Friday, May 2, 2014

Mongolia Brief May 2, 2014



Institute of Mathematics Turns 40
Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) The Institute of Mathematics (IM) at the Mongolian State University (MSU) Wednesday marked its 40thanniversary.

Director of the IM and State Prize Holder Dr R.Enkhbat made the opening remarks at the anniversary event held in the #1 building of the university, which brought together famous mathematicians and academicians of Mongolia, political and social figures from the mathematical science.
At an initiative of L.Shagdar, a professor and People’s Teacher, the IM was founded in 1974 at the Academy of Sciences in accordance of an order of the Council of Ministers. The institute was transferred into the MSU in 1997 by a governmental resolution.  


Stock Exchange News for May 1
Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Thursday, a total of 7,495 shares of 19 JSCs were traded costing MNT two million 392 thousand and 726.00.
"Merex" /7,001 units/, "Hermes center" /90 units/, "Remikon" /90 units/, "Talkh chikher" /70 units/ and "Hai Bi Oil" /50 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Talkh chikher" (MNT one million and 155 thousand), "Merex" (MNT 738 thousand and 785), "Avto impex" (MNT 175 thousand and 800), "Tavantolgoi" (MNT 100 thousand) and "Makh impex" (MNT 42 thousand and 485).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 602 billion 222 million 720 thousand and 448. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,582.48, increasing by MNT 59.87 or 0.39% against the previous day.


Nat’l Physics Olympiad Starts
Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) The 27th National Physics Olympiad kicked off Wednesday in Ulaangom, Uvs aimag.
This year’s Olympiad is participated by some 250 people from the city and all aimags, including contestants, judges, teachers and physics scholars.
The Olympiad consists of two parts--problem solving (theoretical problems) and experimental works, and runs among both pupils and teachers.
Following the contests, a scientific conference titled “3D laboratory for physics” was held Thursday, and the participants toured the aimag’s museum. A conference on astronomy was held as well.
On Friday, a contest of astronomy and a scientific conference called “The latest achievements and tendency of physics” will take place. After this, the Olympiad will be concluded, and medal winners will be announced.
Winners of the national Olympiad will be qualified to compete in the 45th International Physics Olympiad that will be held on July 13-21 in Astana, Kazakhstan.


Boxers Win Gold Medals in Kazakhstan
Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) Boxers of the national selected team grabbed medals including gold in an international “A” class competition held April 25-30 in Atyrau city, Kazakhstan.
 Mongolia was represented at the tournament by ten boxers and two coaches. A sports master A.Nurlan and O.Norovbal won gold medals in the 52 kg and 64 kg contests, respectively. In the 49 kg weight category division, T.Joldasbek captured a bronze medal, whereas B.Chinzorig competed in the 64 kg received a special prize for the top boxer.
The boxers will return home on May 4. After the tournament, two groups of boxers of the national team will take part in international “A” level competitions to run in Russia and Cyprus.


Agriculture Minister Kh.Battulga submits resignation
May 2 (news.mn) Member of Parliament and Minister of Industry and Agriculture, Kh.Battulga submitted his resignation as cabinet minister this morning, May 2nd.
The Minister of Industry and Agriculture, Kh.Battulga handed his request to resign to the head of the Government, N.Altankhuyag. According to the bylaw, the request will be introduced in a plenary session meeting of Parliament.
The Minister of Industry and Agriculture, Kh.Battulga says in his resignation “I will resign as Minister of Industry and Agriculture but I will continue my other duties for the remained of my term as a Member of Parliament. I have handed in my resignation to be seen at a plenary session meeting of Parliament”.
The resignation request will be discussed next week at the plenary session meeting


Development Center for Children with Disabilities to Be Constructed in Ulaanbaatar under China Government Grant Aid
May 1 (infomongolia.com) In the scope of grant aid to be provided by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Development Center for Children with Disabilities will be constructed in Ulaanbaatar that will have a complex service to sustain children’s health, education and social rehabilitation.
On April 29, 2014, Minister of Population Development and Social Welfare, Mr. Sodnomzundui ERDENE received in his office a research team from China led by Mr. Shen Gan and commercial counselor at the Embassy of the PR of China in Ulaanbaatar, Mr. Sun Weireng.
During the meeting, parties signed an agreement to build the Center under China's Government grant aid, the Development Center for Children with Disabilities is estimated at 30 million USD and expects to construct in the territory of 20th Khoroo of Bayangol District, Ulaanbaatar.
According to national survey of 2013, it estimates a total of 109,097 people with disabilities in Mongolia, whereas 11,757 children are 0-16 years old.


