1 VALE EVACUATES 200 PEOPLE FROM TOWN NEAR ITS MAR AZUL MINE WWW.MINING.COM PUBLISHED:2019/02/17      2 TOOTH PLAQUE SHOWS DRINKING MILK GOES BACK 3,000 YEARS IN MONGOLIA WWW.SCIENCENEWS.ORG  PUBLISHED:2019/02/17      3 INCREASING NUMBER OF CHINA-EUROPE FREIGHT TRAINS SUPPORTS MONGOLIA'S ECONOMY: OFFICIAL WWW.XINHUANET.COM PUBLISHED:2019/02/17      4 TAX REVENUE INCREASES BY 33.7 PERCENT WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/17      5 COPPER MINER'S $10B BET COMES TO LIFE IN PANAMA JUNGLE WWW.MINING.COM PUBLISHED:2019/02/15      6 TRADE UNIONS REQUEST PM TO FOCUS ON INTEREST RATE CUT WWW.ZGM.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/15      7 MONGOLIA’S HOURLY WAGE TO REACH USD 1 WWW.NEWS.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/15      8 US NARCOTICS BY POST TO MONGOLIA! THREE ARRESTED WWW.NEWS.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/15      9 WRITER D.URIANKHAI NOMINATED FOR THE NOBEL PRIZE WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/15      10 MONGOLIA-CHINA-RUSSIA ECONOMIC CORRIDOR BENEFITS ALL SIDES: OFFICIAL WWW.XINHUANET.COM PUBLISHED:2019/02/15      “ОЮУ ТОЛГОЙ” КОМПАНИ 570 ТОННЫ ДААЦТАЙ CAT БРЭНДИЙН ГИДРАВЛИК ЭСКВАТОРООР ХҮЧЭЭ СЭЛБЭЛЭЭ WWW.GOGO.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/15     ӨРХИЙН САРЫН ДУНДАЖ ОРЛОГО 78,000 ТӨГРӨГӨӨР ӨССӨН Ч ЗАРЛАГА ДАВСАН ХЭВЭЭР БАЙНА WWW.IKON.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/15     АВСТРАЛИЙН ЭЛЧИН САЙД ДЭВИД МЭТЬЮ ВОСЭН ИТГЭМЖЛЭХ ЖУУХ БИЧГЭЭ ӨРГӨН БАРИВ WWW.MONTSAME.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/15     2018 ОНД МОНГОЛ УЛСЫН ЭДИЙН ЗАСАГ 6.9 ХУВИАР ӨСЛӨӨ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/15     МХБ: II/15-НЫ БАЙДЛААР 8 КОМПАНИ ХЭХ-ЫН ТОВОО ГАРГААД БАЙНА WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/15     2017 ОНД 1.9 ТЭРБУМ ТӨГРӨГИЙН АЛДАГДАЛТАЙ АЖИЛЛАСАН “УЛААНБААТАР БҮК” 2018 ОНД 566 САЯ ТӨГРӨГИЙН АШИГТАЙ АЖИЛЛАВ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/15     ОРХОН ТҮҮХИЙ НҮҮРСНЭЭС ТАТГАЛЗСАН АНХНЫ АЙМАГ БОЛНО WWW.UNUUDUR.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/15     АТГ-ААС НЭР БҮХИЙ 6 ШҮҮГЧИЙГ ШАЛГАЖ ЭХЭЛЖЭЭ WWW.EAGLE.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/15     МОНГОЛ УЛС ДЭЛХИЙН 77 ОРОНД БАРАА ЭКСПОРТОЛСНООС ХЯТАДАД 93%-ИЙГ НЬ НИЙЛҮҮЛЖЭЭ WWW.IKON.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/14     АВТО МАШИНЫ ИМПОРТ 2018 ОНД 30% ӨСӨЖ, 86,296-Д ХҮРЧЭЭ WWW.IKON.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/14    

Events

Name organizer Where
“Doing business with Mongolia”, “UK Investors show” бизнес хөтөлбөр March 27-April 02. 2019 ЛОНДОН ХОТ, ИХ БРИТАНИ Mongolian Business Database London UK
SYMPOSIUM ON GLOBAL MARKETS Nationalism and Protectionism: The United States in the International Arena June 17-18, 2019 The Center for American and International Law Plano, Texas, USA The Center for American and International Law (CAILAW) Plano Texas June 17-18 2019
"Open to Export" ICC WTO International business award ICC WTO London

NEWS

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Foreign Minister requests three new ambassadorial nominees www.news.mn

The appointment of the Mongolian ambassadors to Thailand, Australia and South Korea has been pending for over a year-and-a-half. Both the cabinet and the State Great Khural (parliament) have appointed N.Chimguundari as ambassador to Thailand, G.Tenger to Australia and B.Khurts to South Korea. However, Mongolian President Kh.Battulga has been adamantly refusing to present them with their letters of credence.

