Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ulaanbaatar – The City of the Red Hero

Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, is situated in the Tuul River Valley and is surrounded by four mountains: Bogd, Bayanzurkh, Songino and Chingeltei.

A Masterpiece on a Feather

From ancient times, people have used feathers in pillows, for decorations, and as accessories.

Paintings of Love and Pride

Mongolian art, especially fine art, has a very long history. In recent years the art world of Mongolia has expanded rapidly, with many upcoming talented young artists entering the scene.

P.Tsagaan: We don’t talk about politics at the Board of Directors meeting – we talk about Mongolia

The following interview is with P.Tsagaan, one of the three current Mongolian members of the Board of Directors at Oyu Tolgoi LLC.

Legal proposals signal rocky spell for mining

By Paulius Kuncinas
Regional Editor, Oxford Business Group

D.Oyunsuren: ‘I have a lot of respect for our expatriates living in Mongolia.’

Columnist Allyson Seaborn has a new and intimate series of questions she will be asking interesting Mongolian nationals each week.

Mongolian meat standardization

Since a few weeks ago, Europe has been coping with a serious issue related to meat standards and, more precisely, its traceability procedures.

Finance Mongolia 2013 raises public understanding of stocks and shares

Finance Mongolia 2013, the first financial exhibition and conference of its kind in Mongolia, took place at the Misheel Expo Centre over the weekend.

N.Boldkhuu: Energy Infrastructure is the Top Priority

Given Mongolia’s current state of energy resources and production, the country may experience power shortages in 2014, if not sooner.

Reading should be encouraged

Welcome to The GrUBe! This column is dedicated to readers’ gripes (complaints) about aspects of life in Mongolia, particularly in UB, hence the name “GrUBe”.

Regular Mongolian Consulship meeting held in Hohhot

The Chief representatives of the Consular Office of the Mongolian Embassy in China, the Consulate General of the People"s Republic of Mongolia in Hohhot, Shanghai, Erlianhaote and Hong Kong gathered at a regular meeting in Hohhot, China on 19th and 20th February.

Citizen of Ulaanbaatar might face drinking water shortage by 2030

There is a high risk that citizen of Ulaanbaatar will face drinking water shortages by 2030.

New law prohibits import of food products

A new law on Food and Food Security that prohibits an individual from importing food products and goods from foreign countries will be enforced from March 1st.

Calls to action to save Khuvsgul lake

Khuvsgul lake, the largest fresh water lake in Mongolia is highly polluted from over 40 rust eaten shipwrecks that have sunk since vehicles were allowed on the lake during winter time.

Candidates spending limit set

The General Election Committee held a meeting on Friday to discuss setting a base spending limit for a candidate`s primary campaign because of the up-coming preparation work for the Mongolian presidential election.

Directors of 100 schools and kindergartens to be dismissed

Ulaanbaatar Administrative Council finally initiated the new rule to use a selection list to choose the candidates for the directors’ post for schools and kindergartens in the City on Monday.

Mongolia imports 97 percent of its pharmaceuticals

It is estimated that there are over 500 pharmacies in Ulaanbaatar City according to a study by the Ministry of Health in 2012.

Advertising bill-boards to be removed

Around 1,000 advertising boards will be removed in the city center according to a new regulation.

Mongolia Economic Forum arranged in March

The Mongolia Economic Forum (MEF) 2013 will be organized next week at the Government Palace on March 4th and 5th.

Box museum to promote arts and culture to children

The Arts Council of Mongolia have developed a non-formal education program for three years called “Box museum” to promote arts and culture of Mongolia, preserve sustainable development of museums and improve children`s knowledge of culture heritage.

Mongolian athlete wins Asian Marathon Championship

A Mongolian athlete, State Honored athlete Bat-Ochir Ser-Od won 14th Asian Marathon Championships 2013 in Hong Kong on February 24 Sunday.

Hearing on mining disaster postponed

A hearing on claims made by residents of Gurvanbulag sum in Bayankhongor aimag and the United Movement of Mongolian Rivers and Lakes (UMMRL) started in Sukhbaatar District Court on Tuesday February 26th but postponed until April.

Badly engineered transmission lines cause bird deaths

Over the past years the of migrant and raptor birds has decreased in Mongolia.