Mongolia Attends ASEM Senior Officials’ Meeting
Ulaanbaatar, May 1 (MONTSAME) A delegation led by Ts.Batbayar, director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Policy Planning and Research, took part in the ASEM Senior Officials' Meeting held April 28-30 in Brussels, Belgium.
 The meeting was chaired by Viorel Isticioaia Budura, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS), and its sub-committees' meeting was co-organized by senior officials of the EU, Mongolia, Greece and Malaysia. They exchanged views on works done through results of the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting ran 2012 in Vientiane, Laos and of the 11th Foreign Ministerial Meeting of the ASEM held 2013 in Delhi, India.
Mr Batbayar highlighted an importance of the Mongolia-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement signed last year, and expressed a willingness of Mongolia to implement joint projects with European partners in the fields of renewable energy, agriculture, water management and small- and-middle sized productions within the Mongolia-ASEM cooperation. Moreover, the 51st member of the ASEM and representative of the organization expressed their positions over action in Asia and Europe, the Asia-Europe communications, international and regional issues.
The Mongolian delegation talked about the Forum of Northeast Asian women parliamentarians hosted in a scope of the Mongolian President’s initiative “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security” and a meeting of Northeast Asian scholars and experts to congregate in June.
At the meeting, the participants discussed preparation works for the 10th Summit of the ASEM to be held in October of this year in Italy. This year’s summit has a title “Responsible partnership for sustainable growth”.
Within the event, the Mongolian delegation met with authorities of the Asia Department of the European External Action Service. They shared views on expanding the Mongolia-EU relations and cooperation within the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, and on multilateral cooperation including Northeast Asian matters.


Agriculture Minister Kh.Battulga submits resignation
May 2 (news.mn) Member of Parliament and Minister of Industry and Agriculture, Kh.Battulga submitted his resignation as cabinet minister this morning, May 2nd.
The Minister of Industry and Agriculture, Kh.Battulga handed his request to resign to the head of the Government, N.Altankhuyag. According to the bylaw, the request will be introduced in a plenary session meeting of Parliament.
The Minister of Industry and Agriculture, Kh.Battulga says in his resignation “I will resign as Minister of Industry and Agriculture but I will continue my other duties for the remained of my term as a Member of Parliament. I have handed in my resignation to be seen at a plenary session meeting of Parliament”.
The resignation request will be discussed next week at the plenary session meeting
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Premier to Inform on Spending of Genghis Bond Capital
Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) At a plenary session meeting of the parliament on Friday afternoon, the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag will inform on the spending of the Genghis Bond capital of the Mongolian Government.
The Premier informs on activities of the Government and answers questions of MPs every fortnight in a parliamentary session. This time, he will talk about projects funded from the capital of the Government Bond that has helped the Government of Mongolia to raise US$ 1.5 billion since being issued in the global market.
Sectors such as infrastructure (building of roads, railways and power stations), and textile (wool and cashmere factories) has received financing from that bond money, and the remaining half of the bond capital has been placed in the Development Bank of Mongolia, informs the Economic Development Minister.


Ministry Officials Receive South Korean Delegates
Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) Officials of the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development Wednesday received delegates of South Korea Institute of Construction Technology on a visit at the invitation of the Material Manufacturer's Association of Mongolia.
The delegation spoke about green construction, relevant information, projects and opportunities to develop in our country and talked matters relating to environment friendly-green construction together with officials of the Ministries of Construction and Urban Development and of Environment and Green Development. 


Ambassador Receives USA Officials

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the USA B.Altangerel received US delegates at the Embassy of Mongolia on April 30.
This action was co-hosted by the Embassy and by the Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group company.
At the meeting, the Ambassador B.Altangerel spoke the matters relating to present situation of Mongolian economy and society, and ties and cooperation between Mongolia and USA then gave answers to participants' concerns.
The participants mainly focused on environment of Mongolian economy and investment, mining, big projects of infrastructure, art and culture and also tourism development and provided with detail answers, and the sides talked about ways of cooperation as well.
Delegation team consisted of around 60 officials from US congress, a Communications Ministry, agency, lobby group, and organizations of business, research and press.


