Monday, August 25, 2014

Mongolia Brief August 25, 2014 Part II

Diplomats Compete in Basketball Match
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 25 (MONTSAME) Last Saturday, the staffers of the UB-based diplomatic missions and Embassies competed in a friendly basketball match.

Seven male and four female teams of 100 players, consisting of diplomats from the US, Canada, UK, Kuwait, and Japan Embassies, as well as the Ministry of foreign affairs, took part in the events.
This year’s winners became Kuwait Embassy team–third place, a team of the US Embassy--the second, and the Mongolian "Golomt" Bank--the first.
In the female category, the winners became the "Golomt" bank, followed by the US and Japanese teams.
The "Golomt" bank, a trusted financial partner of international organizations, has been organizing this l match among diplomat missions in a good management, thus the match has become a yearly event of diplomats, at which they eye with longing.

Khalkh Gol sum awarded the Mongolian Order of Military Glory
August 25 ( The 75th anniversary of the Mongolian-Soviet victory at the battles of Khalkh Gol is being celebrated across the country from August 23-29. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the victory, Khalkh Gol sum has been awarded the Mongolian Order of Military Glory in accordance with a decree by President Ts.Elbegdorj.
Dozens of delegates arrived from Russia to Mongolia for the Khalkh Gol battles victory celebration. This is the first time that Russian border guards and delegates from the Border Service of the Federal Security Service have visited the Khalkh Gol in Mongolia.
The Russian delegates were welcomed by the Head of General Authority for Border Protection, Brigadier-General Sh.Lkhachinjav, and headed to Khalkh Gol sum where the battles occurred.
The Russian delegates are accompanied by the Deputy Head of the Border Guard Service of the Russian Federal Security Service, Lieutenant General Vladimir Streltsov, to attend the 75th anniversary celebrations.
Khalkh Gol sum is where the Soviet and Mongolian armies fought a massive tank battle against Japanese soldiers at the Mongolian border in August 1939.

IM B.Munguntuul Wins Silver Medal from World University
Chess Championship 2014
August 25 ( The 13th World University Chess Championship organized by Polish University Sports Association and FISU was held in Katowice city of Poland on August 18-24, 2014.
The Women’s category was held with participation of 26 chess players, where representing Mongolia, IM Batkhuyag MUNGUNTUUL won a Silver medal after 9 rounds with 5 wins, 2 ties and 3 losses gaining a total of 6 points. Also, WIM Altan-Ulzii ENKHTUUL with 3.5 pts stood at the 22nd place.
In the Men’s division that brought a total of 46 players, Mongolia’s GM Tsegmed BATCHULUUN with 6 pts stood at the 5th place and IM Gombosuren MUNKHGAL with 5 pts stood in the 18th place after 9 rounds.
Winners of the 13th World University Chess Championship:
1. WIM Kulon Klaudia (POL) - 8.5 pts
2. IM Batkhuyag MUNGUNTUUL (MGL) - 6.0
3. WGM Ding Yixin (CHN) - 6.0
22. WIM Altan-Ulzii ENKHTUUL (MGL) - 3.5
1. GM Sjugirov Sanan (RUS) - 6.5
2. GM Grigoryan Karen (ARM) - 6.5
3. GM Bukashin Ivan (RUS) - 6.5
5. GM Tsegmed BATCHULUUN (MGL) - 6.0
18. IM Gombosuren MUNKHGAL (MGL) - 5.0

Today is Mongolian Youth Day
August 25 ( Today, August 25th, is the Mongolian Youth Day, which is officially included in the lists of public holidays of Mongolia since 2003.
Celebrating the Day, Mongolian Youth Federation annually hosts a campaign and this year is themed under “Youths, Let’s Unite!” and in the frameworks, the Federation is organizing several events such as “United Youth to Donate for Charity”, “United Youth for Good Deeds”, “United Youth to Save the Lives” and “United Youth for Volunteering”.
As part of events, from 7 o’clock in morning on August 23, young people with bicycles helped public cleaners to sweep the street, besides offered with light breakfasts and painted the road shoulders.
Moreover, helped to clean outside the hospital for children with blood disease and cancer, which is being built at the initiation of the Head of Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in the United States, Arjia Rinpoche.
Also, in the scope of “Youths for Good Deeds”, organizers handed a certificate of donation for two children, U.Uuganbaatar, 7, and U.Batsukh, 5, from Mandal Sum of Selenge Aimag, who recently lost their mother in a water flood and the Mongolian Youth Federation pledged to supply these kids with school supplies for five years, and “Tumur Trade” LLC also promised to provide these kids with school uniforms and sportswear for 5 years.
Today, the Youth Federation is organizing blood donation campaign at their facility in UB, where famed figures from sports and culture as well as active members of Mongolian Youth Federation’s Facebook and Twitter are participating. Moreover, a Labor Fair and other events are also being organized.

