tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Samsung To Invest ₩133 Tln In Non-Memory Business, Create Jobs http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350673&typ_800=T Samsung Electronics says it will invest 133 trillion won by 2030 to expand its non-memory and foundry business to take the top spot in the high-tech industry. Samsung said in a press release today the investment will be composed of 73 trillion won for domestic research and development and 60 trillion won for production infrastructure. The company added it plans to create 15,000 jobs in R&D and production to bolster its technological prowess. The tech giant said it will also step up collaboration with small and medium-sized companies as well as universities and research labs to develop emerging technologies and train professionals in the industry.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201904241749+0900 N. Korea's Kim Arrives In Vladivostok For Talks With Putin http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350709&typ_800=U [Anchor] North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Russia for the first time since he took power in late 2011. His private train reached the Pacific coast city of Vladivostok this afternoon where he will hold his first face-to-face summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. Julie Sohn reports. [Reporter] After its wee-hour departure from the North, Kim's special train pulled into Vladivostok earlier this afternoon. His highly-anticipated summit with Putin tomorrow is expected to be held at the Far Eastern Federal University under heavy security. During the meeting, the leaders are expected to discuss efforts to strengthen economic cooperation and bilateral ties, but more importantly, seek a diplomatic solution to the North's denuclearization efforts. North Korea has been stepping up its diplomacy with its traditional allies since the breakdown of the Hanoi summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in an effort to secure support in its nuclear negotiations with Washington. Analysts say the first Putin-Kim summit is unlikely to yield significant results given the sanctions on Pyongyang. No joint statement or signing of agreements is expected from the meeting. Following the summit, Kim may tour neighboring facilities or landmarks in the port city before returning home on Friday. Julie Sohn, eFM News.■ Julie Sohn 201904241739+0900 Seoul Plans To Streamline Rules For Economic Cooperation With North http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350704&typ_800=U Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul says South Korea will try to streamline regulations needed for full-scale economic cooperation with North Korea. Kim told a forum in Seoul earlier today that improving the country's legal system before pursuing inter-Korean economic projects is necessary to improve their quality and scale. He added South Korea should make preparations so cooperative projects with the North can be launched at any time the right conditions are created. Kim said his ministry will consult with the North regarding the legal and institutional matters.■ Hanna Choi 201904241659+0900 'Avengers: Endgame' Surpasses 1 Mln Admissions In 5 Hours After Release http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350703&typ_800=I Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame" has surpassed a million admissions in less than five hours of its release. According to the Korean Film Council, the film passed the one million mark around 11:30 a.m. today, the fastest pace ever for a film shown in South Korea. Its local distributor, Walt Disney Company Korea, said the movie is soon expected to break the all-time opening-day record of 1.23 million, set by the Korean action fantasy "Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days" on August 1st last year. Advance sales of tickets for the latest superhero movie surpassed a record 2 million, outnumbering the previous box office record set by the preceding Avengers film, Infinity War, last year.■ Ron Chang 201904241657+0900 Foreign Tourists To Seoul Hit All-Time High In 1st Quarter http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350700&typ_800=O The number of foreign tourists visiting Seoul has reached a record high of 3.03 million in the first quarter of the year. The Seoul Metropolitan Government attributed the rise to more individual Chinese tourists traveling to the capital at a time when the two countries have gradually recovered diplomatic relations. According to a survey of foreign visitors conducted by the city government, one in two said they were on their second or more visits to Seoul last year. Those surveyed rated their overall satisfaction as 4.25 points out of five.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201904241648+0900 Travelogue: Peace-Themed Trip To Panmunjom http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350683&typ_800=I [Anchor] Saturday marks one year since the Panmunjom Declaration, the deal signed by President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after their first summit. In this week's Travelogue, our Hanna Choi shares tips on planning a peace-themed trip to the border area between the two Koreas. [Reporter] The truce village of Panmunjom is located within the Demilitarized Zone, a place where the divided Koreas meet and hold talks. Both locals and foreigners can visit the border zone, but only in groups with tour companies, as the area still restricts civilian access and requires military escort. Visitors can choose from a variety of sightseeing options, including a tour into North Korea and a trip to observation points for a bird's eye view of daily life across the border. The Joint Security Area, located in Panmunjom, is the closest point a tourist can get to the North and also buy North Korean goods like stamps, money and wine from the gift shop there. But be warned, all visitors to the JSA must adhere to a specified dress code that includes no ripped jeans, sandals or unkempt hair. Passports are mandatory for most tours and will be checked by army personnel at the JSA. The exclusive tours also require advance reservations, so pre-book your visit online or plan ahead. Hanna Choi, eFM News.■ Hanna Choi 201904241556+0900 S. Korea Plans To Expand 5G Reception Areas http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350671&typ_800=T The government is partnering with three mobile telecommunications companies to stabilize the 5G network across the country. The science ministry discussed such measures at a conference held with mobile operators and equipment manufacturers earlier today. The companies plan to install at least 230,000 pieces of equipment in 85 major cities and neighborhoods as part of their efforts. The ministry said it plans to raise the coverage area to 93 percent of the population by the end of this year.■ Hanna Choi 201904241449+0900 Performances Saturday To Mark 1 Year Since Panmunjom Declaration http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350670&typ_800=N A number of performances will open on Saturday to celebrate one year since the Panmunjom Declaration -- a deal signed by President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after their first summit. The performances by artists from South Korea, the United States, Japan and China will be held on five special stages set up on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom. Earlier today, unification ministry spokesman Lee Sang-min unveiled a list of performers for the event. They include singer-songwriter BoA, Lee Su-hyun of duo Akdong Musician, and pianist Kim Kwang-min, who was part of South Korea's artistic delegation to Pyongyang in April last year as well as American cellist Lynn Harrell and Japanese flutist Ayako Takagi.