Minister S.Erdene Meets ILO Office Director

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Population Development and Social Welfare S.Erdene Thursday received Mr Tim De Meyer, director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for China and Mongolia, in the State House.
The Minister congratulated Mr Meyer on being appointed as the ILO Office director for Mongolian affairs, and expressed thanks to the ILO for refining upon Mongolian laws and resolutions on employment and human rights since 1990s, improving the implementation of ILO conventions and collaborating with the Mongolia’s government, employers and trade unions in developing social partnership in the country.
Mr Erdene noted that the Ministry and the UN’s working group on social welfare are about to co-organize the 3rdmeasure for a nationwide discussion which launched in September of 2013 with an aim to enhance social welfare and employment services.
In response, Mr Meyer said the ILO has been cooperating with the Mongolian Ministry since 2002 in the social welfare sphere, and the sides also have collaborated in regulating migration and introducing ILO standards in Mongolia.
Saying that the main purpose of visiting Mongolia is to expand the cooperation with Mongolia, Mr Meyer invited the Minister to an opening ceremony of a project on improvement of youths’ employment and widening of social welfare to be co-realized by the Ministry of Labour and other related organizations. Then he clarified an amendment to the law on social insurance and pension.
Reforms for social welfare will be done through three phases, the Minister said. In the first turn, the health insurance system will be modernized, and then a reform of allowance insurance will be started. A draft law on health insurance has been backed by the cabinet, so it will be submitted to parliament soon, he said.


“PM’s 30 Minutes” Meeting Held in Cultural Center for Youths

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) Founded in 1987, the Cultural Center for Youths (CCY) has been fully repaired.
Before the repair, the CCY’s building was misused for many years since 1990, renting some of its rooms for various services that are not for youths.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag attended an opening of the CCY which has been furnished with contemporary designs. He held the “PM’s 30 minutes” weekly meeting at the center, saying that money of MNT 2 billion has been spent for the CCY’s repair works, from the PM’s package of MNT 50 billion. The repair and furnishing works were performed by the “Khansh gan-Erdene” company, he added.
The Premier pointed out repairing of the youths’ center was one of the works done by the cabinet for preparing healthy and educated young people, and invited all the youths to spend free time in this center.
The center provides youths with an opportunity to organize all kinds of cultural and arts measures and to hold training on youths’ development and development of young families, and on healthy life. In addition, it has a library, rooms for singing and dance training, an exhibition hall and concert hall with 650 seats.


Ministry to Cooperate with "Blue History" Company in Restoration Field

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and domestic “Blue History” company have established a memorandum based on mutual agreement.
This document was inked Thursday by P.Altangerel, the State Secretary of the Ministry and T.Khishigdulam, a director of the company.
In frames of cooperation, the sides intend to improve capacity of staffers in restoration field by involving in short- and long-termed foreign and domestic trainings, to carry out research projects on immovable cultural heritages and to develop tourism of immovable cultural heritage restoration.
Furthermore, the parties will organize several cooperation works such as to create “Ongot” memorable place in Altanbulag soum of Tov province, to host international summer training for restoration and to implement research and complex projects of cultural heritage in order to develop tourism of immovable cultural heritage restoration in the country.   


Municipal Administration Publishes Ulaanbaatar Almanac

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) This week, the Ulaanbaatar Governor’s Office presented a so-called “Ulaanbaatar Book” featuring essential information on the city.
In this book, a reader can find information on social welfare service, registration, public transportation routes, real estate prices, as well as parks and amusement places where city residents may spend spare time.
The almanac is going to be annually updated with reviewed information about Ulaanbaatar. The book project is a part of Action Plans of Ulaanbaatar Mayor E.Bat-Uul for 2013 - 2016.
City residents may receive copies of the almanac from their khoroo (smallest administrative unit in Ulaanbaatar) administration.


World Press Freedom Day to Be Marked Here

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) This year the World Press Freedom Day (May 3) is to be celebrated in Mongolia with a theme of ‘Press Freedom for the Good of the Future’.
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The focus this year is on three inter-related themes: the media’s importance in development; the safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of journalism. An international conference will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5-6 May.
The annual UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize ceremony will take place on 2 May 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters.


