ASIA TODAY Seoul resumes nuclear power to meet its energy needs

Today’s news: Turkey’s annual inflation rate has exceeded 78%; Chinese researchers develop a device to test “loyalty” to the CCP; Marcos intends to increase rice and corn production and reduce dependence on imports; Patriarch Kirill lashes out at the “incomprehensible” hostility of the West towards Moscow; it snows again in Azerbaijan, temperatures of zero degrees at sea level.


Seoul wants to increase the participation of the atomic Energy in its energy portfolio, going from the current 27% to 30% by the year 2030. To this end, the construction works of two reactors will be resumed. The change of course is related to President Yoon Suk-yeol’s electoral victory in March. Previous administrations had reduced the role of nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.


A group of Chinese researchers has developed a device capable of detecting communist “party loyalty” (CCP). The project grew out of an artificial intelligence institute in Anhui and is based on facial scans and a polygraph. On the occasion of the first of July party, the video about its use was published on the popular social network Weibo -and later removed.


The annual inflation rate has already exceeded 78% in Turkey. According to the statistics office TurkStat, consumer prices increased by 4.95% in monthly terms and by 44.54% considering the average of the last 12 months. The largest increases were recorded in transportation (123.7%), food and non-alcoholic beverages (93.9%) and the category of household items (81.1%).


A movie poster featuring a woman dressed as the Hindu goddess Kali, intending to smoke, sparked anger and protests in India. Film director Leena Manimekalai posted the picture of her on social media to promote her new “documentary” Kaali. The gesture provoked discontent and offensive responses from many believers, who accused her of attacking religious sentiments.


The new president Ferdinand Marcos Jr – and head of the Ministry of Agriculture – promised yesterday increase rice and corn production. The goal is to reduce dependence on imports and avoid the consequences of a global food crisis. Manila is the world’s second largest importer of rice and is in a disadvantageous position in terms of food supply.


Patriarch Kirill of Moscow celebrated solemn liturgies in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, in the Baltic, which he defined as an “outpost of the country”. He also assured that no one will be able to “reform Russia”, and that “the hostility of the West is totally incomprehensible, because Russia has never harmed anyone”.


Unlike almost all European and Asian nations, Azerbaijan has seen snow in recent days, and temperatures of zero degrees at sea level are recorded. The director of the meteorological center, Umaira Tagneva, compared this situation with that of 2019, after the record floods in June and the “alterations caused by climate change, increasingly acute and abnormal”.

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