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Mongolia Brief December 10, 2014

All Ministers Appointed
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) At the plenary meeting of the parliamentary session that lasted until 0.50 am on Wednesday, new Ministers for the cabinet for solutions were appointed.

Eight Ministers were elected before 7.00 pm, the rest were appointed by a majority of MPs after some strict obligations and Q&As.
L.Gantomor MP and S.Erdene MP became the Minister of Education, Culture and Science and the Minister of Population Development and Social Welfare, respectively. Mr N.Tomorkhuu was appointed the Minister of Road and Transportation; Mr R.Jigjid--the Minister of Mining; Mr S.Chinzorig--the Minister of Labour; Ms R.Burmaa MP--the Minister of Food and Agriculture; D.Zorigt MP--the Minister of Energy; Mr G.Shiilegdamba--the Minister of Health and Sport; and Mr M.Enkhsaikhan--the Minister of Mongolia (without a ministry).
From Wednesday morning, the new appointees began receiving the Ministerial seals from their predecessors.
On November 21 right after his appointment as the 28th PM, Ch.Saikhanbileg stressed that his government will be supportive, aimed at solutions, and prompt.  

Minister of Mining Receives Seal
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) Deputy Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh handed the Ministerial seals the newly appointed Minister of Mining R.Jigjid Wednesday.
Mr Khurelsukh noted that a formation of the Government for solutions has been based on the agreement between the political parties in order to overcome the economic difficulties. He again quoted the Prime Minister--"Economy, economy and again economy", emphasizing his full confidence that the new cabinet can free the nation form the difficulties.
"The new Minister R.Jigjid is an experienced politician who worked many years for the State. I am confident in his leadership in this sphere, said the Deputy Premier and wished the Minister a success. Transferring the responsibilities, the former Minister D.Gankhuyag said the former Government of Reforms sustained the legal environment of the minerals’ sector and that some implementation works are left incomplete. He wished Mr Jigjid a success in his work.
Mr Jigjid served as the State Secretary at the Ministry of mining during the rule of the Government of Reforms. He promised to improve a quality of and continue the works conducted for the past two years.
Jigjid Rentsendoo graduated 24th secondary school in Ulaanbaatar in 1977, State University of Mongolia in 1980 majoring in physics, the Japanese Shinshu University in 1985 majoring in engineering, and a Diplomatic training course in Japan in 1991. He worked as a director for Production in Gobi Corporation in 1985-1989, officer at the State Committee on Planning and Economics in 1989-1990, an advisor and a second secretary at the Asia Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1990-1996, advisor at the Mongolian Embassy to Japan in 1996-2000, advisor at the Asia Department of the MFA IN 2004-2006, an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Japan in 2006-2011, and as a State Secretary of the Ministry of Mining since 2012 until the time being.

Air Modeling Club Opens
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) A ceremony took place Tuesday to open an air modeling club named "Air Defense" at the Department of Air Defense of the School of Military at the University of Defense.
Divided into two main directions--sport and laboratory, the new club runs lessons twice a week with purposes to boost technical and inventive thinking of cadets and to have them participate in national and international competitions for air modeling.
Lieutenant-Colonel B.Enkhzorgol said this club intends to take a concrete support from the Ministry of Defense, for example, it is vital to create a legal environment and policy, to implement long-term programmes, and to render economic support and to supply necessary facilities and equipment.
"We have agreed with the Mongolian State University and Mongolian University of Sciences and Technology to collaborate in assembling model air crafts. We also have a big ambition to prepare experts for the latest technologies of military satellites, tactical rockets and pilot-free flying apparatus which are being introduced in modern armed forces of countries. We will start feasibility works for these purposes," Enkhzorgol said.
During the opening ceremony, first 15 students of the club received their membership cards.

