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  • “코로나19 팬데믹 속에 파키스탄 독립기념일을 축하해요”
    This year on August 14, millions of Pakistanis are marking the 74th anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule and the day it was declared a sovereign state. Unlike the past, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on the celebrations like the previous year.    Despite that, various political, religious, and government organizations, and the public at large, have decided to celebrate the occasion with the same enthusiasm by following the coronavirus Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) suggested by the government.    Celebrations will be mainly around the country’s capital Islamabad where the national flag will be hoisted above the presidential and parliament buildings, followed by a rendition of the national anthem and speeches from President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister, former cricket player, Imran Khan.    Across the country parades and celebrations will take place, while millions of residents will host the distinctive green and white Flag of the Crescent and Star above their homes.    What are the origins of Independence Day in Pakistan? During much of the 19th century, the area making up modern-day Pakistan was ruled by the British Empire. Following the Government of India Act in 1858 the British crown assumed direct control of the Indian Subcontinent. Throughout the early 20th century popularity grew for a Muslim state independent from the rest of India.    Calls for independence from British rule growing through to the 1940s alongside increased Muslim nationalism and in 1940 the Lahore resolution was presented which called for the creation of an independent state for Muslims. In 1947 Clement Atlee announced that India would be divided into two separate states, India and Pakistan, a decision which would result in the displacement of millions. On August 14, Pakistan became independent and Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as the country’s first Governor General.   Prayers for the country 14th of August is of immense importance to every Pakistani, therefore it is celebrated with the same traditional passion. People begin their day with prayers in the mosque for the development and prosperity of the country. Alongside Muslims, all minorities celebrate Independence Day with equal zeal and passion.    Cathedral Church Lahore is one such place for Pakistani Christians where children from the Sunday Choir sing songs and perform tableaus in the church, while special prayers are offered for the national security of Pakistan. Kashmiris are also specially remembered in everyone’s prayers during this day. The people of Kashmir are the one awaiting independence for last 75 years under United Nations plebiscite pledge. Nationwide fervour Akin to the past, the Pakistani flag has been hoisted on the roofs of different public buildings across the country. Many buildings have also been decorated with colorful lights. Government building, parks, amusement parks, national monuments are decorated for the event.    People also love to hoist flags on their residences and lit these with green and white lights. Apart from these, a traditional flag-lowering ceremony takes place at Lahore's Wagah border, but visitors will not be allowed due to pandemic tough restrictions.   In Pakistan’s largest and coastal city Karachi, Independence Day celebrations have been organized by governmental and non-governmental organizations, schools, colleges, and the private sector. On the morning of August 14, the main ceremony will be held at the mausoleum of the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.    Parks and public places will remain open but the government has urged people to observe the SOPs for their own and others’ safety. All the main public buildings across Islamabad and Rawalpindi will be decorated with lights and the Pakistani flag. Individual celebrations Besides the decoration of buildings and opening of recreational spots in different cities of Pakistan, people also celebrate their own small ways by decorating their homes, shops, and vehicles with the Pakistani flag to exhibit their patriotism.    For the purpose, roadside stalls selling flags, badges, stickers, and clothes for adults and children alike, have been set up in almost all cities of Pakistan. Typically, in the build up to August 14, shop stalls and shops are set up across the country selling bunting, banners and posters emblazoned with the green and white of the Pakistani national flag.    On this day, celebration parades are visible all over the country, with citizens typically dressed in green and white. Family and friends’ gatherings are also held to enjoy Pakistani food at home or in public places following the COVID-19 restrictions.
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    2021-09-09

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  • Administrative order for corona diagnosis test that separates only foreign workers is not allowed!
