Monday, May 5, 2014

Mongolia Brief May 5, 2014



Nat’l Council for Mongol Studies Established
Ulaanbaatar, May 4 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting run Saturday approved a rule and composition of the National Council for Mongol Studies (NCMS).

Accordingly, the national council has comprised delegates of state bodies, scholars and professional organizations under main functions of formulating and implementing a policy on developing Mongol studies and correlating its actions with the related activities.
The NCMS is set up because Mongolia faces requirements to support the Mongol studies under state auspices and to inherit national cultural heritage into the next generation in the globalization era.
In 2012 before foundation of the national council, the foundation for Mongol studies was established in accordance with a decree of the President, and then its rule and composition were approved with six staffers by a governmental resolution in 2012. Afterwards, parliament obliged, by its resolution, the government to found the NCMS at the Prime Minister of Mongolia.  


Tobacco Control Law to Be Amended
Ulaanbaatar, May 4 (MONTSAME) At its meeting on Saturday, the cabinet backed in principle a draft amendment to the law on tobacco law formulated by D.Erdenebat MP.
Several proposals and conclusions from the cabinet over the draft amendment will be conveyed to the initiator.
Adopted in 2005, the law on tobacco control was altered in 2012, and it came into force in March of 2013. The amended law should be re-altered because it has some negative effects and does not meet present requirements, the initiator said.
Draft amendment reflects a clause on determining permitted spots for smoking.


Cabinet Meeting in Brief
Ulaanbaatar, May 4 (MONTSAME) In accordance with cabinet decision made Saturday, prizes will be awarded to Dornogobi aimag’s Dashbalbar soum, Tov aimag’s Jargalant soun, Arkhangai aimag’s Erdenemandal and Khovd aimag’s Uyench soum.
These soums have been selected as foremost soums at a national level, so they will receive a certificate and a cash prize of MNT 100 million each. Governors of these soums were ordered at the cabinet meeting to exploit 90% of the cash prizes for expanding industries and services, augmenting job places and refining upon the furnishing in their soums.
- The cabinet authorized Ya.Sanjmyatav, the Minister of Labour to visit Switzerland and the USA for taking part in the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference and holding meetings with labour authorities of the USA.
The ILC session will take place from May 28 through June 12 in Geneva, Switzerland.


Minister Receives Mr Klaus Rohland
Ulaanbaatar, May 4 (MONTSAME) On Friday, the Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar met Mr Klaus Rohland, the World Bank's country director for China, Mongolia and South Korea in East Asia and Pacific region.
Mr Rohland visited Mongolia, and held successfully discussions together with the Ministry, on the “E-health”, “Smart government”, “Reform in education” and “Sustainable livelihood-2” projects to be realized in Mongolia with soft-loans from the WB.
At the meeting, the Minister Batbayar conveyed to the WB through Mr Rohland a draft resolution of parliament on construction of new railways and its clauses on gauges. Then he said majority part of the project on the new railways will be implemented through a concession contract in the cooperation between the government and private sector, so the WB is able to participate in this project.
In response, Mr Rohland emphasized the WB is interested in infrastructure projects of Mongolia, and then reported the WB will send its concession experts to Mongolia for collaborating with the concession section of the Ministry of Economic Development.
Appreciating figuring out a long-awaited solution for infrastructure and gauge of the new railways, Mr Rohland expressed a hope that Mongolia will open its gateway of an intensive development which is based on industry and export.
Mongolia has expressed its willingness to collaborate with the WB in the constructions of autoroads, railways, gas pipelines, energy lines and oil pipes.


