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14th-december-2011-websitesDharamshala, India: - During a press conference in Dharamshala, northern India on December 14, Dr Lobasang Sangay, the Kalon Tripa (political leader) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), relaunced the CTA's official website, www.tibet.net.

The website was dedicated to Lhakar - a spiritual movement in Tibet that aims to promote Tibetan culture, language, and solidarity.

The newly designed site offers the latest in local and international Tibet-related news, and information from the CTA's various departments, independent bodies, Tibetan communities in exile, and selected news from other websites internationally.

"I am very glad to see the new website of the Central Tibetan Administration," said Dr Sangay. "All members of the team worked very hard." He added that he was very happy with the site's re-launch, as this was one of the promises he made during his inaugural address as Kalon Tripa.

Namgyal Lekshed, director of the Tibetan Computer Resource Centre (TCRC) said "The official website of CTA, it was first launched on January 5th 2001. In terms of visitors, it receives over 35 lakhs [3.5 million] hits for a month. We have visitors from 145 countries, and US, Canada, India, Europe and China were among the top 25."

Mr Tenzin Lekshed of the CTA Kashag (cabinet) briefly introduced the relaunched website and explained the importance of the Tibetan official media's dissemination of information, especially via social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Tibet.net has been redesigned by a group from TCRC.Officials told reporters that the changes being that it hopes readers will be impressed by the site's professionalism sleek design.

On December 10, two other Tibetan websites were launched in Dharamshala, marking the 22nd Anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the 63rd of the International Human Rights Day.

The first was launched by the Association of Tibetan Journalists (ATJ), who's site was designed by Mr Lobsang Sither, a Dharamshala-based web developer, who donated his services free of charge.

The second was launched by the Himalayan Literacy Trust (HLT), publisher of the Tibet Post International. Outlook Tibet, and English-language site, is a broad-based publication, that will deliver Tibet-related news and current affairs, as well as reports on social, cultural, religious and scientific developments.

Earlier this year, HLT also launched its simplified Chinese-language website, the Potala Post, which aims to introduce Chinese readers to Tibet-related political, social and cultural issues, and also hosts a blog page.

Links to the new sites and social network pages:

Tibet.net on Facebook www.https://www.facebook.com/kalontripa
Tibet.net on Twitter https://twitter.com/drlobsangsangay.
Association of Tibetan Journalists (www.tibetanjournalists.org)
Outlook Tibet on Twitter http://twitter.com/outlooktibet
Potala Post www.potalapost.com
Potala Post on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/tibettalks/

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