Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On Au¬gust 3, the President of Mongolia Khalt¬maagiin Battulga welcomed James Anderson, the Country Manager and Resident Representative of the World Bank for Mongolia. They exchanged opinions on the relationship and cooper¬ation between Mongolia and the World Bank. World Bank’s Country Manager Mr. James Anderson congratulated Presi¬dent Battulga on the election of the President of Mongolia. President Bat¬tulga noted: “Yesterday, I held a meet¬ing with representatives of the Interna¬tional Monetary Fund and expressed my stance. Mongolia is like desert sand absorbs water without any benefit. Mongolia cannot benefit from the inter¬national investment or financing, if we don’t change the economic foundation. We have to fix our economic system”.
The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than USD 1.90 a day to no more than 3% and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to de¬veloping countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries. Source:


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On Au¬gust 4, the President of Mongolia Khalt¬maa Battulga met with representatives of Mongolian young people, who are working in the world’s leading informa¬tion technology companies and shared views on the development of the coun¬try’s information technology sector and enhancing its competition in the global market.
At the meeting, Staff Software En¬gineer at Google B.Battulga, Soft¬ware Operations Engineer at Amazon A.Amarbayar, Sales Manager of Square B.Dulguun, and Director of “And Globa” Ch.Anar were present at the meeting to introduce their work and cooperation ideas on the development of information technology in Mongolia.
President Battulga emphasized that as a landlocked country, Mongolia’s in¬formation technology is one of our gate¬ways to the world. During the meeting with Ambassador of India, the President proposed to open a branch of the In¬dia’s top IT University in Mongolia. They agreed to initiate an idea that will bring Mongolia’s IT sector into the world stan¬dard.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Presi¬dent Kh.Battulga met Adnan Rauf Que¬reshi, Officer-in-charge of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organiza¬tion Office in Mongolia on August 3.
Mr. Quereshi touched upon the FAO operations in Mongolia which empha¬size on improving the livelihood of herd¬ing households and food quality.
President Kh.Battulga expressed his intention to strengthen cooperation with the FAO, citing the importance of eco¬nomic system that facilitates purchase of animal-origin products from herders and export of value-added goods.
He also spoke of possibilities of co¬operating with the UN and Red Cross Society in humanitarian area, and sup¬ply food and meat. He said, “Mongolia can work with the Red Cross Society, in¬stead of only receiving aid”, mentioning how Mongolia can be a part of humani¬tarian works through food supply.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Na¬tional State Emergency Commission met on Thursday to address timely is¬sues in agriculture, energy, education, health spheres and wintering prepara¬tions in the capital city.
Following reports by the correspond¬ing authorities, Deputy Prime Minis¬ter and Chairman of the commission U.Khurelsukh issued instructions.
P.Sergelen, Minister for Food, Agri¬culture and Light Industry reported on the Ministry’s responsive measures on drought situation across the country, wintering and harvest preparations. On the national level, some 150 soums suffer from drought whereas about 50 soums are in a mild drought. “Following the continued rain in most parts of the country since July 20, we expect hay growth by August 10”, he said. This year, 517.4 thousand ha land was sowed - 391.6 thousand ha for grain including 366.9 thousand ha for wheat, 14.6 thousand ha for potatoes, 7.2 thousand ha for vegetables, 75.9 thousand ha for oil plants, 25.7 thou¬sand ha for fodder plants, 1.9 thousand ha for medicinal herbs and 287.1 ha for fruits. Minister P.Sergelen expressed concerns over the probability of 20 per¬cent loss of vegetable harvest this year.
The Deputy Prime Minister gave instructions including to draft a prelimi¬nary harvest report within August 18; monitor the progress of generation of aimag and soum reserves of hay and fodder; ensure full winter preparations at Baganuur and Shivee-Ovoo coal mines and store coal sufficient for at least 20 days at thermal power plants; conduct a survey on households in remote areas, including pregnant women, elders, dis¬abled people and minors, and ensure full readiness of medical facilities, per¬sonnel and equipment in local adminis¬trative units; raise public awareness on cloud seeding; and reward emergency workers who served during natural haz¬ards, wildfires and other events in the first quarter of 2017, and report it to the commission.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A.Tsogtsetseg, Minister of Health, wel¬comed Dr Sergey Diorditsa, World Health Organization Representative in Mongolia and Senior Programme Coor¬dinator at WHO Western Pacific Region Office on August 3.
