Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mongolia Brief April 15, 2014



McGill students made cold Ulaanbaatar into one of the “Hot Cities” of the World
April 14 (business-mongolia.com) Consent gap fillers
Almost every investor in Mongolia struggles the huge gap of understanding (interpreting) the Mongolian decision makers and they acts and promises.
It has become obvious expectation for the most of the foreigners living in Mongolia now. If “Hot Cities” trip was made 20 years ago, investors would see much different scenario and expectation from the top leadership of Mongolia. This looks little late but, in fact it was made in the right moment. If they visit two years ago, they would see the Mongolian “own horn-blowing” economists and populists in one hand and brain washed miserable mass on the other hand. The second part hasn’t changed that much, but the boasting leaders’ dream starting to crumble and they got more humble and more willing to listen ever before.
Privileged ones
McGills students visited to Mongolia in late February considering Ulaanbaatar will be “Hot City” in the next 20 years. Ulaanbaatar is not chosen alone, Dubai (UAE), Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) and Johannesburg (South Africa) were among them. This time they chose Mongolia to visit. It is privileged to see how “Harvard of the North” sees us. During they visit they had meeting with privileged top decision makers of the key companies in the Mongolian economy; MCS Holding, Eznis, Urban Environmental Foundation, Zorig Foundation scholarship students, senior officers from Oyu Tolgoi LLC (soon to be the biggest contributor to the Mongolian economy), Deloitte and so on.
Indeed participants of “Hot Cities” trip are students from privileged families in their home country, because they all speak 3-4 foreign languages and choose themselves as the leader to be in the next 20 years.
Counterparts
Participants of the Hot Cities of the World Tour met different counterparts and groups of society to understand as deeper as possible about the challenges that Mongolia faces.
During their visit students met with some most successful young business leaders, CEOs and CFOs of the top contributors to the Mongolian economy. Students met with Mr. Lkhagva, the Executive Producer of Mongol TV and Director Sant School, young leaders in the Mongolian companies, which is quite unusual in the North America to reach such level at this young age. In reverse, shortly after visit to the children day care run by the Veloo Foundation http://www.veloofoundation.weebly.com/, (students are working to raise fund for this project) they climbed to the waste dump site of Ulaanbaatar City (capital of Mongolia) on within the nearby hills and witnessed the real situation over there waste dump land which is most unwanted place in Ulaanbaatar even for Mongolians in winter! They brought lunch for the parents of those kids at daycare who collect food and salvageable trash and had conversation with them about the systematic causes of poverty and mobility barriers in the booming economy of Mongolia.
Interestingly, I was surprised why the Mongolian Government representatives didn’t take this opportunity to meet with professors and students of McGill University, “Harvard of the North”. It is very clear example for the political leaders of Mongolia how to nurture future knowledge.


OT: Educated People Are Mongolia’s Asset
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) Certificates were awarded Monday to 46 high school students from 27 secondary schools in Ulaanbaatar, who have completed a unique, private sector youth development programme, the Oyu Tolgoi LLC’s website published.
Academically outstanding students in Mongolia receive scholarship support from OT under its Investment agreement signed with the Government of Mongolia, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the Ministry of education, culture and science in 2010.
To date, a total of 155 students have benefitted from this scholarship programme, of whom 20 received scholarship for further studies overseas. The number of young people interested in taking part in the programme has also been growing. In view of this, a Youth Development Programme (YDP) targeted at high school students was launched anew in 2013 with the aim of building the capacity of talented Mongolian students.
An 11 grade student from the #23 secondary school O.Khulan said: “I wrote an essay in order to take part in this programme. My essay was selected and I am extremely happy that I am able to express myself, display leadership qualities and work as part of a team.”
Another 11th grade student from the #57 T.Amartuvshin said excitedly: “I go to a school in the ger district. I am really excited that I had the opportunity to take part in the Youth Development programme where I learned to understand myself better and express myself better in front of others.”
The first stage of the YDP covered the period from December 2013 to the end of March 2014. During this time, some 290 sophomores from 50 targeted high schools including 20 best state schools, 25 schools in the outskirts of UB and 5 private high schools applied for the programme. From these applications, 50 schools were selected for the first stage of the programme.


