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PM visits Tibetan settlements in Himachal state

July 25, 2010

By Phurbu Thinley
July 22, 2010

Dharamsala, July 22 -- Prime Minister of Tibet's
government in exile Prof Samdhong Rinoche is on a
nine-day speaking tour of Tibetan settlements
located in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

The tour is mainly to educate Tibetan communities
on the policies of the Central Tibetan
Administration, a report posted on the government website said.

The latest tour by the prime minister follows his
earlier visits to Tibetan settlements in south
and north-eastern parts of India last month.

During his visit to settlements in Shimla,
Dholanji (in Solan) and Mandi from 19 to 22 July,
Rinpoche reportedly spoke on his administration's
effort to seek genuine autonomy for Tibet through
the Middle-Way policy of the exiled Tibetan
leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The prime minister, who is currently serving his
second consecutive term in the office, also
briefed the Tibetans on the financial position of
the Central Tibetan Administration and the
upcoming Tibetan elections, and answered questions from the audience.

During his interactions with school children in
Shimla and Dholanji, Rinpoche spoke on the
importance of specialisation in academic fields.

The tour will take him to Chauntara, Bir and Tashi Jong.

According to an earlier announcement, the PM is
also expected to visit Pandoh and Kullu Manali
during the tour that will end on 26 July.

Out of the 39 Tibetan settlements in India, 14
are located in Himachal Pradesh, which is home to over 33,000 Tibetans.

Tibetan Government-in-Exile has been based in
Dharamsala, also in Himachal Pradesh, since it
was re-established outside Tibet after China took
complete control of the country in 1959.
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