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A Rising Suicide Rate Among The Elderly Of Seoul

In downtown Seoul
In downtown Seoul

SEOUL — Poverty among the elderly has been blamed for the growing rate of suicides among senior citizens in South Korea's capital, where 50 seniors took their own lives last year. According to the Korea Labor Institute, 48.6% of the country's elderly were living in poverty last year, the Korea Heraldreports.

The highest suicide rate was among those living in Jungnang District, one of Seoul's poorest, with a suicide rate of 35.7 per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, residents in one of the city's richest area, Seocho District, saw only 15.3 suicides per 100,000 people last year. Seoul citizens aged 60 or older had the highest suicide rates.

Experts have also pointed out that the elderly who commit suicide fall primarily into two groups: those who don't want to burden their children with financial issues and those who grow estranged from their families as they get older.

According to Statistics Korea, the overall suicide rate in Seoul stood at 24.7 — meaning 24.7 Seoul residents in 100,000 committed suicide last year — which the OECD notes is one of the highest suicide rates among its 34 member countries.

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India Higher Education Inferior Complex: Where Are The Foreign University Campuses?

The proposed UGC guidelines are ill-conceived and populist, and hardly take note of the educational and financial interests of foreign universities.

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The IIT - Indian Institute of Technology - Campus

M.M Ansari and Mohammad Naushad Khan

NEW DELHI — Nearly 800,000 young people from India attend foreign universities every year in search of quality education and entrepreneurial training, resulting in a massive outflow of resources – $3 billion – to finance their education. These students look for greener pastures abroad because of the lack of quality teaching and research in most of India’s higher education institutions.

Over 40,000 colleges and 1,000 universities are producing unemployable graduates who cannot function in a knowledge- and technology-intensive economy.

The Indian government's solution is to open doors to foreign universities, with a proposed set of regulations aiming to provide higher education and research services to match global standards, and to control the outflow of resources. But this decision raises many questions.

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