Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mongolia Brief May 8, 2014 Part II

“Premier’s 30 minutes” meeting held in National Park of IT
Ulaanbaatar, May 8 (MONTSAME) The “Prime Minister’s 30 minutes” weekly meeting was held Thursday at the National Park of IT.

During the meeting, the Premier N.Altankhuyag addressed an opening of a center named “Mongolian head-Silicone House” at the IT Park, saying that this center has created all opportunities for Mongolian young people to promote their intelligence and to compete at an international arena. “It is time to talk about supporting intellectual skills of our guys while speaking of the mining,” he said.
The new center has been equipped with the latest laboratories, and has a library and training center, which give a good environment for youths to educate and run experimental and scientific works.  It also made a chance for youths to produce national brands at the IT sector such as new software and to export them to the world market, the Premier emphasized.
The Silicone House center’s director Ts.Tuvshintor hopes that this center will become a hub of universities, institutes, scientific organizations and companies that develop modern IT for intensifying a development of Mongolia.

Minister meets with Speaker of Kuwaiti National Assembly
Ulaanbaatar, May 8 (MONTSAME) During his visit to Kuwait, the Minister of Population Development and Social Protection and a head of Mongolia and Kuwait parliamentary faction S.Erdene met with Mr Marzouq Al-Ghanim, the Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly on Tuesday.
At the meeting, Mr Marzouq Al-Ghanim thanked Mongolian delegation for their visit at an invitation of the National Assembly and underlined that relations between Mongolia and Kuwait have been expanding year to year then highly spoke about a big contribution of inter-parliamentary relations between the two countries. He also expressed a confidence that the visit will bring cooperation to newer level.
In turn, Minister S.Erdene also appreciated the Kuwait side for the friendly reception and highlighted bilateral cooperation opportunities not only in politics and economy but also in other spheres.
Moreover, S.Erdene said to draw a special attention on further bilateral relations as a head of the parliamentary faction and conveyed a greeting to Mr Marzouq Al-Ghanim from Z.Enkhbold, the speaker of the State Great Khural /parliament/.   
Present at the meeting was Su.Batbold, a member of Mongolia and Kuwait parliamentary faction.
Mongolia and Kuwait established diplomatic ties in June 17, 1975.

Stock exchange news for May 8
Ulaanbaatar, May 8 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Thursday, a total of 9,755 shares of 24 JSCs were traded costing MNT eight million 563 thousand and 904.50.
"Merex" /4,012 units/, "Genco tour bureau" /2,761 units/, "Boonii khudaldaa" /740 units/, "Mongol savkhi" /400 units/ and "Makh impex" /312 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Tavantolgoi" (MNT one million 041 thousand and 290), "Talkh chikher" (MNT 945 thousand and 480), "UB-BUK" (MNT 945 thousand), "Makh impex" (MNT 925 thousand and 420) and "Shivee ovoo" (MNT 750 thousand and 125).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 590 billion 863 million 952 thousand and 243. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,500.67, decreasing by MNT 145.56 or 0.93% against the previous day.

Mongolians pay MNT 12.5 billion for medical treatment in S.Korea
Ulaanbaatar, May 8 (MONTSAME) Mongolian people paid KRW 7.8 billion or MNT 12.5 billion for medical treatment services in South Korea between 2009 and 2011 according to statistics by the country’s Ministry of Health and Welfare.
The number of Mongolia to have the medical service in South Korea was 850 in 2009, 1,860--in 2010 and 3,226--in 2011, the statistics say. The figure also rose up for the years 2012 and 2013, and detailed information will be released soon, the South Korea’s Ministry said.

Old Grey Goose band to perform in Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar, May 8 (MONTSAME) The U.S. Embassy Ulaanbaatar and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State introduced an Arts Envoy to Mongolia: Old Grey Goose International. Old Grey Goose is a musical band that will be in Mongolia from May 13-22 to introduce Mongolia to a truly American musical genre – Old-time Country Music, a precursor to bluegrass.  The band also teaches old-time country dancing and features the fiddle tunes that accompany the dances.
Bluegrass, which shares roots with American country music, is engaging, has a sense of timelessness, and urges people to clap to the rhythm, get up and dance, and sing along.  During their visit, Old Grey Goose will be performing and sharing their musical knowledge with budding Mongolian musicians, dancers, and artists.
Old Grey Goose will hold two free public concerts featuring those budding Mongolian performers. The first will be on May 18th in cooperation with Mongolian Selenge Dolgio National Song & Dance Ensemble in Selenge province and the second will on May 21st at the State Philharmonic Hall in Ulaanbaatar.  The concerts will be a culturally enriching experience and a rare opportunity to see this American music performed live in Mongolia.
Vocal harmony, acoustic (non-electric) instruments, and narrative songs about daily life and struggles are often hallmarks of this music. These distinctions make traditional American song and dance an ideal form for collaboration with Mongolian musicians and artists.
Old Grey Goose makes music of love, work, diversity, and achievement from the vast repertoire of American folk history, and they teach and calls regional dances representing multi-cultural traditions.  Presentations will give their audiences a fresh view of America that is different from what is commonly shown in blockbuster movies and will focus on core American values and traditional cultural strengths.  The musicians are international artists who have had extremely successful performances with traditional artists in Central Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.
Old-time country music and bluegrass are a form of American folk music that, like country music, came from American Appalachian mountain music.  Appalachian music has its own roots in Irish, Scottish and English traditional music and dance.  The folk musicians that emerged from this tradition were inspired by the music of immigrants that came to America from the United Kingdom and Ireland.  Musicians blended this music with influences from the African-American traditions of jazz, ragtime, and blues.  The band also specializes in the regional music and dance styles of their home state of Maine, New England, and the maritime provinces of Canada.
Old Grey Goose is experienced in composing and arranging collaborative musical scores designed uniquely for each host country and presenting educational workshops. They will be active in cultural exchange activities throughout their visit and are excited to have the opportunity to learn more about the people, culture and musical traditions of Mongolia.

89th anniversary of first youth movement celebrated
May 8 ( Today marks the 89th anniversary of the founding of the first youth movement and union in Mongolia.  Back in 1925, prominent Mongolian novelist D.Natsagdorj first founded the successors union.
On the 89th anniversary of the establishment of youth organizations in Mongolia, May 8th, the National Authority for Children (NAC) and Authority for Children and Family Development celebrated by laying flowers on the statue of the prominent novelist D.Natsagdorj, and a parade for children was held.
Opening the ceremonial event, the head of the National Authority for Children (NAC), I.Narantuya, delivered a speech, showed respect and congratulated the pioneers of the Mongolian youth organization and senior staff who devoted their lives and hearts to the youth of Mongolia.

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