Friday, June 24, 2011

Daily Kor for Thursday, June 24, 2011

My goodness, gas stations running out of gas. That is serious, and it's no wonder that reserves are being released (a move also being done by the Obama administration).
  1. Ruling Grand National Party unweils massive 6.8 trillion won (US$6.3 billion) blueprint for lowering college tuition, with a pledge to cut educational fees 30 percent from current levels by 2014 (Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang DailyKorea Herald
  2. Samsung to release results of probe into plant safety following leukemia deaths among workers (AP via WaPo)
    • Court order compensation for Samsung employees who died of Leukemia (Yonhap, WSJ)
  3. South Korea to release 3.467 million barrels of oil from its reserves (WSJ, Yonhap)
    • Government asks refiners to maintain price cuts or raise prices slowly (Reuters)
  4. USFK issues statement updating environmental probe, saying so far no trace of Agent Orange has been found at bases (Reuters, WSJ)
    • US military releases results of 2004 environmental study that found minute traces of dioxin, though its connection with Agent Orange cannot be substantiated (Yonhap, Joongang Daily)
  5. Children of foreign residents in South Korea top 150,000 (Yonhap)
  6. Korea Institute for International Economic Policy and Korea International Trade Association call for early implementation of free-trade agreement with US (Yonhap)
    • National Assembly passes bill to protect local industry from cheap exports after Korea-EU FTA takes effect (Yonhap)
  7. Financial Services Commission to pursue tougher sanctions against executives and financial companies for breaches of computer security (Bloomberg, Yonhap)
  8. Unification Ministry suggests arbitration over South Korea-owned assets at North Korea's Kŭmgangsan resort be brought to international court (Korea Times)
  9. Despite 1-1 draw with Jordan, Korea Republic (that's South Korea, folks) advances to third and final round of regional Olympic soccer qualification (Yonhap)
  10. Despite threat of flooding, Minot, North Dakota, goes ahead with annual tennis tournament (ESPN)

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