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Events

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Mongolian speaker denies Washington post corruption allegation www.news.mn

The Washington Post published an article on 26 June over a Mongolian political conspiracy to sell government positions. Entitled “Mongolian democracy has a familiar ailment, and it's all about money', the article outlines one of the biggest political scandals to hit the country since Mongolia became a democracy in 1990. The article refers to the, so- called, '60 billion case', which has been publicised by Mongolian political commentator D.Jagalsaikhan on his Jargal Defacto site.

Earlier today, M.Enkhbold, Speaker of Parliament, addressing the house during the opening ceremony of parliament, denied the Washington Post’s allegation. M.Enkhbold said, the case had been investigated not only by Mongolia's Independent Authority against Corruption, but an investigation team including the General Intelligence Authority and the National Police Agency. The State General Prosecutor's Office dismissed the case. The Speaker said: 'I have worked as a leader of Mongolian People’s Party before and after 2016 parliamentary election. I did not take any money from anyone for promoting so-and-so to a position.’

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Erdenet collateral scandal: Sh.Batkhuu released on bail www.news.mn

Sh.Batkhuu, former director of the 'Just Group', was released on bail on Wednesday because of health problems and banned from leaving the country. According to one source, Sh.Batkhuu was receiving high doses of insulin shots daily, however, these were increasing the risks of kidney failure and brain damage.

Sh.Batkhuu has been detained for three months in the 461st detention centre where he has been under investigation by Mongolia’s anti-corruption agency in connection to his offering the Erdenet Mining Corporation up as collateral for 109 million USD loan obtained from the South African Standard Bank.

The case began to be heavily publicised after the London Court of International Arbitration ruled in favour of the South African Standard Bank

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Mongolia's industrial production grows 23.3pc in Jan-May www.thefinancialexpress.com.bd

The volume of industrial production in Mongolia grew 23.3 per cent in the January-May period compared to the same period last year, amounting to $2.439 billion US dollars.

The Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry of Mongolia announced this at a press conference for local media on Thursday, reports Xinhua.

Sumiyabazar Dolgorsuren, minister of the mining and heavy industry, said that production of the main products of mining and extractive industries was up by 23.7 per cent, which is the main cause of the growth of industrial production.

In particular, coal production of the East Asian country increased by 48 per cent, and the volume of iron ore production went up 12.6 per cent against the corresponding period of 2017.

Currently, over 72.2 per cent of Mongolia's total industrial production is accounted for by mining industry products.

The minister said that the production volume of copper concentrate for this period increased by 3.0 per cent, and fluorite concentrate grew 39.5 per cent.

As for crude oil production, it fell by 9.0 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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Khaan Quest 2018 int'l peacekeeping drill wraps up in Mongolia www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, June 28 (Xinhua) -- An annual multinational peacekeeping exercise, code-named Khaan Quest 2018, concluded with a closing ceremony at Five Hills Training Area near the Mongolian capital on Thursday.

"First of all, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all participating countries for sending their military servicemen to the multinational military exercise," Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Hurelsukh said at the closing ceremony of the military exercise.

"Peace and tranquility are the foundation of a nation's development. Therefore, Mongolia always welcomes any initiative to strengthen international and regional peace and security, and actively participates in the UN (United Nations) peacekeeping operations," he said.

A total of 1,400 military personnel from 26 countries, including Mongolia, the United States, China, Russia, Germany, Bhutan and Qatar have participated in the two-week-long military exercise.

Bhutan and Qatar's military servicemen have for the first time participated in the exercise.

Khaan Quest 2018 consisted of a command post exercise and a field training exercise focusing on peacekeeping and stability operations. Individual events include checkpoint control, combat casualty care, water patrolling and civilian protection.

Within the framework of Khaan Quest 2018, the participants provided medical treatment to more than 1,000 citizens.

In addition, cultural and sports events were held during the exercise, with the aim of promoting the traditions and customs of all participating countries.

The peacekeeping exercise was launched in 2003 by the Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) in cooperation with the then U.S. Pacific Command and a United Nations peace support fund. It expanded to a multinational drill in 2006.

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Apple and Samsung settle their epic patent infringement battle www.cnn.com

Apple and Samsung just ended their epic seven-year legal patent infringement fight.
The two companies agreed to a settlement in the case, according to court documents filed Wednesday, but did not disclose the terms.

The settlement closes a dispute that started in 2011 when Apple accused Samsung (SSNLF) of "slavishly" copying the iPhone's design and software features. A jury awarded Apple (AAPL) $539 million in May, leaving Samsung with an outstanding balance of $140 million it owed Apple. It was not clear Wednesday how much more, if anything, Apple will receive.

Litigating the case cost the two world's two largest smartphone makers hundreds of millions of dollars and resulted in several rulings and appeals. In 2012, a jury ruled that Samsung must pay Apple more than $1 billion for copying various hardware and software features of the iPhone and iPad. A federal judge later reduced that penalty by $450 million.

