MONTSAME Daily News

‘CHILD BENEFITS’ TO REACH EVERY CHILD


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its meeting on July 4, Tuesday, the Cabinet decided to grant ‘Child Benefits’ to every child, and compensate to those who didn’t receive the allowance.
According to J.Munkhbat, Head of Cabinet Secretariat, it was instructed that ‘Child Benefits’ will cover 60 percent of the total children in Mongolia in the frame¬works of the IMF Extended Fund Facility program. “In the first half of 2017, eco¬nomic recovery has begun with economic growth standing at 4-4.5 percent”, he said. “Budget profit has surpassed MNT 500 bil¬lion, and MNT 100 billion is required to is¬sue ‘Child Benefits’ to every child”.
He said that the decision will take ef¬fect from the following day.
Kh.Aminaa

CITIZENS TO OWN SHARES OF ERDENET MINING CORPORATION


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its meeting on July 4, Tuesday, the Cabinet assigned corresponding Ministers and au¬thorities to resolve the issue of taking the 49 percent of Erdenet Mining Corporation into government ownership.
Moreover, the Cabinet decided that every citizen will have ownership in the copper plant’s shares, and ordered corre¬sponding Ministers to take required mea¬sures to realize the decision.
Head of Cabinet Secretariat J.Munkhbat said, “The objective reflected in the 2016-2020 action plan of the Cabi¬net regarding distribution of shares of stra¬tegic deposits to the Mongolian people is officially being realized”. He continued, “Although Parliament issued the Resolution No. 23 on taking full ownership of Erdenet Mining Corpo¬ration, the owner of the 49 percent filed a lawsuit. A court decision was made in disfavor of the government decision. Par¬liament Speaker M.Enkhbold instructed the Cabinet to carry out the Parliament resolution No. 23. As such, we solved the issue with the decision to distribute shares of Erdenet Mining Corporation to every citizen”.
Kh.Aminaa

REGULATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE AND AL¬LOWANCE FOR THE EL-DERLY AND DISABLED APPROVED


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During yesterday’s cabinet meeting, the Govern¬ment approved regulations on Provision of services, assistance and support to the elderly; Establishing the Elderly Funds; Eligibility of the elderly and persons with disabilities to use public transportation free of charge regardless their residence location; Managing and using database on the elderly employment; and Provision of aids and assistance to persons with dis¬abilities.
According to the rules, elderly persons and persons with disabilities will travel in public transportations except taxis in the capital as well as in the aimag centers free of charge not depending on if they live in the capital or in rural areas. Citizens can apply for welfare departments of aimag, capital city and districts in order to be in¬volved in the welfare service. An electron¬ic travel card for free travel is to be valid for two years and is subject to extension when it expires.
The elderly and persons with disabili¬ties will be provided with necessary pros¬thesis, having discount from the Health Insurance Fund by ordering the prosthe¬sis to entities, which have contract with a health insurance organization. Moreover, price discount for the prosthesis, which is non-refundable from the Health insurance fund or was made abroad, will be avail¬able from the Social Welfare Fund.
Transportation cost from rural area to aimag or to the capital of caretaker and children with disabilities, who are studying in aimag or the capital will be covered by government once per year.
The elderly can enjoy discounts at standard tariffs, approved by the govern¬ment for sanatoriums or resorts for elders once a year. For example, when the elder¬ly stays in an accredited the sanatorium, the payment will be at price of a normal room for a citizen with health insurance, the one-way transportation cost will be discounted by 50 per cent for the elderly and by 100 per cent for honorary donors and the state honored people.
Heroes of labor of Mongolia, veterans as well as wife or husband of a person, who died in a war are given monetary aid for apartment payment or payment for fuel in case they live in Ger district. The Gov-ernment made a decision to increase the allowance twice.
B.Ooluun

FIRE FIGHTING UNITS TO BE NEWLY ESTAB¬LISHED IN SOUMS


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Fire fight¬ing units will be newly established in Bay¬an-Undur soum of Orkhon aimag, Khatgal village of Alag-Erdene soum of Khovsgol aimag, Zereg soum of Hovd aimag as well as a search and rescue unit in Erdeneda¬lai soum, Dundgobi province. The Gov¬ernment made this decision considering the high risks of forest, steppe and indoor fires and number of the population, enti¬ties and companies of these soums.
Fire fighting unit with 4th class has to have 47 employees, but the staff number of the new units has been set to be 39, taking into account the economic difficul¬ties.
In the first five months of this year, for¬est and steppe fires occurred 138 times, affecting 31 thousand hectares of for¬est and 3.2 million hectares of land with ecological loss of over MNT 10 billion and material loss of MNT 1 billion. Four people died, four people were burned, 41 houses and gers, 64 livestock sheds, 6143 heads of livestock and other things were dam¬aged.
Over the same period, indoor fires oc¬curred 1792 times, causing an estimated loss of MNT6 billion. These fires claimed 22 people’s lives, 19 were burned and 822 heads of animals were killed, 764 houses and homes were burned. Rescuers and firefighters were able to save 462 lives and prevent property worth of MNT10 bil¬lion from catching fires.
Due to the social and economic situ¬ation, only 42 soums out of 330 soums of 21 aimags have firefighting units and Ulaanbaatar has 14 units.
B.Ooluun
NAADAM HOLIDAYS TO BEGIN ON JULY 10


