Tibetan Headlines

  • Oct 16: Tibet Film Festival

    The eighth Tibet Film Festival was held in Dharamshala and Zurich in Switzerland. The two-day festival (TFF) screens films made by Tibetan filmmakers or those with a major Tibetan involvement. It was first held in Zurich in 2009, inspired by the Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen who was imprisoned for his film Leaving Fear Behind. This year’s short film competition was won by Tibetan actor Shavo Dorjee’s Last Note. read more →
  • Oct 14: Jamtse Lopon Award

    HH the Dalai Lama has been given the Jamtse Lopon award by the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), in recognition of his “compassionate and perfect” leadership. The TWA President said this had been a key decision made during their 12th Working Committee Meeting last year. His Holiness said that women are biologically more sensitive to others’ suffering and urged more women to take on roles in educating on compassion. read more →
  • Oct 13: Mixed Heritage Tibetans Meet

    Fourteen people of mixed Tibetan heritage have gathered in Dharamshala for a special audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama followed by the chance to meet and share experiences and to discuss issues around about identity, history, politics and culture. This is the third such meeting and the attendees, who are aged from 14 – 41, have come from India, Italy, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and America. read more →
  • Oct 12: Market Explosion

    An explosion has rocked the Nasik Tibetan market in Maharashtra, gutting five shops but injuring no one. The damaged shops were mainly Indian-owned. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad was called but they have not found any signs of explosives, they suspect it was caused by an LPG cylinder. The market was established in 2003, it has around 500 shops of which 102 are owned by Tibetans. read more →
  • Oct 12: Singing Success

    Tashi Phuntsok, 31, a Tibetan maths teacher from Shigatse city in southern Tibet, has won a hugely popular reality television show contest. He was crowned the winner of “Sing! China” in the grand finale of the show’s second season in Beijing. He sang Tibetan, Chinese and Indian folk songs and said, “The honour is especially prestigious as I was representing Tibet and Tibetan people”. read more →
  • Oct 11: Gasoline Supplies

    Five men and two women Tibetan villagers in Choeje and Oje townships in Tsolho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture have been detained in connection with the unauthorised resale of gasoline. Villagers travel 30 miles to buy gasoline needed for farm machinery and transport as none is available locally; some buy more than needed for their own requirements and resell small amounts to fellow villagers. read more →
  • Oct 11: 30 Years On

    Tibet Watch, the Tibetan advocacy group, has launched their report 30 years of Resistance: The Legacy of the 1987 Lhasa Protest which publishes information and pictures not previously seen of the uprising 30 years ago, China’s response to it, and explains the impact of the protests in the context of the wider Tibet movement. It also details HH the Dalai Lama’s peace plan, rejected by China in 1987. read more →
  • Oct 10: 50 Years!

    An event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan Settlement Office in McLeod Ganj. The celebration took place in the courtyard of Tsuglagkhang, the main temple in Dharamshala, and included cultural performances as well as presentations to the former Dharamshala Settlement Officers of a citation and an idol of Buddha. His Holiness the Dalai Lama was unable to attend as his doctors have advised rest. read more →
  • Oct 10: Miss Himalaya

    This year’s Miss Himalaya competition has concluded with Preksha Rana, 21, from Gaggal crowned Miss Himalaya 2017. The two day competition was held at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala. Runners up were Tashi Lhamo, the lone Tibetan contestant from Kathmandu, and Palak Thakur from Palampur. This year was the fifth Miss Himalaya and attracted a record nine contestants. read more →
  • Oct 9: Early Release

    Kunchok Dhondup, 25, has been released from prison after serving nine and a half years of his twelve year sentence. He has returned home to Upper Nurma Village in Machu County in the Gansu Province. He was arrested in 2008 for taking part in the protests being held across Tibet against Chinese rule there, in his Machu County more than 2,000 Tibetans took part in protests. read more →

International Headlines

  • Oct 16: Bomb Blast

    An bomb in the Somali capital Mogadishu has left at least 230 people dead and hundreds more wounded, some seriously. A lorry packed with explosives was set off near the entrance to a hotel in a busy area. Mogadishu is a target for al-Shabab militants; although they have not claimed the bomb – this is the biggest terror attack since they launched their insurgency in 2007. read more →
  • Oct 13: Quitting Unesco

    The United States, and now Israel, are pulling out of the United Nations's cultural organisation Unesco citing Unesco’s "anti-Israel bias". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the US decision was "brave and moral” while Unesco head Irina Bokova expressed "profound regret". US President Trump is known for his hostility to multilateral organisations despite America’s role in setting up Unesco in the wake of World War II. read more →
  • Oct 12: No Smoking!