Subsequently, Foreign Minister D.Tsogtbaatar, has made a requested to the parliamentary group of the Mongolian People’s Party to recall these nominees and submit different candidates.

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Parliament rejects temporary committee for SMEDF www.zgm.mn

Parliament, at its plenary session yesterday, passed the President-initiated bill on the Procedure of the Plenary Session for final discussion. Accordingly, the Parliament can potentially decide the fate of Speaker Enkhbold Miyegombo next week.

Following the public demonstration last week, the Parliament decided to consider the President-initiated bill on the Procedure of the Parliamentary Plenary Session, which allows dismissal of Parliament Speaker if more than half of MPs submit a petition. The bill was passed to the Standing Committee on State Structure for final discussion yesterday. The draft legislation contains two articles. The first article states that the Parliament would discuss a proposal to dismiss the Parliament Speaker in an urgent manner when it is submitted by a majority of the Parliamentarians. The second article specifies the time when the legislation will take effect. If the bill is approved, the Speaker might be ousted next week.

Afterward, the Parliament discussed two key items, namely the establishment of a temporary committee on investigating Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development Fund (SMEDF) and minerals law.

MINISTER OF MINING RETRACTS BILL ON MINERALS

Due to the lack of quorum for the last two months, the Bill on Minerals that was expected to extend 2.5 percent gold royalty for another three years was left undiscussed by the Parliament, resulting in 5-9 percent royalty starting from January 1. After finally forming a quorum, the Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry Sumiybazar Dolgorsuren requested to retract the bill to revise certain articles yesterday. The request was approved by 74.5 percent of MP. Since the bill is now postponed for an indefinite time, the gold tax will be set at the pre-revision level of 5-9 percent.

Initiated by nine MPs, the bill on establishing a temporary committee responsible for investigating, monitoring and transparently disclosing information of SMEDF was rejected. The Parliament deemed it unnecessary as a temporary committee has the authority as a permanent committee and rejected the bill with 64.3 percent of votes from MPs.

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Mongolia to boost public services in 2019 www.globaltimes.cn

Mongolia has declared 2019 a "citizen-centered public service year," the Mongolian government's press office announced on Wednesday.

"The government decided to declare 2019 as a citizen-centered public service year in order to improve public services, eliminate bureaucracy in public service at all levels, and listen to the voices of citizens to solve pressing issues," the press office said in a statement.

In 2019, the government is going to implement around 70 measures, including intensifying the digitalization of public services, so as to improve the transparency of the public sector, eliminate bureaucracy and corruption, and save time, the statement said.

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New mayor of Mongolia's capital elected www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Deputies of the Citizens' Representative Council of Ulan Bator elected a new mayor of the capital city on Wednesday.

Samdannyam Munkhchuluun was appointed by 24 deputies in the 45-seat council in a secret ballot.

"Working as mayor of the capital city is very responsible. I will work hard to solve the pressing issues in the city which is home to more than half of the country's population of 3.2 million," Munkhchuluun told reporters after the appointment.

The 40-year-old Munkhchuluun, a member of the ruling Mongolian People's Party, has served as a deputy of the Citizens' Representative Council since 2016.

Sundui Batbold, the former mayor of Ulan Bator, announced his resignation in late November after the country's Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh accused him of not fulfilling his duties.

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New mayor faces challenge to contain swine flu amid anger over pollution www.zgm.mn

Yesterday, the Citizens’ Representative Council of the Capital City (CRCC) elected the next Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city after finally rising from a political deadlock. Munkhchuluun Samdannyam, the newly elected Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city, now faces a burdening challenge of tackling the swine flu outbreak.

Mr. Munkhchuluun had a tight run against Amarsaikhan Sainbuyan, former Head of CRCC as the poll ended in a tie and the re-poll was in favor of Munkhculuun, who self-nominated himself at the meeting, with 24 to 43 votes. As for Amarsaikhan, the board of Mongolian People’s Party nominated him on December 28, but the election had to be postponed because the CRCC could not form the quorum.

