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 A newly-built residential quarter for the staff members of Tibet Corps was inaugurated by Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong or democratically elected political leader of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) based in Dharamsala, India.

According to CTA Media, Tibet Corps is a novel initiative of the present Kashag to inspire Tibetans to become directly engaged in tangible work to build and strengthen the Tibetan community, its institutions, and the Central Tibetan Administration.

"Around 17 Tibetans, including health and computer professionals and students, have joined the Tibet Corps over the last one year and four months since its inception," Mr Kaydor Aukatsang, the head of Tibet Corps, said at the inauguration ceremony, which was attended by the speaker and standing committee members of the Tibetan Parliament, Kalons and secretaries.

"These Tibet Corps volunteers are serving in the seven departments of the Central Tibetan Administration and health centres in the settlements. Moreover, over 500 professionals and students have made themselves connected with the programme through our website," he said.

"It has given me a unique opportunity to use my expertise in the service of the community and the administration, and made me very much a part of our movement," a Tibet Corps volunteer told Tibet Net.

The group said it needs professionals in agriculture, environment, human rights, media, healthcare, animation and design, art and culture, counseling, education, entrepreneurship, and project planning.

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A poetry reading “In Search of Lingtsang” was held today at Mcleod Ganj in support of the lone Tibetan marcher who went missing since June 10 this year.

The recitation remembering, Lingtsang Tseten Dorjee, was attended by various people, including the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Penpa Tsering, Tibetan PEN’s Vice-President, Choedak, and Dorje’s younger sister, Lingtsa Lhamo Kyi.

Speaking on the occasion, the Speaker said that Lingtsang Tseten Dorjee and his family are many among the Tibetans who take concrete steps for Tibet’s struggle for freedom.

“I and the parliament in exile appreciate Lingtsang Dorjee’s initiative. Tibet’s struggle will remain alive if there are many more like him in our community,” the Speaker said.

The speeches were followed by poetry reading by various Dharamsala-based Tibetan poets, including the well-known Lhachap Jinpa.

Tseten Dorjee began his second march to Tibet from the exile headquarters of Dharamshala on March 10 this year, the 54th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.

Dorjee went missing from Gangtok, the capital of the northeast Indian state of Sikkim, which is located just 54 kms from the famous Nathu Pass, the historical trade route between India and Tibet.

The event was the fourth of its kind organized by Mogru Tenpa, a member of exile parliament and writer Bengya Tenzin Rabgyal. 

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China is a strange country. While its new leaders dream of a modern nation with a scientific outlook, some of China’s present practices take us back to the darkest days of Mao’s era. Where has the glasnost gone?

Take Yu Zhengsheng’s visit to the Tibetan Autonomous Region. But first, you may ask, who is Yu?

Yu is one of the seven bosses of the Middle Kingdom. He is the Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the member of the Standing Committee responsible for Tibetan Affairs. He paid an ‘inspection tour’ around Lhasa from August 1 to 6. The most extraordinary is not the visit itself, but the fact that nothing appeared in the Chinese (and the local Tibetan) Press before Yu was back in Beijing on August 6 evening.

Outside China, it is difficult to believe that an official responsible for a region such as Tibet can stay there for nearly one week with the world, remaining unaware of his visit until he had left.

Like Xi Jinping, when he addressed a Tibetan delegation in March in Beijing during the National People’s Congress, Yu spoke of “achieving leapfrog economic and social development in Tibet and long-term stability”.

Chinese soldiers lose sanity controlling peaceful Tibetan protesters

Yu rejected the Dalai Lama’s proposal for a high degree of autonomy for all Tibetan-inhabited areas. Yu said that it “runs counter to China’s Constitution, the law, and the fundamental interests of Tibetan Buddhism”.

Yu asked the monks to “have a clear understanding of the secessionist nature of the Dalai Lama clique and resolutely safeguard national unification, ethnic unity and Tibet’s harmony and stability.”

The ‘secret’ visit was unusually long (6 days) and seems to have focused on the way “to scientifically develop ideas to strengthen infrastructure construction and cultivate industries.”

But developing Tibet for what?

Probably to flood the Tibetan plateau with more and more Han tourists!

China excels in making fakes, but religion is not its cup of tea

To receive the 15 million Chinese visitors expected this year, a good infrastructure is required; airports and the railway line are the backbones of a booming tourism industry in Tibet.

Xinhua recently reported that the airport in Chamdo (known as the Bangda Airport) was to be reopened after major repairs.

Soon after, the 4,411-metre-high Kardze Daocheng Yading airport will be functional in Kardze in Sichuan province. It will become the world’s highest civilian airport (hardly imaginable in India, it will be completed a year earlier than planned!).

