Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mongolia Brief April 23, 2014 Part II



Stock exchange news for April 23
Ulaanbaatar, April 23 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Wednesday, a total of 11 thousand and 697 shares of 22 JSCs were traded costing MNT 24 million 165 thousand and 048.00.

"Ulaansan" /5,473 units/, "Remikon” /1,074 units/, "Khokh gan” /1,000 units/, "Moninjbar” /1,000 units/ and "APU” /696 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Darkhan nekhii” (MNT six million 978 thousand and 800), "Ulaansan" (MNTfour million 570 thousand and 220), "Sharyn gol" (MNT two million 771 thousand and 600), "Material impex” (MNT two million and 754 thousand) and "APU" (MNT two million 618 thousand and 570).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 610 billion 831 million 857 thousand and 537. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,695.38, decreasing by MNT 61.96 or 0.39% against the previous day.


Public awareness campaign will launch
Ulaanbaatar, April 23 (MONTSAME) A public awareness campaign to improve citizen behavior in relation to garbage disposal will launch in collaboration among the Ministry of Environment and Green Development, the Ulaanbaatar City Mayor's Office, and the Asia Foundation (AF).
Throughout the city, billboards and posters feature the slogan “Waste Free UB is Everyone's Responsibility” to remind citizens not to dump garbage and to ensure that UB remains a pleasant city to live in for this generation and those to come.
Solid waste management is a key challenge in Ulaanbaatar, particularly in the ger districts where there are many illegal dump sites.  To act upon the campaign's slogan, the AF supported the cleanup of garbage at the 14th khoroo of the Sukhbaatar district, 16th khoroo of the Chingeltei district, 13th khoroo of the Khan-Uul district, 9th khoroo of the Bayangol district, and 26th khoroo of the Songinokhairkhan district.
During the cleanup day, the AF worked with representatives of khoroo' governors' office, business entities, eco employees, residents, school children and volunteers to clean up public spaces, ger streets, and gullies of the Model Khoroos.
The AF also sponsored competitions for residents that participated in the cleanup activities, including a cleanest street competition.
City Municipality's representatives led by Mr. Badral, General Manager of the Ulaanbaatar City Administration, khoroo districts' public officials, and Foundation staff, including Deputy Country Representative Ms. Tirza Theunissen, joined residents in local cleanups.  
The campaign and cleanup activities are implemented under the Model Solid Waste Khoroo Project implemented by the City Municipality Solid Waste Department and the Foundation in six khoroos within the framework of its Urban Services in the Ger Districts of Ulaanbaatar Project. The campaign will continue until June 2014.
With generous support from the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Aid Program, the AF initiated the 'Urban Services in the Ger Districts of Ulaanbaatar' project in May 2012, which aims to improve urban services in the ger districts. The AF, throughout the duration of this three year project, is working to increase citizen participation at local level and also support the city at the management level to improve strategic planning, policy making and good governance. 


OT: Excavator bucket used to win contest
Ulaanbaatar, April 23 (MONTSAME) Many capable and competent people work at Oyu Tolgoi. One of them is Open Pit operator L.Ariunbold. Before joining Oyu Tolgoi two years ago, he worked for four years in the mining industry, driving excavators and heavy machinery.
A story about his success was published Tuesday at the OT LLC’s website.
L.Ariunbold recently participated for the first time in the “Best mining operator” contest organized by the Mongolian National Mining Association and Wagner Asia LLC and won first place in the excavator category. The contest involved four types of heavy machinery including CAT Excavator, CAT Wheel Loader, CAT Motor Grader and CAT Dump Truck, Approximately 75 operators from large mining companies such as OT, Boroo Gold, Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi and Khishig Arvin Industrial demonstrated their professional skills and speed of reaction.
For operators, this contest is very prestigious and is viewed as a challenging opportunity to demonstrate their skills safely. L.Ariunbold says “Operators of САТ equipment fulfill various tasks which challenge their professional competence. A total of ten OT employees participated. I used the excavator bucket to place a ball in a designated hole from a distance of ten meters within 52 seconds. I did it in shortest time and won. In this contest, it is important to adjust power and speed and keep calm.”  He has always wanted to enter professional contests to test his skills. Therefore, when he heard an advertisement for the competition during his vacation, he  decided to take a chance. He says he wants to participate in next year’s contest as well.
He emphasized: “We work using the latest equipment and technology. All maintenance is done on time, so all we need is to do our job properly. The workers are happy that the company provides us with opportunities to work on all types of equipment and develop ourselves by learning new skills."


Memory athlete Ts.Bat-Erdene compete with top 15
Ulaanbaatar (MONTSAME) Director of the Mongolia’s Intellectual Academy (MIA) Kh.Khatanbaatar; and his pupil grand master Ts.Bat-Erdene Wednesday left for the USA to participate in the Extreme Memory Tournament to be held April 26-27 in San Diego city.
The tournament will take place among top 16 memory athletes representing Mongolia, Germany, the Philippines, Norway, Sweden, England and Wales.
The Mongolian athlete Ts.Bat-Erdene has been seeded in the “D” group together with his opponents from Germany, England and Wales, and he is the youngest one among other contestants.
He is now ranked 15th by the world rankings from some 2,000 athletes.
The tournament’s website published that the Extreme Memory Tournament (XMT) is new type of memory competition. The tournament leaves the traditional style of memory competition by breaking down every event into short, exciting, head-to-head memory battles. The XMT is an attempt to crown the best memory in the world by challenging competitors with various intense memory tasks.
The prize fund has 60 thousand US dollars. The 1st place winner will receive USD 20 thousand, the runner-up--USD 12 thousand, and bronze medalist--USD6,000. The 5-8th place holders will be awarded USD 1,000-2,000. The best scores for names, numbers, cards and words will receive cash prizes as well.


List of measures for tourists approved
Ulaanbaatar (MONTSAME) The municipal administration has approved a list of measures and events that will run this year for tourists in the capital city.
According to the list, a photo contest called “Harmonic UB-Charming Ulaanbaatar” among tourists will be organized from June through September; and Ulaanbaatar International Marathon will take place in June. A UB souvenir and gift expo will open this month as well.
An indoor museum named “Authentic nomads” and the “Mongolians in Deel” national cultural event will take place before the National Great Festival-Naadam. Following this, the “Steppe marathon” international long running competition will be held in July.
In addition, "Òaste of UB" international meals day will run in August, “Airag festival”--in September, “UB Art” fair--in November and “UB Golden Week” big marked down sales for Christmas--in December.
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