Law on Naadam Amended
Ulaanbaatar, June 15 (MONTSAME) At a plenary meeting of the parliamentary session on Friday, a draft amendment was adopted to the law on the National Great Festival–Naadam at a first discussion.
The amendment, submitted by R.Gonchigdorj, D.Battsogt and B.Choijilsuren MPs, was passed with 80.7% votes. Accordingly, the state title for national wrestling called “Dalai Avarga” has been eliminated, updating thus the titles and making the competitions fairer, they believe.
Law on Index-Based Livestock Insurance Passed
Ulaanbaatar, June 15 (MONTSAME) The parliamentary session passed a bill on index-based livestock insurance and related to it drafts to laws on Friday.
The same day, the session adopted a draft resolution of parliament on adopting a middle-term programme on a green development concept after a final discussion at the Standing committee on environment, food and agriculture. A presentation of the draft resolution was made by S.Demberel MP.
Cooperation Might Be Possible with Latvia in Combating Livestock Diseases
Ulaanbaatar, June 15 (MONTSAME) The Republic of Latvia is ready to assist Mongolia in improving skills of trained staffers to combat highly-infectious diseases of livestock and to ensure food quality and standards.
The Latvian Minister of Agriculture Mr Janis Duklavs said it during a meeting with Ts.Tuvaan, the Vice Minister of Industry and Agriculture on Saturday, within the official visit of the Latvian President Andris Berzins to Mongolia.
Mr Tuvaan said Mongolia wants to learn experiences of Latvia in developing intensified farms for meat and dairy products, and expresses a willingness to have a technical assistance from Latvia for introducing European standards in order to create a Mongolian food brand and to export it to Europe, keeping our traditional methods of animal husbandry. He also emphasized that the two countries can cooperate in a proper exploitation of forest and in recycling forest waste.
The Latvian Minister said he is expecting a successful cooperation between the two countries in the agricultural sector, and invited Mr Tuvaan to his country.
Concession Contract to Be Established with “Fifth Combined Heat & Power Plant” LLC
Ulaanbaatar, June 15 (MONTSAME) At its meeting on Friday, the cabinet made a decision on realizing a project on building the 5th thermal power station with 450 Megawatt to increase the UB city's utilization.
A tender for selecting an executor to draw up the station's blueprint, to finance, build and run repair services launched in 2011 through a concession deal. In accordance with the cabinet decision, the Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar was allowed to establish the concession contract with the "Fifth Combined Heat & Power Plant" LLC with a transferring term.
Following the decision, obligations were given to A.Gansukh, the Minister of Road and Transportation; M.Sonompil, the Minister of Energy; S.Oyun, the Minister of Environment and Green Development; and Ts.Bayarsaikhan, the Minister of Construction and Urban Development, to grant a permission to relevant subjects to connect coal and water supply with drainage and electric lines and to construct railways, roads and buildings. The Mayor of Ulaanbaatar E.Bat-Uul was ordered to give a land to the concession owner for building the power plant.
The total investment for the project is USD 1.2 billion, the concession contract term is 25 years, and the construction is projected to be completed in three years.
Some 40 Countries' People to Visit Mongolia without Visas
Ulaanbaatar, June 15 (MONTSAME) The cabinet Friday considered as necessity to allow citizens of 42 countries with the highest rates of GDP and human development index to visit Mongolia without visas in the years 2014-2015.
This is one of the measures for developing the tourism sector.
The list of the countries includes Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Iceland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Malt, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, Gibraltar, Vatican, the Bahamas Iceland, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, Chile, Grenada, Costa Rica and the Republic of Seychelles.
As of present, all kinds of passport holders of the USA, Japan and Germany, and diplomatic passport holders of the United Kingdom are visiting Mongolia without visas.
In conjunction with the governmental resolution, obligations were given to L.Bold, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and to Ch.Ulaan, the Minister of Finance, to recover the budget margin of Mongolia’s diplomatic missions abroad.
List of Tax-Free Facilities and Equipment Approved
Ulaanbaatar, June 15 (MONTSAME) At its regular meeting on Saturday, the cabinet approved a resolution to update the list of facilities and equipment for small- and medium-sized productions to be exempted from the customs excise tax and VAT.
