Tibetan Headlines

  • Apr 25: Trading Vision

    The Tibetan Chamber of Commerce, at its 12th Annual General Body meeting in McLeod Ganj, discussed plans to set up business ties and associations across the border with Tibet, saying it would give “an opportunity and also a path to reach out to our fellow Tibetan businessmen inside Tibet”. Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, leader of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, urged members to remember their tagline “Business with Ethics”. read more →
  • Apr 25: Book Launch

    A new book by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has been launched. In the book, Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society, which is published by Simon and Schuster India/Wisdom Publications, the Karmapa outlines his vision for a global society that truly reflects the interdependence that is now becoming widely recognised, and shows a way forward to enact that vision. read more →
  • Apr 24: Visit to Japan

    A team from the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile is visiting Japan. They are meeting members of the Tibetan community in Japan as well as giving public talks and liaising with the local Office of Tibet. The three delegates will meet members of the Japan and Tibet Parliamentary Group for Tibet, and long time Tibet supporter Ms Sakurai Yoshiko, President of the Japan Institute of National Fundamentals, a think-tank in Japan. read more →
  • Apr 21: Released!

    Lobsang Gyatso, 23, a Tibetan monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba who has spent the last three years in prison has been released after completing his full prison sentence. He was arrested in April 2014 following a lone protest in the street against Chinese rule in Tibet, and was charged with “separatist activities” and “plotting against the nation”. read more →
  • Apr 21: Gaden Tripa

    The 103rd Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche died in a Delhi hospital following an illness. He was appointed Gaden Tripa, the spiritual head of the Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism, by HH the Dalai Lama last October. He was born in Tibet in 1937 and followed His Holiness into exile in 1959. The Gelug school was founded by Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), the first Ganden Tripa. read more →
  • Apr 20: Football!

    The winner of this year’s Gyalyum Chemo Memorial Gold Cup (GCMGC) is Tashiling Himalaya Football Club Darjeeling, they defeated five-time champions Dhondupling FC (DFC) Clement Town 2-nil in the final at the Kollegal Tibetan Settlement. This was the 23rd GCMGC, it was broadcast live through YouTube and a dedicated application for android was also launched. The tournament is the biggest sporting event of exile Tibetan community. read more →
  • Apr 19: Soccer Team to Canada

    The Tibetan women’s soccer team who were denied United States visas to participate in Dallas Cup soccer tournament earlier in February are to travel to Canada in July to take part in the Vancouver International Soccer Festival. Their visas have come through and this will make the team the first Tibetan women’s team in any sport to compete internationally. read more →
  • Apr 19: Border Dispute

    China has given Chinese names to six places in the north eastern Indian state of Aranachal Pradesh, the region China claims as Southern Tibet: Wo'gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri. China claims that naming the places “demonstrates China's territorial sovereignty, which to date remains a bone of contention between the two super powers of Asia despite having over 18 border talks”.   read more →
  • Apr 18: Exile Photo Journal

    Exile - a 155 page photo journal documenting the story of the early Tibetan refugees, the gradual rebuilding of their lives in India and Nepal, and the reestablishment of their cultural and religious institutions in exile, was launched at Norbu House in Mcleod Ganj. Lobsang Gyatso, the Editor, hopes that the book will help the young generations to understand and appreciate the origins of the exile community. read more →
  • Apr 15: Trip Postponed

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama's forthcoming visit to Kullu-Manali, Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur has been postponed. The announcement was made on dalailama.com, the official website of HH the Dalai Lama, saying that the trip scheduled for May 11 to 25 2017 has been “indefinitely postponed. We regret the inconvenience caused by this decision”. No reason has been given for the postponement. read more →

International Headlines

  • Apr 25: Loophole Closed

    A law protecting rapists in Jordan from punishment if they married their victims is to be scrapped after years of campaigning by activists including women’s groups as well as Muslim and Christian scholars. The Cabinet has revoked the law by which rapists could avoid jail in return for marrying their victim for at least three years. The law’s supporters claimed it protected a victim's honour and reputation. read more →
  • Apr 24: Conservationist Shot

    Conservationist Kuki Gallmann, 73, has been shot and injured at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy, her conservation park in central Kenya. She is the author of the best-selling memoir I Dreamed of Africa. Her luxury safari lodge was burnt down last month – cattle herders are suspected, they have been in conflict with landowners and the police, invading private property in search of grazing in the drought-stricken region. read more →
  • Apr 21: Paris Shooting

    A shooting on the Champs Elysee in central Paris, the capital of France, has left one policeman dead and two others wounded. Their suspected attacker, a lone gunman, was killed by security forces as he tried to flee the scene. An anti-terrorist investigation has been launched. read more →
  • Apr 20: Close Encounter

