Tibetan Headlines

  • May 23: President Speaks for Tibet

    Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration, is visiting Washington DC. Before leaving India he gave the keynote speech at the Indo-Tibet Summit 2017 in New Delhi organised by the South & East Asia Foundation. The chief guest was Mr Gopal Krishan Agarwal a National Spokesperson for the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party. read more →
  • May 22: EU Delegation

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama granted an audience to a seven-member delegation of Assistants to the European Parliament (EU) and interacted with them before departing for Delhi and Bangalore in South India. The EU delegation will visit Tibetan exile institutions based in Dharamshala including the Tibetan Children’s Village school. They are accompanied by Ms Rigzin Choedon Genkhang, EU Advocacy Officer, Bureau du Tibet. read more →
  • May 20: Karmapa in UK

    Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, the 17th Karmapa, is in the United Kingdom for the first time, giving a series of teachings in London. The Karmapa, who fled Tibet in 2000, said “We have had a strong Dharma connection with Britain from the time of the 16th Karmapa”. His predecessor, the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, was one of the first Tibetan religious teachers to propagate Buddhism in the west. read more →
  • May 19: Tibet Museum Day

    To celebrate International Museum Day, the Tibet Museum, a department of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) based in Dharamshala, organised a two-day event inaugurated by Dr Lobsang Sangye, the President of the CTA. The event included a tour of the museum, talks and lectures on Tibetan history, culture, the global significance of the Tibetan plateau, gender equality, the 11th Panchen Rinpoche and movie screenings on Tibet. read more →
  • May 19: Detained Again

    Soepa and Drolma Tso, who are the parents of Chagdor Kyab, the 16 year old student who self-immolated at Bora Monastery in Gansu on May 2, have again been detained. Along with their daughter they were detained, questioned and then released following their son’s protest. Kyab's sister was ill in bed and was not taken this time. There is concern about how Soepa and Drolma Tso are being treated. read more →
  • May 18: Polygraph tests

    The Chinese state media has reported that in eastern Tibet officials are required to undergo a polygraph test as part of an evaluation of their political loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). This is interpreted as part of the stepping-up of surveillance and restrictions, and comes on the heels of the recent revelation that some CCP officials are donating money to HH the Dalai Lama. read more →
  • May 18: Abduction Remembered

    People in Dharamshala have been marking the anniversary of the abduction of the six year old 11th Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima, in Tibet 22 years ago by Chinese authorities. The event included performance of a skit and a peace march and vigil. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy released a report Inevitable Imprisonment: Arbitrary Detention and its Effects on the Exercise of Universal Rights in Tibet. read more →
  • May 17: US Support

    The United States congressional leaders who have just visited India and Nepal held a press conference on their return to Washington DC, and spoke of their support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his work. Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke of “the brutal conduct of the Chinese government” and said “The situation in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world”. read more →
  • May 16: Health Initiative

    A six-day training programme for health workers based at branch clinics in Tibetan settlements in north and northeast India and Delhi is underway. The programme is an initiative of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile’s Department of Health and includes training in field visits, data recording and reporting. The programme is funded by USAID through the New York based Tibet Fund. read more →
  • May 15: Congratulations From His Holiness

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama congratulated President elect Moon Jae-in of South Korea for his victory in the election. HH wrote that today world is going through a challenging time and, “peace and security seem under threat in many places. We take courage from the strength of democracy in the Republic of Korea.” HH wished President-elect every success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead. read more →

International Headlines

  • May 23: Drought

    A drought has been declared in the Western Cape province in South Africa which is facing its worst water shortage in more than a century. Boreholes are being drilled to harvest water for priority requirements such as hospitals. The United Nations estimates that over 40 million people have been affected over the last two years in southern African countries, and expect the crisis to escalate. read more →
  • May 22: Hilary Step Gone

    The Hilary Step, the rock outcrop near the summit of Mount Everest first climbed by Sir Edmund Hilary on the first ascent of Everest in 1953, has collapsed. It is assumed to have been dislodged by the 2015 earthquake but the spot been covered by snow until now. The absence of this rock feature will add to the dangers facing climbers in the final stages of climbing Everest. read more →
  • May 19: Prison Breakout

    An armed attack on Makala Prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo has left dozens of people killed. An estimated 3,000 prisoners escaped, including Ne Muanda Nsemi, leader of the political-religious sect Bundu Dia Kongo which is campaigning to restore a monarchy. Mr Nsemi is a self-styled prophet seeking to revive the ancient Kongo kingdom, there is speculation that his supporters initiated the attack. read more →
  • May 18: Schools Crisis

    Pureto Rico is to close 179 schools because of the country’s crippling debt of more than $70 bn which has left schools with an infrastructure crisis and 27,000 students needing relocation. Officials in the United States territory say it’s an opportunity to re-invest. School enrollment has dropped by nearly 50% as people leave Puerto Rico for the American mainland. read more →
  • May 17: Journalist Shot

