On a visit to the Saemaul Leadership Center in Suwon, President Choi Gyu-ha said in an address to its members that the “Saemaeul (New Village) Project should continue to be intensified.” Furthermore, the president instructed the relevant ministries to support the construction of a new training center that is planned in the southern Seongnam City.
Heavy torrential rain flooded areas of the northern central region, impacting Gangwon-do, Chungcheong-do, Gyeonggi-do, and Gyeongsangbuk-do and resulting in extensive property damage as well as the loss of nearly 150 lives. When the levees collapsed, the rivers overflowed and flooded agricultural fields, damaging crops and destroying bridges and roads. The property damage has reached KRW 40 billion. Boun-eup of Chungcheongbuk-do suffered the greatest losses with 13,000 flood victims. President Choi instructed the Cabinet to speed up the emergency relief and recovery efforts. The president visited the Central Disaster Relief Center and the flood areas of Chungcheong-do, calling for the military, citizens and the government to make a concerted effort towards a fast recovery. President Choi also visited Jeonui-eup and Boun-eup, both of which suffered severe damage, to encourage villagers. Prior to this, Chun Doo-hwan, the chairman of the National Security Emergency Measures Committee, and Choi Jong-wan, the minister of construction, visited the affected sites to encourage residents to work together in order to expedite the recovery process. Lee Hui-seong, the martial law commander, visited the Boun area to give added momentum to soldiers and villagers in their relief efforts. He instructed that the military give special leave to soldiers whose homes were affected by the flood so that they can join the relief efforts. Residents and reserve forces in the region are making a full recovery effort after the disastrous flood.
The National Security Emergency Measures Committee held a public hearing on how to normalize education and curb private tutoring activities. The majority of the representatives agreed that private tutoring can be curbed by increasing the importance of school academic records for college admissions, by expanding the number of students and by making it more difficult to graduate. Currently, over six percent of students attending elementary, middle and high schools receive private tutoring, an activity that cost KRW 82.3 billion in 1979. We should not let education, the cornerstone of our national development, be overtaken by private lessons because doing so would add to the already serious financial burden that is placed on households.
This is a large Buddhist gathering held at the plaza of the Imjingak Pavilion to pray for national security. Hosted by various Buddhist sects and organizations, this gathering was held in order to send prayers to the nation to help it overcome its current difficulties, and to pledge the fulfillment of the Buddhist mission of national security and solidarity through the united efforts of all Buddhists.
Rice, our staple food, is in short supply but there is a surplus of barley. The government plans to purchase 3.5 million seoms (144 kilos) this year but it will be added to an inventory of 3 million seoms, meaning a huge amount of barley will remain in storage. On the other hand, Korea imports 4 million seoms of rice each year. While white rice costs on average KRW 55,000 per month for a family of five, mixed grains (rice mixed with other grains at a ratio of 8 to 2) cost KRW 23,760, allowing a family of five to save KRW 30,240 per month or KRW 374,880 per year. The number of restaurants that serve boiled barley has been on the rise recently. Though some eat at these restaurants for nostalgic reasons, others go because they are aware of the nutritional advantages of barley. Boiled barley during the summer is one of our traditional seasonal delicacies. Compare rice and barley side by side and you’ll see that barley has a much higher nutritional content, greater amounts of protein, fat, calcium and vitamins and fewer calories. Additionally, many foods can be cooked with barley. Adopting a sensible diet based on a mix of rice and barley allow for a better health and a stronger national economy.
The salvage operation designed to recover relics from a ship that sank in the coastal waters of Sinan continues, and the estimated shape of the ship was recently disclosed. It was initially believed that most of the ship’s relics had been recovered but it was later discovered that a considerable amount still remain at the site. 569 items were recovered from June to July 24th of this year. About 300 items, including some made of porcelain and carved wood, were recovered on July 24th alone, the day that Daehan News paid a visit to the site. So far, a total of 12,750 items have been excavated from the ship. The excavation team in charge of the salvage operation has had to overcome several technical challenges. After the investigation is completed this year, the ship will be lifted, moved to land, conserved and put on display for the general public.
Boy Scout Air Squadron students participated in a special aviation training course organized by the Air Force. The course, which is designed to train aviation technical staff, includes basic knowledge and technical skills related to aviation and space, G-tolerance training and emergency exit drills. This training helps students develop a sense of responsibility for the nation and it provides them with an opportunity to learn cooperation and leadership skills as well as to enhance their physical competence. Meanwhile, in Busan, the Korea Sea Scouts Federation launched an event on the coastal waters of Oryukdo Island and staged various demonstrations such as life-saving and water-skiing. The young scouts acquired knowledge and skills about marine science that will help them grow into leaders of the maritime industry.