Monday, March 31, 2014

Let us kick start our coal policy

The 4th global coking coal summit was held in Taiyuan (Shanxi Province, China) last week.

Mongolian Mining seeks debt extension amid record low coal price

Mongolian Mining Corporation is looking to extend the maturity of a note due today as expanding supplies of coking coal push prices to record lows.

Chinese Premier says reform measures to lift livelihoods

BEIJING, March 30 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the nation's reforms in boosting economic restructuring for a better growth mode will contribute to the improvement of people's livelihoods and concrete efforts are needed to realize the target.

Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd (NYSE:TRQ) Trailed By Set Back

Dallas, Texas 03/31/2014 (FINANCIALSTRENDS) – Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd (NYSE:TRQ) which is currently the owner of the Oyu Tolgoi, definitely is in the red, as it has yet to set up the funds required for operations.

Canadian Business Opportunities in Asia Pacific Emerging Markets

WHAT: Samuel Tumiwa, Deputy Representative of the Asian Development Bank's North American Representative Office, will be visiting Toronto on April 2 and is available to speak on business opportunities for Canadian businesses with the Manila-based Asian Development Bank.

Mongolia Brief March 31, 2014

No Medals from Judo Grand Prix, Samsun 2014
March 31 ( Mongolian 14 judokas have participated in the Judo Grand Prix, Samsun 2014 that took place in Turkey on March 28-30, 2014.

US: We'll take our finger off the cyber trigger

Washington - Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, pushing for openness ahead of a trip to China, said on Friday in an unusual live broadcast from a secretive base the Pentagon would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace and urged other nations to do so as well.

Turning Crisis to Opportunity in Mongolia

The Mongolian economy, not long ago the darling of the global investment community, has hit another rough patch—with a bank collapse, slumping commodity exports, a devaluing currency, and a sharp slide in government bond prices all conspiring to produce a string of bad news.

Mongolian Mining Seeks Debt Extension Amid Coal Price Slump

Mongolian Mining Corp. (975) is looking to extend the maturity of a note due today as expanding supplies of coking coal push prices to record lows.

Glencore share price: Miner steps up iron ore drive, Monday, March 31: Glencore Xstrata (LON:GLEN) has reached a preliminary deal with Mauritania for a $1 billion contract for access to railway and port facilities, as part of its plans to expand into iron ore mining, the Financial Times reported yesterday.

Parvathy balances acting, modelling and social work

Parvathy Omanakuttan, Miss World 2008 first runner-up, is currently shooting for Hindi film Pizza, a psychological thriller and a remake of the Tamil film by the same name.

Chinese Premier says reform measures to lift livelihoods

BEIJING, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the nation's reforms in boosting economic restructuring for a better growth mode will contribute to the improvement of people's livelihoods and concrete efforts are needed to realize the target.

Mongolia Brief March 28, 2014 Part III

Earthquake early warning system tested

March 30 (UB Post) On Thursday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) tested its new earthquake early warning system in Ulaanbaatar, setting off sirens at 4 p.m. and instructing citizens on how to protect themselves and minimize possible earthquake related casualties in an emergency.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 28, 2014 Part II

Outsourcing employment meeting runs

Ulaanbaatar, March 28 (MONTSAME) A meeting themed “New gateway of outsourcing employment” ran at the Labor Exchange Central Office March 26.

Britain's Oates wins shock bronze

Oates defeated Israel's Bar Raufman before losing to Mongolia's Altansukh Dovdon to enter the repechage.

AFC President's Cup official draw set today

TEAMS that will fill up the three brackets for the AFC President's Cup 2014 Group Stage will be known today when the official draw takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Russia to put its stamp on Goa international tourism event

Panaji, March 29: Russia, which sends the largest contingent of foreign tourists to Goa, will make its presence felt at the Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) being held here next month.

Federal govt shake out in coal industry likely to take up to 5 years

The state’s mining and resources industry is in turmoil with a Federal Government report claiming more coal mines will shut more jobs will be lost and aluminium production in Gladstone had become temporarily uneconomic.

West 'twisted arms' of 50 countries to get support for UN resolution on Ukraine - Lavrov

Western powers had to "twist the arms" of some 50 countries to get their support for the UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sergei Brilev's Vesti v Subbotu (News on Saturday) television programme on March 29.

SK Russel hope to break curse

Last season's Bangladesh League Champions Sheikh Russel KC were drawn in an all South Asia Group A of the AFC President's Cup as the draw of the tenth edition AFC's third-tier club competition was held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Five Economies that are Emerging Markets Right Now

#1: Ethiopia

Ceres-La Salle has edge in AFC Pres Cup

MANILA, Philippines - Ceres-La Salle FC can lean on the home field advantage and crowd support in the Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup group stages as the Philippines got hosting rights for Group B hostilities in May in Bacolod City.

We’ll take Karen Millen upmarket – all the way to newly rich Mongolia

As boomng fashion chain Karen Millen heads upmarket with new stores for New York’s Fifth Avenue and London’s Knightsbridge, it comes as a surprise to hear chief executive Mike Shearwood also talk enthusiastically about a launch in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia.

