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."

Dharamshala: 10 monks from the 3 largest monasteries in southern India conceived and attempted to carry out a plan that would lead them over the world’s highest mountain range back to Tibet, their movement was called “return to Tibet movement.” The ten monks made it as far as Samdo, near Manali, northern India before they were detained for three days before being turned back by Indian police.

Dharamsala: The Central Tibetan Women’s Association convened a panel discussion on the 14th anniversary of the abduction of Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama on 17 May, 2009. The speakers present shed light on a possible course of action to bring about an effective and strategic means to secure the release of the imprisoned 11th Panchen Lama. The forum was attended by Tibetan intellectuals and nearly one-hundred spectators, including foreigners, spokespeople for local NGOs and representatives of the Tibetan, Indian and European media. At the end of the meeting, the audience posed inquiries and the speakers clarified their statements.

Dharamshala: In Tibet, the word for servant translates very nearly to the word for slave, and child labors working in the Tibetan community are not that different from slaves.  Trinley Gyatso is the India representative for Swiss-Tibetan organization, Human Steps.  Human Steps currently works in the Tibetan community raising awareness of Indian child labor laws and international conventions against the practice.   June 12 of this year is world child labor day, Mr. Gyatso hopes that it will help him to expose the practice child labor in the Tibetan community.

Dharamshala: The Tibetan Children's Village school Gopalpur based in northern India state of Himachal Pradesh excelled with 100% pass percentage in the Class XII board examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in March 2009.

Dharamsala: A press conference was held at the headquarters of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile in Dharamsala, at 3 p.m. today. Members of the Tibetan Parliament, including the deputy speaker and his staff, warmly welcomed the spokesperson of the Himachal Pradesh Parliament (Vidhan Sabha, H.P.) Shri. Tulsi Ram upon his arrival at the headquarters of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

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