Friday, August 15, 2014

Mongolia Brief August 15, 2014 Part II



About Celebration of 75th Anniversary of Khalkh River Battle Victory
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 15 (MONTSAME) The Defense Ministry and the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar city called Thursday a press conference on marking the 75эх anniversary of the Victory in the Khalkh River Battle.

A decision to mar this anniversary and organize ceremonial events was made by the government,  relevant events for the anniversary started this May in the capital city, for example, birthdays of Heroes of Mongolia L.Dandar, Ts.Olzvoi, L.Gelegbaatar and B.Dorj have been celebrated in their birthplaces and their statues have been erected. A round trip and meeting themed "Through the path of heroic friendship" have been co-organized by the military districts of Russian Irkutsk oblast and Transbaikal, essay and paintings contests about the Victory have run among secondary schools pupils. Moreover, a repair has launched to renovate the UB-based statues and monuments, and a decision has been made to grant a non-refundable aid of MNT 2 million to each of the war veterans.
A united official measure for the anniversary will start August 23 in Ulaanbaatar city.

Sport Training Center to Cooperate with S.Korea
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 15 (MONTSAME) The Scientific-Research Service of the Sport Training Center at the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism will cooperate with the S.Korean Institute for Sport Sciences and Research.
This was confirmed by a memorandum inked Thursday in Ulaanbaatar. The two organizations will share experiences in sports-targeted scientific works, co-organize trainings and seminars for teachers and coaches, and will run other works.

Transport of dangerous items by rail within the city banned
August 15 (news.mn) Ulaanbaatar Representative Khural issued a decision to prohibit the transportation of hazardous items on trains within the city.
According to the regulation, hazardous materials on trains are items that may cause an explosion, fire, harmful gas emission, spills, human or animal death, illness, poisoning, radiation, burns or any kind of damage to the environment or property.
An unofficial study shows that in the first quarter of 2014, 3.6 million tons of dangerous items of 52 varieties were carried by Ulaanbaatar Railway.
The U.N. classifies dangerous goods in the classes of explosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizers and organic peroxides, toxic and infectious substances, radioactive material, or corrosive substances and suggests that they not be made, packaged, labeled or carried in residential areas.  
Dangerous items identified by the new regulation will now be loaded in Bagakhangai, district where their classification and packaging will be arranged. Relevant agencies report that there is no guarantee that the new regulation will be properly complied with during transport, loading, unloading and storage by rail within the city.
The Ulaanbaatar General Development Plan through 2020 includes the development of Bagankhangai district as a suburban satellite town, where transport logistics, wholesale business, food, light industry, livestock feed, and a refinery plant and warehouse for hazardous items will be built.
The ban on transport of dangerous items by rail within residential areas will be effective until July 1, 2019.

Consular officer’s death may not be a suicide
August 15 (news.mn) Local press reported that a Mongolian Consular Officer in Mongolia's Consulate General in Hong Kong, Oyun-Erdene, was found dead in Hong Kong on August 8th.  The report said that the woman jumped from a building. Hong Kong police initiated an investigation into the case.
The woman was appointed as a consular officer to Mongolia’s Consulate General in Hong Kong last February. However, she took the post on July 29th.  When she was found dead, she had been in the office for the 9th day.
According to an unconfirmed source, the consular officer said that she was being followed by someone suspicious for day long, but she did not know the reason why. There is speculation that the consular officer’s death was not a suicide.

‘Sky, Sun and Partnership’ opens
August 15 (news.mn) “Sky, Sun and Partnership”, a Mongolian and Japanese calligraphy exhibition celebrating the 40thanniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Japan, opens at Blue Moon Art Gallery on August 20th.  An opening ceremony for the exhibition will be attended by over 40 delegates of the Mongolia-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group.
The Mongolian and Japanese calligraphy exhibition features work by political and social figures of the two countries, including President Ts.Elbegdorj, Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Mongolia Ts.Oyungerel, Foreign Affairs Minister L.Bold, Japan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kishida Fumo, Chairman of the Mongolia-Japan Friendship Group at Japan’s House of Councilors Hayashi Moto, former Japanese Prime Minister Toshihiki Kaifu, and other officials.
The exhibition is comprised of over 80 calligraphy works and will feature words, sentence and poems with deep ideas on a wide range of bilateral relations, friendship and symbols of peace between the two countries. These messages will be shared through beautiful calligraphy and ink drawings.
The exhibition is being organized by the Mongolian Modern Calligraphers Association in collaboration with the Japan-Mongolia Parliamentary group, Embassy of Mongolia to Japan, Embassy of Japan to Mongolia, and the Mongolian Academy of Culture and Poetry.
“Sky, Sun and Partnership” will be on display in Japan in November.

