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Sikyong Lobsang Sangay! Where are Office of Tibet loan records?

Last March the auditing staff from Dharamshala CTA visited the Office of Tibet, Washington DC, to do the accounting. The staff asked the representative Penpa Tsering for the record of a $1.5-million loan taken by his office from Tibet Fund to purchase the building to house the Office of Tibet. Penpa Tsering told the staff that there is no record whatsoever for the loan since he took office in August 2016.
The auditor reported this discrepancy to the Auditor General in Dharamshala. Penpa Tsering also stated it to Sikyong and asked legitimate questions. Sikyong ordered the Auditor General to his office on two occasions and told him to remove any mention of the loan in the report.
This is not how democracy works. When transparency and accountability are missing, corruption is inevitable.
Penpa Tsering stood up to Sikyong — the highest Tibetan office — and said it is morally wrong to pressure the Auditor General to remove any mention of this loan. The questionWhy is Sikyong hiding the loan tr…

CTA’s refusal to give answers about Penpa Tsering, Representative, Office of Tibet, USA raises more questions

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The Deputy President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Karma Gelek convened a press conference concerning the dismissal of the current Representative of the Dalai Lama to North America, but didn’t provide any information about it.

Kashag (the Exile Tibetan Cabinet) has asked Penpa Tsering to leave the post at the end of this month. The current Education Minister of CTA Ngodup Tsering will take charge in his place.
Gelek’s dissembling press conference created more confusion than clarity as to why Penpa Tsering has been relieved of his duties.

He said that Penpa Tsering had been served three warning notices asking him to mend his ways regarding the performance of his duties. He refused to give any details what the warnings were about, saying that it was an internal matter.

This reporter requested Gelek to take two questions, but he said that journalists were to ask only one question each, and that the press conference had to be finished in ten minutes.

As this…

Fueling dispute, Xi tells Tibet's herders to 'safeguard Chinese territory'

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has reportedly told a Tibetan herding family to 'set down roots' in the disputed border area of southeastern Tibet, telling them to ‘safe guard the Chinese territory,’ using them in the dispute with India over the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Xi reportedly was responding to a letter written to him by two girls, Zhoigar and Yangzom, of a Tibetan herding family in Lhunze County of the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region. Xi told the girls that they and other herding families should 'set down roots' in the border area,' continuing by saying that it is their responsibility to ‘safe guard the Chinese territory’ and ‘develop their township’.

The President also expressed his hope that other herders would follow suit and seek motivation to set roots in the border area and become ‘guardians of the Chinese territory’.

Lhunze County (Lhuntse Zong) is located in the southeastern part of the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region and borders Arunac…

China To Build World's Highest Planetarium In Tibet Next Year

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The planetarium, which is China's first, will have the region's largest optical astronomical telescope, with a 1- meter-diameter lens, and become a major regional base for astronomical research and public science education, the Science and Technology Department of Tibet said. China will begin construction of the world's highest planetarium next year in Tibet, local officials said.

The planetarium, which is China's first, will have the region's largest optical astronomical telescope, with a 1- meter-diameter lens, and become a major regional base for astronomical research and public science education, the Science and Technology Department of Tibet said.

The telescope will be jointly developed by the planetarium and the National Astronomical Observatories, and be used for variable star, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the Department as saying today.

"The instalment of the device will enable the planetarium to carry out professional astronomical research,&…

Revealed: Dalai Lama’s ‘personal emissary’ suspended over corruption claims | World news

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Katherine Ellison | theguardian.com. | October 27, 2017

For more than 15 years, Tenzin Dhonden has stood between the Dalai Lama and multitudes of US philanthropists, celebrities, scholars and officials eager for even an instant in the revered Buddhist leader’s presence. In his red and saffron robes and gleaming bald pate, the smiling Tibetan monk, widely known as Lama Tenzin, has introduced himself as the Dalai Lama’s “personal emissary for peace”.

Yet the monk has now been suspended as secretary and trustee of the Dalai Lama Trust, a charitable organization chaired by the Dalai Lama, pending an investigation into allegations from a prominent Seattle-based technology entrepreneur who claims that, between 2005 and 2008, the monk abused his role to extract unjustified payments from him.
The Dalai Lama is said to have expressed “deep disappointment and concern” over complaints about his gatekeeper, which include the allegation he demanded payments in return for ensuring the …

Kalachakra 2016 at Bodh Gaya by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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The 34th Kalachakara initiations at Bodh Gaya in India from 14 -25 January 2016 will be mainly organised by The Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration along with other co-sponsors.
Since 1954, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given 33 Kalachakra Initiations, including four times at Bodh Gaya in 1974, 1985, 2003 and 2012. The Kalachakra teachings in 2012 drew over 200,000 devotees from across the world, which include about 8,000-10,000 Tibetans from Tibet.

The programme schedule of the 34th Kalachakra initiation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama from January 14 to 25, 2016 at Bodh Gaya, India.Any changes in the schedule or the timing will be reflected on our website, as and when it comes.January 14 to 16, 2016:His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue. These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals. January 17 to 19, 2…

In Australia, Tibetan Immigrants Learn to Swim

by VOANews.com

Refugees from Tibet live in many countries around the world. Australia’s largest community of Tibetan refugees is in a town just north of Sydney. Australia’s East Coast seems a world away from the Himalaya Mountains of Tibet. In their new home, hundreds of Tibetans are learning to swim – something they did not do back in Tibet. Swimming is an important safety skill for those living near the sea. It also is a good way for the refugees to improve their understanding of Australian culture.

Waves crash on the beach in Dee Why, a coastal town about 40 minutes north of Sydney. It is almost nightfall, but swimmers still are out in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Seawater feeds a large swimming pool at one end of the beach. Many people swim, splash and play here. They include adults and children from Tibet.

Dee Why is home to nearly 20,000 people, including more than 800 Tibetans. The refugees are slowly getting settled in their new home. The Australian government is paying fo…