Brussels: Two internships of four weeks each are being offered by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to Tibetan youths in Europe: the first starting on March 1 and the second in late May. The internships were attained by the Bureau du Tibet Brussels, in the aim of giving Tibetan youths the opportunity to gain an understanding of the European Parliament and other EU institutions, working in a multicultural environment.

Applicants must be over twenty years old (25 for Internship 1) and must have completed high school, and be able to provide a CV with cover letter in English to:

Rigzin Choedon Genkhang
Special Assistant
Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama
Bureau du Tibet
Avenue des Arts 24
1000 Brussels

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Tel : +32 (0) 2 280 49 22
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Dharamshala: The Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Mrs Dolma Gyari, presided over a meeting held on January 15 at the Parliamentary Secretariat, regarding the implementation of the First Tibetan General Meeting's final recommendations, approved by the Parliament during its 10th session.

The 12-point recommendation consisted of matters relating to the political situation in Tibet, sustenance of Tibetan settlements in exile, economy and education and the advocacy of the Tibetan cause.

It is the result of extensive parliamentary disscusions between 16-18 December, during which time the Parliament's Standing Committee finalised its implimentation. 12 of these final recommendations were presented and discussed with the Kashag during the January 15 meeting.

London: During an address to a crowd of hundreds in Sarnath, yesterday, His Holiness said, "all people should be more compassionate towards all."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's statement came during an opening ceremony for a new academic building at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath. The event was attended by hundreds of Buddhist monks and fellow Tibetans, in which His Holiness said that to achieve ‘bodhi' you must remove the sorrows of others. During his address the congregation he also said that all living beings in the world feel pain and sorrow, but only humans can feel the pain and sorrow of others.

"Among all living beings, humans have wisdom, hence they should apply their wisdom purposefully and in the right direction," he said.

London: A recent update by Apple on Monday (22nd November) for all of its mobile devices included the capability of using the Tibetan language. The latest update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, iOS 4.2, fully supports display of Unicode Tibetan and a Tibetan input method for virtually all applications.

In 2005, Lobsang Monlam, a monk from Sera Monastery, developed the unicode Tibet font Monlam Bod-yig that is now included in an update downloaded by millions of people worldwide. At the time of creation he said, "until today, we write Tibetan in a Word document and then attach the file with our email. Now people can chat and write emails in Tibetan language directly."

The recent Apple update has been greatly received by Tibetan's support groups "a small step for Ven. Monlam, a giant leap for Tibetan language," said Tendor Dorjee, executive director of Students for a Free Tibet.

Dharamshala: A presentation by Mr Gabriel Lafitte, an Australian academic and development policy consultant to the Environment and Development Desk (EDD) of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile was held in Dharamsala, northern India, on  Monday (Nov 22). Entitled China's innermost Secret Fears, the talk was organised by the Tibetan Women's Association and attended by 30 Tibetans and foreign tourists, who took part in a question-and-answer session.

Gabriel Lafitte is an Australian born and development policy consultant to the environment & development desk of the Tibetan government- in-exile. His talk was held in the Tibetan Welfare Office Hall at 3pm and talk about a range of aspects of China's occupation of Tibet and what the current political regulations really say about China's view on Tibet.

During the presentation Gabriel discussed the recent religious reforms brought in by Chinese officals saying, "Why do China's leaders insist they must oppress Tibet? There are many obvious answers to this most basic of questions, yet none of the usual answers get to the heart of China's fear and loathing of Tibetan culture, especially its' leaders hatred of Tibetan religion. People say it is because the Chinese are communists and communist hate religion, as if nothing in China has changed since Mao told Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1954 that religion is poison."

"China's greatest fear is that modernity is skin deep, and is easily lost. The gleaming modernity of the glass towers is just a skin, covering what lies behind: a vast sea of seething irrationality, superstition, ignorance and mutual obligation; which modern China left behind only yesterday, which could reassert itself at any time. Modern China fears that its grip on modernity, and on the hearts of the masses who are yet to benefit much from modernity, is fragile, and could easily be shaken," he added.

Gabriel went into vast detail during the talk given exclusively to Tibetans, covering historical, political, religious, environmental and technological reasons for China's upkeep in oppression on the Tibetan people inside Tibet.

He will continue his series of three talks on Friday (26th November).

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