MONTSAME Daily News

PRESIDENT: MONGOLIA HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE BECAUSE IT’S AN OPEN SOCIETY


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj met with jour¬nalists during his working trip to Dornod aimag on April 24-25, and delegates of Mongolian News and Eagle TVs and cor-respondents working in Dornod, Sukh¬baatar, Khentii, Umnugobi, Dornogobi and Gobisumber aimags partook.
“The purpose of our trip to Dornod was to award the Order of Sukhbaatar”, said the President at the beginning of the meeting. In 1943, the Red Banner of La¬bor was presented to Dornod aimag which has seen 9.6 percent economic growth in 2016. “From time to time, Dornod aimag has made a huge contribution to defend¬ing Mongolia’s independence and sov¬ereignty, neighboring with both Russia and China, Mongolia’s two neighbors”, the President remarked. According to the President, Dornod aimag has maintained a top position in terms of human devel¬opment index on the national level, and ranks 2nd in terms of its business environ¬ment. The journalists addressed a number of topics such as ecological education, industrial development, outcome of the President’s foreign policy, defense sector, local development fund, judicial reform, Mongolian pride and cultural preserva¬tion, abolishment of capital punishment and more in response to which President Ts.Elbegdorj gave elaborate answers, re¬flecting on his tenure as head of state of Mongolia for the last 8 years.
He said, “President’s budget stood at MNT 11.6 billion in 2013, and now it is MNT 4.5 billion. One third of my activities during the last 8 years addressed cultural and environmental spheres. I have initi¬ated more than 30 bills during my tenure, about 10 of which were rejected by Parlia¬ment”.
“I have spent 27 years in politics, and worked as President for 8 years. If you genuinely care about the nation, Presi¬dency makes you think about many things including challenges facing the country, solutions and global approach to the simi¬lar problems”, he added.
“I personally have faith in the future of Mongolia which is bright because open societies move forward”, the President re¬marked, and thanked the journalists and the organizers for the meeting.
Kh.Aminaa

CONSULTATION ON AMENDING CONSTITU¬TION TAKES PLACE

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The first deliberate polling on amending the Con¬stitution of Mongolia was carried out on April 29 and 30 in the State House, gath¬ering 785 citizens, chosen by random selection representing all administrative units of the country.
The public referendum, in accordance with the Law on Conducting First Refer¬endum on Amending the Constitution of Mongolia, will take place after the public had the necessary information and proper understanding about the proposed draft amendment to the Constitution.
Briefing was given to participants on 13 issues under 6 topics, each of which had their own discussions. In his opening speech, Speaker of Mongolian Parliament M.Enkhbold noted that the necessity to revise the Constitu¬tion has been an expedience, and stated the decisions will be made by the State Great Khural, taking Your (785 citizens) recommendations into consideration.
The discussions clarified that it is im¬possible for Mongolia to shift from par¬liamentary system to presidential. Re¬searchers said it is not viable to shift to presidential system with the currently effective laws and regulations. “A draft amendment proposes to transfer the au¬thority to elect the president from the public to the legislature. This is not a step back from the parliamentary system we have. Today, the Prime Minister and the President are being elected from different political parties. This makes it more com¬plex to implement the planned works of the political party in power. Also, selecting presidential candidates without affiliation to any political party will cause difficulties in organizing the presidential election”, they underlined.
Discussions continued under topics of changing administrative units, renewing parliamentary functions without creating separate houses and many others.
Recommendations from the polling will be publicized in seven days.
B.Amarsaikhan

