Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 13, 2014 Part I



President Ts.Elbegdorj opens Naadam festival
Ulaanbaatar, July 13 (MONTSAME) The President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj made the opening speech at the National Great Festival – Naadam which took place July 11-12 for the 808th anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire and the 93rd anniversary of the People’s Revolution of Mongolia.

"At this auspicious rostrum of confluence of the glorious past, assiduous present and prosperous future, the hearth of Mongol Naadam and the heart of our beautiful country, the capital Ulaanbaatar, I convey my hearty greetings for a joyous Naadam, the Great National Festivity, to all my fellow Mongolians throughout our vast motherland.
"The delightful season of bloom has come to our beautiful lands of blue skies, high mountains, vast steppes, sand dunes and crystal clean waters.
"The Mongol Naadam is starting at every part of our country, full of vigor, bliss and joy. The Great National Festivity, the Naadam, is the innate treasure of the Mongol people, which embodies our glorious history, cherished dreams and collective power. The Mongol Naadam attests, through time, that the accuracy of aim of the arrow, speed and stamina of the horses and the strength and clout of the fine men of our fathers and forefathers, who upheld good governance, rule of law and order in the world, remain as firm and sustained as ever.
"Naadam starts rendering every Mongolian a splendor and pride for our culture and traditions and entertaining a happy talk for further prosperity and well-being. At this momentous hour, I convey my heartfelt wishes for success and happiness to my fellow Mongolians, near and far both in Mongolia and abroad.
Before the State White Banner, the sanctity of the Mongol State, I wish the arrows of our bows be sharp and straight, our horses–fast and light, our wrestlers–strong and deft, and the anklebone shoots –accurate.
"I reiterate the call to my people I made recently. Dear Mongolians, let us ride our horses. Let us take pride in and further deepen our unique traditions and culture of riding horses. Let us honor our horses, for a horse is a Mongol man’s delight of any season and a friend in any storm. A horse, indeed, a fortune bestowed upon the Mongol people.
"At this juncture, I declare open the Mongol Naadam, the millennia-old great pride and delight of the Mongol people. Have a Naadam filled with vim and vigor."

