Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mongolia Brief August 28, 2014 Part II



Funding for Oyu Tolgoi Underground Development to Be Resolved by September 30, 2014
August 28 (infomongolia.com) The regular monthly "Transparent Mining" meeting hosted by Mining Ministry was held on August 27, 2014 and the following statements were delivered to journalists.

The Oyu Tolgoi LLC’s mining and marketing sales activities are progressing normally, but there two technical issues left unsolved between shareholders. Which are:
1. Oyu Tolgoi underground funding issue…Due to negotiation reached to date, the underground development works are set to start according to contract, but in order to begin the works, the Oyu Tolgoi LLC should make some clarification in their Feasibility Studies and be approved by Minerals Council. At this time, OT delivered its initial resource statement and experts are working on it.
2. Tax dispute issue... This dispute is referred only between the General Department of Taxation of Mongolia and Oyu Tolgoi LLC and will be regulated by special acts of law. In order to reach consensus, parties appealed for dispute settlement council.
Parties are actively working to resolve tax dispute and make decision for OT underground development funding by September 30, 2014.
Afterwards, authorities made statement on current mineral output and fuel reserve nationwide.
As of July 2014, Mongolia’s exploration and output of copper concentrate reached 565.7 thousand tons, coal 12.6 million tons, gold 4.3 tons, fluorite 222.9 tons, iron ore 3.7 million tons, zinc concentrate 56.4 thousand tons, and oil exploration 4.0 million barrels.
As of August 27, 2014, Mongolia’s oil reserve of average use is estimated for 32 days, whereas A-80 gasoline for 36 days, AI-92 for 30, Diesel fuel for 35, and TC-1 for 26 days.

Photo News: Hospital for Children with Blood Disease and Cancer Opens Its Doors
August 28 (infomongolia.com) The August 28, 2014 is the third day of the first autumn month according to lunar calendar which coincides with Baljinnyam marks and on this day a Hospital for Children with Blood Disease and Cancer in Ulaanbaatar is made its opening.
The Hospital was first initiated to found by Arjia Rinpoche, Head of Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in the United States, while construction works were started in 2012. However, the hospital was due to be operational at the end of 2013 with estimated budget of 4.1 billion MNT (Tugrug), but due to financial and other issues had to delay and is completed today with total cost of approximately 6 billion MNT under the fundraising campaign with help of foreign and local citizens, public servants, politicians, government and non-government organizations.
The 6-storey Hospital for Children with Blood Disease and Cancer is fully equipped with modern apparatus for Neonatal intensive care unit (25 beds), Blood disease - Oncology (50 beds), Natal and cancer surgery, Diagnostic and treatment units (angiography, CT), Facilitation treatment unit, Rest room after medication and Training room, where at the opening ceremony Khamba Lama of Gandantegchinlen Monastery D.Choijamts, Speaker of Parliament Z.Enkhbold, Minister of Health N.Udval, MP M.Enkhbold, Ambassador of the United States to Mongolia Piper Anne Wind Campbell and other officials, doctors and attendees were present.

First Int’l Exhibition of Medical Facilities Opens
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 28 (MONTSAME) Very first international exhibition of medical equipment and apparatus opened Wednesday in the “Misheel Expo” center.
The Minister of Health N.Udval addressed the exhibition’s opening, saying that technological reforms are being run in the health sector, for example, Mongolia has gained some achievements in organ transplantation, treatment of sterility and perinatological aid thanks to technological renovation. She hopes that medical experts and doctors will see the latest progress and achievements from this exhibition.
Co-organized by the Ministry of Health, the "Misheel Expo" Group, the "Monolab" LLC, China’s SCIS LLC, the three-day exhibition is displaying the medical progress of health. The participants are the world leading producers such as the GE Healtcare, Metdronic, Covidien, Pentax, Nihon Kohden, Belimed AG, ERBE, Kangda, Boxun and Siling.
Present at the opening were also E.Dolgoon, an advisor to the PM; Wu Chang Li, a president of the Shanghai Medical Equipment Society; delegates of international organizations for health.

