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Mongolia Brief September 11, 2014 Part II

King Epics Palace Opens

By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 11 (MONTSAME) The opening ceremony of the “King Epics Palace” epics’ hall ran Thursday in Bogdkhaan’s palace museum, co-organized by Department of Cultural Heritage in the Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism, The Cultural Heritage Center and Bogdkhaan’s Palace Museum.

Mongolian epics has been a treasured tradition of tale-telling about protecting the mother earth, the ways of living in harmony with nature, patriotism, families and nation’s historic pride, and of better bringing up of the younger generations. The epics’ hall is of great importance in preserving the traditions and advertising and propagandizing the national folklores.
The opening of this hall is a big contribution to the implementation of the government action plan on Development of Mongolian Epics’ Arts. Audio, video and manuscripts fund will be embodied in all types of Mongolian epics. Through this, the folktales and other oral cultural heritages will be registered in the state registry, and be delivered to the future generations. 

Deputy Premier Gives Speech at WEF in China

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 11 (MONTSAME) The Deputy Prime Minister D.Terbishdagva addressed the "Summer Davos Meeting" of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which started Wednesday in Tianjin of China.
He underlined that Mongolia has been selected as one of those with the fastest economic growth according to the World Bank (WB) survey. Due to its intensive development, the exploration sector is currently making up 20% of the total GDP of Mongolia, increasing twice against a size of a decade before. Mongolian economic growth was 6.4% in 2010, went up to 12.5% in 2013. A double-digit growth is expected to continue until 2017, Mr Terbishdagva said. Indicators of the national macro economy such as population’s education, a decrease of poverty rate and of budgetary expenditure and profits are also expected to be positive next years, he went on.
Although the current economy of Mongolia is still based on the agricultural sphere, the industrial and mining sectors are boosting in the last years in Mongolia,"and we are focusing on specializing its economy because it will make the national economy more stable".
Despite improvement of the internationally-measured indexes of friendly business environment and corruption perception, Mongolia has set a big goal to make the business environment friendlier, he emphasized.
The WEF in Tianjin will continue until Friday.

Health Minister Meets Ambassador of Russia

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 11 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Health N.Udval Thursday received Mr I.K.Azizov, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Mongolia.
She briefed about achievements in the bilateral ties and cooperation in the health sector and on related works, projects and programmes and considered as necessity to talk about ways of expanding the cooperation and bringing it to a newer level.
She noted that the cooperation protocol between the two countries’ Ministries of Health expired in end of 2010 and conveyed her invitation to Russian Health Minister V.Skvortsova in order to update this document. "Despite it, a traditional collaboration has been continuing in training doctors and experts in Russia," Ms Udval said.
Then she proposed cooperating in four directions such as involving doctors and pharmacists in postgraduate training; cooperating in prevention of infectious diseases of livestock near borders; improving a monitoring over trade turnover of medicine and medical products; developing the cooperation in introducing progressive technologies of medical treatment and diagnosis.
In response, Mr Azizov promised to deliver the invitation to the Russian Health Minister and to convey these proposals to related officials. He said that Russian Republics of Buryatia, Tuva and Irkutsk oblast want to cooperate with Mongolia in the health sphere.

"Makh Impex" Company about Horse Meat Export to Russia

By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 11 (MONTSAME)  “We are preparing a process for exporting to Russia a horse meat, about which was discussed a month ago," the "Makh Impex" company's director B.Badmaa was quoted as saying by the MNB on Thursday.
Tracks to transport the meat have already come from Russia, "we will export 400 tonnes of horse meat by 20 tonnes in every shipment”.
As known, the President of Russia expressed an interest in meat import from Mongolia "provided the health requirements are satisfied", said the MNB.  

Fair of Selected Breed Animals Approaching

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 11 (MONTSAME) A fair called “Livestock of selected breeds-2014” will take place this September 12-14 in the “Mongol Naadam” complex at the Khui Doloon Khudag horse race area.
The measure is organized in frames of the “Green days of autumn-2014” exhibition with aims to select animals of top breeds, to hold auctions of animals and to propagandize them.
Within the measure, fairs of pets and Mongolian shepherd dogs will be mounted. Moreover, exhibitions of Mongolian national costumes, tools of animal husbandry, books, fodder, medicine and dairy products will be organized.

Inflation Increases by 0.4 Percent

By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 11 (MONTSAME) The price index of consumer goods showed 13.7-percent increase against the same period of 2013, reports the National Statistical Office of Mongolia.
In August, there was 0.4-percent increase in the consumer goods price index against July and a 7.7-percent increase against the beginning of this year.
This increase has been affected by 16.8-percent soar in educational services, 1.6-percent in shoes and clothes basket, and 1.5-percent in housing, water, electricity and fuel.   
The good news is that the childbirth rate has gone up three percent against the same period of 2013. 

Androulla Vassiliou Gives Lecture

By N. Khaliun
Ulaanbaatar, September 11 (MONTSAME) The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Ms Androulla Vassiliou gave a lecture on "Rapprochement between the European Union and the Mongolian people" for students and teachers of Mongolian State University of Culture and Arts.
Then Ms Vassiliou met with E.Sonintogos, a rector of the university, to discuss an expected in 2015 program on promoting Mongolian arts and culture in Brussels.
The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between Mongolia and the EU was signed in April of 2013 during the visit of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, Vice-President of the European Commission Ms Catherine Ashton.

Diplomats Visit Prisoners in Thailand

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 11 (MONTSAME) Diplomats of the Mongolian Embassy in the Kingdom of Thailand visited September 9-10 seven Mongolians who have been jailed in Thai prisons.
The talked to them, received their requests and gave books, newspapers, necessary things and foods sent by their families. The prisoners said all of them are well, and that they communicate through mails with their families.

Twitter user sues Ulaanbaatar City Mayor

September 11 ( A Twitter user has sued the Governor of the Capital and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar E.Bat-Uul for his offensive remarks about Twitter users in his latest newspaper interview. The Ulaanbaatar City Mayor's criticisms of Twitter users are being called offensive and abusive and have been described as "absolutely astonishing and inappropriate," on social media.
The individual suing E.Bat-Uul is active Twitter user T.Munkh-Orgil. He says that the Ulaanbaatar City Mayor has defamed Twitter users just like Twitter user and aviation engineer Ts.Bat was accused of defaming the Minister for Roads and Transport, A.Gansukh.
Ts.Bat, who was sentenced to three months in jail, was released on bail on Tuesday. This is the first case in Mongolia involving the arrest of a social media user for defamation.
Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar E.Bat-Uul has not responded publicly to the lawsuit.
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