MONTSAME Daily News

SECOND BALLOT REQUIRES FUND OF MNT 7.2 BILLION


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its regular meeting on June 28, Wednesday, the Cabinet addressed the second ballot of presidential election.
The General Election Commission Wednesday announced its decision to conduct the second ballot on June 7, changing the date from July 9.
The Cabinet assigned Finance Min¬ister to allocate MNT 7.2 billion, required to finance the second ballot, from govern¬ment reserve fund.
Kh.Aminaa

CABINET CHANGES DATES OF NAADAM IN SOME AIMAGS


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its regular meeting on June 28, Wednesday, the Cabinet refixed the dates of Naadam celebrations in some aimags in response to requests made by the governors.
Bayankhongor aimag will celebrate Naadam on July 21-22 along with the 60th anniversary of its establishment. With due consideration of murrain cas¬es in some soums and drought situation in most soums, the Cabinet ordered that Na¬adam celebration will take place on July 28-29 in Dornogobi aimag.
Joined with an Eastern Region Horse Race, Naadam will be celebrated on July 28-29 in Sukhbaatar aimag. Mongolian national Naadam festival is celebrated in each soum and aimag and the capital city in July. It is notable that these decisions only address Naadam cel¬ebration in provincial centers. The capital city will celebrate Naadam on July 11-12.
Moreover, the Cabinet instructed pro¬vincial governors to see to no celebration of Naadam in the aimags and soums on July 7, day of the second round of presi¬dential election.
Kh.Aminaa

CABINET TO DISCUSS ADB PROGRAM WITH PARLIAMENT


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its regular meeting on June 28, Wednesday, the Cabinet resolved to discuss with cor¬responding Parliamentary standing com¬mittees a draft ‘General Financing Pro¬gram’ to be established between Asian Development Bank and the Mongolian Government.
As a result of discussion of coopera¬tion strategy in 2017-2020, sides identified finance, agriculture, education, health, employment, environmental preservation and social spheres for cooperation.
In this regard, Asian Development Bank allocated USD 468 million fund for Mongolia in 2017-2018, which allows USD 404 million loan from its Ordinary Capital Resources (OCR) and USD 64 million Concessional OCR lending.
The Concessional OCR lending has 2 percent interest, 25-year term, 5-year moratorium whereas the OCR loan has an average 20-year term.
The ADB loans will be spent on sup¬porting access to quality education; en¬hancing services for the disabled and increasing their participation; developing regional road; increasing renewable ener¬gy; improving transparency and efficiency of budget administration; and improving air quality in the capital city.
Kh.Aminaa

USD 42 MILLION LOAN TO BOOST ENERGY SECTOR


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its regular meeting on June 28, Wednesday, the Cabinet authorized Finance Minister B.Choijilsuren to sign a financing agree¬ment on ‘Second Energy Sector Project’.
The agreement is established between the World Bank’s International Develop¬ment Association and the Mongolian Gov¬ernment.
The USD 42 million loan from the World Bank will be used on projects – ‘Baganuur-Southeastern Region Electric¬ity Distribution Network’, ‘Erdenet-Bulgan Electricity Distribution Network’ and ex¬pansion of ‘National Electricity Transmis¬sion Grid’. In addition, the government plans to set up a 10MW solar power plant in western region.
Kh.Aminaa

‘BAGANUUR’, ‘SHIVEE OVOO’ COAL PRICES TO BE ADJUSTED


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its regular meeting on June 28, Wednesday, the Cabinet advised Energy Regulatory Commission chief A.Tleikhan to take mea¬sures concerning coal prices.
The measures will aim to adjust the prices of coal mined for energy use by ‘Baganuur’ and ‘Shivee Ovoo’ companies, and bring closer to a realistic rate.
The Cabinet ordered corresponding Ministers and authorities to study the pos¬sibilities of releasing the two companies from debt obligations from Japan.
Kh.Aminaa

