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The Beijing based Foreign Correspondents Club of China has voiced serious concern over restrictions on freedom of expression in Tibet, saying "Tibet remains the most intriguing and tightly controlled region in China today."

While foreign media outlets were granted some limited access to the Tibet Autonomous Region in 2015, China still rejected roughly three-quarters of the reporters who sought permission to visit last year, according to a new survey by the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC).

The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration has announced final election results Wednesday showing that Dr Lobsang Sangay, the incumbent Sikyong, has won re-election, defeating challenger Mr Penpa Tsering, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament.

April 25, 2016 marks the 27th birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama who was taken into Chinese custody on May 17, 1995 at age six, three days after His Holiness the Dalai Lama named him as the Panchen Lama.

Following Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s whirlwind visit to China from 14 to 15 April, some are questioning his decision to remain tight-lipped on the country’s human rights record.

Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organisations and churches.

Czech President Milos Zeman recently labelled pro-Tibet protestors "mentally ill" during a visit of the Chinese Premier to the Czech Republic. What does this say about Zeman and Czech society?

Dharamshala — With a written history of more than 2000 years, Tibet remained an independent, sovereign state. However the People's Republic of China (PRC) justifies its occupation by claiming that Tibet has been part of China for around 800 years. Its claim is not supported by the facts.

The ballots have spoken. Lobsang Sangay, the incumbent Tibetan prime minister, has been re-elected as ‘Sikyong’ (Political Leader) to lead the Tibetan refugees during the next five years.

The final round of polling for the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile ended on March 20. This was the second direct election after the Dalai Lama distanced himself from the political functioning of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile.

This year, with the completion of nearly 60 years in exile and of the freedom struggle, diasporic Tibetans are eagerly waiting for the next crucial moment of Tibetan history; the election of Sikyong in 2016.

Washington D.C — US House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jim McGovern said that the United States has a responsibility to speak out in support of human rights in Tibet and elsewhere in China.

Dharamshala — Dharamshala International Film Festival 2015 (DIFF), to be held from November 5 to 8, will have 37 films from 18 countries this year which explore the skills involved in front of the cameras and behind the scenes.

Dharamshala Six hill beauties from the Himalayan regions, including Tibet will vie for the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2015 crown in the Himalayan hill town of McLeod Ganj, the pageant organiser has announced on Friday.

Oxford, UK — "Changing the world is up to us. If each of us tries, the next generation may see a happier, more peaceful world emerge," said the spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness was speaking at Magdalen College in Oxford Monday at the start of a nine-day visit to the UK.

Dharamshala — The overall growth of children depends on the need to invest in education and the role of parents, said Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay at the inauguration of the First Parents’ Conference of Tibetan Schools on Tuesday, August 11. The three-day conference was organized by the Department of Education at the Lower TCV School.

Dharamshala — Celebrating the 80th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a Tibetan man this week said he is planning to wear only traditional Tibetan dresses for a year.

This year 443 Tibetan students scored above 75% as against 321 in 2014, which is an increase of 38%, and if compared to 2010 of 127 students with 75%, it is an increase of 250% in five years.

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Dharamshala — Health Kalon Dr Tsering Wangchuk issued a statement commenting on progress so far and challenges ahead in the fight against malaria in the Tibetan settlements located in Malaria endemic region, such as Odisha, Mainpat, Miao, Tezu, Tuting and Bhandara.

The global malaria community observed World Malaria Day on April 25th. This year’s theme, “End Malaria for Good” reflecting the vision of a Malaria-free world set out in the “global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030″.

The following statement was issued by  Dr Wangchuk, minister of the Department of Health of the Central Tibetan Administration, to observe World Malaria Day on 25 April 2016.

“The strategy aims to dramatically lower the global malaria burden over the next 15 years. Its goals are ambitious but attainable:

  1. Reducing the rate of new malaria cases by at least 90%
  2. Reducing malaria death rates by at least 90%
  3. Eliminating malaria in at least 35 countries
  4. Preventing a resurgence of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free”

According to WHO’s “World Malaria Report 2015″, there was a decline in global malaria cases and deaths since 2000 and this was made possible through the massive expansion of effective tools to prevent and treat malaria, such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, diagnostic testing and anti-malarial medicines. However, about 3.2 billion people – nearly half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria. In 2015, there were an estimated 214 million new cases of malaria and 438,000 deaths, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Millions of people are still not accessing the services they need to prevent and treat malaria.

