Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Foremost Cultural Figure of Mongolia actress A.Tsegmid has announced that she has been selected for a role in Netflix’s “Marco Polo” series.

She said it while receiving the Mongolian Film Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actress” last Sunday. Another Mongolian to play with her is Foremost Cultural Figure actor Ts.Tserenbold who received the Mongolian Academy Award’s “Best Leading Actor” for starring in a “Father” movie. He will play Jakha Khambu, the father of Queen Sorkhugtani – Khubilai Khaan’s mother.

An actor B.Amarsaikhan, who played Arigbokh, brother of Khubilai Khaan, in the series has fired the first shot for Mongolian actors to work with Hollywood. According to the executive director of the series John Fusco’s recent interview, the second season of Marco Polo will have ten episodes. He will co-direct the film with the Oscar-winning directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. During the visit of the delegation headed by John Fusco to Mongolia, last March, Marco Polo’s Mongolian producer M.Orgil said over 70 Mongolian actors will be selected-four for main roles, 50 for public scenes, and 20—for stunt doubles.

It is expected that the actors who are to play roles of Queen Sorkhugtani, Jakha Khambu and the twelve-year-old Khubilai, will speak Mongolian on screen. The selected actors will head to Hungary for the filming on June 20, and will continue traveling to Malaysia and New Zealand with the movie team until December.



Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The “Ovoot” coking coal deposit is the second biggest in Mongolia  after Tavan tolgoi, which has a coal resource of six billion tonnes and is considered a competitor for the world giants. The “Ovoot” has estimated reserves of 255 million tonnes of coal, of which 247 million is in open pit and eight million in the underground.

The government resolved to launch the Erdenet-Ovoot railroad project in regard of the mine operations. The “Ovoot” is 550 kilometers from Erdenet, the first coal mine of Mongolia. “Aspire Mining”, wholly owning the “Ovoot” project, has established a subsidiary company “Northern Railways” in order to assist in the running of the Erdenet-Ovoot railroad.

It is expected that connecting the Northern Rail Line (as coined by Aspire Mining) to the Trans-Mongolian Railway System will serve greatly in intensifying activities of regional industries, small and medium enterprises, and in restoring the economic independence, creating more jobs in the locality, in stabilizing exports by opening an access to the waters through the Russian territory, in promoting economic growth based on mineral resources, in utilizing the railroad for not only transporting coal but also in carrying passengers, as well as in improving regional tourism industry.

A government working group started this May its working on concluding a concession agreement with a potential executor of the railroad project. “Aspire Mining” has signed some agreements with the Chinese Railways Building and Construction Company, and has obtained special permits to conduct required works on the railroad project.

According to “Aspire Mining”, the Erdenet-Ovoot railroad will be commissioned and the coal, extracted from the coking coal deposit, will begin to be commercialized by 2019.



Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ In frames of the objective to learn from the Mongolian cultural heritage, to study, preserve, rediscover and disseminate them to the future generations, the cabinet resolved Monday to bring Mongolia from London the “Chingis Khaan” sculpture by Dash Namdakov, the famous sculptor of Russia.

The unique sculpture depicting Chingis Khaan on a horse was stationed in London on the occasion of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Offers to buy it have been put by China, Russia and the USA.

The cabinet considers that bringing this artwork to Mongolia will make an important contribution to enriching and highlighting the national history and heritage, and to our tourism advertisement.

As the Parliament is allowed to create, change, alleviate and exempt taxes only with enacted law, draft laws on exempting import and value-added taxes from the world masterpiece, which will be inherited to the Mongolian future generations, have been developed for parliament consideration.

Mr D.Bat-Erdene MP is purchasing the artwork valued at EUR 3.0 million on his own expense and transferring it to the State Treasury.



Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Head of the parliamentary Standing committee on social policy, education, culture and sciences D.Battsogt Friday received a delegation headed by Mr Michael O’Sullivan, CEO of the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

The latter thanked the Standing committee head for the audience and presented him an implementation and outcomes of a Cambridge program, after which the sides exchanged views on a policy and quality reforms of Mongolia’s education and directions of the further cooperation.

In frames of the Mongolia-Cambridge education initiative, Mongolia’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences and the CIE are collaborating in introducing nationwide a final exam results evaluation system of pupils, a related upgraded program, and an evaluation-based system in the first half of 2015. In addition, members of the program on formulation of training program have made decisions on assistance for experimental programs with support from the Cambridge’s consultants.

Present at the meeting were also Yo.Otgonbayar MP; B.Nasanbayar, a head of the Ministry’s Department on strategy, policy and planning; and other officials.



Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The leader of Mongolia Mr Ts.Elbegdorj will pay an official working visit to France during which he will deliver a speech at a plenary sittings of the European parliament (EP) to be held June 8-11 in Strasbourg city.

Mr Elbegdorj has been invited by Mr Martin Schulz, the EP President, on occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Mongolian democracy. During the speech, expected at 12.00 pm by local time on June 9, the Mongolian President will introduce to the European Union (EU) a present situation of Mongolia’s democracy and Mongolian contribution to delivering democracy in its region, and will highlight a key point of taking support from the EU.

In addition, he intends to resolve matters such as an intensification of the Mongolia-EU relations and cooperation, opening the EU’s Embassy in Ulaanbaatar for example, a putting of the bilateral Partnership and Cooperation Agreement into force in near future, and an elimination of Mongolia from the list of non-market economy countries.