MPs Become Human Rights Ambassadors

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) The Secretary-General of the National Gender Commission M.Bolormaa announced that D.Battsogt and L.Erdenchimeg MPs have been appointed as human rights ambassadors.
The ambassadors will work closely together with the commission and the United Nations Population Fund to disseminate positive understanding, and promote awareness-raising on human rights matters.


‘11 11’ Center Reports

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) This week, the '11 11' Center of the Government has been accessed by 828 people.
Vehicle owners complained about probable fee payment duplication for road use, for they have to pay 800 togrog for a pass through a city entrance in eastern Nalaikh district, despite having paid an annual fee of 40 thousand togrog for road use. Dissatisfied with a change in new routes of minibuses operating in the city public transport, residents also complained about the shortened lines of public transportation in the city. The Municipal Transport Authority said that they are planning to change routes of city buses in a similar way.
According to the individual tax law, the reviewing of documents, submitted in a request of tax deduction and returns, will be completed by May 10, thus enabling tax returns to individual tax payers, informed officers of the center. They also informed that a raffle for cheaper housing options in the Buyant Ukhaa apartment district near the city airport will live broadcast at the National Public Television on May 10-11.


Nepal’s MMC Beats Cambodia’s Svay Rieng in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) Nepal’s Red Bull Martyrs’ A Division League champion Manang Marshyandi Club (MMC) won against Cambodia’s League champion Svay Rieng in its first match of the AFC President’s Cup 2014 Qualifiers held at MFF Football Centre, Ulaanbaatar on Thursday.
With the win, MMC has strengthened its hope for the next round of the tournament. Now, it will take on Mongolia’s League champion Erchim on May 5.
Altogether 11 teams from the emerging countries of Asia are participating in the tournament which will be played on a round-robin basis. According to the draw for the group stage held at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March, MMC, Svay Rieng and Erchim are drawn in Group C of the AFC President’s Cup Qualifiers.
The winners and runner-ups of each group will qualify for the next round of AFC President’s Cup.


Blackbox Theater to Premiere '4.48 Psychosis' by Sara Kane Here

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) Blackbox Theater is planning to stage '4.48 Psychosis' by Sara Kane on May 3.
'4.48 Psychosis' is the last play of Sara Kane that was completed shortly before she died and was performed in 2000, at the Royal Court, directed by James Macdonald. This, Kane's shortest and most fragmented theatrical work, dispenses with plot and character, and no indication is given as to how many actors were intended to voice the play. Written at a time when Kane was suffering from severe depression, it has been described by her fellow-playwright and friend David Greig as having as its subject the ‘psychotic mind.’ According to Greig, the title derives from the time — 4:48 a.m. — when Kane, in her depressed state, frequently woke in the morning.
Blackbox stages the best plays from all around the world at the theater every Saturday. On the second Saturday of May, the Theater will stage Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco under direction of S.Myagmar. Rhinoceros premiered at the Theater on March 27, the World Theater Day.
The theater will also perform on May 24 another play –the Chairs- by Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco, who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the French Avant-garde theatre. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco's plays depict in a tangible way the solitude and insignificance of human existence.
On May 17, the theater is planning to perform ‘Rashomon’ or ‘In a Grove’ play by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. The story recounts the encounter between a servant and an old woman in the dilapidated Rashōmon, the southern gate of the then-ruined city of Kyoto, where unclaimed corpses were sometimes dumped. The current name of the gate in the story, but not the plot, comes from the Noh play Rashōmon.


Concert Draws Capacity Crowd to Celebrate Int’l Jazz Day

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) In celebration of International Jazz Day, Mongolian Jazz duo Kush and Oyuka has performed to a capacity crowd of more than 200 at the American Corner, the US Embassy’s website reported Wednesday.
After opening comments from the Public Affairs Officer on jazz in America, Kush and Oyuka were joined by student musicians to perform jazz standards for an enthusiastic crowd.
Throughout the concert, Kush spoke about his love of jazz music and influential jazz musicians. The April 30th event was covered by two television stations and one radio station.
C1 Television and Mongol HD Television both broadcast nationwide, and the frequencies of English run radio station of Mongolian National Radio, Voice of Mongolia, are picked up in Japan, China, Poland, Czech Rep, Armenia, Georgia, Scandinavia, and Chile.