World Bank’s Resident Representative to Mongolia to Be Announced in May 2014
May 5 (infomongolia.com) On May 02, 2014, Minister for Economic Development of Mongolia, Mr. N.Batbayar received in his office the World Bank's Country Director for PR of China, Mongolia and Rebuplic of Korea in the East Asia and Pacific Region based in Beijing, Mr. Klaus Rohland.
Parties discussed and exchanged views on the "e-Health", "Smart Government", "Education Reform" and "Sustainable Livelihoods Project II" to be implemented in Mongolia under the World Bank soft loan, where negotiations have been completed.
During the meeting, Minister N.Batbayar also introduced a new draft bill titled “New railway construction” recently submitted to the Parliament for revision that cites Mongolia’s railroad to have both narrow and broad gauges.
Mr. Klaus Rohland noted, “The World Bank is interested in Mongolia’s infrastructure projects and agreed to collaborate with the Ministry’s Concession Division. It is good that the Ministry resolves the railway track issues and we believe by conducting big construction works Mongolia’s development path would be widened”.
Also, during the meeting Minister expressed Mongolia’s interest to cooperate with the World Bank on constructing five links to connect Russia and China, namely auto road, railway, gas pipelines, power lines and oil transmitting pipeline construction works.
In addition the Country Director Klaus Rohland said, "The World Bank’s Resident Representative to Mongolia will be announced this month. Ms. Coralie Gevers had been working as the Resident Representative over the past four years and due to office term experiment, she was recalled last March. Selection process for the new World Bank Resident Representative to Mongolia is ongoing, where 30 candidates were promoted”.
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Stock Exchange Weekly Review
Ulaanbaatar, May 4 (MONTSAME) Five stock trades were held at Mongolia's Stock Exchange from April 28 to May 2, 2014.
In overall, 138 thousand and 593 shares were sold of 43 joint-stock companies totaling MNT 741 million 766 thousand and 714.60.
"Remikon” /58 thousand and 594 units/, "Darkhan nekhii” /39 thousand and 934 units/, "Merex" /13 thousand and 455 units/, "Genco tour bureau” /5,811 units/ and "Khokh gan" /4,874 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Darkhan nekhii” (MNT 666 million 917 thousand and 280), "Mudix" (MNT 26 million and 408 thousand), "Gutal" /MNT nine million 969 thousand and 500/, "Remikon" /MNT eight million 785 thousand and 887/ and "Tavantolgoi" (MNT five million 519 thousand and 105).


Mongolia Ranked 74th in Press Freedom Index 2014
Ulaanbaatar, May 4 (MONTSAME) The US-based “Freedom House” NGO released the press freedom index of countries for this year on May 1.
According to the index, Mongolia was ranked 74th place among 197 nations in the world, alongside Serbia, Mali and Hong Kong. In the previous year’s index, Mongolia was ranked 77thplace, which means the press freedom in Mongolia has improved.
The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden topped the ratings, whereas Cuba, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and North Korea are ranked on the bottom in this year.
Freedom in the World 2014 evaluates the state of freedom in 195 countries and 14 territories during 2013. Each country and territory is assigned two numeri­cal ratings--from 1 to 7--for political rights and civil liberties, with 1 representing the most free and 7 the least free. The two ratings are based on scores assigned to 25 more detailed indicators. The average of a country or territory’s political rights and civil liberties ratings determines whether it is Free, Partly Free, or Not Free.
The methodology, which is derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is applied to all countries and territories, irrespective of geographic location, ethnic or religious composition, or level of economic development.
Freedom in the World assesses the real-world rights and free­doms enjoyed by individuals, rather than governments or government performance per se. Political rights and civil liberties can be affected by both state and non-state actors, including insur­gents and other armed groups.