After the appointment of Mr. Munkhchuluun, the CRCC put “Swine flu and influenza outbreak issues” as the next item on the order list, before the appointment of the next Head of CRCC. In the first week of this year, a total of 4,136 instances out of 57,508 ambulatory care were diagnosed with influenza or similar illness in the capital city alone. 35.6 percent of patients were infants aged 0 to 1, 26.8 percent were aged 2 to 4 and 14.4 percent were aged 5 to 9. Out of 3,098 calls at children’s emergency services, 59.5 percent were influenza or similar illness calls.

Additionally, the Cabinet resolved to grant 3-5 days of paid time off to parents and child guardians, who have a child suffering from influenza, at its regular meeting yesterday. After calling for private entities to support the implementation of the resolution, the Cabinet informed that the decision will be effective until March 16. Also, Minister of Health and other related officials were ordered to make local medical centers work on Saturdays until March 16.

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First state flag raised in Antarctica handed over to President www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On January 16, President of Mongolia Kh.Battulga received head of Antarctica Research Center, researcher, Sc.D L.Dugerjav.

During the meeting, Professor L.Dugerjav handed over the state flag of Mongolia which was raised in Antarctica. This year marks the 10th anniversary of participation of Mongolia in Antarctica research. On the occasion of the anniversary, the Mongolian researchers worked with the researchers from other countries at the Bulgarian Antarctic Base (BAB) on the Livingston Island of Antarctica, establishing their own research base named after Chinggis Khaan.

President reminisced that Mongolian polar research L.Dugerjav embarked on an expedition to Antarctica a decade ago and wished him good luck with his research works.

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Kisenosato, Japan's last remaining sumo champion, retires www.bbc.com

Japan's last remaining home-grown sumo champion has announced his retirement after a string of tournament losses.

Kisenosato Yutaka said he had been struggling with injuries but had wanted to continue wrestling to repay fans for their support.

In 2017, he became the first Japan-born wrestler in almost two decades to reach the rank of grand champion, known in Japanese as "yokozuna".

The only two wrestlers left at the elite level are both from Mongolia.

"I feel that I did everything I could," a tearful Kisenosato told reporters at a news conference.

"I was supported by so many people... I have nothing but gratitude."

He will be adopting the name of Araiso as a sumo elder. It is expected that he will train younger wrestlers as a coach in his retirement.

Who is Kisenosato Yutaka?
Kisenosato, whose real name is Yutaka Hagiwara, is from Ibaraki, north of Tokyo.

As a child, Kisenosato was a pitcher in his school's baseball club before he chose to train as a wrestler at a stable in Tokyo.

The 32-year old made his professional debut in 2002 and reached Japan's top Makuuchi division in 2004 at the age of 18.

After being runner-up on multiple occasions, he finally clinched his first tournament victory - and thereby his promotion to yokozuna - in January 2017.

Kisenosato went on to win his first tournament as a yokozuna in March that year.

However a chest muscle injury kept him out of eight straight tournaments in a row, the longest career pause of any yokozuna in sumo history.

Since competing again in September 2018, Kisenosato has posted eight successive losses, the worst run of any grand champion since the competition format was introduced in 1949.

"I was gradually recovering, but I was unable to wrestle in my own style," said Kisenosato, the first Japanese-born yokozuna to retire in 16 years.

Only two active yokozuna now remain in professional sumo wrestling: Mongolian-born pair Hakuho Sho and Kakuryu Rikisaburo.

In recent years, sumo has been hit by falling numbers of Japanese recruits, partly because it is seen as a tough, highly-regimented life.

The last Japanese-born wrestlers to reach the top were brothers Takanohana and Wakanohana, who made it to yokozuna in 1994 and 1998 respectively.

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Government declares 2019 ‘Year of citizen-centered public services’ www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/ The Government has announced 2019 as ‘Year of citizen-centered public services’ and approved a plan of actions during its expanded meeting on January 16.

The meeting brought together all cabinet members, deputy ministers, state secretaries, heads of agencies and governors and chairmen of Citizens’ Representative Meetings of aimags and the capital city.

In a scope of the year, it intends to implement about 70 measures within five main objectives: public service based on citizens’ needs, transparent decision-making with involvement of citizens, creation of optimal functions of public service, the outcome-based management and citizen-centered public service.

For instance, citizen-centered smart service will be developed by using the development of information and communication technology. All government organizations will be connected to state electronic information exchange system to offer about 320 kinds of public services to citizens. It is aimed at creating prompt and open public service without red tape. Moreover, service standards being used in public service organizations will be elevated into international standards.