      It was found that local governments, which segregated and separated only migrant workers and forced them to undergo a COVID-19 diagnostic test, withdrew the administrative order or changed the target to domestic and foreign nationals. The National Human Rights Commission of Korea announced on the 30th that 17 municipalities nationwide responded to a recommendation to stop discriminatory administrative orders against migrant workers. The National Human Rights Commission of Korea determined that it was a discriminatory measure against foreigners to segregate and separate migrant workers and force them to undergo a corona diagnosis test. Accordingly, on March 22, 2021, the head of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters and regional government heads were advised to suspend the administrative order and to implement a non-discriminatory quarantine policy based on the principle of human rights. At that time, migrant workers, related civic groups, and embassies of each country voiced high criticism of the administrative order as a discriminatory measure against foreigners. All executive orders were reviewed for human rights violations and policy improvement measures. The Human Rights Commission said, “Measures to separate and classify a specific group without a reasonable reason may rather weaken the specific group’s active participation in the quarantine process. It was recommended that the discriminatory quarantine policy be changed, judging that there is a risk of jeopardizing the safety of the entire community by failing to achieve this,” he said.   In response to the recommendation of the Human Rights Committee, the local government that issued the administrative order changed the administrative order that had issued an administrative order to △withdraw or suspend the administrative order for migrant workers△ to make the diagnostic test mandatory and to specify sanctions in case of non-compliance with an advisory measure △ changed the administrative order that was only for 'migrant workers' to 'foreigners in the same workplace', etc. Meanwhile, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters has not yet responded to the implementation plan. Reporter Lee Jieun  
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    2021-12-03
  • The unfinished Korean War, will the two Koreas, America and China come to an end this time?
      It is reported that Seo Hoon, head of the Blue House Security Office, will visit China on December 2 to discuss the declaration of an end to the Korean War. This is to speed up discussions on the declaration of an end to the war between the four countries of South, North America and China ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February next year. During his visit to China, Director Suh Hoon is expected to meet with Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, a close aide to Chinese President Xi Jinping, to discuss the issue of China's participation in the declaration of an end to the Korean Peninsula. When President Moon Jae-in proposed a declaration of an end to the war at the UN General Assembly in September, he also mentioned China's participation. At the time, President Moon said, “I propose that the three South and North American or four South and North Americans come together and declare that the war on the Korean Peninsula is over.” While a high-ranking government official said yesterday that "China is also clearly willing to participate," Chief Seo is expected to explain to the Chinese side the content of the end-of-war declaration that the ROK and the United States have been discussing and ask for help in drawing a favorable response from North Korea. The meaning of the declaration of end of the war is to end the Korean War and to end the hostile relationship between South and North Korea. The Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, was halted on July 27, 1953 when the United States, North Korea, and China signed an armistice agreement. In South Korea, President Seungman Lee at the time was against the armistice agreement and did not sign it. As such, the war has not ended on the Korean Peninsula for more than 60 years. It is said that the ROK-U.S. diplomatic authorities have reached the final stage of discussions on the text of the declaration of the end of the war. The main content of the declaration of the end of the war is expected to be 'the end of hostile relations between North Korea and the United States'. However, even if South Korea and the United States prepare text for an end-of-war declaration, it is unclear whether North Korea will respond. South Korea's request for active participation from China is also to persuade China to participate in the end-of-war declaration.   There are many skeptics about the end of the war declaration. Even if the hostile relationship is ended verbally, it is not expected that anything will change substantially in view of the nature of North Korea, which has taken many sudden actions. However, President Moon Jae-in seems to give more importance to the symbolic meaning of the complete end of the war on the Korean Peninsula. Reporter Lee Jieun  
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    2021-12-02
  • 4,116 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest level of risk in the metropolitan area.
      The number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reached 4,116, surpassing the record high of 4,000. In addition, in the weekly risk assessment of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19, COVID-19) in the 3rd week of November (14-20), the metropolitan area appeared to have the highest 'very high' among the five levels (very low-low-medium-high-high-very high). ' The government said that the main causes were the increase in the number of new critically ill patients and deaths, and the saturation of the operation of the intensive care unit. The Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters announced the results of the weekly risk assessment for the 3rd week of November through a regular briefing on the 22nd. Jung Eun-kyung, head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters) said, “As a result of a comprehensive weekly risk assessment through the risk assessment of the quarantine and the advice of the Quarantine and Medical Subcommittee, the national level was ‘high’, the metropolitan area ‘very high’, and the non-metropolitan area rated the risk as 'medium'." In the risk assessment of the 2nd week of November, just a week ago, the national level was ‘low’, the metropolitan area ‘medium’, and the non-metropolitan area ‘very low’. Within one week, the risk increased significantly by two steps. The deterioration of key indicators is cited as the main factor here. Commissioner Jeong said, “The average bed utilization rate in the intensive care unit was 62.6% for the third week of November, and the condition of the beds deteriorated rapidly to 77% in the metropolitan area. As it continues to decline, the risk of infection exposure in the community is increasing.” In addition, the number of new severe cases and deaths increased. The number of new daily critically ill patients is exceeding the 500 level, the limit that the government can stably manage. The number of deaths has also increased to more than 20 per day in the past week.   In this situation, infectious disease experts are concerned about the collapse of the medical system and are ordering that social distancing be strengthened again. On the other hand, the self-employed, whose sales are increasing due to Corona, are insisting on maintaining the current situation, so the government's judgment is noteworthy. Reporter Song Hasung
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    2021-11-25
  • Foreign residents, please show how you enjoy Korean food.