The resolution is adopted in conjunction with passing of the laws on exemption from customs tax and from VAT at parliament this June 6.
By the altered resolution, some facilities and tools of IT such as TV set, computer monitors, printer ink cartridges and Ipads are not included in this list because they are assembled and sold in Mongolia.
Holiday for Naadam Festival to Be Prolonged
Ulaanbaatar, June 15 (MONTSAME) The cabinet Saturday decided to submit to parliament a draft amendment to the law on public celebrations and remarkable days.
The draft amendment reflects a clause on prolonging the Naadam holidays from three to five days so that people can simultaneously celebrate the anniversaries of the Great Mongol Empire and People’s Revolution of Mongolia.
Draft Amendments to Some Laws to Be Submitted
Ulaanbaatar, June 15 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on Saturday backed draft amendments to the laws on social insurance, on pension and allowance, on pension and allowance payment for people and the disabled with vocationally-caused illness and accidents, and on allowance for the unemployed, all to be granted from the social insurance fund.
These draft amendments will be submitted to parliament, reflecting proposals from the amendment initiators.
Since its adoption in 1994, the law on social insurance has been altered ten times, now it required to be amended again due to out dating.
Cash Prizes for Archers Augmented
Ulaanbaatar, June 15 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on Saturday made a decision to increase the cash prizes for archers competing in the national great festival--Naadam.
In addition, a number of prize receiving places doubled, therefore prizes will be given to first five place holders by amending the governmental resolution. The decision is made due to some critics that the prize size is relatively lower than that of prizes in national wrestlers and horse races.
In conjunction with the decision, the Minister of Finance Ch.Ulaan was allowed to allot MNT 25 million from the governmental reserved fund for the prizes.
Cabinet Meeting in Brief
Ulaanbaatar, June 15 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on Saturday discussed a performance of the 2013 master budget and the 2013 financial master report of government.
Then it backed in principle a parliamentary resolution on approving the 2013 budgetary performance in accordance with the law on budget, and decided to submit it to parliament.
- The cabinet approved directives for the Mongolian delegates to participate in the first meeting of the Mongolia-Poland intergovernmental commission for the economic cooperation to run this June 24 in Ulaanbaatar. An order was given to O.Chuluunbat, the Vice Minister of Economic Development and a chairman of the Mongolian side of the commission, to adopt a composition of the delegates.
“Gants Khudag” detention center closed down
June 16 (news.mn) Gants Khudag, the sole pretrial criminal detention facility serving Ulaanbaatar in Gants-Khudag, has been closed down as called for by MP J.Batzandan.
Gants Khudag detention facility, established in 1920, has been associated with overcrowding, low-quality medical care and poor conditions and standards.
Prominent intellectuals including poets and scholars have been detained at the detention facility in the past.
The government confirmed the decision to close down the out-dated detention facility.
This dark and old building is set to be auctioned and the land will be open to civilians.
New postage stamp released featuring Bogd Khan’s Palace
June 16 (news.mn) Celebrating the 90th anniversary of first postage stamp in Mongolia, and the 90th anniversary of the foundation of first modern museum in Mongolia, the state owned “Mongol Post” LLC has released a set of postage stamp with the design of the Palace of the Bogd Khan. The set of new stamps will be a limited edition, making them rare and noble commodities commemorating Mongolia`s Buddhist spiritual and political leader the Bogd Khan.
At the opening speech for the ceremony of the release of the new postage stamps, the director of the Bogd Khan Palace Museum O.Mendsaikhan said: “I am thankful for this classic version of postage stamps featuring the historical precious items of the Bogd Khan Palace Museum.”
The Executive Director of state owned Mongol Post LLC, B.Batsaikhan expressed special thanks to the Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism and the Bogd Khan Palace Museum and added that the company has prepared to also release a new set of stamps for the historical anniversary of the victory of the Khalkh gol battle and for the Dinosaur museum for the 90th anniversary of first postage stamp in Mongolia.
