Dharamshala: - As Tibetan women in exile are rapidly catching up with their male counterparts, traditional gender roles of Tibetan society are being challenged on an every-day basis. As Member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile and a Tibetan Women's Association executive, Tenzin Dhardon Sharling stands in a unique position to comment on this change. The TPI recently met with her for a talk about the current state of affairs in Tibetan gender issues, as seen from her respective chairs in Tibetan society.

Dharamshala: Tenzin Rabgyal is a man with a democratic plan. The 31-year-old MA student of public administration, and volunteer campaigner for Lobsang Sangey's Kalon Tripa campaign, aims to found a new political party - the People's Party of Tibet (PPT) - in an attempt to create a two-party system in the arena of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Rabgyal hopes to help pave the way for a "smooth democracy" with transparent governance, an absence of nepotism and, most importantly, a raised awareness about democracy among all Tibetans.

Dharamshala: - A delegation of ten members of Taiwan Friends of Tibet visited the Himalayan town of Dharamshala for one week from April 5, meeting with Tibetan NGOs including the Tibetan Youth Congress, Students for A Free Tibet and the Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet. They discussed issues including the struggles for Tibetan and Taiwanese independence, the current situations in those countries, and other global issues. The delegation also visited local schools and the offices of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Dharamshala: In the heart of McLeod Ganj lies a small authentic Tibetan restaurant, run by a famous rock band. The band and the restaurant carry the same name - the JJI Exile Brothers. To understand how this came to be, we need to go back in time to when Chinese troops invaded Tibet. Back then, a little girl named Nyima escaped with her parents to India where she grew up and eventually had three sons: Jamyang, Jigme and Ingsel.

Dharamshala: Ngawang Gelek was born in 1944 to Darpa Kunjung and Tsewang Dolma in Chara Penpa County of Kham Region. In 1969 he joined an uprising against the Chinese government. He was active in this battle for nine months, six of which in armed combat, before being arrested.

Kathmandu: - Mr. Dorjee Damdul, the director of the Tibetan reception center in Kathmandu, was interviewed by UNFFT Monika Svehlova during the 52nd anniversary of Tibet Uprising day this March.

Dharamshala: A press Conference held on 10th March by Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, after the commemoration of 52nd Tibetan National Uprising Day at the main Tibetan temple in Dharamsala, India.

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