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South Korean shares linked to North Korea jump on signs of warming relations
6 October 2014 - South Korean shares related to North Korea soared on Monday, after the isolated country sent its most senior delegation ever to the South to attend the closing ceremony of the Asian Games in a surprise visit, a possible sign of warming bilateral relations. (more)

2 Koreas meet for highest level talks in 5 years
4 October 2014 - North Korea's presumptive Number 2 and other members of Pyongyang, North Korea's inner circle met with South Korean officials Saturday in the rivals' highest level face-to-face talks in five years, a possible indication that both sides are interested in pursuing better ties after months of animosity. One analyst called it a 'golden opportunity' for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to test North Korea's willingness to improve shaky ties. (more)

Math's Fields Medal winner Manjul Bhargava also enjoys Sanskrit poetry and playing tabla
14 August 2014 - Manjul Bhargava this week became the first person of Indian origin to win the Fields Medal, which is awarded every four years to mathematicians who are 40 years old or younger and is often described as a Nobel Prize for mathematics. Mr Bhargava, who won for 'developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers', teaches number theory at Princeton University. Born in Ontario and raised on Long Island, Mr Bhargava told Quanta Magazine that his mathematical tastes intertwine fluidly with his interests in Sanskrit poetry and tabla drumming. Family trips to Jaipur, India, during his boyhood first revealed the interconnections between rhythm, language, and mathematics. (more)

South Korea: May department, discount store sales snap 3-month fall
10 June 2014 - Sales at South Korea's top department- and discount-store chains both rose in May from a year earlier, finance ministry estimates showed on Tuesday, snapping a three-month run of losses and easing concerns about the strength of domestic demand. It was the first time in four months that sales at both categories of retail outlets grew. (more)

South Korea: Electric vehicles to be charged 1,000 times faster
26 April 2014 - We now know that a fast charging electric car battery is a reality, thanks to two different scientific teams in Korea. The key advancement is not only the battery's super-fast charging capability, but its storage capacity that holds almost as much energy density as the current lithium-ion models. (more)

South Korean scientists make graphene breakthrough
17 April 2014 - A research team has uncovered a new method of growing large area, single crystal wafer scale graphene. Graphene is a unique material ideally suited for electronic devices. It's considered the new 'wonder material', due its durability and lightness. The research into graphene was carried out by the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), in partnership with Sungkyunkwan University. The research results have been published in Science Magazine and ScienceExpress. (more)

South Korea, Japan leaders set to meet amid possibly thawing ties: media
19 March 2014 - South Korea will agree to a summit with Japan and the United States in The Hague next week, when leaders from around the world gather to discuss nuclear security, the Nikkei business daily said on Wednesday, raising hopes of thawing ties between Seoul and Tokyo. It would be the first official meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye. (more)

South Korea: Hyundai Motor to launch first battery-powered electric car in 2016
11 March 2014 - Hyundai Motor Co, South Korea's champion of fuel-cell electric vehicles (EV), will answer calls for manufacturers to make more zero-emission cars by launching its first rechargeable battery-powered vehicle in 2016. Zero-emission vehicles are likely to become a more frequent sight as governments devise environment-friendly initiatives. California, for instance, requires auto makers produce a certain percentage of zero-emission vehicles as part of their overall fleet or buy credits from manufacturers who have produced more. (more)

South Korea proposes regular family reunions with North
1 March 2014 - South Korean President Park Geun-hye made a formal proposal to North Korea on Saturday to hold family reunions regularly, uniting families separated since the 1950-53 Korean war, a sign Seoul is seeking to improve relations with the North. (more)

South Korea: Seoul proposes regular family reunions with North
1 March 2014 - South Korea's President on Saturday proposed the rival Koreas hold reunions of Korean War-divided families on a regular basis, saying time was running out for the elderly separated by hostilities and politics. South Korea has made similar proposals in the past, but President Park Geun-hye's latest overture came after the two Koreas last month held their first reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War in more than three years. The latest six-day family reunions were arranged after North Korea began calling for better ties with South Korea in what outside analysts say is an effort to win foreign aid and investment. (more)


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South Korea: Universities, business organizations explore Transcendental Meditation
29 July 2013 - In South Korea, applications of Transcendental Meditation are being explored to reduce stress and increase creativity, both in education and in business. Representatives of Maharishi University of Management in the United States spoke with officials at several Korean universities about exchanging ideas and working together for the benefit of their students. (more)

Student hopes to introduce Maharishi Ayurveda to South Korea


20 January 2013 - After graduating from Maharishi University of Management, Geonah Lee wants to establish a Maharishi Ayurveda centre in South Korea including an Ayurvedic clinic, spa, meditation hall, organic restaurant, yoga studio, and hotel. Her goal is to create a holistic environment where people can learn to balance every aspect of their lives. (more)