State Hawk N.Batsuuri Wins Traditional Wrestling Tournament of 2014 National Naadam Festival and Becomes State Lion of Mongolia
July 13 (infomongolia.com) One of the Three Games of Men, the traditional wrestling tournament is finished today on July 12, 2014 that dedicated to the 2,223rd Anniversary of the Mongolia's First Statehood, the 808th Anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire and the 93rd Anniversary of the People's Revolution.
The wrestling tournament was held two days among 512 wrestlers in 9 rounds and after 5th round, five wrestlers achieved new rank of “Ulsyn Nachin” or State Falcon.
New five “Ulsyn Nachin” or State Falcons after Fifth Round (32 wrestlers) are:
1. Bazargur BADAMSUREN, resident of Aldarkhaan Sum of Zavkhan Aimag, wrestler of “Aldar” Sport Committee affiliated the Military Unit No. 017 of Mongolia Armed Forces;
2. Baljinnyam SUMANCHULUUN, resident of Tonkhil Sum, Govi-Altai Aimag, wrestler of “Khilchin” Sport Committee affiliated Military Unit No. 311 affiliated the Border Control;
3. Naidan ADIYABAT, resident of Tariat Sum, Arkhangai Aimag, wrestler of “Aldar” Sport Committee;
4. Lkhagvaa LKHA-OCHIR, resident of Aldarkhaan Sum, Zavkhan Aimag, wrestler of “Aldar” Sport Committee affiliated the Military Unit No. 325 of Mongolia Armed Forces;
5. Chuluunbaatar BATCHULUUN, resident of Bayandelger Sum, Tuv Aimag, wrestler of “Dunjingarav” arena.
Also, one wrestler have achieved new rank of “Ulsyn Khartsaga” or State Hawk.
New “Ulsyn Khartsaga” or State Hawk after Sixth Round (16 wrestlers) is:
1. Baatarkhuu PUREVSAIKHAN, resident of Chandmani Sum, Khovd Aimag, wrestler of “Aldar” Sport Committee.
New two “Ulsyn Zaan” or State Elephants after Seventh Round (8 wrestlers) are:
1. Shirbazar JARGALSAIKHAN, resident of Ider Sum, Zavkhan Aimag, wrestler of “Zavkhan” arena, Chingeltei District, Ulaanbaatar;
2. Namsraijav BATSUURI, resident of Khovd Sum, Uvs Aimag, wrestler of “Uvs Nuur” arena.
New “Ulsyn Garid” or State Garuda after Eighth Round is:
1 . Shirbazar JARGALSAIKHAN, resident of Ider Sum, Zavkhan Aimag, wrestler of “Zavkhan” arena, Chingeltei District, Ulaanbaatar.
New “Ulsyn Asrlan” or the State Lion after Ninth Round is:
1. Namsraijav BATSUURI, resident of Khovd Sum, Uvs Aimag, wrestler of “Uvs Nuur” arena.
The new titles’ certificates and medals were conferred by the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj.
Notably, “Ulsyn Darkhan Avarga” or State Grand Giants A.Sukhbat and G.Usukhbayar have competed in 2014 traditional wrestling tournament, whose state title were renewed* from “Ulsyn Dayan Avarga” or State Great Giant just before the 2014 Naadam Festival by the Presidential Decree issued on July 07, 2014. Moreover, Olympic Champion N.Tuvshinbayar participated with his “Ulsyn Khartsaga” or State Hawk title, who achieved during the 2013 Naadam winning over the State Great Giant G.Usukhbayar in the Sixth round.
Titles of Mongolian Traditional Wrestling “Bukh”
Usually 512 wrestlers compete in the State Naadam Festival and occasionally 1,024 wrestlers take part in (10 rounds), when a big event coincides in the year. A wrestler who wins the 5th round in the Naadam Wrestling Tournament becomes a "Nachin" or Falcon, the 6th - "Khartsaga" or Hawk, the 7th - "Zaan" or Elephant, the 8th - "Garid" or Garuda and the winner of the final or 9th round of the competition becomes an "Arslan" or Lion.
If the wrestler achieves two times outstanding winnings at the State Naadam Festival is earned the title of the State Giant (Giant of Nation) or "Ulsyn Avarga" (Avarga - mon. champion, giant). Also, the third time winning is granted the State Ocean Giant* or "Ulsyn Dalai Avarga", the fourth time winning becomes the State Great (Wide) Giant or "Ulsyn Dayan Avarga" and more than five times is honored as the State Grand (Undefeatable) Giant or "Ulsyn Darkhan Avarga".
* - According to new regulation effective from 2014 Naadam Festival, the title of Ocean Giant or "Dalai Avarga” is excluded from the list of State Titles, but kept as additional rank. Thus, a criteria for "Dayan Avarga" and "Darkhan Avarga" becomes shorter a one step for wrestlers.
Also, Arslan or Lion is the highest title in the Aimag Naadam and All Militants Traditional Wrestling Tournament. In Sum Naadam the highest title is Zaan or Elephant.
A State title is the highest rank, followed by Aimag, Military and Sum titles. 
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President Elbegdorj shoots whistling arrow
Ulaanbaatar, July 13 (MONTSAME) After having opened the Naadam Festival in the Central Stadium on July 11, the President f Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj visited a nearby archery field. 
Mr Elbegdorj shot a whistling arrow, made by inserting an arrowhead of bone in which air channels have been created, thus when shot, such arrowheads make a very audible sound through the air. In respect to the people watching the archery tournament, Mr Elbegdorj shot the arrow three times.
The State Head also visited the Shagai (anklebone shooting) tent, where the Naadam tournament of ankle-shooting was running. He thanked shooters for keeping the traditional sport alive and wished them great successes.

President gives interview to Itar-Tass
Ulaanbaatar, July 13 (MONTSAME) The President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj gave interview to a journalist of Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency who was visiting our country during the Naadam Festival.
Mr Elbegdorj talked about the traditional festival, the biggest sports event and holiday of the nation. Representing the Mongolian people, the State Head conveyed heartfelt greetings to the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the people of Russia.

President visits horse trainers
Ulaanbaatar, July 13 (MONTSAME) After watching four-year old horses race in the Khui Doloon Khudag horse-racing area on July 12, the President Ts.Elbegdorj visited a family of the stallion tournament winning trainer D.Bayanbat.
To the place, where Bayanbat prepares his horses for races, Mr Elbegdorj rode the tawny stallion that won the national Naadam tournament many times.
Mr Elbegdorj talked with horse trainers about the race horse training, weather and the Naadam organization, and wished them a success in the tournament. He then tied the khadag, a sacred silk scarf, to the winning Naran Solongo (literally Sun Rainbow) stallion, and gave presents to child jockeys.

President closes Naadam Festival
Ulaanbaatar, July 13 (MONTSAME) The President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj made the closing speech of the Great National Festival of Naadam on Saturday evening.
"In these beautiful summer days of sun, rain and bloom, the Mongol people have proudly and blissfully celebrated our great national festivity, the Naadam.
"Our wrestlers were strong and deft. The cheer of our children riding our fast horses was lively, and our horses, were tended masterfully to attain great speed. Our archers were accurate and precise. The great national Naadam incited the vigor and pride of the Mongol people for it is the very essence of Mongol culture. It is the mirror of Mongol history, of Mongol mind, of Mongol identity.
"We, Mongolians, foster a dear goal, firm resolve and genuine verve to consolidate our past with solid achievements of the present and harness our prosperous future. Cherishing our independence and freedom, honoring harmony and justice, cognizant of duty and accountability, and aware of the historic importance of the time we live in for the development of our country, let us, the Mongolians, do our best in all our fair efforts and aspirations.
"From the high rostrum of the great Mongol Festivity, looking forward to the next year’s celebration, I announce the Naadam of 2014 closed. May every Mongolian enjoy a sound health, clever mind, seasoned education and a joyful spirit. 
"May the Eternal Blue Sky Grace you all," he said.  

