Tibetan Headlines

  • Aug 21: Aug 21: Botswana Retaliates

    The proposed visit by HH the Dalai Lama to Botswana has drawn the usual objections and threats from China who say that Botswana should cancel the visit and “earnestly respect China’s core interests and make the correct political decision.” Botswana’s president Ian Khama, however, is reported as saying that despite China’s heavy investment in the country, “We are not your colony” and that His Holiness is welcome there. read more →
  • Aug 20: Aug 19: Religious Freedom

    'International Religious Freedom', the United States State Department’s annual report, has highlighted Chinese interference in religious practices in Tibet, particularly in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries there. It also mentions the forced disappearance of religious practitioners, physical abuse and prolonged detention. It speaks of US instigated “sustained and concerted effort to encourage greater religious freedom in Tibetan areas” at the highest level. read more →
  • Aug 18: Film Award

    The Tibetan film Pawo [or martyr, in Tibetan] has won the Best Director for a Feature at the Revolution Me Film Festival 2017. Pawo was directed by Marvin Litwak and Sonam Tsetan and was shortlisted for six other nominations. The film crew was Tibetan-German crew and the actors all Tibetan. It tells the story of Jamphel Yeshi who self-immolated in 2012 in protest against China’s continued rule in Tibet. JJI Exile Brothers from Dharamsala co-engineered the film’s music. read more →
  • Aug 18: Policy for Arunachal

    The Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy Act for Tibetans has been accepted by the north eastern Indian state of Arunachal which is predominantly Tibetan, although claimed by China as part of “their” territory. The Act was formalised by the Government of India in 2014. The state Cabinet meeting accepted the Policy on August 12. Arunachal Chief Minister Shri Pema Khandu has written to Sikyong Sangay, leader of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. read more →
  • Aug 17: Prospects and Challenges

    The Young Tibetan Research Scholar’s Conference is underway at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies at Sarah near Dharamshala. The three day conference, Tibet and Tibetans: Prospects and Challenges, is organised by the Tibet Policy Institute – the Central Tibetan Administration’s think tank and was inaugurated by Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the President of the CTA. Around 40 young Tibetan research scholars from across India are taking part. read more →
  • Aug 16: Demolition Begins

    The expulsion of 2,000 Tibetan monks and nuns living and studying at the Yachen Gar Buddhist Centre in Sichuan has started, along with the demolition of their residences. Until recently 10,000 monks, nuns and lay practioners lived and studied at Yachen Gar. Earlier this year 200 tents belonging to Tibetan pilgrims visiting the centre were demolished. Senior monks there have asked people to “exercise patience and tolerance”. read more →
  • Aug 16: Monk Freed

    Gomar Choephel, 48, a Tibetan monk, has been released from jail where he served two years for “subverting the state” when he was found in possession of a picture of HH the Dalai Lama. He was released from the Ho Min Xian prison in Qinghai and has returned to Rongwo Monastery in Rebgong. He has restrictions placed on his movements and no “welcome home” reception was allowed. read more →
  • Aug 15: New Ethics Course

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama launched a new course Secular Ethics for Higher Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The course is aimed at fostering critical thinking and an inquiring mind. His Holiness said that India is the only country in the world which can effectively combine secular ethics and modern education to produce sustainable results for the benefit of all sentient beings. read more →
  • Aug 12: Trip Cancelled

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama has cancelled his trip to Botswana this month on the advice of his doctors, as he is suffering from exhaustion following his very demanding recent schedule. He was due to attend the Mind and Life conference there. His physicians have advised him to rest and so His Holiness is returning to Dharamshala to recuperate. read more →
  • Aug 11: TYC Demo

    The Tibetan Youth Congress held a rally in New Delhi to show support for India in the current standoff between China and India at the Tibetan Border. The TYC President said the rally was to “highlight that Tibet's independence is the safest guarantee for India's security and peace along the Himalayas. We believe that Tibetans must be a part of discussions concerning the borders". read more →

International Headlines

  • Aug 21: Aug 21: Pop Music in Kabul

    Afghan pop star Aryana Sayeed performed in a concert in the country’s capital Kabul, attended by hundreds of young people including many girls, despite opposition from conservatives and threats of an attack. Ms Sayeed is known for her long hair and figure-hugging outfits, which are seen as taboo by many in Afghanistan. She sings traditional and folk songs rendered as pop in Dari and Pashto, Afghanistan's two main languages read more →
  • Aug 20: Aug 19: Flood Disaster

      Seasonal flooding in south Asia is affecting over 16 million people and has left around 500 dead. The floods are affecting Nepal, Bangladesh and India and the situation is expected to get worse. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has flagged it as one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in years and there is growing concern about food shortages and disease. read more →
  • Aug 18: Activist Jailed

    Joshua Wong, 20, the Hong Kong activist who was one of the instigators of the 2014 “Umbrella” pro democracy protests, has been jailed for six months. Last year he was found guilty of unlawful assembly and sentenced to community service but the Hong Kong government appealed against the sentence as too lenient. His prison sentence precludes him from standing for local elections for five years. read more →
  • Aug 17: Rape Loophole Closed

