Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mongolia Brief April 1, 2014



Burmese Journalists are Trained Here
Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) A training for Burmese journalists launched Monday in Ulaanbaatar.

The initiated by the Mongolia President's Office training is being run by the EBI Think-Tank institute, attracting 20 journalists from the biggest media organizations of Myanmar.
Within the five-day action, the participants are learning Mongolian experiences in democracy, for instance, a political situation during the transition period, social and economic situation, first democratic and free election, adoption of the first democratic Constitution, privatization, mining sector, legal reform, monetary and financial policies, health and education system and a press freedom. They are also exchanging views on these matters.
A head of the Presidential Office P.Tsagaan addressed the Burmese media, followed by the first president of Mongolia P.Ochirbat.


Waste Recycling Initiatives Discussed
Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) A meeting ran Monday to discuss the UB city's waste classification and recycling initiatives.
Its organizers were an environmental working group of the Mongolian Business Association, Ministry of Nature, Environment and Green Development, and Center for Freshwater Reserves and Nature Conservation. They thoroughly discussed the capital city’s action plans for waste management and recycling, explored ways to coordinate these initiatives, informed each other about waste recycling processes, and shared views on how to supply classified waste to relevant entities.
After this, an internal auditor of Ulaanbaatar Public Utilities Authority Ch.Enkhjargal highlighted the city action plans for waste management and recycling and answered questions.


Local School Gets Facilities

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) A school has created a comfortable environment for its pupils,  Zuunbayan-Ulaan soum of Ovorkhangai province.
Some 68 million togrog were issued by the Ministry of Education and Sciences for this renovation. The school has acquired physics cabinet, a complex tool kit for physical training, kitchen facilities, beds, desks, chairs and wardrobes.
Furthermore, some construction works of 32 million are planned to run within this academic year such as outdoor landscaping and teacher development center as a preparation for the soum's 80th anniversary.


Mongolian Woman Wins Golden Cup at Asian Darts Tour

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) Mongolian D.Erdenechimeg bagged a gold medal in women singles event of the 10th Asian Darts Association (ADA) International Tour in Hong Kong.
She also grabbed a bronze medal in women’s top gun event of the tour, while her teammate Sh.Gan-Erdene came third in men singles event on March 29.
The Mongolian team reached a bronze Cup as well in the last event of the threesome team challenge of the tour.
The 10th ADA International Darts Tour was hosted in the KITEC Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre Rotunda Hall 3 of Hong Kong on March 28-30.


Amendments proposed into the controversial Law on Tobacco Control

April 1 (news.mn) New amendments are supposed to be made into the Law on Tobacco Control that has been the subject of public debate since it became effective on March 1st, 2013. 
Parliament delivered a request to the Government asking to conduct a poll on possible amendments into the Law on Tobacco Control Mongolia. The Law on Tobacco Control was initiated by female parliamentarian L.Erdenechimeg before it was passed by Parliament, in particular female MPs. 
However the Law on Tobacco Control caused public outcry due to its harsh restriction of tobacco use, unveiled adverts in public places during a year period since it was effective. Smokers especially complain that the law is too broad as in the law there is no allowance for smoking areas to be permitted. Most complaints are because the law prohibits the use and trade of tobacco in the places less than 500 meter from schools and kindergartens. 
Several MPs have submitted a draft law to make new amendments into the Law on Tobacco Control Mongolia and delivered it to the Government with the intention of a poll being held.  They plan to submit the draft law to be discussed in the spring session meeting of Parliament that is scheduled to begin on April 7th. 


Fourth Part of Przewalski’s Horses from Prague Zoo to Be Delivered to Mongolia in Late June of 2014  

