Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mongolia Brief June 17, 2014

D.Ganbat MP Nominated to Justice Standing Committee Chair

Ulaanbaatar, June 17 (MONTSAME) A meeting of parliamentary caucus of the Democratic Party agreed Monday to nominate D.Ganbat MP as their candidate for the highest post of justice Standing committee.

At a poll conducted amid the meeting, D.Ganbat defeated other candidates J.Batzandan and M.Zorigt to become the candidate of the party faction. The appointment is expected at a parliamentary meeting within this week.
The office has been vacated by Sh.Tuvdendorj, who recently was appointed the Minister for Industry and Agriculture.

Standing Committee Head Meets UNFPA Consultant

Ulaanbaatar, June 17 (MONTSAME) Head of the parliamentary Standing committee on budget Ts.Davaasuren Monday received Ms Katrin Schneider, a consultant to the UNFPA, and other officials in the State House.
Ms Schneider said she had met with the parliamentary authorities to exchange views on realizing a "Gender sensitive budget" project.
Mr Davaasuren, in turn, said Mongolia is adhering to a policy on trimming organizations’ budgets by 20 percent, but the budgets for health and educational spheres will not be minimized, and pointed out that the country intends to augment the budget for providing gynecological hospital with necessary facilities and equipment to reduce mortality rate of mothers.
He also said that the budget for facilities and apparatus of maternity hospitals should not be lowered, and added about plans to focus on keeping capitals for mothers and infants and on correlating the budget with related international projects and programmes. Mongolian parliament is discussing a bill on babysitting to provide labour-age women with job places, he said.
At the meeting, the UNFPA delegates also got some information about the budget and shared views on relevant matters.
The UNFPA plans to hold training on this June 21 dedicated to members of the Standing committees on social policy, education, culture and science, and on budget.

Mayor Meets Officials of Evaluation Commission

Ulaanbaatar, June 17 (MONTSAME) The Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city E.Bat-Uul Monday received officials of an evaluating commission.
It will study nowadays Ulaanbaatar and international experiences, seek solutions for anti-corruption and draw up draft policy documents to be discussed by the forthcoming “Open Ulaanbaatar” international anti-corruption forum scheduled this October.
The Mayor said the commission's support is important despite measures Mongolia has started itself. “Before, authorities would ignore the service for people due to uncertainty in the anti-corruption laws and regulations, now our fight against the corruption and bribery is strong, for example, we have started to inform people on the city's budgetary expenditure, on domestic and foreign trips of officials, on orders of the Mayor," he said. "A center has been also set up to give people one-spot services," he added and asked the guests to give effective advice and recommendations on how to improve actions of the administrative bodies.
In a scope of the survey, the commission will get au fait with activities of the Authority of General Planning, the Property Relations Agency, the Procurement Agency and the Center for Citizens, and will meet authorities of civil society organizations.

O.Gundegmaa Bags Silver Medal at World Cup

Ulaanbaatar, June 17 (MONTSAME) A State-honored sportswoman O.Gundegmaa has won a silver medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol series in Maribor, Slovenia.
The medal was awarded Gundegmaa on Monday at the end of the finals of the women’s 25m pistol contest. Gold and bronze medals went to Monika Karsh of Germany and Antoaneta Boneva of Bulgaria, respectively.
The 36-year old Mongolian shooter finished the qualification in third with 584 point to meet leading Karsh in the gold medal match, where the latter beat Gundermaa 7 to 5 points to secure her first world cup medal ever.
Gundegmaa walked out of the match with the silver medal, secured with 21 hits in the semi-final and 5 points in the medal match. The five-time Olympian had won the previous world cup stage, in Munich last week, confirming to be one of the strongest pistol shooters of the world.
She was followed by Antoaneta Boneva, 28, the Bulgarian athlete who won of the bronze medal match beating Hungary's Renata Tobai Sike by 7 to 5 points after clearing the semi-final with 18 hits.