Ethnic Band Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) Celebrating their fifth anniversary, a Mongolian ethnic-ballad music band Hoshogton is planning a series of events in the coming days.
Opening the celebration events, a complimentary lecture will be delivered by the band members in the Student Theater of the Culture and Art University this Friday. After the lecture, Hoshogton will perform for students, along with a state-prized artist D.Sosorbaram.
A concert by band musicians Ch.Amarbayasgalan and G.Adiyadorj will be performed in Opera and Ballet Theater on May 13. The duo concert will be followed by an anniversary concert of the band in autumn of 2014.
The group was established in March of 2009 with six professional musicians to promote and popularize Mongolian ethnic music. Besides the group, all the members are musicians at the National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble. Their performance usually consists of melodies of folk music instruments such as Grand Fiddle, Horse Head Fiddle, Bagpipe, Zither, Dzimbe (Drum), and Dombor (Stringed Instrument Resembling a Lute) etc., and overtone singing. Five members of the group perform A Cappella with overtone singing.
Their achievements include grand Prix at ‘Mongolian Hoomii” International Symposium and Festival, May 2009, in Ulaanbaatar; gold medal for A cappella at Delphic III International Cultural Olympics in S.Korean Jeju, September 2009, and grand Prix at “Breath of Earth” 5th International Festival in Russia’s Ulan-Ude, November of 2009.
The group was also voted as BBC radio ‘World Routes” most favorite group and performance in 2010 and subsequently performed in Royal Albert Hall, London amid BBC Proms “Human Planet” concert in 2011.
The word khosog mean a cart of pastoral nomads. ‘Khosogton’ means nomads, or more precisely people who move with carts. Moreover, the word describes the process of moving such as camel, horse and yak caravans, herd of livestock, and people guiding them etc.


Opera Theater to Perform ‘Aida’
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) The Opera and Ballet Theater is planning to entertain their audiences with Aida opera by Giuseppe Verdi this Saturday.
The theater staged the opera in 2010, marking its premiere in the nation. That staging was a great achievement of the theater that has been making great efforts to extend its repertoire with classic and modern pieces.
Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario often attributed to French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, although Verdi biographer Mary Jane Phillips-Matz has argued that the scenario was actually written by Temistocle Solera. Aida was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on 24 December 1871, conducted by Giovanni Bottesini.
The libretto does not specify a precise time period, so it is difficult to place the opera more specifically than the Old Kingdom. For the first production, Mariette went to great efforts to make the sets and costumes authentic. Given the consistent artistic styles throughout the 3000 year history of ancient Egypt, a given production does not particularly need to choose a specific time period within the larger frame of ancient Egyptian history.


Mongolia rejects US proposal to station military bases
April 15 (business-mongolia.com) US Defence Secretary Chief Chuck Hagel visited Mongolia as part of his 10-day Asia tour that also includes Japan and China. During his visit in Mongolia he proposed to station a military base in Mongolia. This is one of the White House’s broad goal to strengthen regional strength among Russia and China. Mongolia has a law that clearly states it prohibits stationing foreign troops in the country. Therefore, the proposal was merely symbolic analysts say.
Mongolian Defence Minister D.Bat-Erdene signed a Joint Vision statement to expand military cooperation through training and technical assistance.


