Dharamshala: After infecting nearly 40,000 persons in 89 countries starting from mexico, four more persons have tested positive for swine flu in Delhi the Indian capital,  taking the total number of influenza A (H1N1) cases in India to 43, health officials said. A dozen of them have already been discharged from hospitals.

Dharamshala: The sun sets around 6:30, as the sun takes a parting glance before it disappears under the Himalayas. Sonam Lhamo sits on the steps of the small temple in Dharamshala, she was here well before sunrise and will remain here for another two hours. She said that the location of her momo stand is “not good,” ideally she would like to set up her stand at the bus stop or in front the main temple, but Sonam has only been selling momos in Dharamshala for one month and is therefore allocated to these steps. “I carry the momos here early in the morning and I sit here all day.”

This year the annual Miss Tibet Pageant will be held on 5-7 June. In past years it has been held in October. Director Lobsang Wangyal explains, "In October the evenings are cold. We must ensure the comfortability of the contestants, audience and staff. Autumn is also the season for selling and purchasing woolen products, and a large number of Tibetans travel to Ludhiana in the Punjab state, therefore minimizing our potential audience. In addition, we urge women of Tibetan descent residing in foreign countries to enter the pageant and summer vacation in the West generally begins in June.

Dharamshala: 400 mothers and children made the 15 minute walk from McLeod Ganj to Tibetan Institute of the Performing Arts (TIPA).  Arriving at that hall audience members found that there was only room to stand in the warm hall that buzzed with anticipation, the rowdy crowd was quick to laugh, easily encouraged to sing along, and gave thanks and appreciation readily, thanks to the performers, but centrally appreciation to mothers to commemorate mother’s day.

Dharamshala: Ms. Alicja Mojko is senior journalist from Poland, also a long term activist for Tibet and Tibetan people,  she shared with The Tibet Post about her experiences for last 25 years including her visit to Tibet 3 years ago. "I am a very old woman, in that a great number of things have happened in my life. For the past 25 years I have worked in the theater. I also write and paint. The alternative theater I run is active in matters of life and politics; we fight for causes we deem worthwhile. My theater participates in demonstrations for the Tibetan cause, environmental issues; we collaborate with Amnesty International and Green Peace. Buddhism came to me as a philosophical interest in the teachings of the maters. I spent sixteen days practicing in a monastery.

Dharamsala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave American Jim Petersen a Tibetan name. It is Tenzin Tenkyon, which means ‘spreader of Dharma.’ The local Tibetan community calls him ‘Pala,’ the Father of Tibet. In March 2008, five NGOs, the Central Tibetan Women’s Association, the Gu Chu Sum Association of Ex-Political Prisoners, the Democratic Party of Tibet, the Tibetan Youth Congress and the Students for a Free Tibet, organized a ten-week human rights march from Dharamsala through Delhi and on to the Tibetan border.

Dharamshala: Peak café was not considered as an option because, Yarphel explains, “if you call your place Peak Café it is like you are above all the other places in town and they will feel badly,” other ideas are proposed “yak café, yak coffee, goat tea shop” none of these names were appealing, owners Yarphel and Tashi decided to call their new shop “Rose Café.” Tashi said, “yeah it is a little too romantic for two guys, but the sound is nice.” With that Rose Café was painted on the side of the building and above the door, and Dharamshala had a new restaurant.
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