Dalai Lama in Mongolia Greeted by Crowds at Gandantegchenlin Monastery

Tuesday, 22 August 2006
Today, August 22, thousands of Mongolians and Buddhist believers welcomed the 14th Dalai Lama, who came to Ulaanbaatar on Monday for eight-day trip, at Gandantegchenlin Monstery, the center of Mongolia’s Buddhism.
In front of the Janraiseg Temple, a main temple of the monastery, the Dalai Lama blessed the gathered people, who were cheering on the Buddhist leader.
“We need to focus on modern, current education, but not forget about our traditional ways of life,” the Dalai Lama stated.
“Many years ago Mongolia was much like Tibet, and the citizens of both countries were barbarians. But after education and learning, we have grown to be the states we are today.” Mongolia, a predominantly Buddhist nation, welcomed the Dalai Lama despite potential anger from China, which accuses him of being a separatist of Tibet.
He arrived late in evening of August 21 at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport on a MIAT Mongolian National Airlines flight from Tokyo, Japan. Representatives from the Indian Embassy as well as officials from Gandantegchenlin Monastery and a small group of around 30 citizens greeted him at the airport.


Tuesday, 22 August 2006
Ulaanbaatar, /MONTSAME/. The Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry is expected to host Business Festival of 800 Years-2006 on September 23, 2006. The event is devoted to the 800th anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire. The festival will take place under history and culture in the Central Stadium and the Sukhbaatar Square. During it, many kinds of activities will be organized.

Tuesday, 22 August 2006
Ulaanbaatar, /MONTSAME/. Tsaatan Festival will be organized on August 26-27 in Khovsgol Province by the Ministry of Roads, Transportation and Tourism, the Governor s Office in the province and the Mon Travel Company. Within the framework of the festival, traditional performances, exhibition and competitions will be launched and a scientific conference with the theme of "Tsaatan s Civilization and Customs of Shamanism" will be run as well. Approximately 200 foreign tourists will attend the event according to the organizers. More than 10 tsaatans from the Tsagaannuur soum in the province will also participate in it


Tuesday, 24 January 2006
Buyant Ukhaa airport has without much publicity been renamed "Chinggis Khaan International Airport". Unknowning travellers were surprised to hear upon touchdown the pilots announcement mentioning this new name. According a resolution of cabinet proposed by the ministry of tourism and transport the name was changed starting January 1st.


Mongolia's New Ministers for 2006 Cabinet


Sunday, 29 January 2006

Ulaanbaatar,  Montsame press agency reports new government members were discussed at a plenary meeting of the Parliament between 7 p.m. of January 27 and 4 am of January 28. The session resulted in 16 cabinet members being appointed. The Prime Minister was alreadt approved at an irregular meeting of the Parliament Session on January 25, one minister was not approved by the parliament.

  1. Parliament member M.Enkhsaikhan (Demparty) is appointed the Deputy Premier of Mongolia;
  2. a member of the Governing Board of the Motherland Party I.Erdenebaatar--the Minister of Environment;
  3. Parliament member J.Narantsatsralt (Demparty)--the Minister of Construction and Urban Development;
  4. Parliament member M.Sonompil (Demparty)--the Minister of Defense;
  5. a coordinator of the "Tradition-Reform-Democracy-Justice" group at the Mongolian People s Revolutionary Party O.Enkhtovshin--the Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences;
  6. Parliament member N.Enkhbold--the Minister of Foreign Affairs, MPRP;
  7. Parliament member Ts.Tsengel--the Minister of Roads, Transportation and Tourism, MPRP;
  8. Parliament member L.Odonchimed--the Minister of Social Welfare and Labor, MPRP;
  9. Parliament member N.Bayartsaikhan--the Minister of Finance, MPRP;
  10. Parliament member B.Erdenebat (Motherland party)--the Minister of Fuel and Energy;
  11. B.Jargalsaikhan (Republican party)--the Minister of Industry and Commerce;
  12. Parliament member D.Odbayar-- Minister of Justice and Internal Affairs, MPRP;
  13. D.Terbishdagva - the Minister of Food and Agriculture, MPRP;
  14. L.Gundalai (People s party)--the Minister of Health.
  15. Parliament member Su.Batbold - the Chief of the Cabinet Secretariat, MPRP
  16. Parliament member U.Khurelsukh - the Minister for professional inspection affairs, MPRP

The Minister of Food and Agriculture D.Terbishdagva, who used to work in previous government, was re-appointed, the acting Minister for emergency affairs U.Khurelsukh was appointed the Minister for professional inspection affairs, and Su.Batbold, who was previously the Minister of Justice and Internal Affairs, was appointed Chief of the Cabinet Secretariat. The secretary-general of the Motherland Party N.Chuluunbaatar, a candidate for the Minister for emergency affairs, was not appointed because of minority of voters. In connection with the appointment of new ministers, acting ministers were removed from their positions, most of them . According to laws, the Prime Minister shall nominate one of the newly appointed ministers to the position of the Minister for emergency affairs, and shall offer another candidate for this empty position to the Parliament within a week. A biography of the ministers taken from Open Society Forum

