Officials turn off lights to boost birth rate
South Korean government workers are being given an unusual instruction - go home and make babies.
Officials at the Ministry of Health will turn off all the lights in the building at 7pm on Wednesday, reports the BBC.
They want to encourage staff to go home for an evening of passion with their wives or husbands.
The experiment will be repeated every month in a bid to boost the country's birth rate, one of the lowest in the world.
The Ministry of Health, now sometimes jokingly referred to as the Ministry of Matchmaking, is in charge of spearheading this drive, and it clearly believes its staff should lead by example.
Generous gift vouchers are on offer for officials who have more than one child, and the department organises social gatherings in the hope of fostering love amongst its bureaucrats.
But critics say what is really needed is widescale reform to tackle the burdensome cost of childcare and education that puts many young people off starting a family.
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The victim had begun to eat it before she noticed the shreds of hessian-type cloth, reports Metro.
Herefordshire-based Hovis makers Premier Foods was fined £750 at Omagh Magistrates' Court, in County Tyrone.
District Judge Greg McCourt imposed the fine and ordered the company to pay court costs of £85 after it had earlier pleaded guilty.
A spokesman for Premier Foods said: "We go to great lengths to assure the quality of our great British brands but on this isolated occasion we have fallen short of our usual high standards and apologise for any distress caused to the customer."
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MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
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GO MAKE A BABY
Officials at the Ministry of Health in S. Korea will turn off all the lights in the building at 7pm tonight, to encourage employees to go home and have a night of passion with their partners. They plan on leading by example in an effort to encourage an increase in the birth rate, on of the lowest in the world.