Chess Palace to be build in Ulaanbaatar

During his visit to Mongolia on February 20th Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov, the President of FIDE (the World Chess Federation) said the Federation will support and cooperate with the Mongolian Chess Federation to organize international high ranking chess competitions in Ulaanbaatar city. 

A Mongolian judoka appointed to Judo for Peace Commission

International Master of Judo Wrestling, chairman of Khuch sport committee of General Police Department of Mongolia, Pagva Bira has been appointed to Assistant director of Judo for Peace Commission.

Pellet fodder is delivered to Mazaalai habitat

The Undesnii Bakharkhal (National Pride) NGO which is in charge of purchasing and delivering pellet fodder to Gobi bear in the Great Gobi National Park during a period of getting out of lair finished preparing 10 tons pellet fodder and foods for Mazaalai.

Negotiation on Oyutolgoi to be continued

Shareholders meeting of Oyutolgoi LLC was held once again in Ikh Tenger complex past afternoon on February 27th.

ANOTHER IPHONE PASSCODE BYPASS VULNERABILITY DISCOVERED

It’s getting hard to keep track of all the bugs piling up for Apple’s iPhone.

KFC: MONGOLIA’S LATEST “FIRST MOVER”

Mongolia is following the footsteps of its largest trading partner, China, whose first western food chain in 1987 was Yum! Brands’ KFC.

ENTREE GOLD HAMMERED AFTER PERMIT NEAR OYU TOLGOI CANCELLED

Vancouver’s Entrée Gold (TSX:ETG) fell on Tuesday after Mongolian authorities pulled the company’s mining licence near Oyu Tolgoi, Rio Tinto’s massive copper-gold project in the Asian nation.

S&P DOWNGRADES RIO TINTO OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE, CITING DEBT RISK

Standard & Poor’s Monday downgraded Rio Tinto’s outlook from stable to negative, citing a risk that the mega-miner’s debt may increase further in 2013-2014, “unless the company makes large disposals or iron ore prices stay well above $120/tonne CFR [cost and freight] China.”

THE COMING WATER WARS

Water is not scarce. It is made up of the first and third most common elements in the universe, and the two readily react to form a highly stable compound that maintains its integrity even at temperature extremes.

MONGOLIA COPPER MINING INVESTMENT RIO TINTO (NYSE: RIO) RUNS INTO TROUBLE

Founded in 1873 with just a small cluster of mines in Spain, Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) has grown to span the globe.

First Time Fest a new NYC based film festival will take place this weekend

First Time Fest (FTF) - a celebration of first time filmmakers – is a new and unique film festival taking place in New York City from March 1 through 4, 2013.

Belarus, Mongolia agree to exchange high-level visits, business delegations

MOSCOW, 26 February (BelTA) - Belarus and Mongolia will exchange high-level visits and business delegations.

Pinedale author launches funding for Portraits of Pastoralism photo art exhibit via USA Projects

(Pinedale, Wyo.) – Cat Urbigkit launched her first project on USA Projects this week, with a funding deadline of March 20. Urbigkit’s “Portraits of Pastoralism” project involves the development of a traveling public art exhibit of Urbigkit’s black-and-white photographs of pastoralists around the globe, illuminating the challenges faced by people whose cultures involve the seasonal movement with livestock herds (transhumance).

Pressing the Limits heading to Mongolia

FREMONT — The Pressing The Limits Strength Show that has been seen by thousands throughout the Midwest will be making a long-distance trip later this year to the nation of Mongolia.

Ulaanbaatar roads to be cleaned daily

Modern road cleaner trucks will be imported to improve road maintenance in Ulaanbaatar.

Mongolia to Begin Production at Giant Tavan Tolgoi Mine

Foreign coal mining companies have been given encouraging news as an announcement was made that Mongolia’s state run coal company will begin to produce coal from a block of the country’s giant Tavan Tolgoi mine.

Nomsys Mongolia selects Ruckus for Wi-Fi access network

Telecom Lead Mongolia: Nomsys, an Internet service provider in Mongolia, has selected Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products and technology to create Wi-Fi access network in Ulaanbaatar.

Beijing MAC supports wind-break and sand-break project

The Beijing Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) held a mobilization meeting in Hohhot, capital of northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on February 21, 2013 on support for the ecological project of the development of the western provinces of China.

Sandstorm slams N China's Inner Mongolia

Hohhot, capital of northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is shrouded in orange dust on Feb. 28.