    The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Minister Hyun-soo Kim) and the Korean Food Promotion Agency are holding a ‘Korean Food Video Contest for Foreigners’ for one month from November 19 to December 18, 2021 to spread Korean food overseas. This is the second contest following last year, and it was planned non-face-to-face in consideration of the COVID-19 situation. The contest is divided into two categories: 'Cooking video using kimchi and sauce (Cookbang)' and 'Video of eating and enjoying Korean food (Mukbang)'. Anyone with a foreign nationality residing at home or abroad can participate. In the case of cookbang, the theme was expanded into two categories by adding ② ‘Korean sauce’, which is about to be submitted for application for UNESCO
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    2021-11-24
  • The vaccination completion rate for foreigners who are legally residing in Korea has risen to 71.7%, while those who are staying without registration have risen to 74.6%.
      The Ministry of Justice has implemented policies such as 'exemption from notification duty' and 'grant incentives for foreigners to vaccinate' to raise the vaccination rate for foreigners. As a result, as of November 16, the vaccination completion rate for legally residing foreigners increased to 71.7%, and the vaccination completion rate for illegal aliens increased to 74.6%. The ‘notification duty exemption system’ means that the information provided by illegally residing foreigners during the COVID-19 test and vaccination is not used for purposes other than quarantine purposes, and the immigration department is not notified. The 'Vaccinated Foreigners Incentive Grant' system exempts foreign nationals who have been vaccinated by December 31 of this year and voluntarily leaves the country from fines of up to tens of thousands of won, and the incentives are subject to deferred entry regulations when re-entering Korea. am. In addition, the Ministry of Justice continued to carry out 'guiding activities in areas densely populated by foreigners' and 'multilingual information and publicity for immigrant communities'. As a result, the proportion of foreign confirmed cases among all confirmed cases in Korea is also falling significantly from 21.7% (October 13) → 14.1% (October 27) 
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    2021-11-23
  • Why is the Korean government not recognizing vaccinations received abroad?
    The Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a ‘foreign policy discussion on Korea’s response to COVID-19’ for foreign journalists at the Seoul Press Center on the afternoon of November 17th. Son Yeong-rae, head of the Central Accident Resolving Headquarters of the Ministry of Welfare, said, "In response to a Danish reporter's question about the timing and standards for Korea's gradual cessation of normal recovery, he said, "We see as an important point whether (the current situation) exceeds the usable range of the medical system." If there is a situation where proper treatment is not possible while going beyond this, we will suspend the normal recovery process and take emergency measures.”
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    2021-11-19
  • “It was a fact of child abuse at a child welfare and nurturing facility.”
