Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mongolia Brief December 25, 2014 Part II

Banzuke for 2015 January Grand Sumo Tournament Released
December 25 ( On December 25, 2014, the Japan Sumo Association has released the Banzuke - rankings of professional sumo wrestlers for 2014 Hatsu Basho or Grand Sumo January Tournament to take place in Tokyo on January 11-25, 2015.

The 69th Yokozuna Hakuho, M.Davaajargal is leading the East flank, who reached the all-time sumo record of legendary Yokozuna Taiho at the latter Tournament held in Fukuoka city.
In new banzuke, Mongolian two wrestlers Tokitenku and Kagamio have advanced in top division of Makuuchi and out of total 26 sumo wrestlers, 11 will be competing in Makuuchi Division.
Moreover, the Japanese Hochi newspaper named Sekiwake Ichinojo, A.Ichinnorov as the Athlete of the Year promoting for Fresh Award for his contribution to raise the reputation of sumo.
Banzuke for 26 Mongolian sumo wrestlers, 2014 Kyushu Basho
Makuuchi Division
1. East Yokozuna Hakuho - M.Davaajargal
2. West Yokozuna Kakuryu - M.Anand
3. East Yokozuna Harumafuji - D.Byambadorj
4. West Sekiwake Ichinojo - A.Ichinnorov
5. ME-2 Terunofuji - G.Gan-Erdene
6. ME-7 Kyokutenho - N.Tsevegnyam
7. ME-9 Tamawashi - B.Munkh-Orgil
8. ME-12 Kyokushuho - T.Erdenebaatar
9. MW-12 Arawashi - E.Dulguun
10. MW-13 Tokitenku - A.Khuchitbaatar
11. MW-15 Kagamio - B.Nanjid
Juryo Division
12. E-2 Asasekiryu - B.Dashnyam
13. W-4 Takanoiwa - A.Baasandorj
14. E-5 Shotenro - D.Nyamsuren
15. E-9 Seiro - A.Unubold
16. E-12 Azumaryu - S.Todbileg
17. W-14 Sakigake - Ya.Battushig
Makushita Division
18. W-10 Gochozan - D.Uuganbaatar
19. W-13 Ryuonami - B.Buyanjargal
20. W-16 Chiyoshima - G.Munkhsaikhan
21. E-18 Daishoho - R.Shijirbayar
22. W-20 Sensho - E.Bayarbat
Sandanme Division
23. E-12 Daionami - B.Uuganbayar
24. W-28 Aratoshi - V.Tserendorj
25. E-38 Takakasuga - E.Enkhmanlai
26. E-91 Sadahikari - D.Narantsogt

Foreign Minister Meets S.Korean Ambassador
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 25 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Purevsuren Thursday received Mr Li Tae-ro, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Mongolia.
The dignitaries exchanged views on how to mark the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations to be celebrated next year, to develop the cooperation in trade, economy and investment spheres, and to collaborate at regional and international arenas.
The sides also agreed to co-organize the first meeting of the intergovernmental joint committee in near future.

Draft Resolution on Education Policy Goes to Final Discussion
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 25 (MONTSAME) A plenary meeting of the parliamentary session on Thursday continued a first discussion of a draft resolution of parliament on the state policy on education.
The discussion started last Friday to debate principally different terms of the policy. This time, the MPs thoroughly considered the terms, then a majority backed a clause on developing the primary education by creating opportunities for children to gain essential skills and knowledge of the native language and to have a creative method of learning.
The MPs expressed positions, for example, Ts.Nyamdorj was not satisfied with nowadays pupils' poor study of the Mongolian language. "Good learning of the native language is closely related to the national independence," he stressed.
The working group in charge of introducing the Cambridge standards in Mongolia said,"There is a misconception that the implementation of these standards prevents learning the mother tongue," and explained that educating through the Cambridge norms does not mean all the lessons are going to run in English, "it aims to make the certificate of full secondary education internationally accepted and to provide pupils with a condition of learning subjects at international standards".
According to the draft resolution, the general education must have a 12-year system where the primary education takes lasts five years, a basic education--four years, and a full secondary education--three. Here O.Enkhtuvshin criticized that it is wrong in terms of logic, so the working group had to accept it deciding to make some alterations.
The the MPs considered a gender ratio at educational organizations. By a survey of the academic years of 2014-2015, women account for 98% in number of kindergarten teachers, 81.2%--of secondary education schools teachers, and 61.5%--of universities and institutes instructors. The working group proposed focusing on this ratio and regulating a system of preparing teachers through the policy.
It was decided to pass the draft resolution to the Standing committee on social policy, education, culture and science in order to have prepared it for the final discussion.

Mongolians at Int'l Falconry Festival
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 25 (MONTSAME) Our national team of eight eagle-hunters, led by the head of the Department for Environment and Tourism of Bayan-Olgii aimag, has taken part in the Third International Festival of Falconry, which ran recently in Abu Dhabi.
The participation of our team, who opened a ceremony parade of falconers and trackers of 77 countries, was eased by this country government's financing. The gathered brought their hawks and eagles to attend various kinds of falconry activities at a desert camp. The Mongolian eagles have been catching the eyes of the audience and fellow falconers by their relatively larger bodies and majesty. This year’s champion of Mongolian eagle festival N.Aisholpan attended this festival with her father. She is going to be filmed in January next year in a documentary by the US producers, who saw her in Mongolia this October while shooting the Mongolian Eagle Festival.
The Mongolian falconry and eagle-hunting have already been registered to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Recent rise in teen pregnancy
December 25 ( Mongolia has seen dramatic teen birth rates in the past two years. A total of 3,589 teenagers, aged 15 to 19, gave birth in Mongolia in 2013. Forty percent of 1,000 successful childbirths occur for girls from the ages of 15 to 19.
The Princess Center, an organization working for the protection of girls and young women's rights, has launched the three-month “I am a Flying Girl” campaign on December 1st.
In the scope of the campaign, the publication of the book “Fly High, Girl” for teenagers, the “I am a Flying Girl” television special, and an event day have been planned. The television special will involve teen and young mothers who gave birth in their adolescence. There will also be a photo exhibition featuring portraits of the young mothers. 
During the “I am a Flying Girl” event, over 200 girls from 20 schools in the city will create wings.
Teenage pregnancies are often associated with unprotected sex and sometimes sexual assault. There are dozens of cases of discrimination and suicide attempts resulting from teenage pregnancy.
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