Tibetan Headlines

  • Nov 17: Gedhun Choekyi Nyima

    Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honorable Chrystia Freeland called on China to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief to visit Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima’s whereabouts have been unknown since he was forcibly abducted by the  Chinese government in 1995 at the age of 6. read more →
  • Nov 16: 30 Under 30

    Tenzin Seldon, 28, a Tibetan woman living in the United States has made it to the Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 list, as well as 30 under 30 listees set to influence the next century. She set up her company Kinset to help immigrants, like herself, find work by matching them directly with employment in the local community. Forbes is an American business and financial paper. read more →
  • Nov 16: Monk Freed

    Lobsang Jinpa, 35, a Tibetan monk jailed five years ago for his song lyrics, has been released from prison after serving his full term, reports Radio Free Asia. He is a monk from Nyatso Zilkar monastery in Tridu county which was raided in 2012. He was charged with collaborating with Tibetan singer Lo Lo for producing a music album containing a song in memory of the late Panchen Lama. read more →
  • Nov 15: Environmental Campaign

    Two Tibetan non-government organisations are campaigning for the forthcoming United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) summit in Bonn, Germany, to discuss the significance of Tibet’s environment to the global climate. Students for a Free Tibet and the Tibetan Women’s Association jointly held a skit in McLeod Ganj, portraying China’s exploitation of Tibet’s water resources. 15,000 participants from all over the world will take part in the COP conference. read more →
  • Nov 14: Nov 14: New Science Centre

    A new branch of the Sager Science Centre has opened in Dharamshala under the monastic science initiative of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA).  The Sager Science Leadership Institute – or Science for Monks” – brings western scientists to India to train monks and nuns to be leaders of science education and monastic science centres, and active participants in the monastics communities rapidly expanding relationship with science. read more →
  • Nov 14: Nov 13: Round Table Talks

    The Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution held a round table discussion Coexisting and Flourishing with representatives from both local Tibetan and Indian communities, and from non-government organisations, taking part.  They discussed ways of addressing the issues and challenges – including youth, environmental problems and other social issues in Dharamshala. Around 30 people from 18 different organisations took part and the Mayor of Dharamshala promised to address the issues raised. read more →
  • Nov 14: Nov 14: Russian Talks

    Prominent Russian scientists met to discuss and share their impressions of the first dialogue with HH the Dalai Lama and Buddhist monks-scholars which took place in Delhi in August. The discussion took place at the Institute of Philosophy in Moscow and was opened by Telo Tulku Rinpoche, HH the Dalai Lama’s representative in Russia and Mongolia who said the conference had “opened up a lot of doors”. read more →
  • Nov 14: Nov 12: Mind and Life Lecture

    Tibet House Brazil was host to the Mind and Life Institute President, Dr Susan Bauer-Wu’s lecture in Sao Paulo. More than 70 psychologists, medical professionals and students, and other professionals attended the lecture, The Urgency of Integrating Science with Contemplative Practices. The institute was founded thirty years ago by HH the Dalai Lama together with Chilean born neuroscientist Francisco Varela and American lawyer and entrepreneur Adam Engle. read more →
  • Nov 14: Nov 11: Lha Celebrates 20 Years

    LHA Charitable Trust, a social and educational non-government organisation based in Dharamshala, celebrated its 20th anniversary with over 300 guests and representatives of different government and non-government organisations attending. Chief and special guests were the Tibetan Parliament Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel and Justice Commissioner Dr Ngawang Rabgyal. HH the Dalai Lama sent a message expressing his joy and gratitude, saying Lha plays a “leading role”. read more →
  • Nov 14: Nov 10: Voting!

    Tibetans living in Himachal Pradesh have voted for the first time in the state assembly election. There are around 1,000 Tibetan voters in the Dharamshala region. The Central Tibetan Administration has asked Tibetans to not openly support any parties. Phayul reports a local shopkeeper as saying that now Tibetans are a considerable vote bank, “ministers and officials have started to look after our welfare more keenly”. read more →

International Headlines

  • Nov 16: China Worst

    China has been named as the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom for the third consecutive year by Freedom House, an independent watchdog organisation dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. Their new report Freedom of the Net 2017 – Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy, assessed and ranked internet freedom in 65 countries. China has around 733 million internet users. read more →
  • Nov 15: Nepal Defies China

    Nepal has cancelled a US$ 2.5 billion deal with a Chinese state-owned company to build a massive 1,200-MW hydropower project. The agreement with the Chinese Gezhouba Group for the Budhi Gandaki hydropower was scrapped following a cabinet meeting and the Hindustan Times has speculated that Nepali Prime Minister Deuba wants to signal to China that Nepal will not be pressured into developing projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative. read more →
  • Nov 15: Gay Victory!