Revised law on Offence to be prepared for final reading

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its plenary session on April 28, Friday, Parlia¬ment continued the reading of revised law on Offence, and the bill was transferred to Parliamentary Standing committee on Legal Affairs for preparation for the final reading.
During the Friday session, the Par¬liament voted on 85 suggestions and proposals made by the working group which prepared the bill for reading and the Standing committee on Legal Affairs.
In addition to covering other offences, the revised law on Offence comprises a controversial clause on defamation and the amount of fine to be imposed on the offences of libeling or slandering of char¬acter. During a Parliamentary Standing committee meeting on April 25, Member of Parliament Ts.Garamjav proposed to increase the fine 5 times and earned an approval, leading to protest by media or-ganizations.
On April 27, Member of Parliament Ts.Garamjav withdrew her proposal, and President Ts.Elbegdorj participated in the first reading of the bill and stated that the defamation clause should be dropped from the bill.
However, the defamation clause re¬mains in the bill, and the fine is MNT 2 mil¬lion for an individual and MNT 20 million for legal entities.
The revised law on Offence was thus transferred to Parliamentary Standing committee on Legal Affairs for preparation for the final reading.
Kh.Aminaa

BUDGET DEFICIT FORE¬CASTED TO BE 9.5 PER CENT OF GDP


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Bills on 2018 Fiscal framework statement and 2019-2020 Budget assumption were sub¬mitted to the Parliament. The documents indicated that budget deficit in GDP would be 9.5 per cent in 2018, 6.9 in 2019 and 5.1 per cent in 2020 in compliance with goals to ensure budget unity in the mid¬term, to reduce budget deficit in stages, restrict expenditure growth, stabilize Gov¬ernment debt in legal threshold, ensure macroeconomic growth through budget stabilization.
Fiscal framework statement bill was developed following to preliminary per¬formance report of 2016 budget, midterm budget indicators, which agreed within the framework of the Extended Fund Facility program to be implemented with the Inter¬national Monetary Fund and special fiscal requirements, which is defined in the Fis¬cal Stability law.
As a result of the Extended Fund Fa¬cility program, it is expected that basic conditions would be created to increase investment through reviving their trust and to raise credit rate, lowering loan interest. Moreover minerals’ price increase tenden¬cy in the world market is expected to give stimulus to start big projects, supporting economic growth and lowering payment balance deficit.
B.Ooluun

FOREIGN AMBASSA¬DORS PRESENT CRE¬DENTIALS TO MONGO-LIAN PRESIDENT

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On April 27, Ambassador Extraordinary and Pleni¬potentiary of the Republic of Zambia to Mongolia Mrs. Winnie Natala Chibe¬sakunda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Swe-den to Mongolia Ms Anna Lindstedt, Am¬bassador Extraordinary and Plenipoten¬tiary of the Slovak Republic to Mongolia Mr. Dusan Bella, Ambassador Extraordi¬nary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to Mongo¬lia Mr. Leela Mani Paudyal and Ambas¬sador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Namibia to Mongolia Dr. Elia George Kaiyamo presented their Letters of Credence to the President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.
Following the credential presenting ceremony, President Elbegdorj welcomed the newly accredited Ambassadors.
At the meeting with Ambassador of Zambia Mrs. Winnie Natala Chibesakun¬da, President Elbegdorj noted that the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries was founded and Mongolia already accepted it in 2009 and expressed hope that the Government of Zambia will also accept.
Then, President Elbegdorj received Ambassador of Sweden Ms Anna Lindst¬edt and noted that Mongolia gives great importance to the development of bilat¬eral relations with Sweden. He expressed Mongolia’s interest to bring the Swedish environment-friendly green technology to the country’s industrial sphere. Many Mon¬golians live and study in Sweden. Mongo¬lian side had proposed to open its cultural center in Stockholm where the children of Mongolian residents in Sweden would be able to study their own native language and culture and organize public events for Mongolians.
During the meeting with Ambassador of Slovakia Mr. Dusan Bella, President El¬begdorj noted that Mongolia has always maintained traditional friendly relations with the countries of the European Union, in particularly with Slovakia. I am glad that the Economic Cooperation Agreement between Mongolia and Slovakia is now ready to be signed.
At the meeting with Ambassador of Nepal Mr. Leela Mani Paudyal, President Elbegdorj noted that this year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He expressed Mongolia’s inter¬est to expand this traditional relationship, which was connected by history, culture and religion, in agriculture and tourism.
Afterwards, President Elbegdorj wel¬comed the Ambassador of Namibia Dr. Elia George Kaiyamo and noted that the both countries share many similarities. For instance, the both countries have almost the same population, mineral and agricul¬tural sector. He also mentioned that both countries tourism sphere has the opportu¬nity to play important role in the economy.
Concluding the meeting, President Elbegdorj said that the Office of the Presi¬dent and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will work to support the Ambassadors’ mission in Mongolia.
B.Amarjargal