At the beginning of the meeting, Minister A.Tsogtsaikhan congratulated Dr Sergey Diorditsa to his appointment as WR in Mongolia and Senior Pro¬gramme Coordinator at WHO Western Pacific Region Office and addressed to cooperate for years to come. Minister also expressed her gratitude towards WHO for working closely with Mongolia and said “During your appointed term, preparing of /2017-2021/ Medium Term Cooperation Strategy between the Gov¬ernment of Mongolia and WHO, 2018- 2019 Action Plan, regional director Dr. Shin Young-Soo’s visit to Mongolia and 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific are expected. I believe Dr Sergey Diorditsa would give importance and cooperate with us on these matters”.
The Ministry of Health reported that the officials and heads of department of the Ministry attended the meeting to get acquainted with the newly appointed WHO representative in Mongolia and exchange views on cooperation.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Initiated by the Bank of Mongolia, pure silver “Mazaalai” coin was issued in order to promote Gobi desert bear “Mazaalai”, one of the world’s critically endangered species.
The coin has a millesimal fineness of 999, diameter of 38.61 mm and will be sold at MNT 300 thousand. With an aim to protect and promote the critically en¬dangered “Mazaalai” bear to the world, the Bank of Mongolia is collecting the coin in frames of social responsibility and is offering it to the coin collectors around the world.
Listed on Mongolian Red Book of Endangered Species, the population of Mazaalai included only 15-20 adults in 1960-1970 and 25-30 in 1980. Accord¬ing to the recent research, less than 30 Mazaalai bears are left. The low popula¬tion of Gobi bears is explained by the deprivation of their main source of food as they mainly eat roots, berries and other plants, as well as rodents some¬times. Although scientists grew sub¬stitute plants, Gobi bears refuse to eat human-made food.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Tempo¬rary thunderstorms are expected in the left half of territory on August 5, in some parts of western, central and eastern aimags on August 6, in some regions on August 7, in western parts of western aimags, central and eastern aimags and in the Gobi on August 8.
Winds will get stronger before the rains, reaching 18-20 m/sec of speed. Temperatures will go down on August 5.
On the following days, the night¬time temperature in mountainous ar¬eas of Khangai, Khuvsgul and Khentii will be +5+10 Celsius, and the daytime, +18+23. In southern part of the Gobi and the banks of Orkhon-Selenge, the nighttime temperature will be +14+19, and the daytime, +27+32 Celsius.
In other regions, the nighttime tem¬perature will be +10+15, and the day¬time, +22+27 Celsius.
Source: Research Institute of Hy¬drology and Meteorology


There is a particular fascination when it comes to Mongolia—as there is a perfect blend of old country and new country. It’s probably the unique mountainous aesthetic that drew me to the Mongolian’s version of the Wild, Wild West. I made it my mission take as many photos as I wanted to challenge the pre-conceived notions of Mongolia as it has been called a harsh, inhospi¬table wasteland. With my writing pad on the one hand and my Sony Alpha 6000 camera in the other, I set out to uncover this mysterious “wasteland.”
It was a cloudy and on the verge of raining on 22nd July 2017—rather a rarity in terms of Mongolian weather and the meeting point was Sukhbaator Square, where I met up two Projects Abroad Volunteer-- Katherine, a Dan¬ish who is interning for a human rights projects and Joe, a sarcastic Welsh-Brit teacher who is teaching English for his project, Emma our informative Mongo¬lian tourist guide and her fearless Mon¬golian mother for this magical adventure to the countryside. Now putting a deep Danish, a sarcastic Welsh-Brit and a high-functioning sociopathic Australian and two fearless Mongolian women, you can imagine the everlasting cultural misunderstandings and witty yet deep conversations we have throughout our trip.
