Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Democratic Party expressed concerns about the date of the second round of presidential election.
At a press conference held Tuesday, June 27, the Democratic Party Secretary General Ts.Tuvaan said that the party suggests July 5 or 6 for the second ballot as Naadam celebration would have begun in the country on July 9, Sunday, the day fixed by the General Election Commis¬sion. “The second ballot better be con¬ducted on a working day”, he said.
The party’s presidential candidate Kh.Battulga won 517,478 votes, leading the June 26 ballot.
Chairman of the party S.Erdene thanked every voter who chose Kh.Battulga in the first round.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Mon¬golian People’s Revolutionary Party said it won’t accept the election results.
The party’s leadership including candi¬date S.Ganbaatar who took the third place in the poll with 409,899 votes held a press conference on Tuesday, June 27.
The MPRP accuses the General Elec¬tion Commission of twisting the election results. Ts. Sharavdorj, Human rights and political policy advisor to the party’s chair¬man stated, “We believe that the GEC’s picking of July 9 for the second ballot is a measure to fix its deceit quickly”, say¬ing that a second ballot shouldn’t be con¬ducted.
Candidate S.Ganbaatar expressed that he doesn’t acknowledge the election results disclosed by the GEC. Member of the party Ts.Oyunbaatar said that MPRP had won majority in 10 aimags.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Mon¬golian People’s Party says it’s ready to hold a joint inspection on the election-related activities of the General Elec¬tion Commission if necessary.
The party’s candidate M.Enkhbold was present at a press conference held on Tuesday, and expressed his willingness to recount the ballot sheets if necessary.
Thanking his supporters for voting for him and the party, M.Enkhbold encour¬aged the voters to actively partake in the second round of election on July 9.
He also denied reports of possible co¬alition of the MPP and MPRP in the sec¬ond round.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The General Election Commission today announced that the second round of presidential election will take place on July 7, Friday.
“We’ve been receiving requests and official letters regarding the timing of the second ballot from parties and associa¬tions”, said Ch.Sodnomtseren, Chairman of the commission today at a press con¬ference.
The General Election Commission has sought possibilities of putting the second ballot day forth, and thus resolved to con duct the second ballot on July 7, Friday.
In the July 7 polling, DP candi¬date Kh.Battulga and MPP candidate M.Enkhbold will run for president.


Khuvsgul /MONTSAME/ General hospital of Khuvsgulaimag has been widening its foreign relations and co¬operating with Japan, Korea, US and Russia.
Recently, the BioRegion team of the Montana State University has worked in Khuvsgulaimag to conduct a two-day sandwich course focusing on maternal health care, neonatal health, water con¬sumption and diseases caused by drink¬ing water.
The training was attended by medi¬cal doctors, nurses of the Khuvsgulaimag general hosiptal, Family Health centers and private hospitals and officers of the Health Department and public health sec¬tor of the aimag.
The participants acquired knowledge about measures to prevent from potential risks and to render emergency aid.
The general hospital of Khuvsgulai¬mag has been paying attention to reduce maternal mortality as a infant and mater¬nal mortality rate in Khuvsgulaimag was higher compared to that of other aimags.
As a result of the measures, 24 cases of infant mortality are registered in the first 5 months of 2017 in Khuvsgulaimag, which is lower by 21 cases or 87.5 percent compared to the same period of previous year.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The sec¬ond Mongolia-Russia-China Tourism Ministers’ meeting was held on June 21 in Ulan-Ude, capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia attracting an audi¬ence of nearly 200 tourism delegations and journalists of the three countries.
Following the plan outline for building trilateral economic corridor, the tourism authorities have jointly set up the “Tea Road” international tourism alliance. With¬in the framework of “Tea Road” project, Chinese side set goals to send one million tourists to the tourist zone in Lake Baikal in 2018.
At the meeting, Ulaanbaatar Railway Company (UBTZ) informed that situat¬ing cross-border bullet train in the Ulaan¬baatar-Erkhuu route for transporting one million Chinese tourists would be ben¬eficial for reducing the amount of stops at Sukhbaatar and Naushki border stations. Accordingly, the bullet train will be able to transport 6-8 carts daily.