SOME WINTER PREPARATION WORKS TO BE FINANCED FROM GOVERNMENT RESERVE FUND


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The cabi¬net approved to allocate necessary fund¬ing from the Government reserve fund for measures including, summer and autumn movement, fight against grasshopper mi-gration, providing herders with social and health services, and preparing hay and fodder reserves for aimags and soums through hay-making.
Relevant ministers and heads of agen¬cies were assigned to organize works to make hay and fodder reserves in order to prevent from potential hazards in win¬ter and spring time due to bad weather, to establish contracts with relevant orga¬nizations defining number of herder fami¬lies and livestock, which pass winter and spring on border zones, natural protected areas or winter and spring camps of oth¬ers, to fight animal infectious diseases, rodents and insects, create new wells in camp areas, and make preparation for hay making and harvest time as well as provide herders with aids and services when necessary.
As of June 20, 20 percent of the total area of the country has good pasture veg¬etation, 70 percent has moderate, while 10 percent has bad vegetation. Currently, cultivation has been made on 517 thou¬sand hectares of land, of which 25 thousand hectares are cultivated for fodder plants.
B.Ooluun

ADB LOAN AGREEMENT DRAFTS TO BE SUBMITTED TO PARLIAMENT FOR RATIFICATION


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During yesterday’s 28 June, cabinet meeting, the Government decided to submit a bill on ratification of loan agreements of “Social Welfare Support Program-2” and “Bank¬ing Sector Rehabilitation and Financial Stability Strengthening Program”, which will be implemented jointly by the Govern¬ment of Mongolia and the Asian Develop¬ment Bank (ADB).
“Social Welfare Support Program-2” aims to support the implementation of the “Economic Recovery Program”, to target social welfare to the targeted groups in economically difficult time and to recover state budget deficit. 18 policy measures planned to be tak¬en in two phases, including lowering bud¬get deficit, making social welfare program more efficient and upgrading database of targeted groups and 11 measures of them have completed. USD 150 million ADB loan will have a 15-year term, including a grace period of three years and an annual interest rate de¬termined in accordance with ADB’s Lon¬don interbank offered rate-based lending facility, plus 0.5 per cent fee and a com¬mitment charge of 0.15 per cent.
The “Banking Sector Rehabilitation and Financial Stability Strengthening Program” aims to ensure financial stabil¬ity, make changes in its infrastructure, in¬crease competitiveness of banks, resolve non-performing loans and improve control on it and to strengthen governance.
The parties agreed to implement the program with finance of USD100 million ADB loan. The loan repayment term is 15 years, also including a grace period of three years and an annual interest rate de-termined in accordance with ADB’s Lon¬don interbank offered rate-based lending facility, plus 0.6 per cent fee and a com¬mitment charge of 0.15 per cent.
B.Ooluun

CABINET MEETING IN BRIEF


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its regular meeting on June 28, Wednesday, the Cabinet made following decisions.
• The Cabinet authorized purchase of a 20-ton cistern in order to provide gov¬ernment organizations and civil servants at Gashuunsukhait border crossing. It was also decided that required amount to finance the 2016-2017 overtime wages of specialized inspection employees at the border crossing from government reserve fund.
• The Cabinet resolved on realiz¬ing a ‘Strengthening Fiscal and Financial Stability Project’ with a USD 12 million soft loan from the World Bank. The proj¬ect aims to strengthen fiscal and financial stability and improve the quality of expen¬diture management.
• The Cabinet discussed a draft amendment to Law on the Exonera¬tion and Compensation of Politically Re¬pressed People, initiated by Member of Parliaments led by Ya.Sanjmyatav, and agreed to propose a few suggestions.
Kh.Aminaa