■ Ron Chang 201904241440+0900 Death Toll Rises To 359 In Sri Lanka Bombings, More Arrested http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350668&typ_800=M Police say the death toll from the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday has risen to at least 359. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara also said Wednesday morning that 18 suspects were arrested overnight, raising the total detained to 58. However, the country’s prime minister has warned that several suspects armed with explosives were still at large. According to officials, the suicide bombings at the churches, hotels and other sites were carried out by Islamic fundamentalists.■ Hanna Choi 201904241437+0900 N. Korea's Kim Crosses Border Into Russia To Meet Putin http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350667&typ_800=U North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has crossed the border into Russia for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin as Pyongyang seeks closer ties with its traditional ally amid a nuclear deadlock with the United States. Thursday's meeting in the coastal city of Vladivostok will be Kim's first face-to-face talks with another head of state since his meeting in February with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi. Russian media reports said earlier that Kim's private armored train arrived Wednesday in the border town of Khasan. The talks, which will likely cover economic cooperation and bilateral ties as well as denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, follow repeated invitations from Putin since Kim embarked on his diplomatic overtures last year.■ Ron Chang 201904241435+0900 Seoul To Introduce Eco-Friendly Electric Motorcycles For Deliveries http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350664&typ_800=O Seoul city plans to cooperate with private businesses to replace delivery motorcycles with eco-friendly electric ones. The Seoul Metropolitan Government has reached an agreement with franchise and food delivery app operators under which they will introduce over 1,000 electric motorcycles by the end of the year. According to the city government, motorcycles usually produce six times more nitrogen oxide emissions than small cars. The move is part of measures unveiled by Seoul city last week to counter worsening fine-dust air pollution in the capital area.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201904241430+0900 N. Korea's Kim In Russia For Summit With Putin http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350642&typ_800=U [Anchor] North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Russia by train for his first-ever summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kim's private train arrived at the border town of Khasan this morning and is en route to the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok where the summit is scheduled to take place tomorrow. Julie Sohn has more. [Reporter] Media reports say Kim's train reached Khasan station this morning, where he received a welcoming ceremony upon arrival. Following the ceremony, Kim is taking another hours-long trip to the Pacific coast city of Vladivostok to meet Putin tomorrow. The meeting will likely be held at the Far Eastern Federal University as Kim's security and protocol staffers were spotted making final summit preparations. During the meeting, the leaders are expected to discuss efforts to strengthen economic cooperation and bilateral ties, with the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula expected to top the agenda. North Korea has been stepping up its diplomacy with its traditional allies since the breakdown of the Hanoi summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in an effort to secure support in its nuclear negotiations with Washington. Analysts say the first Putin-Kim summit is unlikely to yield significant results given the sanctions on Pyongyang, but they may issue a political declaration that they will continue to develop their partnership and cooperate for peace on the peninsula. Julie Sohn, eFM News.■ Julie Sohn 201904241215+0900 Govt Draws Up ₩6.7 Tln Extra Budget To Tackle Economic Slowdown, Fine Dust http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350641&typ_800=J [Anchor] The government has proposed a 6.7 trillion won extra budget to cope with economic slowdown and rising concerns over stifling levels of fine dust. The Cabinet approved the supplementary budget this morning and plans to submit it to the National Assembly tomorrow. Claudia Kim has more. [Reporter] The supplementary budget, the third of its kind under the Moon Jae-in administration, focuses on revitalizing the local economy and tackling worsening air pollution. Some 1.5 trillion won is to be allocated to tackle fine dust. The proposal outlines that it will be used to scrap more than 400,000 old diesel cars, set up equipment to measure fine dust, establish a joint forecasting system with China and install air purifiers in public schools and welfare facilities. Some 700 billion won has been earmarked for strengthening anti-disaster measures following the massive wildfires that swept across Gangwon Province earlier this month. About 4.5 trillion won will be used to boost the economy and create jobs. The budget is expected to be used to help companies venture into new foreign markets and beef up the social safety net which includes unemployment benefits, vocational training for unemployed people as well as the creation of jobs. It will also be used to nurture talented people in areas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as artificial intelligence and future cars as well as in the development of content following the country's release of the world's first commercial 5G network. The government forecasts the extra budget will lead to a reduction of an additional seven thousand tons of fine dust and an increase of 0.1 percentage point in the gross domestic product for the year. Claudia Kim, eFM News.■ Claudia Kim 201904241210+0900 Strong 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northeast India http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350614&typ_800=M A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. According to the Korea Metrological Administration, the quake occurred around 5:15 a.m. Korea time. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated that there was a "low likelihood" of casualties and damage from the quake as the state is a mountainous region with a small population.■ Claudia Kim 201904241158+0900 Seoul To Offer Vacation Subsidy To Irregular Workers http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2350615&typ_800=O The Seoul Metropolitan Government will provide vacation subsidies of 250,000 won to 2,000 irregular workers in efforts to offer chances of leisure and also fuel the local tourism market. The city government will begin accepting applications for the subsidy starting May 16th from Seoul residents earning less than 2 million won a month. The program is mainly intended for non-regular and subcontract workers, including designated drivers, insurance sales agents and tutors. For more information, visit http://seoulvacation.kr.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201904241009+0900