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Jelsi: A small town in central Italy has presented its annual international prize - the Traglia - to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in recognition of his doctrine of kindness, love and compassion. The award was received by Mr Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, His Holiness' Geneva representative, on July 27 in Jelsi, Italy. The ceremony was organized as part of the town's celebrations of Festa del Grano and was supported by the regional government.
In receiving the award, Mr Chhoekyapa said he was grateful and encouraged that a small town in central Italy recognised His Holiness' work, and expressed concern for the plight of the Tibetan people. Over 20,000 people from all over the region attended the first day of the annual festival.
Four monks from the Gaden Jangtse Monastery in south India constructed a sand mandala and prayed for world peace. After the mandala was dismantled, a long line of people queued to receive a small portion of the sand.
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama's message of peace and non-violence is very important for the growth of civilization," said Mr Michele Iorio, president of the Molise regional government, during a meeting with Mr Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa on July 28. Mr Iorio added that he supports His Holiness' call for autonomy for the Tibetan people.

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