Monday, February 18, 2013

NEWS: Mongolia in the News Feb 18 (USA) Feb 18
Mongolian grand champ sees good future for sumo

Newly-crowned sumo grand champion Harumafuji said Monday he sees a good future for the ancient but scandal-tainted Japanese sport as well as for his own career as a top fighter. Harumafuji was promoted last year to become sumo's first new grand champion for five years. He is the third Mongolian in succession to reach the sport's top rank, or yokozuna. (read more)

Sudan Tribune (Sudan) Feb 17
Mongolian president visits peacekeeping forces in South Sudan

The Mongolian president, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, visited his country’s troops who are serving as the United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan Unity State on Friday. The Mongolian president was welcomed by South Sudan president Salva Kiir Mayardit and the UN special representative Hilde Johnson upon his arrival at Juba International Airport on Friday afternoon before heading to Unity state to see the Mongolian element of the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). (read more)

Huffington Post (USA) Feb 17
9 Countries That Actually Love Horsemeat

The horsemeat scandal currently plaguing Europe has made even the most adventurous eaters a bit squeamish. But when you think about it, is horsemeat really that bizarre? Surprisingly, slaughtering horses for human consumption is legal in the U.S., according to a recent report from NBC News. That said, no new slaughter houses have opened in this country since Congress lifted a ban on funding for the regulation of horsemeat in 2011. Though you might not find a pony burger on a menu in the U.S. anytime soon, there are a number of places around the world where horsemeat is less than taboo. (read more)

Bloomberg (USA) Feb 14
Rio Says Mongolian Project’s Start Depends on End to Dispute

Rio Tinto Group, the world’s second- largest mining company, said its $6.6 billion Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia won’t start until disagreements with the government are resolved. “A number of substantive issues have recently been raised by the government of Mongolia, including the implementation of the investment and shareholder agreements and project finance,” London-based Rio said today in a statement. “Subject to the resolution of these issues, first commercial production from Oyu Tolgoi is scheduled to commence by the end of June 2013.” (read more) (USA) Feb 13
Mongolia: Preservation Challenges Confront Trove of Buddhist Texts

Scholars believe it to be the world’s largest treasury of ancient Buddhist texts. The sheer immensity of the collection held in the National Library of Mongolia has prevented a proper tally to date. The National Library, located in a stout Soviet-era neoclassical building in downtown Ulaanbaatar, is estimated to contain over a million scholarly and religious Buddhist works. Besides original works from Mongolia, the library has rare copies of the early Tibetan Buddhist canon—sacred contemporary records of the Buddha’s oral teachings, called the Kangyur, and commentaries and treatises on the teachings of the Buddha, the Tengyur. (read more)