Dharamshala: An international seminar on Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, organized by Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA), began today and was attended by around 50 scholars from various parts of the world. Professor Samdhong Rinpoche inaugurated the conference by lighting a traditional Tibetan butter lamp. The organizer stated that the aim of the conference is to recognize and develop "the common relations of fifty years in exile, keeping in mind the increasing ties between international scholars and the field of Tibetan studies."

Dharamshala: Tibetans and supporters marked the 49th anniversary of Tibetan democracy today at the main temple in Dharamshala with a big celebration and a strong sense of optimism for the future of Tibetans and Tibetan issues. Tibetan prime minister Prof Samdhong Rinpoche declared that it is now time for younger generation of Tibetans to involve themselves in the political responsibility for the future of Tibet.

London: On Monday evening, the Office of Tibet and the Tibetan Community in Britain hosted a warm reception at the Tibet House, to bid farewell to HH the Dalai Lama’s outgoing representating, Mr. Tsering Tashi, and to welcome his successor, Mr. Thubten Samdup.

Dharamsala: The Tibetan Women’s Association organized a “Thanksgiving lunch” function on 14 August, India’s 62nd Independence Day, at the Central Tibetan Administration, in honor of the unwavering support India has demonstrated to the Tibetan people and His Holiness the Dalai Lama over the last 50 years. Around 50 Indian guests were invited, including journalists, officers and representatives from various offices and associations throughout the Kangra District.

Dharamshala: On Thursday, the Religious Department of the Tibetan exile government offered special prayers for the victims of Typhoon Morakot at the main Tibetan temple in Dharamshala. The prayers were led by the abbot of the Namgyal Monastery, Thamthog Rinpoche, and Ven. Tsering Phuntsok, minister of Tibet's Department of Religion and Culture.

Dharamshala - Tibet's political and spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, recently inaugurated a school to serve underprivileged children from remote and isolated areas of the Ladakh region, including the Zanskar, Kargil, and Nubra valleys-areas where thousands of Buddhist followers have for centuries shared common religious and cultural traditions with Tibet.

Dharamshala: Cabinet of Central Tibetan administration and Tibetan Parliament in exile have congratulated Mr George Fernandes, a long term supporter of the Tibetan people and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on his election to the Upper House, Rajya Sabha.

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