State Great Khural announces a special session
August 15 (news.mn) The State Great Khural announced a special session on the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit on August 22nd.  President Xi Jinping will pay a two-day visit to Mongolia upon the invitation of President Ts.Elbegdorj on August 21 and 22. This is the first visit by a Chinese president to Mongolia since the last high level visit by China’s former President Hu Jintao in 2003. President Xi Jinping is expected to deliver a speech to the special session of the State Great Khural during his visit.

Program to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Victory of Battles ate Khalkh River
August 15 (infomongolia.com) On August 15, 2014, authorities from the Government, Capital City and Ministry of Defense of Mongolia reported to journalists on celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Battles at the Khalkh River.
Accordingly, the Program to commemorate the 75th anniversary is released, where Deputy Prime Minister D.Terbishdagva, Minister of Defense D.Bat-Erdene and State Secretary at Defense Ministry, Major General Z.Boldbaatar are chairing the working group to celebrate the historical event throughout the country.
Program to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Battles at the Khalkh River
August 18, 2014 at 10:00 am - Press Conference, Ministry of Defense
August 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm - Opening of “Victory at Khalkh River - 75” Exhibition, Mongolian Military Museum
Welcoming youths from Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude, Russia organizers hosting travels and meetings in provincial regions of Mongolia themed “On the Road of Soldiers Friendship”:
- August 19, 2014, Tour to Selenge Aimag by Mongolian-Russian Youths
- August 20, 2014, Tour to Darkhan-Uul Aimag by Mongolian-Russian Youths
- August 21, 2014, Tour to Orkhon Aimag by Mongolian-Russian Youths
- August 22-23, 2014, Tour to Ulaanbaatar City by Mongolian-Russian Youths
- August 24, 2014, Tour to Khentii Aimag by Mongolian-Russian Youths
- August 25, 2014, Tour to Dornod Aimag by Mongolian-Russian Youths
- August 25-28, 2014, Tour to Khalkh Gol (Khalkhgol) Sum, Dornod Aimag by Mongolian-Russian Youths (special program)
August 22, 2014 - International Science Conference dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Battles at the Khalkh
River (The Battles of Khalkhyn Gol), Institute for Defense Study, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Science
August 22, 2014 at 10:00 am - Tour to Mongolian Military Museum and Museum of Georgy Zhukov by guests, delegates and veterans
August 23, 2014 at 11:00 am-12:00 pm - Laying wreaths to Zaisan Memorial, Monuments of G.K.Zhukov, L.Dandar and J.Lkhagvasuren
August 23, 2014 at 02:00-03:00 pm - Ceremonial Meeting, Central Cultural Palace
August 23, 2014 at 03:00-05:00 pm - Ceremonial Concert, Central Cultural Palace
August 23, 2014 at 02:00-05:00 pm - Exhibition, Central Cultural Palace
August 23, 2014 at 06:00 pm - Gala Dinner, Ulaanbaatar Hotel
August 23, 2014 at 09:00 pm - Evening Entertainment, Chinggis Square
August 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm - Fireworks, Chinggis Square
August 25, 2014 - Mongolia-Russia Joint Military Parade by participants of “Selenge 2014” military field exercises, Choibalsan, Dornod Aimag

