in Mongolia Greeted by Crowds at Gandantegchenlin Monastery
Tuesday, 22 August 2006
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
“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
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.
- Parliament member M.Enkhsaikhan (Demparty)
is appointed the Deputy Premier of Mongolia;
- a member of the Governing Board of the
Motherland Party I.Erdenebaatar--the Minister of
- Parliament member J.Narantsatsralt
(Demparty)--the Minister of Construction and
- Parliament member M.Sonompil (Demparty)--the
Minister of Defense;
- 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;
- Parliament member N.Enkhbold--the Minister
of Foreign Affairs, MPRP;
- Parliament member Ts.Tsengel--the Minister
of Roads, Transportation and Tourism, MPRP;
- Parliament member L.Odonchimed--the Minister
of Social Welfare and Labor, MPRP;
- Parliament member N.Bayartsaikhan--the
Minister of Finance, MPRP;
- Parliament member B.Erdenebat (Motherland
party)--the Minister of Fuel and Energy;
- B.Jargalsaikhan (Republican party)--the
Minister of Industry and Commerce;
- Parliament member D.Odbayar-- Minister of
Justice and Internal Affairs, MPRP;
- D.Terbishdagva - the Minister of Food and
- L.Gundalai (People s party)--the Minister of
- Parliament member Su.Batbold - the Chief of
the Cabinet Secretariat, MPRP
- Parliament member U.Khurelsukh - the
Minister for professional inspection affairs,
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Born in 1959 in
Ulaanbaatar. Graduate of Novosibirsk Geodesy and
geography Institute, Mongolian
Doctor of Economics science. Speaks Russian and
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
Industry and Trade Minister
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
in Mongolia: clima più favorevole rispetto a Pechino (dal TG5)
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
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
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.
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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