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Ulaanbaatar Air Pollution Level Increased by 28 Percent

By , 31 May, 2010, No Comment

ULAANBAATAR – According to a working group, air pollution level of Mongolia’s capital city has increased by 28% despite efforts.

A working group led by MP D.Terbishdagva has found during its evaluation of the impact of programs aimed at reducing air pollution that only MNT8.2 billion was spent on them last year, despite a Parliamentary resolution in 2007 allocating MNT50 billion annually from the State budget. It also found that the pollution level, far from going down, has actually increased by 28%. The group has recommended more coordination among the organizations responsible for the work and has also called for more accountability.

Source: Unuudur; highlighted in the BCM Newswire by Business Council of Mongolia

Curry For A Cause

By , 4 March, 2010, 1 Comment

Taste the Savory Indian curry at its Best. Your participation will enable a needy Mongolian family live in a house called home.  A worthy cause.

A Buffet Charity Dinner will be organized on the 13th of March, 2010 at the Taj Mahal Restaurant at 6.00 – 10.00 p.m.  located on 6th floor of the Ulaabaatar Hotel.  Entrance fee 21,000 MNT per person

Curry for a Cause Event Program:

  • Welcome Habitat for Humanities (HFH) Mongolia Blue Sky Build Presentation
  • Dinner and then after dinner some fun Games
  • Auction – Items, A saree from India, Another dress called Salwar
  • Kameez, some Indian Handicrafts, Famous Mongolian artists paintings
  • Music and Dance

Come and join Hands to lend a Helping Hand .  All proceeds to be given to Habitat for Humanity Mongolia.

About The Blue Sky Build

Building 30 houses for 30 Mongolian families with low incomes.  A sign up paper will be available for people to sign up as volunteers during the actual days of the Blue Sky Build 28th June – 2nd of July, 2010.

For reservation of a seat, please phone into Tajmahal restaurant – 98110562 OR the Habitat for Humanity Director Charles Jolliffe -99041137

2009 Highlights, Coping with Winter Weather, & Money to Citizens

By , 13 January, 2010, 4 Comments

Mongolia Business Podcast Summary: Mongolia’s 2009 business news highlights; Coping with winter weather in Mongolia; Parliament approves 324 billion tugrugs in handouts to citizens

Mongolian Ice Game "Musun Shagai"

Mongolians playing a traditional Mongolian ice game called "musun shagai", which literrally means "ice ankle bone".

Mongolia Business Podcast Highlights: Parliament recently approved to allocate 324 billion tugrugs, roughly 220 million USD, which essentially gives money away to Mongolian citizens.  Human Development Fund distribute 120,000 tugrugs for each citizen, 70,000 before Tsagaan Sar, or Mongolian New Year, and 50,000 tugrugs after the Tsagaan Sar…

SouthGobi Energy Resources may spend up to $800 million USD to improve operations and better supply customers in China…

Some big events in 2009 were headed by the signing of Oyu Tolgoi (OT) agreement on October 6, 2009, a very good auspicious day.  There was a collapse of two major banks and a merger of two other banks.  In March 2009, Mongolian tugrug fluctuated from 1100 tugrugs to up to 1700 tugrugs before heading back down to 1500 tugrugs.  Prime Minister Bayar resigned…

Weather in Mongolia is currently -30 to -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Celsius is -40 degrees Fahrenheit).

How do we cope with it?

  1. Stay inside.
  2. Dress with too many layers or wear fur
  3. Eat Mongolian diet

Why Mongolians crank up the heat to about 25 degrees (85 Fahrenheit) inside?  It’s freezing outside, but people are wearing shorts inside…. Black stuff on roads is the ice.  Another tip to stay warm?  Turn into a ninja.  Only show your eyes and cover everything, wear layers of clothing, eat mutton, and don’t go out too much…

Click here to listen to entire podcast episode: Mongolia Business podcast by Mongolia Business Blog (MBB)

December 2009: Cultural Events of the Month

By , 8 December, 2009, 3 Comments

A friend of mine emailed me this.  The source was “The Arts Council of Mongolia“.

Enjoy!

BEST ARTWORKS OF THE YEAR

Modern Art Gallery

Dec 4 – Dec 30

The Modern Art Gallery of Mongolia is hosting its annual ‘Best Artworks of the Year’ competitive exhibition from December 4 until December 30. There are 120 artworks in the exhibition, and they will be judged over two weeks. A select few will then be brought into the gallery’s collection at the conclusion of the exhibition.

For more information please call 327177 or 331687

NATIONAL FOLK SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE

(Tel: 323954, 99283116, 88083116)
Web address: www.mon-ensemble.mn

  • 14-15th 7 PM   ‘Mongolian Melody’ performance

CENTRAL CULTURAL PALACE

(Tel: 321444, 328833, 323954)

Please call for a detailed schedule

STATE PHILHARMONIC HALL

(Tel: 70118012)

Please call for a detailed schedule

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Traffic Stop Line, IT Industry, & Mongolian hackers

By , 5 December, 2009, 1 Comment

MONGOLIA BUSINESS PODCAST #3 HIGHLIGHTS

December 4, 2009: This week, we discuss traffic laws, Mongolian IT industry, and Mongolian hacker vs. a peeping Mongol.  (Download the podcast here: Mongolia Business podcast)

Mongolians and ex-pats alike may have noticed that cars are no longer stopping on pedestrian crossings.  There is a reason for that.  For the past two weeks, any automobile that stopped past the traffic stop line for cars, was fined 5,000 or 10,000 tugrugs (3-8 dollars).  This is 3-8 percent of minimum wage.  There is also an upcoming jaywalknig law with fines as much as 20,000 to 30,000 tugrugs…

Bayarsaikhan started Singleton LLC three years ago.  After some employee and startup challenges, the web development is starting to pick up steam.  In March, the company launched BizNetwork.mn, the Mongolian version of LinkedIn.  It is now already a top 20 website and by far the best website in its category.

