New Delhi: Jamia Millia, the India's Islamia National Islamic University based in the Indian capital, New Delhi will confer an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) degree to Tibet's political and spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tuesday, 23rd November.

'The University will confer the Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) on His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet,' a statement by the university said Monday.

According to a report on Monday by IANS, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal will be the chief guest of the annual convocation. A total of 3,529 degrees and diplomas, apart from 147 gold medals, will be awarded.

In last month, Jamia officials were also expressing surprise that the China factor should influence such decisions. "Should we be so scared of China as to forget about our own country?" an official asked.

New Delhi: For the past 20 years, intentionally or unintentionally, some kind of cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet, Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama said Friday (19 November). "I have heard that many monasteries in Tibet are becoming more like museums and monks just caretakers. For the last 20 years, I have been hearing that intentionally or unintentionally, some kind of cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet," the Dalai Lama told journalist Karan Thapar in an interview, according to a post on the website of the Central Tibetan Administration.

But the Nobel laureate said: "We need more research work to confirm this." On promotion of Mandarin as a medium of instruction in schools in Tibet, the Dalai Lama said some Tibetans told him that some kind of 'semi-cultural revolution' is taking place in Tibet and Tibetan language might well get wiped out soon.

On being asked what Tibetans were doing to fight the threats posed to their language and culture, he said: "By asking for genuine autonomy in People's Republic of China."

Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th the Dalai Lama Thursday (18 November) received an award in honour of his commitments to human values, fostering inter-religious dialogue, and the welfare of the Tibetan people.

At a glittering ceremony Thursday at the Hotel Taj Palace, Indian capital, the 75 year old Tibetan Nobel Luarte honoured with the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice from bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee and sisters of the Missionaries of Charity in New Delhi, India.

The Nobel Laureate also spoke on positive action for peace of mind and happiness. Friday morning, His Holiness delivered the inaugural address on "The Art of Happiness in Troubled Times" at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2010 at the Taj Palace Hotel Friday. This afternoon, the Tibetan leader will also deliver the Silver Jubilee Lecture on "Human Approach to World Peace" for the Institute for Social Sciences at their premises.

Dharamshala: The Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) today released the results of the July 6 Kalon Tripa (Tibetan Prime Minister) Mock Election.

In a press statement, the TWA was keen to emphasise that the mock election's aim was to encourage and increase participation of the Tibetan electorate in the the real preliminary elections which were held in October, and next year's general election, and that it did not want the mock election results to sway voters in any way.

Of the 9,870 votes cast by registered voters in the mock election, 1,931 were disqualified, due to candidates either voting for themselves or for Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, the present Kalon Tripa, who will be required to step down at the end of his present term.
173 candidates representing 37 Tibetan provinces stood in the mock election. Below we publish the top ten:

1) Tenzin Namgyal Tethong (U-Tsang Province) - 2,174 votes.

2) Lobsang sangay (Dotoe province)-2000

3) Jesun pema (Domey province)-726

4) Gyari Dolma (Dotoe province)-470

5) Penpa tsering (Domey province)-232

6) Gyari Lodoe (Dotoe Privince)-231

7) Lobsang Jinpa (Dotoe province)-198

8) Lobsang Nyendak (Dotoe province)-152

9) Pema Jungney 143

10) Thupten Lungrik (Domey province)-136

Dharamshala: An important address in Warsaw's central Wola District was renamed "Tibet Square" on Thursday.

At the renaming ceremony, the city's mayor, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, said "this is our tribute to peace loving Tibetan people who are waging a struggle to preserve their identity".

A plaque was unveiled which reads, "In the memory of those great Tibetan fighters who on 10 March 1959 came out on the streets of Lhasa and for the 86,000 Tibetans who lost their lives in the national uprising. Also for those who were forced to live in exile. To the 14th Dalai Lama, who was made an honorary citizen of Warsaw in 2009".

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has made regular visits to Poland since 1989, most recently last year, when he attended three days of events in Warsaw at the invitation of Mrs. Gronkiewicz-Waltz and the city council.

Polish opposition party PIS, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has campaigned for the square to be renamed "Free Tibet" for the past 2 years. Following protests from the Chinese embassy in Warsaw, the decision was taken to change this to "Tibet Square".

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