Flight MH370: Memories of the stories left from the last day

Kuala Lumpur: One morning, many stories.

The most important decision in his life

WASHINGTON, D.C., — Tomicah S. Tillemann, a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, told interns of the BYU Washington Seminar in Washington D.C. that “deciding to go on a mission was the single most important decision” in his life.

Looking back: Before Flight 370 became a big story, it was a collection of individual ones

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — One morning, many stories.

Computer breaks language barriers at CentraCare office

Don't speak English but need medical help? Not a problem if you are a CentraCare Health patient.

Water-Energy Nexus Reaches Crisis Level in Asia

A coal-linked project in China's dry Inner Mongolian region has caused a local water table to plunge and a local lake to shrink.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Greenpeace: Climate change increasingly threatens world security

Anyone who thought climate change was something happening far away, to someone else, should think again.

N. Korea envoy arrives in Beijing for talks with Japan

A senior North Korean diplomat on Saturday arrived in Beijing for the country's first formal meeting in more than a year with Japan.

Judo Grand Prix Samsun 2014: Day 2 Final Block

The second half of back-to-back Judo Grand Prix weekends heads to Turkey, all the finals will stream live right here on Bloody Elbow.

Russia’s dream of a greater Eurasia unfolds

Expansion and strategic partnerships top Putin'€™s agenda

Four projects in succession

APU operates a vodka factory with an annual capacity of 200,000 hectolitres of finished product, and has since 2008 been making pure alcohol from wheat in a greenfield distillery, up to 38 tons of it per day.

Hot-filling in cold, cold Mongolia

The still-youthful privately owned company dates back only to 1997.

Defense Sec. Hagel urges military restraint in cyberspace

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, pushing for openness ahead of a trip to China, said on Friday in an unusual live broadcast from a secretive base the Pentagon would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace and urged other nations to do so as well.

KRL clubbed with South Asian teams

KARACHI: The Premier League champions Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) were on Friday clubbed in Group A, featuring all the South Asian clubs, as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) unveiled draws for the AFC President’s Cup first round to be held in May.

Origo Invests USD400,000 In Kincora Private Placing, Has 25% Holding

LONDON (Alliance News) - Origo Partners PLC Friday said portfolio company Kincora Copper Ltd has raised CAD5.0 million in an oversubscribed private placement with new and existing investors.

Japan could ease sanctions if N. Korea cooperates..minister

TOKYO, March 28 (KUNA) -- Japan could ease its sanctions against North Korea if Pyongyang shows a positive approach toward resolving the abduction issue, a state minister said Friday, ahead of planned high-level talks between the two countries next week.

China, Korea, Japan work on disaster data

Jeju Island – Disaster experts from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea today agreed to launch joint research aimed at enhancing the compatibility of disaster data and terminology across North-East Asia.

United Photovoltaics Group finalizes deals for 295 MW of new PV

United Photovoltaics (United PV), a Chinese solar project developer and producer of polysilicon formerly known as Goldpoly, has this week wrapped up the acquisition of a number of PV projects in China with the combined capacity of 295 MW.

Copper rises to extend weekly gain

Copper climbed for a second day in London, extending the biggest weekly advance in six months, on speculation that top user China will take further steps to bolster economic growth.

KRL drawn with South Asian rivals in President’s Cup

KARACHI: Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) champions Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) were drawn with three fellow South Asian teams in the group stage of the AFC President’s Cup on Friday.

Escape from civilization to the backpacker's dream

The Ergaki ridge, the heart of the Western Sayan mountains is one of the most popular nature parks in Russia, where every year thousands of tourists flock from around the world for tent pilgrimag.

Turquoise Hill reduces full-year loss in 2013

VANCOUVER - Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TSX:TRQ) says it may have to ask lenders to extend financing for its flagship Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold project while talks with the Mongolian government over shareholder and other issues continue.

SunPower Corporation (SPWR): What The Sell-Side Is Saying

On Wednesday, SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) announced that it landed a milestone solar supply deal.

Belarus, Mongolia mull over student exchange programs

MINSK, 28 March (BelTA) – The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus plans to adopt a bill on the ratification of the intergovernmental agreement with Mongolia on cooperation in education, BelTA learnt from Deputy Chairperson of the House of Representatives’ permanent commission on education, culture and science Taisa Danilevich.

China's Bloggers Weigh In on Russia's Crimea Annexation

When it comes to Ukraine, Chinese officials are in a bit of a bind. On the one hand, they don’t like the U.S. hectoring other nations, which they see America as doing to Russia.

Chuck Hagel's trip to Asia will bolster Obama administration's pivot toward the Pacific

WASHINGTON — Chuck Hagel is headed to China.

LH MMC to face Erchim and Svayrieng FC in President Cup

The 2070 Red Bull A division title holders Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marsyangdi club face comparatively easy task in the group stage of 2014 AFC President cup match.

Market rises despite strong dollar

The market rose over the past five sessions despite a stronger dollar putting pressure on exporters, while Australia's largest trading partner China struggles to reform its credit market and rebalance its economy without putting the brakes on growth.

Five of a kind: Bao


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to visit Hawaii to host Asia meeting

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will host a meeting of defense ministers from Asia in Hawaii next week.