April 1 (infomongolia.com) According to International Takhi­Group Office in Mongolia, the Prague Zoo plans to transfer four more Przewalski’s or Takhi horses to Mongolia in upcoming June, which were brought from several Europeanzoos and release them to the wild in their home country, Mongolia.
The Przewalski’s four species will be transported by a Czech military plane CASA and under project continuous the Czech Environment Ministry is assisting in collaboration of Mongolian Embassy in Prague and the International Takhi­Group.
In order to preserve and grow the number of endangered wild horses, the Prague Zoo has been contributing to breed Przewalski’s horses since 1932 and has kept the international pedigree book of this species since 1959.
Since 2011, the Prague Zoo has delivered a total of 12 Takhi horses to Mongolia, the first four species were released at Khomyn Tal (valley) in Zavkhan Aimag in June 2011, the second and third deliveries were set free at the Takhiin Tal in the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area, the territory of Bugat Sum of Govi­Altai Aimag in July 2012 and July 2013 respectively.
Before, horses from Prague Zoo were transported to Khovd Aimag Airport from which to reach the final destination of Takhiin Tal by auto transportation, so this year the military plane intends to have a direct flight to Govi­Altai Aimag that would save time and the horses need not undergo a many­hour journey to the acclimatization enclosure.
Mongolian wild horses ­ Takhi 
The first five Przewalski’s horses have been brought in the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area in 1992 under the German­funded Christian Oswald Foundation, which was beginning of implementation the Project to re­introduce the Przewalski’s horses in Mongolia.  
Until 2009, the population development was positive and the population grew up to 137 free­ranging individuals in the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area. However, the winter in 2009­2010 was the worst wintering in Govi­Altai Aimag with very cold temperatures and frequent snow storms that resulted in a massive die­off of all domestic livestock, with local herders loosing between 50­100% of their animals. Coherently, the small re­introduced Przewalski’s horse population was also almost eradicated, whereas there were 137 Przewalski’s horses by the end of December 2009, after the severe “Dzud” conditions in late winter only 48 wild horses were survived.  
Thereafter, in order to grow the population, International Takhi­Group in collaboration with the Government of Mongolia and other organs have been implementing the Project to acclimatize endangered animals in its home land by exchanging species from/to Mongolia, where zoos of Austria, China, Czech, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and United Kingdom are closely cooperating and inter­shipment started since 1990s.  
At present, about 1,900 Przewalski’s horses live all over the world, including some 450 heads in three national parks in Mongolia according to October 2013 census, whereas approximately 300 heads at Khustai National Park in Tuv Aimag, over 40 at Khomyn Tal in Zavkhan Aimag and about 90 species at Takhiin Tal in Govi­Altai Aimag.  
www.InfoMongolia.com extends its appreciation to Manager of International Takhi­Group Office in Mongolia, Mr. N.Enkhsaikhan for providing with detailed data and additional information.  
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Speaker Meets Provincial Residents

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) The Parliament Speaker Z.Enkhbold met with inhabitants of Ovorkhangai aimag in its drama theater March 30.
The Speaker highlighted air pollution in the province center Arvaikheer town and informed the gathered that the town will have a united centralized thermal plant instead of current 13 steam boilers, "and this will reduce the pollution".
He also spoke about a policy reforms of the highest legislative body of the nation.
The gathered asked the Speaker about Government bonds, Oyu Tolgoi agreements and commodity prices.
The Speaker's working tour to several provinces ended on Monday. He was accompanied by D.Ganbat and R.Burmaa MPs, and Kh.Battulga, Minister of Industry and Agriculture. 


Parliamentarians to Study Experiences in Philippines

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) A parliamentary delegation left Monday for the Philippines to get familiarized with the country’s regulations in medicine, laws, legal environment for medicine products and foods factories.
The MPs D.Battsogt, Z.Bayanselenge, D.Sarangerel and Ya.Sodbaatar intend to witness how the state policy influence on medicine market monitoring, how to set up a regulatory agency regarding the  medicine, what the roles are of parliament and ministries in controlling it, and how foods and drugs factories are managed.
A multifunctional body of regulating medicine expressed a willingness to render a support to Mongolia in some relevant works.
Mongolia has not reached big achievements yet in controlling the medicines flow but has been registering their import and export and been adhering standards for the last 20 years.


Speaker Attends Opening of New Center

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) In frames of his working to aimags, the Chairman of State Great Khural (parliament) Z.Enkhbold participated last weekend in a ceremony of opening a new inter-soum center.
The center, created between Buutsagaan and Bayanlig soums in Bayankhongor aimag, is a part of the "New soum" programme, reflected in the 2012-2016 action programme of the government.
The construction of the new center has taken ten months. It has a hospital with 20 beds, a secondary school for 640 pupils, a kindergarten for 150 children, a dormitory for 180 pupils, the soums’ administration office and a sports hall. 


Z.Enkhbold in Bayankhongor

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) The Speaker of parliament Z.Enkhbold got acquainted with activities of the Civil Reception Center at the administration of Bayankhongor aimag last Sunday.
After this, the Speaker and accompanying him delegates attended an opening of a diagnostic center equipped with the latest facilities and apparatus. Some 180 million togrog has been spent for this center, which is suited to the province population and to to run early diagnosis with less cost.
The same day, the Speaker held a meeting with 600 local people in the Musical and Drama theatre to highlight parliament's autumn session work and policies focused on localities.


