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Hysterical biography of lawmakers

​Mongolian Parliament from time to time pays too much attention to minor issues​

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Then-Foreign Minister Zandanshatar Gombojav was identified as a “traitor”. He was blamed for concluding a secret negotiation to bury uranium wastes in Mongolia with the Americans and Japanese and claimed to have received generous bribe for this. Actually, no such thing has ever happened. No such explicit and secret negotiation were conducted anywhere. This was a deliberate policy not to have uranium exploration in Mongolia and agitate Mongolians enough to chase foreign investors through rumors and slanders. The open financier was a Japanese citizen with Korean ethnicity. It is possible that Russians may have commissioned all this. This attempt to chase out foreign investors from Mongolia was overwhelming and achieved huge and unexpected success. Member of the Party and comrade Zandanshatar Gombojav is a very sensitive person who made his career from an economist of a state-run-collective farm to the Foreign Minister of Mongolia. He thinks that preventing foreign occupation in the motherland is his duty and named it the Foreign Policy of Mongolia. He began acting very rough towards American and Japanese officials, completely avoiding them.

If met by an accident, he acts as if he is barking at them. He widely promotes his behavior domestically. He put on a face of a patriot and initiated a law to stop and curb foreign investment in order to prove he had nothing to do with the uranium when the election was nearing. Who would not partner with him in this noble cause? There is another important patriot named Byambatsogt Sandag. Also Enkhbold Nambar, who led Mongolia’s foreign relations before Zandanshatar Gombojav. They all got together to develop a serious law to restrict foreign investment in the minerals sector and allow parliament to review each investment case and provide special permit. Inviting Batbayar Nyamjav, who is reportedly a specialist in such adventures, also had a purpose. This idiot is capable of doing anything. The draft law was reviewed and became more strict. Its scope covered telecommunication, banking and financialsectors. They locked the door of Mongolia and sealed it. Now, let us all enjoy behind that locked door for eternity. It did not take long for the results to emerge. Those who invested in Mongolia began to run away quickly. Those who planned to invest realized that they will be robbed and escaped too. Mongolia’s export plunged 60 percent within a short time and the economy began to deteriorate.

Mongolia was announced as a country with the most unreliable investment environment. According to experts, Mongolia was forecasted to go bankrupt in 2013. It is possible as 90 percent of its revenue sources are locked and sealed off. This was done by the law. Large companies, which already invested, have froze their assets. Western companies like “Rio Tinto” and “Centerra Gold” and “South Gobi“ froze all their activities fearing further risks. Activities of domestic producers weakened and many were shut down. Cash flow was disrupted in the country. Construction, communication and other business sectors began to fall on their knees regardless of their size. I even heard that snuff tobacco box sellers complained about low price of snuff boxes because of coal. Thisis not the first or last example of how unaccountability hurts and damages national economy and even deteriorates further. Somebody initiated a madness to distribute cash before 2004 election and he was even proud of this. Further on, this became like a socialist competition. Cash incentive was initially started with a naive name ”incentive for children”, then it covered marriage and biological phenomenon of giving birth and then ended up with cash distribution for old people and public. Several billions of USD were spent on cash incentive.If it was used for infrastructure, education and economic reform, Mongolia would have been a different country today. Everybody says let us not depend on mining, let us develop other economic sectors. Money is the foremost requirement to do that. How are we supposed to develop other sectors when the mining sector is being blocked at its peak, draining all the revenues down the sink and publicly partying with what little remains.

• Rumors and slanders about burying uranium wastes were a deliberate policy on chasing foreign investors.

• Some patriots' law that covered telecommunication, banking and financial sectors closed the door of foreign investment for Mongolians.

• When Mongolian economy was saturated with cash and was developing to a new height, 68 percent windfall tax law was approved.

