Dharamshala: - The Kalon for the Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration will pay his last respects to the late Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in Tawang.

According to a report on the official media 'Tibet Net", Kalon Tsering Phuntsok has left Dharamsala on last Saturday for Tawang to attend the state funeral of late chief minister scheduled on 10 May. He will offer his condolences to the concerned officials and family members of the late chief minister on the occasion.

He will visit Tawang monastery to conduct prayer service on 11 May. He is also expected to meet with the Tibetan community. He will return Dharamshala on 14 May.

Mr Dorjee Khandu along with 4 of his colleagues died in a tragic helicopter accident near Tawang recently.

Dharamshala: The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has expressed its deep condolence over the sad demise of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who passed away in a tragic helicopter crash.

In a condolence message sent to the state chief secretary, the Tibetan Parliament said it was deeply worried and prayed for the safe return of the chief minister as the helicopter carrying him and his colleagues went missing for the last almost four days.

"The state of Arunachal Pradesh and the Tibetan people have had historical relationship, which was further strengthened and deepened during the tenure of Dorjee Khandu La's chief ministership. The Parliament remains highly appreciative of his leadership and concern," Speaker Penpa Tsering said in the message.

"The Tibetan Parliament in Exile expresses its deep condolence to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. We wish to convey our condolence to all the bereaved family members of the late chief minister," the message noted.

TAIPEI: A Parliament member of Taiwan and a long time Tibetan supporter, Ms Tian Qui Jin, organised a meeting between a delegation of Taipei-based Tibet support groups and a top Taiwanese official on 4 May.

The delegation, which includes members of Tibetan NGOs, raised the issue of Chinese government's repression on Kirti Monastery in northeastern Tibet during their meeting with Mr Zhao Jian Min, vice-president of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council.

In a letter submitted to Mr Zhao, the delegation urged the Taiwanese government to persuade the Chinese authorities to lift the military blockade of Kirti monastery, which has left 2 Tibetans dead and over 300 monks detained so far.

They also called for the immediate release of 300 detained monks and to allow the media to report the real situation in the region.

“As the Dalai Lama, as well as many governments around the world have demanded, China must show more restrain when handling the Kirti Monastery incident to avoid more casualties and to respect freedom of religion and it must stop illegally arresting monks,” TFOT president Chow Mei-li said in a statement after the meeting.

Dharamshala: - The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration on Wednesday condoled the sad demise of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who died in a helicopter crash in Lobothang near Tawang District.

In a condolence message, Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche expressed "deep sadness and worry about the tragic demise of a young, honest and one of the best chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu."

"Moreover, he has brought immense development and improvement in the lives of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and the Tibetans living there in peace and harmony," Kalon Tripa said.

"Since his death is a great loss to both the Tibetans and the people of Arunachal Pradesh, I, along with my cabinet colleagues offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the people of the state and his family members," Kalon Tripa said.

A special prayer service will be organised by the Department of Religion and Culture at the Tsuglagkhang, the main temple in Dharamsala on 5 May, Kalon Tripa said.

Dharamshala: - The General Secretary of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) has on May 2nd issued a statement welcoming the election of Dr. Lobsang Sangay to the Tibetan Premiership and saying that "the UNPO wishes Dr. Sangay every success in the many challenges that will lie ahead and readily offers its support to help realize the goals and ambitions of the Tibetan people which he and the CTA represent."

During the election, the UNPO joined the International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) election observation mission that monitored the election process across the world. This participation "represented the latest in two decades of collaboration" as Tibet had a founding role when the UNPO was established in 1991.

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them. Among its members are minorities like the Kurds of Iran and Iraq, the Hmong people of SE Asia and Taiwan.

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