Beijing hit by air pollution, sand storms

After a winter of record freezing temperatures and severe air pollution, Beijing is now being affected as heavy fog, pollution and dust storms envelope large parts of northern China.

Monvest Group Receives Landmark Three-Year Lottery License Extension from Ministry of Finance Mongolia

The Mongolian Ministry of Finance granted a three-year license extension to the Mongolian National Lottery (MNL), owned by license holder BizInvin LLC (BizInvin) and operated by Modern Capital Vest LLC, Mongolian subsidiaries of Singapore-based Monvest Group Pte. Ltd. (Monvest).

Ruckus Delivers High-Speed Wireless Broadband in Mongolia

Feb 28, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Ruckus Wireless, Inc. announced that Nomsys, an Internet service provider based in Mongolia, has selected Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products and technology to create a Wi-Fi access network in Mongolia's capital city of Ulaanbaatar.

Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi Bridges Digital Divide in Mongolia, Delivering Affordable, High-Speed Wireless Broadband

Nomsys Brings Reliable Wireless Connectivity to 70% of the Capital City's One Million Residents in Poor, Rural Areas SUNNYVALE, Calif. and ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) today announced that Nomsys LLC, an Internet service provider based in Mongolia, has selected Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products and technology to create the largest Wi-Fi access network in Mongolia's capital city of Ulaanbaatar. 

News of Mongolia coalmine launch puts foreign investors on alert

ULAN BATOR (REUTERS) - Mongolia will begin producing coal from a block of its giant Tavan Tolgoi mine this year, a senior official at the state-run company in charge of the deposit said on Friday, a step that may give foreign firms a way into the long-delayed project.

Entree Gold Provides Update on Status of Licences in Mongolia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Feb 27, 2013 (Menafn - MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --Entree Gold Inc. (nyse mkt:EGI)(frankfurt:EKA)("Entree" or the "Company") advises that, contrary to reports in the media, the Oyu Tolgoi LLC-Entree Gold joint venture mining licences have not been cancelled.

Mongolia to collaborate with Sweden in environment

The Mongolian delegation led by the Acting Deputy of the State Secretary of the Environment and Green Development Ministry, J.Batbold, attended the tour to study Sustainable Development Education and experience the eco-schools in Sweden between February 12 and 20.

Mongolia going it alone at Tavan Tolgoi. For now

Mongolia's state-owned Erdennes Tavan Tolgoi, says it will start work on a coking coal block previously slated for development by foreign miners.

Entree Gold Statement Regarding Mining Licences in Mongolia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2013) -Entrée Gold Inc. (TSX:ETG)(NYSE MKT:EGI)(FRANKFURT:EKA) ("Entrée" or the "Company") has recently become aware of reports in Mongolia regarding the status of Shivee Tolgoi mining licence #15226A and Javhlant mining licence #15225A.

Mongolia Suspends Issuance of Mining Licenses

President Elbegdorj Tsakhia said Tuesday that the government won't issue any more mining licenses until Mongolia's mineral laws have been revised.

Cold front brings dust, sand to Beijing

A pedestrian wearing mask walks on the West Chang'an Street in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 28, 2013.

Amazing scenery in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia

Manzhouli, in northern Inner Mongolia, borders Mongolia to the west and Russia to the north.

President of Mongolia ranks 49th in the world leaders Twitter ranking

The President of Mongolia, Ts.Elbegdorj, is ranked a49th out of 123 world leaders with 36,928 followers in Twitter.

Entree Gold Provides Mongolia Licences Update, Says Licences Not Cancelled, But Some Issues Must be Resolved

Entree Gold Inc. (ETG.TO) advises that, contrary to reports in the media, the Oyu Tolgoi LLC-Entree Gold joint venture mining licences have not been cancelled.

Mongolia Pulls Entree Permit in Oyu Tolgoi Saying Invalid

Mongolia annulled mining licenses held by Entree Gold Inc. (ETG) on land near Rio Tinto Group’s Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold project, saying they had been authorized incorrectly in 2009.

Belarus, Mongolia agree to exchange high-level visits, business delegations

Belarus and Mongolia will exchange high-level visits and business delegations.

Finance Mongolia 2013 raises public understanding of stocks and shares

Finance Mongolia 2013, the first financial exhibition and conference of its kind in Mongolia, took place at the Misheel Expo Centre over the weekend.