FM TS.MUNKH-ORGIL TO PAY OFFICIAL VISIT TO EUROPEAN UNION


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Ts.Munkh- Orgil is to pay an official visit to the Eu¬ropean Union on May 2 and 3. He will be paying a courtesy call on Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Com¬mission, and hold official talks with Ms Federica Mogerini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission.
On the sidelines, FM Ts.Munkh-Orgill will hold meetings with Ms Iveta Grig¬ule, member of the European Parliament and head of the EP group in connection with Central Asia and Mongolia, other EP members, Mr Didier Reynders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, and Ms Ma¬ria Asenius, deputy trade commissioner of the European Union, as well as with Mongolian nationals living in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The visit is of great significance in deepening the long-time friendly relations and cooperation of Mongolia and the Eu¬ropean Union, maintaining the healthy frequency of high-level interactions and political dialogues and expanding com¬mercial and economic ties with the third largest trade partner of Mongolia the Eu¬ropean Union.
The latest official visit by the Mon¬golian Foreign Minister to the European Union took place in 2000. Mongolia and the European Union es¬tablished diplomatic ties in 1989. Since then, the ties have been developing in all sectors. Bilateral trade turnover reached about USD 1.0 billion, USD 646.3 million constituted by exports and 373.3 million - by imports, in 2016.
The 17th meeting of the Joint Com¬mittee on Mongolia-EU Cooperation, the main mechanism of bilateral relations, was held on March 30 and 31 in Ulaan¬baatar.
B.Amarsaikhan

SECOND MEETING OF STUDY POSSIBILITIES TO ESTABLISH MONGOLIA-SOUTH KOREA EPA


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A second meeting of a joint research team to study the possibilities of economic partnership agreement /EPA/ between Mongolia and the Republic of Korea took place on April 27 in Seoul, South Korea.
The meeting, co-chaired by V.Enhkbold, Director of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and Yoo Myung-hee, Director General for FTA Negotiations, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy from Korea, was attended by representatives from Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Institute of International Relations of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, National University of Mongolia and Customs Agency of Mon¬golia and researchers from Korea Institute of Energy Research /KIER/.
At the meeting, the parties presented the progress of of each of their studies and ran discussions. Also, they exchanged views on further work plans and agreed to organize a third meeting by in July 2017 in Ulaanbaatar.
B.Amarjargal

RAISED THREE TAXES COME INTO EFFECT TO-DAY


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Amend¬ments to the 2017 State Budget laid out to raise seven types of taxes as the Govern¬ment agreed with the International Mon¬etary Fund in the scope of a three-year Extended Fund Facility. The measure to increase three types of taxes is coming into effect starting today, May 01.
Those include tax on the interest rate of bank savings, customs tax on imported cigarettes and excise tax on passenger cars.
Ten per cent tax will be levied on in¬terest of bank savings newly, bringing the planned effective date of January 1, 2018 closer.
Customs duty on imported cigarettes and tobacco will be 30 per cent, up by 25 per cent.
Excise tax on passenger car will be increased depending on its date of manu¬facturing and cylindrical capacity. For ex¬ample, excise tax on car with up to 4500 cm cubic cylindrical capacity is up by 3-15 per cent or MNT25000-275.000 depend¬ing on manufactured date. However, the excise tax on hybrid, electric and gaso¬line vehicles will be eased by 50 per cent, while currently they are fully exempted from the tax.
B.Ooluun