We also discuss a very interesting story from this summer where a Mongolian “white hat” hacker exposed the people behind an oft-despised underground website.  The ensuing happenings engulfed all of Mongolian young office workers as the two parties duked it out…

  • Podcasters: Bobby Barnes, Mergen Chuluun, & Lhagva Erdene.
  • Guest Speakers: Bayarsaikhan of Singleton LLC and Tamir of Mongolian Software Industry Association.

Thank you for listening.  Please give us feedback on how we can improve our podcast.  Please let us know if you would like us to cover any specific topics.  You can reach as on Twitter.com/MongoliaBiz and at MongoliaBusinessBlog (at) gmail (dot) com.

H1N1 Causing Food Price Inflation – Mongolians Are Not Happy

By , 17 November, 2009, 6 Comments

Sea-Buckthorn

Seabuckthorn prices have increased by 1500-2500 tugrugs per kilo in Mongoolia

Due to the outbreak of H1N1, there is increased demand for food products that enhance body’s immune system and help fight against the flu.  As a result, pricing for garlic, sea-buckthorn, “aarts”, and horse meat have seen inflationary pricing over the last few weeks.  News coverage has been high as locals have been quite upset and have demanded price controls.

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Should You Be Wearing a Mask?

By , 10 November, 2009, 6 Comments

N95-RespiratorThere are quite a bit of confusion over this matter.  With all the H1N1, or the swine flu, all around, shouldn’t we all be wearing masks?  There is definitely some “swine panic” in Mongolia as prices of garlic, horse meat, “aarts”, and seabuckthorne juices have skyrocketed in response to the H1N1 flu.  Many people are wearing masks in Mongolia.  Some organizations are even going as far as requiring people to wear masks.  As a result, I set out to do a brief research into the matter: do I or you really need to be wearing masks?  Should you?

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H1 or Swine Flu Case in Mongolia

By , 10 November, 2009, 7 Comments

November 9, 2009

Mongolian Ministry of Health logo

Mongolian Ministry of Health logo

According to Ministry of Health and as of 10am on Monday morning November 9, 2009, there are 929 laboratory-tested cases of H1N1 virus infections in Mongolia.  Of that 722 are in Ulaanbaatar city and 207 in rest of the country.

In total, there are 17 “aimags”, or provinces, that are registered as having H1N1 cases.  Bayan-Ulgii, Dund-Gobi, Gobi-Altai, and Sukhbaatar aimgags do not have any registered cases yet.

Here is the breakdown of the H1N1 cases by aimags: Arkhangai 8, Bayankhongor 3, Bulgan 7, Gobi-Sumber 16, Darkhan-Uul 23, Dorno-Gobi 24, Dornod 13, Zavkhan 3, Orkhon 15, Uvur-Khangai 26, Umnu-Gobi 2, Selenge 20, Tuv 10, Uvs 6, Hovd 19, Huvsgul 1, Hentii 11

In total, 29.8 percent, or 1166, out of the 3910 people who were serviced by ambulance were diagnosed with flu or flu-like disease.

Source: Ministry of Health (www.moh.mn)

Winter Smog Has Come Back in UB

By , 26 October, 2009, 2 Comments
Smoggy Days of Winter Has Arrived in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Mongolians have a word for winter in UB: “ugaar”.  The word is made of two words “utaa” meaning smog and “agaar” meaning air.  This pretty much sums up the winter feelings of many in UB: smoggy air.
This is now my third winter in Mongolia since I came back to my home country “to gain International experience” (we’ll cover that another time). In any case, each fall and at the onset of each winter the issue of smog in Ulaanbaatar comes to the forefront of citizens, media, and politicians alike.  It’s not a pretty sight.  With 100,000 families living in “gers” (traditional Mongolian yurts) all around UB to the East, North, and West and burning coal and whatever they can find to stay warm, the air is filled with these toxic fumes and the air becomes smoggy.
Here are some photos from January 2008, but believe me things are still the same here… even after “all the hard work and effort” by the politicians and everyone else involved.
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I will add that Ulaanbaatar is not very humid and has slight breeze, so very often these smog are cleared, especially during the day.  And, without folks in “gers” smoking everyone else in the city and without some of the automobiles with horrible smog, Ulaanbaatar would be one of the cities with the cleanest air in the world.
Without any sarcasm, if everyone who are involved and who are not currently involved with this issue takes a stronger stance in helping the city as a whole have a better air, we can ALL have a city with awesome air.  All of our children, friends, family, and guests can live and breathe without putting up with this smog.
A special thanks to everyone who really are trying to make a difference in this area.

ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA – Mongolians have a word for winter in UB: “ugaar”.  The word is made of two words “utaa” meaning smog and “agaar” meaning air.  This pretty much sums up the winter feelings of many in UB: smoggy air.

Winter smog in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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