When Mongolian economy was saturated with cash and was developing to a new height, 68 percent windfall tax law was approved. It brought almost no revenue; however, it became a giant measure to scare away foreign investors. The outcome of this law emerged quickly and in 2007, the number of foreign invested companies dropped by 20.9 percent. Then there was the 2008 crisis. Also, production and sales of some commodities like gold criminalized. Initiator of this law is not a sane person. That insane person planned to raise USD 1.5 billion government bond with a high interest rate without any clear plan, creating a long queue outside his office asifit is his own. He spoke about supporting his former party of Mongolian National Progressive Party and reviving the faction, as well as cutting economic ties with Seoul, saying Koreans are abusing our women. It is reported that he said the bond was sold successfully because he held a fire worshipping ceremony and called for the public to organize fire worshipping ceremonies. He even said foreigners do not know how to make economic estimation and said they should learn from his daughter. He said he found this great idea while surfing yahoo search and said he will test it in Mongolia.

This is not a funny conversation of a psychiatric hospital. It was not even a joke. This was a serious talk held in Mongolia’s legislative body, a place where state policy is determined and wealth is distributed! All this crazy actions ranging from Law on Strategically Untouchable Deposits, which damaged the whole economy, to Law on Banning Immorality and Licentious Activities, Law Against Alcoholism and Smoking, Law on Pressuring Rich and Taxing their Savings, Law on Taking Care of Old and Children and Law on Cash Distribution and Awarding Marriages in order to support population growth were originated from his asylum. Initially, these acts looked very fair and patriotic. But in reality, these were the nonsenses that attacked emerging democratic system and pushed the public to commit illegal actions and caused enmity among social classes. Responses to these nonsenses were also very simple. Is it right to drink vodka; why can we not love our motherland; justice should be protected; are you going to turn your daughter into a prostitute etc. Some keen-eyed people see that the percentage of insane people in the Parliament rises after every election. That is in terms of medical science. Those stupid, rude and ignorant people who likes to become lawmakers repeatedly under the ”justice” mask are filling up the top legislative body. Initially, there were only one or two such people and then, they multiplied and became a group.

Maybe, the “Egiin river power station’s 13” were the first of such group. The next was the group of people who persuaded Oyun Sanjaasuren, who was abroad for many years and did not know much about domestic situation, to form a separate political party by saying “we saw how the democratic party members killed your brother with our own eyes” and played their politics. Groups after that had a purpose of competing with corruption,stealing for their own benefits rather than for political purposes. It is common to use naive idiots who have mental problems or want to be loved by the public in such manners. About dozen companies who faced a huge loss by investing in mining deposits figured out a way to get compensation from the State. They drafted a law on banning exploitation of earth along river basins and gave it to an idiot of a lawmaker. According to this law, the state will be responsible for the losses. Hundreds of licenses were suspended. Even companies from Gobi desert became eligible to be included in this on their own request under the pretext that there could be water and spring under the Gobi soil. Compensations for these companies reached USD 8 billion, which exceeds the GDP at the time. That so-called patriot who submitted this law, is the one who cut down and exported trees from Tuj pine forest to the People’s Republic of China. Do you remember those people who show up every night on TV talk show program “never ending conversation”?

They repeatedly talked about isolating this country from the rest of the world and harming the economy and not accumulating the revenue and distributing it for several years sounded like sophisticated plan of countries that are hostile to Mongolia. At that time, they were just hoping to become a mere lawmaker. However, after the election, they all got promoted to administrators of the State Budget. Promise is a promise. The man who became the mining minister immediately announced that foreigners will be chased out from Mongolia in order to realize his pledge and this was immediately translated into 23 languages of the world. It set a new record for the Mongolian literature. The book “Mongolian secret history” being translated into 13 languages is now an old record. Mongolian Parliament pays too much attention to minor issues from time to time; for instance the Parliament held serious discussions over the President Ochirbat Punsalmaa’s choice of word “luxurious” during a party, and MP Ganbold eating a head of sheep in front of foreigners during one reception. However, they were silent when mental asylum patients repeatedly defiled the economy of Mongolia. Parliament is a place where they can do anything they want. In his “Divine Comedy”, Dante wrote “the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. Many lawmakers who are sane, have good education, and considered just by the public, sits idly when laws and regulations that could harm the country is being passed by idiots although they have sworn duty before the public. If what Dante said was true, these sinners will go to the cruelest places from the three chambers of the hell.