    Lebanon has scrapped Article 522 of the penal code – a law which allowed rapists exemption from punishment if they married their victim. Women's rights activists been long campaigning for this repeal, supported by the Minister for Women's Affairs. Similar legislation has recently been stopped in Tunisia and Jordan but remains in Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya and Syria. read more →
  • Aug 16: Plea for Help

    Sierra Leone has issued a plea for international aid for the thousands of people hit by mudslides and massive flooding in the capital Freetown. Entire communities have been wiped out and the President said the "devastation was overwhelming us". Nearly 400 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds more are missing. Part of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed on the town early on Monday following heavy rain. read more →
  • Aug 15: Independence Day

    Indian Independence Day was marked by the Tibetan community in India with a flag raising ceremony at the Kashag (Tibetan Cabinet) Secretariat in Dharamshala. The Indian National Anthem was sung. Sikyong Sangay (President of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile) said “No country has done more than what India and the people of this great country has done for Tibetans. So we are eternally grateful”. read more →
  • Aug 15: Website Expelled

    GoDaddy and Google have expelled the United States neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer after it made disparaging remarks about Heather Heyer, a woman who died during recent protests in Virginia. She was taking part in a protest against a white supremacist “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville when violence broke out and a car deliberately rammed into the protestors, killing her and injuring others. read more →
  • Aug 10: Wildfires in Greenland

    Extensive wildfires are burning on Greenland’s west coast close to the icefield. Fires are rare on Greenland where 80% of the land is covered by ice, but researchers say there is less surface water in Greenland than in the past and experts believe that at least some of the current fires are burning in peat which could have dried out in the current higher temperatures. read more →
  • Aug 8: Bitcoin Soars

    Bitcoin's value is at a record high at $3,451.86 (£2,651) per coin, this follows a month of turmoil for the virtual currency. Last weekend was the first time it has crossed the $3,000 mark and the market value of all bitcoins in existence is now more than $56bn (£43bn). This surge follows the creation of a spin-off crypto-currency, Bitcoin Cash, last week. read more →
  • Aug 7: Smuggler Arrested

    A man was arrested at the main Bangladesh airport with 25kg (55lb) worth $1.5m (£1.15m) taped to his thighs. Jamil Akhter pretended to be a wheelchair user, hoping to avoid detection but customs officials became suspicious when they saw that this was his 13th trip abroad this year. Bangladesh has emerged as a hub for smuggling gold into India – this is the largest haul this year. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

“Empower Us” : Towards an Inclusive Society

Blind People live in the world of ………………………… The first word that must have come immediately to the majority of people’s minds would be ‘Darkness’. I ask why not? Blind people live in a world of ‘sound’, or ‘touch’, or ‘creativity’, or ‘care’, or, most importantly,‘trust’. Clearly when our thinking read more →

Looking to the Future

Youdon passes easily through the pell-mell of people in McLeod, one hand holding onto her five-year-old son, the other gesturing for me to follow. She skips over cowpats, picking her way around potholes and roadside stalls as though she’s done this trip every day for a long, long time. And read more →

Volunteer story of the month: “Saying Hello to Everyone You Meet”

Volunteer Job at Lha: English Teacher  I was raised by a former Buddhist nun from Myanmar – raised to value meditation, raised on mantras of peace, raised with a respect of the way Buddhists view the world. So when I was applying for a fellowship at my school, the University of read more →

Tibetan News

Renowned School for the Visually Impaired in Tibet to Close

The Chinese government has issued a directive which may lead to the shutdown of a renowned school for the blind in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, which is located inside the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR). The Braille Without Borders preparatory school for the blind was established by Sabriye Tenberken and read more →

Self-immolation in Mcleod Ganj UPDATED

Passang Dhondup, 48, a wood painter at Norbulingka Institute in Sidhpur near Dharamshala, died on July 29 in a self-immolation protest against the illegal Chinese occupation of Tibet. He died at around 3pm at Lhagyal Ri on the Kora – the circumambulation path around His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence read more →

Dharamshala self-immolator Identified

Reports are coming in that a Tibetan man, Passang Dhondup, aged in his forties, has died as a result of burning in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala on July 29. It appears that he set fire to himself while alone at Lhagyal Ri on the Kora – the circumambulation path around His read more →

Three Day Teaching on Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

His Holiness the Dalai Lama concluded his series of teachings in Ladakh with a three-day teaching, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life at the Shiwatsel teaching ground which started on June 28 and was attended by over 40,000 people. His Holiness explained that he was taught the guide to read more →

International Debut for the Tibetan Women‘s Soccer Team

This month the Tibetan women’s soccer team became the first female Tibetan team in any sport to compete internationally. On July 7 the squad of exiles, composed of 14 young women mostly aged between 18 and 20 and all refugees living in either India or Nepal, participated in the Vancouver read more →

Congressional committee to restore US aid for Tibetans

The United States Congress has approved a bill to restore US funding for Tibet. This decision represents a U-turn by US President Trump’s administration which made moves in its May budget to slash aid to Tibetans by 2018. The House Appropriations Committee, a body of the US Congress, approved the read more →

No Sign of an End to Border Tensions

A trip scheduled annually for Indian and Nepalese journalists to travel to Tibet has been cancelled by Chinese authorities following border disputes between China and India in the Dokklam area in Sikkim and Bhutan. Beijing has also ordered the suspension of the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage route through the Nathu La read more →

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