1 MONGOLIA REPORTS 16 MORE COVID-19 CASES, 24 RECOVERIES WWW.XINHUANET.COM PUBLISHED:2021/01/24      2 MONGOLIA EASES MORE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN CAPITAL WWW.XINHUANET.COM PUBLISHED:2021/01/24      3 MONGOLIAN PEOPLE’S PARTY NOMINATES OYUN-ERDENE AS PRIME MINISTER WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2021/01/24      4 GOOGLE SAYS IT WILL SHUT SEARCH ENGINE IN AUSTRALIA IF FORCED TO PAY FOR NEWS WWW.REUTERS.COM PUBLISHED:2021/01/22      5 SERUM INSTITUTE: FIRE AT WORLD'S LARGEST VACCINE PRODUCER KILLS FIVE WWW.BBC.COM PUBLISHED:2021/01/22      6 MONGOLIA’S PM RESIGNS AFTER MOTHER AND NEWBORN WEREN’T GIVEN WARM CLOTHES DURING COVID-19 HOSPITAL TRANSFER IN FREEZING WEATHER WWW.RT.COM PUBLISHED:2021/01/22      7 MONGOLIA LOGS 16 NEW COVID-19 CASES, 13 RECOVERIES WWW.XINHUANET.COM PUBLISHED:2021/01/21      8 MONGOLIA PREMIER QUITS, BLAMES PRESIDENT OVER COVID PROTESTS WWW.BLOOMBERG.COM PUBLISHED:2021/01/21      9 MONGOLIAN PRIME MINISTER SUBMITS RESIGNATION AFTER COVID-19 PROTESTS WWW.REUTERS.COM PUBLISHED:2021/01/21      10 ULAANBAATAR-DARKHAN AUTO ROAD DEVELOPMENT TO CONTINUE WITH EBRD LOAN WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2021/01/21      ХӨДӨЛМӨРИЙН ГЭРЭЭГЭЭР АЖИЛ ЭРХЭЛДЭГ ГАДААДЫН ИРГЭДИЙН ТОО БУУРЧЭЭ WWW.NEWS.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2021/01/24     "50.2 ТЭРБУМ ТӨГРӨГИЙН АЖИЛГҮЙДЛИЙН ТЭТГЭМЖ ОЛГОСОН" WWW.NEWS.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2021/01/24     ТАТВАРЫН НИЙТ ОРЛОГО 1.3 ИХ НАЯД ТӨГРӨГӨӨР БУУРЧЭЭ WWW.MONTSAME.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2021/01/24     МОНГОЛЫН ХӨРӨНГИЙН БИРЖЭЭС ТОРОНТОГИЙН БИРЖ РҮҮ ХУВЬЦАА ХӨРВҮҮЛЭВ WWW.MONTSAME.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2021/01/24     НӨАТ: ГУРВАН САЯ ТӨГРӨГИЙН 28, ТАВАН САЯ ТӨГРӨГИЙН 2 АЗТАН ТОДОРЛОО WWW.IKON.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2021/01/24     НӨАТ-ЫН 2020 ОНЫ ДӨРӨВДҮГЭЭР УЛИРЛЫН БУЦААН ОЛГОЛТЫГ ЭНЭ САРД ОЛГОНО WWW.EAGLE.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2021/01/24     ГАЗРЫН ТОС БОЛОВСРУУЛАХ ҮЙЛДВЭРИЙН АИ-95 БЕНЗИН 1445, ДИЗЕЛЬ 1372 ТӨГРӨГ БАЙХ ТООЦОО ГАРЧЭЭ WWW.EAGLE.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2021/01/24     “ГАЗПРОМ” МОНГОЛД БАЙГАЛИЙН ХИЙ ДАМЖУУЛАХ ХООЛОЙН ТӨСӨЛ ХЭРЭГЖҮҮЛЭХ КОМПАНИ БАЙГУУЛЛАА WWW.EAGLE.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2021/01/24     МОНГОЛД ВАКЦИН НИЙЛҮҮЛЭХ ЭНЭТХЭГИЙН ҮЙЛДВЭРТ ГАЛ ГАРЛАА WWW.NEWS.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2021/01/21     МОНГОЛ УЛСЫГ ЕВРОПЫН ХОЛБООНЫ ХАР ЖАГСААЛТААС ХАСЛАА WWW.GOGO.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2021/01/21    

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Mongolia reports 16 more COVID-19 cases, 24 recoveries www.xinhuanet.com

Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia has reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking its total tally to 1,627, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Sunday.
"A total of 12,848 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across the country yesterday and 16 of them were positive," Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the surveillance department of the NCCD, said during a daily press conference.
The latest cases were locally transmitted and detected in the country's capital Ulan Bator, said Ambaselmaa.
Meanwhile, 24 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged from hospitals in Ulan Bator, bringing the total recoveries to 1,149, she added.
The Asian country has recorded two COVID-19-related deaths since it confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in March 2020. Enditem
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Mongolia eases more COVID-19 restrictions in capital www.xinhuanet.com

Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia on Saturday started to allow all clothing markets and hair salons in the capital Ulan Bator to reopen, a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the country's State Emergency Commission said.
The ban on all kinds of gaming, religious and entertainment services, bars, saunas and mass gatherings such as sports events and cultural activities in the city will stay unchanged, according to the authorities.
The country's health ministry is urging trade and service organizations to obey strict safety guidelines to prevent possible transmissions.
Ulan Bator, home to over half of Mongolia's population of 3.3 million, is hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.
So far, Mongolia has recorded 1,611 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which over 1,200 were locally transmitted.
The Asian country has recorded two COVID-19-related deaths and 1,125 recoveries. Enditem
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Mongolian People’s Party nominates Oyun-Erdene as Prime Minister www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Earlier today, January 22, Steering Committee of the ruling-Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) and the MPP's Conference convened and unanimously agreed to nominate L.Oyun-Erdene as the next Prime Minister of Mongolia. He has been serving as the Chief of the Cabinet Secretary in the government formed in July 2020.
Now, the nomination is expected to go under discussion of the MPP parliamentary group, Parliament's Standing Committee on State Structures and a plenary session of the State Great Khural.
Born in 1980, Oyun-Erdene majored in journalism, political science, and law. Completed the Harvard University in 2015, he holds Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the university. He has been elected as a Member of the State Great Khural - the Mongolian Parliament since 2016.
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Google says it will shut search engine in Australia if forced to pay for news www.reuters.com

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Google said on Friday it will disable its search function in Australia if the government proceeds with a media code that would force it and Facebook Inc to pay local media companies for sharing their content.
Australia is on course to pass laws that would make the Big Tech giants negotiate payments with local publishers and broadcasters for content. If they can’t strike a deal, a government-appointed arbitrator will decide the price.
“The code’s arbitration model with bias criteria presents unmanageable financial and operational risk for Google,” Mel Silva, managing director for Australia and New Zealand, told a senate committee.
“If this version of the code were to become law, it would give us no real choice but to stop making Google Search available in Australia.”
Google’s comments drew sharp rebuke from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who said the country makes its rules for “things you can do in Australia.”
“People who want to work with that in Australia, you’re very welcome. But we don’t respond to threats,” Morrison told reporters.
The United States government this week asked Australia to scrap the proposed laws, which have broad political support, and suggested Australia should pursue a voluntary code instead.
Australia announced the legislation last month after an investigation found Alphabet Inc-owned Google and social media giant Facebook held too much market power in the media industry, a situation it said posed a potential threat to a well-functioning democracy.
Google’s threat to limit its services in Australia came just hours after the internet giant reached a content-payment deal with some French news publishers.
Google’s testimony “is part of a pattern of threatening behaviour that is chilling for anyone who values our democracy,” said Peter Lewis, director of the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology.
Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Byron Kaye and Gerry Doyle
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Serum Institute: Fire at world's largest vaccine producer kills five www.bbc.com

Five people have been killed in a fire at the site of the world's largest vaccine producer in western India.
The blaze started at a building which was still under construction at the Serum Institute of India's facilities in Pune on Thursday afternoon.
Footage showed thick plumes of smoke billowing from a building on the company's sprawling site.
The company said vaccine production would not be affected. The cause of the fire has not been identified.
The fire was later brought under control, but the city's mayor confirmed that five people had died.
"We have just received some distressing updates; upon further investigation we have learnt that there has unfortunately been some loss of life at the incident," the Serum Institute's CEO, Adar Poonawalla, said in a tweet.
"We are deeply saddened and offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the departed."
Mr Poonawalla said there would be no impact on the production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, known locally as Covishield, "due to multiple production buildings that I had kept in reserve to deal with such contingencies".
Covishield is one of two vaccines approved by the Indian government for use in its inoculation programme, which began last week and is the largest in the world.
The country aims to vaccinate 300 million people by early August.
Many other low and middle-income countries are also depending on the Serum Institute for production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
India has recorded the second-highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world after the US. Since the pandemic began it has confirmed more than 10.6 million cases and almost 153,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
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Mongolia’s PM resigns after mother and newborn weren’t given warm clothes during Covid-19 hospital transfer in freezing weather www.rt.com

Mongolia’s Prime Minister Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh has announced his resignation, after a woman who had just given birth wasn’t given warm clothes as she was being transferred for Covid-19 quarantine.
“Two days ago, a woman was transported to the National Center for Communicable Diseases in an irresponsible and inhumane manner,” the PM said on Thursday, apologizing for the incident. “I am a father. It was a heartbreaking experience for me as father and prime minister.”
Khurelsukh said he had been planning to work with “the whole team” in the cabinet, but that had become impossible after both the country’s deputy prime minister and health minister resigned on Wednesday.
“Therefore, the Prime Minister should assume the responsibility upon himself and accept the demand from the public,” Khurelsukh said.
According to the Montsame news agency, on Tuesday, a television crew filmed a woman and her newborn baby being transferred from a maternity ward to an infectious diseases hospital where she would be quarantined.
The public was outraged that the woman was wearing only a hoody, sweatpants, and slippers as she was being transported in freezing weather to the ambulance by a medical worker in protective gear. The woman had been diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier that day.
The video quickly went viral, prompting people to stage a rally in the country’s capital Ulaanbaatar to demand that officials were held accountable for her treatment.
The hospital has apologized to the woman and her family.
Sparsely populated Mongolia has had only 1,584 cases of the coronavirus and two deaths.
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Mongolia logs 16 new COVID-19 cases, 13 recoveries www.xinhuanet.com

Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia added 16 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours after 12,940 tests had been conducted across the country, the National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Thursday.
The latest cases were locally transmitted or detected in the country's capital Ulan Bator, Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD's Surveillance Department, said at a daily press conference.
Mongolia has confirmed a total of 1,584 COVID-19 cases so far, including more than 1,100 locally transmitted ones.
Meanwhile, 13 more patients have recovered from the disease, taking the total to 1,046.
The Asian country, with a population of around 3.3 million, has recorded two COVID-19-related deaths so far. Enditem
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Mongolia Premier Quits, Blames President Over Covid Protests www.bloomberg.com

Mongolia’s prime minister resigned a day after protests against his government’s Covid-19 control measures erupted in capital Ulaanbaatar.
Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa submitted his resignation and a proposal to dissolve his government Thursday after hundreds gathered outside the parliament building to demonstrate against the policies.
Parliament, which is controlled by Khurelsukh’s Mongolian People’s Party, voted overwhelmingly Thursday to accept his resignation.
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Khurelsukh UkhnaaPhotographer: Mikhail Klimentyev/AP Photo
In a speech Thursday, the premier accused President Battulga Khaltmaa, from the rival Democratic Party, of orchestrating the protests. Battulga, who’s term expires later this year, expressed shock at Khurelsukh’s remarks in a separate speech.
“I wonder and wonder why the prime minister of Mongolia did such an act that undermined the trust of the Mongolian people, undermined national unity and openly slandered the president of Mongolia,” Battulga said, according to a transcript on the presidential website.
The protests erupted after a video appearing to show a mother being hastily discharged from a local maternity hospital in a bathrobe because she had tested positive for the coronavirus was widely circulated online. Demonstrators flocked to parliament to protest her treatment Wednesday, some wearing only bathrobes and slippers to show solidarity with the woman.
While the protests were not unusually large, they lasted well into the winter night, where temperatures can fall as low as -40 degrees Celsius (-40 Fahrenheit). Protesters said they were upset more broadly with extended lockdowns and restrictions on movement, as well as a ban on cross-border travel.
The vast country of 3.3 million people -- landlocked between Russia and China -- has so far avoided the mass coronavirus outbreaks that have troubled others. Mongolia has reported fewer than 1,600 infections since March, with 526 active cases as of Thursday.
By Terrence Edwards
January 21, 2021, 7:12 PM GMT+8 Updated on January 21, 2021, 8:45 PM GMT+8
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Mongolian prime minister submits resignation after COVID-19 protests www.reuters.com

ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) - Mongolia’s Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa submitted his resignation to parliament on Thursday after protests in the capital Ulaanbaatar over the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state news agency Montsame reported.
Khurelsukh said in his resignation statement that he should “assume the responsibility upon himself and accept the demand of the public.” His resignation needs to be approved by parliament.
The protests erupted on Wednesday over what some Mongolians saw as the inhumane treatment of a COVID-19 patient and her newborn baby, Montsame said.
Video footage showed the patient, still wearing her nightgown and slippers, being relocated with her baby to a specialist quarantine facility run by Mongolia’s National Center of Communicable Diseases.
The protests triggered the dismissal of senior health officials. Mongolia’s deputy prime minister and health minister also tendered their resignations.
The incident came amid growing public dissatisfaction with Mongolia’s economic situation and a lack of job opportunities.
Mongolia, which earned praise from the World Health Organization in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic for its handling of the health crisis, has recently been battling an outbreak caused by an infected driver entering from Russia.
The country, with a population of around 3 million, has so far reported 1,584 cases, but no deaths.
Reporting by Anand Tumurtogoo and David Stanway; Editing by Gareth Jones
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Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan auto road development to continue with EBRD loan www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. At its meeting held on January 20, 2021, the cabinet heard a presentation on an issue regarding the construction of a 204-km four-lane auto road connecting Ulaanbaatar and Darkhan cities. It was reported that the contracted traffic police department will take control on the auto road safety matters throughout the development period.
Continuing the extension and rebuilding of the auto road underway with loan from the Asian Development Bank, two-lane road will be added with financing of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, reports the Cabinet Secretariat Press Office. The second phase of the construction of the four-lane Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan road will begin in March 2021.
Moreover, the cabinet agreed to urgently submit the bill to the Parliament on allowing herders and self-employed people to repay social insurance premiums for the period they were not able to make before.
Being effective until December 31, 2020, a previous law covered over 18,000 herders and self-employed citizens, who are approximately 62 percent of all eligible citizens, amid the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures.
A large number of herders and self-employed had been expressing their requests to extend the effective date of the law to the parliament, government and the Ministry of Labor and Social protection. The bill reflects to postpone the effective date until January 1, 2022.
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