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Mongolia: Landlocked Asian Country and Land of the Mongols

Mongolia gained notoriety during the reign of the mighty Genghis Khan in the 13th Century. The conquests of Genghis Khan made Mongolia a powerful and huge Eurasian empire. In the 14th century after his death the empire was divided into several powerful Mongol states. In the beginning of 17th century Mongolia became the part of Chinese Empire and gained independence in 1921 with help from Russian troops. In 1989 a pro-democracy revolution led by Sanjaasurengiyn Zorig led to ushering in a democratic era in Mongolia and the first multi-party elections were held in 1990.

Mongolia Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures
    · National Name: Republic of Mongolia
    · Capital: Ulan Bator
    · Total area: 1.56 million sq km (603,909 sq miles)
    · Population: 2.7 million (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Togrog
    · Languages: Khalkha Mongol 90%, Turkic, Russian (1999)
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Mongol (mostly Khalkha) 94.9%, Turkic (mostly Kazakh) 5%, other (including Chinese and Russian) 0.1% (2000)
    · Religion: Buddhist Lamaist 50%, Shamanist and Christian 6%, Muslim 4%, none 40% (2004)
    · GDP (Per Capita): $3,300 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 64.92 years, Female: 69.84 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 98%, Female: 97.5% (2000 census)

Geographical Information on Mongolia:
Mongolia is located in central Asia between Siberia on the north and China on the south.
The climate of Mongolia is extremely cold and dry. It has an extreme continental climate with long cold winters and short summers during which most precipitation occurs. The country is also subject to occasional harsh climatic conditions known as zud.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Mongolia:
The culture of Mongolia is amalgamation of traditional elements with centuries old heritage and with growing modern elements. Until the 20th century Mongolia did not possess a cohesive culture. Only a few remnants of ancient cultures exist, including Stone Age campsites and Mongolia’s traditional folklore. The Republic of Mongolia has established national culture and sponsored drama, art schools and state theater of music and drama in order to propagate national culture. Mongolian literature is rich and epic in form. The heroic epics, legends, tales, yurol, and magtaa are the some of the aspects of Mongolian literature.

The Mongolian cuisine is simple due to use of less spice and other ingredients. Due to hard and long winters Mongolians cannot cultivate crop and vegetables so their meals are mostly based on meats, mutton, marmot, horsemeat, yak milk and horse milk. The mutton is either boiled or filled with various ingredients. It is stewed and cooked with oil and flour or prepared with noodles.

Economy of Mongolia:
Economic activity in Mongolia is based on herding and agriculture. Mongolia has rich mineral deposits of copper, coal, molybdenum, tin, tungsten, and gold. The tourism sector has long remained unexplored but the Mongolian government is planning to convert Mongolia’s vast tourism potential into an economic asset.

Tourist Attractions of Mongolia:
Mongolia is a land of scenery, wildlife, and historic and cultural sites. The historical saga of the great warrior Genghis Khan and the associated places remain the center of attraction for the tourists. The main festival is Naadam, which has been organized for centuries and consists of traditional Mongolian sports; archery, and horseracing.

Gandan Monastery: is the largest and most significant monastery in Mongolia and one of Ulan Bator 's most interesting sights. Built in the mid 19th century, it is the only monastery where Buddhism continued to flourish even during the communist rule.

The Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum: is a fine collection of art works by artists, sculptors and painters of Mongolia from the ancient times till present. The museum has number of rock inscriptions, graphic arts, Buddhist tankas, embroideries and unique Tsam dancing costumes.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Mongolia include:
    · Bogd Khan Palace Museum
    · Choijin Lama Monastery
    · Sukhbaatar Square
    · Natural History Museum
    · Ulaanbaatar

'Giant flea fed on dinosaur blood like mosquitoes'

May 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Washington, May 2 (IANS) A giant "flea-like" insect, possibly the oldest of its kind, sneaked up on a sleeping dinosaur and bit it on its soft underbelly to feed on its blood, much like a mosquito, says a researcher.

Giant 'flea-like' insects may have plagued dinosaurs

May 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Washington, May 2 (ANI): Chinese scientists have discovered remarkable fossils of giant "flea-like" animals, which they believe might have fed on dinosaurs 165 million years ago.

Miss World Fiji 2012 slammed for 'not looking native enough'

April 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Melbourne, April 27 (ANI): Newly crowned Miss World Fiji 2012 Torika Watters has sparked outrage in the country - initially because she is only 16 and now because she does not look "native" enough.