New ministers receive state stamps
December 10 ( The plenary session meeting of parliament on Tuesday night reviewed the promotion of 18 ministers submitted by PM Ch.Saikhanbileg to parliament and eventually approved them.
Tuesday's session meeting started at 10:00 p.m. and finished at 12:40 a.m. After the session meeting, PM Ch.Saikhanbileg delivered state stamps to ministers. The session meeting approved the following members of government and cabinet ministers.
1. Deputy Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh
2. Member of Government and Head of the Cabinet Secretariat for Government S.Bayartsogt
3. Minister of Environment, Green Development and Tourism D.Oyunkhorol
4. Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Purevsuren
5. Finance Minister J.Erdenebat
6. Justice Minister D.Dorligjav
7. Minister of Industry D.Erdenebat
8. Minister of Construction and Urban Development D.Tsogtbaatar
9. Defense Minister Ts.Tsolmon
10. Minister of Education, Culture and Science L.Gantumur
11. Minister of Roads and Transportation N.Tumurkhuu
12. Mining Minister R.Jigjid
13. Labor Minister Ts.Chinzorig
14. Minister of Population Development and Social Welfare S.Erdene
15. Minister of Food and Agriculture R.Burmaa
16. Minister of Energy D.Zorigt
17. Minister of Health and Sports G.Shiilegdamba
18. Minister of Mongolia M.Enkhsaikhan

Mongolia and Russia hold first consultative meeting on media
December 10 ( Mongolia and Russia held the first consultative meeting on media between foreign affairs ministers in Ulaanbaatar, on December 9th.
The consultative meeting was chaired by Deputy Director of the Policy Planning and Research Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia G.Amartuvshin and Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Bikantov.
At the meeting, the parties emphasized the rapid development in traditional friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries, then agreed that promoting bilateral cooperation between the press departments of the foreign affairs ministries of both countries, increasing journalist exchanges, and keeping up reciprocal visits would play a significant role in furthering bilateral relations and cooperation.
Both sides then agreed to hold the consultative meeting annually. On the same day, Secretary General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry B.Boldbaatar met Deputy Director Alexander Bikantov and exchanged opinions.

Ministers of Coalition Government of Mongolia (December 2014-2016) Accredited
December 10 ( The 28th Prime Minister of Mongolia Ch.Saikhanbileg introduced 18 candidates for Members of the new Coalition Government on December 05, 2014.
On the same day, only Deputy Prime Minister’s issue was approved at the State Great Khural (Parliament) of Mongolia by promoting U.Khurelsukh and due to late time Parliamentarians agreed to continue the plenary session meeting on Tuesday, December 09, 2014.
At the morning session meeting started at 10:00 am on December 09, Parliament approved the Head of Cabinet Secretariat as S.Bayartsogt, Minister of Environment, Green Development and Tourism as D.Oyunkhorol and Minister of Foreign Affairs as L.Purevsuren and after breaking Parliament continued to discuss each nominee’s issue, which ended at 12:40 am on December 10, 2014.
Consequently, the Parliament of Mongolia finished accrediting 19 Members of the Government including 15 Heads of affiliated Ministries.
On December 10, 2014, Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg handed the state stamps to some Ministers of the Government.
The new 19 Government Members of the Coalition Government of Mongolia are:
1. Mr. Chimed SAIKHANBILEG (elected from DP), 28th Prime Minister of Mongolia,
2. Mr. Ukhnaa KHURELSUKH (MPP), Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia,
3. Mr. Mendsaikhan ENKHSAIKHAN (MNDP), Minister of Mongolia (without portfolio),
4. Mr. Sangajav BAYARTSOGT (DP), Minister of Mongolia and the Head of Cabinet Secretariat,
5. Mrs. Dulamsuren OYUNKHOROL (MPP), Minister of Environment, Green Development and Tourism of Mongolia,
6. Mr. Lundeg PUREVSUREN (DP), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia,
7. Mr. Jargaltulga ERDENEBAT (MPP), Minister of Finance of Mongolia,
8. Mr. Damba DORLIGJAV (DP), Minister of Justice of Mongolia,
9. Mr. Dondogdorj ERDENEBAT (DP), Minister of Industry of Mongolia,
10. Mr. Damdin TSOGTBAATAR (MPP), Minister of Construction and Urban Development of Mongolia,
11. Mr. Luvsannyam GANTUMUR (DP), Minister of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia,
12. Mr. Namkhai TUMURKHUU (MPP), Minister of Roads and Transportation of Mongolia,
13. Mr. Rentsendoo JIGJID (DP), Minister of Mining of Mongolia,
14. Mr. Sodnom CHINZORIG (MPP), Minister of Labor of Mongolia,
15. Mr. Sodnomzundui ERDENE (DP), Minister of Population Development and Social Protection of Mongolia,
16. Mrs. Radnaa BURMAA (DP), Minister of Food and Agriculture of Mongolia,
17. Mr. Dashzeveg ZORIGT (DP), Minister of Energy of Mongolia,
18. Mr. Tserendash TSOLMON (‘Justice’ Coalition), Minister of Defense of Mongolia,
19. Mr. Gankhuyag SHIILEGDAMBA (‘Justice’ Coalition), Minister of Health and Sports of Mongolia.