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its meeting on July 4, Tuesday, the Cabinet decided to make July 10, Monday a public holiday.
Naadam holidays are officially on July 11-15. The Cabinet’s decision to observe July 10 as part of the Naadam holidays leads to making July 16, Sunday a work¬ing day. In other words, July 10 has been shifted to July 16. As such, Naadam holidays will be from July 10-15. Also, July 7, Friday is a public holiday as Mongolians vote in the second round of presidential election.
Kh.Aminaa

NIGHTTIME ELECTRIC¬ITY TARIFF DISCOUNT INVOLVES RURAL HOUSEHOLDS


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ “Regula¬tions on Granting Electricity Tariff Dis¬counts to Ger District Households” was revised during the Cabinet’s regular ses¬sion on July 4.
Accordingly, nighttime electricity cost of ger districts has reduced by 100 per¬cent, while the center of each Aimag and soum with over 10 thousand population will receive 50 percent nighttime electric¬ity discounts. By an estimate, around 140 thousand household will be involved in the discount.
Only the occupied households are eli¬bile for the discounts on electricity used for heating or household purposes at night in cold seasons. Energy Regulatory Com¬mission will be responsible for determin¬ing the duration of cold season and night time period, as well as maximum power consumption based on electricity trans¬mission, capacity of the network and tech¬nical possibilities.
Furthermore, the regulation states the Ministry of Environment and Ulaanbaatar City Governor’s Office to annually deter¬mine air quality improvement zone in the capital. Also, the households are respon¬sible for using nationally approved elec¬tricity meters, electric appliances, ensur¬ing electricity and fire safety, as well as to pay electricity bills before receiving the discounts.
B.Tugsbilig

REGULATIONS ON ES¬TABLISHING SENIOR’S FUND APPROVED


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During the Cabinet’s regular session on July 4, “Reg¬ulations on Establishing Seniors’ Fund” was approved.
The Seniors’ Fund will provide addi¬tional pension, fuel and support on finding jobs, running businesses, finding accom¬modations, paying respect on national holidays such as Lunar New Year, building and repairing houses, granting monetary aid for treatment and medicines, organiz¬ing cultural and sports event for both re¬tired and working elders.
Considering the suggestions of the Se¬nior’s Union and Council, the regulations state private entities and state-owned companies to create Senior’s Fund using up to 3 percent of the Salary Fund.
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B.Tugsbilig

43 BUSES RECEIVED ON A LOAN FROM SOUTH KOREA


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its meeting on July 4, Tuesday, the Cabinet authorized Finance Minister B.Choijilsuren to establish a loan agreement with the Re¬public of Korea.
Mongolia is realizing a project to sup¬port international public transport services on a soft loan from the Export-Import Bank of Korea. The loan agreement finances the import of the 43 buses that Mongo¬lia has received and the second batch of buses to receive.
Mongolia hasn’t reformed its interna¬tional and intercity public transport sector since 1987.
Kh.Aminaa

CABINET MEETING IN BRIEF


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its meeting on July 4, Tuesday, the Cabinet made following decisions.
• The Cabinet adopted a revised ‘Procedure for formulation of report on Mongolia’s compliance with multilateral international treaties’, and a schedule for institutions in charge of the report.
• The Cabinet discussed and agreed to add a few suggestions to a draft bill on Food services in Kindergartens and Schools, initiated by Member of Parlia¬ment B.Undarmaa.
• The Cabinet discussed a draft bill on Management Support to Reproduc¬tion, and agreed to propose a few sugges¬tions to bill initiator Member of Parliament N.Oyundari.
• The Cabinet adopted a proce¬dure dealing with compensations of loss from confiscated properties, turning prop¬erties into state property and destruction of properties.
Kh.Aminaa