Brain drain takes Mongolia’s youth and vibrancy

In the past, the Mongols were knows as nomads, but today they are often known as migrants.

Mongolia revokes key Oyu Tolgoi mine licenses

Mongolia has revoked the licenses for a key portion of the massive Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold project amid a dispute between Rio Tinto PLC RIO +1.13% and the country's government over costs, revenue and taxes, the Financial Times reported on its website Wednesday.

Rio Tinto Said to Clash With Mongolia Ahead of Meeting

Rio Tinto Group’s crucial meeting with Mongolia tomorrow follows weeks of disputes over control of the world’s biggest copper and gold mine under construction, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Mongolia suspends key Oyu Tolgoi licences

Mongolia has suspended the licences for a key portion of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine, amid a mounting dispute between Rio Tinto and the Mongolian government over costs, revenues and taxes.

Mongolia Suspends Mining Licenses

A Canadian gold and copper explorer part-owned by Rio Tinto PLC (RIO) has had two mining permits suspended by the Mongolian government, signaling a possible deepening in a dispute with the emerging Asian nation over the huge Oyu Tolgoi mining development.

Mongolia Plans to Charge Rio’s Oyu Tolgoi Interest on Tax

Mongolia plans to start charging interest on allegedly unpaid tax owed by Rio Tinto Group’s Oyu Tolgoi LLC, as talks continue over the future of the $6.6 billion copper and gold mine, the nation’s mining minister said.

Mongolia Suspends Two Mining Licenses

Mongolia suspended two mining permits for a Canadian gold and copper explorer partly owned by Rio Tinto PLC, raising the stakes in a dispute over the huge Oyu Tolgoi development in the Gobi Desert.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Remove or leave the cemetery?

There is a “nightmare” that high ranking officials do not notice and don’t even care if they do.

What do the MPs do during the plenary session break?

The Fall Session of the Parliament or the State Great Khural has taken a break and the Members of the Parliament (MPs) are working in the electoral districts.

“Museum in a box” reaches over 700 children

The “Museum in a Box” project by the Mongolian Arts Council has been travelling around Mongolia to bring the portable museum to children in remote areas of the country who are unable to visit museums in the city.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praises President Ts.Elbegdorj

During the visit of the President of Mongolia and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Mongolia, Ts.Elbegdorj, to Mongolian troops who are participating in the UN peacekeeping operations in South Sudan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, expressed his gratitude to Ts.Elbegdorj on the phone.

Universal network of infrastructure to be created

The centres of provinces to be connected with paved asphalt with Ulaanbaatar

Nature Conservation Foundation to assist in Lake Khuvsgul clean up

Recognizing the pollution that is being caused by the wrecked vehicles that are on the bottom of Lake Khuvsgul, the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) initiated a project last month to clean up the lake. 

Mongolian-European intergovernmental meeting

The 9th Intergovernmental meeting between Mongolian and European parliaments was held in Brussels, Belgium on 19th and 20th February.

Road network between Ulaanbaatar and 21 aimags by 2016

The Government plans to provide road network connectivity between Ulaanbaatar City and 21 aimag centers by 2016.

Student teachers to receive scholarship for teacher-training

The Minister for Education announced that 2013 will be the year of Methodology and Technology for the development of every child, therefore the Minister framed a policy to reform the quality of education.

Prime Minister opens life coaching program

The Government and People Development Institute are implementing a project called “Life Coach and Success Guide” with the consent of the Prime Minister.

Four project suggestions for bond financing

During a meeting on Wednesday the Policy Council, headed by Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag, were issued a suggestion and agreed to finance four projects via Government bonds.

Coal Mongolia-2013 convenes in Ulaanbaatar

Coal Mongolia-2013, an international conference and exhibition is being held for the third time in Ulaanbaatar on 21st and 22nd February.

Camel Polo winter festival, March 2013

The Camel Polo 2013 winter festival will run at the Chinggis Khan statue complex, Tsonjin Boldog, on 9th and 10th March.

Suspension of power of former Chairman of State Property Committee possible

A request has been made to suspend the powers of D.Sugar, a member of the Constitutional Court, former chairman of the State Property Committee to the State Prosecutor General`s Office because of the MIAT money laundering case.