BRAZILIAN COOPERA¬TIVE EXPERIENCE TO BE SHARED IN MONGOLIA ,2
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mongo¬lian Ambassador to Brazil Ch.Sosormaa handed over a letter from N.Enkhbold, the head of Mongolian National Cooperative Association to the head of the Brazilian National Confederation of Cooperatives, Marcio Lopes to visit Mongolia with a pur¬pose of sharing experiences of Brazilian cooperatives. Mr. Marcio Lopes kindly accepted the invitation and expressed pleasure visiting Mongolia along with his colleagues and to hold a seminar on expe¬riences’ exchange with Mongolian coun¬terparts later this year.
With membership of more than 50 mil¬lion people, Brazilian cooperative move¬ment has been developed sustainably in many sectors such as agriculture, health, education, infrastructure, transport, tour¬ism, construction and mining. The two largest Brazilian cooperative banks – “Bancoob” and “Sicredi”, together account up to 40% of the total market of loans pro¬vided to the overall agricultural sector. In addition, 47% of the members of the Bra¬zilian Senate and 44% of the members of Chamber of Deputies affiliated to the Con¬gressional cooperative caucus, which is a vivid example that the strong development of cooperative movement is closely asso¬ciated to the adequate public policies.
Source: www.mfa.gov.mn
B.Oyundelger

MONTSAME’S KHUMUUN BICHIG NEWSPAPER CELEBRATES 25TH ANNI¬VERSARY ,2 Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ This year, the ‘Khumuun Bichig’ newspaper, pub¬lished by national news agency MONT¬SAME, celebrates its 25th anniversary of establishment and 20th anniversary of its ‘Foremost Calligraphers of Mongolia’ na¬tional traditional Mongolian script contest.
April 28, Friday saw a ceremony to in¬augurate a gallery of Traditional Mongo¬lian script at the building of the agency. Displaying the best works of the 20-year-old national contest, the agency aims to establish the gallery as the biggest tradi¬tional Mongolian script gallery in the coun¬try. ,4 During the ceremony, Editor-in-chief of the newspaper B.Elbegzaya and senior staff S.Altantsetseg and S.Tsetsegmaa were presented with State Foremost Artist titles. Editor-in-chief B.Elbegzaya shared, “We’ve contributed to promoting the na¬tional script for the last 25 years, publish¬ing 1080 issues”. He added that he has a vision to expand the newspaper into a daily newspaper in the future.
In commemoration of the 20th anni¬versary of its ‘Foremost Calligraphers of Mongolia’ contest, over 40 winners of the contest came from provinces to celebrate and participate in a meeting at the agency building.
The ‘Khumuun Bichig’ newspaper is one of the five weekly newspapers published by the MONTSAME agency,
alongside the English ‘Mongol Messen¬ger’, Russian ‘Novosty Mongolii’, Chinese ‘Menggu Xiaxi bao’ and Japanese ‘Mon¬goru Tsuushin’.
Kh.Aminaa

