Dharamshala: Chinese-Tibetan Friendship Associations, based in Australia Satuarday (9th October) day praised the Tibetan people and His Holiness for their outspoken approval of Liu Xiaobo's recent awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.

"On behalf of the China-Tibet Friendship Association and Federation for a Democratic China in Australia, I would like to extend our heart-felt gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people for their support to Mr Liu Xiaobo on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. We call on Tibetans to join us in the celebration," Mr Yu Shi Xin, president of the Chinese-Tibetan Friendship Association in Melbourne, said in his letter to the Office of Tibet in Australia. He concluded the letter commenting "The award, which reflects the international community's support for truth, has deeply moved us and our aspirations will certainly come true,"

On October 9th, around 50 Chinese people, including, democratic activists, intellectuals, and experts met for a gathering to celebrate Liu Xiaobo's award. "We consider that support from His Holiness the Dalai Lama played a substantial role in awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo. We thank His Holiness for his support," said Mr Qin Jin, President of Federation for a Democratic China, who co-organized the celebratory get-together.

Since Liu's award many countries have come out in strong support for his release including America, Australia and Italy

Minneapolis: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has confirmed that he will be travelling to Minnesota on May 8th, 2011 to host a series of spiritual events in the city. The conference has been jointly organized by The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, which will see His Holiness' first official visit to the city since 2001. The premise of the visit is based around the theme "One Heart, One Mind, One Universe".

Minnesota has the second largest concentration of Tibetan Americans in the United States and his visit has already created much anticipation in the city. "The Tibetan American community of Minnesota is overjoyed about the eminent visit of His Holiness,' said Tsewang Ngodup, president of the board of directors of Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota.

On the morning of May 8, His Holiness will conduct a special "Medicine Buddha Empowerment" initiation and in the afternoon he will feature in a public address entitled "Peace Through Inner Peace". Tickets for all events will be available through the Northrop ticket office from the October 18th, 2010.

For more details, visit the website for these events at www.dalailama.umn.edu.

Dharamshala: 35 cyclists in Dharamsala, north India, will hold a cycle rally tomorrow at 10:00, as part of 350.org's 10/10/10 Global Work Party.

The event has been organised by the Tibetan Women's Association (TWA), as part of a local initiative to combat the carbon crisis threatening the planet.

The rally will include a mix of men, women and children of different nationalities, sporting T-shirts and badges reading Time for Climate Justice. Ten Buddhist nuns will flag off the cyclists at Mcleodganj's main square. The rally will then head to Bhagsu waterfall and finish at the temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The participants are promoting cycling as one means to reduce our carbon footprints. Bicycles do little to degrade the environment, and create no noise, odour, pollution or congestion.

7,081 events in 188 countries across the world have so far been planned for the Global Work Party. In Japan, sumo wrestlers will cycle to their wrestling practice in downtown Tokyo. In San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, students will hand over solar-powered lights to families still recovering from the devastation of June's Hurricane Alex.

For more information on the TWA's De-Carbonise Dharamshala event, visit http://www.350.org/en/node/18157

Dharamshala: The Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet - the Tibetan ex-political prisoners’ association in Dharamsala, north India - has elected a new executive and amended its bylaws to improve its democratic process.

The organisation's Fifth General Body Meeting resolved that members should relinquish their tenure for one term after working for six consecutive years - a decision hailed as their biggest democratic step in 19 years of its existence.

Gu-Chu-Sum works to help Tibetan political prisoners held in Chinese prisons in Tibet, and also provides support to ex-political prisoners and their families who are living in exile. Its membership includes 256 former political prisoners, from all three traditional Tibetan provinces.

The name Gu-Chu-Sum commemorates the months in which major demonstrations have taken place in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. "Gu" stands for September 27, 1987, "Chu" for October 1, 1987, and "Sum" for March 5, 1988.

The general meeting concluded with a pledge that its members “are dedicated to restore the independence of Tibet as soon as possible and give way for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet.”

Dharamshala: The Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh lodged a protest with the central government on Sunday (October 3) over Apple's iPhone4 containing maps which show the state as being part of Chinese territory.

Takam Sanjay, Congress Party representative for Arunachal in the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) said, "This is yet another attempt at painting a wrong picture of the territorial integrity of Arunachal Pradesh and we strongly protest this nefarious design." He added that, "A simple apology would fail to undo the damage and hurt caused to the people of Arunachal Pradesh," and claimed there is a conspiracy of technology companies, in light of a similar issue with Google Maps in the last two years.

Arunachal Pradesh has a 1,030km unfenced border with China, known as the McMahon Line or 'Line of Actual Control'. India and China fought a border war in 1962, with Chinese troops advancing into the Arunachal, but the state remains a part of India.

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