Mongolia-Japan 7th Meeting on Economic Partnership Agreement Ongoing in Ulaanbaatar
June 16 (infomongolia.com) The 7th phase of negotiation to establish Economic Partnership Agreement between the Governments of Mongolia and Japan is ongoing at the Ministry of Economic Development in Ulaanbaatar on June 12-27, 2014.
Mongolian side is chaired the intergovernmental meeting by Deputy Minister of Economic Development O.Chuluunbat and the Japanese Government by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara.
At the opening of the 7th negotiation, leaders of the two parties exchanged views on topics to discuss and this time meeting is focused on market access, trade in goods, trade in services, rules of origin, customs procedures, investment, intellectual property and cooperation in trade, technical barriers and to discuss issues of quarantine measures.
Mongolia to Extend Its Public Holiday Celebration, National Naadam Festival, from Three to Five Days Nationwide
June 16 (infomongolia.com) The regular Cabinet meeting of the Government was held on Saturday, June 14, and it was resolved to make some amendments and settlements in the law of public holidays and commemorative days, and to submit to the State Great Khural (Parliament) for approval.
Accordingly, amendments would be made on the biggest national holiday of Naadam Festival to celebrate five days, where since its settlement and up to date, the Festival is celebrated three days nationwide.
National Naadam Festival is a traditional great holiday to commemorate Mongolia’s independence and sovereignty, composed of festivals being celebrated throughout the country in each Aimag, Sum and Capital City, and the Naadam Festival is organized in three games aka the Three Games of Men.
Nation’s biggest celebration the State Naadam Festival, where strongest men in traditional wrestling, fastest horses and wisest shooters from all over destinations of the country are gather to compete in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar from July 11 to 13 annually.
The Three Games of Men are:
- Mongolian traditional wrestling mostly holds among 512 wrestlers in a single-elimination tournament that lasts nine rounds. If some big occasion coincides in a year, the traditional wrestling tournament brings 1,024 wrestlers to compete in 10 rounds.
- Cross-country horse racing in 6-ages categories that traditionally starts with Khyazaalan (four-year old) horse racing category followed by Shudlen (three-year old), Azarga or Stallion, Ikh Nas (horses over 5-years old), Soyolon (horses 5-year old) and Daaga (Colt or horses 2-year old) horse races.
- Archery Tournament that has been spread widely throughout the nation as involving women’s participation and nowadays the State Archery Tournament is being held officially in both Men’s and Women’s categories. Traditionally, the archery competition in Mongolia is being organized in Uriankhai, Buriad and Khalkh ethnic groups, but the State Archery Tournament is conducted under Khalkh category.
Also, each year anniversaries of founding of the Mongol Empire and the People's Revolution are celebrated along with the Naadam Festival.
President of Mongolia Attends State Worshipping Ceremony for Suvraga Khairkhan Mountain in Arkhangai Aimag
June 16 (infomongolia.com) The state worshipping ceremony for Suvraga Khairkhan (Suvraga sacred mountain) which lies in the territory of Tsenkher Sum of Arkhangai Aimag was held on June 13, 2014.
The state ceremony was attended by the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, Head of the Office of the President P.Tsagaan, Advisor to the President R.Bold, Advisor the Speaker of Parliament S.Lambaa, Chief of the General Staff of Mongolian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Ts.Byambajav, Chairman of Arkhangai Aimag Citizens Representative Khural Ch.Munkhbat, Governor of Arkhangai Aimag D.Bat-Erdene, Head of the Mongolian Buddhist Center and Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Khamba Lama D.Choijamts and other dignitaries born from Arkhangai Aimag.
At the ceremony President Ts.Elbegdorj noted, “Mongolians believe and deem if we worship mountains and rivers, it grants us a healthy long life, plenty of food and drink, and helpful to our endeavors. The tradition to hallow the sky of the mountain is a way to love our nature, to honor the state, and to esteem the religion and culture that has been inherited by our predecessors since thousand years. This year we anticipate a pleasant summering in our khangai region thanks to early and plenty precipitation fell. For the sake of wellness of Khangai region residents, I wish the best in their future deeds and assure you all from the Suvraga sacred mountain under the eternal blue sky”.
