Tibetan Headlines

  • Jul 23: Festival Goes Ahead

    The annual Rebgong Lurol festival took place in Qinghai’s Rebgong county last week with local Tibetans turning out in force to take part in the celebrations, many wearing Traditional Tibetan dress. Radio Free Asia reports a source as saying there was less alcohol consumption and gambling than in recent years. The festival has been held since ancient times, with religious rituals, cultural performances and traditional games. read more →
  • Jul 22: Pawo Tenzin Choeying

    Pawo Tenzin Choeying, the Tibetan who self-immolated in Varanasi on July 14, died from his injuries earlier today in Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi. Tributes and prayers are pouring in. read more →
  • Jul 22: Gratitude to India

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama has congratulated Shri Ram Nath Kovind on his election as the 14th President of India. His Holiness expressed his gratitude to India in the 58th year of the Tibetans’ exile, saying to the new president, “No doubt you will do whatever you can to consolidate India’s strengths so that she may provide the leadership in the world that her stature entails”. read more →
  • Jul 21: Critical Condition

    Pawo Tenzin Choeying, the Tibetan who self-imolated in Varanasi earlier this week has been moved to hospital in Delhi. His condition has deteriorated and is now deemed “critical”. An emergency prayer session for his recovery is taking place in TCV Day School in McLeod Ganj Dharamsala. read more →
  • Jul 21: Ban Winnie the Pooh!

    China has banned all mention of Winnie the Pooh because some pictures which have appeared in the international press appear to replicate some of the original illustrations in the Winnie the Pooh books, apparently showing a resemblance between Chinese President Xi Jinping and the honey-loving teddy bear. The story was front page news in the British Financial Times and has since gone viral on social media. read more →
  • Jul 20: Time to Support Tibet

    Samajwadi Party leader and former Defence Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav raised the issue of India’s stand on Tibet in Parliament. He said that India’s acceptance of Tibet as part of China is a mistake and it is time for India to support Tibet as an historically independent country. He urged the government to support HH the Dalai Lama and said that India’s “real enemy” is China, not Pakistan. read more →
  • Jul 20: Counterfeit Pills

    A public warning has been issued by Men Tsee Khang, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute based in Dharamshala, urging people to exercise extreme caution as counterfeit pills claiming to be manufactured by the institute are being sold. Institute Director Tashi Tsering said they are unable to meet the growing demand for medicine and counterfeit pills bearing the name Men Tsee Khang have been discovered on sale. read more →
  • Jul 19: Raising the Flag

    A three day festival which launches the traditional picnic season around Tsoe city in Gansu’s Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture has been marred by a Chinese edict that Tibetans opening the festival must carry the Chinese national flag during their horseback parade, with warnings of “severe consequences” for failure to comply. They are requiring neighbouring counties to take part in similar forced displays of loyalty to the Chinese regime. read more →
  • Jul 18: Flag Raised!

    The Tibetan national flag was raised briefly in Martyr’s Street in Ngaba last week, the scene of many protests, including self-immolations. A traditional cultural festival took place in Ngaba on July 10, the first since 2008, although the International Campaign for Tibet reports that at least two renowned Tibetan singers known for singing in support of Tibetan culture and independence were not allowed to perform. read more →
  • Jul 18: Religious Instructor Dies

    Geshe Lobsang Thupten, 52, the religious instructor of Vocational Training Centre at Patlikuhl is reported to have committed suicide by hanging himself in the institute’s hall. The reason for his suicide is now known, no suicide note was found and he is reported as getting along well with students and staff. However, he had recently consulted doctors about insomnia. read more →

International Headlines

  • Jul 24: A Monk’s Fraud

    Wirapol Sukphol, a Thai Buddhist monk, has been extradited from his home in California but has denied criminal charges in Thailand of fraud, money laundering and rape. A video posted on social media showing his opulent lifestyle went viral and sparked an investigation by the Thai Department of Special Investigations which revealed a fortune apparently gained by using his monk’s status to gain money for his personal use. read more →
  • Jul 22: Brain Surgery

    Indian musician Abhishek Prasad played the guitar during brain surgery for his "musician's dystonia". The disease caused painful spasms and stiffness in his fingers while he was playing his guitar. He was conscious throughout and while on the operating table was asked to play every time doctors "burnt" a circuit in his brain. Following the surgery he was able to play with ease. read more →
  • Jul 21: Drugs Hit

    Two of the largest dark web marketplaces – AlphaBay and Hansa – have been shut down, closing their illegal drugs sales. AlphaBay had 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals. This closure follows a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation. Europol said it believed the bust would lead to hundreds of new investigations in Europe. read more →
  • Jul 20: Surfeit of Plastic

    A new report puts the weight of the total amount of plastic ever made at 8.3 billion tonnes – the equivalent of a billion elephants – all created over the last 65 years. Plastic tends to be used for very short periods before being discarded. None of the commonly used plastics are biodegradable and only 9% of discarded plastic has been recycled. read more →
  • Jul 19: Found After 75 Years