Speaker Addresses Opening of Hospital for Children
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 28 (MONTSAME) The Speaker of parliament Z.Enkhbold attended a ceremony of opening a hospital for children with leukaemia on August 28. 
The object has been founded by Arjia Rinpoche, a chairman of the “Mercy and Intelligence center” NGO and under charity and assistance from Mongolian and foreign organizations, support of Mongolian parliament ans government, especially the Health Ministry.
Present at the above ceremony were also N.Udval, the Minister of Health and M.Enkhbold, a Vice Speaker. The latter said he is satisfied with opening of the hospital and that Mongolian state and people will never forget the deeds of His Holiness Arjia Rinpoche. He hoped that Mongolian medical doctors will put all efforts to cure many children at this hospital and wished Arjia Rinpoche health, long live and all the bests.
The hospital has been equipped with all the necessary facilities, electricity and air conditioning systems, and it provides patients with comfortable conditions and safety. Each floor has a lobby and a corner for meeting.
During the ceremony, Arjia Rinpoche thanked the gathered, and said he is glad with the hospital opening, and thanked all those who gave the charity. The hospital has the latest lab with angiography for children and complex apparatus of “Siemens”, all invested by the government, he said.
The hospital consists of two parts. The first six floors have sections for 25 infants, a section of leukaemia has 50 beds, surgery and diagnosis rooms. The second part has rooms and halls for training, research, and guest receiving.

Invest Mongolia 2014 Approaching
By N. Khaliun
Ulaanbaatar, August 28 (MONTSAME) Frontier LLC, a pioneer among investment professionals operating in Mongolia, will organize the Invest Mongolia-2014 international conference this September 2-3 in the "Blue sky" hotel.
The main aims of this action are to contribute to Mongolia's increasing foreign direct investments and to help Mongolian companies find business partners overseas.
The Invest Mongolia-2014 will also bring together government officials, policy-makers, world key industries' players, financial institutions, and researchers from the region and around the world to let them discuss Mongolian social-political and economic development.

Gobi Children Learn to Make Paper Dinosaurs
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 28 (MONTSAME) Children of Dundgovi province were taught how to make dinosaurs out of paper on August 27.
Regular trainings have been run for Mongolians who create/repair dinosaur models by Mongolian Institute of Dinosaur Studies together with Dennis Wilson, an artist from American “Panjea Design” studio in Florida.
This time, the event involved local artists and 7-12-aged kids of this aimag. The training gave the children knowledge about names and features of dinosaurs found in Mongolia and on making their paper models. Mr Wilson noted that making these models in 3D is of great importance in terms of giving the right image of what dinosaurs actually looked like, and is very realistic, due to its study approaches invented by paleontologists, and that very small number of artists attempt in such fields of art.
Mongolian Institute of Dinosaur Studies was established in 2007, started trainings for public, especially for teenagers since 2009, the main objective of which is not only to advertise, but also to prepare future paleontologists, to cooperate with international scholars, and to establish paleontology museum, said a paleontologist M.Bolortsetseg. The institute played a main role in returning Tarbosaurus Bataar, and is working on bringing other 22 illegally exported dinosaur findings back home from the USA.

Khalkh Gol 75th anniversary commemorative stamps released
By B. Amarsaikhan
Mongolia is celebrating the historic 75th anniversary of the victory by Mongolian and Soviet soldiers who sacrificed and risked their lives in the battles at Khalkh Gol. For the nationwide celebration of the historic event, a ceremony for the first day of the issue of a set of postage stamps for “The 75th anniversary of victory in the battles at Khalkh Gol” was held at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Ulaanbaatar, today, August 28th.
The commemorative stamps dedicated to the historic event are being issued in collaboration with Marka Center of Russia.
The special “The 75th anniversary of victory in the battles at Khalkh Gol” postage stamp is being issued in an edition of 15,000. And a set of 20 stamps are on sale for 750 MNT. A first day of issue cover, with the number of the stamps printed on the cover and an official seal, were created by Mongolian and Russian artists.
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Mongolian Becomes World Champion
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 28 (MONTSAME) International master of sports M.Batbayar has captured a gold medal in the World Powerlifting Championship AWPC-2014 which ran August 20-24 in Moscow of Russia.
In the men’s 100 kg category, he lifted 200 kg by bench press, and having lifted 275 kg by deadlift he also won a bronze medal.
This Championship was participated by some 1,800 athletes from 18 countries, Mongolia was represented by 27 athletes.
Mr Batbayar has been exercised with powerlifting nine years. He has grabbed a gold medal in a World Cup tournament this July and a silver in the Powerlifting Asian Championship.

