MONTSAME Daily News

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO DEBATE THIS SATURDAY

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A presidential debate has finally been scheduled to challenge the candi-dates M.Enkhbold (MPP), Kh.Battulga (DP) and S.Ganbaatar (MPRP) in a face-off.
The only debate of the 2017 Presiden¬tial election has been fixed to take place at 9 PM on June 24, and to air live on Mon¬golian National Broadcaster.
The first half of the live debate will al¬low candidates take questions concerning their action plans, and the second part will have candidates addressing personal questions and public confusion on con¬troversial topics surrounding their profiles and campaign tactics.
Prior to this, Mongolian Broadcasting Union arranged two presidential debates on June 10 and June 17 which were to be broadcasted live on 16 TV channels. How¬ever, the debates didn’t take place due to difference of stances by the three parties.
However, the parties have since met through their representatives to reach consensus on holding the debate this Sat¬urday.
Kh.Aminaa

CHINESE GOVERNMENT AID TO GO TO GER AREA RE-PLANNING

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The cabinet of ministers resolved to dedi¬cate the non-refundable aid of CNY 2.0 billion from the Chinese govern¬ment to restructuring of Ger Districts. The funding project is expected to re¬duce Ulaanbaatar’s soil pollution by 75 percent.
General plans were approved and had been halted due to the lack of finance. This issue was solved at the regular meet¬ing of cabinet held today.
With the cabinet’s decision, construc¬tion works of housing apartments for 32,546 families with kindergartens and schools in 15 locations are resuming. For those ger-area households, who do not wish to move to new apartments, new sub-centers are being established with full access to sewerage and electricity networks. Power and water sources are expected to be solved by eco-friendly means, including renewable energy pro¬duction and bio-sewerage systems.
It is estimated that, with the establish¬ment of sub-centers, a total of 100-150 workplaces will be created.
B.Amarsaikhan

CABINET TO PROPOSE PARLIAMENT TO RATIFY INTERGOVERNMENTAL HIGHWAY TRANSPORT AGREEMENT

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ At its regular meeting on June 20, the cabi¬net decided to submit a bill on ratifi¬cation of the Agreement on Conduct¬ing International Transport through Asian Highway Network between the Government of Mongolia and the Government of the People’s Repub¬lic of China.
With ratification of the intergovern¬mental agreement, the following results are expected:
-Door will be open for Mongolian freight companies to conduct transport to third countries, compete on global market, and enter new passages for transit trans¬port.
-The country’s international trade hori¬zons will be expanded.
-The country will enjoy tax, customs and insurance discounts.
-A possibility to establish service com¬plexes for both drivers and passengers for rest, repair and other services, equipped with the latest technologies, report the Cabinet Secretariat.
According to transport statistics for the past two years, 98 percent of passengers and 47 percent of freight were carried by auto roads.
B.Amarsaikhan

RULE OF STUDENT TUITION LOAN RENEWED TO WIDEN ACCESS

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During today’s cabinet meeting, the Govern¬ment renewed “Rule on Student’s de¬velopment loan” to widen the access of the loan, soften some require¬ments and criteria and facilitate the loan issuance on the basis of the cur¬rent state of loan issuance and pro¬posals from people.
According to the renewed rule, low rate and short term loans will be granted to all students pursuing a bachelor degree in evening classes and correspondence courses as well as for master and doctor¬ate degrees while long term loan will be available only for bachelor students. 38115 students are calculated to get the tuition loan newly. Moreover, 6000 students will be eligible to get loan with a change in the rule that a guarantor of students up to 18 years old could be a borrower.
The loan can now be issued regard¬less of residency location, allowing 87625 students from countryside to get a loan without travelling to countryside or their parents are not required to come to Ulaan¬baatar for making the guarantee. Students used to submit 7 types of documents and notarized copies for a loan application. This procedure is now cancelled, as com¬mercial banks are provided with the pos¬sibility to check those online.
Relevant ministers are assigned to introduce proposals this November on independent fund, which can run with its accumulated assets, not causing a burden on the state budget as well as granting student development loan without collat¬eral, studying possibilities to create finan¬cial mechanisms to solve repayment risks. The Government resolution N111 on Rule of Student’s development loan was ad¬opted in 2016 and the loan for student tu¬ition has been issued starting December 25 last year. Currently, 1002 students re¬ceived the loan of MNT 1.6 billion.
The rule renewal would not cause ad¬ditional financing from the budget. A total of MNT82.7 billion was projected be spent for the student loan, enabling 41 thousand students to study without tuition payment burden.
B.Ooluun

