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Tibet-Dalai-Lama-Kashag-2016Dharamshala — Members of the 15th cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) headed by Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay had a special audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his residence. Delegation of the cabinet in exile were accompanied by Topgyal Tsering Zongkha, secretary of the secretariat.

Sikyong Dr Lobsang apprised His Holiness with regard to the efforts being made to address the issues concerning public health and welfare, as noted by the spiritual leader during the centenary celebrations of Mentseekhang on March 23, 2016.

The spiritual leader of Tibet expressed appreciation as Sikyong apprised him of the assessment report compiled by the two committees, which were specially appointed to address the problems of declining health situation and to address grievances of poorer section of the Tibetan community.

During the brief audience, the Nobel peace prize literature stressed the importance of preserving Tibetan language and the teachings of Buddha.

His Holiness told them that the ancient tradition of Nalanda which can potentially benefit the entire humanity can best be interpreted by the Tibetan language.

The Tibetan leader also spoke about strengthening Tibetan schools' education system by introducing the knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism and its methodologies of learning to young children through a comprehensive curriculum.

The Kashag (Cabinet) is the highest executive office of the CTA. It runs and fulfills all its executive and administrative responsibilities. In accordance to the Charter of CTA, the seven members of the Kashag, is headed by a Sikyong (Political Leader). Sikyong is directly elected by exile Tibetan populace. Sikyong, in turn nominates his seven Kalons and seeks the Parliament's approval. The term of the Kashag is for five years.

The Tibetan leadership in exile repeatedly said the MWA neither seeks a "Greater Tibet" nor a "high degree of autonomy", but "Genuine Autonomy" for all Tibetan people under a "single administration, to peacefully resolve the issue of Tibet and to bring about stability and co-existence between peoples based on equality and mutual co-operation. But, in its 2015 white paper, China again rejected the approach.

"The Tibetan leadership remains firmly committed to the MW policy, and strongly believes that only way to resolve the issue of Tibet is through dialogue," Dr Sangay who was re-elected as Sikyong, political leader of Tibetan people said during a two-day meeting of the Task Force on Sino-Tibetan Negotiations, recently held in Dharamshala, India.

Tibet was invaded by Communist China, starting in 1949, Beijing calls a "peaceful liberation". Since that time, over 1.2 million out of 6 Tibetans have been killed, over 6000 monasteries have been destroyed— the acts of murder, rape and arbitrary imprisonment, torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment were inflicted on the Tibetans inside Tibet.

Tibet was traditionally comprised of three main areas— U-tsang, Kham and Amdo provinces, covers an area of 870,000 square miles. After 1949, other Tibetan areas (Amdo and Kham) were incorporated into the neighboring, Chinese provinces of Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan, and Yunnan.

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