Total of 210,587 Foreign Travelers Visit Mongolia in First Seven Months of 2014
August 25 ( The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia has introduced a report of foreign and domestic travelers visited Mongolia in the first seven months of 2014.
According to statistics, a total of 210,587 foreign travelers visited Mongolia this year and compare to last year, the performance showed a decreased number of 17,959 or 7.8%.
If to compare the tourists visited Mongolia by regions, a total of 127,549 travelers arrived from Asia and Pacific countries but declined by 11.3% y-o-y; 79,955 from Europe that declined by 0.2%; 2,017 visitors from America but declined by 42.8%; 644 from Middle East increased by 71.2%, and 421 travelers from Africa but decreased by 32.4% compare the same period of last year.
The most tourists visited Mongolia were from China - 84,248, Russia - 38,469, South Korea - 24,074, Japan - 8,579, USA - 8,537, Kazakhstan - 7,794, Germany - 5,180, France - 4,205, UK - 3,084 and Australia - 2,998 respectively.
In the first 7 months, the total revenue from tourist sector reached 131,357,327 USD, and it is declined by 14,036,070 USD or 9.6% compare to same period of last year.
Also, the Ministry presents a report of foreign and domestic tourists visited Mongolian provincial regions and the most number of travelers received are Tuv, Khuvsgul and Selenge Aimags of Mongolia.

Mongolia to Host FISU Steering Committee Meeting in Ulaanbaatar
August 25 ( The International University Sports Federation (FISU) is hosting its regular Steering Committee Meeting and this time organizers scheduled to organize the Meeting in Mongolia, where Ulaanbaatar will be hosting for the first time on August 26-28, 2014.
At its Steering Committee Meeting, the FISU President Claude-Louis Gallien (FRA), First Vice-President Oleg Matytsin (RUS), Vice President Stefan Bergh (SWE), Vice President Luciano Cabral (BRA), Vice President Leonz Eder (SUI), Vice President Xinsheng Zhang (CHN), and the FISU Secretary-General and CEO Eric Saintrond are expected to attend.
The opening remarks of the Steering Committee Meeting will be presented by Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia Ts.Oyungerel, and the FISU Executive Committee members will be meeting with Minister of Education and Science L.Gantumur and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar E.Bat-Uul. During the meetings, Mongolia will propose to host the Summer Universiade Games in Ulaanbaatar in 2033.
The FISU is responsible for the organization and governance of worldwide competitions for student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28. It was founded in 1949 as the world governing body of national university sports organizations and currently has 167 member associations (national federations) from five continents.
Mongolia is represented at the FISU by Mongolia’s University Sports Federation (MUSF), where Danzandorj BAYASGALAN (MGL) is currently appointed as Treasurer at the FISU Executive Committee and was also elected as the member of FISU Steering Committee.
Mongolian students have been competing in every Universiade since 1965, and have taken part in 18 Summer and 11 Winter Universiades and other University World Championships in 5-10 sport events.
As of today, the National University Team of Mongolia grabbed 9 Gold, 3 Silver and 23 Bronze medals from the Universiades, and 21 Gold, 10 Silver and 59 Bronze medals from the University World Championships so far.

Brave young girl saves eight from fire
August 25 ( Nine year-old N.Azjargal is young, brave hero who saved eight children, including her sisters, from a fire.
The terrible fire occurred in Khuder sum in Selenge aimag, on August 9th. N.Azjargal had burns covering 40 percent of the body, but the brave girl carried eight children through a window of the home that caught fire and saved them. The brave girl has now recovered from her injuries and will leave the hospital where she received treatment for her burns.
The girl's family has been left homeless since their home was destroyed. Mongolian Youth Federation has announced that they will award the young girl with a medal for her bravery. The prize will be given during a ceremony at Kempinski Hotel at 2:00 pm today. N.Azjargal is the youngest Mongolian to be awarded with the medal for bravery.

Prime Minister of Mongolia Pays Respect to Veterans of Battles of Khalkhyn Gol
August 25 ( In the scope of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Battles at the Khalkh River (The Battles of Khalkhyn Gol), the Government of Mongolia resolved to allocate one-time financial assistance of 2 million MNT to each veteran of the Battles.
As of today, there 37 veterans are well-being and today on August 25, Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag paid respect to some veterans visiting their homes and handed over the monetary benefit to B.Ayurzana, 99, and B.Saaraldai, 96, who fought in the Battles in 1939.
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