Turkish Documentary to Be Screened Here

Ulaanbaatar, June 17 (MONTSAME) As one of celebration events for the 45th anniversary of the Mongolia-Turkey diplomatic relationship, "Istanbul Unveiled" (2013) documentary film will be screened Thursday in Tengis Cinema.
The complimentary screening of the travel documentary film by Serif Yenen, who has been a tourist guide and a travel writer for about 25 years, will be repeated on Saturday in the same venue. The film is highly recommended for those who want to travel to and study in Turkey. Before the screenings, Ambassador of Turkey to Mongolia Mr Murat Karagoz will have a speech about his country.
The film is about a young American woman wants to discover what really makes Istanbul unique. She unveils Istanbul by interviewing interesting characters in both popular and out of the way settings, about topics we have all wondered about. She reports from behind the scene.
The film shows different aspects of the culture by way of interviews with Turkish people, including a baklava (sweet pastry) maker, a belly dancer, a whirling dervish, the imam of the Blue Mosque, a prominent business woman, and others telling about and demonstrate their lives and their occupations.
"Istanbul Unveiled" has won various awards including Best documentary in Bulgarian Tour Film Festival 2014, the Second Best Documentary Award at the Los Angeles Sunset Film Festival 2014, Best tourist documentary in Poland FilmAT festival 2014, and special award in Zagreb Tourism Festival 2014.

“Modern Night” international ballet concert comes to the stage

June 17 (news.mn) The “Modern Night” International ballet festival, organized by the Mongolian Ballet Development Foundation first in Mongolia in 2011, was an important move for classic art, especially ballet.
For the past three years, the Mongolian Ballet Development Foundation staged five international ballet concerts for Mongolian audiences, and entertained them with the latest ballet development trends and prominent ballet dancers.
This time, the Mongolian Ballet Development Foundation plans to stage the “Modern Night” concert at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Mongolia on July 4th.
State Merit Artist, ballet dancer D.Altankhuyag, also wants to stage the classic concert for audiences in the countryside.
The ballet concert will involve leading ballet dancers from Boston ballet school in the USA.
Here to Come "Night of Modern"Montsame, June 17

Mongolian and Vietnamese statistics offices sign MoU

June 17 (news.mn) Delegates of the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, led by Deputy Director General Van Lieu Nguyen, are paying an official visit to the National Statistical Office of Mongolia between June 14th and 19th.
During the visit, the Statistics Offices of both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding and defined the directions for further bilateral cooperation.
Delegates of the General Statistics Office of Vietnam were introduced to Mongolia`s statistical system, functions of the National Statistical Office of Mongolia, information processing, IT, economic statistics, and socio statistics policy. Both sides shared their opinions on the systems and policies.

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed

June 17 (news.mn) The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is annually observed on June 17th to highlight the urgent need to curb desertification.
In all, more than 110 countries have dry lands potentially at risk and half of the livestock population inhabit dry lands. The World Day to Combat Desertification 2013 was observed under theme of “Don’t let our future dry up”. This year, the theme of  “The Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It” is being observed.
Mongolia has participated in the World Day to Combat Desertification since 2007. Observing the Day to Combat Desertification is crucially significant to raise public awareness about the conditions and consequences of desertification, and to increase participation of the public in the fight against desertification.
MP, Minister of Environment and Green Development, head of the National Committee combating desertification and protecting soil, S.Oyun, sent an appeal for the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification.
In the appeal she said desertification is a significant global ecological and environmental problem. She said that 42 percent of the world is made up of arid regions at risk of desertification, where 1.5 billion of the global population lives. Desertification and degradation affects mostly regional residents’ livelihoods and the economy and it represents an income loss of US$42 billion per year globally. For Mongolia, approximately 72 percent of the territory is partially affected by desertification. According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, almost 90 percent of Mongolia is considered prone. MP Oyun continued to say “Therefore I call for civilians, civil society, private and state agencies and the public to join together to implement the appeal of “The Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It” as approved by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.”

Mongolia and Turkey celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations

June 17 (news.mn) A number of cultural events to celebrate the 45thanniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Turkey are scheduled between June 17th and 23rd.
At the same time as the celebration several high ranking visits are scheduled. The Turkish Parliamentary Speaker, Cemil Cicek, will pay an official visit to Mongolia on the invitation of the Mongolian Speaker Z.Enkhbold between June 23rd and 26th.
On June 25th, 20-25 representatives from the Istanbul Entrepreneurs Association, investors and businessmen will visit to Mongolia. The visit will be significant for boosting bilateral economic relations between the two countries.
There will be another wave of visits by representatives of the Turkish scientific studies from 70 Turkish universities.
The National University of Mongolia, a member of the International Association of Silk Road Universities (iaSU) is organizing the event.
The Turkish Ambassador to Mongolia, Murat Karagoz, said that “I give great importance to bilateral relations, in particular to cultural relations between the two countries. So a week-long cultural event on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations will take place. The purpose is to promote Turkish culture and diversity.”
Mongolia and the Republic of Turkey established diplomatic relations on June 24th, 1969. The Republic of Turkey opened its Embassy in Mongolia in 1996.
Turkish Ambassador Murat Karagoz said that “Bilateral relations between Mongolia and Turkey are not limited to only the 45th anniversary. People of the two countries have had good historic relations. Both countries declared their independence in the early 1920’s. Mongolia and Turkey have seen successful development in the education with diplomatic relations. We aim to expand bilateral cultural and economic relations.”