T.Batchimeg WGM Competing in Grand Prix Series

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 28 (MONTSAME) A Mongolian chess player and FIDE Woman Grandmaster T.Batchimeg is competing in the last series of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix which is continuing in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
The events are taking place among 12 players--Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue of China; Humpy Koneru, Dronavalli Harika (India); Tatiana Kosintseva (Russia); Anna Ushenina (Ukraine); Zhu Chen (Qatar); Alina L'Ami (Romania); and T.Batchimeg of Mongolia.
Having FIDE rating of 2,346, Batchimeg defeated the Indian Grand Master Humpy Koneru (2,613), then had a draw with Tatiana Kosintseva (2,476) after two games. On the third game, she will face the Ukrainian Grand Master A.Ushenina (2,488).
The last series of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix will conclude on September 7. The winner of the Grand Prix will challenge the 2014 Women's World Chess champion in a ten-game match. 

Flowers laid on the monument to the heroes of the Battles of Khalkh Gol

August 28 (news.mn) For the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the victory of the battles at Khalkh Gol, senior military officials of the Defense Ministry and Mongolian Armed Forces paid their respects and laid a wreath on the Monument of Soviet Soldiers at the Zaisan Memorial and monuments to Marshal Georgy Zhukov and Mongolian hero L.Dandar on August 27th.
At the wreath laying ceremony, Mongolian and Russian senior military officials, MP and Defense Minister D.Bat-Erdene, Deputy Minister A.Battur, Chief of the General Staff of the Mongolian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Ts.Byambajav and the Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Mongolia I.Arjaev, and Khalkh Gol veterans were present. Defense Minister D.Bat-Erdene congratulated Khalkh Gol veterans from both Mongolia and Russia for the 75th anniversary and wished them to have healthy, long and happy lives.

President to broadcast TV lesson on September 1st

August 28 (news.mn) President Ts.Elbegdorj will give his annual TV class on September 1st with a new program to start the academic year.
The President hosts the TV class on September 1st each year on Mongolian National Public Radio and television (MNB) to begin each academic year.
For this new academic year, President Ts.Elbegdorj will give a class on  “Civic Education – Ethics” to secondary school students nationwide. 
President Ts.Elbegdorj has previously given TV lesson on “Global Warming and Mongolia”,  “National Pride of Mongolia”, “Beautiful Mongolia”, and “Good Beginning Makes a Good Ending”, sharing his thoughts with children on respecting the culture, history and heritage of their country, loving their motherland and nature, and being a good citizen.
Starting this year, primary education will be provided nationwide under a new program.
President Ts.Elbegdorj chose a subject that is tied up with the reforms for primary education to open the new 2014-2015 school year.
The core of the new primary education program is designed to support each student, encourage each student's involvement, and aims to provide students with life skills and knowledge.

Mining export doubled

August 28 (Mongolian Economy) Mining output doubled over the past year, the Ministry of Mining reports. The sector contributed MNT 624.7 billion as income tax to the State Budget, while the Mineral Resource Authority added an additional MNT 23.3 billion.
The state-owned Petroleum Authority of Mongolia also generated MNT 125.9 billion, of which petroleum income accounted for MNT 125.1 billion, with MNT 800.1 million from other income sources. The total sum of the sector’s income contributed MNT 773.9 billion to the State Budget. 
According to Mineral Resource Authority officials, there are 2,782 special licenses nationwide. Of these, 1,351 are exploitation licenses and 1,431 are exploration licenses, in total encompassing 7.6 percent of Mongolian territory. 
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