A Look At SunPower's Recent Chinese Supply Deal

SunPower, one of North America’s largest solar companies, said that it would be supplying over 70 megawatts of photovoltaic cell packages to the the Huaxia Concentrated Photovoltaic Power Joint Venture in China.

Hagel To Host ASEAN Ministerial In Hawaii

Next week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will convene the first U.S.-hosted meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Defense Department Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today in a press briefing here.

U.S. defense secretary to visit Japan in April

WASHINGTON (Jiji Press)—U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit Japan, China and Mongolia starting in early April, his department said.

United PV acquires solar power projects in Inner Mongolia

Chinese solar energy developer United Photovoltaics (United PV) announced it finalized acquisition of several PV projects in Inner Mongolia and China's Hunan Province with a collective power production capacity of 295 megawatts, PV Magazine reported.

Friday, March 28, 2014

China's first rare earth products exchange opens

HOHHOT, March 28 (Xinhua) -- China's first rare earth products exchange opened on Friday in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region after a three-month trial.

Mongolia Brief March 28, 2014

Foreign Affairs Minister receives Ambassador from Vietnam
March 28 ( The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia L.Bold received the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Mongolia from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Phan Dang Duong, for the presentation of the new Ambassador’s Credentials and to exchange views on bilateral cooperation on March 27th, 2014. 

Agreement on massive Mongolia mine project eludes Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto faces more delays on its $US6 billion Mongolian copper and gold project after it was revealed that an agreement with the Mongolian government could be at least four months away.

China: Size Matters

Mongolia’s economy grew nearly 12 percent last year, the United States around 2 percent.

Denison Mines Corp. PT Lowered to C$2.25 (DML)

Analysts at Paradigm Capital dropped their target price on shares of Denison Mines Corp. (TSE:DML) from C$2.40 to C$2.25 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, AR Network reports.

Does size matter? An economic perspective on the population debate

If there's one thing that's really big in the population size debate, it's the size of the scare campaigns made by both sides.

Hagel to travel to China, Japan for Asian meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to the Pacific next week to convene a meeting of defense ministers from Asia, against the backdrop of the massive regional response to the loss of the Malaysian jetliner.

Hagel due in China, Japan, skipping Korea

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Yonhap) -- Chuck Hagel will make his first trip to China as Pentagon chief early next month as part of a regional tour without a stop in South Korea, his department announced Thursday.

Mongolia Brief March 27, Part III

Kakuryu hailed as the 71st Yokozuna in history
March 27 (UB Post) The Japan Sumo Association announced that Mongolian sumo wrestler Kakuryu M.Anand became the 71st Yokozuna, the highest title in sumo wrestling.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 27, 2014 Part II

Mongolia to cooperate with South Korea special protection sector
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) South Korean delegation led by Mr Park Bo Hwan, a head of department for special protection area, are visiting Mongolia March 25-28 in frames of the cooperation between the Ministries of Environment of Mongolia and S.Korea.

Mongolia Brief March 27, 2014

Marking 65th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, Honorary Consulate of Mongolia Established in Tirana, Albania
March 27 ( On March 25-26, 2014, Mongolian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister D.Gankhuyag has conducted a working visit to the Republic of Albania, which is considered significant because made as first visit since 1957.

Li pledges to rebuild more shantytowns this year

Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to rebuild more of the country's shantytowns this year as part of planned urbanization and efforts to improve people's living conditions.

Asia EM Express: China's stocks drop on concerns with declining industrial profit growth

FXStreet (Łódź) - Chinese stocks fell on Thursday, with the Shanghai Composite Index dropping 0.8% to 2,046.59 at the close.

eFuture Introduces myStore Backed Omni-Channel Solutions to Shanxi Meetall

BEIJING, March 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- eFuture Information Technology Inc. (Nasdaq:EFUT) (the "Company" or "eFuture"), a leading provider of software and services in China's rapidly growing retail and consumer goods industries, today announced that it has signed an strategic agreement to provide a series of omni-channel solutions for Shanxi Meetall Chain Supermarket Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Shanxi Meetall Group ("Meetall Group" or "the Group"), a leading Chinese grocery retailer and member of the global SPAR International group.

Cleveland International Film Festival 2014: 'Amka and the Three Golden Rules' an inspiring family film from Mongolia (Review)

Cleveland, Ohio - Childhood can be tough – especially if you're an orphaned boy of 10 forced to raise your younger sister and teenage alcoholic brother.

Agreement on massive Mongolia mine project eludes Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto faces more delays on its $US6 billion Mongolian copper and gold project after it was revealed that an agreement with the Mongolian government could be at least four months away.

SCO holds anti-terrorism meeting in Beijing

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members are holding a second expert panel consultation on anti-terrorism in Beijing, Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said on Thursday.

Mongolia Brief March 26, 2014 Part II

Health Minister at ‘11 11’ Center
Ulaanbaatar, March 26 (MONTSAME) Health Minister N.Udval worked at ‘11 11’ Center of the Government on Wednesday.

TSX down on U.S. data, Ukraine news

Canada's main stock index had erased earlier gains midday Wednesday, even as bullish U.S. economic data and an easing of tensions over Ukraine helped support sentiment.