New EBRD Financing for Moncement Plant of Senj Sant LLC in Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is continuing its support for the Mongolian company Senj Sant, which is building a green field cement plant to meet rising demand generated by the country’s rapidly growing economy, informs the Press Office of EBRD.
The Bank is extending a US$ 65 million loan to the company as part of a financing package dating from May 2013, which included a US$ 20 million equity investment in Senj Sant, says news published at the website of the bank on April 30.
The company, owned by Mongolia’s Monpolymet Group, is using the finance to fund the construction, commissioning and operation of a technologically-advanced and environmentally-friendly dry process cement plant.
The construction works for this plant began in April 2013 and once completed, it is expected to have a total capacity of one million tonnes of cement per year. The dry process used at the facility is the most advanced and environmentally-friendly means of production currently available.
During the signing ceremony at the Bank’s headquarters in London, EBRD First Vice President, Phil Bennett, said: “This project represents yet another step towards the diversification of Mongolia’s economy. Building on the strong foundation of our previous engagement with Senj Sant, we are proud to continue financing this significant industrial greenfield investment. It directly supports and nurtures the development of the private sector in a relatively underdeveloped industry in Mongolia.”
CEO of Monpolymet Group, Munkhnasan Narmandakh, added: “The EBRD’s long-term finance, including equity, not only helps us build the first cement plant in Mongolia using environmentally-friendly dry process, but also supports the company in raising business standards to international levels.”
Fuelled by the country’s vast mineral resources, Mongolia’s economy grew by 11.7 per cent in 2013. The new Senj Sant plant is strategically located in southern Mongolia.


“Erchim” FC Defeats Svay Rieng of Cambodia
Ulaanbaatar, May 4 (MONTSAME) Competing in the “C” group of the 2014 AFC President's Cup, the “Erchim” football club at the #4 thermal power station beat the Cambodian Svay Rieng club by scores 3:1 at the game held Saturday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
On the 10th minute of the first half, Sothearoth made an own goal against his Svay Rieng. The sore goal of the Cambodian club was performed by Mony Udom on 15th minute. Afterwards, Gal-Erdene made the double at 35th and 45th minutes. No goal was made in the second half.
Before this, the Nepal’s Manang Marshyangdi club beat the Svay Rieng by scores 6:3 on May 1. By the schedule, the “Erchim” FC will face the Nepali club on May 5.
The 2014 AFC President's Cup is running among 11 clubs. Games of “A” and “B” groups are being held in the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
The winners of each group will advance to the final to take place in September. The final is played as a single match, with extra time and penalty shoot-out used to decide the winner if necessary.


Mongolian "Erchim" FC Sets Battle with Manang Marsyangdi
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) Mongolian champion Erchim Football Club /FC/ and Nepal's national champion Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) will take on each other in their last Group C stage match at MFF Football Centre in UB city on Monday.
However, both the teams have already qualified to the next round of the AFC President’s Cup Qualifiers on Saturday. Cambodia champion Svay Rieng has lost both its matches against Erchim FC and MMC.
MMC had defeated Svay Rieng 6-3 in its inaugural match on Thursday while Erchim FC secured 3-1 victory against Svay Rieng on Saturday.
The last group stage match will determine the group winner.
Altogether 11 teams from the emerging countries of Asia are participating in the tournament which is being played on a round-robin basis.
Erchim FC, MMC and Svay Rieng are drawn in Group C while Sri Lanka Air Force, Pakistan’s KRL, Bangladesh’s Sheikh Russel and Bhutan’s Ugyen Academy are drawn in Group A.
Similarly, Philippines’s Ceres, Turkmenistan’s HTTU Asgabat, China’s Tatung and North Korea’s Rimyongsu are in Group B.
The winners and runner-ups of each group will qualify for the next round of AFC President’s Cup.