Press Court to be created in Mongolia

May 2 (news.mn) Several media organizations along with newspapers and journalists’ associations have voiced their ambitions to develop the Mongolian press industry to a professional standard and decided upon the idea to establish the first press court in Mongolia.
Over 20 associations of newspapers and journalists announced on April 30th their intention to create a coordinators` group to establish a Press Court in Mongolia, with the belief that it is time to stand up for the professional reputation of the media and intention to abide by the principles of responsible and ethical journalism.
The coordinators` group will formulate the rules for the Press Court and conduct discussions on professional ethics principles among journalists, training on self-regulation of press and share information and experiences with international professional institution this year.
The coordinators group agreed that establishing a Press Court would make journalism standards clear and certify the professional values of journalism, and independence of copy desk.
The Mongolian Media Council Club, Press Institute of Mongolia, Globe International Center, Associations of Mongolian Journalists, Mongolian Parliamentary Journalism Association, Midas NGO, National Press Club of Mongolia, Local press and media association, the Television Association of Mongolia, the Mongolian News Websites Association, News Agency and other media agencies have joined the initiative.


Uvs Aimag Herdsmen Celebrate Twin Colt Festival

May 2 (infomongolia.com) Last March a twin colt were born in a herder's cattle being bred by an Aimag's famed horse trainer U.Magsarjav, herdsman of Ulaan Uzuur Bag, Naranbulag Sum of Uvs Aimag.
Mongolians believe if a twin colt born it symbolizes a well springing having good omen throughout the year. Welcoming this year’s good sign, locals celebrated the event by organizing a mini naadam festival including a horse racing competition in three years and traditional wrestling contest among 32 wrestlers on April 30, 2014.
Moreover, the Aimag Governor D.Tsendsuren and Minister of Industry and Agriculture Kh.Battulga have conveyed their greetings by presenting a couple silver pegs for young camels. These pegs are used to put through the nose of a camel to which the lead rope is fastened.


It's Drop in Bucket to What We Should and Could Do…

May 2 (infomongolia.com) Mongolian hip-hop band "Ice Top" earlier announced that they would quit performing and to stage their last concerts, but decided to perform for Mongolian fans residing in South Korea this May.
The concert will be performing in several cities of Korea from May 02 to 05 and most notably, the “Ice Top” band members have decided to donate their all income from concerts to survivors and family members of the victims over the Sewol ferry accident, a tragedy that cost many lives, especially young students.
Before to head for South Korea, they planned to name their concerts as the “Best of Ice Top”, but they changed into “It's a drop in the bucket to what we should and could do”.


Player from Japan, Mahiro Horikawa Wins 2014 International Festival-Competition of Morin Khuur

May 2 (infomongolia.com) The Fourth International Festival-Competition of Morin Khuur organized by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with the World Morin Khuur Association and Mongolian Ethnic Groups Culture and Research Fund have been successfully concluded in Ulaanbaatar on May 01, 2014.
The Festival-Competition brought over 100 Morin Khuur players, craftsmen and scholars from China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, South Korea, United States and Mongolia to participate.
The first round of the competition was held to perform Mongolian traditional shortsongs namely “Shanjuu Deel” and “Balchir Kheer” and the second phase to perform long-songs “Tungalag Tamir” and “Jonon Khar”.
In the contest for amateurs, the first place winner become a player from Japan, Mr. Mahiro Horikawa followed by Mongolian performers Mr. A.Baljinnyam and Mr. T.Baatarkhuu.
In the craftsmen contest, Mr. T.Enkhbold, Mr. N.Ulziibat and Mr. G.Bayarsuren took the first three places.
Morin Khuur
Morin Khuur (horse-headed fiddle) is a traditional Mongolian bowed string instrument. It is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people, and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation. The morin khuur is one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity identified by UNESCO. It produces a sound which is poetically described as expansive and unrestrained, like a wild horse neighing, or like a breeze in the grasslands.


Mongolian Business Summit, Ulaanbaatar 2014

May 2 (infomongolia.com) The Mongolia Economic Forum NGO in cooperation with the Government of Mongolia will organize a Mongolian Business Summit in Ulaanbaatar on June 19-21, 2014.
The main objectives of the Summit are to provide comprehensive, up-to-date and sector-specific information on foreign investment environment of Mongolia, also present planned Public-Private-Partnership projects in mining, infrastructure, processing industry, agriculture, wool and cashmere, as well as food and building materials sectors.
The 3-day Mongolian Business Summit will serve as an excellent platform for participants to interact directly with government officials, international investors, leading companies, and gain in-depth knowledge on Mongolian investment environment and promising business opportunities. During the Summit, optional tours including visits to mine sites, cashmere factory, agricultural, food and processing facilities and cultural destinations will be offered.