Winners of 2014 State Chess Championships of Mongolia
April 15 (infomongolia.com) The State Women’s 46th and Men’s 54th Chess Championships were held at the Secondary School No.1 named after Merit Teacher B.Gombo in Yesunbulag Sum of Govi-Altai Aimag on April 04-12, 2014.
In the Men’s division, player of “Zuuny Shatar” Club affiliated the “Aldar” Sports Committee, member of National Team, GM Ts.Batchuluun won the championship title for the second time with 9.5 points after 13 sets played. The Silver medal went to player from Bayangol district, UB, GM B.Khatanbaatar with 9.0 pts and the Bronze medal was achieved by player of “Khangarid” Sports Club, IM N.Battulga with 8.5 pts.
By winning Silver medal from 2014 State Chess Championships, GM Bazar KHATANBAATAR (Men’s division) sets new record in Mongolian chess history with total winning medals of 15. However, FM Jambaldoo LKHAGVAA (Men’s division) has also same number of winning medals (6 Gold, 3 Silver and 6 Bronze), but GM B.Khatanbaatar’s medal qualification is higher with 8 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.
In the Women’s division, Gold medal was achieved by player of New Progress Group Sports Master B.Bayarmaa with 9.0 pts after 13 sets, followed by player of “Khan Altai” Club IM U.Lkhamsuren with 9.0 pts and player of MobiCom Corporation IM B.Ankhchimeg with 7.5 pts.
Social Progress Index 2014: Mongolia
Social Progress Index 2014: Mongolia
The Social Progress Index 2014 is published by the nonprofit Social Progress Imperative to measure social progress directly, rather than through economic proxies. It is based on a holistic and rigorous framework for defining social progress based on 54 indicators of social and environmental outcomes.
The Index scores 132 economies of the world, where 12% of questionnaires are public surveys, 25% are experts summary and 63% are based on country’s statistical reports.
The top ten countries in the world in terms of social progress are New Zealand, Switzerland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Canada, and Australia, where Mongolia stands at the 89th place out 132 countries.
Our two neighbors Russia (PPP GDP per capita 15,177 USD) with a score of 60.79 ranks at the 80th place and China (PPP GDP per capita 7,958 USD) with a score of 58.67 ranks at the 90th place.
MONGOLIA
Of issues covered by the Basic Human Needs Dimension, Mongolia does best in areas including Nutrition and Basic Medical Care and has the greatest opportunity to improve human wellbeing by focusing more on Water and Sanitation. Of issues covered by the Foundations of Wellbeing Dimension, Mongolia excels at providing building blocks for people's lives such as Access to Basic Knowledge but would benefit from greater investment in Ecosystem Sustainability. Of issues covered by the Opportunity Dimension, Mongolia outperforms in providing opportunities for people to improve their position in society and scores highly in Personal Rights yet falls short in Access to Advanced Education.
Population (2011) - 2,796,484 (117th)
GDP (PPP) 4,708 USD (83rd)
Social Progress Index - Score 58.97 (Ranks 89th)
Basic Human Needs 53.67 - (102nd)
Foundations of Wellbeing - 63.67 (85th)
Opportunity - 59.56 (42nd)
Basic Human Need
Nutrition and Basic Medical Care - 82.01 (87th)
Personal Safety - 65.05 (58th)
Shelter - 36.39 (105th)
Water and Sanitation - 31.24 (118th)
Foundations of Wellbeing
Access to Basic Knowledge - 97.20 (27th)
Health and Wellness - 65.74 (110th)
Access to Information and Communications - 57.31 (81st)
Ecosystem Sustainability - 34.43 (116th)
Opportunity
Personal Rights - 73.57 (35th)
Personal Freedom and Choice - 66.90 (66th)
Tolerance and Inclusion - 55.33 (49th)
Access to Advanced Education - 42.44 (63rd)


Ambassador of China to Mongolia Believes “Justice” Coalition Would Support to Accelerate Mining and Railway Projects
April 15 (infomongolia.com) Upon the request of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the PR of China to Mongolia, Wang Xiaolong, the Chairman of “Justice” Coalition (MPRP - MNDP) in the Parliament N.Battsereg received in his office the Ambassador on April 14, 2014.
During the meeting, parties exchanged views on bilateral trade and economic development, and the world economic crisis, its impact to the two countries’ economic and trade relations, besides how to quickly exit the crisis.
Also, Ambassador Wang Xiaolong expressed his hope that the Coalition would support to accelerate and realize mining & railway projects being implemented and being discussed.