Vice Premier of Mongolia Mendsaikhanii Enkhsaikhan

Born 1955 in Ulaanbaatar. Graduate of the State University in Kiev. Doctor of Economics Sciences. Speaks Russian and English. 1978-1988 economist, research fellow, deputy department chief in the Ministry of Foreign Trade. 1989-1990 Director of the Market Research Institute, 1990-1992 MP and Standing Committee Chairman, 1993-1996 Chairman of the Presidential Office, 1996-1998 Prime Minister of Mongolia, 1998-2003 Director of Premier International Co., 2003-2005 Chairman of the Democratic Party, from 2004 MP and Chairman of the Security and Foreign Policy Standing Committee. Married.



Environment Minister Ichinkhorloogiin Erdenebaatar

Born 1960 in Hovd. Graduate of Construction Ingeneering Institute of Novosibirsk, and Russian Academy of Economics. Doctor of Economics Science. Speaks Russian and English. 1984-1990 engineer in Ulaanbaatar Construction Trust, 1990-1994 Chief engineer in Ulaanbaatar Housing Plant, 1994-2004 engineer in BTT Engineering Co., Erel Co., 2004-2005 Member of the Government for Professional Control. Married.



Construction and City Building Minister Janlaviin Naratsatsralt

Born in 1957 in Ulaanbaatar. Graduate of the State University of Belorussia. Doctor of Geographical Science, political researcher. Graduated of University of Land Organization, Moscow and the Mongolian National University. Speaks Russian and English. 1981-1989 engineer in Ministry of Agriculture, 1989-1991 research fellow in Environment Institute, 1991-1996 expert, department Chief in Ulaanbaatar City Mayor’s Office, 1996-1998 Ulaanbaatar City Mayor, 1998-1999 Prime Minister of Mongolia, 1999-2000 Lecturer and Visiting Professor at Mongolian National University, 2000 and 2004 MP, 2006 Parliament Standing Committee Chairman. Married.



Defense Minister Mishigiin Sodnompil

Born in 1965 in Tes soum of Uvs aimag. Graduate of Army Institute. Speaks Russian and English. Master in Military Science. 1988-1993 Deputy Commander in Army Unit, 1993-2004 President of Zaluu Mongol Corporation, from 2004 MP. Married.




Education, Culture and Science Minister Ulziisaikhanii Enkhtuvshin.

Born in 1958 in Huvsgul. Graduate of the Mongolian National University and Moscow Party Social Sciences Academy. Doctor of History. Speaks Russian and English. 1980-1986 research fellow at Social Sciences Institute of the MPRP, 1989-1990 senior research fellow at same institute, 1990-1995 department chief, secretary of the Ardyn Erkh newspaper, 1995-1996 Chairman of Mongolian Radio and TV Authority, 1996-1997 MPRP Secretary, Ulaanbaatar City MPRP Central Committee Chairman, 2000-2004 MP and Head of the Government Secretariat. Married.



Foreign Minister Nyamaagiin Enkhbold

Born in 1957 in Uliastai. Graduate of Moscow Printing Institute, Moscow Party Institute and Sydney University. Master in Management Science. Speaks Russian and English. Married. 1979-1980 economist in Ministry of Culture, 1980-1986 expert in Ministry of Culture, 1990-1993 deputy director of Ulaanbaatar Printing House, 1993-1995 Advisor to Vice Premier, 1997-2000 Press Speaker of the President, from 2000 MP. Married.



Road, Transportation and Tourism Minister Tsegmidiin Tsengel

Born in 1957 in Mogod soum of Bulgan aimag. Graduate of Ural Polytechnical University. Doctor in Technical Sciences. Speaks Russian, Czech and English. 1983-1990 engineer in Mining and Energy Maintenance Plant, 1990-1996 engineer in Power Plant 3, 1990-1996 General Director of Havuu Co., 2000-2004 State Secretary in Ministry of Infrastructure, from 2004 MP. Married.




Social Welfare and Labor Minister Luvsangiin Odoncchimed

Born in 1942 in Delgerekh soum of Dornogobi aimag. Graduate of Medical University. Doctor of Medical Science and Carl University in Praha. Speaks Russian, Czech and English. 1967-1974 lecturer in Dornogobi Medical School, 1974-1983 officer at MPRP Central Committee, 1983-1993 Department Chief of Mongolian Trade Unions, 1992-1996 Governor in Dornogobi aimag, 1996-2000 President of Mongolian Red Cross, from 2000 MP. Married.




