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Dharamshala — Ex-political prisoner Mr Lukar Jam, the only candidate who was standing for the post of Sikyong advocating complete independence for Tibet has failed to gain enough support in the race for the chief executive, known as Sikyong or Prime Minister.

Dharamshala — This year’s race for the Sikyong seat has at least two confirmed candidates – Dr Lobsang Sangay (Current Sikyong) and Mr Penpa Tsering (Current Speaker). More than 90 candidates will compete for the final election for the 16th Tibetan legislative body in March.

Dharamshala — Former Speaker and a serving member of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE), Mr Karma Choephel passed away at his home in Dharamshala, India, on January 29, 2016 at the age of 67. For over 40 years, Mr Choephel served his community as a teacher, an activist, and then a politician.

Paris, France — The Paris based International media-watch-dog "Reporters Without Borders" (RSF) calls for European Union sanctions against state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) and the official news agency Xinhua for broadcasting and publishing what are presumably forced “confessions.”

Dharamshala — An intensive government surveillance program that was due to end in 2014 appears to have been extended indefinitely, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said "signals authorities' intention to suppress any signs of dissent or criticism among Tibetans".

Dharamshala — His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sikyong or the political leader of Tibetans and Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in-Exile congratulated Ms Tsai Ing-Wen, the new President-elect of Taiwan.

Recent developments in cross-strait relations raise interesting questions for Tibet’s leadership in exile.

WREATHED in the glow of royal pomp and ceremony, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has returned home from Britain to face bitter infighting at the top of the Communist party and resistance to his authority over the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

London — The visit to Britain by President Xi Jinping of China is underscoring how European nations are de-emphasizing human rights and security concerns as they compete to benefit from China’s growing economic might.


This article is eighth in a series of commentaries on the “The Silk Road Economic Belt, the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road and the Transformation of China’s Foreign Policy”

London (Reuters) – When British finance minister George Osborne told Chinese students his daughter studied Mandarin during a visit to Beijing in 2013, it was a clear personal bid to heal strained ties.

Originally published on December 3, 2014, Mr Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile interview with an Russian journalist.
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Dharamshala, India (Speaker’s office)

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 —  Dr Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong or the political leader of Tibetans warned Friday that the ice reserves on the Tibetan plateau is also melting rapidly due to global, and which will have noticeable consequences in the coming decades.

Dharamshala – At the invitation of Indian billionaire philanthropist Azim Premji, this weekend His Holiness the Dalai Lama lectured on themes of empathy and kindness at the fourth meeting of the Indian Philanthropy Initiative.

Dharamshala — The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) announced the results of the preliminary elections of the16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile that took place on 19th October, 2015.

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