"Urgeeleg" Movie Winner of Mongolian Academy Awards 2014

June 17 (infomongolia.com) The highest award of Mongolian National Film Academy, the "Mongolian Academy Awards 2014" with a red carpet ceremony was held near Gachuurt village at the Mongol Shiltgeen (Hotel Mongolia) on June 13, 2014.
The award ceremony to name best movies and the team of the year has been organized for the consecutive fourth year and this year’s Grand Prix went to "Urgeeleg" (Trapped Abroad) an action film by J.Sengedorj.
In the nominations only movies made its opening between January 01 and June 08 of this year were eligible to be nominated, whereas 12 feature, 5 short and 5 documentary films have competed.
Winners of “Mongolian Academy Awards 2014” are:
Grand Prix for the Best of the Best - "Urgeeleg" (Trapped Abroad), a joint production of “A Group”, “Prime Pictures” and “Black Zebra” studios
Best Make-Up - “Laridma” (efiL - Life), makeup-artist B.Shurenchimeg
Best Sound Editor - "Urgeeleg" (Trapped Abroad), sound editor S.Nergui
Best Song - “Khungiin Suulchiin Duu” (Swan’s Last Song), soundtrack by Merit Artist T.Ariunaa
Best Music - "Urgeeleg" (Trapped Abroad), composer by Frontier Cultural Servant (FCS) B.Odbayar
Best Supporting Role Actress - “Zerleg Tsetsegsiin Khulemj” (Garden of Savage Flowers), FCS A.Ganchimeg in the role for “Jookhnoo”
Best Supporting Role Actor - "Urgeeleg" (Trapped Abroad), FCS S.Bold-Erdene in the role for “Togtokh”
Best Cinematographer - “Luivar” (Fraud), Ts.Enkhtsogt
Best Art Direction - “Khyazgaargui” (Limitless), Sh.Tegshbayar
Best Editing - "Urgeeleg" (Trapped Abroad), E.Enkhtulga
Best Investor - “Zerleg Tsetsegsiin Khulemj” (Garden of Savage Flowers), “Altai Construction” LLC
Best Writing Screenplay - “Sharga Daaga” (Tawny Foul), O.Sundui
Best Director - "Urgeeleg" (Trapped Abroad), J.Sengedorj
Best Leading Role Actress - “Zerleg Tsetsegsiin Khulemj” (Garden of Savage Flowers), Merit Artist U.Uranchimeg in the role for “Tsogzolmaa”
Best Leading Role Actor - "Urgeeleg" (Trapped Abroad), FCS B.Amarsaikhan in the role for “Garid”
Best Short Film - “Step”, B.Chinguun
Best Documentary Film - “Gereeslel” (Will), “Tsegts Film” studio
Best Debut Film - “Sharga Daaga” (Tawny Foul), Ch.Khoroldorj

About 70 Entities Broadcast Live 2014 FIFA World Cup in Territory of Capital City

June 17 (infomongolia.com) The 20th FIFA World Cup that taking place in the Federative Republic of Brazil is ongoing on its fifth day, where winner of the world championship will be determined on July 13 or July 14, 2014 by Ulaanbaatar time.
Due to world celebration of football, thousands of Mongolian fans are prefer to gather at outdoor places to watch a live transmission and with growing demand, 74 entities are providing their services featuring big screen, live music and beer stands with extended hours until 8 o’clock in the morning permitted by Ulaanbaatar City Administration.
Accordingly, the Capital City officials allowed these service providers to serve with only low grade of alcoholic beverages after midnight and in order to ensure safety for clients and prevent disorder, City authorities obliged the Metropolitan Police Department to work with extended hours as well as regularly conduct patrols at all spots showing the games in order to provide comfort of residents living nearby.
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