Dharamshala: Yesterday, official speeches, formalities, underscore the importance of community, huge crowds and competitive football matches demonstrate the unity within the Tibetan exile community and between India that has hosted Tibetans for 50 years. The 10 day Gaylyum Chemo Memorial Gold Cup commenced with an expedition match between Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV); "TCV united" and Himachal Pradesh (HP) police department. His Eminence Gyalwa Karmapa was the chief guest at the event, addressed the crowd of thousands gathered to watch the match “now Tibetan youth are facing difficulties in life, education and in work, in this tournament, they have an opportunity to be free of these obstacles; freedom from these difficulties, if even for an afternoon is healthy and productive.”
Dharamshala: Lobsang Wangyal, director of Miss Tibet held a press conference to introduce the four Miss Tibet candidates in the Miss Tibet pageant 2009, today begins one week of training for each of the contestant. This year, the pageant will promote the message "thank you India for 50 years of help and hospitality.” Mr. Wangyal said "it is an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of Tibet on the world stage. The spirit of celebration is high, but we pay homage and salute to those brave Tibetans who have laid down their lives for their belief in freedom, justice, and love for Tibet."