MINIMUM PENSION TO BE RAISED BY MNT40-50 THOUSAND

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The hearing of process of amendments to trilateral labor and social agree¬ment was held during today’s Cabi¬net meeting and the Government approved a resolution on spending MNT161 billion for pension raise in 2018.
Relevant ministers were charged to develop 2018 State Budget bill, so that starting the first day of 2018, minimum so¬cial insurance pension level is to be raised by MNT50 thousand, reaching MNT300 thousand, minimum level of pro rata pen¬sion is to be raised by MNT40 thousand, reaching MNT250 thousand and all pensions will be increased within MNT161 bil¬lion.
B.Ooluun

AMBASSADOR L.PUREVSUREN APPOINTED AS PERMA¬NENT REPRESENTATIVE TO INT’L ORGANIZA¬TIONS IN GENEVA


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Ambas¬sador Extraordinary and Plenipotentia¬ry of Mongolia to Swiss Confederation L.Purevsuren was appointed as a per¬manent representative of Mongolia to the United Nations and other international or¬ganizations in Geneva.
During today’s cabinet meeting, the Government made this decision and on withdrawal of previous permanent repre¬sentative B.Purevdorj.
B.Ooluun

TWO SOUMS OF DORNOGOBI CONNECTED TO CENTRAL POWER GRID

Dornogobi /MONTSAME/ Con¬struction work of 220 KW electric line with length of 160 km from Oyu Tolgoi mine to Tsagaan Suvarga mine is completed and Mandakh and Khatanbulag soums of Dornogobi aimag centers are connected to the centralized power grid. Prior to this, 120-km long 35 KW electric line from Tsagaan Suvarga to Khatanbulag soum and 22 KW electric line from Tsagaan suvarga to Mandakh soum had been constructed, waiting for this line to complete.
A launching ceremony of elec¬tricity connection of Mandakh soum was held on June 19 with attendance of Energy Minister P.Gankhuu, MPs B.Delgersaikhan, G.Munkhtsetseg, aimag Governor T.Enkhtuvshin, soum Governor N.Otgonbayar and other officials.
Mandakh soum with a population of 2000 had got electric supply from solar power system, however it was broken and electricity was supplied from diesel gen¬erator for only several hours in a day. Kha-tanbulag soum with a population of 3000 was also provided with electricity using diesel generator. Therefore, residents of those soums are very delighted to have a reliable frequent electricity supply, looking forward to get information promptly and to run businesses utilizing advanced tech¬nologies.
The electricity line was constructed by several companies, including ‘Baganuur, ‘Erchmiin undraa’, ‘Bayasakh tugs’, ‘Ilch khangai’, ‘Energy-Erchim’.
B.Ooluun

SOME IMPORTED RAILROAD EQUIPMENT BEING PRODUCED AT HOME

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Rail¬road maintenance engineers and technicians are producing some equipment and devices domestically that would replace foreign import. These include cleaning machine of snow, sand and weeds on railroads and electronic test equipment and the newly invented devices proved to be very efficient in increasing work productivity and saving time as well as economical.
During the last weekends, Minister of Road and Transport Development D.Ganbat worked in Zamiin-Uud and Sainshand soums of Dornogobi aimag, visiting some railway stations and junc¬tions to get acquainted with the works of railway employees.
There are over 700 UAZ-469 vehicles that carry out cross border transportation in Zamiin-Uud soum and to cross the bor¬der each vehicle pays a total of CNY82 daily for taxes and permission paper fee to China. It means some MNT17 million is paid every day. Minister of Road and Transport Development D.Ganbat not¬ed that these taxes and fees should be lowered with the cooperation of citizens, transporters and government. The Minister was also introduced with the process of the regional logistic devel¬opment project, which is constructing a new terminal to increase transit transpor¬tation to 6 million tons in a year.
B.Ooluun

NEGATIVE AIRTIME CONTENTS OF ELECTION CAMPAIGN INCREASE

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Civil Society Monitoring Network for Fair Elections reported on the increasing negative agenda in televi¬sion programs towards presidential candidates.
On June 19, Monday, representatives of the network held a press conference to brief reporters on the progress of its monitoring study on television broadcast and financial transparency of the ongo¬ing presidential election campaigns, and preparation of automatic election system.
Based on Mongolian Press Institute and Maxima LLC’s 2016 research, the monitoring study covers Mongolian Na¬tional Broadcaster, TV9, Channel 25, C1 and UBS. After analysis of broadcast time of 359 hrs 38 min and 17 sec, it was found that 24 hrs 56 min and 40 sec were dedi¬cated to election campaigns which consti¬tute 7 percent of the total airtime.
More importantly, the report indi¬cates increase in negative airtime con¬tent targeting presidential candidates M.Enkhbold (MPP), Kh.Battulga (DP) and S.Ganbaatar (MPRP).
The monitoring study detected no violation of the General Election Com¬mission’s regulation on allotted airtime for election campaigns.
The second segment of the monitor¬ing study focuses on election campaigns financial transparency, and concluded, as of June 14, that political parties and can¬didates’ report on their finance wasn’t ad¬equate.
It found that the candidates spent av¬erage amount of MNT 3 billion on pam¬phlets and other printed materials and MNT 1 billion on airtime campaign propa¬ganda.
Thirdly, the monitoring study found no error in the election automatic system.
The Civil Society Monitoring Network for Fair Elections is made of three NGOs – New Initiative for Youth Monitoring and Administration NGO, Globe International and MIDAS.
Kh.Aminaa

