79 pct of S. Koreans want surveillance cameras in hospital operating rooms: poll

SEOUL– Nearly 8 out of 10 South Koreans believe surveillance cameras should be installed in hospital operating rooms, a poll showed Monday. According to the survey conducted by Realmeter on…

Moon picks new Cheong Wa Dae secretaries for political affairs, youth affairs, education

SEOUL– President Moon Jae-in nominated Kim Han-kyu, a lawyer and rookie politician, as his new secretary for political affairs Monday. Having worked as a legal counsel for the ruling Democratic…

Prosecutors recommend ex-Busan mayor get 7 years in prison for sexual assault

BUSAN– Prosecutors asked a judge to sentence former Busan Mayor Oh Keo-don to seven years in prison for sexual assault in the workplace. Oh is accused of sexually assaulting two…

U.S. envoy hopes N. Korea will accept offer to meet ‘anytime, anywhere without preconditions’

SEOUL– The United States has offered to meet with North Korea “anywhere, anytime without preconditions” and looks forward to a positive response from Pyongyang, the new U.S. special envoy for…

Samsung Display workers launch 1st strike in company history

SEOUL– Representatives of the labor union at Samsung Display Co. on Monday launched their first-ever strike after failing to reach a compromise on a wage hike, and the walkout marks…

SEOUL– South Korea’s state-run energy firm on Monday said it has decided to retain the electricity rate in the third quarter of 2021, in a bid to ease the financial burden on local households amid the pandemic and rising inflation. The Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) said it will maintain the electricity rate from the previous quarter during the July-September period despite the recent hike in the global price of resources. The company, however, said it may raise costs in the fourth quarter should the global price of resources continue to gather ground. KEPCO adopted flexible electricity rates linked to global fuel prices this year, in a move to improve its profitability. South Koreans were previously charged under a fixed-rate electricity billing system. Under the current system, the billing system of electricity is revised every three months, depending on movements in the global price of liquefied natural gas, coal and crude oil. Shares in KEPCO closed at 25,050 won (US$22) on the main bourse, down 6.88 percent from the previous session. The main index lost 0.83 percent. The announcement was made before the market opened on Monday. Source: Yonhap News Agency

SEOUL– South Korea’s state-run energy firm on Monday said it has decided to retain the electricity rate in the third quarter of 2021, in a bid to ease the financial…

Violinist renders opera, ballet numbers in a language of her own

SEOUL– Prolific violinist Kim Bomsori said Monday that her latest album is aimed at translating famous opera and ballet numbers into her own language of the string and presenting herself…

Air Force officer indicted for sexual harassment of female colleague

SEOUL– An Air Force noncommissioned officer was indicted on charges of sexually harassing a female colleague, which led her to take her own life, the defense ministry said Monday. The…

S. Korea, Japan hold working-level talks on wartime history, other issues

SEOUL– South Korea and Japan held working-level talks in Seoul on Monday to discuss a prolonged row over wartime sexual slavery, forced labor and other pending issues, the foreign ministry…

LG Electronics launches 83-inch OLED TV

LG Electronics Inc. said it has launched an 83-inch OLED TV as the South Korean tech giant tries to beef up its presence in the premium TV market, Trend reports…