Mongolian Child Wins 2014 FAI Young Artists Contest
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) A Mongolian boy O.Dolgoon has won a gold medal in the 2014 FAI Young Artists Contest themed “Flying to Save Lives”, the FAI's website published Friday.
He was one of the winners from China, Japan, Nepal, Turkey, Ukraine and USA at the contest, which every year awards FAI Medals and Diplomas to artists in three age categories from 6 to 17 years old, the website says.
The Mongolian boy won the contest in the intermediate category (ages 10-13), and he was followed by Anastasiya Novikova of Russia and K.C. Bibeen of Nepal.
Competition was fierce, not only because of the quality of the artworks, but also due to the significant rise in participation: the number of FAI Members taking part in the contest soared from 14 in 2013 to 21 in 2014 with the involvement Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Finland, India, Italy, Japan, Libya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Nepal, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and USA.
“We are delighted that this year's theme, 'Flying to Save Lives', was so inspirational. The paintings are of excellent quality and we are honoured to award Medals and Diplomas to such talented youngsters,” FAI Young Artists Contest Coordinator Suzie Gebb stated. “Twenty-one FAI Members participated in this year's contest, some of them - Turkey, Switzerland and USA - having received between 5,000 and 10,000 entries. We also noticed with pleasure that many new countries such as Egypt, Libya and Mongolia joined the contest for the first time,” it says.
The International Jury, which consisted of the Delegates and Bureau Members of the FAI Aviation and Space Education Commission (CIEA) present at its Annual Meeting, chose the winning paintings among the 9 best artworks (3 per age category) selected by each FAI Member at a national level.
The FAI Young Artists Contest has been organized every year since 1986. It is an international art contest for youngsters between the ages of 6 and 17.
FAI Members make arrangements in each country for a national competition, or similar process of selection, for young people resident in their countries. The national winners are then submitted to the International Jury. A different theme is chosen every year to inspire the young artists and reflect the many facets of air sports.


Amendments to the law on Tobacco Control approved by cabinet
May 5 (news.mn) In Saturday`s regular cabinet meeting, the controversial Law on Tobacco Control was approved to be amended on May 3rd.
The Amendment Bill, initiated by MP D.Erdenebat, was submitted as a matter of principle and included several suggestions and summaries to law makers by the Government.
A revision of the 2005 Law on Tobacco Control was adopted by Parliament in 2012 and entered into force on 1st March 2013.
This revision of the Law on Tobacco Control was widely seen as dispirited and caused negative consequences; therefore the new amendment bill was submitted.
In the new amendment the law makers proposed new regulations to create designated smoking areas and to increase the controlling system used.


National Council for Mongolian Studies established
May 5 (news.mn) Facing the challenge of globalization, the government of Mongolia meets requirement to save Mongolian studies, rich cultural heritage in order to pass over to the young generation.
President of Mongolia issued a decree in 2012 to create the fund for Support of Mongolian Studies.
The Government of Mongolia set the fund officially deciding the rule of the fund and appointment of six limited staffs for the fund with its resolution 402 in 2013.
And Parliament ordered the Government to establish National Council for Mongolian Studies under the power of Prime Minister passing the resolution 17 this year.
On Saturday`s cabinet meeting, the Government passed the rule and structure of the National Council for Mongolian Studies. National Council for Mongolian Studies structure consists of representatives of state agencies, scholars, and professional organizations.


