Tibetan Headlines

  • Oct 26: Disappeared!

    There is no news of Lobsang Sherab, 35, and Gendun Dakpa, 39, two monks from Thangkor Socktsang monastery who were detained two months ago. Their families have been given no information about their condition or whereabouts and the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy has expressed concern. The two were detained in Thangkor town in Dzoege County in Ngaba on August 24 by armed Chinese security officers. read more →
  • Oct 24: Mindful Medicine

    East meets West : Mindful Medicine - a three-day conference for Tibetan medical practitioners, together with eight doctors from the United States, is underway in Dharamshala. Prof Samdhong Rinpoche spoke, Mindfulness in Integrative Medical Practice -The Mind and Body Connection, followed by Dr Tsetan Dorjee of Delek hospital. The conference was jointly organised by Lha Charitable Trust, Tibetan Delek Hospital, Louisiana Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organisation and the Louisiana Himalaya Association. read more →
  • Oct 24: Welcome Back!

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama returned to his home in Dharamshala this morning after concluding his 15-day five-nation tour of Europe. Tibetans and well-wishers gathered to welcome him back. On November 17, His Holiness will teach Compassion - The Key to Happiness in Yokohama, Japan and from January 3 - 14, the Kalachakra in Bodhgaya in Bihar, India. read more →
  • Oct 22: “Stop the Demolition”

    United State Congress Human Rights Commission representatives have written to the Chinese Ambassador to the United States regarding the demolition and evictions currently underway at the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in Tibet. They demand that the Chinese government should “stop the demolitions and evictions, rebuild and restore the affected infrastructure, and permit…those…who wish to pursue their Buddhist faith…without government interference or ‘guidance’.” read more →
  • Oct 21: Young Tibetan Scholars

    A conference Tibet and Tibetans: Prospects and Challenges is underway with over 60 young Tibetan research scholars and 29 researchers from across India participating. Dr Lobsang Sangay, head of the Central Tibetan Administration and Mr Jayadeva Ranade, President of the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy, spoke at the opening of the three-day conference which was organised by the Tibet Policy Institute in Dharamshala. read more →
  • Oct 20: Tibetan Stalls Attacked

    Tibetan sweater sellers stalls in Bahadurgar in Haryana were taken down by local Indian shopkeepers. The Tibetans claimed that they have the necessary permissions from the District Marketing Committee. Police intervened and arrested six local shopkeepers. “We are here to earn our livelihood just like those shopkeepers who did this. We have never done anything wrong here in this town,” said Pema, a Tibetan shopkeeper. read more →
  • Oct 20: Detained and Beaten

    Lobsang Tsultrim, a monk from Kirti monastery in Ngaba County in Tibet, was detained by Chinese police for staging a solo protest in the streets of Ngaba county’s main town against the Chinese occupation of Tibet. He was severely beaten and is in hospital in a critical condition. He called out for Tibetan freedom and long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his lone protest. read more →
  • Oct 19: Earthquake in Yushu

    An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the richter scale shook Tibet early yesterday morning and was followed by two strong aftershocks. No casualties or major damages have been reported at the moment. The epicenter was in Atod Xiang, about 249 kilometers west of Yushu City where in 2001, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed over 2,698 people. read more →
  • Oct 19: Yangthang Rinpoche

    Yangthang Rinpoche, 88, one of the masters of Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and a former political prisoner in Tibet passed away on October 15 in Hydrabad, India. Rinpoche mastered the practice of Nyima lineage through extensive training. Following the Chinese invasion in 1959, he was imprisoned for over two decades with other monks of Kham province. He was released in 1981 and returned to Sikkim to continue his teachings. read more →
  • Oct 18: Released

    Sengdra, a Tibetan man from Kyangche township in Golog prefecture’s Gade was released after serving 15 months in a Chinese jail. Sengdra was elected as the chief of his town in 2014 and he had questioned local Chinese authorities about how they were using money assigned for local projects. He was then accused of illegal activities and detained on December 14, 2014. read more →

International Headlines

  • Oct 26: Renewable Power

    The world's capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources has overtaken coal, reports the International Energy Agency, saying in a new report that last year renewables accounted for more than half of the increase in power capacity. Half a million solar panels were installed every day last year around the world. It is the capacity to generate power that has overtaken coal, not the amount of electricity actually produced. read more →
  • Oct 25: Fatalities at CAR Protest

    The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has been disrupted by protests in which four people were killed and 14 injured when peacekeepers opened fire. Demonstrators tried to force their way into the UN headquarters, however the UN denies using live bullets and says its soldiers only used tear gas. The peacekeepers were deployed after civil war broke out in 2013. read more →
  • Oct 21: Brexit

    British Prime Minister Theresa May has attended her first European Union Brussels summit since she became Prime Minister, where she faced discussions about the British decision to leave the EU. Mrs May pledged to continue to "work closely" with the EU after Brexit, saying it is important to have a "united European stance" against "Russian aggression" that included "sickening" violence in Syria. read more →
  • Oct 20: Space Probe Lost?

