Tibetan Headlines

  • Dec 2: Congratulations!

    On behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay congratulated United States’ former House Speaker Ms Nancy Pelosi for being re-elected as the Democratic Leader in the US House of Representatives. “Your re-election to the crucial post of democratic leader is a reflection of your leadership, integrity and the sharp relevance of your voice as a champion of American ideals,” he added. He also thanked her for being a true friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people. read more →
  • Dec 2: World AIDS Day

    Tibetans in Dharamshala observed World AIDS Day. Dawa Tsering, Director of Kunphen - a non-government organisation - urged the people to go for HIV check-ups, saying that, according to the World Health Organisation, nearly half of all people with HIV around the world do not know they are infected. A staff at the Department of Health said that in the exile Tibetan community there are over 130 HIV carriers. read more →
  • Nov 30: Book Launch

    The Peaceful Struggle of Tibet, a book written by Tibetan activities, Lingtsa Tsetan Dorjee was published by Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. The book was written as a journal while he was in a prison in Nepal during his first march in 2012. He disappeared after starting his second peace march to Tibet in 2013. read more →
  • Nov 30: Meeting With His Holiness

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama met a group of Tibetans who have newly arrived Tibetans from Tibet. The audience took place at Tsugla-khang, the main temple in Dharamshala. His Holiness said that the reason behind the survival of Tibetan race over the last sixty years is due to the immense sincerity and courage of Tibetans inside Tibet. HH also gave them a teaching Introduction to Buddhism. read more →
  • Nov 29: Welcome back!

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived home in Dharamshala following his trip to Japan and Mongolia from 9 to 26 of this month. Locals, newly arrived Tibetans and tourists lined up to welcome him. He was met at Gaggal Airport by Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Khenpo Sonam Tenphel and officials of Central Tibetan Administration. read more →
  • Nov 28: Leaders’ Gathering

    The first meeting of the leaders of various Tibetan organisations in Dharamshala has been held, convened by the Tibetan Settlement Office (TSO). The TSO proposed items for discussion aimed at forming closer ties and better cooperation among the organisations to improve welfare and community development. Awards were also presented to honour outstanding service for the Tibetan community, dedication for Tibetan cause and for social service. read more →
  • Nov 25: Aid for Lal Qila

    The state government of Delhi is donating over INR 1 Crore (US$150,000, £120,000) to the Tibetan sweater sellers whose stock was destroyed in the fire at the Lal Qila Tibetan refugee market in Delhi on November 8. Each family will receive INR 1 Lac (US$1,500, £1,200). The Central Tibetan Administration expressed profound gratitude to the state government on behalf of the affected families. read more →
  • Nov 24: Not Worried about Trump

    HH the Dalai Lama has said that he looks forward to meeting the United State’s new President and has no worries about him. “I always consider America as a leading nation of the free world”, said His Holiness, “I feel during an election the candidate has more freedom to express. Once elected, having the responsibility, then they have to tell you their sort of vision, their works according to reality”. read more →
  • Nov 23: Documents Lost

    Documents held by Sanjor Tsokpa, an association for newly-arrived Tibetans with 600 members, have been destroyed in a fire in a house in Bhagsunath in McLeod Ganj. No human casualties were reported but the fire also damaged property and stock belonging to local traders. Gendhun Tsephel who rents the property said he has complained several times to the local electricity board about the electrical supply to the building. read more →
  • Nov 22: Boudhanath Stupa

    Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal has been renovated and is now open to the public following a three-day purification ritual. Boudhanath stupa suffered massive cracks during the devastating earthquake in Nepal last year. The restoration of the stupa cost INR 320 million (US$4.7 million, £3.8 million) which was raised from donations from Buddhist around the world in gold, cash and free labour. read more →

International Headlines

  • Nov 28: Death of a Legend

    Cuba is in the throes of a nine-day official mourning period following he death of Fidel Castro on Friday. Castro was the Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba for 47 years between 1959 and 2006. He played a key role in the Cuban Revolution which overthrew Batista and then assumed military and political power. read more →
  • Nov 27: Passports Witheld

    People living in the north eastern Chinese state of Xinjiang, or East Turkestan, have been ordered to hand their passports over to the police who are reported as saying, “Anyone who needs the passport must apply to the police”. The region is home to the minority Muslim Uyghurs and the World Uyghur Congress says this is a deliberate move to restrict their movements. read more →
  • Nov 25: Wildfires

    Wildfires sweeping into Israel's third largest city, Haifa, have caused about 80,000 people to evacuate their homes. Fires are also threatening Jerusalem and the West Bank. Arson is suspected, but not confirmed, and the recent two month drought and current strong winds are exacerbating the situation. The chief of Police said that if was deliberate, it was "safe to assume... it is politically-motivated". read more →
  • Nov 24: Cut-price Meals

    Elderly people are handing over their driving licences in exchange for cut-price meals in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. The scheme has been initiated by the police in an attempt to cut down on traffic accidents. The Sugakiya restaurant chain will give participants in the scheme a 15% discount on ramen - the popular noodle and broth soup - with rice and salad. read more →
  • Nov 23: Peace?