Government to Support Construction of 200 Apartments in Khentii

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) During his visit to Khentii province, the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag attended a live TV broadcast on Monday.
Provincial Citizens Representatives Khural chairman S.Purevdorj and governor J.Oyunbaatar joined the Prime Minister in this broadcast to answer questions.
The PM noted that his Government has been paying attention to promoting of industrialization in the country and to supporting of private sectors in this direction.
Enhanced livelihood, eliminated bureaucracy and increased up-building are main goals of the Government, Mr Oyunbaatar noted, the province is also striving to achieve these goals. The provincial administration has been running weekly briefing meetings with the Prime Minister and Government officials, he added. 
The aimag will host "Altargana" international festival to promote folk art and culture of the Buryat people this July under auspices of the Prime Minister, informed Mr Khuderbaatar, an advisor to the PM.
Khentii is one of several aimags to implement a construction project of thousand apartments, and the Government will render a support for a construction of 100-200 apartments within this year, the PM said. “The Government is also planning to involve private houses in its annual 8% interest loan program”.


Mayor Meets Delegation of FHWien University

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city E.Bat-Uul Monday received a delegation of Austria’s FHWien University.
The sides exchanged views on founding a university in Ulaanbaatar to prepare city matters experts together with the University, where the Mayor noted that a quality of some universities does not meet the expectation.
Expressing a satisfaction with prospects to collaborate with the city in establishing the university, its administrative office head Dr Christian Kropfitsch said "now we should work out proposals and reach agreements on realizing this work".
The Mayor proposed that the university is erected in the city's western side to which the city administration will move in 2016.


MNCEA Receives Prize from APQN

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) Mongolian National Council for Education Accreditation (MNCEA) has received the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) Quality award 2014 for International Cooperation in Quality Assurance.
The president of the APQN Mr Jagannath Patil handed over a prize to Kh.Batsaikhan, Vice Chairman of the MNCEA, at the Networks conference recently organized in Hanoi of Vietnam.
The conference was also attended by delegates of our Ministry of Education and Science and several universities.
The Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) was founded in 2003 with the purpose of serving the needs of quality assurance agencies in higher education in a region that contains over half the world's population. APQN functions as a regional network of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).


Erchim FC to Compete in 2014 AFC President's Cup and C

Group Matches to Be Held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

April 1 (infomongolia.com) On March 28, 2014, the Official Draw for AFC President's Cup 2014 was held at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where 11 FCs will be competing for the consecutive 10th championship.
Organizers earlier in November 2013 officially announced that this championship will be the last event in its series and from next year the top six FCs of 2014 AFC President's Cup will be playing in the 2015 AFC Cup play-offs.
According to 2014 Official Draw, 11 FCs were divided in three Groups, whereas:
A Group - Sri Lanka Air Force (Sri Lanka), KRL FC (Pakistan), Sheikh Russel (Bangladesh) and Ugyen Academy (Bhutan);
B Group - Ceres FC (Philippines), HTTU Asgabat (International Turkmen-Turkish University), Tatung FC (Taiwan, PR of China) and Rimyongsu (North Korea);
C Group - Erchim FC (Mongolia), Manang Marshyangdi Club (Nepal) and Svay Rieng FC (Cambodia);
The 2014 AFC President's Cup will be commencing on May 01 until May 11, where each Group will play on a single roundrobin basis and the C Group matches will be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, which is marked the first and last event in Mongolian football history. The winners and runners-up of each group are to advance to the final stage to take place on September 22-28, 2014.
Mongolia's "Erchim” FC, the champion of the national 2011, 2012, 2013 "Super Cup", champion of 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 "Niislel" National League (Premier League) football tournaments, has been participating in the AFC President's Cup since 2012.
In 2012 AFC President's Cup, Erchim FC played in A Group along with Taiwan and Pakistan teams, but could not qualify for next final stage with only one points, where Istiqlol Dushanbe FC (Tajikistan) become winner of the 2012 edition.
In 2013 AFC President's Cup, Erchim FC also was drawn in A Group with Three Star Club (Nepal), Taiwan Power Company (Taiwan, PR of China) and Abahani Limited Dhaka (Bangladesh) teams. In this edition, Erchim qualified for final stage, but lost to Balkan FC (Turkmenistan) by 0:4, where the latter team becomes champion of the 2013 AFC President's Cup.
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Mongolian Master Athlete Wins 3 Gold in Budapest

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) The Mongolian T.Tserendolgor (76) won gold medals in three events of the World Master Athletics Championship indoors 2014, held in Budapest of Hungary March 26-29.
She led contests of M45 shot put, M60 javelin throw and M70 discus throw that took place on March 26. After the Budapest, Ms Tserendolgor headed for Belgium to attend World Cup events.
Some 400 athletes from 72 countries competed in this indoor championship in Budapest.