Mongolian Top Chess Players to Compete in 2014 Asian Open and Women’s Chess Championships
April 15 (infomongolia.com) Mongolian National Chess Team leaves for the 13th Asian Continental/Individual Open and Women’s Chess Championships to take place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates from April 16 to April 26, 2014.
The event is organized by UAE Chess Federation & Sharjah Chess and Cultural Club, on behalf of the Asian Chess Federation and FIDE, where 66 top Asian Men players will compete in Open and top 35 female players in the Women’s Chess Championship.
Mongolian Chess Team is represented by GM Tsegmed BATCHULUUN, GM Bayarsaikhan GUNDAVAA and FM Gombosuren MUNKHGAL in the Men’s division, where female players are headed by IM Batkhuyag MUNGUNTUUL, WFM Uuganbayar LKHAMSUREN and WFM Bayar ANU.
According to the FIDE April 2014 Rating List, Mongolia’s IM B.Munguntuul ranks at the top 48th with a Rating of 2432.


Speaker of Myanmar Meets Mongolian FM
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) Within his official visit to Mongolia, the Speaker of the Burmese House of Representatives (Pyithu Hluttaw) Mr Thura Shwe Mann Monday held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold.
At the meeting, the parties touched upon issues on the Mongolia-Myanmar relations and cooperation, and on achievements in setting up the democracy.
The same day, the Burmese Speaker finished his visit.



Battsereg MP Receives Chinese Ambassador
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) A Head of parliamentary faction of the Justice coalition (Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party and National Democratic Party) N.Battsereg MP Tuesday received Mr Wang Xiaolong, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Mongolia.
This meeting was held in the State House at a request of the Ambassador.
During the meeting, Mr Wang spoke about matters relating to trade and economic development of Mongolia and China, as well as influences of the world economic crisis to bilateral trade and economic relations, before exchanging opinions on these issues with Mr Battsereg. The Ambassador also expressed a confidence that the coalition will give a support to accelerate joint projects being implemented and being discussed in mining and railway sectors.


"Mongolian Young Leaderships" Meeting Runs in New-York City
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) The USA-based Mongolian students have organized a regular meeting of "Mongolian Young Leaderships" program in New-York city.
This seventh meeting was supported by the Permanent Representation of Mongolia to the UN and ran under themed "State financial right management of Mongolia" with a success.
At the action, the participants shared views relating to prospect of state financial management.
After this, the Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the UN O.Och received student delegates and thanked them on expressing their voice for the country then promised to give them a constant support.
Furthermore, Mr Och spoke about history of ties between Mongolia and the UN, participation of our country, achievements and future goals and gave answers to students' concerns.
In frames of the program, the students attended in lectures given by Mongolians working in the UN branch organization and famous doctors and professors of the Columbia University and also visited big companies headquartered in the New-York city.


Province to Cooperate with India in Education Sector
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) The governor of Bulgan province D.Erdenebat Friday received Mr Shailesh Lakhtakia, the Second Secretary and Head of Chancery at the Indian Embassy in Mongolia in the province.
At the meeting, Mr Shailesh proposed to involve local people in short- and long-termed programs with a full scholarship of the Indian government.     
In turn, the governor Mr Erdenebat received this proposal with much gratitude and said that local administration will give this opportunity to people who have a desire to get well-educated and to develop the province.
Applicants will major in spheres of business management, information technology, statistics and foreign language and a criterion for this program is to have English language skill.


