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Newspapers bring crux of social issues to light

​10 core social issues addressed at the 2nd DNA forum​

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Daily Newspapers' Association (DNA) addressed 10 core social issues, including child safety, child protection in digital environment, health, food safety, unemployment, poverty and environmental pollution, durings its second annual forum held yesterday. The forum was attended by over 200 delegates of 11 daily newspapers, noteworthy publishers and guests. Key topics were selected based on a survey conducted among all editorials of daily newspapers. “When we brought up these important social issues, several people inquired about the political party behind this forum. Were there any political party involved in 151 children who died this year? What about the people who died of cancer? We are speaking on behalf of unhealthy, hunger-driven, unemployed and half-intoxicated people today,” addressed Dolgion Erdenebaatar, the President of DNA, added, “Rather than making a fuss about these issues among journalists, we must consistently demand resolutions to these problems through our publication policies and let the policy-makers take firm actions.” According to the speakers, one out of six people in Mongolia cannot consume healthy and nutritious food. The number of people who use narcotics and psychotropic substances reached about 90,000. One third of the entire population are struck by poverty and daily spend only MNT 1350 on food.

The participants concluded that these situations have been created due to negligence to these 10 interconnected core problems. Nomintushig Baldorj, the First Deputy Editor at the Today Newspaper, stressed, “609 family and domestic violence response teams were established in cohesion with the Child Protection Act that was approved last year; however, the law is not actualizing in reality as a single social worker in Songino Khairkhan district is responsible for 3,600 people and there is no support from the budget. Therefore, it is essential to ratify a Child Protection Act that is realistic and can enable budgetary incentives to reach the target group.” Baigal Ganbold, a journalist at Zasgiin Gazriin Medee (ZGM) newspaper, highlighted that Mongolia’s economy grew by over 40 times in the last three decades and he State Budget increased by 50 times; however, unemployment and poverty did not reduce.“Although the economy grew significantly last year, the citizens are yet to benefit from it due to unstable growth. Without the right policy, the economic growth will only raise inflation, further burdening the public,” warned Ms. Baigal. The forum continued with the solution of sustainable economy, touching upon domestic industrialization. Dulamkhorloo Baatar, Chief-in-Editor at the ZGM newspaper, urged to support domestic industries at all cost and stressed, “The industrial development has an advantage of being able to prosper through policy support. Recovery of a single industry develops multiple sectors in a chain reaction. This increases workplaces and public income, which will further grow public savings and enhance loan grants of commercial banks, ultimately supporting private entities and is healthy for the state budget.”

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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.


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Ministry of Energy plans to take control of power plants following Saturday blackout

​Minister of Energy holds press conference on citywide blackout of last Saturday​

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Minister of Energy Davaasuren Tserenpil held a press conference on the citywide blackout affected Ulaanbaatar last Saturday. Due to the accident, two generators were damaged and the case is currently under investigation. Thermal Power Plant IV was also damaged by an accident last Spring. The Minister informed that an official letter has been sent to the Government Agency for Policy Coordination on State Property (PCSP) to demand accountability from the Administering Engineer responsible for the incident; however, PCSP did not give any response and a major accident occurred last Saturday. Therefore, Mr. Davaasuren noted the significance of taking power stations under the Ministry’s control to entail accountability and provide independent energy. He added, “Due to potential voltage fluctuations, I demanded to limit solar and wind energy, as well as Baganuur power station to generate 150MW power. Solar and wind powers are highly inefficient as the electrical voltage will fall due to natural circumstances. If Baganuur plant installs 350MW power generator, a malfunction similar to last Saturday will also affect the entire power system. Therefore, we must intensify the implementation of a hydropower plant.

We would have overcome the last incident with a single click of a button if we had a hydropower plant. Instead, we had to heat the generator for four hours to restart the system. We are barely managing consumption thanks to Russian reserve line.” The minister further blamed the PCSP for appointing unqualified staff to administrative positions and for the lack of accountability. He also highlighted that the aging equipment problem at power stations and necessity to expand Amgalan Thermal Power Plant, as well as to hold correct policies on renewable energy. “If the same thing were to happen during the cold season, the entire city will freeze. Thus, we have to settle this issue immediately,” warned Mr. Davaasuren. Additionally, the incident coincided with the Russian experts’ visit and caused the upgrading of four generators at Thermal Power Plant-IV to be postponed to deal with winter load. Minister of Energy then briefed about his plans to reform the energy sector. Due to the above-mentioned reasons, he plans to limit renewable energy to be not more than 300MW and force Baganuur station to have dual 150MW generators, instead of 350MW. Furthermore, the Minister plans to intensify the establishment 90MW hydropower plant in Erdeneburen in cooperation with China.