    A European space probe, the Schiaparelli robot, which has attempted to land on Mars is feared lost. Radio signal tracking dropped just before its expected to touch down and satellites at Mars have been unable to shed light on the probe's status. Although there are fears that it has crashed and been destroyed, the European Space Agency has not yet called off the search. read more →
  • Oct 19: Hate Spreads

    Hate crime is on the rise in Canada. Klu Klux Klan flyers as well as anti-Muslim and anti-Sikh posters have begun appearing up and down the country, contrasting Canada’s image of being an open, multicultural society. “Right-wing extremists are emboldened by the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from the US and Europe,” James Ellis, terrorism researcher, stated. There are at least 100 extremist groups known to exist in the country. read more →
  • Oct 18: Lab Mice

    Japanese scientists have created mice from lab-made eggs made using a sample of mouse skin cells. So far, the pups born from the eggs are in perfect health and have gone on to have babies themselves. Experts say the findings offer future hope of artificial eggs for couples who need fertility treatment but many years more study will be needed to make that leap to humans. read more →
  • Oct 17: ISIS Defeat

    Syrian rebels have captured the village of Dabiq from the Islamic State, forcing the jihadist group from the stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West. It's loss is symbolic of the groups declining fortunes. Isis has lost a string of key battles this year and many leaders have been assassinated. Dabiq is also where American aid worker Peter Kassig was beheaded by infamous terrorist Jihadi John. read more →
  • Oct 14: End of an Era

    Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state. The 88-year-old was widely revered but had been in poor health in recent years, making few public appearances. He has long been seen as a stabilising figure in Thailand which has gone through many periods of political turmoil. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be the new monarch, the prime minister has confirmed. read more →
  • Oct 13: China Challenged

    Hong Kong’s new generation of young, pro-democracy politicians defied Beijing at a swearing-in ceremony for the city’s parliament. While one person declared their oath in a flag bearing the slogan, “Hong Kong is not China,” another recited a Mahatma Ghandi quote: “You can chain me. You can torture me. You can even destroy this body but you will never imprison my mind.” The protests mark a step-up in the country’s growing independence movement. read more →
  • Oct 12: Superfood for Cows

    Scientists in Denmark are developing a new type of grass to stop cows burping. Methane emitted from cattle is having a significant impact on climate change so researchers at Aarhus University have used DNA technology to make grass easier to digest. The project has been $2m (£1.6m) in funding by Denmark's environment and food ministry and the “super grass” should be available in seven to eight years. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

Bringing Film to the Himalayas


Though neither Ritu Sarin nor Tenzing Sonam was born in Himachal Pradesh, the filmmaking couple were drawn to Dharamshala. Ritu’s family is from the area and Tenzing saw many Tibetans, including his parents, take refuge in the former hill station when the Indian government chose it as the exile capital. read more →

Journey Towards Freedom


Apo Thuka and Apo Serka guided us to India when my cousin and I escaped from Tibet in 1995 when we were eight and ten years old. As we grew up in India, I got to know Apo Thuka and he told me his story. I came to know that read more →

THIS MONTH’S VOLUNTEER STORY – Many Thanks From a Half-Tongued Language Teacher


In summer 2015 I was diagnosed with tongue cancer. Well it is a misfortune one would say, but not so rare nowadays with millions of people diagnosed with various cancers every year. My major issue and concern, however, was the fact that my tongue is my working tool – as read more →

Tibetan News

Imprisoned Uyghur Scholar wins Human Rights Award

Ilham Tohti was convicted of separatism and condemned to a life behind bars by a court in Xinjiang in 2014
Photo: theguardian

The Martin Ennals Foundation annual human rights award has been awarded to the Uyghur scholar and activist Ilham Tohti. Despite international recognition for his work to bring peace to Xinjing, the Uyghur region of north western China, he receives the award behind bars. Arrested in 2014 by the Chinese government, read more →

The Tourism Boom that is Taking Over Tibet


While for foreign tourists getting into Tibet is almost as hard as North Korea, Chinese visitors are flooding into the country in droves. The Chinese government says 23 million people will enter the Tibetan Autonomous Region this year,an area with a permanent population of just 3.2 million. The figures are read more →

US Report on Tibet Negotiations


The United States government has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama in its most recent report on the status of the Tibet negotiations. The report raises concerns about “the unreasonable and unattainable conditions” which China wants met before it resumes dialogue with Tibet –a read more →

China says Dalai Lama is Public Enemy Number One

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting over 3100 members of the Tibetan community on his arrival on stage at the Palais du Congress in Paris, France on September 14, 2016. Photo/Olivier Adam

A recent trip to France has put His Holiness the Dalai Lama back on the Chinese government’s radar.While there he addressed the European Union, resulting in renewed condemnation from Chinese authorities who accuse him of being a separatist. According to a number of sources, His Holiness is now viewed as read more →

Tibetan Youth Congress Celebrates its 47th Year

Photo: Kunsang Gashon/Phayul

The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) celebrated its 47th anniversary on September 7. Hundreds of Tibetans as well as the heads of several NGOs attended the celebration in Dharamsala, remembering and honouring those who have sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause. The festivities were presided over by chief guest Ngawang read more →

Larung Gar: Destruction and Evictions Intensify


Larung Gar, the largest Buddhist centre the world, located in Serta county in Sichuan province, is faced with the eviction of its residents as demolition is ramped up. Over 2,000 nuns studying at the institution were ordered to leave voluntarily by September 28. Another group of 1,000 monks and nuns read more →

Mankind Needs to Find a Solution, says His Holiness


His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a four day teaching from October 3 – 6, Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way (umashigyapa) at Thekchen Chöling, the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamshala. The teaching was held at the request of a group of 1,000 Taiwanese people. In addition to read more →

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