    Javier Valdez, 50, a Mexican journalist known for his award-winning coverage of the drug trade, has been shot dead. He is one of several journalists who have been killed in Mexico this year. Valdez wrote extensively over three decades on drug-trafficking and organised crime in Mexico, including the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto said his government remained committed to press freedom. read more →
  • May 16: Xi Thwarted

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has failed in his bid to lead a “global infrastructure revolution” – his “Belt and Road” initiative. At a Beijing summit he told world leaders of his “modern Silk Road” plan, with transport links through Pakistan, Bangladesh and Russia. Leaders of major western powers, including Donald Trump, Angela Merkel and Theresa May, did not attend while India voiced public opposition and the European Union refused to endorse the scheme. read more →
  • May 15: Hijra Employment Scheme

    Transgender women in Kochi, India are to be employed on the local metro. A group of 23 individuals from the hijra community — born male, but living as women — will join the staff rota. The initiative, driven by the local community, aims to improve social integration for transgender people, who were once revered in India but now suffer rampant discrimination. read more →
  • May 12: Ancient Tomb Found

    A 3,700 year old tomb has been found near the remains of a recently discovered pyramid in Egypt. The chamber is at the Dashur royal necropolis, south of Cairo, inside there is a wooden box engraved with hieroglyphs and containing four canopic jars filled with the organs of the deceased who is believed to be the daughter of the Pharaoh King Emnikamaw. read more →
  • May 11: Exorcism Death

    A Nicaraguan woman, Vilma Trujillo, 25, died when she was tied up and thrown on a fire in an exorcism ritual, the presiding priest saying she was possessed by the devil. The 23 year old pastor and his three brothers have been convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Ms Trujillo, a mother of two small children, suffered 80% burns in the incident and died a week later. read more →
  • May 9: Nigerian Girls Freed

    82 girls who were among those abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok in north eastern Nigeria in 2014 have been freed by Boko Haram militants in return for the release of five of their people. The girls were flown to Abuja to meet President Muhammadu Buhari. It is believed that Boko Haram still hold at least 100 of the original 276 girls abducted. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

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 →

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 →

Volunteer Story of the Month: Warm Hands and Notepads and Butter tea

Volunteer Job at Lha: English teacher and Contact magazine writer I first arrived in McLeod Ganj in February 2017. I’d been tramping about in India since November. I’d stood around in bank queues in the newly demonetized nation, had a few chinwags with other tourists about how spiritual they were, read more →

Tibetan News

Dr Lobsang Sangay in Australia and New Zealand

The President of the Tibetan Government-in-exile, Dr Lobsang Sangay, visited Australia and New Zealand from April 28 to May 4 to seek support for the freedom process of Tibet and to highlight the struggle of the Tibetan people. Dr Sangay began his journey by attending the 9th Festival of Tibet read more →

Communist Party Row Over Suspected Funding for the Dalai Lama

An article published in the Chinese state-run Global Times has stated that officials from the CPC in the Tibetan Autonomous Region have been secretly donating money to the exiled Tibetan leader, His Holiness Dalai Lama. Along with providing monetary support, these officials have also been accused of leaking classified information. read more →

Congress Considers Major Reform of US Policy Toward Tibet

Jim McGovern, a senior Democrat congressman, has urged United States Congress to reconsider US policy towards Tibet. The aims of policy reform would be to hold China accountable for human rights abuses currently occurring in the country whilst safeguarding Tibet’s unique cultural identity. McGovern commented on numerous atrocities committed by read more →

Larung Gar Monks Face Further Homelessness

The nightmare continues for monks evicted from their homes in the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in Sichuan. Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported that nearly 300 monks who were evicted from the monastery had found a new home at a remote rural retreat, theBelo Ri centre in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous read more →

“Missing” – The Panchen Lama of Tibet

The 11th Panchen Lama – Gendun Choekyi Nyima – turned 28 years old on April 25. He remains missing since 1995. On his birth anniversary, the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile released a video entitled Missing- the Panchen Lama of Tibet featuring birthday messages read more →

22nd Tibetan Shoton Festival

The 22ndTibetan Shoton Festival – or the Yogurt Festival as it is commonly known – was held from at Dekyi-ling Tibetan settlement in Uttarakhand on April 19 – 24. The Festival is held annually, its origins going back to the 14th Century when it was founded by Thang Tong Gyalpo read more →

On the Campaign Trail for the Release of the Panchen Lama

Venerable Bagdro, a former Tibetan political prisoner, concluded his week long campaign to petition over 50 local and foreign embassies in New Delhi in India for the immediate release of the 11th Panchen Lama, who was abducted by the Chinese government on May 17, 1995 at the age of six. read more →

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