Council of Mining Unions Established

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) A council of professional associations has been founded with objectives to enhance mineral policies and legal environment, to develop middle- and long-term programs as well as to plan relevant strategies.
Besides improving public and private cooperation, the council will also assist public organizations in decision-making. The Mining Minister D.Gankhuyag will lead the newly-founded council, established under a cooperation of nearly twenty mining-related organizations such as National Mining Association, Industry and Geology Union and Exporters Association.
At the first meeting, the council is planning to join the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO) in order to promote best practices in the international reporting of mineral exploration results and to meet the need for improvement in national reserve classification standards.
The Mining Ministry has agreed to conclude a cooperation agreement with the joining associations to reflect their opinions in its decisions.


Our Haidressers Become First At Int'l Contest

Ulaanbaatar, April 1 (MONTSAME) Mongolian hairdressers' team has received the first place prize at "Linia Krasoti" international hairdressers' contest which ran in Russian Irkutsk last week.
Mongolia was represented by seven professionals led by Ts.Tsogzolmaa, a head of the Mongolian Association of Hairdressers and Beauticians.
The contest ran in 14 categories with more than 200 participants from Germany, China, Mongolia, Poland and Russia.
Our O.Bolormaa has taken the first place in the man’s hairstyle category, while D.Ariunaa and S.Amarjargal have become the second and the third in the woman’s hairstyle category. By the teams results the Mongolians have been named as the best. 
These days the hairdressers are preparing for the World Hairdressing Championship which will be hosted in Frankfurt of Germany this May 3-4.


Deputy Justice Minister sentenced for interfering with investigation

April 1 (news.mn) Deputy Justice Minister E.Erdenejamiyan heard the charges against him and the sentence on Monday in the First Primary Criminal District Court on March 31st. The First Primary Criminal District Court has suspended Deputy Justice Minister E.Erdenejamiyan`s civil service for two years and has imposed fines of 60 times the low-labor wage. 
The Independent Authority Against Corruption of Mongolia initiated an investigation because of a letter sent by the Deputy Justice Minister to Interpol last year. The letter was believed to ask Interpol to stop the investigation of former president N.Enkhbayar`s sister N.Enkhtuya, and her assistant B.Khuyag. After the letter was sent Interpol announced that it had halted the investigation into the suspects. 
The Deputy Justice Minister was convicted as his act interfered with the investigation and slowed the inquiry process. 
On Tuesday the Secretary General of the Mongolian People`s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) G.Shiilegdamba did not agree with the Court decision about the Deputy Justice Minister and announced an appeal the Appeal Court during a press conference on April 1st. 




Activists families to hunger strike

April 1 (news.mn) An appeal is scheduled to be heard at the Appeal Court of the City on April 8th by green activists of Gal Undesten (Fire nation) Ts.Munkhbayar and others who were sentenced to 21.6 years. The activities were sentenced for firing a gun shot, placing a bomb in state special protected area, assaulting civil servants, and attempted to threaten public security.
Families of the environmentalists, including mothers and wives, have decided to call a hunger strike in front of the Court building if the Court does not issue a plea. 
Convicted activist Z.Enkhsaikhan`s wife commented on Tuesday; “I believe the Appeal Court panel will be fair and not be influenced by State Prosecutor General D.Dorligjav. If the Appeal Court does not offer a plea to our husbands, fathers and sons we will call a hunger strike. We will do it until justice wins.”
The environmental movement held a protest in September 2013 against amendments being made into the Law to Prohibit Mineral Exploration and Mining Operations at the Headwaters of Rivers, Protected Zones of Water Reservoirs and Forested Areas, the only significant Mongolian law protecting nomadic herders" traditional lands and watersheds from further radioactive and chemical contamination, diversions of rivers and land-grabbing. The protest ended up with the arrest of the key members of the movement. 
The-two day long trial in January 2014 finally issued a decision and sentenced Ts.Munkhbayar, G.Boldbaatar, D.Tumurbaatar and J.Ganbold each to a 21.6 year jail term and 2 years to M.Munkhbold. Two other suspects; O.Sambuuyondon and B.Gantulga`s were acquitted.

