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South Korea Sets Up a Task Force through its Embassy in China

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South Korea on Saturday announced it has set up a task force through its embassy in China to deal with the apparent boycott of its products in protest against Seoul’s deployment of the Thaad anti-missile system.

The group held its first meeting on Friday with the aim of outlining strategies to protect its companies and citizens visiting or living in China, whom Seoul believes could potentially be under threat, Yonhap News Agency reported.

In response, the South Korean embassy in China has set up a task force to advise its companies and citizens in the country against visiting certain crowded areas and entertainment venues.

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Beijing has on several occasions warned that bilateral relations will be affected if South Korea decides to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system, whose powerful radars could possibly obtain intelligence data from Chinese military bases that fall within range.

South Korea, which in July 2016 agreed to install the US anti-missile system, has claimed it is a defence mechanism to protect itself from possible missile launches from North Korea.The Thaad system is scheduled to be deployed this year, and comes as an apparent reaction to North Korea’s nuclear tests last year.

In an apparent cultural boycott of South Korea, China did not allow any movie from the neighbouring country to be released on its soil last year.Moreover, K-Pop, a Korean brand of pop music, has disappeared from Chinese television since last year.

Source:IANS

LG X400 Announced with Android 7.0 Nougat and Fingerprint Sensor in Korea

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LG is known for its various smartphones, home appliances and other electronic products released. In the smartphone category, it launched many budget-friendly handsets till now. Last month, the company announced X300 smartphone in Korea known as K10 that is going to unveil ahead at CES 2017. Now they introduced LG X400 which is known as K10 for Korean market

All the specifications are same, but the Korean version has the HD DMB feature for mobile TV experience. The smartphone LG X400 made available in two colour variants Gold and Black. The company commenced the LG X400 Price begins at 319,000 won (approx Rs. 18,635). LG will launch its K-series smartphone in India at an event on 22nd February 2017.

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As far as the LG X400 Specifications are concerned, it sports 5.3-inch In-cell Touch HD display with a screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels with 2.5D curved glass display. Under the hood, the LG X400 powered by 1.5GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor and coupled with 2GB of RAM. For the internal storage, the device boosted with 32GB and expandable up to 2TB via microSD card.

In the photography department, the LG X400 bears 13megapixel rear camera with LED flash. For the front shooter, it packs 5megapixel along with 120-degree wide angle lens for video calling and the perfect selfie clicks. To enhance the security levels, the smartphone embedded with a fingerprint sensor.

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LG X400 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and packed with 2800mAh non-removable battery on the rear side to power the handset. The connectivity options include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC and much more.

LG X400 Specifications

  • Display: 5.3-inch In-cell Touch (1280×720 pixels) 2.5D curved glass
  • Processor: 1.5GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6750 64-bit with Mali T860 GPU
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM and expandable up to 2TB via microSD card slot
  • Camera: 13MP rear-camera, 5MP front-camera
  • Operating system: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Battery: 2800mAh
  • Fingerprint sensor

Samsung Heir Lee Jae-yong Arrested for Bribery and Embezzlement

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Samsung’s heir apparent Lee Jae-yong has been placed under arrest in South Korea, accused of bribery and other charges, the media reported. The case is linked to a scandal that led to the impeachment of the country’s President Park Geung-hye.

Lee is currently vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics. But since his father, Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack in 2014, he is considered de facto boss of the entire Samsung Group conglomerate.

Samsung is accused of giving donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of Park, in exchange for government favors. Lee and the Samsung Group denied any wrongdoing.

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“We will do our best to ensure that the truth is revealed in future court proceedings,” the Samsung Group said in a brief statement following Lee’s arrest. The Samsung chief had already been questioned with several other company executives in January but a subsequent court ruling decided there was insufficient grounds for an arrest.

But on Friday, a court spokesman said in a statement: “It is acknowledged that it is necessary to arrest (Lee Jae-Yong) in light of a newly added criminal charge and new evidence.” Lee has been in detention since he was summoned back to court for a hearing held behind closed doors earlier this week.

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Prosecutors accused Lee of giving bribes worth 41 billion won ($36 million) to President Park and her close friend Choi Soon-sil to win government support for a smooth leadership transition within Samsung.

Lee Jae-yong, also known as Jay Y Lee, first gave evidence in front of a parliamentary hearing in December last year. Since January he has been treated as an official suspect in the case.At the parliamentary hearing, Samsung admitted giving a total of 20.4 billion won to two foundations, but denied seeking favors in return.

And Lee also confirmed the firm gave a horse and money to help the equestrian career of Choi’s daughter, Chung Yoo-ra, something he said he now regretted. Prosecutors now have 20 days to detain and question him before they have to formally indict Lee.

Source:IANS

Samsung chief to be questioned again over corruption charges

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South Korean prosecutors will question Lee Jae-Yong, Samsung Group’s de facto leader again on Monday over bribery allegations, as they accelerate their probe into a corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-Hye and her friend.

The summons will be the first questioning of Lee, the vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., since a Seoul court rejected the prosecutors’ request on January 19 to arrest him on charges of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The probe team, led by Independent Counsel Park Young-soo, first quizzed him over the charges on January 12.

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Investigators have suspected that Lee gave or promised some 43 billion won ($36 million) worth of bribes to Park’s jailed friend Choi Soon-sil in return for the state-run pension fund’s backing of a merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015.

They have hinted that the president ordered other favors be offered to the conglomerate that was giving her friend large sums of cash. The President has rejected any wrongdoing in regards to the merger.

The special counsel also plans to question Samsung Electronics President Park Sang-jin and Hwang Sung-soo, another executive of the conglomerate on Monday in relation to the scandal.

Source: IANS

South Korean Special Prosecutors Filed a Suit to Raid on Presidential office

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South Korea’s special prosecution asked a court to allow it to search the presidential office as part of a corruption probe of President Park Geun-hye after investigators were denied entry by her aides last week.

The probe team submitted the request on Friday to the Seoul Administration Court, seeking the suspension of the presidential officials’ disapproval of the search, the court and the prosecution said.

Independent Counsel Park Young-soo also filed a lawsuit with the same court against Park’s chief of staff and chief security officer to nullify the decision to block the prosecutors’ entry into the Cheong Wa Dae’s premises, Yonhap News Agency reported.

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The investigators tried to execute a court-issued search warrant on February 3 seeking to secure evidence ahead of a face-to-face questioning of President Park.

Independent counsel spokesman Lee Kyu-chul told reporters that if the request is accepted, it would deprive the presidential office of an excuse to block the investigators.

The raid into Cheong Wa Dae will become impossible if the suit is turned down by the court, the spokesman added.

The special prosecutors can request an extra 30 days for their investigation with consent from Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, but Hwang has been refraining from making a clear remark on whether he will approve the request.

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Park, awaiting the Constitutional Court’s decision on her ouster, has been suspended from exercising presidential powers since the parliament voted to impeach her in December.

She is accused of letting her friend Choi Soon-sil meddle in state affairs and gain personal profits using her ties to the president.

Special prosecutors also named President Park as an accomplice in her former aides’ blacklisting of cultural figures deemed critical of the government, though she has been flatly denying the allegations.

Park’s former chief of staff Kim Ki-choon and Ex-Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun were indicted on Tuesday on charges of abuse of authority and coercion for allegedly creating and managing the list to deny those artists state support.

Source:IANS