MP D.TERBISHDAGVA MEETS CHINESE AMBASSADOR


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ MP D.Terbishdagva, Chairman of the Parlia¬mentary Standing Committee on Econo¬my received Xing Haiming, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Mongolia at the State House. The sides exchanged views on economic cooperation develop¬ment of the two countries.
At the beginning of the meeting, MP D.Terbishdagva noted “After the historic visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2014, the sides established a strategic partnership agreement and have conduct¬ed several high level meetings on econo¬my and politics relations”. He also noted that several major projects have been implemented within the framework of the bilateral visits and expressed Mongolia’s intention in cooperating actively on “Belt and Road” strategic project. Furthermore, the MP requested the Ambassador’s sup¬port in speeding up the deposit of Ex-Im Bank of China’s USD 1 billion soft loans.
Chinese Ambassador to Mongolia Xing Haiming responded “Considering Mongo¬lia’s interest in the joint projects of the two countries is of great importance. I share same opinion with Mr. D.Terbishdagva in expediting the joint projects” and ex¬changed views on current issues of devel¬oping economic cooperation.
B.Tugsbilig

HELICOPTERS TO BE DEPLOYED FOR DELIVERING BALLOT PAPERS


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The sec¬ond polling of 2017 Presidential election of Mongolia will take place on June 7, while the polling for Mongolians abroad is scheduled on July 4-5.
Accordingly, the General Election Commission is researching for a reliable short-term delivering methods required for the election. For instance, possibilities of delivering ballot papers through helicop¬ters to some soums were discussed with General Staff of the Armed Forces and the defense force agreed on providing sup¬port.
Furthermore, Civil Aviation Authority and Aero Mongolia have agreed to pro¬vide necessary technologies for delivering ballot papers for the election.
B.Tugsbilig

INTERNAL MIGRATION HALT EXTENDED


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Due to the second ballot of 2017 Presidential election of Mongolia taking place on July 7, internal migration halt has been extended further.
In accordance with the unified law on Elections, the citizen’s internal migration registration was halted since April 27 to be restored after the Presidential election on June 27. However, due to the fact that no candidates have received the majority of votes (50%+1), a second round of the election is scheduled on July 7, Friday, ex¬tending the nationwide halt to July 10.
An order was given to the State Regis¬trars to finish previously registered migra¬tions to the online civil registration system until the designated time and Heads of State Registration Department of Aimags, Soums and Districts to monitor the process.
B.Tugsbilig

BEST SOLUTION TO AIR POLLUTION TO BE AWARDED WITH MNT 1 MILLION


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Today, June 29, Arig Bank announced the “Let’s fight Air Pollution together!” challenge with an objective to reduce carbon dioxide emissions coming from Ger districts by discovering the best heating, energy gen¬eration and supply solutions and testing, applying them in practice. Best solutions will be rewarded with MNT100 million.
Air pollution in urban centers of Mon¬golia, including the capital city of Ulaan¬baatar, has reached “state of emergency” level. 80 per cent of the air pollution in Ulaanbaatar is being caused by raw coal burning by households in Ger districts and by micro power stations, 10 per cent at¬tributed to automobile emissions while 6 per cent being produced by power plants and 4 per cent from other sources. There¬fore, Arig Bank is implementing the proj¬ect, as part of its efforts for making real contributions in building a sustainable fu¬ture for Mongolia.
The project will run for 4 years in three phases, including Best Solutions selec¬tion process; Piloting and Development; and Application in practice and Monitor¬ing. “The Best Solution(s)”, the organiz¬ers mean, are technologies that generate heating and energy for gher area house¬holds, with the least negative footprint on the environment and households’ safety and income.
Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Health and Energy Ministries, Energy Regulation Commission, Governor’s of¬fice of the capital, Global Green Growth Institute and UNDP will collaborate in the project. Within the project ‘Technology and Financial solution’ forum will be held tomorrow in the Blue Sky Hotel. More de¬tailed information is available at http://sus¬tainable.arigbank.mn
B.Ooluun

