Tibetan Headlines

  • Jan 19: Promise of Better Life

    Thousands of people gathered at Ganden Choeling monastery in Tsoe county in Gansu province to commit themselves to leading more virtuous lives and abandon social ills. They promised to give up smoking, gambling and the consumption of alcohol. Tibetans, mostly lay people aged between 15 and 70, from 21 different communities. The group commitment was prompted by advice of a Tibetan lama, Alak Setsang Rinpoche. read more →
  • Jan 19: EU Resolution

    The European Parliament has passed a resolution to demand that China respect the provisions in its own constitution guaranteeing the rights of Tibetans to freedom of speech, religious belief, assembly and the right to criticise or protest against state policy. They called for the immediate release from prison of Tashi Wangchuk, a language advocate and the monk Choekyi, jailed in 2015 for celebrating HH the Dalai Lama’s birthday. read more →
  • Jan 19: “Thank You India”

    The “Thank You India 2018” campaign has been launched, marking the 60th year since HH the Dalai Lama arrived in India, fleeing from the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, President of the Tibetan Government in Exile said, “The last 60 years of the Tibetan community in exile has been a story of success” thanks to the support of India and the international community. read more →
  • Jan 18: Working Together

    The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives(LTWA) and the Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) have initiated a new academic exchange programme. Prof Kuldip Chand Agnihotri, the Vice-Chancellor or CUHP said that CUHP plans to offer an MPhil course in Tibetan studies with students coming to the LTWA to do their research. He suggested LTWA publish more books in Hindi to spread awareness in the Indian community. read more →
  • Jan 17: Dhondup Wangchen Honoured

    Dhondup Wangchen, the filmmaker who was released from prison in Tibet last year and has now arrived in America has been publicly welcomed to San Francisco by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. She said, "I want to acknowledge […] Dhondup Wangchen. He has escaped from Tibet in a very courageous way […] he was in prison for a while […] and now he is with us in San Francisco." read more →
  • Jan 16: Military Presence

    The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are increasing their military presence along the border to monitor Chinese incursion in Indian territory as well as Chinese construction activities and troop build-up. An air wing with helicopters will be used for reconnaissance along the 3,488 km border and will ferry troops, arms and ammunition. The ITBP was established in the wake of the Sino-Indian war of 1962. read more →
  • Jan 16: Concessions to China

    International companies operating in China including Delta Air Lines, high end accessories brand Bulgari, medical device-maker Medtronic and fashion brand Zara are apologising to China and removing mention of Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as separate countries in their literature. This follows last week’s call to boycott the Marriott chain in China for mentioning Tibet and Taiwan in a questionnaire to customers. read more →
  • Jan 15: New Tibet Museum

    A new Tibet Museum is currently under construction at the new Tibet Building on the site of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile at Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamshala. The new project was announced by the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) who said the Museum’s role is raising awareness about Tibet and presenting Tibet’s history – both of which are “pivotal to strengthening international support for the Tibet issue”. read more →
  • Jan 12: Educating for Peace

    HH the Dalai Lama addressed an audience of 6,000 Indian teachers at the second National Teachers’ Congress in Pune saying, “In order to create a peaceful century, first we need to promote compassionate minds through education”. His Holiness said India has a unique potential to combine modern technology and science with its ancient knowledge on the workings of the mind and emotions. read more →
  • Jan 11: Hotel Indiscretion

    Marriott International – the third biggest hotel chain in the world – has issued an apology to China and retracted a questionnaire survey it is carrying out there because it listed Tibet as a separate country. The questionnaire was sent to its members for feedback. The chain has 124 hotels in China and is facing a backlash there and calls to boycott its hotels. read more →

International Headlines

  • Jan 19: Boys Rescued

    Two teenage boys swimming in the sea off Lennox Head in New South Wales, Australia, were rescued by a brand new drone when they got into difficulties around 700 metres offshore. A member of the public spotted them and alerted the lifeguards, who were training in the use of the new drone at the time. They sent the drone out to drop the boys an inflatable rescue pod. read more →
  • Jan 18: Single Flag for Korea

    North and South Korea will march together under a single "unified Korea" flag at the Winter Olympics next month in South Korea. And they are to field a joint women’s ice hockey team – making this the first time that athletes from North and South Korea have competed together in the same team at an Olympic Games. These plans will be subject to approval by the Olympic Committee. read more →
  • Jan 17: US-Taiwan Ties

    The United States House of Representatives has passed two pieces of pro-Taiwan legislation, indicating a move to strengthen ties with Taipei which has angered China who regard Taiwan as Chinese territory. The Taiwan Travel Act and a bill to support Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Organisation are reported as supporting countries “that have achieved democracy and to serve as inspiration for these values across the Asia Pacific”. read more →
  • Jan 16: Football Crazy

    Unaccompanied women are allowed to attend football matches in Saudi Arabia for the first time. Sarah Alkashgari, 18, made history when she watched Al-Ahli play Al-Batin in Jeddah. She said she has received much “love and support”, and "In the future, we will be able to drive. It's so amazing to see all this empowerment for girls. We're finally showing the world what true Islam means”. read more →
  • Jan 16: Internet Controls