Korea peace initiative offers innovative 'brain-based approach' to preventing violence and social conflict
11 June 2012 - Dr John Hagelin began his recent tour of South Korea with a news conference to announce the 'Korea Peace Initiative: A Brain-Based Approach to Preventing Violence and Social Conflict'. At the conference, Dr Hagelin unveiled his offer of $1 million to train 1,000 troops of the Republic of Korea in scientifically proven technologies for national security and peace. Dr Hagelin, a renowned quantum physicist, offered this initiative in his role as president of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace, a group focused on providing innovative solutions for peace, and with the support of the David Lynch Foundation. (more)

Dr Hagelin offers Korean soldiers the tools to create long-lasting peace
7 April 2012 - The brain-based approach to creating peace between North and South Korea, an initiative announced recently by prominent quantum physicist Dr John Hagelin, would require just 1,000 troops from among the 650,000 Republic of Korea troops currently on active duty, or from the over 3 million in reserves. The idea is that the Global Union of Scientists for Peace would be training people whose profession it already is to protect the country, and who are already supported by the government and taxpayers to create and maintain peace. (more)

Dr Hagelin returns from peace-promoting tour of South Korea
7 April 2012 - During a recent news conference in Seoul, Dr John Hagelin, President of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP), offered $1 million on behalf of GUSP to train peace-creating experts in South Korea. Dr Hagelin, along with Capt. Ray Seebald (Ret.), a military aide to US presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, said that this 'brain-based' approach to peace could defuse the hostilities and end the nuclear standoff between the North and the South within 60 days. (more)

Thinking North Korea into peace: 'Just put your minds to it' - Asia Sentinel
1 April 2012 - The Asia Sentinel, based in Hong King, today published and featured as their lead story an article by Dr David Leffler which presents Invincible Defence Technology (IDT)--a scientifically field-tested, 'brain-based technology' to reduce societal stress and prevent crime, terrorism, and war. In the wake of the second Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) of world leaders, recently held in Seoul, South Korea, Dr Leffler presents IDT as a solution to NSS concerns about the threat of global terrorism and how to keep atomic materials safe from rogue terrorists. Illustrating the article in the Asia Sentinel was a picture of a military rifle with a rose in the barrel, and the caption, ''It could work.'' (more)

US scientist proposes Korean peninsula peace plan
27 March 2012 - Dr John Hagelin, a prominent US quantum physicist and president of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP), and Capt. Ray Seebald (Ret.), a military aide to US Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bush, proposed during a series of meetings this week in Seoul, South Korea an innovative, yet proven new approach to peace on the Korean peninsula, which can defuse the hostilities and end the nuclear standoff between the North and the South within 60 days. The news conference was held during the second Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Seoul, 26-27 March. (more)

South Korea: Consciousness-Based Education tour inspires leaders in education, health, business
28 July 2011 - A Consciousness-Based Education tour of South Korea in July inspired educators as well as leaders in the fields of health, business, the military, and religion. (more)

South Korea: Health professionals learn about Maharishi's programmes
28 July 2011 - Medical doctors and other health professionals in South Korea recently had the opportunity to hear about the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in their field. Many were inspired by the presentations; a world-renowned radiologist and medical inventor is now interested in conducting research on the Transcendental Meditation Programme and brain functioning. (more)

Offering programmes for peace, harmony, progress in South Korea
17 July 2011 - A beautiful new Maharishi Invincibility Centre in South Korea is offering the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and these programmes are expanding to bring many benefits to individuals and create an influence of coherence in national consciousness. (more)


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South Korea identity thefts forces ID overhaul
14 October 2014 - After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars. The admission is an embarrassment for a society that prides itself on its high-tech skills and has some of the fastest Internet access. (more)

Korean kids have excessive amounts of toxins in bodies: report
23 January 2014 - Korean children have excessive amounts of lead, mercury and Bisphenol-A in their bodies, levels far higher than those found in children in other countries. That's according to a Ministry of Environment report released Wednesday. It shows that Korean children between the ages of 6 and 18 have toxic substances like lead and mercury in their bodies at seven times the levels found in children in other developed countries. Mercury levels were seven times higher than were found in children in Canada. The report also found high levels of Bisphenol-A in children, a toxic material used mainly in plastic products. The amount of this toxin found in teenagers is nearly double that found in adults, particularly concerning as Bisphenol-A can disturb the endocrine system, which is responsible for producing hormones. (more)

South Korea charges 100 with corruption over nuclear scandal
10 October 2013 - South Korea has indicted 100 people, including a top former state utility official, of corruption in a scandal over fake safety certifications for parts in its nuclear reactors, authorities said on Thursday. Asia's fourth largest economy has faced a series of shutdowns of nuclear reactors due to fake documents going back to late 2012. Of its 23 reactors, six remain offline, including three halted in May to replace cables supplied with bogus certificates. South Korea's tightly closed nuclear industry has been criticised for breeding a culture of secrecy that led to corrupt practices among officials involved in safety certification. Officials indicated they would bring back the reactors that had been suspended for inspection and replacement of parts, rather than phasing them out and cutting dependence on nuclear power, which produces a third of the country's electricity. Three of the six out of service reactors are under maintenance or have had operational approvals expire, while the rest are having cables replaced. (more)

