Dharamshala, India: - Tibet's spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be arriving in Jammu and Kashmir today, in order to visit a few Buddhist landmarks on the outskirts of the city.

His Holiness will first visit Amabaran, an ancient Buddhist place in the Akhnoor border belt. "We expect him to address an expected gathering of 50,000 people at Ambran," Health Minister Sham Lal told reporters on Tuesday.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate will also impart wisdom to a group of school children in Akhnoor, and inaugurate a photo exhibition in Kala Kendra on the Amabaran Buddhist site.

In view of His Holiness' visit, Director of Tourism, R S Mehta convened a meeting with the representatives of Travel, Trade and Hotel Associations to discuss necessary arrangements and security measures to ensure his visit goes smoothly.

Banners, hoardings and advertisements were put up to create an atmosphere of utmost welcome for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The Buddhist leader's visit will give a much-needed boost to pilgrim tourism in the Jammu division.

Dharamshala: Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament -in-Exile, Mr Penpa Tsering left for Italy on an official tour to attend a conference on "Democracy Promotion and Human Rights" in Rome.

The Conference is organised by Italian MP Gianni Vernetti's organisation, Alliance of Democrats and will be held for two days from 10 to 11 November.

The conference will be attended by various people from all walks of life including political leaders, democratic activists, policy makers and intellectuals.

Paris,France: An official ceremony adopting the village of Samye was held on 29th October in the courtyard of the Town Hall of the municipality of Bougtheroulde, a small town in Haute Normandie region of France, in the presence of the Mayor of the town Mr Bruno Questel, Mr. Francois Loncle, a member of French National Assembly and the Secretary of the Tibetan Parliamentary Group and Mr. Tsering Dhondup, Secretary of Bureau du Tibet, Paris.

Since last year when the campaign was launched by the Association France-Tibet, 43 towns and municipalities, four of them in the last month alone, have agreed to adopt a Tibet village or town as a gesture of their support to the peaceful struggle of the Tibetan people as well as to help preserve the identity of the Tibetan places, which is undergoing systematic assimilation and sinisization in Tibet, according to the campaigners.

In Bougtheroulde, it is the Association Tibet-Normandie, a local Tibet support group, which had pushed for this successful bid in the local municipality council.

The ceremony was addressed by the Mayor Mr. Questel, National Assembly Deputy Mr. Loncle, President of Tibet-Normandie Mr. Thiery Huyghe and Secretary of Bureau du Tibet, Paris.

Dharamshala: Kalon Tripa or the political leader of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay's Interview with Mr Karan Thapar for Devil's Advocate programme on CNN IBN will broadcast on Sunday 23rd October at 2:00 pm and 08:30 pm with repeat telecasts on Monday, 24th October at 0030 hrs and 16:30 hrs.

Dharamshala: - The Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) and its 56 chapters worldwide are today holding solidarity actions in commemoration of Tenzin Wangmo, who died after a seven-minute self-immolation protest on October 17.

Peace rallies, candlelight vigils and prayer services are being staged to mark the first self-immolation by a Tibetan woman. In a press release, the TWA said self-immolation is considered to be the highest form of peaceful protest.

Wangmo, a nun in her early 20s, was from Ngaba Dechen Choekorling nunnery the largest nunnery in Ngaba county, eastern Tibet.

She set her body alight and made rounds of the Sumo bridge - at a crossroads near her nunnery, 3km from Ngaba County market calling, "We want the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet," and "We want religious freedom in Tibet."

Wangmo"s self-immolation is the ninth such case in Tibet, and she if the fifth person to die from the act.

The TWA today urged the Chinese government to withdraw the troops from Tibet and  allow Tibetans their basic human rights: freedom of speech, movement and religious practice."

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