UB to cooperate with Toyota in ensuring traffic safety
Ulaanbaatar, July 13 (MONTSAME) Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city E.Bat-Uul Sunday received Mr Toshiro Hidaka, an executive director of the Toyota Corporation in charge of East Asia and Pacific countries’ affairs.
The Mayor thanked the guest for giving the Toyota “Land Cruiser-200” to the winner of the national wrestling tournament of the Naadam as a gift and introduced to Mr Hidaka a general plan of developing the capital city until 2030.
Noting that the Toyota Corporation always shows technological achievements in the world vehicle market, Mr Bat-Uul said Ulaanbaatar wants to cooperate with the Toyota in all possible forms.
In response, Mr Hidaka said he is happy to sponsor the national wrestling competition and proposed collaborating not only in the car trade but also in ensuring the traffic safety. The Corporation is cooperating with many countries in this direction, he added. 
The Mayor thankfully received the proposal and promised to develop the cooperation.

Kyrgyzstan PM visits Uvs
Ulaanbaatar, July 13 (MONTSAME) With a working visit here, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mr Djoomart Otorbaev Friday worked in Uvs aimag together with a delegation led by Ms Ts.Oyungerel, the Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism.
The Kyrgyz delegation legged the “Khetsuu khad” tour camp near the Lake Khyargas. Mr Otorbaev and accompanying him officials finished the working visit on Saturday after having watched the opening ceremony of the Naadam festival at invitation of the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag.

General Government Budget in statistical mirror
Ulaanbaatar, July 13 (MONTSAME) In the first half of 2014, total equilibrated revenue and grants of the General Government Budget (GGB) amounted to 2,729.4 bln.tog.
Total expenditure and net lending of the budget reached 2,970.0 bln.tog, representing a deficit of 240.6 bln.tog in the equilibrated balance of the GGB.
Compared with the same period of the previous year, tax revenue increased 150.1 bln.tog or 6.9 percent. This increase was mainly due to increases of 67.8 bln.tog or 17.6 percent in social security contributions, of 31.5 bln.tog or 3.7 percent in taxes on domestic goods and services, 26.9 bln.tog or 9.8 percent in others tax revenue, 18.9 bln.tog or 12.0 percent in revenue from taxes on foreign trade. However, there were decreases of 0.7 bln.tog or 0.1 percent in income taxes and of 23.5 bln.tog or 8.1 percent in revenue from corporate income tax.
In the first half of 2014, total expenditure and net lending of the GGB reached 2,970.0 bln.tog, increasing 332.1 bln.tog or 12.6 percent compared with the same period of the previous year. This increase was mainly due to increases of 133.2 bln.tog or 52.7 percent in capital expenditure, of 128.0 bln.tog or 13.1 percent in subsidies and transfers expenditure, of 112.7 bln.tog or 2.7 times in interest payments. However, there were decreases of 21.3 bln.tog or 68.2 percent in other lending minus repayments and of 20.5 bln.tog or 1.5 percent in goods and services expenditure.

Stock exchange weekly review
Ulaanbaatar, July 13 (MONTSAME) Four stock trades were held at Mongolia's Stock Exchange July 7-10, 2014.
In overall, 231 thousand and 549 shares were sold of 67 joint-stock companies totalling MNT 142 million 445 thousand and 718.60.
"Remikon” /82 thousand and 315 units/, "Genco tour bureau” /34 thousand and 169 units/, "Khokh gan” /25 thousand and 328 units/, "Hai Bi Oil” /14 thousand and 829 units/ and "Nako tulsh" /11 thousand and 200 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Tavantolgoi” (MNT 25 million 822 thousand and 240), "APU” (MNT 14 million 267 thousand and 290), "Remikon" /MNT 12 million 518 thousand and 150/, "Sharyn gol” /MNT six million 923 thousand and 170/ and "Makh impex” (MNT six million 546 thousand and 030).

External trade in statistics
Ulaanbaatar, July 13 (MONTSAME) In the first half of 2014, Mongolia traded with 118 countries, a total external trade turnover reached USD 5,117.8 mln.
The export was made up with USD 2,480.8 mln, whereas the import was calculated at USD 2,637.0 mln.
Total external trade turnover increased USD 23.3 mln or 0.5 percent of the total, of which imports went down by USD 433.7 mln or 14.1 percent, exports went up by USD 457.1 mln or 22.6 percent compared with the same period of the previous year.
External trade balance showed a deficit of USD 1.0 bln in the first half of 2013, while it was in a deficit of USD 156.1 mln in the first half of 2014, going down by USD 890.9 mln. 
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