    Asteroid 2014 JO25, an asteroid the size of the Rock of Gibraltar, has just passed by Earth at a distance of only 1.8 million km (1.1 million miles) – the closest big asteroid since 2004. The next known similar event will occur in 2027 when the half-mile-wide asteroid 1999 AN10 will fly by at about 380,000 km (236,000 miles). read more →
  • Apr 19: Snap Election

    British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she plans to call a snap general election on 8 June despite having promised not to call an election before 2020. Europe has made it clear this will not change Europe’s plans for Brexit. May says the new poll is in the national interest and that an election is the only way to guarantee certainty and stability in the wake of Brexit. read more →
  • Apr 18: Facebook Murder Suspect

    A nationwide manhunt is underway in the United States for a suspect who shot an elderly grandfather and posted the video on Facebook. He shot 74 year old Robert Godwin in Ohio on Sunday afternoon as the victim walked home from Easter lunch. The suspect, Steve Stephens, said in another video posted on Facebook that he had killed 13 people and would kill more. read more →
  • Apr 17: 117 Years Old

    The world's oldest person, and the last person alive who was born in the 19th century, has died at the age of 117. Emma Morano was born on November 29, 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She outlived her seven siblings. Her life spanned three centuries, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments. read more →
  • Apr 14: Legalising Cannabis

    Canada is planning to legalise the sale of recreational marijuana by June next year, this will make it the largest developed nation to end marijuana prohibition. The law would allow adults over 18 to possess up to 30g of dried marijuana. The government says this is a way to keep pot out of the hands of minors and to undercut organised crime. read more →
  • Apr 13: Executions

    Amnesty International, the global human rights watchdog, has named China the “World’s biggest executioner” in its report 2016 Global Review of the Death Penalty which says that 1,032 people were executed around the world – excluding China. Amnesty believes China has executed more than the rest of the world combined, saying that China maintains “almost total secrecy over the number of people sentenced to death and executed”. read more →
  • Apr 12: Sold Into Slavery

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has reported that Africans trying to reach Europe are being detained by people smugglers or militia groups in Libya and then taken to town squares or car parks to be sold, with skilled migrants fetching higher prices. There are reports that hundreds of young sub-Saharan African men have been caught up in the so-called slave markets. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

Connecting Through Art

Tenzin Rabgyal is working in his simple studio in McLeod Ganj. There are no computers, no desks and very few distractions; it is a peaceful place by necessity. Tenzin works sitting cross legged on the floor, his painting mounted in front of him. Making the occasional ruckus, Rock, a Pug read more →

“I was born to serve my country”

Lhamo Tsering, who is in charge of the Tibet Museum, the official museum of the Central Tibetan Administration’s Department of Information and International Relations, says she has now found “her dream job”. There, everyday she is in contact with visitors from all over the world who come to the museum read more →

Volunteer Story of the Month: A Come Back to Give Back

Volunteer Job at Lha: French teacher and Contact writer Googling “organisations for Tibetan refugees in India” is what I did, Lha is what I found. Earlier, India had been my adopted home for nine years and I was determined to return, but this time to put my teaching skills at read more →

Tibetan News

Curbing Buddhist Influence

The forced eviction of nuns and monks from Larung Gar Buddhist academy has come to end with the final batch of 250 nuns who were sent home on April 6, according to a local source from the region. Larung Gar – the largest Tibetan Buddhist centre in the world, which read more →

Indian Citizenship Debate

LobsangWangyal, the well known local producer of the Miss Tibet pageant and proprietor of the Tibet Sun online news magazine, was recently granted Indian citizenship. This has sparked a rigorous debate among the Tibetan refugee community about whether they should also take the opportunity to become legal Indian citizens. According read more →

Tibet Campaigners Disappointed

United States President Donald Trump entertained his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his private Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida over the weekend of April 8 and 9. The meeting was the first bilateral summit between the two powers since Trump’s election in November last year and it was a hotly anticipated read more →

His Holiness Counsels Compassion in the Controversial State of Arunachal

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on a twelve day tour which included a three day teaching in Tawang, high in the mountains of Arunachal, from April 8 – 10.The teaching took place in the main temple of the 17th century Tawang Monastery, attended by over read more →

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Arunachal Pradesh – UPDATE

The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu, stirred the controversy surrounding the Dalai Lama’s visit on April 5 when he stated that the Chinese had no right to object to His Holiness’s trip because, according to the Simla Accords, China “is not our next door neighbour”. Khandu’s comment implied read more →

Dalai Lama’s Visit to Arunachal Pradesh

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is visiting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh from April 1 to 12. His trip to Arunachal Pradesh, which will include teachings at the famous Tawang monastery, has caused consternation in China, which claims the region as being part of south Tibet. The status of Arunachal Pradesh read more →

Tibetan Parliamentary Budget Session Concludes

The budget session for the financial year 2017-2018 of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile began on March 14. This was the third session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament. In his opening remarks the Speaker, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, offered deepest gratitude and heartfelt devotion to the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai read more →

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