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Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of Central Tibetan Administration. Photo: TPI/Yeshe Choesang

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Dharamshala, India — The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) hailed the enactment of the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) on Tuesday, saying that the passage is a much-welcomed move. US President Donald Trump signed the ARIA Act into law on 31 December 2018, having passed the Senate and the House on 4 and 12 December respectively.

Dharamshala, India — The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile extended his gratitude to Donald J. Trump, President of United States of America for signing the H.R. 1872 “The Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act” into law. The act supports access to Tibet by U.S. citizens, punishes communist authorities for restricting travel to Tibet.

New York— 'Tibet remains firmly committed not to seek separation rather autonomy for the people of Tibet— based on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach, which seeks genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within the framework of the constitution,' the North America representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama said during a gathering of local leaders of the Tibetan community and well-known Chinese scholars in Washington DC.

Paris, France — "China remains the world’s biggest jailer of journalists with 60 currently held, of whom three quarters are non-professional journalists," The Paris-based world press freedom watchdog "Reporters Without Borders" said adding: The communist regime "has been near the bottom of RSF's World Press Freedom Index for years and is currently ranked 176th out of 180 countries."

Dharamshala, India — Hollywood star Richard Gere has received the Honorary Award of the German Sustainability Awards 2019 for his advocacy and lifetime commitment for human rights.

Dharamshala, India — Tibetans and Tibet supporters around the world celebrated the Anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize conferred to His Holiness the Dalai on December 10 that commemorates International Human Rights Day. Speaking on the 70th anniversary of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Parliament Speaker said "The Dalai Lama has developed His philosophy of peace from a great reverence for all things living and upon the concept of universal responsibility embracing all mankind as well as nature."

Dharamshala – The 7th Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) 2018 concluded in the Himalayan town of McLeod Ganj, in northern India, on November 5, 2018 with screening dependent features, documentaries and short films, including Aijaz Khan’s Hamid.

Kollegal, Karnataka, India — Kollegal Dhondenling is one of the five Tibetan settlements in the south Indian state of Karnataka. In a series of special features, TPI journalist Tenzin Tsomo reports from the Kollegal Tibetan settlement in the southern state of Karnataka, India.

Kollegal In Focus: Part Seven
Kollegal Dhondenling is one of the five Tibetan settlements in the south Indian state of Karnataka. In a series of special features, TPI journalist Tenzin Tsomo reports from the Kollegal Tibetan settlement in the southern state of Karnataka, India.

Kollegal In Focus: Part Five
Kollegal, Karnataka, India — Kollegal Dhondenling is one of the five Tibetan settlements in the south Indian state of Karnataka. In a series of special features, TPI journalist Tenzin Tsomo reports from the Kollegal Tibetan settlement in the southern state of Karnataka, India.

Kollegal In Focus: Part Six
Brussels, Belgium — Dhondenling, Karnataka- Dhondenling Van Thiel Charitable Trust Hospital is the only hospital within 45km radius in Dhondenling. The hospital was established in 1974 by MYRADA which is an India based NGO.

Kollegal In Focus: Part Four
Kollegal, Karnataka, India — Kollegal Dhondenling is one of the five Tibetan settlements in the south Indian state of Karnataka. In a series of special features, TPI journalist Tenzin Tsomo reports from the Kollegal Tibetan settlement in the southern state of Karnataka, India.

Moscow, Russia — the Russian academy of Science released a book “Tibetology & Buddhology on the Border of Science and Religion”. The articles are devoted to different issues of Buddhilogy, Buddhism in its interaction with education and science, history and culture of Tibet.

Global media has been reacting to the news of the Communist party of China central committee on Sunday, proposed changing the country’s constitution to allow dictator Xi to remain in power beyond his scheduled departure in 2023. Now he’s poised to make characteristics of the history of Chinese regime by staying in office for potentially decades to come that was designed to guard against Mao-style personality cult in China.

Chinese dissident leader Yang Jianli. Photo: File

Views & Analysis

Recently, a poster for Mercedes-Benz by the same-named German auto maker sparked a "public opinion" protest in China. Caving to pressure, on February 6, 2018, Daimler AG (of which Mercedes-Benz is a division) issued a public apology.

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking to France24 TV.

Interviews and Recap

Dharamshala — Tibetan President Dr Lobsang Sangay had an interview with FRANCE24, during his recent visit to Paris, highlighting the suffering inside Tibet and his hope for France to play a part in negotiations.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay with the Thank You India Souvenir – A Dharmachakra representing the wheel of Universal Truth, at the press conference at Press Club of India on January 18, 2018. Photo: CTA/DIIR/Tenzin Phende

Interviews and Recap

New Delhi — "As far as the historical status is concerned, Tibet was an independent country. Any country including India or whoever says Tibet was historically a part of China is wrong, and we cannot accept that," Tibetan President said during a press conference in New Delhi, the capital of India on Thursday.

Palden Gyatso at his residence in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, India, on December 19, 2017. Photo: TPI/Yangchen Dolma

Views & Analysis

Dharamshala — "Everyone has a history," he said, "and mine is special." Even at 87, Palden Gyatso's piercing, infinitely deep blue eyes and wrinkled hands displayed the history of which he spoke.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Kollegal

Features by Tenzin Tsomo, 2018

Bylakuppe

Features by Tashi Choekyi, 2017

Mundgod

Features by Colleen McKown, 2011

Washington, DC — The United States Department of State supports the goals of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act and will take steps to implement the bill if it becomes law, a department official said at a Subcommittee Hearing titled ‘The China Challenge, Part 3: Democracy, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law’ on 4 December.

Mumbai, India —"The message religions convey about love, tolerance and contentment provide a viewpoint to counter these destructive emotions," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, adding: "India is the one country that could combine modern education with the ancient knowledge of how to recognise and tackle our afflictive emotions."

Surat, Gujarat: - “Without technology humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said at an event in Surat, Gujarat, India, on January 1, 2015.

Bodhgaya — His Holiness the Dalai Lama, left his residence at Gaden Phelgyeling Monastry and made his way towards the Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar, India on 17th December 2018. Making his way through the crowd, he offered his respects by lighting a lamp in front of the Buddha Statue inside the Mahabodhi Temple and prayed for world peace.