    Columbia is to sign a new peace treaty with Farc rebels. A referendum rejected a previous deal; this new agreement will be submitted to Congress for approval instead of anoher referendum. Opposition groups say it does not punish rebels sufficiently for human rights abuses. More than 220,000 people have been killed in over 50 years of civil war between the government and left wing Farc guerrillas. read more →
  • Nov 22: Abortion Rights

    Pope Francis is giving all priests the right to forgive abortions, permanently. This power has been effective on a temporary basis during the last year - the Catholic Church's jubilee year - and in Britain and the United States. He said abortion was a "grave sin" and that Catholics who have or perform an abortion can be immediately excommunicated. However the new move means that priests can lift excommunication. read more →
  • Nov 21: Train Derailment

    At least 115 people have died following a train derailment in north India, with more than 150 injured. Fourteen carriages of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near the city of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early yesterday morning. Rescuers are still trying to reach the injured and recover the dead. The cause of the crash is not yet known. read more →
  • Nov 19: Rare Birth

    Three puggles, or baby echidnas, have been born in Australia in Sydney's Taronga Zoo – the first in almost 30 years. They were hatched in August but kept from public view until they had grown and opened their eyes. They are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity. They are expected to leave their burrows early in the new year, until then they will mostly sleep. read more →
  • Nov 18: Victims Speak Out

    In Tunisia, people who suffered abuse under the old authoritarian rule have been speaking out on live TV in a move to seek accountability. More than 62,000 incidents, including torture and rape, which took place over the 50 years before Tunisia became a democracy in 2011 have been filed to Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission. The accused include former state officials and top security bosses. read more →
  • Nov 17: Rohingyas Flee

    A military crackdown on Rohingyas in Myanmar is forcing hundreds of people, including children, to flee the country. More than a million Muslim Rohingya minority residents are regarded as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh and not recognised as Myanmar citizens. More than 130 people have died during the crackdown, some shot as they tried to flee. Tensions has been simmering over the last four years. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

A Wise Woman

Dolma Yangchen
Photo: TWA

Dolma Yangchen is an inspiration to Tibetan women everywhere. A campaigner and an activist, she has proved herself fearless in a man’s world, undaunted by bureaucracy and irrepressible in the face of reluctance. She is proud to have served her fellow Tibetans for 35 years. What has driven her to read more →

A Smile That Defies China

Photo: Contact/Lha

How much suffering does it take to wipe a smile off someone’s face forever? Ven Bagdro’s body still bears the scars from Chinese torture chambers, he still sees as though it were yesterday his baby sister dead, his fellow monks slaughtered, the look in his mother’s eyes as they said read more →

Managing Perfectly Well


When I made the decision earlier this year to see more of the world, I knew exactly where I wanted to go first.I contacted Lha, offering my services as a volunteer English teacher, and arrived in McLeod Ganj on August 20. McLeod Ganj is the strangest of places. A refugee read more →

Tibetan News

Mongolia Defies China


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama arrived in Mongolia on November 18 for a four-day tour. He was warmly received at Ulaanbaatar airport by Khambo Lama Choi Gyamtso, as well as leading lamas of Mongolia, a representative of the Indian Embassy and ordained monks. China protested about the visit, saying read more →

More Criticisms as China Cranks up Security

Internet blackouts in most part of Tibet
Photo: TPI

A new report has put the spotlight on China’s counter-terrorism laws, stating that they pose serious human rights risks. Produced by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), its publication comes at the same time as the passing of a new Cybersecurity Law read more →

China Thwarts Tibetan Pilgrims Hoping to Attend the Kalachakra


Chinese officials are confiscating passports in Tibet. Tibetans holding Chinese passports are having to relinquish them, and others who are already abroad are being ordered to return home before the 2017 Kalachakra initiation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which is due to take place in Bodh Gaya in north read more →

Shugden Protesters: Allegations v Facts


Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the head of Tibetan Government-in-exile, has launched a short documentary film and a book to counter the false allegations made by the Dolgyal or Shugden followers against the Tibetan government-in-exile and Tibet’s spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The 13-minute long documentary Shugden Protesters: Allegations read more →

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Japan UPDATED


His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Japan on November 8 to impart Buddhist teachings and values through a series of public talks from November 9 – 26 in various temples, universities and schools across Japan. The Mission of Buddhists in the 21st century, Compassion- the Key to Happiness, A Guide to read more →

Larung Gar: Forced Eviction of Residents Continues


The destruction continues at Larung Gar in Serta county in Tibet, the largest Buddhist centre in the world, with more monks and nuns being sent off to their family homes each day despite calls and pleas from international human right groups. Hundreds of monks and nuns were sent home on read more →

Help for Tibetan Traders Devastated by Fire


The Tibetan market in Delhi, near the Red Fort (Lal Qila), was burnt to ashes during the wee hours on Tuesday November 7. The burning down of more than 138 shops in this area caused no loss of life, but a massive loss of more than 12 crore Indian rupees read more →

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