Turquoise Hill reduces full-year loss; faces financing issues at Oyu Tolgoi

VANCOUVER - Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TSX:TRQ) says it may have to ask lenders to extend financing for its flagship Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold project while talks with the Mongolian government over shareholder and other issues continue.

SunPower Sells 70 MW Packages in China

SunPower Corp. (SPWR - Analyst Report) has plans to supply 70 megawatts (MW) of cell packages comprising C7 solar concentrator photovoltaic technology to a Chinese consortium, the Huaxia Concentrated Photovoltaic Power Co., Ltd., a joint venture (JV) in Inner Mongolia, China.

China loses trade dispute over rare earth exports

GENEVA/WASHINGTON — China has lost a dispute at the World Trade Organization over limits on rare earth and metals exports, handing Europe and the United States a victory over what they see as Beijing's unfair trade practices.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to be first global hotel brand to offer PressReader service group-wide

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will replace approximately two million complimentary print newspapers distributed annually to guests with environmentally-friendly digital versions beginning 29 March.

Turquoise Hill May Seek Extension From Oyu Tolgoi Lenders

Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., the miner controlled by Rio Tinto Group, may ask lenders to extend financing for the $6.2 billion Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold project as talks continue with the Mongolian government.

Mining Projects Group in Fraser Range acquisitions; brings nickel identities

Acquisitive Mining Projects Group (ASX:MPJ) has upped the ante in the prolific Fraser Range in Western Australia with project and tenement acquisitions and teaming with renowned Nickel prospectors Bill Amann and Adrian Black.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 26, 2014

Parliamentary Offices of Mongolia and Laos to Cooperate
Ulaanbaatar, March 26 (MONTSAME) The Parliamentary Offices of the Mongolian State Great Khural and the Lao National Assembly will collaborate in ways of co-organizing bilateral meetings during forums of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and other international and regional meetings.

Coal miner SouthGobi warns of debt default

Reuters reported that SouthGobi Resources Limited, a Canadian coal miner with operations in Mongolia, could default on a debt repayment and was looking to raise money, sending its shares down as much as 29% in afternoon trading.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to be First Global Hotel Brand to Offer PressReader Service Group-Wide

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will replace approximately two million complimentary print newspapers distributed annually to guests with environmentally-friendly digital versions beginning 29 March.

Maple Leaf to Pursue Licence to Grow Medical Marijuana in Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/25/14 -- Maple Leaf Green World (TSX VENTURE:MGW) ("Maple Leaf" or the "Company") announces that it has engaged a professional consulting group to advise on opportunities to obtain an MMPR License (Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation License) from Health Canada and follow on business opportunities.

China Coal Weekly: Steam Coal Price Rises Slightly to 525 Yuan/Ton

The average price of benchmark 5,500kcal/kg steam coal in Qinhuangdao held steady 525 yuan/ton in the week through March 23, slightly above 520 yuan/ton, the lowest level spotted in 2013, according to

Cold Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Invasive Insect Population

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - This “winter that just won’t end” has been trying for us humans, but it’s been murder on a type of bug that’s devastating Pennsylvania’s state tree.

Kincora Copper closes oversubscribed C$5mln private placement

Kincora Copper (CVE:KCC) completed a C$5mln private placement, subject to certain approvals, and said it will use the proceeds for high priority drilling and other exploration activities at its flagship Bronze Fox license in Mongolia.

Mongolia Brief March 25, 2014 Part II

Mongolia Economic Forum highlights scenarios for Mongolia through 2040
March 25 (UB Post) Mongolia’s biggest event on economic issues, the Mongolia Economic Forum, launched on Monday for the fifth time at the State Palace.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 25, 2014

Vice Speaker Meets Ambassador of Estonia
Ulaanbaatar, March 25 (MONTSAME) A Vice Speaker of parliament L.Tsog Monday received Mr Toomas Lukk, the Concurrent Non-Resident Ambassador of Estonia to Mongolia.

New CFO for Univan

Hong Kong: Univan Shipmanagement has announced the appointment of Jens Kier as its Chief Financial Officer.

Flight MH370: 'We are all dreadfully sad'

Family and friends are comforting Danica Weeks after it was confirmed today the Malaysian Airlines flight carrying her Kiwi husband Paul has been lost in the Indian Ocean.

Viking Ashanti gets green light for North Mongolian coal project acquisition

Viking Ashanti is a step closer to acquiring the North Mongolian based Berkh Uul Coal Project after the board of unlisted Auminco gave it the green light to accept an off market takeover offer by Viking.

Bus crash kills 15 and injures 56 in Chongqing

AT least 15 people were killed and 56 injured with a bus turned over and collided with a truck at 12:30am today in Chongqing on the G65 Highway that connects Baotou city in Inner Mongolia and Maoming in Guangdong.

SouthGobi Seeks Financing to Avoid Default on CIC Debentures

SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (SGQ), a coal miner in Mongolia, is seeking additional financing to avoid a default on $250 million in debt, hurt by low prices and weaker-than-expected demand from Chinese buyers. Shares fell.