Candidates for Best Athletes of Mongolia in 2014 Promoted
December 10 ( As customary, the annual “Burte Chono 2014” Sports Award Ceremony to bestow best athletes and coaches is approaching and the names of candidatures in the categories of the Best Female Athlete, Best Male Athlete, Best Team, and the Best Coach of the Year are promoted.
The nominees will be elected by Mongolian Sports Press Union under revision of performed achievements made in 2014, where over 100 members of the Union will be conducting a poll and this year, three athletes in each category, three coaches and one team will be named.
Last year, the nominations were promoted for the Best 10 Athletes, Best Team and the Best 3 Coaches, where Munkhbat URANTSETSEG, Judo, Women’s 48kg, topped the “Burte Chono 2013” collecting 1,069 points.
Candidates for the Burte Chono 2014 are:
Best Female Athlete of the Year
Altantsetseg BATTSETSEG (freestyle wrestling) - Champion of the 2014 Junior World Wrestling, 1 Bronze medal from Grand Prix
Ochirbat BURMAA, (freestyle wrestling) - 1 Bronze medal from the 2014 FILA Wrestling World Championships, 1 Bronze from Asian Championships, 2 Gold medals from Grand Prix
Otryad GUNDEGMAA (shooting) - 1 Gold and 2 Silver medals from the ISSF World Cup, 1 Bronze from Asian Games
Chuluunbadrakh NARANTUYA (shooting) - 1 Gold medal from the 2014 Asian Games
Dorjsuren SUMIYA (judo) - Finished fifth at the 2014 World Judo Championships, 1 Bronze from Asian Games, Silver from Grand Prix and Gold from World Sambo Championships
Munkhbat URANTSETSEG (judo) - 1 Gold from the 2014 Asian Games, 2 Gold and 1 Silver from Judo Grand Slam, 1 Gold from World Sambo Championships
Sukhee TSERENCHIMED (freestyle wrestling) - 1 Gold from the 2014 FILA Wrestling World Championships, 1 Bronze from Asian Games, 1 Bronze from Asian Championships, 1 Silver from Grand Prix
Women’s Shooting Team - 1 Silver from the 2014 ISSF World Championship, 1 Bronze from Asian Games
Women’s Judo Team - 1 Silver from the 2014 World Judo Championships
Best Male Athlete of the Year
Ganbat BOLDBAATAR (judo) - 1 Gold from the 2014 World Judo Championships, 1 Silver from Asian Games, 1 Gold from Grand Slam and 1 Gold from Grand Prix
Damdinkhorloo BOLDBAATAR (motorsport) - Successfully finished the Dakar Rally 2014, Champion of “Rally Mongolia”
Ulziibayar DUURENBAYAR (judo) - 1 Gold from the 2014 Judo World Junior Championships, 1 Silver from Asian Games, 1 Silver from Grand Prix
Ganzorig MANDAKHNARAN (freestyle wrestling) - 1 Bronze from the 2014 FILA Wrestling World Championships, 1 Gold and 1 Bronze from Grand Prix
Enkhsaikhan NYAM-OCHIR (freestyle wrestling) - 1 Bronze from the 2014 FILA Wrestling World Championships, 1 Gold from Grand Prix
Dorjnyambuu OTGONDALAI (boxing) - 1 Gold from the 2014 Asian Games
Davaadorj TUMURKHULEG (judo) - 1 Gold from the 2014 Asian Games, 1 Gold from Asian Beach Games, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze from Grand Prix, 1 Gold from World Sambo Championships
Naidan TUVSHINBAYAR (judo) - 1 Gold from the 2014 Asian Games, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze from Grand Prix 
Dorjkhand KHUDERBULGA (freestyle wrestling) - 1 Gold from the 2014 FILA Wrestling World Championships, 1 Gold from Asian Championships, 1 Bronze from Asian Games, 2 Bronze medals from Grand Prix
Best Team
Women’s Basketball Team - Finished in the Top 8 out of 11 Teams, 2014 Asian Games, finished in the Top 4 at the Asian Beach Games
Men’s Basketball Team - Finished in the Top 8 out of 16 Teams, 2014 Asian Games
Men’s Ice Hockey Team - 1 Bronze from the 2014 Challenge Cup of Asia
Best Coaches
Odvoo BALJINNYAM - Senior Coach of Mongolian National Judo Team
Dashgombo BATTULGA - Coach of Mongolian National Judo Men’s Team
Sharkhuu TSEVELMAA - Coach of Mongolian National Judo Women’s Team
Damdinbazar BATSUREN - Senior Coach of Mongolian National Boxing Team
Jamsrandooj BAYARSAIKHAN - Senior Coach of Mongolian National Sambo Team
Lkhagva UNDRALBAT - Senior Coach of Mongolian National Shooting Team
Tserenbaatar TSOGTBAYAR - Senior Coach of Mongolian National Freestyle Team
Tserenbaatar KHOSBAYAR - Coach of Mongolian National Freestyle Team
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Energy Ministry's Seal Goes to New Appointee
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) The head of the Cabinet Secretariat S.Bayartsogt handed Wednesday the Energy Minister's  seal the newly appointed D.Zorigt.
Mr Bayartsogt said D.Zorigt has been appointed as the "excellent politician and manager who is able to continue and conduct the works in the energy sphere commenced by the former Minister M.Sonompil".
To this, the new Minister promised to provide a continuation of policies and activities of the sphere, to strengthen accountability and discipline, and to improve the management through proceeding with the Ministry staff in unanimity.
Mr D.Zorigt graduated in 1977 41st secondary in Ulaanbaatar, Rostov City University of Civil Engineering in former USSR in 1982 majoring in engineering-economics. He worked as an officer at the “Compleximport” union of the State Committee on Foreign Economic Relations in 1982-1986, a deputy director of “Mongolian Building” union of the Committee in 1986-1989, a first deputy director of “Material Impex” union in 1989-1991, a vice director of “Stars” LLC 1991-1996, a head of the State Property Agency in 1996-1999, a head of the Board of “Mongolian Post” bank in 2000-2008. He was first elected a member of Parliament in 2008, and served as a head of the Parliamentary Sub-committee on Budget Expenditure Monitoring in 2009-2011, and a head of the Standing Committee on economy. Mr Zorigt was re-elected the MP in 2013.
He was awarded a title “Foremost Figure for Banking and Finance” in 1999, “Polar Star” order in 2009, a “Foremost Figure for State Monitoring” title in 2010.

