Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mongolia Brief April 16, 2014 Part II

O.Baasankhuu submits draft amendment to parliament

Ulaanbaatar, April 16 (MONTSAME) On Wednesday, O.Baasankhuu MP submitted to the Speaker Z.Enkhbold a draft amendment to the law on tobacco control.

The law on tobacco control came into force on March 1 of 2013, but some clauses of this law are not fully realized and the law reduces places for smoking, O.Baasankhuu said. “Cutting places for smoking actually caused an illicit trade of tobacco, importing and trading of non-standard and counterfeit products,” he said.
The draft amendment adds a new clause about special chambers for smoking, and such places must be equipped with air conditions, and it prohibits smoking around all places except chambers in bars, restaurants and job places of enterprisers.    

Animal husbandry in statistics

Ulaanbaatar, April 16 (MONTSAME) As of the first quarter of this year , 5,485.0 thousand heads of female breeding stock have been gave birth and it is equals to 28.2% of total livestock at the beginning of the year.
Survival of young animals amounted 5461.8 thousand heads and it shows an increase of 1434.8 thousand heads or 35.6% against the previous year.
Natural losses of adult animals reached 87.6 thousand heads at a national level and it declined by 156.0 thousand heads or 64.1% against the previous year. Out of the losses of adult animals, 5.0 thousand were horses, 10.0 thousand were cows, 0.3 thousand were camels, 28.7 thousand were sheep and 43.6 thousand goats.

Industrial output increases

Ulaanbaatar, April 16 (MONTSAME) The industrial products index (2010=100 experimental estimation, seasonal adjusted) in first quarter of 2014 increased by 4.6% against the previous year and by 2.5% against previous month.
It decreased by 5.3% against the end of the last year. The increase in the industrial output was mainly due to 8.2% to 1.8 times increases in mining and quarrying products such as iron ore, crude oil, and copper, with concentrate, 2.4% to 2.7 times increases in industrial main products of manufacturing sector such as bakery products, kind of sausage, milk, pure water, steel casting lime, metal steel, wooden building door and windows, metal foundries, flour, sheepskin coat, vacuum windows and doors, sawn wood.
Construction and capital repairs work in the first quarter of this year reached MNT 7.8 billion or 28.6% against the previous year. The increase was mainly due to a rise of MNT 6.6 billion or 24.7% in the work done by domestic construction entities.

Freight and passenger

Ulaanbaatar, April 16 (MONTSAME) In first quarter of this year, 8.9 million tons of freight and 83.2 million passengers (at duplicated counting) were carried by all types of transport.
Carried freight increased by 826.0 thousand tons or 10.2%, but carried passengers decreased by 5.3 million people or 6.0% against the previous year.
The size of freight carried by auto transportation reached 4.5 million tons, increasing by 1.0 thousand tons or 29.6% against the previous year, but the number of passengers by auto transportation declined by 5.2 million or 6.0% against the previous year. The revenue from this kind of transport went up by MNT 30.5 billion or 54.4%.
The size of freight by railways reached 4,448.3 thousand tons and 800.5 thousand passengers (at a duplicated number) in first quarter of this year, showing decreases in both freight size and number of passengers by 192.3 thousand tons or 4.1% and 91.4 thousand people or 10.3%, respectively.

Stock exchange news for April 16

Ulaanbaatar, April 16 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Wednesday, a total of 7,780 shares of 19 JSCs were traded costing MNT 20 million 028 thousand and 120.00.
"State Department Store" /2,147 units/, "Makh impex” /2,075 units/, "Remikon” /1,719 units/, "Tavantolgoi” /922 units/ and "Ulaanbaatar khivs” /244 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Makh impex" (MNT six million 211 thousand and 570), "Tavantolgoi" (MNT four million 657 thousand and 090), "Ulaanbaatar khivs" (MNT three million and 416 thousand), "Darkhan khovon" (MNT two million 164 thousand and 050) and "State Department Store" (MNT one million 166 thousand and 660).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 585 billion 788 million 439 thousand and 832. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,643.73, increasing by MNT 76.76 or 0.49% against the previous day.

Mine rescuers from Poland visiting

Ulaanbaatar, April 16 (MONTSAME) A chairman of a central station of the Poland’s Mine Rescue Service Andres Klopek and other officials are visiting Mongolia these days.
In frames of the visit, a cooperation contract has been signed between the mine rescue services of Mongolia and Poland. Accordingly, the Polish side will hold training for strengthening activities of the Mongolia’s mine rescue service and to involving them in exercises. They will exchange information as well.
Following signing of the document, the Polish delegation has legged a coal mine in Baganuur and gold mines of the “Boroo Gold” and “Narantolgoi”.
The visit will continue until April 19.
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