Gone too soon: Adorable two-year-old Wang Moheng was the youngest passenger on MH370 when it crashed in remote seas

After more than two weeks of uncertainty, pain and fear, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday confirmed what everyone already knew in their hearts: the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people on board.

Pesek on Asia: Media Sins on MH370

Good morning. Here's my take on some of the stories driving the debate in politics, finance and social issues across Asia today.

Missing Perth man's wife being comforted

Family and friends are comforting Danica Weeks hours after she heard the news that the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying her husband Paul has been confirmed lost in the Indian Ocean west of Perth.

Pro-North Korean group waging last-ditch fight over de facto embassy in Japan

The building that has served as North Korea’s de facto embassy in Tokyo is expected to be handed over to a real estate agent after years of wrangling over its sale, a move likely to deal a severe blow to operations of the pro-Pyongyang Korean group Chongryon that has occupied the property.

Eco-miners to the rescue

Robert Friedland, the founder of Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines, told delegates at the Mines & Money conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday that a greater adoption of clean technologies would be extremely positive for metals such as copper, palladium and platinum.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 24, 2014

President Attends Festival of Nowruz
Ulaanbaatar, March 23(MONTSAME) The President Ts.Elbegdorj attended a traditional festival called "Kara jorga" which took place on the Central Square on the eve of Nowruz--Lunar New Year of Kazakhs.

Mongolia Puts Ger Shantytowns on the Map

Daynsaikhan’s ger sits at the very edge of Ulan Bator. Completely surrounded by snow, it appears cold and isolated, just a few meters from an illegal trash site.

Thankful Hearts Gather in Minnesota to Celebrate How God Has Transformed 1,000 Lives Through Children’s Heart Project

The Children's Heart Project family from across the U.S. joined together at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday to give God the glory for providing life-saving surgery to 1,000 boys and girls.

SUMO/ Slow but steady, Kakuryu finally reaches the top

A once-skinny kid from Mongolia who initially dreamed of playing professional basketball has traveled a long and bumpy road in Japan.

Shanshui Cement saw a 2.3% y/y increase in revenue in 2013

China Shanshui Cement Group Limited has released its results for the year ended 31 December 2013.

The abduction drama game

Few could have remained unmoved by the happiness of the elderly Shigeru and Sakie Yokota televised after their meeting in Mongolia with Kim Eun Gyong, daughter of their daughter, Megumi Yokota, who had been abducted by North Koreans from Japan back in 1977 at age 13.

Victory in the desert

ABU DHABI – The 2014 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia ended with a victory by the smallest but decidedly toughest competing association, as Chinese Taipei, sparked by the dynamic scoring duo of Lifeng Lu and To Weng, won the tournament with a perfect record.

Denison Mines Corp. Given New C$1.75 Price Target at TD Securities (DML)

Denison Mines Corp. (TSE:DML) had its target price lifted by TD Securities from C$1.50 to C$1.75 in a research note released on Friday morning, AnalystRatings.Net reports.

Recordings reveal secret lives of rare cat

Any owner of a domestic cat will tell you they are at their most vocal when they are desperate for attention, but one of their rare wild relatives could not be more different.

SouthGobi Resources Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Financial and Operating Results

HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwired - March 24, 2014) - SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (TSX:SGQ)(HKSE:1878) (the "Company").

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sino-Russian Alliance can overthrow US Imperialism, when well planned

US Imperialism is on the Rise again. They provoked and financed a Nazi Coup in ukraine to provoke Russia into Action.

Ramsey’s Lord of Life Church shows it can make a difference

Community outreach is nothing new for Lord of Life Lutheran Church or other churches, but members of the Ramsey church felt a more focused effort and marketing was needed to be more successful.

Dinosaurs: Some Scientists Say They Still Exist

Scientists once thought that dinosaurs died off more than 60 million years ago.

Artificial Meat Is Gaining Attention in China

The 14th 2014 Inner Mongolia International Agriculture Exhibition from March 16 to 19 attracted 240 companies from U.S., France, Italy, South Korea, among other countries, and from 26 provinces within China.

Wrestling: St. Benedicts' Turtogtokh Luvsandorj finishes sixth at 165 pounds for The Citadel at the NCAA tournament

Turtogtokh Luvsandorj will graduate from The Citadel in the spring having left his mark on the school's wrestling program.

Australia, South Korea among W. Pacific countries declared measles-free

With outbreaks of measles raging in areas of the Pacific–the Philippines and Vietnam to name a couple, the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific Region announced this week that four countries were declared measles-free.

UAE ‘deserved’ second-place finish in IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia

ABU DHABI // The UAE had no chance of claiming the title at the IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia on Saturday night, but they did lay claim to an unchallenged second-place finish and end the tournament on a high note.

Mongolia to build railway across Mongolia-China border to transportminerals

Mongolia announced Saturday that it will build an international-standard narrow gauge railroad across its border with China to transport its minerals from the Mongolian Gashuun Sukhait port to China's Gants Mod port.

EU funding to benefit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will benefit from funds worth 6.5 billion euros recently announced by the EU for countries and organisations in Asia and the Pacific for the period 2014-2020.