Government of Mongolia Establishes National Committee to Decentralize City Urbanization
May 5 (infomongolia.com) At the Cabinet meeting held on May 03, 2014, it was discussed the issues on urbanization and proportion increasing between city and rural area’s settlement.
The rapid urbanization has been strongly occurred since 1990s among middle class and developing countries, and by 2009 about 50 percent of global population has already moved into its big cities. Following this rapid population growth, it impacted to environmental degradation, urban infrastructure overgrazing, and increased the differences of urban and rural developments that caused negative consequences in their socio-economic growth. Such effects felt the most in Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria, Asian Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Mongolia.
Therefore, in order to decrease mass movement into city, Government resolved to establish a National Committee to develop general plan for population migration and settlement development under policy directories to decentralization of large cities and to support small and medium cities’ growth, to create new settlement.
The National Committee will be chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Construction and Urban Development, Minister of Economic Development will be responsible for efficient organization.
The total population of Mongolia is expected to reach three million people by the end of this year and as of territorial organizational structure, the country is divided into 21 Aimags (Provinces), 330 Sums (Sum is an administrative unit of an Aimag), 9 Districts (UB), 1,599 Bags (Sum) and 121 Khoroos (District). With such extensive administrative structure, the influence of population migration from rural to urban areas caused urbanization rate to reach 67 percent. Today, around 60 percent of the total population is living in capital city and in centralized 23 regional centers and provincial cities of our country.
Only 44 percent of the population concentrated in Ulaanbaatar, 70 percent of total enterprises and organizations centered in UB, also over 60 percent of gross domestic product is produced. This tendency is expected to grow furthermore, thus general urban policy and planning, making an implementation is required.
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Cabinet Meeting Resolutions in Brief: May 03, 2014
May 5 (infomongolia.com) At the Cabinet meeting held on May 03, 2014, the following issues were resolved. 
- At current globalizing situation facing today, the need to preserve Mongolian Studies under state protection and policy, and aimed to inherit their rich cultural heritage to our future generation, Government approved the regulations and composition of the National Council of Mongolian Studies. The National Council is aimed to implement the development policy of Mongolian Studies and coordinate the council activities under responsibilities of government agencies, academics and representatives of professional organizations.
- Over the past 10 years, the city's population increased by 6 percent annually and over the next 10 years it is expected to increase by 400 thousand citizens per year. With increasing migrations, the number of people living in Ger areas would also aggrandized, thus development policy regulations in infrastructure and land-use are needed. In order to resolve these crucial issues, Mongolian Government and the Asian Development Bank are planning to implement "Ulaanbaatar Urban Services and Ger Areas Development Investment Program" a 10-year program in 3 phases and at the meeting, Cabinet members agreed to submit the Program for Parliament approval.
- Government of Mongolia selects four eligible Sums (administrative unit of an Aimag) every two year. This time, Dashbalbar Sum of Dornod Aimag, Jargalant Sum of Tuv Aimag, Erdenemandal Sum of Arkhangai Aimag and Uyench Sum of Khovd Aimag were bestowed as prominent Sums of Mongolia and Sum Administrators were awarded with Certificates accompanied with 100 million MNT (Tugrug) respectively to support and expand the Sum’s manufacturing and services, to add jobs and improve the Sum center’s appearance by using 90% of allocated monetary reward.
- Minister for Labor of Mongolia, Mr. Ya.Sanjmyatav is allowed to attend the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference to take place in the United States on May 22-29, 2014 for the purpose to have official talks with affiliated U.S. Department of Labor authorities. During these days, Minister Ys.Sanjmyatav will also have a working to the Swiss Confederation and guidance for these working visits are set to be approved by the Prime Minister.


“Horrible Hand” Deinocheirus Dinosaur’s Fossils Repatriated to Its Home Country
May 5 (infomongolia.com) The repatriation ceremony of very rare paleontological fossil remains of Deinocheirus dinosaur’s skull and two legs’ foot bones found in the territory of Bugiin Tsav canyon, Umnugovi Aimag was held at the Central Laboratory of Paleontology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences in Ulaanbaatar on May 01, 2014.
The fossils were presented to Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia Ms. Ts.Oyungerel by delegates of Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (Museum of Natural Sciences) led by Museum Director Dr. Pascal Godefroit.
The first known fossil remains are a single pair of massive forelimbs and the remains of some ribs and vertebrae. They were found in 1965 during a Polish-Mongolian expedition to the Gobi led by Professor Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska in Umnugovi Aimag (Province). The type species and only named species is Deinocheirus Mirificus, which means “horrible hand” and the generic name is derived from Greek deinos (horrible) and cheir (hand). This name was given because only forelimbs were found and with absence of the skull the research works were had to delay up to date for 49 years.
The Deinocheirus dinosaur’s skull was first found by a Belgian researcher Francois Eskulie, who donated to the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. In the initial Deinocheirus study team, a Mongolian scientist R.Barsbold used to work, who requested narrow research study of this rare object in its home country, consequently the request is fulfilled and being presented to Mongolian side.
This Deinocheirus dinosaur’s fossils are now officially registered at the “Central Dinosaur Museum” in Ulaanbaatar as second after the Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton (T-Bataar).
The Central Dinosaur Museum facility is administered by Mongolian People’s Party since the 1990s. However, at the Cabinet meeting held in January 2013 it was resolved to open a new Central Dinosaur Museum by renaming former V.I.Lenin Museum, but vacating the building is under controversial to date, even the final resolution by the Supreme Court of Mongolia was issued in March 2014.


