Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Mongolia Brief December 22, 2014 Part III

Peacekeepers Awarded
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 22 (MONTSAME) A ceremony ran Monday to hand prizes to the military personnel who had served in peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan and Sudan.

In specific, state orders and defense sector awards were given to the 10th shift of the Mongolian patrol mission which served in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, the seventh shift of Runway Security Mission at the Kabul Afghan International Airport (KAIA), the fifth shift of second-phase medical military personnel who served in the peacekeeping operations in Darfur of North Sudan, co-organized by the UN and the African Union. 
Present at the ceremony were the Minister of Defense Ts.Tsolmon, the head of the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Mongolia Lieutenant-General Ts.Byambajav, the State Secretary of the Ministry Major-General Z.Boldbaatar, also families of the awardees.   

J.Batzandan MP Gives Buses to Schools
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 22 (MONTSAME) A member of parliament Monday attended a ceremony to give buses to secondary schools of the city’s Nalaikh and Bayanzurkh districts.
Mr J.Batzandan MP initiated an action to provide the UB city's remote schools with school buses. The money was included in an appendix of the 2014 budget. He addressed the ceremony, emphasizing that these buses are made in accordance with standards, especially the safety standards have been fully ensured.
The school buses went to Bayanzurkh district’s six and Nalaikh district’s “Erdmiin Orgil” and “Golomt” complex schools.
Present at the event was also B.Tulga, the Vice Minister of Education and Sciences.  

Kh.Purevdagva Launches Research in Antarctica
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 22 (MONTSAME) A technological engineer of the hydrology section at the Department of Hydrology and Metrology Mr Kh.Purevdagva reports that he reached Livingston Island.
He has reached the island together with Bulgarian counterparts. When they got to the place, a camp was covered by two-meter thick snow, "we had to clean the place, then I started observation and research works after having installed all measurement tools and facilities in five spots".
For the time being, a temperature of Livingston Island is not stable with a constant wind. 

Mongolians to Take Part in Dakar Rally
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 22 (MONTSAME) The National team of rallying pilots headed to South America on December 21 to compete in the Dakar Challenge which will run there January 3-17.
The Mongolians will take part in the "car" class (a category of cars weigh less than 3,500 tons) for the first time. Our team consists of 25 people among whom are a pilot of the car-no.431 N.Lhamaa IMS, co-pilots O.Byambadelger IMS and B.Surendorj, also a mechanic B.Batbold, a Master of Sports. The car-no.413 will be driven by a pilot O.Byambatsogt IMS and a co-pilot D.Jargalsaikhan.
Other pilots will participate in the "motorbikes", "quads" and "trucks" categories.  

Mitsubishi Seeks Copper Contract from OT Mine
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 22 (MONTSAME) Mitsubishi Materials Corp., Japan’s third-biggest copper producer, said on December 22 it is seeking a long-term contract to source the metal from Mongolia’s Oyu Tolgoi mine.
The company and Japanese trade house Mitsui & Co. have signed a contract with Oyu Tolgoi LLC to import 5,000 metric tons of copper concentrate from Mongolia on a trial basis, said Tatsuya Inoue, a general manager of Mitsubishi’s raw materials division, on Monday in interview at its Tokyo headquarters.
The move is a part of Mitsubishi’s effort to diversify where it gets its raw materials. The company imports about one million tons of copper concentrate a year, of which about 70 percent comes from South America, according to Inoue.
Mitsui arranged the shipping of the concentrate, carried by rail to the Russian port of Vladivostok and then by sea to Mitsubishi Materials’ Naoshima plant in Kagawa prefecture on Japan’s southern Shikoku island, Inoue said. At about 30 days, the shipping time is similar to imports from Chile, he said.