Judokas for World Championships Announced
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 15 (MONTSAME) Mongolia’s Judo Federation has selected judokas to compete in the 2014 World Judo Championship which will run August 25-31 in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Mongolian 18 men and women judokas wil be among 800 judokas, from 120 countries.
Our team has D.Amartuvshin, G.Boldbaatar (men’s 60 kg), D.Tomorkhuleg, A.Batsuuri (66 kg), Kh.Tsagaanbaatar, S.Nyam-Ochir (73 kg), O.Uuganbaatar (81 kg), L.Otgonbaatar (90 kg), N.Tuvshinbayar (-100 kg), M.Urantsetseg, G.Otgontsetseg (women’s 48 kg), M.Bundmaa, A.Tsolmon (52 kg), D.Sumya (57 kg), B.Mongonchimeg, Ts.Tserennadmid (63 kg), Ts.Naranjargal (-70 kg) and B.Monkhtuya (+78 kg).
The men are coached by People’s Teacher-titled O.Baljinnyam, a State Honored Sportsman D.Battulga and G.Dashdavaa, the women--by Kh.Erdenet-Od and Sh.Tsevelmaa.

Boxers to Compete in All Weight Categories of Asian Games
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 15 (MONTSAME) Mongolia’s Olympic Boxing Federation (MOBF) has selected boxers who will compete in the Incheon 2014 Asian Games.
The events will run this September 19-October 4 in the Republic of Korea. Our national team has G.Gan-Erdene (men’s 49 kg), Kh.Enkhdelger (52 kg), N.Togstsot (56 kg), D.Otgondalai (60 kg), B.Chinzorig (64 kg), B.Tuvshinbat (69 kg), N.Shinebayar (75 kg), S.Erdenebayar (81 kg), D.Otgonbayar (-91 kg), and B.Enkhbayar (+90 kg), M.Nandintsetseg (women’s 51 kg), O.Suvd-Erdene (60 kg) and E.Undram (75 kg).
They will be headed by E.Badar-Uugan, a vice president of the MOBF.

36.1% of Total Products Increased
August 15 (Mongolian Economy) The price of basic foods and services increased by 0.4 percent compared to last month. The price shows a rise of 7.2 percent from the beginning of this year, and a 14.9 percent growth rate from the same period last year. The national consumer price index rose by 0.4 percent overall. This was due to increased prices from textiles with 0.5 percent, transportation with 2 percent, and utilities and petroleum with 2.5 percent. Most of these utilities include water and electricity. 
In Ulaanbaatar, the consumer price index rose 0.6 percent compared to last month. The index increased by 6.5 percent since January of this year, and 15.4 percent from the same period last year. However, the provinces of Darkhan, Gobi-Altai, Dorno-Gobi, Dund-Gobi, Khentii and Umnu-Gobi showed signs of decrease as their index dropped between 0.1 and 1.5 percent. 
On the other hand, the rest of the provinces showed signs of growth, increasing between 0.1 and 1.4 percent. Of all products covered within the national consumer price index, 36.1 percent had increases in price. 14.3 percent of total products decreased in price, while 54.1 percent showed no change. 

Land Ownership Deadline Passed
August 15 (Mongolian Economy) Today at noon marked the deadline for citizens to submit land ownership requests after receiving applications for 15 days. The government declared 14,954 available spots, but in total, they received 281,400 requests. After the closing of the selection process, the government will post information about selected residents online at http://www.umch.ub.gov.mn. 
However, individuals are demanding that the government should send a message or e-mail to notify them of their status rather than looking up their names on the website. For those individuals who have been accepted for land ownership, they are required to go to the related land ownership entity to submit the required documentation to receive their land grants. 

Xi Jinping Will Give a Speech at Parliament of Mongolia
August 15 (Mongolian Economy) Given the current economic situation, some parliament members are requesting to hold an off-season session to discuss pressing issues. Normally, the beginning date for parliament’s next session is October 5, 2014. With the invitation of the President of the People’s Republic of China from Ts. Elbegdorj, Xi Jinping will pay an official visit to Mongolia between August 21 and August 22. 
With his upcoming visit, parliament announced that it will hold a special gathering on the 22nd of this month, where Xi Jinping will give a speech to attending members. There is also a high chance that parliament will work off-season in order to address important underlying issues. 
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