    Same-sex marriages will be legalised in Australian following a postal vote in which over 60% voted in favour. The vote follows ten years of campaigning and the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said his government will aim to pass legislation by Christmas. Jubilant supporters have been celebrating, with rainbow flags and singing and dancing in public places. read more →
  • Nov 14: Nov 14: Deadly ‘Quake

    An earthquake on the mountainous Iran-Iraq border has left 400 people dead and more than 7,000 injured. A huge rescue effort is underway with teams searching for survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. The quake is reported to be the deadliest in the world this year. One aid agency said 70,000 people are in need of shelter and facing a second night out in the cold. read more →
  • Nov 14: Nov 10: Powerful Handshake

    United States President Trump is in Beijing where he and Chinese President Xi Jinping have announced a $253 billion trade deal. Trump said they were working towards a “fair and reciprocal " deal. However, many of the deals which have been announced are non-binding memorandums.  Discussing North Korea, Xi appeared to suggest negotiations might be possible, but unlike Trump did not state denuclearisation as a goal. read more →
  • Nov 8: Apple’s Tax Haven

    The Paradise Papers, a huge leak of financial documents throwing light on the top end of the world of offshore finance, have revealed how Apple - the world’s most profitable company - moved $252bn to the tax haven Channel Island of Jersey. Apple says this did not lower its taxes and it remains the world's largest taxpayer, paying about $35bn (£26bn) in corporation tax over the past three years. read more →
  • Nov 4: Lobbying Trump

    United States President Donald Trump is to visit China, prompting a concurrent resolution on Tibet in the US House of Representative. The resolution calls on the Trump administration to make Tibet an important aspect of US-China relations, to fully implement the US Tibetan Policy Act, to encourage China to enter into dialogue with HH the Dalai Lama and to promote access for US citizens, including Tibetan-Americans, to Tibet. read more →
  • Nov 4: Ebola Fraud

    The Ebola epidemic that claimed at least 10,000 lives between 2014-16 lost more than $5m (£3.8m) of aid money to fraud and corruption in West Africa. Red Cross auditors for the massive multi-million dollar humanitarian operation needed to bring the epidemic under control found overpriced supplies, salaries for non-existent aid workers and fake customs bills. The Red Cross has promised to hold to account any of their staff involved. read more →
  • Nov 3: Gender Gap

    The World Economic Forum (WEF), an economic monitoring group, has published a report which shows that the gender gap is widening and, at its current rate, will take 100 years to close. It ranks 144 countries on economic opportunities, education, political participation and health, putting Iceland top, with the smallest gap, and Yemen bottom. Women in the Middle East and North Africa fared the worst. read more →
  • Nov 2: Killer Charged

    Sayfullo Saipov, 29, an Uzbek immigrant to the United States, has been charged with causing the deaths of at least eight people in New York. He drove a truck down a cycle lane in Lower Manhattan, hitting cyclists and pedestrians. He is also accused of providing material support and resources to the Islamic State (IS) group. Mr Saipov has admitted to having been inspired by IS videos. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

New things…..new situations

Tenzin Zeydhan is every inch the picture of poise and assurance as we sit down. Younten, her husband, takes Tenzin Kyipa, their little 10 month-old daughter, to one side and happily takes care of her. “I have never been interviewed like this before,” Tenzin Zeydhan says with a hint of read more →

Contemplations Over a Street Stall

Lhatso sits at her stall, a serious look on her face. It is hard to imagine a frivolous thought passing through her mind. But what is she thinking about? Perhaps she is thinking about her business. She sells malas and other items on Temple Road in McLeod Ganj. Her small read more →

Volunteer story of the month: Following Dreams

Moving to McLeod Ganj was one of the best ideas I had in my life. My wife and I have lived here for two years and have had the privilege of meeting many new friends. I was born in South Africa. My wife and I have been married for 32 read more →

Tibetan News

Tibetan Library on the Move

The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA), described by the India Times as “one of the most important libraries and institutions of Tibetan works in the world”, and currently housed in Dharamshala in northern India, is to be moved to Bangalore, Karnataka in south India because of concerns about read more →

“Putting Ethics back in Education”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been teaching around India this month, speaking on the theme of modern education and how he sees it to be a key cause of disharmony in people’s minds across the world. He said that this lack of spiritual nurturing in schools can be seen read more →

30 Years of Resistance

Thirty years ago a wave of uprisings against the Chinese occupation swept through Tibet. The Tibet support group Tibet Watch has issued a report commemorating the events of that time and describing their effects. This is contained in a document entitled 30 Years of Resistance: The Legacy of the 1987 read more →

Travel Restrictions Eased for Tibetans

Tibetan refugees living in India will soon be free from the hassle of applying for the exit permits which are currently compulsory for every trip abroad, a senior official from the Home Ministry in Delhi has announced. Currently, to travel abroad, as well as any visas needed for their destination read more →

Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy Sparks Protest in Arunachal Pradesh

Mounting protest from local student and civil society groups has erupted in Arunachal Pradesh (AP), delaying the state’s planned implementation of the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy (TRP). Passed by the Indian Union government in 2014, the TRP proposes the extension of temporary land leases and welfare provisions to Tibetan refugees residing read more →

Football Fans Join the Tibet Campaign!

Free Tibet, the British Tibet pressure group, has launched a campaign backed by Tibet groups around the world, as well as the British consumer group SumOfUs, to persuade Liverpool Football Club – the giant Premier League Football Club – to pull out of their deal with the Chinese water bottling read more →

Series of high-profile meetings follow the Five-Fifty Forum

A spate of high profile meetings followed on from the Five-Fifty Forum, the three-day conference convened to discuss strategies to resolve the issue of Tibet, which took place on October 6-8 in Dharamshala. First was the 29th Meeting of the Task Force on Sino-Tibet Negotiations, held in Dharamshala over October9-10. read more →

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