SMUGGLERS OF ENDANGERED DALMATIAN PELICAN CAUGHT


Bayan-Ulgii /MONTSAME/ Police offi¬cers of Bayan-Ulgii aimag have revealed and are investigating an attempt to smug¬gle numerous heads of Dalmatian pelican through the Tsagaannuur border crossing.
According to senior inspector in charge of public relations of Police department of Bayan-Ulgii aimag J.Jaganolat, during the investigation, it was confirmed that the il¬legal act was conducted by C, a citizen of Khovd soum of Uvs aimag, and citizens, A and C, from Ulgii soum of Bayan-Ulgii aimag.
The Dalmatian Pelican is listed in the “Red Book” of Mongolia as well as in the Convention on International Trade in En¬dangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flo¬ra. Until the 1960s and 1970s, Dalmatian Pelicans were rather common in western Mongolia, with several hundred pairs breeding in the region’s large lakes and wetland areas. In the early 1970s the pop¬ulation started to decline mostly because of habitat degradation and, in particular, shooting, because the upper mandible is a much-favored material for sweat blades for horses. A beak of Dalmatian pelican costs MNT500.000-800.000 in a black market.
B.Ooluun

JULY 7 - SECOND BALLOT DAY MARKED AS PUBLIC HOLIDAY


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Friday, June 7 marked as public holiday for the second round of Presidential election.
The two candidates with highest votes MPP’s M.Enkhbold and DP’s Kh.Battulga will be running for presidency on the re-polling. As the law states, voter turnout must exceed 50 percent, while one of the candidates shall receive majority of the votes (50%+1) to win the election. If the voter turnout fails to exceed 50 percent, each polling station with below 50 per¬cent voter turnout will conduct re-polling once more, which has to be scheduled on weekends and only the voters who didn’t participate in the re-polling will cast their votes.
Therefore, the General Election Com¬mission is calling the public to cast their votes on the public holiday on July 7.
B.Tugsbilig

PLAYTIME FESTIVAL POSTPONED TO JULY 14-16


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Annual ‘Playtime’ festival has been postponed af¬ter the second round of presidential elec¬tion collides with its timing.
The country’s biggest live music festi¬val is postponed to July 14-16, the orga¬nizers announced Wednesday. “Although there were external factors that led to this decision, we look forward to meeting all the music lovers soon”, the organizers said. Tickets of the festival, in¬dicating the old timing, are still valid.
The 2017 ‘Playtime’ ticket costs MNT 50 thousand for a three-day musical pro¬gram featuring various international and local artists and bands.
Kh.Aminaa

MONGOLIAN ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN ASIAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Six Mon¬golian athletes are going to compete in the 22nd edition of the Asian Athletics Cham¬pionships, which will be held on July 5-9 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India.
The Mongolian track and field team is headed by coach A.Amarbayasgalan. They are going to compete in four catego¬ries, in particular, athlete B.Achitbilig will participate in the category of 4x400 me¬ter relay, D.Shinebayar and G.Shijirbaatar are in 100-meter, 200 meter hurdles and 4x100 meter relay, A.Jantsandorj is to 400 meter and 4x100 meter relay and D.Gantulga and B.Munkhzaya are in 5000 meter and 10 000 meter category. In addi¬tion, four sessions of the International As¬sociation of Athletics Federation meeting will be organized during the Asian Athlet¬ics Championship in India.
B.Oyundelger

MONGOLIANS LEAD AT THE EAST ASIAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP


Mongolian young chess players ranked in the first place in the East Asian Youth Chess Championship 2017 held on June 17-26 in Ulaanbaatar.
The tournament was organized in three categories of rapid, blitz and standard and was attended by 452 chess players from Japan, South Korea, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Mongolian team won 21 gold, 20 silver and 25 bronze medals from the competition.
Mongolian Chess Federation, Minis¬try of Education, Culture, Science and Sports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and De¬partment of Physical Culture and Sports co-organized the Championship with Altan Joloo Group of Mongolia sponsored.
B.Oyundelger




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