Tibetan Headlines

  • Nov 21: Activists Disrupt Football

    Tibetan activists delayed a friendly match between China’s U-20 football team and the German TSV Schott Mainz in the first of a series of friendly matches in Germany. Tibet-Initiative Germany activists unfurled Tibetan national flags resulting in the Chinese side walking off the pitch. The match was being broadcast live in China and the protest hit the media in Germany and Asia. read more →
  • Nov 20: Kashag Statement

    The Kashag – or Cabinet – of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has released a statement giving further information about their decision to replace former Speaker Penpa Tsering as their North American Representative. They cite a “performance and trust deficit” as well as “insubordination” and have said that his removal followed formal warnings about his performance and actions. This statement was issued in response to ongoing demands for information from the media. read more →
  • Nov 19: Earthquake

    An earthquake magnitude 6.4 hit the Kongpo region in Ningchi prefecture in south Tibet not far from the border with the north eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The area hit is sparsely populated and no major casualties have been so far reported, although there have been power failures and damage to buildings in a number of villages around the epicentre. read more →
  • Nov 18: Return to Tibet

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 82, has spoken to a group of Tibetans who requested him to return to Tibet, saying that he would return to Tibet immediately if the Chinese government agrees to give genuine autonomy to Tibetans living there. His Holiness has left Dharamshala for a week long tour to Delhi, Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata and is scheduled to return to Dharamshala on November 26. read more →
  • Nov 18: Celebrating Writers

    The Day of the Imprisoned Writer, an annual event to honour, recognise and support writers imprisoned for resisting repression of human rights and freedom of expression, was marked in Dharamshala with an evening of poetry in the woods, organised by the Gu-Chu- Sum Movement of Tibet, the organisation of former political prisoners of Tibet. read more →
  • 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 →

International Headlines

  • Nov 21: Singer Banned

    Katy Perry, the international pop star, has been banned from performing in Shanghai next week. Chinese officials have decided that her performance in Taiwan in 2015 was offensive to China – she wore the Taiwan national flag during her concert there, as well as a sunflower dress which is symbolic of the Sunflower Student Movement – a movement against Taiwan’s 2014 trade pact with China. read more →
  • Nov 20: President Stays On

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has announced that he will stay in power to preside over the ruling party's congress in December despite calls for him to stand down now, and the growing crisis in the country which is under military rule. The Zanu-PF has sacked him as party leader, threatening impeachment if he did not resign immediately. He has led Zimbabwe since it gained independence 37 years ago. read more →
  • Nov 18: Pak Defies China

    Pakistan has rejected China’s offer of backing for the US$14 million (£11 million) Diamer-Basha Dam and Islamabad has asked China to remove the project from the US$60 billion (£45 billion) China Pakistan Economic Corridor, saying it will build the dam without assistance. Pakistan has said the “extremely tough conditions” set by China for the proposed financial backing were “not doable and against our interests”. read more →
  • 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 →

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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