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Reporter : Kim Se-jeong
Fri, September 22, 2023 | 00:51
Seoul in brief waste management crisis
Forty-eight private recycling companies in Seoul and the surrounding area refused to collect recyclable plastic bags, bottles and plastic foam Sunday, posing a waste management crisis. The companies cited commercial non-viability as their motivation but returned to work Monday in exchange for a comprehensive plan by the Ministry of Environment to make up for losses.
Affordable housing changes life for taxi driver
Lee Kyo-seong, 68, had his luckiest day in years last November. “I won the right to move into a public housing unit in the middle of Seoul,” Lee said, Wednesday. He said he felt he won the lottery. “I was so happy.” He moved into the 29.7-square-meter flat in January. It may not be a big space for some, but he said he couldn't be happier.
Top prosecutor opposes investigative rights reform
Prosecutor General Moon Moo-il said Thursday that the prosecution should retain the sole right to apply for arrest warrants for criminal suspects, opposing Cheong Wa Dae's drive to have it share the right with police. Speaking at a press briefing for local journalists, Moon said, “The debate over investigative rights is not only between the prosecution and police. It also inv...
Hotel briefs
Hotel Briefs
2 Marriott properties to open this weekend
Marriott International, the world's biggest hotel chain and the operator of 16 properties in Korea, is opening up two new properties on Friday and Sunday.Four Points by Sheraton, Gangnam, in southern Seoul has 199 rooms, buffet restaurant and a bar, while Fairfield by Marriott Seoul, near Yeoungdeungpo Station has 572 guestrooms catering to business guests.
Surviving fine dust
Fine dust hit the Korean Peninsula again early this week. Sunday was particularly bad, with Seoul's daily average levels of Particulate Matter 2.5 reaching 103 micrograms per cubic meter, the worst since the government began monitoring levels in 2015.
Seoul to provide 240,000 public housing units by 2022
Last month, the Seoul Metropolitan Government pledged to provide an additional 240,000 public housing units in the city by 2022, in an effort to make housing more affordable for citizens.“No other time has been more important for people needing affordable housing,” said a city government official handling housing policies. “We hope the city's efforts will contribute to stabil...
Seoul's evolving public housing policy
Public housing first appeared in Europe in the 19th century. The Industrial Revolution drew more people into cities for jobs, creating a need for housing.
Na's return stirs controversy
In 2016, Na Hyang-wook, 49, then chief of the education ministry's policy planning bureau, pushed the entire nation into an uproar with a comment that people are “dogs and pigs” which only need to be fed. This week, he was back in the news, upsetting the public again.
Ex-governor grilled over rape allegations
Former Governor of South Chungcheong Province An Hee-jung was questioned by prosecutors for the second time Monday over a series of rape allegations. Arriving at the Seoul Western District Prosecutors' Office, he denied the allegations and said his sexual relations with the two victims were based on mutual consent.