#South Korea

.Paris, France
.Movement of drug doses to wealthier countries has emerged as the biggest challenge in worldwide vaccination against COVID-19. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • US has administred 50 million COVID-19 jabs till January
  • EU plans to inoculate 70% of its adult population by the end of 2021
  • Hong Kong and South Korea kicked off mass vaccination on Friday

.Seoul, South Korea
Kim Beom-su and Kim Bong-jin, two self-made South Korean billionaires have pledged in as many weeks to give away half their fortunes. (Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • Kim Beom-su announced this month he will donate more than half his estimated $9.6 billion assets
  • Kim Bong-jin became the first South Koreans to sign the Giving Pledge
  • The philanthropic initiative was set up by Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, for billionaires to give away at least half their wealth

.Seoul, South Korea
Grand Josun hotel is a new five-star hotel in Korea. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The South Korean Hotel issued an official apology on their website
  • They said mirror coating was missing on some windows
  • The local police are currently investigating the matter 

.Seoul, South Korea
Popular K-Pop band Blackpink's star Rose is celebrating her 25th birthday on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Instagram/@roses_are_rosie)

  • "Happy birthday Rosie Posie," Blackpink member Jennie said
  • Singer Jisoo posted a beautiful throwback video of Rose on Instagram
  • Blackpink held its first virtual global concert in January

.Seoul, South Korea
Rose made her debut as a member of Blackpink in June 2016. (Photo Credit: Instagram/ @roses_are_rosie)

  • Rose is one of the stars of popular South Korean all-girls band Blackpink
  • She is all set to make her solo music debut next month
  • Rose has over 35 million followers on Instagram

.Seoul, South Korea
Conversations around mental health are still considered taboo in most parts of the world. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • Despite the number of lives poor mental health has claimed, it has still not been de-stigmatised
  • When faces in spotlight speak up on these issues, it encourages other people to talk about it too
  • K-pop artists like Eric Nam and Jae Hyung are initiating active conversations around mental health

.Genève, Switzerland
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. (Photo Credit: AFP Photo)

  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will become WTO's first female and first African leader
  • Former president Donald Trump opposed the candidacy of the former Nigerian finance minister
  • Yoo Myung-hee, the South Korean trade minister, withdrew her candidacy on Friday

President Moon Jae-in said world's biggest offshore wind farm would be seven times bigger than the current largest offshore wind farm. (Photo credit: Twitter/moonriver365)

  • South Korea aims to attain carbon neutrality by 2050
  • President Moon Jae-in announced the carbon neutrality goal last year
  • The country's position on the Korean peninsula gave it a geographical benefit, he added

.Seoul, South Korea
AstraZeneca vaccine is on course to become the first to be approved by South Korea. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/PTI)

  • A panel of advisors has cleared the vaccine for inoculation of people above the age of 18
  • However, it cited a lack of data to call for caution for the use of the vaccine for people aged 65 and above
  • South Korea is slated to receive the first shipment of the vaccine this month

.Seoul, South Korea
The North Korean diplomat had reached the South back in September 2019. (Photo credit: Representational/unsplash/MacauPhotoAgency)

  • The North Korean diplomat kept his arrival to the South a secret for more than a year
  • As per reports, 30,000 North Koreans have fled repression and poverty to settle in the South
  • The diplomat said he is worried about his extended family in North