The sacred mountain Suvraga Khairkhan of Mongolia has an elevation of 3,117 m (10,226 ft) and a mountain of the Khangai Mountains range. The mountain feed the rivers Orkhon, Tamir and Tsetserleg.
In 2007, the Suvraga Khairkhan was first worshipped with a state ceremony under Presidential Decree and according to records, warriors of Chinggis Khaan erected an Ovoo (mount) on the Mountain namely Jaran Tsunkhlug before to head warring, which lies on the eastern part of Suvraga Khairkhan sub-ranges.
“11 11 Center” Reports
Ulaanbaatar, June 16 (MONTSAME) The “11 11” center, established under the Cabinet, was accessed 1,027 times the last week.
Nearly a half of the complaints and requests were about matters relating to the capital city. People advised that road paving companies install visible signs at construction sites in order to give beforehand warning to drivers.
Responding to those asking about tax returns, the Taxation General Authority said they are some 2,800 requests of tax returns pending, for which refunds will be granted within this month, with some remaining to be allotted after the budged amendments planned.
Others asked whether it is possible to receive a low-interest mortgage for buying apartments with more than 80m2. Since offers to make this low-interest housing program open to bigger apartments have not been supported by relevant authorities, only the 80 m2 threshold is effective, said an officer at the Construction and Urban Development Ministry.
Mongolian Naadam” Complex to Be Built by July 5
Ulaanbaatar, June 16 (MONTSAME) Ulaanbaatar Mayor E.Bat-Uul visited last Sunday the Khui Doloon Khudag (Naadam festival horse-race area) to see an ongoing construction.
This year, construction jobs including road paving of 2.7km of auto road, 0.8km of sidewalk and building of parking areas for 500 cars will be done, ahead of the Naadam Festival (July 11), said the contractor.
During this year’s festival, rail buses will be on route to the horse-racing area to have a last station in 2.3km distance from it, which will be paved with a temporary macadam road of broken stones. Five so-called "City Cars", Mongolia-made eco buses will serve festival goers, accompanying the rail buses in public transport.
The Naadam complex will be used not only for the festival, but also for winter sport events.
Annexe of Third Thermal Power Station Put into Use
Ulaanbaatar, June 16 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag attended Monday an opening ceremony of the annexe of the city’s Third Thermal Power Station, while running a weekly "Hours of great construction" meeting.
The annexe with its 50 Megawatt is the largest work been done in the last 25 years in the country’s energy sector. It has been erected by China’s “Human Industrial Equipment Installation” company under 35 million US dollars from the "Chingis" bonds revenue, he noted and thanked the company’s officials and workers for the work.
Setting up the Ministry of Energy at the cabinet for reforms "gave a big impetus to raising big investments and to starting the great construction in the energy sphere, which had been unsuccessful many years, the Minister of Energy M.Sonompil stressed.
An annexe of the fourth thermal power station with 120 Megawatt is expected to be put into use in October this year, the "Amgalan" thermal power station of 300 Megawatt will open this November, Mr Sonompil went on. A construction of the fifth power station will launch soon, after signing a related deal this month, moreover, the biggest projects are being realized to erect power stations in Omnogobi aimag and on the Eg river, he said.
Mongolia to Cooperate with Argentina in Agriculture
Ulaanbaatar, June 16 (MONTSAME) A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on agricultural cooperation between Mongolia and Argentina was signed in the Embassy of Mongolia in Beijing on June 16.
Representing the governments, Mongolia’s Deputy Minister for Industry and Agriculture Ts.Tuvaan and Secretary of Political and Institutional Coordination and Agricultural Emergency of Argentina Javier Leonel Rodriguez inked the document that aims at joint researches, increased yield of animal products and quality of exports, introduction of a cattle feeding technology, promoting public and private partnership in meat cattle farming, and vaccine production.
The MoU was agreed upon during a visit of a Mongolian working group led by a head of the Standing Committee on budget Ts.Davaasuren MP to Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay this March.
Ts.Tuvaan is attending these days the 20th World Meat Congress, biennial event hosted in Beijing by the International Meat Secretariat.