Scandal in South Korea over nuclear revelations
3 August 2013 - Like Japan, resource-poor South Korea has long relied on nuclear power to provide the cheap electricity that helped build its miracle economy. For years, it met one-third of its electricity needs with nuclear power, similar to Japan's level of dependence before the 2011 disaster at its Fukushima plant. Now, a snowballing scandal in South Korea about bribery and faked safety tests for critical plant equipment has highlighted yet another similarity: experts say both countries' nuclear programs suffer from a culture of collusion that has undermined their safety. Weeks of revelations about the close ties between South Korea's nuclear power companies, their suppliers and testing companies have led the prime minister to liken the industry to a mafia. (more)

South Korea to withdraw workers at factory in North Korea
26 April 2013 - Seoul said Friday that it has decided to withdraw the roughly 175 South Koreans still at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea, raising a major question about the survival of the last symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. The statement by the country's minister in charge of inter-Korean relations came after North Korea rejected Seoul's demand for talks on the factory park that has been closed nearly a month. Pyongyang's powerful National Defence Commission earlier said Seoul's demand for working-level talks was deceptive and that ongoing US-South Korean military drills and the spreading of anti-North Korea leaflets at the border were proof of Seoul's insincerity. An association of South Korean businessmen with factories in Kaesong released a statement saying they were shocked at Seoul's decision to pull the workers out. (more)

South Korea vows fast response to North; US deploys stealth jets
1 April 2013 - South Korea will strike back quickly if the North stages any attack on its territory, the new president in Seoul warned on Monday, as tensions ratcheted higher on the Korean peninsula amid shrill rhetoric from Pyongyang and the US deployment of radar-evading fighter planes. North Korea says the region is on the brink of a nuclear war in the wake of United Nations sanctions imposed for its February nuclear test and a series of joint US and South Korean military drills that have included a rare US show of aerial power. The South has changed its rules of engagement to allow local units to respond immediately to attacks, rather than waiting for permission from Seoul. Stung by criticism that its response to the shelling of a South Korean island in 2010 was tardy and weak, Seoul has also threatened to target North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and to destroy statues of the ruling Kim dynasty in the event of any new attack, a plan that has outraged Pyongyang. (more)

South Korea to strike back at North if attacked
6 March 2013 - South Korea's military said it will strike back at North Korea and target its top leadership if Pyongyang launches a threatened attack in response to what it says are 'hostile' drills between US and South Korean forces. One of North Korea's top generals, in a rare appearance on state television on Tuesday, said Pyongyang had torn up its armistice deal with Washington and threatened military action against the US and South Korea if the drills continued. The military exercises began on 1 March and run until 30 April. North Korea is gearing up to expand its own military drills and may be preparing to test-fire short-to-medium-range missiles by banning flights and sailing off its coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, quoting South Korean government sources. (more)

South Korea unveils missile it says can hit North's leaders
14 February 2013 - South Korea unveiled a cruise missile on Thursday that it said can hit the office of North Korea's leaders, trying to address concerns that it is technologically behind its unpredictable rival which this week conducted its third nuclear test. North Korea, which accuses the United States and its 'puppet', South Korea, of war-mongering on an almost daily basis, is likely to respond angrily to South Korea flexing its muscles. North Korea, technically still at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, carried out its third nuclear test on Tuesday. The test and the threat of more unspecified actions from Pyongyang have raised tensions on the Korean peninsula as the South prepares to inaugurate a new president on 25 February. 'The situation prevailing on the Korean peninsula at present is so serious that even a slight accidental case may lead to an all-out war which can disturb the whole region,' North Korea's official KCNA news agency said. (more)

South Koreans face lonely deaths as Confucian traditions fade
21 January 2013 - Once a country where filial duty and a strong Confucian tradition saw parents revered, modern day South Korea, with a population of 50 million, has grown economically richer, but family ties have fragmented. Nowadays 1.2 million elderly South Koreans, just over 20 per cent of the elderly population, live -- and increasingly die -- alone. While South Korea and Seoul were catapulted onto the global map by rapper Psy's 'Gangnam Style' hit featuring the affluent suburb south of the Han River, the reality for older people is far less glamourous. South Korea is ageing at the fastest pace of all industrial nations, with the proportion of elderly rising to 11.8 per cent of the population in 2012, up from 7.2 per cent in 2002 and just 3.8 per cent in 1980. A report from the Welfare Ministry published in May last year predicted the ratio would grow to 15.7 per cent in 2020 and to 24.3 per cent in 2030, thanks to a declining birthrate that has dropped from six per woman of childbearing age to just one. (more)

US, South Korea agree on longer range ballistic missiles
7 October 2012 - South Korea has reached a landmark agreement with the United States to extend the range of Seoul's ballistic missiles by more than twice the current limit to counter the threat from North Korea, the government said on Sunday. The move to significantly boost the South's missile capabilities along with development of advanced aerial reconnaissance vehicles is likely to rattle the communist North, which has remained at odds since the 1950-53 Korean War left the peninsula divided. It may also stoke concern in China, Japan, and Russia, parts of which would be within range of the new missiles. South Korea has also been allowed to develop unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, with an unlimited payload weight if the flying distance is within 300 kilometres. (more)

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