‘GOBI WOLF’ INTERNA¬TIONAL EXERCISE IS RUNNING FOR SIXTH TIME


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ ‘Gobi wolf’ international exercise training started today, May 1, in Umnugobi aimag, orga¬nized by the National Emergency Man¬agement Agency (NEMA), USA Embassy in Mongolia and U.S. Army Pacific for the sixth time.
The training aims to improve the re¬gional readiness in response to natural di¬sasters, to ensure implementation of new¬ly adopted law on Disaster prevention and to test management and organizational structure and tools for disaster response as well as to improve civil-military cooper¬ation of the parties. “- ‘Gobi Wolf’ exercise is expanding year by year with increased number of international participants and it has become a ‘Mongolian brand’-disaster response exercise. This year, the exercise is running under the theme ‘Let’s spread our knowledge and share experiences” said Brigade General T.Badral, NEMA Chairman.
Some 210 participants from govern¬mental, non-governmental, municipal and military agencies from Mongolia, the U.S. and international relief agencies as well as from Japan, Nepal, South Korea, Tur¬key, Canada, Hungary and Bangladesh are participating in the disaster response exercise. As the exercise is being held in the regional center of South Gobi, emer¬gency commissions and local emergency services of Umnugobi, Dundgobi, Dorno¬gobi, Gobi-Sumber, Bayankhongor and Uvurkhangai are also attending it.
Earthquake vibrations have increased in the Gobi region over the last years. For example, 0.7-3.8 magnitude scale vi-brations were noticed 52 times in just 24 hours in Tsogttsetsii soum. And mine ac¬cidents get to occur more. Therefore the Gobi Wolf-2017 is to hold joint training and rescue exercises during mine acci¬dent caused by an earthquake or an ani¬mal infectious disease outbreak, including evacuation of Dalanzadgad and Tsogtt¬segtsii citizens and running field hospital. The exercise will run till May 05.
B.Ooluun

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TO BE BUILT IN NALAIKH DISTRICT OF ULAAN¬BAATAR


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A chil¬dren’s hospital with 50 beds will be built in Nalaikh, a remote district of Ulaanbaatar with a grant of ‘Khangardi-Ulaanbaatar’ NGO and Peace and Friendship Fund of the People’s Republic of China. The foundation-laying ceremony of the hospi¬tal was held on April 28.
Nalaikh district has a population of 36 thousand and children aged 0-15 years old make 32 per cent of the total popula¬tion as the number of newborns increase by 900 annually.
The district Governor put a goal in his action plan to make medical aids and ser¬vices accessible to every citizen equally and within this goal, the specialized hos¬pital will be operational in October of this year.
The Children’s Department of the Med¬ical Center of Nalaikh hospitalized 1447 children last year and around 20-30 chil¬dren receive medical aid every day. The new hospital will be fully equipped with modern diagnostic facilities and expected to improve medical treatment capability and capacity, lowering burdens to parents and children to send them to Ulaanbaatar.
B.Ooluun

UVURKHANGAI DEVEL¬OPS COOPERATION WITH ALLIER DEPARTMENT OF FRANCE


Uvurkhangai /MONTSAME/ Uvurkhan¬gai aimag has a cooperation agreement with Allier department of France over 15 years. Uvurkhangai aimag delegates headed by the Chairman of the Citizens’ Representative Meeting of the aimag vis¬ited Allier in November, 2016, holding talks on cooperation directions in 2017.
The agreements during the visit started to be realized in the agriculture sector. A student of the National Agriculture Institute of Toulouse city Nina Jeron has come to Kharkhorin soum to teach European tech-nology of making cheese to local women and conduct experimental cheese produc¬tion in Bat-Ulzii soum, planning to work there till September 15.
B.Ooluun

BARILGA EXPO 2017 BEGINS WITH HOUSING AND MATERIALS EXHIBI¬TION


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ “Construc¬tors need to work with professional orga¬nizations on the financing and marketing of their products”, said B.Lkhagvajav, President of Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the ‘Hous¬ing and Materials’ sub-section of annual ‘Barilga Expo’ international building and construction fair which opened on April 28 at Misheel Expo center to continue until April 30.
Co-organized by Construction Con¬sulting and Information Center, Ministry of Construction and Urban Development, Mayor’s Office, National Construction De¬velopment Center, Mongolian Association of Civil Engineers and Building Material Manufacturers’ Association, the 10th edi¬tion of the fair gathered 85 organizations, over 200 enterprises and about 40 project contractors in housing and green building.
The organizations identify several factors to attend the fair such as the con¬sistency of the fair, its accessibility and extensive range, reputation and active operation of the exhibitors, opportunity to boost sales and establish contacts and more. ,4 The Barilga Expo will continue with its ‘Construction material and Innovative technologies’ sub-section on May 5-7.
Kh.Aminaa