Finance Minister Nadmidiin Bayartsaikhan

Born in 1962 in Ulaanbaatar. Graduate of Economics Institute of Irkutsk, State Management Academy, Moscow. Doctor in Economics Science, Professor. Speaks Russian and English. 1982-1989 methodologist in Party Institute, 1992-1993 MP, 1993-1995 MP and Standing Committee Chairman, 2000-2004 MP and from 2004 MP. Married.




Fuel and Energy Minister Badarchiin Erdenebat

Born in 1959 in Ulaanbaatar. Graduate of Novosibirsk Geodesy and geography Institute, Mongolian National University. Doctor of Economics science. Speaks Russian and English.
1984-1989 engineer and Senior engineer at Erel expedition of the Ministry Geology and Mining, 1989-2000 General Director of Erel Co., Ltd, from 2000 MP, 2004-2005 Defense Minister. Chairman of the Motherland Party since 1998. Married.



Industry and Trade Minister Bazarsadiin Jargalsaikhan

Born in 1959 in Ulaanbaatar. Graduate of Irkutsk Polytechnical University. Speaks Russian and English. 1982-1984 employee at Gobi Cashmere Processing Factory, 1984-1988 entrepreneur, 1988-1989 Director of Buyan cooperative, 1989-2004 Director of Buyan Co., Ltd, from 2004 MP. Married.




Justice and Home Affairs Minister Dorjiin Odbayar

Born in 1967 Choibalsan of Dornod aimag. Graduate of Moscow Youth Institute and Mongolian National University. Speaks Russian and English. 1987-1990 employee of Dornod aimag youth organization, 1990-1992 employee in the Mongolian Youth Organization, 1992-2000 employee, department chief at Justice Ministry, 2000-2004 Governor of Dornod aimag, from 2004 MP, Parliament Standing Committee Chairman. Married.



Food and Agriculture Minister Dendeviin Terbishdagva

Born in 1955 in Erdenemandal of Arhangai aimag.  Graduate of Humboldt University Berlin. Speaks Russian, German and English. 1982-1988 supervisor, technology engineer at Ulaanbaatar Meat Factory, 1988-1990 translator/lecturer at the Free German Youth Institute, 1992-1994 officer at Municipality of Bernau City, Germany, 1994-2000 General Director of TBD Anduud Co., Ltd, 2000-2002 Vice Minister of Food and Agriculture, 2002-2004 Ambassador in Germany, from 2004 MP and Food and Agriculture Minister. Married.



Health Minister Lamjaviin Gundalai

Born in 1963 in Hatgal of Huvsgul aimag. Graduate of Martin Luther University, Germany. Speaks German, Russian and English. 1988-1999 employee of GMeT, Director of Global Invest Co., Ltd, 1999-2000 Director of Chinggis Khaan Travel and Bat-Sarai Co., 2000-2004 MP, 2003-2004 Vice Chairman of Democratic Party, from 2005 Chairman of the People’s Party. Married.



Government Secretariat Chairman and Minister Sunduin Batbold

Born in 1968 in Zuunmod of Tuv aimag. Graduate of the Agricultural University and Management Institute. Speaks Russian. 1990-1993 engineer in the Cooperatives' Union of Tuv aimag, 1993-1997 Chief engineer in Tuv aimag Governor’s Office, 1997-2000 department chief at Governor’s Office, 2000-2004 Chairman of the Citizens’ Representative Khural in Tuv aimag, from 2004 MP, Standing Committee Chairman and Ministe for Justice and Home Affairs. Married.  


Professinal Control Minister Ukhnaagiin Hurelsukh

Born in 1968 in Ulaanbaatar. Graduate of Army Institute, Management Institute and Mongolian National University. Speaks Russian. 1989-1990 Deputy commander in army unit, 1991-1996 officer at MPRP Central Committee and advisor to MPRP Parliament group, 1996-1997 General Director of Youth Center of MPRP, 1997-1999 President of the Mongolian Democratic Youth Union, from 2004 MP, 2004-2006 Emergency Minister. Married. 




Bush in Mongolia: clima più favorevole rispetto a Pechino (dal TG5)