    Beaches in popular tourist destinations in Thailand are now subject to a smoking ban with transgressors facing up to a year in prison or a 100,000 baht ($3,000; £2,280) fine. Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said tens of thousands of cigarette butts are left in the sand and that cigarette butts make up a third of all rubbish collected. Designated smoking areas will be provided. read more →
  • Oct 11: Language Spat

    Hungary is protesting to the European Union over a new law which may limit the teaching of Hungarian in Ukraine schools. The law makes Ukrainian language lessons mandatory in secondary schools but the Transcarpathia region in western Ukraine is home to 150,000 ethnic Hungarians who want to continue their Hungarian language schools, funded by the Hungarian government who say the law violates the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. read more →
  • Oct 10: Anthrax Scare

    In Namibia more than 100 hippos have died in a suspected anthrax outbreak. They were found dead in the remote northeastern Bwabwata National Park. Namibia's Ministry for the Environment and Tourism have said that outbreaks can occur when river levels are low, as was the case in this outbreak, but are usually minimal and they have “never seen anything like this”. Anthrax is a deadly bacterial disease. read more →
  • Oct 9: Drugs Haul

    International law enforcement has succeeded in seizing nearly four tonnes of cocaine found on a boat in the Atlantic between Portugal's Madeira and Azores islands. The drugs were worth around $260m (£200m); 165 individual packages of cocaine each weighing 23kg were found hidden underneath the vessel's cooking area. The crew, from Turkey and Azerbaijan, were arrested. The destination of the boat containing the drugs is not known. read more →
  • Oct 7: Nobel Peace Prize

    The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) is this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, winning the award for the group's "groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty prohibition" on nuclear weapons. Ican is a coalition of hundreds of non-government organisations (NGOs) based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Peace Prize, which will be presented in December, comes with an award of nine million Swedish kronor ($1.1 million, £846,000). read more →
  • Oct 6: Landmark Visit

    King Salman of Saudi Arabia has visited Russia – the first official visit by a Saudi monarch – with a 1,000-strong delegation, and he has clinched some lucrative deals, including an arms deal worth $3bn (£2.3bn) and a $1bn energy investment fund. The two countries are reported to be collaborating to stabilise oil markets. Also on the agenda was Syria – both countries are involved, but on opposing sides. read more →
  • Oct 5: Life Sentences

    In Turkey, 40 people have been given life sentences for their part in the plot to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the coup attempt in July last year. One, Gokhan Sahin Sonmezates, a former brigadier general, was accused of directing the plot. The failed coup left 249 people dead. Rogue soldiers stormed the hotel in the luxury resort of Mugla where Erdogan and his family were staying. read more →
  • Oct 4: Administrative Detention

    Israel’s policy of administrative detention is coming under heavy criticism. This legal procedure allows Israel to imprison people without charge or trial for an indefinite amount of time – in September there were 449 administrative detainees, nearly all Palestinian. This procedure dates back half a century and is based on “secret evidence” and detentions have risen sharply in recent months amid increased tensions in the West Bank. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

Compassion, Love and Contentment

Lhakpa Tsering stands outside his antiques stall on Temple Road, a wide smile on his face for everyone who comes past. He is a devoted Buddhist, but this has not always been the case. He has come through many trials to reach this point in his life. He was born read more →

“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 →

Volunteer story of the month: Lessons from the Tibetan Community: Attachment and Non-Violence

Volunteer Job at Lha: Volunteer Coordinator Assistant I came to Dharamsala because I was inspired by the compassionate resolve of the Tibetan people. I am now leaving with a genuine love and respect for the Tibetan community and culture. You have shown me what it truly means to be free read more →

Tibetan News

New Laws a Threat to “Core Values”

The Chinese government published revised regulations on religion on September 7. They portrayed the aim of these rules as protecting freedom of religious belief, maintaining religious and social harmony and regulating the management of religious affairs. An advocacy group for Tibet, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), has reported the read more →

Tibet Closed to Travellers in October

Chinese authorities have issued orders banning travellers to Tibet during the month of October. From October 18 to 28, the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress will be held in Beijing – this meeting takes place every five years. During that time, foreigners, as well as residents from Hong Kong, read more →

Thousands Gather for Winter Teaching

Monks have gathered in Rebgong county for the Jang Gunchoe, or Winter Teaching, which is being held in Rongwo monastery in Amdo from September 22. The nine-day teaching is the 24th to be held in the region and thousands of monks have travelled from monasteries across the province to attend. read more →

His Holiness Visits Europe

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited four countries in Europe during a 20-day tour from September 9-27. The tour took him to Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Latvia. Northern Ireland: His Holiness started his tour with a talk, Educating the Heart, at the Millennium Forum in read more →

Parliamentary Session Roundup

The Fourth Session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament in Exile (TPiE) saw the discussion of the annual reports of the seven departments of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). It also deliberated on the urgent situation prevailing inside Tibet and discussed burning issues within the Tibetan community in exile. Parliament opened read more →

Menri Trizin Rinpoche

Kyabje Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the 33rd abbot of Menri Bon monastery and the spiritual head of the Bon tradition, died on the evening of September 14 at Pal Shenten Menriling Monastery in Dolanji, Himachal Pradesh. He was aged 90. His monastery has released a note to say read more →

Democracy in Action

The results of a survey of the views of Tibetans with respect to democratic processes has been presented to Parliamentary representatives following a campaign to educate voters In July the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) and Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) organised a two-week campaign, Mangtso: Tibetan Democracy read more →

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