Minister S.Erdene Receives Chinese Delegation

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) The Ministry of Population Development and Social Welfare S.Erdene received Chinese delegation led by Mr Shen Gang, a research team leader and Mr Sun Weiren,  an adviser for trade of Chinese embassy on April 29.
The sides had talks on the matters relating to new development center for children with disabilities which is planned to be erected in UB city's Bayangol district with a sum of 30 million USD grant aid of Chinese government and relevant cooperation agreement was inked by the sides during the meeting.
This center will operate in directions of early prognosis of disabilities, treatment, and active life style and social participation by creating society-friendly environment for disabled children and pay attention for their education and individual development as well.


Province Runs Training for Members of Citizens' Representative Khural

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) A training of strengthening members of local Citizens' Representative Khural has been held in Dornogobi province.
The action was co-organized by the parliamentary office, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the UN Development Program and local administration.
At the training, lectures were delivered on topics under “Local budget and finance management”, “Local Development Fund”, “Constitution and legal frame”, “How to prevent from conflict of interest”, “About gender”, “Citizen's participation” and “Environment”.
Furthermore, trainers gave information to the participants about law acts needed for right organization of activity of local self-governance under relevant law and resolution, and the participants ran discussion on the matters and provided with new methodical, theoretical and practical knowledge.


Mongolia and Cambodia Establish Bilateral Consultations

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) Mongolia and Cambodia have established a Memorandum of Understanding /MoU/ on the creation of bilateral consultations with aims at bolstering bilateral ties and cooperation, reported on ShanghaiDaily.com, May 2.
Same day, the deal was inked by Mr Long Visalo, Secretary of State of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by D.Gankhuyag, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
After the ceremony, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Koy Kuong said that the MoU is very important to pave the way for the two countries to increase cooperation in bilateral, regional and international frameworks. Under the deal, both sides also can exchange information and opinions on bilateral, regional and international issues.
He added more, it was the second document after the two countries signed an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders in 2012.
Both sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation in economics, trade, investment and tourism spheres.
Mongolia and Cambodia established diplomatic relations in November 30, 1960.


About Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) The English language fellow in Mongolia has presented a “Read Aloud! Literacy Workshop” to 16 secondary school English teachers, representing seven of the schools that participated in the workshop, the US Embassy’s website has published.
This teacher workshop, which is the final component of Mongolia’s “World Read Aloud” project, promotes language learning by giving teachers the tools to conduct a read-aloud in their classroom.
The fellow worked with teachers to build their own read-aloud lesson similar to the one in which they observed the fellow conduct at their respective schools with The Giving Tree.
Teachers left with detailed planning tools to help them organize future “Read Aloud” events. The educators who attended the workshop teach a wide spectrum of students, including beginner to advanced level English speakers, students with cognitive disabilities, and visually impaired students. One of the greatest successes of the workshop is the secondary school English teachers building a professional community to support one another in teaching English to diverse student learners, it says.


Energy from Wind Resource in Mongolia Possible to Be Exported to Asia

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) In times of growing of the Mongolian economy and increasing of electricity and heating consumption, the country should develop regional cooperation in ensuring energy security.
It was said by representatives at a meeting themed “Energy security in Northeast Asia” held Thursday in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Co-organized by the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Defense and the Scientific Institute of Defense, this meeting gathered about 100 foreign and domestic representatives.
It is time to study the regional economic development together with its security matter as the global economic epicenter is transmitting into Northeast Asia, the participants emphasized. They discussed problems and difficulties faced to the energy sector. For example, Japan imports energy resource from foreign countries because the country does not such resource although its techniques and technologies are highly developed, the participants said, and considered a way of tackling the problems through a joint effort of Asian nations.
Japanese researchers have estimated that wind resources in Mongolia can produce vast amount of energy, and it is possible to provide not only the country, but also Asian countries with electricity from wind resources. 