PRESIDENT OF THE CHI¬NESE ACADEMY OF SCI¬ENCES VISITING MONGO¬LIA,2 Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On May 1, D.Regdel, Academician and President of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS) received delegates led by Bai Chunli, professor and President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), who are on a visit to Mongolia. At the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the scientific and technological coopera¬tion between Mongolia and China.
Academician D.Regdel said that the bilateral scientific collaboration has been being developed since 1991 and in 1999, a memorandum of cooperation was re-es¬tablished. As a result of the cooperation, the CAS has made a substantial invest¬ment in Mongolia, particularly, supplied 100 thousand boxes and containers to store herbarium of the Institute of Botany of the MAS. The Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources of the MAS and the In¬stitute of Geology and Geophysics of the CAS have been collaborating actively in recent years. Prof. Bai Chunli expressed his belief that the two sides will intensify bilateral cooperation further and that more accom¬plishments will be made in the science sector. He then pledged to cooperate with Mongolia by conducting field research of Mongolian and Chinese scientists and joint study on the Economic Corridor program of Mongolia, China and Rus¬sia and launching detailed chemical and geographic studies on desertification, soil erosion, sharing experiences of human resources and training Mongolian special¬ists in China.
Mongolia and China have been col¬laborating within the memorandum and protocol of cooperation. At the end of the visit, the memorandum of cooperation is expected to be re-established. Moreover, Bai Chunli, President of the CAS will give a lecture under the theme “Chinese inno¬vation of science and technology” at the Tuushin Hotel in Ulaanbaatar on May 2, tomorrow.
On the occasion of the 65th anniver¬sary of diplomatic relations and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of friend¬ly relations and cooperation agreement between Mongolia and China and within the Year of Friendly Exchanges between Mongolia, joint academic conferences were held in 2014 and an international forum of Silk Road with participation of Mongolia, China and Russia has been or¬ganized.
B.Oyundelger

MONGOLIA CON¬STRAINTS ANALYSIS REPORT HAS BEEN LAUNCHED


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Produced by National Secretariat for the Develop¬ment of the Second Compact Agreement between the Government of Mongolia and the Millennium Challenge Corpora¬tion (MCC) of the USA with technical as¬sistance from the MCC, “Mongolia Con¬straints Analysis Report” was disclosed on April 28. According to the report, main con¬straints of economic growth in Mongolia was related to a weak and unstable mac¬roeconomic environment, inconsistent laws and policies, health impacts of air pollution in Ulaanbaatar, limited and costly access to water in productive sectors and poor communities.
Going further into details, Mongolia’s medium term outlook looks promising. However, the weak and unstable mac¬roeconomic environment appears to be the most binding constraint to economic growth in Mongolia in the short-term. And following each election and conflicts of interest among policy makers, whole¬sale turnover of the civil service left the private sectors concerned, resulting in an unpredictable business environment. Meanwhile, studies have shown that the economic impacts of air pollution range from 18 - 28% of Ulaanbaatar’s GDP and 8 - 13% of Mongolia’s GDP. As for the ac¬cess to water, costs are significantly high¬er and consumption significantly lower in ger districts. This imposes financial, time, health and environmental costs on these communities.
Other constraints including educa¬tion, finance, energy, transport and prop¬erty rights were not deemed to be binding constraints, but the team recognized sig¬nificant challenges in each.
B.Tugsbilig