Biden says U.S. should ‘champion’ int’l LGBT rights

Vice President Joseph Biden made an extensive case Saturday night for international LGBT rights, saying other nations are looking to the United States to lead the way as a champion on the issue.

Family hosts Mongolian exchange student

HARDWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Mick and Heidi Reynolds of Hardwood have been traveling to Mongolia for the past 14 years in order to teach English in rural areas.

Kuwaitis, Kazakh Muslims share deep-rooted religious ties

KUWAIT, March 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Ambassador to Mongolia Khaled Al-Fadhli participated in the opening ceremony of the new headquarters of the religious affairs department society " Al-mufteyat", headed by cleric Mokhan Azatkhan, located in Bayan Ulgi governorate, western Mongolia.

Mongolia Brief March 21, 2014

State Prizes Awarded
Ulaanbaatar, March 21(MONTSAME) By a decree of the President Ts.Elbegdorj, the state prizes were given Friday to some people on occasions of several celebrations such the International Women’s Day, the 93rd anniversary of Mongolian Armed Forces and the Nowruz--Lunar New Year of Kazakhs.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 20, 2014 Part II

Tony Blair meets Prime Minister Altankhuyag
March 20 ( Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, has arrived in Mongolia. During his last visit to Mongolia Mr. Blair said he would be working with the Mongolian Government helping it to deliver their reform program.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 20, 2014

President Elbegdorj Receives Buddhist Leader
Ulaanbaatar, March 20(MONTSAME)The President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj Tuesday received D.Choijamts, a head of the center of Mongolian Buddhists, the Abbot of Gandantegchenling Monastery.

Extreme Mining: USA/Canadian Skills at a Premium for Arctic Projects

Despite the plunge in commodity prices, some of the countries that continue to ‎prosper within the mining sector, such as Mongolia and Kazakhstan, are also those ‎where every day temperatures can drop to minus 45 C, which gives rise to a whole ‎new set of challenges for the mining sector, Mining Weekly reports. ‎

Mongolia says seeks to end Oyu Tolgoi impasse at parliament session

* Mongolia looks to resolution over Oyu Tolgoi dispute
* Official says will be a topic when parliament session starts April 5
* Deadline for key financing expires March 31

Japan, N. Korea restart gov''t dialogue soon

TOKYO, March 20 (KUNA) -- Japanese and North Korean diplomats have agreed to work toward the resumption of formal intergovernmental talks for the first time since November 2012, at an early date, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported Thursday from the northeastern Chinese city Shenyang, citing a Japanese official.

Female Chinese Director's Film Entered in Tokyo International Film Festival

The Chinese film To Live and Die in Ordos, directed by female director Ning Ying, was successfully selected for the main competition of the 26th Tokyo Film Festival, held in October 2013.

Leaf me alone: ancient insect blended in with foliage

Sometimes it is better not to be noticed.

China Property Developer Faces Collapse, Increased 'Ghost Cites' Likely

China is about to be littered with even more “ghost cities” as one of the nation’s biggest land developers faces collapse.

Mongolia Brief March 19, 2014 Part II

Servicemen awarded state prizes
Ulaanbaatar, March 19 (MONTSAME) On the day of 93rd anniversary of the Mongolian Armed Forces, some military officers and servicemen were awarded Tuesday state prizes pursuant to a decree of Ts.Elbegdorj, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Mongolia.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 19, 2014

President Receives Players of "Khasyn Khulguud" Team
Ulaanbaatar, March 19(MONTSAME) On Tuesday, the President Ts.Elbegdorj received basketball players of the "Khasyn khulguud" team, the national basketball league.

Africa: FAO - 'Revolution' in Agriculture Vital to Meet Food Targets

Bangkok — The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] says the world needs to boost agriculture production by 60 percent to meet its estimated food needs over the coming decades.

The Top 9 Flight 370 Landing Theories

The mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continues to baffle authorities, stymie experts, and generate countless theories about the plane’s whereabouts.

Lichfield firm celebrates securing £500,000 of overseas orders

A Lichfield business is celebrating after securing £500,000 in new export orders in February.

ChinaFile Presents: China's Economic Rise, Through the Eyes of Financial Times Correspondents

Asia Society presents a discussion of China's financial rise through the eyes of Financial Times correspondents.

BLP eyes Indonesia move as part of South East Asian growth plan

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is understood to be considering a tie-up with a local firm in Indonesia as part of a wider plan to tap emerging markets through its new BLP Asia network.

Mongolia Brief March 18, 2014 Part II

Ulaanbaatar will issue municipal bonds
Today, a joint forum was held between World Bank and Ulaanbaatar City Government under the agenda “Bond: A new source of financing”.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 18, 2014

Deputy Speaker Visits China
Ulaanbaatar, March 18(MONTSAME)The Chairman of the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) and parliament Deputy Speaker M.Enkhbold began his official visit to China on Monday.

PLA marines launch first winter warfare training

The People's Liberation Army Navy Marines (PLANM) has begun its first winter warfare training, deploying troops, heavy equipment and vehicles to the Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base in Inner Mongolia, according to Kerry Herschelman in an article for the London-based Jane's Defence Weekly.