    Freedom on the net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy, a report published by Freedom House, has ranked China as the “world’s worst abuser of internet freedom”and one of a number of governments who restrict mobile internet service for “political or security reasons”. Chinese state media Xinhua has reported that China has blocked 128,000 “harmful” websites and confiscated 30.9 million “illegal” publications in its effort to maintain “social stability”. read more →
  • Jan 15: False Alarm

    A false alarm of imminent nuclear attack rocked the United States island of Hawaii over the weekend. The alarm was sent to residents’ mobile phones as well as broadcast on TV and radio when a “member of staff pressed the wrong button”. There was a 38-minute delay before a correction was issued. The alert system is in place because of Hawaii’s proximity to North Korea. read more →
  • Jan 12: Loot Recovered

    Jewellery stolen by armed robbers from a shop at the five star Ritz Hotel in Paris on Wednesday has been recovered – when the thieves dropped the bag while escaping on a scooter. Three have been arrested, two others are still on the run; the jewellery stolen was worth around €4.5m (£4m; $5.4m). read more →
  • Jan 11: Adoptions Banned

    Ethiopia has banned foreigners from adopting Ethiopian children because of concerns that they face abuse and neglect abroad. Around 20% of all international adoptions by United States citizens come from Ethiopia and include celebrities Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. In 2013 a US couple were convicted of killing an adopted Ethiopian girl and this triggered major concerns. There are also concerns about trafficking. read more →
  • Jan 10: Hope for Korea?

    North and South Korea have agreed to hold military talks to try and defuse border tension. And the North is sending a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games which will take place in South Korea in February.The South's Yonhap news agency also reported “exchanges in other, unspecified areas and other high-level talks to improve relations”. read more →
  • Jan 9: Shipping Tragedy

    An Iranian tanker, the Sanchi, which collided with a cargo ship in the East China Sea three days ago is in imminent danger of exploding. The ship has been on fire since the collision and all 32 crew are feared dead. The oil it is carrying is particularly toxic and an explosion could have far reaching environmental and health consequences. The cargo ship crew have been picked up. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

Perhaps, Someday….

Back in 1969, when I was a rather young girl who really wanted to meet the Dalai Lama, I set out overland to go to India. Shall we point out, travel was not easy then? Quite a few of us were traveling to India, the media called it the “Hippie read more →

New things…..new situations

Tenzin Zeydhan is every inch the picture of poise and assurance as we sit down. Younten, her husband, takes Tenzin Kyipa, their little 10 month-old daughter, to one side and happily takes care of her. “I have never been interviewed like this before,” Tenzin Zeydhan says with a hint of read more →

Volunteer story of the month: A Wonderful Experience

My wife Leslie Potter and I have had the privilege of teaching English at Lha for the past two months, she in the Beginners class and I in the advanced. It has been a wonderful experience on many levels, both professional and personal, and we wholeheartedly recommend it to both read more →

Tibetan News

Confrontation in Arunachal?

“There is no troop confrontation […] It’s not a Doklam-like situation”. The Times of India has quoted Indian security establishment officials as playing down the latest incident on the Arunachal Pradesh-Tibetan border. In the last days of December, Chinese road construction workers crossed the border into the Upper Siang district read more →

New Vacancies in Tibetan Schools

The eight schools remaining under the Central Tibetan Schools Administration (CTSA)* will be transferred to the Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society (STSS)**, an arm of the CTA’s Department of Education, by the end of February. This transfer has created 158 vacancies for teachers. Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the President of the CTA, read more →

New Spiritual Head of the Bon religion of Tibet

Followers of the Bon religious sect enthroned their new spiritual head on January 1. Geshe Dawa Dhargay was appointed 34th Menri Trizin, elected from 60 candidates. Bon or Bonism is the ancient Tibetan religion believed to exist before the advent of Buddhism. The enthronement ceremony was held at Pal Shenten read more →

Freedom for Dhondup Wangchen

Dhondup Wangchen, 43, the Tibetan filmmaker and political activist, has arrived safely in the United States to be reunited with his family on Christmas day. Wangchen served six years in prison in Tibet for his role in the production of the documentary Leaving Fear Behind which portrayed interviews with Tibetans read more →

China blocks Dalai Lama’s new mobile app

A new mobile phone application launched by His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been blocked by China on the Apple Appstore. The app, called “Dalai Lama”, is an extension of the website dalailama.com, which is also blocked in China and occupied Tibet. Zhu Weigun, Director of the Chinese People’s Political read more →

The Snow Leopard in Himachal Pradesh

The snow leopard is an important species and a national symbol for many people in the Himalayan region. But these animals have been in danger of extinction for many years. One reason for this is that snow leopards are shy and solitary, preferring remote areas above an altitude of 3,200metres. read more →

Sikyong and the Speaker Rally Support in North America

December has been a busy month for the leaders of the Tibetan exile community. Dr Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) also known as the Tibetan Government-in-exile and Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile visited Tibetan communities in the United States and met read more →

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