The officials noted that the implemen¬tation of “Tea Road” project will reduce transport loss of Ulaanbaatar Railway Company and increase tourism revenues starting from 2018.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Con¬struction of 65 km paved road out of total 95 km road in an intersection of the Dulaankhaan-Eruu-Khuder was completed and put into operation on June 23.
Minister of Road and Transport De¬velopment D.Ganbat, MP N.Oyundari, and Director of the Darkhan Metallurgical Plant D.Batjavkhlan attended the opening ceremony.
A “Mining and Metallurgical Complex” project is ongoing under concession agreement, aiming to put state-owned iron ore deposits in Darkhan-Selenge region into economic circulation and expand the capacity and the activities of the Darkhan- Metallurgical Plant through technical and technological renovation. The concession contract contains two projects, construc¬tion of railway and freight terminal and paved road.
‘Peak Development’ Company is im¬plementing the 95 km paved road project, which connects Tumurtei iron ore deposit with the national auto road of Darkhan- Selenge. Base and road dam construction works of the remaining 30 km paved road completed and pavement work is under¬way. It is scheduled to start commission¬ing in November.
The paved road will push the mining and metallurgical project development forward and allow residents of Selenge aimag, particularly of Eruu and Khuder soums, for safe and fast travel. In addition, it will lead to the increase foreign and do¬mestic tourists visiting the region as well as will be significant for socioeconomic development of the aimag and the region.
A freight terminal as well as a 33.4-km railway connecting the Tumurtei deposit in Khuder soum, Selenge aimag and Khand¬gait railway station in Yeroo soum, owned by ‘Bold Tumur Yeroo Gol’ company were constructed and put into operation last December.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On June 23, the National Center for Maternal and Child Health (NCMCH) of Mongo¬lia received the prestigious United Na¬tions Public Service Award (UNPSA) garnering 1st place in the category of “Innovation and Excellence in Deliver¬ing Health Services” for their work in implementing the Telemedicine Project in Mongolia.
The NCMCH is one of 8 first place win¬ners, selected from 552 nominations, and one of the 12 institutions from 11 coun¬tries to be recognized at the UNPSA 2017 for public service projects and initiatives aligned with the 2030 Agenda global Sus¬tainable Development Goals.
With the joint support of the Govern¬ment of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, UNFPA and the Government of Mongo¬lia, the Telemedicine project established a network of medical professionals and maternity hospitals countrywide, connect¬ing them to the NCMCH in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital. Through this network, pregnant women in remote rural areas of Mongolia were able to receive expert con-sultation and life-saving care, all without the burden of travelling to the Ulaanbaatar city or exhausting their resources in the effort. As a result, the Telemedicine proj¬ect has helped over 1,800 women with pregnancy complications since its launch in 2007. In 2016 alone, over 58.4 % of cases of direct obstetric near misses con¬sulted through the network. Most notably, the project significantly contributed to the overall reduction of maternal mortality in the country by 2/3, making Mongolia one of only 9 countries in the world to reach its targets for the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015.
Apart from enabling early detection and timely management of pregnancy complications nationwide through tele-consultation afforded by the network, training opportunities for medical pro¬fessionals across the country were also made more widely available. By the end of the project, 70 % of all gynaecologists and obstetricians working in Mongolia on emergency obstetric care had received training through the Telemedicine proj¬ect. In July 2016, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, H.E. Xavier Bettel, appreciated firsthand the accomplishments of the Tele¬medicine project at the NCMCH- a visit which culminated in the extended agree¬ment for the Government of Luxembourg to support the Exit Phase of the project from 2017 to 2019.
“We extend our sincerest congratu¬lations to the NCMCH for this amazing accomplishment,” says Naomi Kitahara, Country Representative, UNFPA Mongo¬lia. “We are proud to have been part of this journey, along with the Governments of Luxembourg and Mongolia, and take this opportunity to reaffirm our commit¬ment to this enduring partnership. We will continue to work with NCMCH so that all women have access to quality sexual and reproductive healthcare, including those in even the most far-flung areas in rural Mongolia and to truly ensure that no one is left behind.”