Intirizzito dal clima polare e stanco per un fuso orario che lo terrà sveglio per 36 ore di fila, George Bush, il primo presidente americano nella storia a sbarcare in Mongolia a Ulan Bator, si sente rinfrancato. Dopo il gelo, in ogni senso, di Pechino, riceve l'accoglienza più calorosa del viaggio in Oriente. Una cerimonia marziale, nello stile un po'ingessato delle parate militari sovietiche, ma l'atmosfera amichevole è palpabile. In Mongolia, "terra di grandi cieli e vasti orizzonti come il natio Texas", Bush porta sperticati elogi per la rapida e felice transizione dal comunismo alla democrazia e per le riforme economiche liberali. Ma Bush porta soprattutto 11 milioni di dollari, premio all'appoggio dell'esercito erede di Gengis Khan agli Stati Uniti nella guerra al terrorismo in Afghanistan e Iraq, e nel lavoro di intelligence. "Da spendere bene", raccomanda Bush nel colloquio con il presidente Enkhabayar e il premier Elbegdory sotto una tenda di nomadi. In serata, quando in Italia sarà notte fonda, il presidente tornerà a Washington e sarà tempo di bilanci per questa missione in Asia. A parte una commessa da 4 miliardi di dollari per l'acquisto di 70 Boeing, infatti, la Cina ha rispedito al mittente tutte le richieste americane. Diritti umani, Tibet, libertà religiosa: la Cina resta lontana. Soltanto sul riequilibrio degli scambi commerciali e la lotta alla pirateria, si registra un timido avvicinamento.


   Bush was due to arrive at the White House Monday night.

Visiting what is known proudly here as the coldest capital in the world in wintertime, thick pollution hung over the city as his motorcade passed barren mountains, soldiers at attention and thousands of curious but mostly impassive locals. He was greeted at the Government House by flower-toting children in traditional Mongolian robes and soldiers in bright red, blue and yellow overcoats.

"Such an honor to be here," Bush told Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar. They met inside a ger, a white tent, in a courtyard of the government building.

Gers are round, easily packable felt tents that are well-suited to Mongolia's harsh climate and nomadic culture. The ornate one used by the presidents had a red-and-yellow design on the roof and red wood doors. Inside were red brocade chairs, tapestries, Oriental carpets and a towering, white statue of Genghis Khan, the legendary horseman-warrior and country founder whose empire once stretched as far south as Southeast Asia and west to Hungary.

Enkhbayar is from the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, the former communist party now committed to free elections and capitalism. Bush's brief meeting with Enkhbayar preceded another with Prime Minister T. Elbegdor, from the rival Democratic Party.

Bush played to Mongolia's pride in its military by publicly recognizing two soldiers who gunned down a suicide truck bomber before he could strike a mess tent in Iraq. Mongolia's force of about 160 in Iraq makes it, with its population of just 2.8 million, the third-largest contributor per capita to the coalition.

"U.S. armed forces are proud to serve beside such fearless warriors," Bush said.

The president's warm reception in this country eager for U.S. assistance and attention brought some relief from the unrelenting and acrid debate at home about his policies in Iraq. The Mongolian people, Bush said, "claimed their freedom 15 years ago and are now standing with others across the world to help them do the same."

But the transition from 70 years of Soviet domination to free markets meant the end of economic help from Moscow. That, in turn, brought crushing poverty and its accompanying social ills. Foreign investment is scant, and its schools and health system are in decline. But the economy grew nearly 11 percent last year and the country is rich in copper and gold.

Before leaving Washington, Bush bluntly said corruption is a problem in Mongolia. He was more diplomatic on the ground, gently pressing lawmakers to pass anti-corruption legislation needed to bring it in line with a United Nations treaty against corruption it ratified this year. Enkhbayar was elected in May on a platform of fighting corruption.

Bush noted that Mongolia is one of 16 countries that will share $1 billion in U.S. aid as part of an incentive program for poor countries that show a commitment to economic and government reform. The president also brought a gift — $11 million in aid to improve Mongolia's military forces through a separate program for nations allied with the U.S.-led war on terror.



Quando l'imperatore Genghis Khan fu sepolto nel 1227, pare che tutti i suoi soldati e servi vennero uccisi in modo da garantire la segretezza della tomba. E in effetti il luogo della sua sepoltura è rimasto segreto per tutti questi anni.
Ora però una spedizione americano-mongola ha scoperto - su una collina situata 200 miglia a nordest dalla capitale della Mongolia - quella che si ritiene essere proprio la tomba del leggendario imperatore.

Nella dichiarazione fatta dagli studiosi presso la capitale mongola Ulan Bator e l'Università di Chicago la scoperta non è ancora data per certa, poiché ancora devono iniziare gli scavi decisivi; tuttavia regnano ottimismo ed entusiasmo.
"E' una scoperta intrigante per la vicinanza del sito a luoghi importanti nella vita di Genghis Khan", ha detto il direttore della spedizione, il professore americano John Woods.

Il posto si trova infatti vicino a Batshireet, una città nel nord della provincia di Hentiy: un lungo muro in pietra racchiude almeno una ventina di tombe inesplorate vicino alla cima della collina, tutte appartenenti a persone di alto rango. "Dobbiamo investigare l'area archeologicamente prima di poter confermare questi eccitanti ritrovamenti", ha spiegato il professor Woods.
La spedizione ha fatto domanda al governo della Mongolia per poter iniziare gli scavi la prossima primavera.



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