2013.5.5


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Mongolia announces to support U.S victims of Hurricane Florence

​Prime Minister Khurelsukh meets the Vice President of the U.S Mike Pence​

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Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, who is on an official visit to the United States of America, met with the Vice President of the United States Michael Richard Pence at the White House and exchanged views on expanding bilateral trade and cooperation. Underlining shared common values of both countries such as democracy, legitimacy, respect for human rights, freedom, justice and equality, Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh expressed his pleasure with ties between Mongolia and the United States which are developing successfully in all areas such as politics, defense, economy, culture and humanitarianism over 30 years of period since the establishment of diplomatic relations. He addressed that the people of Mongolia always recall persistent supports of the US administration and its people for Mongolia’s democracy and people’s aspiration for their rights and freedom along their generous assistance for Mongolia to overcome difficulties during transitional period to a free market economy. Sides confirmed that the two countries’ aspiration to deepen relations and cooperation to strategic levels, and within the frame, stepping up to Extended Comprehensive Partnership and negotiated on the Road Map for Mongolia-U.S Extended Economic Partnership.

The road map is a significant part of Mongolia’s objectives to diversify its economy and will enable cooperation on agriculture and renewable energy with the U.S. Also, certain Congress Members of the U.S have initiated a bill to exempt Mongolian cashmere and textile products from tax. He highlighted that the Compact Agreement established between the Government of Mongolia and the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation has great significance for improving livelihood of Mongolian people and ensuring economic growth as well as environmental and ecological sustainability and he expressed sincere gratitude to the Government of the United States. Moreover, the PM expressed deepest condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Mongolia for the loss of lives due to Hurricane Florence in the United States and announced that Mongolia will gift USD 100,000 in camel hair blankets to those affected by the hurricane. Mr. Pence recognized the strong support that Mongolia has pledged to continue to provide to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and Mongolia’s continued enforcement of UN sanctions on North Korea. He thanked the Prime Minister on behalf of President Trump and the American people for Mongolia’s gift. Mongolian PM Khurelsukh then invited Mr. Pence to visit Mongolia at his convenience.

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2018 best of journalism awarded

​10th Baldorj Awards takes place ​

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The 10th Baldorj Awards, annual ceremony for the best journalistic works, took place yesterday. ZGM Newspaper journalist Z.Tselmeg's work was awarded as one of the Top 10 works of journalism. This year’s Grand Prix Prize went to J.Suvdmaa and T.Enkhbat, correspondents of the Today Newspaper for their “Mining Partnered Modern Herder” reportage and “In Search of Responsible Mining” series of articles, followed by the investigative broadcast series on Human Rights by G.Batzaya, J.Zolzaya and B.Lkhagvasuren of MNB television channel. Traditionally, the Baldorj Grand Prix is presented by the President of Mongolia; however, this year's winner was awarded by the former President Bagabandi Natsag as President Battulga Khaltmaa is currently on a working trip in Zavkhan aimag.

Top works of journalism are as follows:

1st-“Tragedy of the Buun Tsagaan Lake” and “How is life” series of articles by Kh.Uyanga /Today Newspaper/.

2nd-“Minus Degree: Gold Regrets or Power of Habitat” and “Abandoned Awe of Khuvsgul Lake” by D.Ganzorig of /TV-9/.

3rd-“We and Mongolian Steppe Love You” and “Pathway to School of a Six-year old Bayanduuren“ by B.Enkhmart /National Post Newspaper/.

4th -“One-time National Content: Once upon a time in Mongolia and South Korea” by D.Erdenebayar, J.Purevdavaa, G.Munkhbayar and G.Natsagdorj /TV-25/.

5th-“Uncultured Mongolia” by S.Batzaya /Mongolian Media Corporation/.