MONGOLIA CALLS FOR NORTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES TO HOLD SECURITY DIALOGUE


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Under the theme “25 years of CICA: For Asian Se¬curity and Development”, the second non-governmental forum of Conference on Interaction and Conference-Building Mea¬sures in Asia (CICA) took place in Beijing, China on June 28-29. The forum was at¬tended by over 300 delegates including CICA member states, observer states (organizations) and concerned countries in the region and discussed issues such as security situations in Asia, on how to achieve common, comprehensive, coop-erative and sustainable security in Asia and jointly build the Belt and Road.
Within the framework of the forum, eight roundtable panels focusing on the Asian security situation was held, such as the implementation of the United Na¬tions 2030 Agenda for Sustainable De¬velopment, anti-terrorism cooperation, cyberspace security, addressing climate change, financial security, the role of the CICA Non-governmental Forum, and the role of the media. Also, Director of Interna¬tional Relations’ Department of Mongolian Academy of Sciences PhD. J.Bayasakh held a discussion on “Northeast Asian Se¬curity and Mongolia’s Contribution in the Region” during the roundtable panel on anti-terrorism cooperation.
“Northeast Asia’s security is still deli¬cate. The issues are both bilateral (Japan- Russia, Japan-China, China-Vietnam) and multilateral (China-ASEAN). And this is only Mongolia in the region which faces no challenges in terms of security. Owing to its geographical location and foreign re¬lationship potentials, Mongolia is pursuing soft power policy in the region, and in tak¬ing advantage of its neutrality position it calls other regional countries for holding security dialogues” said PhD. J.Bayasakh during his presentation.
B.Tugsbilig

FOREIGN MINISTER TS.MUNKH-ORGIL RE¬CEIVES AMBASSADOR OF CANADA ED JAGER


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On July 4, Ts.Munkh-Orgil, Minister for Foreign Af¬fairs of Mongolia received Ed Jager, Am¬bassador of Canada to Mongolia upon finishing his tenure in Mongolia.
Foreign Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil ap¬preciated returning Ambassador Ed Jager for his valuable contributions to the de¬velopment of bilateral relations between Mongolia and Canada during his tenure in Mongolia and expressed his gratitude for continuously intensifying relations and cooperation. Moreover, mentioning that Mongolia and Canada have broad poten¬tial to cooperate in the agricultural field, FM expressed his confidence that Cana¬dian Ambassador will keep supporting to develop bilateral ties and wished success for the Ambassador in his future endeav¬ours.
In turn, Ambassador Ed Jager noted his thankfulness for the growing and strengthening relations and cooperation between Mongolia and Canada. Also, he expressed his willingness to develop Mongolia-Canada cooperation and sup¬port each other within the frames of inter¬national organizations.
B.Oyundelger

HAGUE TRIBUNAL DIS¬MISSED COMPLAINT AGAINST MONGOLIAN GOVERNMENT


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Gov¬ernment of Mongolia won in the arbitration dispute with three Chinese investors to Tumurtein Khuder Company. The inves¬tors appealed to the permanent court of Arbitration at the Hague in February 2010, concerning the Government agency’s de¬cision on cancellation of Tumurtei khuder company’s license of Tumurtei iron ore mine. On June 30, the arbitral tribunal made decision to dismiss the claimants’ requests in full.
Tumurtei mine located in Khuder soum of Selenge aimag has a reserve of 250 million tons of iron ore. The mine li¬cense was cancelled in 2006 as license holder ‘Tumurtein Khuder’ company had breached relevant laws and regulations by not repaying costs for the exploration of the deposit conducted with the state bud¬get finance, having failed to develop plans on environmental protection and rehabili¬tation and take measures, making explo¬sion on a field of ‘Khustain Yeroo” com¬pany or unauthorized field and by having exported iron ore instead of concentrating it as stated in its Environmental Impact As¬sessment.
The Chinese investors, including Chi¬na Heilongjiang International Economic and Techinical Cooperative Corporation claimed investment of USD60 million, plus potential profits since the license revoca¬tion as well as all costs incurred arbitration dispute.
B.Ooluun

MILD EARTHQUAKES HIT UMNUGOBI AND BAYANKHONGO-RAIMAGS


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Na¬tional Emergency Management Agency has reported that an earthquake hit an area of Umnugobi and Bayankhongo¬raimags of Mongolia on July 4.
In particular, a magnitude 3.5 earth¬quake has occurred in a place called TsagaanTolgoi in Sevreisoum, Umnu¬gobiaimag at 09.40 AM on July 4. Also, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck in Zoo¬giinzuukh area of Bayanligsoum, Bayank¬hongoraimag at 11.34 AM on July 4. Gov¬ernor’s Offices of the soums have stated that no shake was felt by residents of the regions and no damages occurred.
B.Oyundelger

JULY 5 EVENTS


11.00: Exhibition of “Heroes of Peo¬ple’s Revolution” opens at the Mongolian Military Museum
11.00: P.Sergelen, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry holds a press conference on current situation
11.00: Ceremony to hand over a La¬bor Merit Medal to the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences At the MN information center
12.30: A press conference to introduce the first anthology album of throat singing “Classics of Mongolian throat singing”
13.30: “Mothers with Orders” non-gov¬ernment organization holds press confer¬ence




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