Local Governor Meets with French Ambassador
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) The governor of Ovorkhangai province D.Togtokhsuren received Mr Yves Delaunay, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Mongolia to exchange views on cooperation matter during his visit on April 24-26.
This visit was paid in frames of the 50th year anniversary of diplomatic ties between Mongolia and France to be marked next year.
Noting that Ovorkhangai province and French Allier department have model foreign relations at regional level, the Ambassador Mr Delaunay put forward many proposals including to cooperate in agriculture sector, to send official delegation of the French Agency for Development /AFD/ to locality and to erect statue of Guillaume de Rubrouck, a Flemish Franciscan missionary and explorer, in Kharkhorin soum.
In response, the governor Togtokhsuren mentioned 13-year friendly relations between two sides and said, we are glad that our regional relation is intensifying at the state level then received gratefully cooperation proposal in agriculture sphere.
After this, the Ambassador Mr Delaunay visited French Alphine dairy goat farming in locality and also worked in Uyanga Kharkhorin and Khujirt soums where he met local families who received assistance of France, last year.


Premier Informs Parliament on Spending of Government Bonds
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) At a parliamentary session meeting on last Friday, the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag informed on projects financed from the Genghis Bond of the Government of Mongolia.
By the end of March 2014, the Government has granted financing of 1.3 trillion togrog from its bond capital to ten projects, including a road pavement project connecting province centers to the capital city, a so-called Street project in Ulaanbaatar, municipal engineering and infrastructural projects, a new railway project, power plant projects in Tavantolgoi and Eg River, a Buyant Ukhaa apartment district project, and import substitution and industrialization projects, said  Mr Altankhuyag.
Under the road project, Dundgovi-Ulaanbaatar and Bayankhongor-Ulaanbaatar roads have thus far come to services, and road construction linking Omnogovi, Dornod, Sukhbaatar and Khovsgol provinces to Ulaanbaatar are expected to be completed by this August, noted the Prime Minister, ‘a 68% of a total 1,800 km roads have been paved under funding from the bond money’.
The Government is planning to build a 1,800 km railway under its ‘New Railway’ project, said the Premier, ‘a US$ 164.2 million construction of 267 kilometers of railway is being financed by the Genghis bonds’.


“Wealth Maker Young Herders” National Consultation to Run
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) First national consultation themed “Wealth maker young herders” will be held May 9-10 in the State House under auspices of the Prime Minister.
The forthcoming event is expected to gather 360 young herders from aimags. The consultation’s main objectives are to raise the reputation of young herders, to encourage them and to propagandize their contributions to the society, an advisor to the Premier M.Khuderbaatar said at a news conference.
The consultation also aims to set up a national network of representing young herders, said N.Ganibal, head of the Animal Husbandry Policy Implementation Regulatory Department of the Ministry of Industry and Agriculture.


Unofficial Forum on Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in Northeast Asia Held in NY
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) An unofficial forum has been held in the UN Headquarters in New York City, USA to discuss opportunities and conditions for establishing nuclear weapon-free zone in Northeast Asia.
The forum ran in frames of the 2014 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Preparatory Committee in accordance with UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters’ recommendation and Mongolian President’s proposal on launching the to work, on an unofficial basis, with the countries of the region to see if and how a NWFZ could be established in Northeast Asia.
Apart of the committee participants, representatives of regional research institutions, NGOs and states with nuclear weapons took part in the forum as observers, considering a chance for setting up the zone in the region.