The “Khonkhny Duu” Song Awarded with State Prize
December 10 ( On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Democratic Revolution, President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj has issued a Decree to award the song “Khonkhny Duu” or "A Sound of the Bell" by late Sosorbaram TSOGTSAIKHAN with the State Prize of Mongolia.
The award handing ceremony was held at the State Affairs Ger Palace on December 10, 2014 and President Ts.Elbegdorj handed over the State Prize to S.Tsogtsaikhan’s son Ts.Tushig, where the late S.Tsogtsaikhan’s spouse N.Natasha and “Khonkh” band singer, co-author N.Enkhbayar were present at the ceremony.
The “Khonkhny Duu” (Honhnii Duu) song is a hit single and a symbolic song of Mongolian democracy since the 1990s.
Democracy Song Awarded State PrizeMontsame, December 10

Wreaths Laid to Statue of J.Batmonkh
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) On occasion of the Day of Democracy and Human Rights, wreaths were laid to the statue of J.Batmonh, a prominent political figure and the last leader of the People’s Republic of Mongolia.
Present at the event were M.Enkhbold, a chairman of the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP); J.Monkhbat, the MPP secretary-general; U.Khurelsukh, the Deputy Premier; N.Nomtoibayar MP; family members and relatives of late J.Batmonkh.
M.Enkhbold addressed the gathered. "J.Batmonkh served as the head of the Presidium of the People’s Khural of Mongolia, the head of the Ministers’ Council of the People’s Republic of Mongolia and the secretary-general of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (now MPP). His wise policy significantly contributed to the Democratic Revolution and it ran in a peaceful way, without any clashes," he said.
Born March 10 of 1926 in Khyargas soum of Uvs aimag, Batmonkh Jamba started his career as a teacher of the Mongolian State University (MSU). He worked as the Prime Minister between 1974 and 1984, as the head of the Presidium of the People’s Khural or Head of State between 1984 and 1990. 