    “Hey, boy, Tak! I love you... Tak! Put on your shoes, tak!...” On the 11th, in the meeting room of the Gender Equality and Family Lifelong Education Committee (Chairman Park Chang-soon) of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, a shout from an official from a child welfare facility communal home (group home, small orphan protection facility) resounded. Eleven provincial legislators and the staff of the Gender Equality and Family Bureau of the Gyeonggi Provincial Office listened to this recording together in tension. It was the moment when the fact that the communal family was abusing the youth in the care was revealed. “I got goosebumps when I heard this recorded file where the youth group home manager corporal punishment for the youth. My hands and feet were shaking and I couldn't sleep at night. Child abuse, neglect, and violence are actually taking place in child welfare and nurturing facilities.” Gyeonggi-do lawmaker Lee Jin-yeon couldn't calm her excitement, but that didn't mean she was yelling at the officials. He was complaining to the provincial officials. “When I requested the group home guidance inspection data from the provincial government, there was no report of the abuse I received from the children. When I asked for detailed data, a similar story was briefly mentioned.” Rep. Jin-yeon Lee reported to the police for obvious cases of child abuse and filed a complaint with Gyeonggi-do for other cases, but nothing changed. “In the end, the guidance check data shows that there are no problems with the group home. What do you do with a guidance check? Nothing is resolved. It's not just one or two cases of abuse, neglect, and assault reported to me by children via phone and other means. I have several of these recording files on my phone.” Rep. Lee is said to have complained that even if children report their harm to the police, the perpetrators will not be investigated. In the end, the children had no choice but to run away, but the group home received the same allowance and support even when the children ran away. “Accounting fraud is also strongly suspected. But I can't get that data. It is said that Gyeonggi-do does not receive the personal living expenses paid by the state. Meanwhile, child abuse, including accounting fraud, continues. If we do not solve this problem, eventually the state and local governments will become the main culprits for neglecting and abusing these children.” Rep. Jin-yeon Lee's question about the audit of administrative affairs, which drove the standing committee meeting room into tension, ended up taking more than 10 minutes. It was a short time to deliver all the voices of abused children in childcare facilities. Chairman Park Chang-soon, who had stopped him if he passed the question time, waited quietly this time. In the end, Lee Soon-num, director of the Gender Equality and Family Affairs Bureau of the Gyeonggi Provincial Office, answered. “I listened to the recording with a heavy and painful heart,” he said. It is a pity that we did not do a thorough inspection of the group home check. It is difficult because we cannot observe all aspects of life during the guidance check process. We will discuss improvement measures with the Ministry of Health and Welfare.”   Rep. Lee Jin-yeon's sigh deeply filled every corner of her conference hall despite the director's reply. Reporter Song Haseong   
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    2021-11-18
  • Gyeonggi Da News, helpful for Korean life ‘86.92%’
    The satisfaction of multicultural families with Gyeonggi Da News (publisher Haseong Song) was found to be very high. In particular, it was found that the satisfaction level increased by more than 20% compared to the survey three years ago. Gyeonggi Da News conducted a newspaper satisfaction survey on 176 people from multicultural families who had subscribed to Gyeonggi Da News in Goyang and Paju for two weeks each from September to October. As a result, to the question ‘Is Gyeonggi Da News helpful to you?’, 86.92% of the respondents (153 people) answered that it was helpful (119 people a lot, 34 people a little), indicating a high level of satisfaction. 8.52% of the respondents (15 people) answered 'Average', and only 3.4% answered 'Not very helpful' (4 people) or 'Not helpful at all' (2 people). In the same survey conducted in 2018 (143 responses), 67% of the respondents (96 people) were helpful to the same question (63 helpful, 33 helpful), and 26% of the respondents (The level of satisfaction was significantly improved compared to those who answered 'normal' and 7% of the respondents (10 people) answered 'not helpful'. Among the articles, the fields that were helpful to multicultural families were in the following order: Welfare information>Multicultural Family Support Center News>Multicultural Policy Information>Education and Childrearing Information>Community News>Korean and Cooking>Legal Counseling>Life Information>Multilingual, etc. 3 years It wasn't much different from before. The contents that Gyeonggi Multicultural News would like to be covered in the future are welfare and living information> employment information> education and childcare information> economic and financial information> legal consultation> Korean and cuisine> housing and housing information> local news, etc. The demand for welfare and life information, economic and financial information appears to have increased. On the other hand, ▲ expansion of multiple languages ▲ expansion of education and childrearing information were found to need further improvement. According to the characteristics of the respondents, 92 people (52.2%) of multicultural families who subscribed to newspapers for more than 2 years, 29 people (16.4%) who subscribed for 1-2 years, 23 people (13.0%) who subscribed for 6 months to 1 year It was found that there were many cases of reading newspapers regularly, and the preference for newspapers was also high. Even multicultural families who have lived in Korea for more than 10 years felt that newspapers were not of much help if they were not familiar with Korean, and the characteristic of requiring more multilingualism for newspaper editing was still there. To the question ‘Do you plan to subscribe to Gyeonggi Da News again next year?’, 90.3% of the respondents (134 people) answered ‘yes’ (134 people very much, 25 people a little), indicating their unchanging love for the newspaper. This figure is also 21.3% higher than three years ago. This satisfaction survey was conducted through a non-face-to-face survey in 6 languages (Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Thai, English) using the Naver form due to the corona virus.   About this survey, the publisher Song Haseong said, “I feel a great sense of responsibility for the satisfaction level has increased significantly compared to three years ago. Papaya Story, a total information service for foreign residents, was recently launched to cope with the increase in non-face-to-face activities and changes in the media environment caused by COVID-19. We will do our best to diversify information delivery media for multicultural families.” Reporter Lee Jieun  
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    2021-11-17
  • Will edible corona treatments speed up the global end of coronavirus?