“Friendship -2014” cycling tour

April 1 (news.mn) Shiliin Bogd cycling club is organizing a two-month “Friendship -2014” cycling tour that will cross through Mongolia-Russia-Buryatia from June 1st. 
The idea was initiated by a member of the Mongolian National Olympic Committee, the head of Shiliin Bogd cycling club, Sh.Enkh-Amar. 
“Friendship - 2014” cycling tour will start from Sukhbaatar province to cover 2100 km in Mongolia and 1500 km in Buryatia. According to the cycling tour route approved by the jury council of the Mongolian Adventure Travel Association, the cycling tour will run through Sukhbaatar, Khentii, Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, Erdenet, Bulgan, Khuvsgul provinces and pass through Khankh-Mond ports to Russia. The cycling team will reach Tunkh, Baikal lake, and Ulan-Ude in Buryatia and pass Ereentsav port in Dornod on the way back to Mongolia and finish in Sukhbaatar province. 
Five cyclists from Mongolia will be named next month. The Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism, the Mongolian National Olympic Committee, Mongolian Adventure Travel Association, Governor`s office and Local Representative Khural in Sukhbaatar province, and Shiliin Bogd club are supporting the  “Friendship - 2014” cycling tour. 


The labor market of Mongolia by 2020

April 1 (Mongolian Economy) Labor Exchange Central Office released its medium- and long-term labor supply-demand forecast for 2020. The forecast was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Institute for Labour Studies, Human Resoures Development Service of Korea and Gerege Partners.
According to the forecast, the mining sector, which accounts for more than 90 percent of exports, contributes to only four percent of employment in Mongolia. 
In 10 years from now, the mining sector is projected to experience more growth. In this time, however, labor demand from the mining industry is projected to be only seven percent ¬¬– a three percent increase from current demand levels. 
Demand for agricultural labour is also forecast to decline. This sector is predicted to experience non-stop growth until 2022, however the advanced technologies are resulting in labour demand decreases. 
Currently, the agriculture sector employs more than 370,000 employees. In 10 years, this number may fall by at least 50,000 employees.   
The forecast concludes by suggesting that growing sectors do not necessarily translate to increases in labour.  
But medium and long term labor supply-demand forecast suggests the 10 next years will favour those professional who are highly skilled.


SATOB 2014 April Program

April 1 (infomongolia.com) Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (SATOB) has released the 2014 April Program with "Carmen" opera starting.
The “Carmen” opera in four acts by Georges Bizet was first staged in Mongolia by State Merit Servant J.Burenbekh on April 05, 1984.
In this 2014 April edition, Aryuna Tsydenzhapova (Buryat national, mezzo-soprano) will be acting as Carmen and State Merit Actor of Mongolia Enkhbat AMARTUVSHIN as Escamillo.
SATOB 2014 April Program
Saturday, April 05, 05:00 pm, “Carmen” opera by Georges Bizet
Sunday, April 06, 05:00 pm, “The Girl with Enamel Eyes” or "Coppelia” ballet by Leo Delibes
Saturday, April 12, 05:00 pm, “Carmen” opera by Georges Bizet
Sunday, April 13, 05:00 pm, “Giselle” ballet by A.Adam
Saturday, April 19, 05:00 pm, “Aida” opera by G.Verdi
Sunday, April 20, 05:00 pm, “Giselle” ballet by A.Adam
Saturday, April 26, 05:00 pm, “Aida” opera by G.Verdi
Sunday, April 27, 05:00 pm, “Uran Khas” ballet waltz by J.Chuluun


“Great Mongol” Photo Exhibition Being Displayed in Tomsk by Russian Traveler

April 1 (infomongolia.com) The first solo photo exhibition themed "Great Mongol" is displayed by a Russian traveler Igor Kondrashov at the House of Scientists in Tomsk City from March 30 to April 30, 2014.
The amateur photographer has collected more than 80 works, telling about the beauty and diversity of the nature of Mongolia. The exhibit mainly features landscapes, which were made during Igor Kondrashov geographical expeditions and tourist trips since 2004.
During the opening ceremony, I.Kondrashev noted, “The very first visit to Mongolia was in 2004, where I shoot everything, but I do not have any photos from the first trip.
Closer to the tenth year of my travel I realized the significance of photos and when I take good pictures I really feel the nature and atmosphere in Mongolia that very influenced me”.

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