At the meeting, cabinet members, heads of agencies and governors of aimags and the capital city were assigned to take actions and measures for the year in their designated areas and quarterly report the accomplishment to the government. Moreover, G.Zandanshatar, head of the Cabinet Secretariat was obliged to oversee the resolution’s implementation and report its progress to the Government.

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World’s only segmented non–pneumatic tire system in Mongolia www.gogo.mn

Interview with Founder and CEO of airBoss Ltd., Mr. Donald Singlair Gillanders

Mongolian Uran Tusul LLC is introducing AirBoss system through it has affiliate Tire Service LLC since September 2018

I am proud to say that first order been placed and it is being produced to be shipped to Mongolia

The airBOSS segmented wheel system is a simple concept. The wheel system consists of 18, 20 or 22 hollow rubber segments (depending on the size of the wheel) bolted on to a specially designed metal wheel rim.

The airBOSS wheel systems are made to fit most makes of slow moving, heavy vehicles.

airBOSS was first established and introduced in England in 1990 since when the tires have been sold throughout Europe, Scandinavian countries, the Middle East and in the USA. It is the preferred tire of many machine users.

The airBOSS tire is approved by the major OEMs including JCB, CAT, Doosan Bobcat, Komatsu, Wacker Neuson, New Holland, GEHL, Daewoo, Terex and Case.

- Potential of airBOSS in Mongolia and it’s advantages

The airBOSS tire can provide considerable and significant financial benefits to companies and individuals in Mongolia by not having to replace a complete tire, thereby eliminating downtime, loss of production and reduced revenue.

The following is a summary of the major advantages of airBoss wheel systems over other tires as follows:-

Completely puncture proof. Unlike a pneumatic tire which, when punctured or torn, becomes unusable.
Never need to replace a complete tire. When a pneumatic tire is punctured or torn, the complete tire needs to be replaced. With airBoss only a segment or segments need to be replaced at a fraction of the cost of a replacement pneumatic tire.
Life time wheel rim. Can I use an ordinary wheel rim with airBOSS? No…. the steel rim used with the airBOSS wheel is unique in that it is specially engineered to enable the tire segments to fit and dovetail into each other to create a complete wheel. The rim is a one off purchase – unlike other tires in the market where the rim either needs to be replaced when a tire is damaged or the rim is incorporated within the tire itself.
All-purpose tire. It can be used on any terrain (soft or harsh) and in any environment.
Maintenance is simple. When a segment is damaged or worn beyond use, the operator removes that segment and replaces it with a new one. All that is required is a spanner.
Durability. The airBOSS tire lasts four times longer than other standard tires, operating with ease within environments where rough, sharp, hot, corrosive or abrasive working conditions are encountered. airBOSS is particularly suited to severe conditions which would normally damage or destroy the standard pneumatic tyre within a short time. The toughness, durability and simplicity of the airBOSS wheel system is the reason why it has been chosen by many customers throughout the world.
No downtime or loss of production. Changing segments takes about two minutes per segment. There is not even the need to jack up the vehicle. This is a major advantage over replacing a damaged standard tire, both in terms of time and cost, where in many cases with any other tire, the vehicle is unusable until a tire company attends and replaces the damaged tire.
A firm, stable ride. airBOSS provide a firm, yet stable ride. There is no repetitive bounce as with air-filled pneumatic tires
Superb traction and stability. The footprint provided by airBoss is up to 30% greater than most pneumatic tyres giving superb traction and stability. This is particularly advantageous in sloping or hilly terrain.
Demonstrates corporate responsibility. airBOSS is environmentally friendly in that the operator does not need to dispose of a complete tire or tires. 
“I am sure that Mongolian users of AirBoss system would be delighted to have it in their equipment”

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Ministers meet UNFPA Mongolia Country Representative www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Foreign Minister D.Tsogtbaatar on January 15, met with Ms. Naomi Kitahara, Country Representative for United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Mongolia, in connection with the expiry of her term of office.

While working as UNFPA Country Representative in Mongolia for six years, Ms. Naomi Kitahara has made great contribution to expansion of the cooperation between the Government of Mongolia and UNFPA. In particular, projects and programs of the fund provided substantial support in development of population of Mongolia, protection of rights of women and youth, health improvement and enhancement of herders’ livelihoods, noted the Foreign Minister.

Ms. Naomi Kitahara in turn, expressed her pleasure at having worked closely with public and civil society organizations and making a certain contribution towards social development of Mongolia during her term of office.

Minister of Labor and Social Protection S.Chinzorig also met with the UNFPA Mongolia Country Representative and handed over 'Foremost employee for social protection' award in recognition of her valuable contribution to youth development of Mongolia.

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