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N. Korea replaces border guards after soldier's defection

Seoul, Nov 23 (IANS) North Korea is believed to have replaced all border security guards after one of its soldiers defected to the South through the guarded Joint Security Area. A North Korean soldier was shot and wounded by his fellow soldiers on November 13 when he sought to cross the heavily guarded inter-Korean border to defect. The replacement seems to be a response to their failure...

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Ensure digital space doesn't become playground for terror: Modi

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Noting that cyber attacks are a significant threat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it must be ensured that digital space does not become a playground for forces of terror and radicalisation. The quest for an open and accessible Internet often leads to vulnerability. Stories of hacking and defacement of websites are the tip of an iceberg. They sugge...

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JAM trinity helped government save $10 bn leak: Modi

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it must be ensured that digital space doesn't become a playground for forces of terror and radicalization and that the Jan Dhan Yojna, Aadhaar and Mobile trinity (JAM) had helped the government save $10 billion in leakages. The quest for an open and accessible Internet often leads to vulnerability. Stories of hacking ...

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Nation should ensure digital space does not become playground of dark forces: Modi

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the nation should ensure that digital space does not become a playground of dark forces. Cyber attacks are significant threat to the global community. We need to ensure that the vulnerable section of the society does not fall prey to it, Modi said while addressing at the inaugural session of the fifth edition of the G...

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Video footage shows N.Korean soldier defecting to South

Seoul, Nov 22 (IANS) The UN Command on Wednesday published several videos showing the escape of a North Korean defector who was shot at by his fellow soldiers while crossing the border to the South on November 13. The footage captured by security cameras from the southern side of the border shows the moment the defector arrived in an SUV and ran across the border to South Korea, during w...

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IOC's final technical visit to PyeongChang Tuesday-Wednesday

Seoul, Nov 20 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will undertake a final technical visit to PyeongChang, the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Tuesday-Wednesday. According to local organizers on Monday, this will be the IOC's ninth and final Project Review on PyeongChang, reports Xinhua news agency. The organizers said IOC officials will review PyeongChang's ...

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Former Wimbledon champ Jana Novotna passes away

Prague, Nov 20 (IANS) Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna passed away at her home in the Czech Republic on Monday following a long battle with cancer. She was 49. Novotna won the 1998 women's singles at Wimbledon, beating Nathalie Tauziat in the final, to then become the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion in the Open era. A statement from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA...

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Three S.Korean soldiers rescued injured N.Korean defector

Seoul, Nov 20 (IANS) Three South Korean soldiers rescued a North Korean soldier who defected to Seoul after being shot by his fellow troops, the Defence Ministry said on Monday. The North Korean soldier reportedly collapsed shortly after crossing the Joint Security Zone (JSA) that separates the two Koreas. The three South Korean soldiers, stationed at the JSA, had rescued the pri...

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Weightlifting Olympic champion Suleymanoglu dies

Ankara (Turkey), Nov 18 (IANS) World and Olympic champion weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu from Turkey died on Saturday at the age of 50, local media reported. The Turkish champion underwent a liver transplant surgery last month after suffering with cirrhosis for a long time, reports Xinhua news agency. Suleymanoglu, nicknamed Pocket Hercules due to his 1.47 metres (4 feet 10 inch...

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Fresh outbreak of bird flu detected in South Korea

Seoul, Nov 18 (IANS) South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Saturday said it had detected a fresh outbreak of bird flu at a farm in the country's south and ordered the culling of 12,300 fowls as a preventive measure. South Korean authorities said they were carrying out epidemiological investigations in the affected farms, situated some 300 km southwest of Seoul,...

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'Enormous parasites' found in N. Korean defector's body

Seoul, Nov 17 (IANS) A North Korean soldier who was shot fleeing across the border had an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors said. The defector crossed the demilitarised zone earlier this week, but was shot several times by North Korean border guards as he ran across the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom to the South Korean side. He was rushed to a ho...

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Japan, US begin joint drills off Korean Peninsula

Tokyo, Nov 16 (IANS) Japan and the US on Thursday began joint naval drills south of the Korean Peninsula in a show of power against North Korea. The US sent its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, three destroyers and around 14,000 troops to participate in the drills that will be conducted until November 26 in waters near the Okinawa archipelago, the US Navy said in a stateme...

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Modi to inaugurate 5th edition of Global Conference on Cyber Space

New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), one of the worlds largest such, on November 23, an official statement said on Thursday. The theme of the two-day conference is Cyber4All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development. This is a historic moment for all of us to ho...

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Russian anti-doping agency to continue dialogue with WADA

Moscow, Nov 16 (IANS) Russian anti-doping agency (Rusada) will continue the dialogue on its reinstatement with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and will work as normal, Chairman of the agencys Supervisory Board Alexander Ivlev said on Thursday. The WADA Foundation Board held a meeting in Seoul on Thursday. It refused to reinstate Rusada, which was recognised as non-compliant with WADA...

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Seoul urges China's envoy to pressure N. Korea on n-programme

Seoul, Nov 16 (IANS) The South Korean government on Thursday called for the Chinese envoy scheduled to visit North Korea to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile development programme. Song Tao, the head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China, is set to visit North Korea on Friday to discuss an outcome of the Communist Party of China's 19th Congress tha...

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Trump's Seoul speech declaration of war: N. Korea

Seoul, Nov 15 (IANS) North Korea on Wednesday called a speech by US President Donald Trump at the South Korean Parliament an open declaration of war. During his speech last week, Trump, who was here during his 5-nation Asian tour, had criticised the repressive North Korean regime and painted a bleak picture of life in the country, Efe news reported. The Republican politician had ...

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'Russia complies with all WADA criteria'

Seoul, Nov 15 (IANS) Russia has complied with all criteria of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on reinstating the anti-doping system, and the countrys representatives have informed the organisations Executive Committee in Seoul about this, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told reporters on Wednesday. During the Executive Committee's meeting on Wednesday, Russia was represented b...

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5.4-magnitude quake hits S.Korea

Seoul, Nov 15 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted South Korea on Wednesday. The tremor occurred in an area 9 km north of the coastal city of Pohang in North Gyeongsang province at 2.29 p.m, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. The epicentre, with a depth of 9 km, was at 36.10 degrees north latitude and 129.37 degrees east longitude, rep...

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S.Korea rice production hits 37-year low

Seoul, Nov 14 (IANS) South Korea's rice production hit a 37-year low in 2017 due to continued fall in rice growing area, the government said on Tuesday. Rice production stood at 3,972,000 tonnes this year, a decrease of 5.3 per cent from 2016, Xinhua news agency reported. It was the lowest since 3.55 million tonnes of rice was produced in 1980. The low outcome was attri...

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N.Korean soldier who defected in critical condition

Seoul, Nov 14 (IANS) A North Korean soldier who defected to South Korea after being shot by his fellow troops used an all-terrain vehicle to escape is in critical condition, authorities said on Tuesday. The man on Monday approached the Joint Security Area (JSA), the only area where border guards of the rival Koreas face each other, in the vehicle and then abandoned it to continue his esc...

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