Mongolian Vocal Singers Successfully Participate in XXV
Glinka International Vocal Contest
December 22 (infomongolia.com) The 25th International Vocal Contest named after the Russian Composer Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka was successfully concluded at the Grand Hall of the State Moscow Conservatory with Award Ceremony on December 19, 2014.
The Glinka International Vocal Contest is one of the oldest and the most prestigious musical contests being organized in Russia since 1960. The program of the contest includes both opera and chamber pieces, which corresponds to the tradition of the Russian vocal performing art, where opera singers participate in Lied recitals as well.
The main part in the contest program is given to the classical Russian and world vocal music, but the required program also includes creations of the modern composers.
At the 25th edition, a total of 215 leading vocal singers from several cities of the Russian Federation and nationals representing 14 countries such as Armenia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Moldova, North Korea, Spain, Ukraine and the United States of America have competed in two rounds, where Mongolia has participated with its 19 contestants.
Following the second round, two Mongolian singers have become Laureates of the Second Premium namely O.Khurelbaatar (bass) and Ch.Badral (baritone). Also, D.Bat-Erdene (bass) has been awarded with a Diploma along with other six contestants.
Winners of the XXV Glinka International Vocal Contest:
Laureates of the First Premium - Valentin Dytyuk (Ukraine), Yulia Yashkulova (Russia)
Laureates of the Second Premium - Oyuntsetseg KHURELBAATAR (Mongolia), Chuluunbaatar BADRAL (Mongolia), Yekaterina Koyakina (Russia)
Laureates of the Third Premium - Anton Zaraev (Russia), Aleksandr Suhanov (Russia), Venera Protasova (Russia)
Diplomas - Dorjtseden BAT-ERDENE (Mongolia), Dmitry Grigoryev (Russia), Damir Saduakhasov (Kazakhstan), Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (Russia), Natalya Kuchina (Russia), Anastasiya Fedorova (Russia)
Special Prizes
“For the Best Performance from Sergei Rachmaninoff Pieces” - Ch.Badral (Mongolia)
“Best Tenor of the Contest” - V.Dytyuk (Ukraine)
“Best Folk-Song Singer” - A.Zaraev (Russia)
"Best performer of a piece by a composer of any country written not earlier than 1975” - T.Zaryan (Armenia)
Audience Sympathy Special Prize Winner voted on-line - V.Dytyuk
Special Prize from “Musical Klondike” - A.Zaraev (Russia)
Irina Arkhipova Grand Prize from “Musical Journal” Foundation - Yu.Yashkulova (Russia)
Feodor Chaliapin Special Prize for “Most Perspective Bass Singer” - D.Grigoriev (Russia)
Mongolian participants:
1. Baasansuren ENKHNARAN (soprano)
2. Batnasan MUN (baritone)
3. Bayanbileg BATBAATAR (baritone)
4. Bayandalai JAVKHLANTUGS (baritone)
5. Bayarsaikhan BATJARGAL (tenor)
6. Byambajav AMARJARGAL (soprano)
7. Byambajav GOMBO-OCHIR (tenor)
8. Byambajav MONGOLKHUU (baritone)
9. Gal-Erdene DASHCHANRAV (tenor)
10. Ganbat ENKHBOLD (tenor)
11. Ganbold ENKHNARAN (soprano)
12. Dashnorov ERDENE-OCHIR (tenor)
13. Dorjtseden BAT-ERDENE (bass)
14. Oyuntsetseg KHURELBAATAR (bass)
15. Sosorbaram BAT-ERDENE (bass)
16. Sungerel ERDENEBAATAR (baritone)
17. Ulziiburen TSERENCHUNT (tenor, represented Ulan-Ude, Russia)
18. Chinsanaa BAT-OCHIR (soprano)
19. Chuluunbaatar BADRAL (baritone)
20. Enkhbayar BUMKHUU (baritone)
In 2011, Mongolian two singers - G.Ariunbaatar and E.Ankhbayar become Laureates of the First and Second Premiums at the 24th Glinka International Vocal Contest.

Stock Exchange news for December 22
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 22 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Monday, a total of 12 thousand and 038 thousand units of 19 JSCs were traded costing MNT 25 million 202 thousand and 082.
"APU” /5,000 thousand units/, “Moninjbar” /4,990 units/, “State Department Store” /1,296 units/, “Baganuur” /225 units/ and "Makh impex” /127 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "APU” (MNT 18 million 755 thousand and 045), "Moninjbar” (MNT one million 048 thousand and 900), “Material impex” (MNT 992 thousand), “Bayangol hotel” (MNT 975 thousand) and "State Department Store” (MNT 727 thousand and 887).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 406 billion 514 million 359 thousand and 083. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 14,475.20, decreasing 228.24 units or 1.55% against the previous day.

Winner of Tavan Tolgoi bid announced
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 22 (MONTSAME) A consortium of China Shenhua Energy, Sumitomo Corporation and Energy Resource LLC was announced on December 22 as  the strategic investor for Tavan Tolgoi coking coal deposit.
The working group responsible for the selection reached this decision after careful assessments over the two finalists’ financial proposals. The final bidders were this consortium and Peabody Energy of the USA, both of which had satisfied the requirements on their technical proposals during the selection bid.
The selected will be responsible for the deposit’s investment and development. However, the ownership of the deposit will still be kept fully by the Government of Mongolia. 
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