6th-“Give Mongolians the Right to Consume Clean Water” and “Protecting Wildlives Seeking Salvation” by B.Solongo /Zuunii Medee Newspaper/.

7th-“Tears Behind Handset” and “3 Million Living on Lead Meat in a Country with 60 Million Livestock” by Z.Tselmeg /Zasgiin Gazriin Medee Newspaper/.

8th-“One Day of Raging Mongolians at Zamiin-Uud” by E.Khurelbaatar /Daily News Newspaper/.

9th-“Time in Deepest Silence” series of articles of B.Altankhuyag /Montsame News Agency/.

10th-“Made in Mongolia” broadcasting series of N.Khongorzul / Bloomberg TV Mongolia/. Special Prize of the Ambassador of Canada - J.Mandkhai

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Legal dispute over EMC ownership comes to an end

​Supreme Court resotres MCC's 49 percent stake of EMC​

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(MCC) won over the Government of Mongolia at the Supreme Court for the second time yesterday. Thus, the property dispute over Erdenet Mining Corporation (EMC) between MCC and the Government that dragged on for two years finally came to an end. Earlier this year, the Cabinet decided to forcefully nationalize the 49 percent stake of EMC owned by MCC with its 7th resolution, which was followed by massive public backlash because the Supreme Court ruled against the Government on December 7, 2017. Therefore, the Government’s act has been confirmed unacceptable by several courts and the EMC board, which is fully formed by Cabinet members, was suspended. During the yesterday’s ruling, the Supreme Court revoked the Government’s 7th resolution on nationalizing EMC, resinstating the 49 percent stake of MCC. “With the Supreme Court's second ruling, the EMC will now be able to operate normally. We will now demand the Government to fulfill the court's decision and immediately hold the board meeting to address the facing issue as EMC is currently suspended by the international arbitration over a case involving the Government's share of 51 percent stake,” remarked Purevtuvshin Tsooj, CEO of MCC.


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Scholars disclose potential trilateral corridor on tourism

​Fourth Mongolia-Russia-China Think Tank Forum kicks-of​

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The fourth Mongolia-Russia-China Think-Tank Forum kicked off yesterday to discuss the establishment of a trilateral economic corridor between the three countries. The forum is organized by a trilateral think tank union, which was established in 2015 to give advices to industrial, economic, humanitarian, ecological, infrastructure and regional actions between the three countries and is being held in Mongolia for the second time after taking place in Russia and China respectively. During the two-day event, some 120 experts and officials from the three countries are expected to submit their proposals and exchange views on intensifying the establishment of the Mongolia-Russia-China economic corridor and strengthen trilateral cooperation. Under the themed, "Mongolia-Russia-China economic corridor: Innovation and Co-Development," the forum will focus on cooperation in energy, transportation, education, culture, science, technology and socio-economic issues through three panel discussions. "The trilateral economic corridor, an important part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, is related to not only the economy but also various fields such as culture, science, tourism and people-to-people exchanges," Tumurbaatar Yadmaa, President of the National University of Mongolia (NUM), said at the opening ceremony of the forum.

After reviewing the activities of the last three years, the authorities decided to add new members to the Think Tank Union, including National Development Agency of Mongolia, several governors of Chinese provinces and the administration of Chita, Russia. According to Battsengel Vandansambuu, a Professor at the NUM, the union is currently focusing on two projects, namely transit transportation corridor and tourism corridor in Khailaar-Chita-Choibalsan route. “Although China is making significant initiatives in the tourism route, Mongolia is in need to improve infrastructure as the majority of tourists are returning after reaching Buir lake. Dornod aimag has numerous natural and historical wonders and unique places; however, the poor development of hotel, tourist companies and road is becoming a giant obstacle,” addressed Mr. Battsengel. Scholars also pointed out that transit railway transportation will reach 48 million tons by 2020 and 76 million tons by 2030 if the trilateral economic corridor is successfully established. During the meeting of the heads of State of the three countries, a total of 32 programs have been approved, of which 13 are on infrastructure development. The forum is expected to continue with trilateral energy, resource usage and cooperation today.