Receiving the award were head of the Mongolian delegation, Dr. OyunchimegA¬satsa, Head of the Quality Assurance De¬partment, NCMCH; and accompanied by Dr. MunkhtulgaLkhagvasuren, Director of Pharmaceutics, Industry and Technology at the Ministry of Health,Mongolia; and Ms. IlizaAzyei, who heads UNFPA Mon¬golia’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme.
Source: UNFPA


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The first women to travel into space is Soviet-born V.V.Tereshkova who is also Rus¬sia’s first female general and cosmo¬naut, engineer and politician.
She was selected from more than 400 applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6, on June 16, 1963. Mongolian parlia¬ment member L.Bold met with her on June 23, during his visit to Russia at the invi¬tation of V.V.Tereshkova, member of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
At the meeting, MP L.Bold handed over ‘Perpetual glory’ award of the ‘New Mongolia Initiative’ non-government orga¬nization, which is headed by himself, to Ms. V.V.Tereshkova.
Expressing her gratitude to MP L.Bold, Russian cosmonaut V.V.Tereshkova said that “Russia is ready to cooperate with Mongolia again on flying Mongolian cos¬monaut into space. “Many years ago, I vis¬ited Mongolia and still remember the vast steppe and calm days of Mongolia”.
Also, L.Bold invited Ms. V.V.Tereshkova to visit Mongolia on behalf of the ‘New Mongolia Initiative’ NGO. In response. The first women in space V.V.Tereshkova received the invitation and confirmed to visit Mongolia this summer.
Recently, American aviation engi¬neer, retired colonel and NASA astronaut, member of the famous Apollo 11 spacecraft crew, Buzz Aldrin visited Mongolia at by the invitation of the NGO.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ At the initiative of WWF-Mongolia, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Veteri¬nary department of Govi-Altai, Khovd aimag, and Saiga Conservation Net¬work Team have put satellite collars to saiga individuals for a period from 13- 21 May, 2017.
The Mongolian saiga is an endan¬gered species, found only in Mongolia. To ensure efficient conservation of the spe¬cies, scientific researches and studies are inevitably necessary.
The purpose of this effort is to deter¬mine whether saiga is developing immu¬nity towards goat plague (peste des petits ruminants), and define saiga population movement during the disease outbreak.
Additionally, it will provide an oppor¬tunity to collect baseline data needed for potential re-introduction of the Mongolian saiga. Researchers, who participated in this exercise, reported that a total of 10 individuals of the species were fitted with collars and they took blood sample for the further investigation of the goat plague disease. As planned, the researchers are going to obtain and track data from the collars at least for one year and three months.
As a result of joint conservation efforts of WWF Mongolia with local governments and communities in recent years, the saiga population has been increasing and its population size has reached 13,800 in 2013. Unfortunately due to the goat plague disease during spring of 2017, the species population had been reduced down to 4900 individuals.


Following events are expected on June 28, Wednesday.
9AM: The Ministry of Finance and Bank of Mongolia to hold discussion on “National Program on Financial Market of Mongolia until 2025” at Corporate Hotel.
9.30AM: Opening ceremony of MNT 6 billion worth “Suu” JSC bond to take place at Mongolian Stock Exchange.
10AM: Report on comparative re¬search of the current states of Mongolia and Laos’s medical surgery and ambu¬lance service to be presented at the Min¬istry of Health.
11AM: Civil Monitoring Network for Fair Election to present report on Presi¬dential election monitoring at the Open Society Forum.
11AM: Organizers of the international academic conference “Impact from re¬search” to hold press briefing at “Mongol News” information center.
12PM: “ErsShinechlel” movement (Radical movement) to hold press briefing on the vote counting process of Presiden¬tial election at the National Information Center.
1.20PM: Italian “Cinderella” opera art¬ists to hold press briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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