Mr Elbegdorj will also meet with Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, and with Mr Martin Schulz, the EP President, to share views on the bilateral relations and cooperation.



Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Team Bath Judo Club’s Ben Fletcher, Megan Fletcher and Gemma Howell are finalizing their preparations for this month’s European Games at a training camp in Mongolia. It was published on Thursday on the website.

University of Bath graduate Gemma Gibbons, a silver medalist of the London 2012 Olympic, is also part of the touring group. It is the first time the British Judo Association has gone to Mongolia, whose judoka are considered to be among the best in the world.

“They have a lot of strong players, so it is a good guarantee that we will be training at the highest level,” said Megan, who won 70kg gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“I’m really excited about going to Mongolia. They are a really strong nation in judo and it’s going to be a good experience to train alongside them in a different environment. “Everything has been going really well. Most of the hard work has been done, it’s just a case of polishing up and getting mentally ready.”

Younger brother Ben added: “Mongolia are a particularly good judo nation and it is a bit different for us. It sometimes helps when you are away before a major event as you can really start to focus.”

The first-ever European Games are taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan from June 12-28, with the judo competition – doubling as the sport’s European Championships – starting on June 25. And Ben is looking forward to experiencing a multi-sport environment after being ruled out of the Commonwealth Games by a knee injury.

“I’ve not been the luckiest with major championships,” said the 23-year-old, who will compete in the 100kg weight category. “I qualified for the last two but, for whatever reason, wasn’t actually able to compete in them. Hopefully I can actually get to this one but also do well once I’m there – I don’t just want to take part.”The knee injury came just two weeks out from the Commonwealths when we were on a training camp in Spain. It was obviously really bad timing but these things happen in a full-contact sport. “It was a patella dislocation, which was serious, but I was quite lucky not to do any ligament or cartilage damage. “It was one of those injuries which you can make worse or a recurring problem if you try to come back too quickly, so I was out of judo for two-and-a-half months and didn’t compete for four or five months. “But I’ve had no problems since, the rehab all went well.”



Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The national committee for organizing the Naadam Festival held Wednesday a meeting dedicated to the ways of celebrating the 2224th anniversary of Hun Empire and First Statehood of Mongolia, the 809th anniversary of Great Mongol Empire and the 94th anniversary of People’s Revolution.

Chaired by the Deputy Premier U.Khurelsukh, the meeting approved a program of some 17 cultural and art events that will be organized during the Naadam, for example a concert of state honor, international festival of Morin Khuur players, a ceremony of hoisting the State Flag, rodeo of Mongolian style.

The concert of state honor will be given July 10 in the Square of Chingis Khaan. The same day, the “Mongolians in Deel” festival will start, followed by the “Three Dramatic Characters” national opera.

The Deputy PM obliged the commission members to focus on ensuring children-jockeys’ safety and on a preparation of the cultural and art performance.



Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the cabinet discussed issues of accommodation and services for those taking part in the upcoming in 2016 ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar.

The cabinet ordered the Board of Directors of the Development Bank of Mongolia (DBM) to give loans of 150 billion Togrog through commercial banks to the hotels for furnishing and repair. Scheduled in July of 2016, the 11th ASEM Summit is to bring together some five thous. delegates among whom are Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of 51 countries.

Allotted from the DBM’s reserve, the loans will be given on a repayment condition to those hotels intending to shelter the foreign delegates. As of present, there are some 450 hotels in Mongolia, ten percent of them satisfy international standards.



Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ An expert at the Mongolian National Olympic Committee (MonNOC) P.Tungalag has been selected the member of the Sport and Women Sub-Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

This Sub-Committee has been adopted by the IOC president Thomas Bach. Well-known among athletes and coaches of the national selected teams of Mongolia, Ms Tungalag has been working at the MonNOC sice 1999. She became the very first Mongolian woman to represent her country at the IOC Sub-Committee. Her office term will continue between 2015 and 2016.



Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ One of the biggest hotel chains of the world, the Shangri-La hotels and resorts is set to open in Ulaanbaatar city this June 3, said the website Tuesday.

The new Shangri-La hotel is located near Nairamdal Park and the Great Chinggis Khaan Square. It will be connected to the Shangri-La Centre, debuting in 2016, which comprises apartments, retail stores and commercial space. The 290 guestrooms of Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar are spacious, with suites at 84 square meters in size to accommodate a separate master bedroom and living area. All rooms are furnished with Wi-Fi, an executive desk, marble bathroom and a window seating area to view vistas and mountain ranges.

The hotel is decorated in natural tones, lightly colored wood, textured stones and glass lights, some in the shape of hunting horns to represent the warrior spirit of Mongolia. Other amenities offered by the hotel include a gym, massage facilities, a lobby lounge, and a bar.

An all-day dining option at the hotel will be the Cafe Park that serves a variety of cuisines, while a Chinese restaurant called Hutong is expected to open in August 2015. For a meeting or event space, the hotel offers eight rooms totalling 2,643 square meters, including a pillar-free Grand Ballroom capable of seating more than 800 guests.

At the hotel’s uppermost floors, the Horizon Club will be launched in July 2015. With granted access to the Horizon Club Lounge, guests are also given privileges to express check-in and check-out service, complimentary breakfast, all-day beverages, cocktails and canapйs in the evening, and daily use of the meeting room.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar, will be accessible from both Chinggis Khaan International Airport and train station with a journey time of 40 minutes and 20 minutes per trip, respectively. Limousine transportation may be reserved.


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