Mongolian and S.Korean Scholars Gather In Seoul
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) A group of the Scientific Institute at Mongolia’s Ministry of Defense has taken part in a joint scientific forum in Seoul, South Korea.
The news was published Tuesday on the Defense Ministry’s website. Our group had Colonel Ts.Demchigsuren, a deputy director and scholar-secretary of the Scientific Institute; Ts.Dashzeveg, a scientific worker at the institute on military arts; Senior-Lieutenant T.Sukhbaatar, a scientific worker on security, defense and policy studies; and Lieutenant D.Monkh-Onor.
At the scientific conference, which consisted of three parts, the Mongolian representatives delivered reports on the security in Northeast Asia, its environment, a crisis of Korean peninsula, Mongolia’s role in it and other proposals and initiatives. Other reports--“US position over Korean peninsula”, “Roles of neighbour countries in ensuring peace in Korean peninsula” and “Scientific cooperation in the defense field between Mongolia and the Republic of Korea” were given by S.Korean researchers.
The two sides emphasized that this year’s scientific forum was special, and then reached an agreement to broaden the forum to make it more effective.
The Mongolians also legged the S.Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), S.Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA) and the S.Korea Defense Industry. 

About New Ministers of Road, Health and Labour
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) A new Minister N.Tomorkhuu was appointed at the plenary meeting of parliament on December 9 for the Road and Transportation sphere, with an approval vote of 98.2 percent. The same day, G.Shiilegdamba was appointed the Minister of Health, and S.Chinzorig—the Minister of Labour.
Tomorkhuu Namkhai was born in Guchin-Us soum of Ovorkhangai aimag in 1975, graduated the State University majoring in physics, and achieved master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Finance and Economy.
Shiilegdamba Gankhuyag, the Minister of Health and Sports, was born in Ovorkhangai aimag in 1975, graduated Foreign Language University “Tsog” in 1996, Center London College in London in 1997, the Administration Institute in 1998, and achieved master’s degree at the Maastricht University of Holland in 2004. His major is Tourism Management.
Chinzorig Sodnom, the Minister of Labour, was born in Khujirt soum of Ovorkhangai aimag in 1964, graduated the State University in 1986, and Otgontenger University in 2005, majoring in planning economics, business administration and law.

L.Gantomor Re-Elected as Minister
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) A member of parliament Mr L.Gantomor was re-elected the Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences at the parliamentary plenary meeting last night.
95 percent of the MPs voted for him. His profile was presented by Ts.Oyungerel MP, a member of the Standing committee on social policy, education, culture and sciences. Before the voting, the MPs asked him about education sphere's matters.
Mr Gantomor underlined that it is time to focus attention on the quality of higher education rather than on its adequacy. The threshold of entrance exams of universities will go up, he added.
Luvsannyam Gantomor was born in 1973 in Ulaangom of Uvs aimag. He graduated from the aimag’s secondary school in 1991, Sendai College of Japan in 1996 majoring in telecommunication engineering, and Japan’s Nagaoka Technology University in 1999--in electronics engineering. He worked as the president of Union of Democratic Youths from 2007. He was elected MP twice in 2004-2008 and 2008-2012.  

About Minister of Mongolia
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) A newly appointed Minister of Mongolia Mr M.Enkhsaikhan is to take responsibility over the policy adjustment for forwarding the programs and projects of nation-wide significance. The Minister has no affiliate ministry.
Enkhsaikhan Mendsaikhan was born in Ulaanbaatar in 1955, graduated the first secondary school in Ulaanbaatar in 1973, the University of Kiev in 1978 majoring in international economic relations. He is PhD of Economics, speaks Russian and English, had specialized trainings in the USA, Japan and Germany.
Mr Enkhsaikhan worked as an economist and scholar at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978-1988, a deputy head of a department, a director of the Institute for Market Studies in 1989-1990, a deputy of the People’s Great Khural, a member of the lower house of the State Khural and a head of a Standing committee in 1990-1992, a member of the State Great Khural in 1992-1993, and a Chief of Staff of the President’s Office in 1993. He became the 18th PM in 1996. After two years in the office, he was ousted. Mr Enkhsaikhan was a director of Premier International LLC in 1998-2003.
He emerged as a head of the Democratic Party in 2003, was elected a member of parliament in 2004, became a head of Standing Committee on security and foreign policy. The cabinet accepted him as a member in January of 2006 and appointed him Deputy PM.
He established and led the National New Party, after separating from the DP. The Party was changed into Mongolian National Democratic Party, he was elected its head.
In 2012, he was appointed a director of “Mongolian Railways” state-owned company for a short period of time.