GUIDE BOOK TO PROMOTE ULAANBAATAR AS TOURIST DESTINATION


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A new publication will promote Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia as an ideal tourist destination to the international community.
Tourism Department of the capital city administration in cooperation with ‘Niislel Mass Media’ decided to publish an English publication titled ‘Ulaanbaatar Guide’ so as to help international tourists in Ulaanbaatar better navigate around therailway employees.
There are over 700 UAZ-469 vehicles that carry out cross border transportation in Zamiin-Uud soum and to cross the bor¬der each vehicle pays a total of CNY82 daily for taxes and permission paper fee to China. It means some MNT17 million is paid every day. Minister of Road and Transport Development D.Ganbat not¬ed that these taxes and fees should be lowered with the cooperation of citizens, transporters and government. The Minister was also introduced with the process of the regional logistic devel¬opment project, which is constructing a new terminal to increase transit transpor¬tation to 6 million tons in a year.
B.Ooluun

NEGATIVE AIRTIME CONTENTS OF ELECTION CAMPAIGN INCREASE

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Civil Society Monitoring Network for Fair Elections reported on the increasing negative agenda in televi¬sion programs towards presidential candidates.
On June 19, Monday, representatives of the network held a press conference to brief reporters on the progress of its monitoring study on television broadcast and financial transparency of the ongo¬ing presidential election campaigns, and preparation of automatic election system.
Based on Mongolian Press Institute and Maxima LLC’s 2016 research, the monitoring study covers Mongolian Na¬tional Broadcaster, TV9, Channel 25, C1 and UBS. After analysis of broadcast time of 359 hrs 38 min and 17 sec, it was found that 24 hrs 56 min and 40 sec were dedi¬cated to election campaigns which consti¬tute 7 percent of the total airtime.
More importantly, the report indi¬cates increase in negative airtime con¬tent targeting presidential candidates M.Enkhbold (MPP), Kh.Battulga (DP) and S.Ganbaatar (MPRP).
The monitoring study detected no violation of the General Election Com¬mission’s regulation on allotted airtime for election campaigns.
The second segment of the monitor¬ing study focuses on election campaigns financial transparency, and concluded, as of June 14, that political parties and can¬didates’ report on their finance wasn’t ad¬equate.
It found that the candidates spent av¬erage amount of MNT 3 billion on pam¬phlets and other printed materials and MNT 1 billion on airtime campaign propa¬ganda.
Thirdly, the monitoring study found no error in the election automatic system.
The Civil Society Monitoring Network for Fair Elections is made of three NGOs – New Initiative for Youth Monitoring and Administration NGO, Globe International and MIDAS.
Kh.Aminaa

GUIDE BOOK TO PROMOTE ULAANBAATAR AS TOURIST DESTINATION


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A new publication will promote Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia as an ideal tourist destination to the international community.
Tourism Department of the capital city administration in cooperation with ‘Niislel Mass Media’ decided to publish an English publication titled ‘Ulaanbaatar Guide’ so as to help international tourists in Ulaanbaatar better navigate around the city, and increase the profile of Ulaan¬baatar as a place to destine on the inter-national arena.
The ‘Ulaanbaatar Guide’ will be dis¬tributed to Mongolian diplomatic missions abroad and international tourism expos.
In compiling the contents and informa¬tion to be included in the ultimate guide book of Ulaanbaatar, the publishers will make productive use of the archive of ‘Niislel Guide’ magazine which has been published for the last 6 years.
The book will contain necessary and handful details on the history of Ulaan¬baatar, cultural sites, landmarks and other worth-seeing features.
Kh.Aminaa