“Hours of Great Constructions” Meeting Held
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) Chairman of the Agency of Information Technology and Communications (AITC) Ts.Jadambaa Monday attended the “Hours of great constructions” weekly meeting, reporting about projects and programmes implemented since 2012 and planned works and goals.
The department has set seven key goals to be realized between 2012 and 2016, Jadambaa said, adding that Mongolia plans to have two satellites of reconnaissance and communications by 2016 in frames of the “National Satellite” programme. Mongolia has sent its request to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the first time to use cosmic space, he said.
The AITC head reported that a total of 47 electric machines for governmental services have been installed in the capital city and in all aimags, and extra 59 such devices will be placed this year within the goal called “Queue-free governmental service”. He also highlighted the price of the Internet access reduced three times in localities, and the speed has fastened twice.
The AITC is working to transmit into the nationwide digital system on July 31 of this year, and the TV network is expected to transfer into the digital system around the country in second quarter of 2014, Jadambaa said.
Regarding postage service, the agency has installed ‘smart’ post boxes in 18 places of the capital city, in Darkhan and Erdenet cities, with an aim to make the service closer to consumers, the AITC head said.


Orkhon Aimag to Cooperate with India
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) On Monday, the Second Secretary and Head of Chancery at the Indian Embassy in Mongolia Mr Shailesh Lakhtakia visited Orkhon province to seek ways of cooperation with Erdenet, the second largest city of Mongolia.
At the meeting, the administration of the province talked about possibilities to collaborate in health, copper production, education and information technology spheres.
Responding to this, Mr Shailesh spoke about researches of the Indian government on cooperation directions with the countries that established diplomatic relations and also said about the visit of members of the Indian Department of Commerce to Mongolia to be paid in this June then promised to convey this cooperation proposal to related officials.


Anti-Corruption Projects Carried Out in Public Bodies
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) The Anticorruption Agency, Asia Foundation and Capital city Governor’s Office have been jointly implementing so-called ‘Together’ project to build good governance and transparency, and to prevent conflict of interest.
Under this project, a discussion on legal documents on combating corruption, as well as on corruption prevention methods was held among staffers of City General Planning Authority, Education Authority, Health Authority and Property Relationship Agency. Preceding this discussion, training on internal audit matters ran among managers of Procurement agency, National Audit Authority and Professional Inspection Authority.
To increase transparency of organizations, information regarding public services has been placed at website open to the public.


Speaker Meets Delegates of National Committee
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) The Speaker of parliament Z.Enkhbold Tuesday received a delegation of the Trilateral National Committee for Labour and Social Agreement, including Ya.Sanjmyatav MP, a chief of the national committee and the Minister of Labour; Kh.Amgalanbaatar, president f the Mongolian Trade Unions (MTU); and Kh.Ganbaatar, head of the Unified Association of Employers (UAE).
The Speaker and national committee officials exchanged views on the law on civil health insurance, amendments to the law on VAT and package law on taxes, on a package law on trade, and laws on indexing salaries, pension and allowance and on baby-sitting, which have been initiated by decisions made by the trilateral national committee. They also shared opinions on rendering support to the monitoring over implementation of a bill for promoting the “From Big Government to Smart Government” initiative and some programmes and decisions.
Some of the laws mentioned by the Speaker are included in the agendas to be discussed at the parliamentary spring session, the committee members said.
“Many entities with foreign investments are being established in Mongolia, but they are not adhering to the equal salary system by the labour law. So, it is required to make clear the principle of imposing responsibilities upon those entities that do not maintain the law,” they stressed, and expressed their positions on selling company stock under the market economy principle, on VAT and inflation rate matters.


Inspection Authority to Cooperate with Transportation Ministry
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) The Professional Inspection Authority (PIA) has established a memorandum of cooperation for 2014 with the Ministry of Road and Transportation.
The memorandum was signed Tuesday by D.Batmonkh, an acting chief of PIA and B.Byambajav, a head of the Audit Department of the Transportation Ministry. Under this cooperation, the sides have planned several joint actions including inspections on transportation, roads, railways and civil aviation, as well as joint measures to progress education and knowledge of staffers and to develop proper legal environment. The two organizations will cooperate in supervision and inspection of imports of used auto parts and motorcycles to reduce traffic accidents in the country.