Their fight eventually landed in the Supreme Court, which in 2016 reversed an appeals court ruling that Samsung must pay $399 million for patent infringement. Justices sent the case back to the lower court to sort out the financial penalty.

A representative for Apple declined to comment beyond referring CNNMoney to a statement the company released last month following the jury award.

"This case has always been about more than money," the company said at the time. "Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple."

Samsung declined to comment.

Ultimately, jurors found Samsung had infringed on the majority of the patents in question -- including software features like double-tap zooming and scrolling. Many devices also infringed on hardware style or icon setup. Although "Apple won most of the battles," Samsung found way to "design around" the patents Apple claimed it copied, said Michael Risch, a patent law professor at Villanova University.

"One lesson is consumers will drive tech more than patents. Samsung went where it thought consumers wanted ... and Apple stayed with its distinctive smaller shape for a much longer period than Samsung," Risch said. "Sometimes patent can drive innovation in ways we may not have expected."

CNNMoney (New York)
First published June 27, 2018: 4:55 PM ET

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Korean Air chief suspected of tax evasion www.nhk.or.jp

Prosecutors in South Korea are questioning the head of Korean Air's parent conglomerate on suspicion of tax evasion.

Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho appeared at a prosecutors' office in Seoul on Thursday morning.

He told reporters outside the building that he will face the investigation in good faith.

South Korean media report Cho and his sister allegedly evaded about 50 billion won, or more than 44 million dollars, in taxes on their inheritance of their father's overseas assets.

The Cho family has made scandalous headlines in recent years.
Cho's eldest daughter was criticized in 2014 for ordering her flight back to the gate before takeoff because she was unhappy with the way her nuts were served. The episode is known the "nut rage" incident.

His younger daughter was questioned by police on suspicion of assault after she reportedly lost her temper during a meeting and threw a drink in the participants' faces.

Both daughters later stepped down from their executive posts at Korean Air.

Cho's wife was also questioned by police last month on suspicion of assault for reportedly shoving workers at a construction site

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Grey water to be supplied to Gobi www.news.mn

The Cabinet has approved a project entitled  the ‘Songino-Gobi’ to provide people living in the Gobi region with purified technical and industrial water. Each day, 200 thousand meter cubic of water from the Wastewater Treatment Plant will be purified to the required standards.

The project is aimed at preventing shortage in the region's groundwater resources, saving water resources, and re-using greywater for industrial purposes.

One immediate industrial application is coal washing at the Tavan Tolgoi mining complex, prior to it being exported to China. By washing the coal it is possible to make a profit of up to USD 60 per tonne.

As a preliminary estimation, through washing and exporting coal from Tavan Tolgoi coal deposit, it is possible to make a profit of up to USD 50-60 per tonne. Subsequently, it is estimated that over USD 2 billion revenue a year can be generated.

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Russia extends free land giveaway program beyond Far East www.rt.com

Russia’s northwestern Vologda region will give out unused land to Russian citizens. The program, which started in the country’s Far East, has proven to be popular.

The bill on free land in Vologda will be introduced in the regional parliament in September and is likely to be introduced starting January. According to the program launched in Russia’s Far East, free land can be used for any lawful purpose, but the new owners cannot rent, sell, or give the land away for five years.

Foreigners are also eligible to use the land, but the registration of full property rights is only possible after the recipient becomes a naturalized citizen. The program started in June 2016 for the local populations of the Far East, and from February 2017 it became available for all Russians.

Vologda will give out 468,000 hectares of vacant agricultural land in 14 remote areas of the region. These lands will be used for farming and raising livestock.

Russia has about 43 million hectares of farmland that is not used for its intended purpose. President Vladimir Putin ordered the land be given out to Russian citizens.

The area of Vologda region is split between the basins of the White Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Caspian Sea. Lake Onega, one of the biggest freshwater lakes in Europe, is located in the region.

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Turquoise Hill board appoints interim CEO www.gogo.mn

Turquoise Hill Resources today announced the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Chief Financial Officer Luke Colton to the additional position of interim Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2018.

The board is in the final stages of a robust CEO search and expects to make an announcement in the near term. As previously disclosed, current CEO Jeff Tygesen is retiring from the Company.

Prior to joining Turquoise Hill in October 2017, Mr. Colton worked for Rio Tinto in various product groups, including Energy & Minerals and Iron Ore. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, he was a Senior Accountant with Ernst & Young.

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Mongolia produces over 3 mln barrels of crude oil in H1 www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, June 27 (Xinhua)-- Mongolian authorities said Wednesday that the country has in total extracted over 3.196 million barrels or 433,311 tons of crude oil in the first half of the year.

The Mongolian Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry said that out of its total production, 3.127 million barrels or 424,631 tons of crude oil were exported to China during the same period.

Currently, Mongolia exports crude oil to China and imports petroleum products from Russia.

The country is planning to extract 8.1 million barrels or 1.1 million tons of crude oil this year, which would contribute 223.4 billion Mongolian Tugrik (93.31 million U.S. dollars) to the state budget.

According to the ministry, Mongolia has implemented 38.6 percent of its export goals for the year.

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