Minister of Population Development and Social Welfare Receives Seal
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) The re-elected Minister of Population Development and Social Welfare S.Erdene Wednesday took the seal from U.Khurelsukh, the Deputy Prime Minister.
During a plenary meeting of the parliamentary session last night he received 98.1% votes of MPs.
Born in 1963, Erdene Sodnomzundui has graduated the city’s 75th secondary school, the Military Institute, the “Otgontenger” university and the Management Academy, majoring in law and state management. He served as a head of the General Department of Social Insurance between 2004 and 2008. He speaks English and Russian.

New Minister of Food and Agriculture Obliged to Support Herders and Farmers
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) A member of parliament R.Burmaa was elected the Minister of Food and Agriculture by a majority of MPs (91.5%) at the plenary meeting of parliament last night.
During the voting, Yo.Otgonbayar MP said the state policy on wheat import "went wrong due to a postponing of the policy on food and agriculture", and underlined that the new Minister "should support land farmers". A.Bakei MP said the food and agricultural sectors are strongly depend on weather and bear the nomadic civilization, creating many jobs, "so the Minister always must carefully listen to farmers, food producers, engineers and technicians".
Ms R.Burmaa graduated city’s 52nd secondary school in 1975, Technical University of Bulgarian Sofia in 1982, Mongolian State University in 1987 and Management Academy in 1992. She has professions of electric engineering and management methodology. She was a scientist at the Institute of Physics in 1982-1988, an inventive engineer at the Mongol Firm in 1988-1992, a leader of the Social Progress-Women’s Movement in 1992, a head of the Center for Children in 1997-1998, a head of the Center for Voters’ Education in 1997, a member of the General Election Commission (GEC) in 2000-2006, a member of the national council of the Public Radio and Television in 2005-2008, a non-staff advisor to the President, and member of the Public Council at the Corruption Combating Agency in 2008. In 2012, she was elected the MP from the Democratic Party.
R.Burmaa has a master degree on management and speaks Bulgarian, English and Russian. 

Ice-Climbing Tournament Runs
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) The national championship of ice climbing– "PETZL Mongolia 2014" was held December 6-7 at the frozen Ulaan Tsutgalan falls in Ovorkhangai aimag.
The tournament attracted 85 professional athletes who have competed for 36 packages of medals, and 60 amateurs. By the overall points, the team became an "Ajnai" sports club. It was followed by a second team of the National Association for Sport Climbing and a team of "Erdenet" mountaineers’ association of Orkhon aimag.
"PETZL Mongolia" has sponsored the tournament. The organizers were Mongolia Expedition LLC, the National Association of Mountaineers, and the Association of Mountain Guides of Mongolia.

Bids Announced for 18 Sites
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) In regard to the amendments to the Law on Minerals, made on the final meeting of the spring session of parliament, a decision was made to organize a bid for selecting the owners to the 106 licenses in 18 mining sites. The deadline for submission bids is January 9 of 2015, reports the Ministry of Mining on December 10.
The bid was announced due to the cancellation of previous ownerships of the licenses by the decisions of three-stage courts. Selection process will begin right after the completion of the proposal submission. The companies must satisfy following requirements: to have paid 30 or more percent of the threshold price for the site of interest, to have no tax debts, to have no controversy over the court, and to have the financial capacity backed by guaranteed information from commercial banks. 
In order to cover the damages of the companies that operated on these sites, threshold prices were designated, and the price will not be duly paid in case the previous company bids on the site again, says the head of the Department for Policy implementation Management of the Ministry B.Batkhuu. Out of the total 18 sites, six are in Omnogovi aimag, four in Dornogovi aimag, others in Bulgan, Selenge, Khovsgol, Zavkhan and Tov aimags. The Authority for Minerals will provide detailed information about the threshold prices and geographic coordinates.

President of the Mongolian Youth Federation elected to WAY General Assembly
December 10 ( The XVI World Assembly of Youth (WAY) General Assembly, “Youth Leadership Succession: Past and Future”, is being held in Tirana, Albania.
A report from Tirana says that the first Mongolian national has been elected as a member of the board of the assembly through 2018.
President and CEO of the Mongolian Youth Federation A.Munkhbat was elected as Vice President of Asian Department of WAY General Assembly.
The WAY General Assembly, held every four years, elects a board consisting of a president and five vice presidents who are in charge of continents.
The assembly has 120 member countries worldwide and was founded in 1949.