Joint Statement for Promotion of NWFZ in Northeast Asia
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) The 2014 NPT Preparatory Committee’s unofficial forum which was held with a theme “Time for Action to Establish a Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone” issued April 30 a joint statement for the promotion of a Nuclear-Weapons Free Zone in Northeast Asia.
“A new environment for moving forward the denuclearization of Northeast Asia is now emerging. In July 2013, the report of the UN Secretary General on the work of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters made a recommendation that “the Secretary-General consider appropriate action for the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in North-East Asia.” Also at the High-level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament in September 2013, President Elbegdorj Tsakhia of Mongolia announced the country's readiness to work, on an unofficial basis, with the countries of the region to see if and how a NWFZ could be established in Northeast Asia.
Meanwhile, the possible consequences of detonation of nuclear weapons show their inhumanity that can threaten the very survival of the human species. Hence the two thirds of UN member states have supported the General Assembly resolution to that effect that had been adopted in October 2013. Japan, a country which had experienced the horrors of the atomic bombings during wartime, also supported the resolution.
Since 2003, a group of like-minded NGOs from Japan, the ROK and Mongolia have convened various meetings on the issue of a NEA-NWFZ in the belief that a NEA-NWFZ could greatly contribute to achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world. The voice of the civil society, the local authorities, the religious community and members of parliamentarian that call for establishing a NEA-NWFZ are increasing the region. Thus 543 mayors in Japan have signed on to a statement in support of establishing a NEA-NWFZ.
Bearing the above in mind, the NGOs from Japan, the ROK, Mongolia and their supporters have organized an NGO forum entitled “Time for Action to Establish a Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone” on the margins of the 3rd NPT Preparatory Committee meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York on 30 April 2014 so as to directly convey their strong conviction for the need to start to discussing the possibility of establishing a NEA-NWFZ. The forum heard reports and views of diverse representatives of Northeast Asia, including experts, local authorities, religious leaders, parliamentarians and citizens' peace organizations, and agreed on a comprehensive approach to the issue that should include shifting from the current Korean War armistice agreement to a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
In order to realize a world free of nuclear weapons, it is the responsibility of all countries of the world to pursue a shift away from security policies based on the threat of the use of nuclear weapons. Like in other regions of the world, establishing a NEA-NWFZ could form the basis for such a security policy. Such a policy could also complement the efforts of the governments of the region to address the issues within the framework of the Six-Party Talks.
We, the participants of this NGO forum strongly support the efforts to start discussing on an informal basis the possibility of establishing a NEA-NWFZ and declare our commitment to continue to work together in this endeavor. We call on politicians involved in local and national politics around the world, civil society groups, and individuals to express their support for a Northeast Asia Nuclear-Weapons Free Zone, and work together for its realization,” the statement says.


‘Terrible Hand’ Returns Home
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) Fossil remains of Deinocheirus (Greek: Terrible Hand) has been returned from Germany to the Mongolian Paleontological Center.
The fossils were presented in Ulaanbaatar to Culture Minister of Mongolia Ts.Oyungerel by a delegation of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences led by Dr Pascal Godefroit.
Deinocheirus is a genus of large theropod dinosaur, possibly an ornithomimosaurian, which lived in what is now southern Mongolia, during the late Cretaceous Period (Nemegt Formation, dating to around 70 million years ago).
The first known fossil remains are a single pair of massive forelimbs and the remains of some ribs and vertebrae. They were found on 9 July 1965 during a Polish-Mongolian expedition to the Gobi by Professor Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska at the Altan Ula III site in Omnogovi Province. The find was reported by her in 1966. Deinocheirus was named by Halszka Osmolska and Ewa Roniewicz in 1970. The type species and only named species is Deinocheirus mirificus. The generic name is derived from Greek δεινός, deinos, "terrible", "horrible", and χείρ, cheir, "hand". The specific name is Latin for 'unusual', 'peculiar'.