Malaria is a Vector-borne disease which is transmitted through Anopheles female mosquitoes from person to person. These mosquitoes are called vectors. They can put our health at risk, at home and when we travel.

Malaria is preventable as well as treatable disease. We can take the following steps in order to prevent and protect one from these diseases:

  1. Know about these diseases and particularly, know about how you can protect yourself and your family from these deadly diseases.
  2. Take personal precaution to avoid bites from mosquitoes, particularly at night, by using mosquito repellent creams, wearing long sleeved clothes, using anti-malarial insecticides and spray. Always sleep inside the insecticides treated bed nets if you live and travel to an endemic region of diseases like malaria.
  3. Make all efforts to reduce mosquito breeding sites around your house like standing water through regular cleaning of your surroundings, and by screening of windows and door of house with wire mesh to reduce entry of mosquitoes and other insects inside the house.
  4. Get diagnosed early and get complete treatment when you have any signs and symptoms of these diseases. The first symptoms of malaria are usually very similar to ‘flu – aches and pains, fever, headache and so on. After a few days, chills, followed firstly by a high fever for a few hours, and then by profuse sweating occur. For dengue, symptoms usually begin 4-6 days after infection, lasting up to 10 days and include sudden high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, skin rash and mild bleeding.

Malaria has been reported from Malaria endemic regions in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, North East states, Maharashtra and few in Karnataka and Delhi region. Health centers of seven Tibetan settlements in India namely; Odisha Phuntsokling, Mainpat Phendeling, Miao Choepheling, Tezu Dhargeyling, Mundgod Doeguling, Delhi Samyeling and Bylakupee Tibetan settlement had reported cases of Malaria over the years. The Central and North-east India accounting for more than 90% of the cases reported. In 2013, there were a total of 214 reported malarial cases from our Tibetan settlement health centers with 119 cases alone from Odisha. In 2014, 197 cases of Malaria have been reported from our Tibetan settlements health centers, of which 170 cases were reported alone from Odisha. In the year 2015, HIS3 (computer based Health Information System at DOH) recorded a total of 190 Malaria cases out of which 167 cases were from Menla hospital (Odisaha), 11 cases from Mainpat, 6 cases from Miao and 3 from Tso-Jhe Khangsar hospital. Delek, Sataun, and Tezu reported 1 case each.

Looking at the high burden of Malaria in Odisha Phuntsokling settlement, a needs assessment survey was conducted in 2013 in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University of the USA. It was found that people had good knowledge of preventative measures and the treatment options; however, many people lacked the means through which they could get hold of tools for preventing themselves against malaria. The DOH thus launched its “Malaria Control Project” focusing in Odisha initially, followed by Mainpat, Miao, Tezu, Tuting and Bhandara from 2012 to 2014. The project was funded by our donor partner Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).

Under this project, Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLIN) were distributed free of cost to the the destitute, school children, old aged people and at 50% subsidized rate for the rest of the general population. Even before 2012, such project of free distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLIN) for Malaria prevention and control were under taken by Odisha Menlha Hospital and Monastery at Odisha Phuntsokling Settlement and Mainpat Phendeling settlement.

Tackling Malaria in the Tibetan settlements located in Malaria endemic region like Odisha, Mainpat, Miao, Tezu, Tuting and Bhandara has been a challenge for our department over the years.

We need to invest more in the future so that we can “End Malaria for Good” through prevention and treatment, using tools such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, diagnostic testing and anti-malarial medicines.

Describing himself as a Buddhist “philosophically,” Hollywood star Cumberbatch, 39, says Buddhism has been a major influence in his life since his days as a student.

New Delhi —  Showing concern for others and conducting ourselves in an honest and truthful way, is cultivating warm-heartedness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said during his talk at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India on April 9, 2016.

Tibetan areas in western Sichuan covers an area of 151,078 square kilometers (58,331 square miles) and is located in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham in eastern Tibet.