First stop—the Chinggis Khaan Equestrian Statue which commemo¬rates the great conqueror in all its glory. The stainless steel statue is 40 meters tall (130ft) which display the imperialist on horseback with his bronze sword on top on “ger”, which is a traditional Mon¬golian nomadic home. The gigantic stat¬ue has been erected I have a strong ad¬miration for Chinggis Khaan— he came to power by uniting nomadic tribes of the Northern Asia and dominated most of Eurasia; Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan. The Mongol empire by the 13th-14th century became to the most “contigu¬ous land empire” which extended as far as Serbia! Contrary to popular belief, Chinggis Khaan although a ruthless conqueror who may have murderously slaughtered many innocent people, he was a genuine and caring leader who encouraged gender equality and built into a meritocracy.
As I am a sucker for this histori¬cal revolutionary war hero, I needed to show my undying admiration for him, and all I needed was to get a horse and stick. Unfortunately, I didn’t think that MNT 2300 will sustain me throughout the day so, Joe decided to generously pay MNT 5000 for my 30 min horse ride around the statue. Bemused at the im¬maculate size, I search for the ground for a stick, but the grassy steppes were scattered in dried up horse manure and jagged pebbles— obviously, I was rather annoyed. That stick was every¬thing to complete my uncanny imitation of this amazing human being. Instead, I gathered some of the horse’s reins and made a makeshift “stick” instead. You know as they say “imitation is the best form of flattery.”
Inside the Chinggis Khaan Eques¬trian Statue, the first thing you see in the museum is that gigantic boot which sup¬posedly to the largest in the world boot which was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. We took a trip down memory lane as we entered the Hall of Barbaric Fame, where there were side-eyed portraits of the Khaan’s descen¬dants creepily watched over us in an unassuming manner.
After saying my sorrowful farewell to Your Highness of Savagery himself, we ventured to Turtle Rock. Just saying, it looks how it looks how it sounds—al¬though, I was curious where the rest of the body went. Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of Mongolia’s national parks which has a lot of tourist camps which includes a Buddhist monastery, several tourist souvenir shops and restaurants.
The climb was a struggle. It wasn’t even funny. Probably the fact, I’m not very fit in the first place. I have this in¬sane fear that if I climbed these moun¬tainous terrains, that I was going to fall off the edge and break my back. So, in order to combat this fear, I devised an “elaborate” plan of dragging my behind down the slopes of the terrain at a slow pace whereas, my fellow peers zipped up and down the slopes as if it was a walk in a park.
As the exhilarating climb down the mountain came to a halt, the next desti¬nation was Buddhist monastery in Terelj. As I paid my 2000 “foreigner” admission fee, I looked up and dreaded the mo¬ment of walking another hilltop. As you first entered the monastery, their whole line-up of Buddhist fortune boards which were winded their way up to the temple. As we got up half-way to the temple, there was this contraption, al¬most equivalent to the wheel of fortune, you see on western television. I got the number 58 and 137—and once you get those numbers you meant to search for them and they will tell you your fortune. Once, we get to the temple; a rather bright-eyed old man on a stool with his hand held the radio and repeating the word, “mouse” and laughing at the same time. I have a suspicion that a for¬eigner taught him the English word for the bronze rodent figurine which hap¬pened to on temple door and he thought it was funny and kept repeating it. He was a very endearing old man though.
The temple itself was beautiful; a multi-coloured interior with elaborate Buddhist paintings and hard-rock floorboards, which encased the immaculate Buddha statue. People were praying for peace, chanting – Om Mani Padme Hum. I, on the other hand, was taught how to pray by Emma’s fearless Mongo¬lian mother. Although, I’m not good with technicalities of caressing each bead down the necklace. She seems to very patient with me whilst I was doing so.
All good things come to an end after this enlightening adventure, and for the record, Mongolia is not an inhospitable wasteland. Just saying!
By Jenny Hu

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