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China approves international border cooperation zone

April 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Beijing, April 25 (Xinhua-ANI): The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it has approved the establishment of an international cooperative demonstration zone in northeast Jilin province to boost cross-border cooperation in the region.

Developing nations should work together: President Patil

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Welcoming the envoys of 12 countries, President Pratibha Patil Tuesday said it was very important to work together and have institutions in which the voices from developing countries find expression owing to the global financial crisis and developments in the Euro zone.

Nine dead in China coal mine accident

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 AM

Beijing, April 24 (IANS) Nine miners died in a blast early Monday at a coal mine in China's Inner Mongolia region, officials said.

China issues sandstorm alert

April 23, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Beijing, April 23 (IANS) China has issued a blue alert, the lowest level in the warning system, against sandstorms that are expected to hit the country's northwest regions.

China issues sandstorm alert

April 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Beijing, April 22 (IANS) China's meteorological authorities Sunday issued a low-level alert against sandstorms that are expected to hit the country's northwest regions.

Hailstorms in China leave 29 dead, devastate homes

April 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Beijing, April 22 (IANS) Hailstorms in China caused havoc, killing 29 people from March to April 20 and destroying various houses, said statistics released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

'Greenest ever' London Olympics claims trashed over 'Blood of Bhopal' Dow type sponsors

April 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

London, Apr 17 (ANI): Human rights groups have dismissed London Olympic chief Sebastian Coe's claims that the upcoming sport event 'will be the greenest ever Games' as 'corporate spin', and will stage a protest against the Olympic committee for picking up sponsors responsible for the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, and causing other environmental damage.

'Greenest ever' London Olympics claims trashed over 'Blood of Bhopal' Dow type sponsors

April 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

London, Apr 17 (ANI): Human rights groups have dismissed London Olympic chief Sebastian Coe's claims that the upcoming sport event 'will be the greenest ever Games' as 'corporate spin', and will stage a protest against the Olympic committee for picking up sponsors responsible for the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, and causing other environmental damage.

Heavy rains lash China

April 15, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Beijing, April 15 (IANS) Heavy rains will continue to lash southern China over the next three days, the National Meteorological Centre said Sunday.

Dinosaur fossil discovered in China

April 15, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Beijing, April 15 (IANS) Fossilized bones of a dinosaur have been discovered in China's Inner Mongolia region.

Shiva, Sangwan secure London Olympics berth (Roundup)

April 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 11 (IANS) Teenage boxer Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan qualified for the 2012 Olympics by entering the finals of the 56 kg and 81 kg category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Wednesday, taking to seven the overall Olympic spots tally from the sport.

Shiva Thapa youngest Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics

April 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 11 (IANS) Teenage boxer Shiva Thapa qualified for the 2012 Olympics by entering the final of the 56 kg category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Wednesday, becoming the youngest Indian to do so.

Censoring takes 3D 'Titanic' fun out for Chinese

April 11, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Beijing, April 11 (IANS) While moviegoers flocked to cinemas in China to see the latest 3D version of James Cameron's epic movie "Titanic", many said they were disappointed that they could not see it all due to censorship cuts.

Products made from mare's milk to soothe TB sufferers

April 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

London, April 10 (ANI): Scientists in Kazakhstan are planning to develop a series of products based on mare's milk, a traditional alcoholic drink in the Central Asian state, to help soothe people suffering with tuberculosis.

President's last foreign trip: 12 days in Africa

April 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil is undertaking what could possibly be her last foreign trip before she ends her five-year tenure in July - a 12-day trip to two African countries, Seychelles and South Africa.

Boxer Vijender qualifies for London Olympics

April 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 8 (IANS) Indian boxer Vijender Singh qualified for the 2012 London Olympics by advancing to the semi-finals of 75 kgs weight category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Sunday.

Vijender Singh qualifies for London Olympic games for third successive time

April 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Astana, Apr 8(ANI): Vijender Singh has qualified for the London Olympic games after reaching the semifinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sunday. He has become the first Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics for three successive time.

Vijender Singh qualifies for London Olympic games for third successive time

April 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Astana, Apr 8(ANI): Vijender Singh has qualified for the London Olympic games after reaching the semifinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sunday. He has become the first Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics for three successive time.

Vijender Singh qualifies for London Olympic games for third successive time

April 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Astana, Apr 8(ANI): Vijender Singh has qualified for the London Olympic games after reaching the semifinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sunday. He has become the first Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics for three successive time.

Thapa in quarters, Suranjoy out of Olympic qualifiers

April 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 7 (IANS) Indian boxers suffered a major set-back after the vastly talented Suranjoy Singh (52kg) lost his pre-quarterfinal bout to old nemesis Nyambayar Tugstsogt of Mongolia in the Asian Olympic Qualifying event here Saturday.