Earth Week Film Festival Screens American Films

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) The third week of April, the American Cultural and Information Center hosted the Earth Week Film Festival, sponsored by the Econ-Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, its website has reported.
The event was the first of its kind for the Ulaanbaatar Embassy and was a success.  Over three days, three environmental films were paired with panel discussions and screened to an audience of about 134 people.
On Tuesday, April 22, the Film Festival kicked off with Erin Brockovich, a movie based on true story of an environmental activist who fought against a California corporation. Charley Montgomery, Environmental, Health and Science Officer lead a pre-screening discussion about water problems with experts from the Health Science University of Mongolia and World Bank.
On Wednesday, April 23, the Public Affairs and Econ Officers of the U.S. Embassy hosted a movie day for students from Mongolian secondary schools from the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar. Students watched the film Wall-E, a children’s film that shows what happens when people become disconnected from their environment. Each half hour, the Officers had mini- discussions with the students, and the students impressed their Embassy discussion leaders with their ideas and answers. At the end of the movie, students produced an action plan for protecting Ulaanbaatar’s environment. A winning proposal was selected that suggested several things, including lining outhouses with cement and having more septic trucks for carrying waste.
On Thursday, April 24, the U.S. Embassy showed the classic American movie Soylent Green, which explores how overpopulation and poor planning can affect human health and happiness. Following the movie, experts from the United Nations Population Fund, the Asia Foundation, and Embassy’s Environmental, Health and Science Officer lead a panel discussion on how the themes of the film related to Mongolia’s own issues with overcrowding and urban planning.


Artworks of Mongolian Artist to Be Shown at London

Ulaanbaatar, May 2 (MONTSAME) Two artworks by a Mongolian artist B.Bayasgalan have been chosen for the annual open exhibition themed “FACE2014” which is organized by the Society of Portrait Sculptors.
Sponsored by “OMC Investment” company, these selected artworks will be shown to public in London Sladmore Contemporary Gallery, on May 12-17.
Our participant B. Bayasgalan works as a specialist of department of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Mongolia and he took a Grand Prix from the international classic art competition of “Art renewal Center” in realism area in 2012.
The Society's Annual Open Exhibition is the only forum for contemporary portrait sculpture in this country and consists of about 70 sculptures of which approximately one third is chosen from open submission from non-members. It is an international exhibition and open to entries worldwide.


SATOB 2014 May Program

May 2 (infomongolia.com) Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (SATOB) has released the 2014 May Program with “Il Trovatore” opera starting.
The May opening will present the “Il Trovatore” (The Troubadour), an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto largely written by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the play El Trovador (1836) by Antonio Garcia Gutierrez. It was Gutierrez's most successful play, one which Verdi scholar Julian Budden describes as "a high flown, sprawling melodrama flamboyantly defiant of the Aristotilian unities, packed with all manner of fantastic and bizarre incident".
SATOB 2014 May Program
Saturday, May 03, 05:00 pm, “Il Trovatore” opera by G.Verdi
Sunday, May 04, 05:00 pm, “Francesca da Rimini” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Saturday, May 10, 05:00 pm, “Il Trovatore” opera by G.Verdi
Sunday, May 11, 05:00 pm, “Swan Lake” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Saturday, May 17, 05:00 pm, “Don Juan” (Don Giovanni) opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sunday, May 18, 05:00 pm, “Swan Lake” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Saturday, May 24, 05:00 pm, “Madama Butterfly” (redirected from Cio-Cio San) Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Sunday, May 25, 05:00 pm, “Madama Butterfly” (redirected from Cio-Cio San) Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Saturday, May 31, 05:00 pm, “Francesca da Rimini” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Ministry of Finance of Mongolia to Host Open Day at Chinggis Square on May 04, 2014

May 2 (infomongolia.com) In order to promote its activities to civilians, Ministries of Mongolia have been organizing an Open Day and this time, the Ministry of Finance of Mongolia to host the Day at Chinggis Square on Sunday, May 04, 2014.
At the Open Day, the Ministry will provide with comprehensive information regarding its activities involving several Implementing Agencies such as General Taxation Department, General Customs Office and State Bank of Mongolia.
Also, the Ministry of Finance will introduce projects being carried out with international organizations, besides other bodies will promote its activities and services including Mongolian Insurers Association, Institute of Mongolian Certified Public Accountants and Mongolian Institute of Certified Appraisers.
During the event, new tax e-payment system will be introduced to public and officials to give detailed information, moreover to provide with services by collecting insurance and motor vehicle taxes and State Bank will introduce its "Electronic MNT" new product service by running a mobile branch.
The Custom Office will present an exhibition of rare items confiscated at border control posts.

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