    Two bodies which have emerged from a shrinking glacier in the Swiss Alps – the Tsanfleuron glacier, above the Les Diablerets – are believed to be those of Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin who disappeared in 1942. They were farmers tending their cattle at a height of 2,600m (8,530ft). Their seven children never gave up hope of finding them. A DNA test will be conducted to confirm their identity. read more →
  • Jul 19: Social Media Censored

    China is reported to be monitoring its social media to restrict the circulation of information about Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese human rights activist and Nobel Peace Laureat who died in police custody last week. The interdisciplinary laboratory at the Munk School of Global Affairs based in Toronto University in Canada have issued a report which says that messages bearing his name and images have been blocked. read more →
  • Jul 18: Monkey Business

    A baboon has caused a massive power cut in Zambia leaving 50,000 people without electricity. The baboon, who tampered with cables at a power station in the tourist city of Livingstone, survived a "massive electric shock" that would have killed a human being. Had he been a human being he would have been prosecuted. Livingstone is near a national park and wild animals often roam around the town. read more →
  • Jul 17: Record Skinny Dip

    In Finland, nearly 800 naked swimmers took to the water during the Ilosaari Rock music festival in Joensuu in a bid to break the world record for the biggest naked swim. 789 people turned out, beating the previous record set two years ago in Perth, Australia by three. The organisers are waiting for Guinness World Records to confirm the record. read more →
  • Jul 14: Liu Xiabo RIP

    Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureat, has died in a Chinese prison where he was serving an 11 year sentence for “attempting to undermine political order”. He was suffering from liver cancer. There is worldwide condemnation of China for their treatment of Liu. The Nobel committee chair said he “will remain a powerful symbol for all who fight for freedom, democracy and a better world.” read more →
  • Jul 13: Fatal Attacks Increase

    The number of terrorist attacks resulting in fatalities in western Europe is increasing year on year, according to the Global Terrorism Database. While there were only five in 2013, 30 attacks resulting in deaths occurred in 2016. Furthermore, terrorist attacks have become more deadly, with 26.5 people on average being killed in 2015 and 2016, up from an average of four in the preceding three years. The deadliest incident recorded was the series of coordinated attacks on Paris in 2015 resulting in the deaths of 130 people. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

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 →

Nima Tshering: Leaving the Black Hole Behind

Nima Tshering is the secretary at the Kunphen Centre for Substance Dependence, HIV/AIDS and HRD in Dharmshala. He is sitting opposite me in his office, smartly dressed in blue jeans and a crisp white shirt. The power is out in town and the room is dimly lit by the light read more →

Volunteer Story of the Month: Hallo und Tschüss*

Volunteer Job at Lha: German teacher and Contact news writer Hello, my name is Agnes. I am a student from Austria and I volunteered with Lha for a little over two months. My main purpose for coming to McLeod Ganj was actually to do research for my Masters thesis on read more →

Tibetan News

Birthday Celebrations Continue Despite Chinese Ban

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama turned 82 on July 6, and even the Tibetans inside Tibet didn’t shun away from celebrating the special day despite the Chinese ban, according to a Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) local source. Tibetans in Tibet honored their spiritual leader’s birthday with prayer gatherings and read more →

Happy Birthday and Long Life to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrated his 82th birthday in Leh, Ladakh on June 6. The celebration was organised by the Tibetan Community in Ladakh and the Ladakh Buddhist Association. Around 20,000 people were in attendance; among those present were the Tibetan president in exile Sikyong Lobsang Sangay and other read more →

His Holiness Visits America UPDATED

His Holiness the Dalai Lama travelled to the United States on June 13 for his annual medical checkup at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was greeted by a crowd of two hundred Tibetans, North American Tibetan Representative Penpa Tsering and the members of Mayo Clinic reception staff. read more →

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Begins

The first Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims of the year have crossed into Tibet through the 16,500-foot high Lipulekh pass in Uttarkhand. Pilgrimages will take place between June and September during which time 1,430 devotees are expected to visit one of the holiest sites in the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Bon religions. read more →

35th UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Looks at the Issue of Tibet

The United Nations Human Rights Council holds three regular sessions a year: a total of ten weeks. The most recent took place from June 6 – 23. In this assembly, which was held in Geneva, various countries including the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, raised their concern over the read more →

His Holiness Speaks to 25,000

His Holiness the Dalai Lama traveled to the United States in June to give an address at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), as the commencement speaker for the UCSD class of 2017, as well as a public talk. The speech Embracing the Beauty of Diversity in our World, read more →

World’s Top Religious Leaders Issue Joint Appeal

Twenty two of the world’s most prominent religious leaders came together on June 14 to make a plea to all of humanity. The message was simple — make friends with people of other faiths. From His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to Pope Francis, to senior Shia Muslim cleric Ayatollah Sayyid Fadhel read more →

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