Here Comes Scientific Meeting on Heritages of Khitans
Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) The Archeology Institute of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences is planning to hold a scientific meeting on heritages of Khitans this Friday.
The meeting is expected to gather representatives of archeological organizations, academicians and history enthusiasts. Goals of the event are to intensify academic works, to support cooperation, as well as to define further tendencies of Khitan studies.
The history of the Khitans dates back to the 4th century. The Khitan people dominated much of Mongolia and modern Manchuria (Northeast China) by the 10th century, under the Liao Dynasty, and eventually collapsed by 1125 (or 1211).


Closing Meeting of Eureka Conference to Run in State Residence

Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) A closing meeting of the annual Eureka scientific conference is take place in the State Residence this Wednesday.
The Mongolian Youth Confederation has been organizing the scientific conference consisting of several sub-meetings to discuss economy, business, technology, social sciences, earth sciences and medicine etc. Sub-meetings were held on April 8-11, preceding a final meeting to select best scientific works done by young academicians (under 40) on April 16.
The conference has been held under auspices of parliament Speaker Z.Enkhbold since last year, who will have an honor dinner with best presenters of the conference.


Handbook on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Promoted

Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) Chief Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission J.Byambadorj attended Tuesday a promotion event for Handbook for National Human Rights Institutions on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, which has recently been translated and published in Mongolian.
The handbook was written by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe for national human rights institutions. This handbook offers a survey of trends, examples, questions for consideration and recommendations to guide national human rights institutions in strengthening their capacity and practical work on women’s rights and gender equality.
In 2011, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) conducted a survey to document how national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in the OSCE region address women’s rights and gender equality. This Handbook presents the results of the survey, based on responses received from 38 NHRIs in OSCE participating States. It also provides analysis and recommendations for action.


Baganuur District to Erect New Kindergarten

Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) A new kindergarten will be erected in Baganuur, one of the UB city's three remote districts.
Money required will be issued from the city's budget for this year.
The city's Property Relations Department will allow a special license for training and also the Education Authority will put control on its operation.


Orkhon Aimag to Cooperate with "Erdenet Factory" Company

Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) The administration of Orkhon province will cooperate with local “Erdenet Factory” company, this year.
 The sides will run cooperation in fields of environment and ecology, urban development and landscaping, infrastructure, and society and education.
In frames of the collaboration, several construction works are planned to be erected in the province such as waste producing factory, airport, auto road expansion and repair works, and furnishment of children summer camps. 


Mongolian Nationals Visiting Russia to Submit E-Visa Application Form, Effective from June 01, 2014

April 15 (infomongolia.com) Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) The Consular Department of the Russian Embassy in Ulaanbaatar will commence e-visa application since this June 1.
Today on April 15, 2014, the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation announced that the electronic version of the Russian visa application form and print the visa application form are required for applying for a visa to the Russian Federation, which is effective from June 01, 2014.
The new e-visa application form is able to be completed in several foreign language including Russian and English via http://visa.kdmid.ru and the current paper application form is effective until the date.
After completing the e-visa form, an applicant must print it out and attach a photo (3.5 x 4.5 cm) and sign, and submit to the Consular Section of Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ulaanbaatar with other required documents for the visa application process.
Mongolian nationals applying for a Russian Tourist or Transit Visa are paying 115 USD, if to proceed within 3 days, and 65 USD if to proceed within 4 days, and earlier to apply, the visa payment cost is reduced, says the Consular Section of Russian Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Address:
Consular Section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
6A, Peace Ave.,
P.O.Box 661
Tel: (976-11) 326 037
Fax: (976-11) 324 425
E-mail: cons_ru@mongol.net
Head of the Consular Section Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich GORYACHEV
Working hours: Application submission time for Mongolian citizens is from 09:00 am till 12:00 pm, for non-Mongolian citizens from 02:00 pm till 03:00 pm. No appointment required. Visas pick up time for all citizens is 12:20-12:55 pm.
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Local Medical Center to Cooperate with S.Korean Hospital

Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) A regional diagnosis and treatment center of Orkon province will cooperate with the South Korean “CIL” hospital in a field of children health protection.
In frames of the collaboration, the sides are studying opportunities to give free medical service to children of poor families and also they will work together on treatment of children with heart problems based on workable economic versions.
The “CIL” hospital is located in Incheon city and is conducting a research on decrease of heart diseases together with four hospitals of S.Korea. 


Marquez’s Innocent Erendira Published in Mongolian

Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) ‘The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother’ (1972) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been published in Mongolian language.
This book is the second ‘Marquez’ translation of B.Nyamdorj, as he previously translated ‘Memories of My Melancholy Whores’ (2004) by the same author. Ahead of these two books, Mongolian readers have devoured the best-known book of G.G.Marquez ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in their mother language.
Gabriel Jose de la Concordia Garcia Marquez (March 6, 1927) is a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature, and is the earliest living recipient.
He started as a journalist, and has written many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations.


Meeting Runs on Composition and Legal Reforms of Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) A consultative meeting themed ‘Composition and Legal Reforms of Ulaanbaatar’ ran in the Civil Hall on Tuesday.
The meeting was organized by City Governor’s Office, Presidential Office, Asia Foundation, together with Construction and Urban Development Ministry, and was also attended by Ulaanbaatar Mayor E.Bat-Uul and the permanent representative of Asia Foundation in Mongolia.   


Solid Waste Treatment Plant to Be Established in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) MS Resources LLC of South Korea has put forward a proposal to build up a solid waste treatment plant in Ulaanbaatar.
The project is planned to take place under 100% financing of MS Resources. The plant will be capable to classify 500-1,000 ton of waste a day to produce building materials used in landfills. The company has applied to the Governor’s Office of Ulaanbaatar to appeal for ownership rights of a landfill site in northern Ulaanbaatar for 15 years.
The capital city of Mongolia annually disposes one million ton of household and industrial waste.


Our Actress to Participate in Int'l Monodrama Festival

Ulaanbaatar, April 15 (MONTSAME) A talented actress of the Mongolian State Academic Drama Theater Ts.Bayasgalan will take part in the International Monodrama Festival to run in the Republic of Kosovo soon.
Last year, our actress staged a monodrama about life and artworks of famous French singer Edith Piaf who became widely regarded as France's national diva, as well as being one of France's greatest international stars and she will play this monodrama at the international festival.
About the actress, Ts.Bayasgalan has been working for the theatre during last 17 years and already made over 50 main and assistant roles in dramas and movies.


Graduate student labor fair is held

April 15 (news.mn) The “Youth Labor Exchange” is to hold the “Graduate student - 2014” labor fair today on April 15th.
The aim of the labor fair is to tackle bureaucracy and other problems among youth when they are searching for a job, and to support them with job opportunities to help them to make a living through building bridges to link employers and employees. 
By participating and being registered in the “Youth Labor Exchange”, graduate students will be offered a job directly by an employer, given advice and information on how to find a part-time or full-time job, and employment information for graduate students by employers. Graduate students will also be advised on free options available for a place to have a traineeship by employers. 
Participates at the “Youth Labor Exchange” will include the National Development Corporation, Capital Bank, Oyunii Undraa Group, Grand Maitreya Foundation, Mongol Hyundai Automotive, Monre Insurance, Corporate Hotel, International Children`s Center Nairamdal, National Amusement Park of Mongolia, Erdmiin Guur, FM group, Erdenet grand mining group and the Kempinskii Khaan Palace.