Japanese Doctors Work in Province
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) A joint team of doctors from the National Center for Maternal and Child Health and Japanese “Heart saving project” voluntary non-profit organization /NPO/ worked in Zavkhan province on April 30-May 1.
The team has run medical checkup for a total of local 122 children and diagnosed 56 children with heart problem and also decided to catheterize one as well as to make heart surgery on two children urgently.
The NPO is an organization which consists of Japanese qualified heart specialists and supports voluntary grant aids to abroad. 


Waste Manufacturing Factory to Be Built in Province
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) A joint waste manufacturing factory of Germany and Orkhon aimag is planned to be erected in the province.
As supposed, construction work will commence from fourth quarter of this year and a sum of 52 million EUR required will be covered from bank loan with 3.8 percent interest.
The technique and economic feasibility of the factory and its blueprint will be made in Germany as well as all equipment will be supplied from.
This factory will turn waste into energy and it means, equipment will classify and dry all trash out in dumps then burn them at high temperature.
Such-equipped factories in Germany are capable of producing 16 thousand ton diesel fuel and 14 MB energy by manufacturing 100 thousand ton waste at an average a year.


First Ever Eco-Town to Be Constructed in Province
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) A first ever eco-town is planned to be built in eastern Dornod province in frames of a program called “Thousand apartment”.
As expected, the town will create comfortable living condition and offer all-in-one service to the residents by erecting car parking, school, kindergarten, and trade centers that meet with modern standard.
This 4-year program will be carried out by French “Archetype” group which an internationally recognized firm and a multidisciplinary construction consultancy with a core services portfolio including Architecture; Urban and Master Planning; Civil, Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering; Project & Construction Management, and Cost Management.


Buryatia TV Company Invites Our Pop Opera Band
Ulaanbaatar, May 5 (MONTSAME) Mongolian pop opera band “Nuans” is to head Russia at an invitation of Buryatia Television and Radio Broadcasting Company for its 50th year anniversary, late May.
The band will perform together with Russian popular singers and bands at the anniversary celebration and also is planning to give a full pop opera concert there.
Previously, these singers entertained pop and opera lovers with their “Best songs for Mom” concert in cities of southeastern Russia early of last March on the occasion of March 8-international Women's day.


DPRK to Introduce Its Economic Free Zone and Investment Issues in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
May 5 (infomongolia.com) Upon the invitation of Mongolia's Ministry of Roads and Transportation, delegates from State Economic Development Commission and Ministry of Railways of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are conducting a working visit to Mongolia on May 08-12, 2014.
In the frameworks of the visit, North Korean delegation will attend and introduce the “DPRK Economic Free Zone and Investment” issues at the meeting scheduled at the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry at 03:00 pm on May 08, 2014.
At the meeting, Korean delegates will be represented by authorities from the DPRK Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Legal Departments of Ministry of Land and Marine Transportation, and State Economic Commission’s Development Division for Special Region.


“March of Mongolian Soldiers” Competition Successfully Finished and Military Unit-Winners Announced
May 5 (infomongolia.com) At the initiation of Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar, Mr. E.Bat-Uul, the final stage of "March of Mongolian Soldiers" marching competition was held at Chinggis Square on May 03, 2014.
This is the second year competition organized in collaboration with City Mayor's Office, the General Staff of the Armed Forces, General Authority for Border Protection, and National Emergency Management Agency and has been held among all-military units nearby Ulaanbaatar city since February 2014.
At this competition showcasing the marching skills of the military units have participated a total 30 units and organizations, of which 9 military units were shortlisted in the final stage. Besides, the competition criteria required a well organizational structure of a unit and standard conditions of militants’ health and security environments.
The march-competition winners were led by a Unit No.120 of Mongolian Armed Forces commanded by Colonel Kh.Bandi, the second place went to Border Military Unit No.151 chaired by Colonel N.Ganbold and the third place to Armed Forces Military Unit No.353 supervised by Colonel A.Munkhbat.
According to Mayor’s Office Decree, above three Colonels, who provided proficient preparations and skills, were rewarded with a key to two-room apartment each, besides their units were awarded with a set of wind musical instruments.

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