The airport will also facilitate the quick transportation of fresh troops from the Military Area Command in Chengdu to Kardze prefecture, one of the most restive areas on the Tibetan plateau.

Tragedy in Tibet reveals Chinese Government’s exploitation

The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) reported a serious incident which occurred in the area on the occasion of the Dalai Lama’s birthday (July 6). At least nine Tibetans e sustained serious gunshot wounds and are believed to be in critical condition. Many others, both monastic and lay Tibetans have been injured after paramilitary forces from People’s Armed Police (PAP) lobbed teargas shells and beat them.

The new Kardze Yading airport will greatly facilitate the transportation of PAP reinforcements in case of unrest. With one stone, two birds are killed: the Tibetan protesters are ‘pacified’ and the deluge of Chinese tourists can bring hefty revenues.

The website told Han mainlanders : “Tibet with its mystery is the spiritual Garden of Eden; and is longed for by travellers home and abroad. Only by stepping on the snowy plateau, can one be baptised by its splendor, culture, folklore, life, snowy mountains, saint mountains, sacred lakes, residences with local characteristics and charming landscape.”

Tibet is fast becoming the largest entertainment park in the world. A thousand times larger than Disneyland.

Today, the leadership in Beijing has found a sophisticated way to submerge (or drown) the Tibetan population under waves of Han Chinese.

The Government in Beijing markets the Land of Snows as the ultimate ‘indigenous’ spot for the Chinese people to spend their holidays.

Tibet has two unique assets: First, its physical aspect — the beauty of the landscape, the imposing mountain ranges, the purity of the air and the rivers, the dry pure sky (especially when compared to the sky of China’s great metropolis). Tibet is the ideal place to have a break from the fast pace of the polluted mainland.

The second advantage is the rich historical past of the Roof of the World, the Land of the Lamas. In Tibet, you can find everything, proclaims Chinese propaganda. A beautiful Chinese princess falling for the powerful emperor and converting him to Buddhism; the monasteries and nunneries, seat of a wisdom lost in the mainland; the folkloric yak or snow-lion dances; the Shoton (yogurt) festival; the beautiful colourful handicrafts; the exotic food, you name it.

And you get entertained!

Take the ‘Grand Princess Wencheng Opera’, an opera on the life of the Chinese wife of the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gompo, who lived in the 7th century CE. The opera is staged at the outskirt of Lhasa with some 600 actors on a nearly-100 metre-long stage; but more funny (or tragic), in front of a newly-built replica of the Potala Palace, a few kilometres from the real one.

The Tibetan blogger and dissident Tsering Woeser, who lives in Beijing but frequently visits Tibet, posted images of the ‘new’ Potala on her blog. She explains, “In reality this is a project to rewrite history, to ‘wipe out’ the historical memory and culture of a people. This is a ‘win win’ project.”

She says that more than $120 million had been invested in the project.

To further entertain the Chinese visitors, the administration of the Tibetan Autonomous Region is organising ‘festivals’ such as the Lhasa Shoton Festival, the Damxung Horse Racing Festival and hosts of others.

One of these festivals is dedicated to Tsangyang Gyatso, the 6th Dalai Lama, born in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

The Chinese propaganda tells the tourists he is born in Tibet. The announcement says, “Tourists can enjoy beautiful Tibetan love songs performed by locals from the Tsona County in Lhoka Prefecture, hometown of Tsangyang Gyatso, the household name of the 6th Dalai Lama.”

The fact that Tsangyang Gyatso is born on the other side of the McMahon in Tawang district of Himachal Pradesh is cleverly overlooked. Chinese authorities probably extend ‘Southern Tibet’ to the plains of Assam.

With a few stones so many birds are killed.

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DHARAMSHALA: Addressing a large group of foreign-born Tibetan children who are currently on a summer camp programme to the hill town, GyalwangKarmapa on Saturday asked them to remember the difficulties faced by Tibetans living in Tibet.

"There are a lot of difficulties that the Tibetans who live in Tibet face, and the responsibility to remove or eliminate those difficulties falls upon all of us who live in foreign countries," the Gyalwang Karmapa told the young students.

The Karmapa encouraged the young students to learn Tibetan language and to learn about Tibetan culture and traditions. "Actually you are all from a very different environment, a very different place, living in the midst of other cultures, so to be able to learn Tibetan, to speak Tibetan, and to learn about Tibetan culture and traditions is from one way of looking a very difficult thing to do. It can put a lot of pressure on you. But I hope that all of you can take this pressure and transform it into courage" he said.

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