March 18, 2010 / 12:27 AM / 10 years ago

PRESS DIGEST - South Korean newspapers - March 18

SEOUL, March 18 (Reuters) - The following is a summary of major South Korean newspapers on Thursday prepared by Reuters in Seoul. Reuters has not checked the stories and does not guarantee their accuracy.

CHOSUN ILBO

A source connected to a committee amending criminal laws under the justice ministry said on Wednesday that it had recently decided to abolish a law dating from 1953 that criminalises adultery. The source also added that the committee was looking into legalising abortion on a limited basis.

Samchonri, an electronic map of the entire Korean peninsula developed in North Korea, was released in South Korea for the first time by Free North Korea Radio on Wednesday.

Statistics released by the Road Traffic Authority on Wednesday showed that roughly 1,000 deaths and 700 billion won ($620.6 million) in damages were caused by drunk driving each year.

The head of the Korea Finance Corporation said Wednesday that it would provide 500 billion won ($443.3 million) in funding to support small and mid-sized companies during the second half of this year.

DONGA ILBO

The number of Supreme Court justices will be increased to 24 from the current 14 to ease their workload and diversify judgements, said the ruling Grand National Party on Wednesday.

MAEIL BUSINESS NEWSPAPER

Defence Minister Kim Tae-young said president Lee Myung-bak would visit the United Nations memorial park in Busan in June to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The last visit to the park by a South Korean president was in 1966 by the late Park Jung-hee.

JOONGANG ILBO

The CEO of mobile phone parts maker Woojeon & Handan 052270.KQ said in a recent interview that it had agreed to provide crucial parts for a new Research in Motion RIMM.O product to be released later this year. Industrial sources said the deal would be worth roughly 200 billion won ($177.3 million) but the company declined to give an official estimate.

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