    Competition for pre-purchase in Asia-Pacific countries is fierce as 'Molnupiravir', the first treatment for COVID-19, received an emergency use review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Indonesian government also decided to discuss a contract for the pre-purchase of Molnupiravir in New York in the near future, as well as production of the tablet in Indonesia.   The South Korean government, which was criticized for being delayed in securing a coronavirus vaccine last year, also announced that the government is discussing with the goal of using an edible COVID-19 treatment in Korea in January or February next year. Previously, the Korean government is known to be pushing for pre-purchase of 40,000 medicines with three global pharmaceutical companies, including Merck, Pfizer, and Roche, including a contract to pre-purchase 20,000 doses of Molnupiravir with Merck. The Price is 820,000 won for a set of 40 tablets If Molnupiravir is approved, the U.S. has decided to spend 1.2 billion dollars on the purchase of 1.7 million sets and about 1.4 trillion won. In an official letter in June, Merck announced that it plans to apply a differential pricing system to each country, and that it has entered into licensing contracts for producing generic drugs for 104 middle-income countries. Edible treatment is important in preparation for With Corona According to a study by King's College London (KCL) in the UK, the symptoms of a "breakthrough infection" are in the order of headache, runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat. Among these, sneezing is a symptom that rarely occurs when an unvaccinated person is infected, so the researchers said that if you repeatedly sneeze for no reason even though you have been vaccinated, it is better to get tested for coronavirus.  Reporter Song Haseong
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    2021-10-22
  • Hwaseong City ranks first in the nation in the number of foreigners vaccinated through various policies.
    The city of Hwaseong has tried various policies such as one-stop vaccination for unregistered foreigners and the operation of a visiting vaccine bus to increase the number of foreigners vaccinated. Hwaseong City announced on the 18th that as of the 18th, the number of registered foreigners vaccinated against COVID-19 was 42,705 and the number of unregistered foreigners was 9,067, indicating the highest number of vaccinated people in the country. This figure is much higher than the neighboring Siheung City (41,225 registered, 5,017 unregistered), Ansan City Danwon-gu (39,419 registered, 3,085 unregistered), and Sangnok-gu, Ansan (13,376 registered, 821 unregistered), which have a large number of foreign workers. . In particular, the fact that Hwaseong City was able to secure more than 9,000 vaccinated people within a short period of time despite the difficulties in discovering and inducing undocumented foreigners to vaccinate is an evaluation that various foreign vaccination policies implemented to curb regional spread through foreigners were effective. To curb the spread of COVID-19 through foreigners, Hwaseong City issued an administrative order to inspect all foreign workers from last March and issued an administrative order to implement diagnostic tests for foreign employers located in the southern part of Hwaseong City from August, focused on testing and inoculation. In addition, as the number of foreign confirmed cases surged in September, efforts were made to increase the inoculation rate of foreigners by implementing the “one-stop vaccination service for undocumented foreigners” that provides vaccinations for undocumented foreigners over the age of 30 at the vaccination center after receiving them on-site.   Kim Yeon-hee, head of the Hwaseong City Health Center, said, "We will continue to cooperate with foreign employment companies and employment agencies to ensure that registered and undocumented foreigners are continuously vaccinated”, adding, "We will do our best to create collective immunity for foreigners in the jurisdiction." Reporter Song Haseong
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    2021-10-21
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