Sculpture by Zanabazar to be auctioned
December 10 ( An original, exclusive work by Zanabazar, who was one of the greatest Buddhist sculptors in Asia in his time, is to be auctioned by Sotheby's in Paris, on Thursday, December 11th.
The work is a 17th century bronze Ногоон Дарь эх (Shyama Tara) by the First Bogd of Mongolia, Undur Gegeen Zanabazar.
The expected final sale price for the work is expected to be 200,000 to 300,000 EUR.
The current owner of the Shyama Tara bought it in Paris, in 1954.

Top 10 Albums of 2014
December 10 ( The "Hi-Fi Records" music chain store has released the Top 10 bestselling albums on weekly basis and now announces the Top Albums most sold in 2014.
Top 10 of 2014 are led by 3 albums released by UBS television, where the “Mungun Shunu” (Silver Night) album comprises of songs being hits in 1960-1970s.
Top 10 Albums of the 2014
1. UBS TV (Universe Best Songs) “Mungun Shunu” album - 10,000 MNT (Tugrug)
2. UBS TV (Universe Best Songs) “Namuun Baigali” album - 18,000 MNT
3. UBS TV (Universe Best Songs) “Mongol Kinony Duunuud” album - 18,000 MNT
4. Music composer N.Jantsannorov “Burkhan Khaldun” album - 23,000 MNT
5. Singer Kh.Lkhagvasuren “Kharangyn Lkhagvaa” album - 15,000 MNT
6. Singer S.Javkhlan “Khamag Mongol” album - 13,000 MNT
7. Rapper Gee “Geeometry” album - 10,000 MNT
8. Music composer Ts.Chuluunbat “Sodon Ayalguu” album - 30,000 MNT
9. Kiwi band “2014” album - 15,000 MNT
10. Singer Onon “Yertunts” album - 20,000 MNT

Speaker meets WB Regional vice president
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) The Speaker of parliament Z.Enkhbold Wednesday received visiting Mr Axel van Trotsenburg, the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Regional Vice President.
The sides exchanged views on the present budget of Mongolia and on projects and programmes to be implemented by the WB in Mongolia. Mr Trotsenburg said he is here to share with related people his opinions on resolving urgent problems facing a development of our country and on possible support from the WB.
The Speaker said it is possible now to realize the "Sustainable livelihood-3" project under a soft loan from the WB, adding that other projects are very likely to be realized because the new cabinet has been formed.
He also noted that parliament is to discuss a bill on debt management this year, and emphasized that a general understanding about international financial terms will be introduced in the country.

Standing committee head receives IMF delegation
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) Head of the parliamentary Standing committee on budget Ts.Davaasuren Wednesday met with Ms Yuko Kinoshita, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Representative for Mongolia.
They exchanged views on the 2014 budget of Mongolia, an assumption of the 2015 budget and on debt management. The committee head said the 2014 budget will be clarified in conjunction of the formation of a new cabinet, and that the 2015 budget package will be amended as well.
"We are attempting as much as possible to stop a broadening of the budget. We will focus on removing ‘bubbles", he stressed.
Present at the meeting were D.Otgonbaatar, an advisor to the Standing committee head on budget, and other officials.

Nano-Flag to be raised
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) The re-appointed Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences L.Gantomor gave as a present to the Head of Cabinet Secretariat S.Bayartsogt a State Flag made of nano-material. This happened during the latter’s visit to the Ministry to hand the seal to Mr Gantomor.
Nano-cloths are being produced in Mongolia as designed by the professors of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, explained Gantomor. He informed Mr Bayartsogt that the universities are thriving to become centers of innovations, and that some of them have even established a start-up company to conduct researches and studies and manufacturing.

Stock Exchange news for December 11
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 10 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Wednesday, a total of 6,600 units of 14 JSCs were traded costing MNT nine million 669 thousand.
"Hai Bi Oil” /4,600 units/, “APU” /905 units/, “Khokh gan” /385 units/, “Merex” /337 units/ and "Hermes center” /200 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "APU” (MNT three million 393 thousand and 895), "Hai Bi Oil” (MNT two million and 737 thousand), “Bayangol hotel” (MNT two million and 375 thousand), “Darkhan nekhii” (MNT 805 thousand) and "Mongol nekhmel” (MNT 114 thousand and 800).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 437 billion 185 million 661 thousand and 032. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 14,757.01, decreasing 32.09 units or 0.22% against the previous day.

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