From the Caspian to the Southern Indian Ocean

The unprecedented scale of the search for MH370 was highlighted by an announcement that the UAE was joining the search.

India finish sixth in Freestyle Wrestling World Cup

India lost to Mongolia 3-5 in the 5th-6th position match after finishing third in their group.

India finish sixth in Wrestling World Cup

Los Angeles: World Championships silver medallist Amit Kumar won four of his five bouts as India finished sixth in the FILA Men's Freestyle Wrestling World Cup here.

Rio Tinto’s alchemy: turning iron into oro

LAST year Rio Tinto poured $6.3 billion in tax into Australian federal and state government coffers. It paid a further $1.3 billion in personal tax on behalf of its workers.

College Student Sells Cherry-Viewing Map at Wuhan University

A college student named Lei Zheng recently employed a young woman wearing hanfu, traditional clothing of the Han Chinese people, to voluntarily introduce places to see cherry-blossoms as well as sell cherry-viewing maps to visitors at Wuhan University in central China's Hubei Province.

Greenfield Products plans to expand Union City operations

Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Greenfield Products officials announced Monday that the company will expand their operations in Union City, investing $6.3 million and creating 100 jobs during the next two years in Obion County.

INSIGHT: Meeting with abductee's daughter could propel Tokyo-Pyongyang talks

The secret meeting in Mongolia between the parents and the daughter of a Japanese woman considered a symbol of the abduction issue could prove a turning point in Japan and North Korea relations.

China's Shanxi province to invest $81.5 mil on mining projects in 2014

Hong Kong (Platts)--18Mar2014/626 am EDT/1026 GMT

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 14, 2014

President Receives Credentials from Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ulaanbaatar, March 14(MONTSAME) The Concurrent Non-Resident Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Mongolia MrBorislavMaric Thursday presented his diplomatic credentials to the President Ts.Elbegdorj.

Park seeks Mongolia's support for 'Eurasian initiative'

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye sought Mongolia's support for her vision to bind Asia and Europe closer together as she met with the country's parliamentary speaker on Friday.

Global Science and Technology Improves Aviation Meteorology in Mongolia

GREENBELT, Md., March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Science and Technology, Inc. (GST), a leading innovator of weather forecasting products and services, is proud to announce that it recently completed a contract to provide WAFS-METLAB2 weather workstation technology to the Mongolia Aviation Meteorological Center (AMC) at the Chinggis Khan International Airport in Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia.

Park meets with Mongolia's parliamentary speaker

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye met with Mongolia's parliamentary speaker on Friday and discussed ways to strengthen relations between the two countries and promote regional cooperation, officials said.

Foods to protect us from fine particles

In recent weeks, Korea has been under the influence of fine particles.

India Expands Its Efforts in Search for Missing Jet

NEW DELHI — Six days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar screens, Indian military forces intensified their efforts Friday to find traces of the plane in the Andaman Sea.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 13, 2014 Part II

Parliamentary journalists trained in South Korea
Ulaanbaatar, March 13 (MONTSAME) Parliamentary journalists and cameramen from some media organizations were involved in a training Tuesday in the Republic of Korea in conjunction with an official visit of Mongolia’s Speaker Z.Enkhbold to the country.

Art zones function as sculpture factories

Craftsmen in Beijing's art zones work hard to develop their trade despite a struggling global economy.

Mongolia Brief March 13, 2014

Speaker about Visa-Free Travel between Mongolia and S.Korea
Ulaanbaatar, March 13(MONTSAME)The Parliament Speaker of Mongolia Z.Enkhbold Wednesday met with his counterpart of South Korea Mr Kang Chang-hee in Seoul.

Malaysian plane may have flown hours after losing contact - WSJ

US investigators probing the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet believe it may have flown for four hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

What These Historical Kings and Marauders Can Teach Our Leaders About Climate Change

There are no two ways about it: Humankind is, for the first time in our recorded history, living through a massive global climate shift of our own making.

PH unveils roster for Asian men's volleyball championship

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Volleyball Federation has announced the lineup for the PLDT Home TVolution men's national volleyball squad that shall compete in the Asian Club championship from April 8 to 16.

1,500-year-old coffin opened in China

Archaeologists have opened a 1,500-year-old black lacquer coffin found in a pasture region of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 12, 2014 Part II

Defense Ministry runs sport events

Ulaanbaatar, March 12 (MONTSAME) Ahead of the 93rd anniversary of the Mongolian Armed Forces and Mongolian Soldiers' Day, to be marked March 18, the Ministry of Defense organized friendly sport events March 11.

Mongolia Brief March 12

Speaker Receives Delegation of China’s Entities

Mexico marvels visitors as partner country of ITB 2014, Mongolia to partner in 2015

Stunning dance displays, Mariachi concerts and Mayan rituals greeted visitors as they passed the stand of Mexico, taking part in the celebrations and excitement the country showed at being the partner country of ITB Berlin for this year.

Wrestling diplomacy: Ukraine vs Russia, U.S. vs Iran | USA Today

Russia will take on Ukraine. The USA will go against Iran.

MH370: Five Indian nationals identified

KUALA LUMPUR: There were five Indian nationals and one Canadian of Indian origin on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which went missing on Saturday according to the Wall Street Journal.