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF MONGOLIA MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Last week, the International Women’s As¬sociation of Mongolia (IWAM) cele¬brated its 25th anniversary. The union of madams from different countries for humanitarian purposes and unit¬ing powers for conserving cultural and traditional values, as well as for improving the understanding about each other’s culture, history and eco¬nomic and social needs, was estab-lished in 1992.
In the course of the past 25 years, the association has made its contributions to bettering conditions for those in need, in¬cluding the disabled, single mothers and people in poverty. IWAM has some leisure time clubs for Mongolian language course and horse riding, so that the women from other countries working in Mongolia can feel at home.
The Board of IWAM consists of the founder and president Yuensub Murray (UK), founder and honorary president D.Baljinnyam (Mongolia), Vice president Ch.Byamba (Mongolia), second vice pres¬ident Nina Seiffert (Germany), treasurer G.Nomin (Mongolia), vice treasurer Tonga Katyush (Mongolia), membership man¬ager Silvija Grendiene (Lithuania), events manager D.Darisuren (Mongolia), proj¬ect manager Zeynep Kadire Sayim Yazal (Turkey), public relations manager Anna Kuhn (Kazakhstan) and events manager D.Azjargal (Mongolia). The ceremonial reception of the 25th IWAM Anniversary was held in the ball¬room of Holiday Inn Hotel of Ulaanbaatar. “Our association of the embodiment of what women can achieve when they are united. We have no financial support from outside. I know what it is like to live in a foreign country. Therefore, four women initiated to establish IWAM. We have been acting as a bridge connecting international women, who chose to live in Mongolia on business or came here following their hus¬bands with Mongolian women”, shared Ms D.Baljinnyam, the Honorary President.
The door of IWAM is open for every woman who desires to be a part of this all-woman platform.
B.Amarsaikhan

MAZAALAI SATELLITE TO ORBIT OVER MONGOLIA 5-6 TIMES PER DAY

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Follow¬ing “SpaceX Falcon 9” rocket launch, which delivered Mongolia’s first sat¬ellite “Mazaalai” into space, a cer¬emony was held to award certificates to the investors and sponsors at the National University (NUM) of Mongo¬lia on June 19.
Under the auspices of the Prime Min ister of Mongolia, a total of MNT 145 mil¬lion was funded from the state reserves. And the remaining fund of the satellite was collected from the investment of the Government of Mongolia, State Special Commission and National Emergency Management Agency. Furthermore, the ground station at NUM was funded by the donations and support of public, student union of NUM, Student Congress, stu¬dents and professors of NUM.
According to the team, Mazaalai satel¬lite will orbit over Mongolia 5 to 6 times a day and will conduct four scientific experi¬ments in space.
1. Locate position using the reverse GPS method with the help of 7 internation¬al ground stations of the BIRDS project,
2. Determine speed change of the satellite after locating its position,
3. Determine air density,
4. Research cosmic radiations in the low Earth orbit.
The satellite will be installed on July 7 and officially start operation once the ground station at National University of Mongolia receives the first signal, which will be the national anthem of Mongolia.
B.Tugsbilig

STOCK EXCHANGE WEEKLY REVIEW (JUNE 12 - 16)

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During the period between June 12 June 16, 2017, MSE conducted 5 trading sessions with a total value of MNT 27,373,371,720. The daily average value was MNT 5.5 billion.
STOCK TRADING:
3,848,501 shares of 55 listed compa¬nies with a total value of MNT 449,333,300 were traded.
Most active stocks:
1. Merex /MNT 254,233,007/
2. Gobi /MNT 64,643,100/
3. Talkh Chikher /MNT 49,779,820/
4. Apu /MNT 36,371,890/
5. Tavantolgoi /MNT 10,838,554/
Most active brokerage companies:
1. Standard Investment /MNT 539,645,226/
2. BDSec /MNT 192,623,593/
3. Golomt Capital /MNT 39,186,157/
4. Ard Capital Group /MNT 26,194,952/
5. TDB Capital /MNT 16,110,156/
GOVERNMENT SECURITIES:
370,000 units of Government re¬tail bonds with a total value of MNT 33,214,400,000 were traded on the pri¬mary market in one trade.
Most active brokerage companies for Government securities primary market trading:
1. BDSec /MNT 23,108,375,136/
2. Novel Investment /MNT 402,318,028/
3. Monsec /MNT 99,919,148/
4. Blackstone International /MNT 29,146,880/
5. Mirae Asset Securities Mongol / MNT 21,860,160/
6. Eurasia Capital Mongolia /MNT 20,038,480/
7. Golomt Capital /MNT 182,168/
32,944 units of Government retail bonds with a total of the value of MNT 3,242,198,420 were traded by 30 trades on the secondary market.
Most active brokerage companies for Government securities secondary market trading:
1. Mirae Asset Securities Mongol / MNT 4,753,470,420/
2. Novel Investment /MNT 1,131,199,680/
3. Standard Investment /MNT 300,428,700/
4. BDSec /MNT 101,697,360/
5. Bloomsbury Securities /MNT 94,612,060/
6. Golomt Capital /MNT 92,121,120/
7. Ard Capital Group /MNT 10,867,500/
As of June 16th, 2017, the mar¬ket capitalization was worth MNT 1,421,098,832,259.12 and the MSE All index fell by 0.44% reaching 818.62 units.
Source: Mongolian Stock Exchange
B.Tugsbilig




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