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Dharamshala: - Sikyong or the political leader of Tibet Dr. Lobsang Sangay on Friday left Dharamshala for visits to the United States and Canada from 18 February – 6 March.

According to the Central Tibetan Administration, Sikyong will accompany His Holiness the Dalai Lama when the latter visits Washington, DC, San Francisco and Minneapolis from 22 February – 7 March.

His Holiness will give a series of public talks on peace, compassion, ethics during the visit. He will give a talk at the 26th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum at the Minneapolis Convention Center organised by The Nobel Peace Prize Forum and Augsburg College on 1 March.

Sikyong will address the Tibetan community and meet with dignitaries in Vancouver and Calgary during his visit to Canada from 26-27 February.

Dr Sangay will also address the Tibetan community in Denver. He is expected to return to Dharamshala on 8 March.

Dharamshala: - US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his concerns over the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet during his talks with President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday, 14 Feb.

Secretary Kerry's comment in Beijing came a day after one more Tibetan set self on fire in Ngaba County, where 35 of the self-immolations have taken place since 2009 to protest against China's repressive policies.

"I emphasized that respect for human rights and the exchange of information in a free manner contributes to the strength of a society in a country. Recent arrests of peaceful advocates for reform run counter, in our judgment, to all of our best interests and the ability to make long term progress. I emphasized that the United States remains concerned about these situations here in China, human rights situations – especially with respect to the Tibetan and Uighur areas," Secretary Kerry was quoted as saying by Lawyer Herald.com.

Secretary Kerry underscored that "human rights and the free flow of information are paramount for an open society."

"We had a frank discussion about some human rights challenges and the role of rule of law and the free flow of information in a robust, civil society; the challenges of the cyber-world that we live in today," he added.

The US government has consistently urged China to address policies in Tibetan areas that have created tensions and threaten the distinct religious, cultural, and linguistic identity of the Tibetan people.

Secretary Kerry also met Foreign Minister Wang Yi and State Councilor Yang Jiechi. This is Kerry's fifth visit to Asia and second to China since becoming the US Secretary of State.

Dharamshala: - A delegation from the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) led by its newly-elected President, Mr Matteo Maccaci, is on a three-day visit to Dharamsala from 10-13 February.

According to the CTA, delegation are Mr Steve Schroder, ICT Board Member and Ms Tsering Jampa, Executive Director, ICT Europe. The group met Mr. Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Tuesday, 11 Feb.

The group met Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of the Department of Information and International Relations on Tuesaday. it said that 'they exchanged views on how to strengthen and garner international support for the issue of Tibet. Also present at the meeting are secretaries of the DIIR, Mr Tashi Phuntsok and Mr Ngodup Dorjee.'

The report said that the group will also meet 'Tibetan political leader Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay and have an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They will also visit educational institutions and non-governmental organisations such as Tibetan Youth Congress, Gu-Chu-Sum, Tibetan Women's Association, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and the Tibetan Children's Village School.'

Dharamshala: - The tenth Governing Body Meeting of Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society (STSS) was convened at the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi on 7 February 2014.

According to the Central Tibetan Administration, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Chairperson of the Society welcomed the new members and highlighted the recent developments and new responsibilities of STSS to improve the over all education level of the Tibetan community.

The main agenda of discussion during the meeting was the amendment of Memorandum of Association of STSS as desired by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Government of India for the transfer and administration of CTSA schools.

The Governing Body considered and approved the needed amendment as per the agenda. Six items, including sanction approval of budget for the Society 2014-15 were discussed and approved accordingly. The meeting was concluded with vote of thanks to the Chair.

Dharamshala: Kesang Tenzin Bhutia, serving as the Principal of CST Kalimpong, passed away on January 13, 2014. He was 58. Born on May 5, 1955 in Sakya, Tibet, KesangTenzin Bhutia did his primary schooling from CST Darjeeling and later joined Dr. Graham's Homes, Kalimpong from where he completed his class XII.

According to CTA, he joined St. Stephen's College, Delhi University in 1972 and obtained his BA and MA degrees in History. Later he also did his B.Ed from Government College of Education, Punjab University, Chandigarh. He started his career in 1982 as a Post Graduate Teacher in History at Tashi Namgyal Academy, Gangtok, Sikkim where he served until 1985. From 1986 to 1992, he served his alma mater, Dr. Graham's Homes as a History teacher.

He joined Central Tibetan Schools Administration in August 1992 and served as a Principal in CST Mundgod, CST Kalimpong, CST Darjeeling and CST Mussoorie. For his tireless dedication and outstanding contribution towards the education of children, he was honored with the National Award to Teachers for the year 2010.

He is survived by his wife Mrs Chungla, and three children Mr. Jigme Dorjee, Dr. Sonam Gyatso and Ms.Tenzin Zompa. The Department of Education, CTA expresses its deep sadness and condolences at the passing of Kesang Tenzin Bhutia.

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