Climatic Changes Contributed to the Success of Genghis Khan

We all know and have read a lot about Genghis Khan and his role as a founder of the Mongol Empire. History tells us that he was a great leader and a warrior as well, but as per the new research better climate has also played an instrumental role in the rise of this great leader.

How climate change helped Genghis Khan

A long period of warm, wet weather spanning several decades helped one of history's most fearsome tyrants to conquer most of Asia and Eastern Europe and form the largest continuous land empire the world has known, a study has found.

Three siberian tiger cubs meet visitors in N China's Hohhot

Photo taken on March 11, 2014 shows a tiger cub kissing its mother in Daqingshan Safari Park in Hohhot, capital of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Three siberian tiger cubs, one female and two male, have been allowed to meet visitors for the first time since they were born in October last year. (Xinhua/Wang Zheng)

FAO Warns Food Shortages In Asia-Pacific

HANOI, March 12 (Bernama) -- Asia-Pacific countries must increase food production by mid-century, or face food shortages and chronic hunger, warned the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

This Is Another Sick HOAX!

A PHOTO emerged recently showing that the Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight has safely landed in a remote village somewhere in Mongolia.

Copper’s China-Driven Tumble Seen Slowing to Halt, Tiger Says

Copper, which sunk to a near four-year low, is likely to have touched a bottom and will trade above $3 a pound in the next 2 to 3 years, said Tiger Resources (TGS) Ltd., the fourth-biggest copper miner listed in Australia.

Mild weather may have propelled Genghis Khan’s rise: study

WASHINGTON: A pleasantly warm and wet spell in central Mongolia eight centuries ago may have propelled the rise of Genghis Khan, according to a US study.

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UN report: Asia-Pacific must halt forest and grassland loss

Countries of the Asia-Pacific region, including China, are losing grassland and forests at an alarming rate and must act immediately to curtail further degradation.

Husband gave wife his wedding ring and watch before boarding doomed Malaysian flight

A father-of-two left his wedding ring and watch to give to his children in case something happened to him before boarding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight as he flew out to start a dream job in Mongolia.

Missing Australians' relatives await news

The wife of one of the passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has broken news to their young sons that their dad is missing.

Global Warming & the Mongolian Empire’s Rise

Many phenomena, real and imagined, have been attributed to global warming. From rising ocean levels to increased agricultural yields to tornadoes to polar vortices to droughts to rapes to car thefts, global warming now stands as the cause of just about anything.

A ring and a watch may be a missing father’;s last gifts to his children

For 3-year-old Lincoln and his 11-month-old brother, Jack Weeks, a wedding ring and a watch may be the only gifts they will ever remember of their father, mechanical engineer Paul Weeks.

Families Pack Bags in Anxious Wait for Missing Flight

The families of Indians in the missing Malaysian flight continued an anxious wait on Wednesday, with some flying to Kuala Lumpur in the hope of more news, while others have their bags packed ready to fly when more information is available.

Riyadh ranked among most polluted cities globally

Riyadh has been ranked one of the most polluted cities in the world, according a report released by a United Nations organization.

SouthGobi Resources to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Financial Results on March 24, 2014

HONG KONG, CHINA, Mar 12, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- The board of directors of SouthGobi Resources Ltd. CA:SGQ -4.60% HK:1878 -1.04% (the "Company") will meet on Monday, March 24, 2014 to consider and approve the fourth quarter and full year 2013 financial results of the Company and its subsidiaries. These financial results will be released before TSX market open.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Inner Mongolia Founds First Women's Rights Protection Organization

A press conference publicizing the founding of the Inner Mongolia Women's Rights Protection and Psychological Consultation Center, the first public welfare social organization for women's and children's rights protection in the region, was held on March 7 in Hohhot, capital of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Psychologist Gives Lecture to Inner Mongolia Female Addicts

In conjunction with International Women's Day, which annually falls on March 8, Inner Mongolia Women's Federation and the Inner Mongolia Women's Rights Protection and Psychological Consultation Service Center jointly held a forum in Inner Mongolia Women's Compulsory Isolation Detoxification Center on March 5, 2014.

China wants plane search stepped up

China has urged Malaysia to step up its efforts in the hunt for the jetliner that mysteriously vanished on a flight to Beijing.

Mild Weather May Have Propelled Rise of Genghis Khan

A pleasantly warm and wet spell in central Mongolia eight centuries ago may have propelled the rise of Genghis Khan, according to a U.S. study Monday.

Nice weather aided Genghis Khan's world conquest

The meteoric rise of the great Genghis Khan and the start of the largest contiguous empire in human history was propelled by a long period of warm, wet weather spanning more than a decade, a new study suggests.

UN warns world must produce 60% more food by 2050 to avoid mass unrest

Political turmoil, social unrest, civil war and terrorism could all be on the table unless the world boosts its food production by 60 percent come mid-century, the UN’s main hunger fighting agency has warned.

Genghis Khan owes his vast empire to unusual climate conditions!

A long period of conveniently warm and wet weather may have possibly helped the rise of Genghis Khan, according to a study in the US.