
Hundreds of cases in the Seoul area have been linked to leisure and religious activities and low-income workers who can’t afford to stay home.(AP)
Published on Jun 19, 2020 12:26 PM IST
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Seoul | By Associated Press

Kim Jong Un’s sister threatens South Korea with military action

Describing South Korea as an “enemy,” Kim Yo Jong repeated an earlier threat she had made by saying Seoul will soon witness the collapse of a “useless” inter-Korean liaison office in the border town of Kaesong.
Kim, who is first vice department director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee, said she would leave it to North Korea’s military leaders to carry out the next step of retaliation against the South.(REUTERS)
Kim, who is first vice department director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee, said she would leave it to North Korea’s military leaders to carry out the next step of retaliation against the South.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 14, 2020 03:22 AM IST
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Seoul | By Associated Press

South Korea sees biggest jump in coronavirus cases in seven weeks

The country has been held up as a global model in how to curb the virus and has rushed to contain new infections as life returns to normal.
An outbreak at a warehouse of e-commerce firm Coupang in Bucheon, west of Seoul, has seen 36 cases so far, the KCDC added.(AP)
An outbreak at a warehouse of e-commerce firm Coupang in Bucheon, west of Seoul, has seen 36 cases so far, the KCDC added.(AP)
Updated on May 27, 2020 05:49 PM IST
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Seoul | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
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