“MONGOLIA OPEN - 2017” FREESTYLE AND WOMEN’S WRESTLING TOURNAMENT CON¬CLUDES


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ An inter¬national freestyle and women’s wrestling tournament “Mongolia Open – 2017” took place in Ulaanbaatar between April 28- 30. Athletes from China, South Korea, Russia, Canada, Kazakhstan, Venezuela and Mongolia participated in the tourna¬ment.
From Mongolia, State Honored Ath¬letes G.Mandakhnaran, E.Bekhbayar, B.Nomin, B.Gombodorj, P.Unurbat and N.Zolboo participated in the men’s tour¬nament while E.Sumiya, E.Gantuya, S.Battsetseg, P.Orkhon, O.Nasanburmaa and Sh.Tumentsetseg competed in the women’s category.
With an overwhelming success, Mon¬golian athletes have shown promising re¬sults in the tournament.
B.Tugsbilig

VOCAL TRASH AND “EGSHIGLENT CHIMEE” PERFORMED LIVE ON STAGE


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Com¬memorating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations be¬tween Mongolia and the United States, Vocal Trash, a band that performs by using found-object percussion, visited Mongolia and performed on stage of Ulaanbaatar Ensemble with Egshiglent Chimee band the winner of Mongolia’s Got Talent, on April 27.
Dedicated to the occasion of the “Earth Day”, the joint concert aimed to promote the importance of safe-keeping and preserving the environment and na¬ture to younger generations.
Originated from Texas, Vocal Trash started in 2001 and received “Best Music Performance” award from “Worth” maga¬zine in 2014. Under the slogan “Think be¬fore you throw it away”, the band prioritiz¬es in giving positive impact to the public. ,4 B.Tugsbilig ,1 CELEBRATED POLISH DIRECTOR TO ARRIVE IN ULAANBAATAR


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A famous Polish film and theatre director, producer and screenwriter Krzysztof Zanussi is coming to Mongolia for the first time to at¬tend a film festival which will take place on May 8-11 at the “iCinema” of Ulaan¬baatar. The event will be held named af¬ter Krzysztof Zanussi and he will organize a special training for filmmakers.
Krzysztof Zanussi is 78 years old and is one of the most renowned film directors and producers of Poland. He was award¬ed from international major film festivals in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Moscow, Mon-treal, Toronto and Chicago. He has di¬rected 11 television films, 27 movies and a same number of operas and dramas since his debut of ‘The Structure of Crys¬tals’ in 1969. His books were published in more than 10 countries and he worked as a director of operas and dramas at the theatres of Milan, Rome, Palermo, Bonn, Moscow and Bremen.
Krzysztof Zanussi is a Board Member of the European Film Academy.
B.Amarjargal

WEATHER FORECAST UNTIL MAY 7


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Rain and sleet are expected in most regions on May 3, central and eastern region and in northern part of the Gobi on May 4, and in eastern region on May 5. Windw will get stronger in most regions on May 3-4 and in the Gobi and steppes on May 5, reach¬ing 16-18 m/sec and 24 m/sec from time to time and forming dust and snow storms.
It will get colder in most regions. The nighttime temperature in Khuren Belchir, the depression of Darkhad and Altai, Khangai, Khuvsgul and Khentii Mountains will be -6-11, and the daytime, +2+7 Cel¬sius.
In the Gobi and steppes, the nighttime temperature will be 0+5, and the daytime, +11+16.
In other regions, the nighttime temper¬ature will be 0-5, and the daytime, +7+12 Celsius.
B.Amarsaikhan

MAY 1 EVENTS

Following events are expected on May 1, Monday.
11 AM: Democratic Party conducts a press conference on current situations at the Information and Training center of the DP
2 PM: A ceremony to hand over cer¬tificates to winners of VAT lottery held on April 16 takes place at the Finance Min¬istry
3 PM: Opening event of “Live+R” proj¬ect at the building of the Sixth Committee of the Songinokhairkhan district At the “Zuunii medee” press center:
11 AM: National Association for Con¬sumers’ Protection Mongolia holds a press conference on the illegal activity of the Agricultural Exchange.
11.30 AM: ‘Movement for debt-free Mongolians’ conducts a press conference on the interest rate of loan of commercial banks
B.Oyundelger




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