TaipeiI, Taiwan: The spiritual leader of Tibetm His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative to Taiwan on Thursday delivered a talk on the issue of Tibet to hundreds of students and teachers, including 30 students from the mainland China, at the invitation of National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.

The talk titled "Prominent individuals affect on China" was organised by Mr Wang Dan, who was one the prominent student leaders in the Tienanmen Square protests of 1989 and he is also leader of the Chinese Democracy Movement. Mr Wang holds PhD degree in history from Harvard University and currently teaching history of the People's Republic of China at National Tsing Hua University of Taiwan.

During his forty minutes talk Mr Dawa Tsering, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative, spoke about His Holiness the Dalai Lama and history, culture and religion of Tibet. He also took many questions, particularly those questions raised by the students from the mainland China. The whole programme lasted for two hours and forty minutes and Mr Dawa Tsering had a good opportunity to interact with the Chinese students.

Dharamsala, HP, India, 20 September 2011 - In a letter offering his condolences to the Chief Minister of Sikkim, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his concern for the devastation caused by the recent earthquake in the state.

"I was saddened to learn about the loss of life and damage to property that the recent earthquake has caused across isolated Himalayan regions, particularly in Sikkim. I offer my sympathy and condolences to all those families, who have been directly affected by what I understand is one of the worst earthquakes in recent memory," His Holiness said in his letter dated 20th September 2011.

His Holiness offered his prayers for those affected by this tragic natural calamity and also donated Rs. 500,000 from the Dalai Lama Trust towards relief work in the affected areas of the state.

Dharamshala: An Obama administration official has said that the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) India Mission will give $2 million to Tibetan settlements abroad.

According to the Economic Times, Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Mario Otero has said that the money will be part of a two-year program to support Tibetan settlements in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.

Organic agriculture and vocational training will be part of this new program, which, according to Otero, will "encourage youth to remain in the settlements, strengthen community ties, and preserve cultural and linguistic traditions."

A spokesperson for the Obama Administration said that the US will continue its longtime support for NGO's that work with Tibetans both inside and outside of Tibet. The State Department and USAID support cultural preservation, sustainable development and environmental preservation among Tibetan communities.

"USAID anticipates the program will result in increased economic opportunities," said Otero.

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