Indian boxer Thapa in quarters of Olympic qualifiers

April 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 7 (IANS) Indian boxers continued their good run at the Asian Olympic Qualifying event here Saturday with 2010 Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg) advancing to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Vijender in quarters of Olympic qualifier

April 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 6 (IANS) Indian boxer Vijender Singh eased into the 75 kg quarterfinals of the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Friday.

Manpreet in quarters of Olympic qualifying event

April 6, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 6 (IANS) Asian Games silver medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg) Friday entered the quarterfinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifying Boxing Event here with a resounding victory over Mongolia's Tulyek Yerbolat. The tournament is the last qualifying event for Indian boxers to book their tickets to London for the 2012 Olympic.

Suranjoy, Sumit in second round of Asian Olympic qualifying event

April 6, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 6 (IANS) Commonwealth Games gold medallist Suranjoy Singh (52 kg) and promising teenager Sumit Sangwan (81 kg) won their opening round bouts in the Asian Olympic Qualifying boxing event here Thursday.

Chinese kills wife, seven more

April 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Beijing, April 1 (IANS) A Chinese man has been arrested on charges of killing his wife and seven others including a baby, officials said Sunday.

Ex-convicts find jobs

March 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Beijing, March 27 (IANS) Thanks to a web site, a former Chinese convict has got a job after serving 17 years in prison.

Rich haul of medals for India in Asian Women's Boxing

March 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) India's women boxers M.C. Mary Kom and L. Sarita Devi bagged gold as the team Sunday finished with a rich haul of two gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the sixth Asian Women's Championship at Ulaanbatar in Mongolia.

Mary Kom prepares for London Olympics

March 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Imphal, Mar 23 (ANI): The entire nation is pinning its hopes boxing champion M C Mary kom from Manipur to win gold in the upcoming London Olympics, as the five times world boxing champion is currently training in Maharashtra with her coach.

Preserved bone of giant flying reptile found in stomach of dinosaur fossil

March 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Washington, March 7 (ANI): A bone from a pterosaur - giant flying reptile or 'pterodactyl' - has been discovered in the gut of the skeletal remains of a Velociraptor (small predatory theropod dinosaur) that lived in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia some 75 million years ago.

Michael Jordan sues Chinese sportswear company for using similar logo

February 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

London, Feb 24 (ANI): Michael Jordan is suing Qiaodan Sports, a Chinese sportswear firm, for building a multi-million dollar business around his brand without his permission.

Michael Jordan sues Chinese sportswear company for using similar logo

February 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

London, Feb 24 (ANI): Michael Jordan is suing Qiaodan Sports, a Chinese sportswear firm, for building a multi-million dollar business around his brand without his permission.

Chinese policeman who cracked down on organized crime is on 'holiday', maybe corrupt

February 9, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Beijing, Feb.9 (ANI): A Chinese policeman, who has acquired a reputation for cracking down on organized crime, has reportedly gone a holiday, amid rumours that he is under investigation for corruption.

Chinese policeman who cracked down on organized crime is on 'holiday', maybe corrupt

February 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Beijing, Feb.9 (ANI): A Chinese policeman, who has acquired a reputation for cracking down on organized crime, has reportedly gone a holiday, amid rumours that he is under investigation for corruption.

Nepal man claims to be world's shortest at 1 foot 10 inches

February 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

New York, Feb 3 (ANI): A 72-year-old man in Nepal says he is just 1 foot, 10 inches tall, which would make him as the shortest adult human in Guinness World Records' history.

Nepal man claims to be world's shortest at 1 foot 10 inches

February 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM

New York, Feb 3 (ANI): A 72-year-old man in Nepal says he is just 1 foot, 10 inches tall, which would make him as the shortest adult human in Guinness World Records' history.

China's urban areas fail to publish adequate pollution info

January 17, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Beijing, Jan 17 (ANI): Most big cities in China have failed to publish adequate pollution information in 2011, a newly published report has revealed.

China's urban areas fail to publish adequate pollution info

January 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Beijing, Jan 17 (ANI): Most big cities in China have failed to publish adequate pollution information in 2011, a newly published report has revealed.

North South Transport Corridor pivotal in developing Asia-Central Asia connectivity

January 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), on Monday said the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) could play a pivotal role in developing practical policy options to improve connectivity in the region.

North South Transport Corridor pivotal in developing Asia-Central Asia connectivity

January 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), on Monday said the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) could play a pivotal role in developing practical policy options to improve connectivity in the region.

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