One issue, three stances over MP resignation

April 15 (news.mn) During Monday’s meeting, the Standing Committee on Justice in Parliament discussed the call by MP O.Baasankhuu for Justice Minister Kh.Temuujin to resign. The majority of the Committee members, however, voted for the discussion to be postponed. 
The Democratic Party (DP) stated that the party does not take one particular position on the issue. 
The DP caucus head D.Erdenebat commented that "It is an open issue for MPs to express their stance, because Justice Minister Kh.Temuujin`s reform in Mongolia`s legislative system is essential. The legislative reform itself is a key influence to DP`s policy on reform. Thus I hope MPs in the DP caucus will express their own stances themselves. 
But for the opposition party, the Mongolian People`s Party MPP, only a few MPs who belong to the Standing Committee were against the issue. 
Three out of the MPP members in the Standing committee voted to postpone the discussion of the call for the resignation of the Justice Minister. The MPP caucus decided to review the issue. 
Member of the Justice Coalition O.Baasankhuu called for the resignation of Justice Minister and the incident embarrassed the Justice Coalition caucus. The coalition is divided into two on the issue as several members of the coalition voted in favor the resignation of the Justice Minister but a number say his resignation is not necessary. The coalition pledges to take one stance on the issue in one week’s time.


Mongolia to Broadcast Its Radio and Television Programs via Digit Technology by July 31, 2014 and Launch Two Satellites in 2016

April 15 (infomongolia.com) The regular Monday "Development Hour" meeting was held on April 14, 2014, where Chairman of the Information Technology, Post and Telecommunication Authority (ITPTA) of Mongolia Ts.Jadambaa has attended the meeting, who introduced the "National Satellite for Communications of Mongolia" project being implemented since 2012.
In his statement Chairman Ts.Jadambaa clarified that under the project Mongolia to launch two satellites in 2016, one for study and the other one for communication purposes, however it was planned to launch in 2015 during the Cabinet meeting approval held in November 2012.
Moreover, the International Telecommunication Union gave the international space door to Mongolia in 1988, but it has never been used to date.
Also, in the frames of prompt state services, some e-machines namely "Government Service e-Machines" to print out necessary identification documents are installed in several locations of Ulaanbaatar and each in 21 Aimags of Mongolia, and the Authority plans to add another 59 e-machines throughout the country, moreover in collaboration with local administrations, the internet speed will be doubled in provincial regions, says Chairman Ts.Jadambaa. 
In addition, Government of Mongolia approved the “National Program to Transfer the Radio and Television Programs into Digit Technology” in 2012 and in the scope of the National Program accomplishment, the broadcasting programs will be transferred into digit technology by July 31, 2014.
Besides, Chairman Ts.Jadambaa said, more “Smart Post Boxes” will be installed in 18 locations of the capital city and each in Darkhan and Erdenet cities in order bring close postal services.
The Information Technology, Post and Telecommunication Authority (ITPTA) is a Government Regulatory Agency of Mongolia and made some changes to its organizational structure in 2012, besides renamed the Agency name from Information, Communications Technology, and Post Authority of Mongolia (ICTPA) into current ITPTA effective from October 01, 2012.


Mongolia’s Core Inflation was At 12.6% as of March 2014

April 15 (infomongolia.com) On April 14, 2014, the Bank of Mongolia reported that the country's Consumer Price Index at the end of March 2014 has been increased by 0.8 percent compare to previous month, by 3.5 percent compare to beginning of this year, and 12.4 percent compare to the same period of the previous year.
Also, the Consumer Price Index in Ulaanbaatar has been increased by 0.5 percent compare to previous month (m-o-m), by 3.3 percent compare to beginning of this year (m-o-y), and increased by 11.9 percent compare to the same period of previous year (y-o-y).
Core inflation was at 12.6 percent at the end of March 2014.

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