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PM Modi Greets HHDalai Lama on Birthday

By   —  Shyamal Sinha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi let the world know on his birthday  that he had rung Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to wish him a happy 86th birthday, disregarding any potential disapproval from China.

Beijing regards the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in northern India for more than six decades, as a dangerous “splittist”, or separatist, and frowns on any engagement with him.

Indian leaders have generally been circumspect about public contact to avoid upsetting Beijing, but with India’s own relations with China at a low ebb, Modi said in a tweet he had passed on his best wishes personally.

“Spoke on phone to His Holiness the @DalaiLama to convey greetings on his 86th birthday. We wish him a long and healthy life,” Modi said.

Several state leaders subsequently greeted the Dalai Lama saying his values, teachings and way of life is an inspiration to humanity.

Chinese troops seized Tibet in 1950 in what Beijing calls a “peaceful liberation”, and the Dalai Lama fled into exile in 1959, following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

New Delhi recognises Tibet as an autonomous region of China, but has several territorial disputes with Beijing elsewhere on their 3,500 km (2,173 mile) Himalayan border.

Relations deteriorated in June last year following the most serious clash in decades, when Chinese troops attacked an Indian border patrol with rocks and clubs, killing 20. China later said it lost four soldiers during that clash.

Tens of thousands of troops remain in close proximity at several points in the western Himalayas, on the border running through India’s Ladakh, a region sometimes called “Little Tibet”, because of its Tibetan culture and predominantly Buddhist religion.

Back in 2019, when Modi was still pursuing a detente with Chinese President Xi Jinping, his government had asked Tibetans in India not to hold a rally to mark the 60th anniversary of the uprising.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen also wished the Dalai Lama a happy birthday, tweeting: “Thank you for teaching us the importance of coming together to help one another through this pandemic.”

In a video message, the Dalai Lama hailed India and said “Since I became a refugee and now settled in India, I have taken full advantage of India’s freedom and religious harmony.”

He added that he had great respect for India’s secular values such as “honesty, karuna (compassion), and ahimsa (non-violence).”

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet.

At the age of two, the child, then named Lhamo Dhondup, was recognised as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

In 1950, after China’s invasion of Tibet, he was called upon to assume full political power. In 1959, he was forced to escape into exile. Since then, he has been living in Dharamsala.

Author: Shyamal Sinha
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India’s Modi greets Dalai Lama on birthday in rare phone call

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has let the world know that he had rung Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to wish him a happy 86th birthday, disregarding any potential disapproval from China.

Beijing regards the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in northern India for more than six decades, as a dangerous “splittist”, or separatist, and frowns on any engagement with him.

Indian leaders have generally been circumspect about public contact to avoid upsetting Beijing, but with India’s own relations with China at a low ebb, Modi said in a tweet he had passed on his best wishes personally.

“Spoke on phone to His Holiness the @DalaiLama to convey greetings on his 86th birthday. We wish him a long and healthy life,” Modi said.

Several Indian state leaders subsequently greeted the Dalai Lama saying his values, teachings and way of life is an inspiration to humanity.

The Dalai Lama thanked his supporters and expressed his appreciation for India, where he has lived since he fled his homeland in 1959.

“I want to express my deep appreciation of all my friends who have really shown me love, respect and trust,” the Dalai Lama said in a video message.

He reiterated his mission to serving humanity and urged supporters to be compassionate.

“Since I became a refugee and now settled in India, I have taken full advantage of India’s freedom and religious harmony,” he said.

He added that he had great respect for India’s secular values such as “honesty, karuna (compassion), and ahimsa (non-violence)”.

Chinese troops seized Tibet in 1950 in what Beijing calls a “peaceful liberation”, and the Dalai Lama fled into exile and made the hillside town of Dharamshala his headquarters after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

On Tuesday, a small celebration attended by mostly government officials was held at the Central Tibetan Administration. On a projected screen, the Dalai Lama’s video message was played and followed by a cultural performance by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

Usually, the spiritual leader’s birthday is a fairly elaborate affair in the town, open to members of the public who would flock to the Tsuglagkhang Temple where performances are held. Sometimes, the leader would also make an appearance.

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the celebrations were muted and behind closed doors. But a banner marking his birthday hung in the town square and Tibetan monks distributed sweets and juice to passers-by outside the closed temple.

“Many people really show they love me. And many people actually love my smile,” the Dalai Lama said with a smile at the start of the video. “In spite of my old age, my face is quite handsome,” he said with a laugh.

The Dalai Lama, left, and Muslim scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan at a 2013 conference in New Delhi [File: Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images]

New Delhi recognises Tibet as an autonomous region of China but has several territorial disputes with Beijing elsewhere on their 3,500-km (2,173-mile) Himalayan border.

Relations deteriorated in June last year following the most serious clash in decades, when Chinese troops attacked an Indian border patrol with rocks and clubs, killing 20. China later said it lost four soldiers during that clash.

Tens of thousands of troops remain in close proximity at several points in the western Himalayas, on the border running through India’s Ladakh, a region sometimes called Little Tibet because of its Tibetan culture and predominantly Buddhist religion.

Back in 2019, when Modi was still pursuing a detente with Chinese President Xi Jinping, his government had asked Tibetans in India not to hold a rally to mark the 60th anniversary of the uprising.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen also wished the Dalai Lama a happy birthday, tweeting: “Thank you for teaching us the importance of coming together to help one another through this pandemic.”

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Emmanuel Macron slapped as he greets bystanders on latest outing ahead of G7 visit to UK

Police in France have arrested two people after President Macron was struck across the face by a protestor while he mingled with the public during a visit to a town in southeastern France. Footage captured the moment the blow landed catching the French President utterly by surprise. Mr Macron was protected by metal barriers separating him from the crowd but the assailant managed to strike the world leader with his palm.

Mr Macron’s close protection team can be seen rushing in as the French President reeled from the blow.

He is quickly escorted away by a bodyguard while the gendarmerie moved in to evict his attacker.

The protestor was heard yelling “down with Macronism!” as he struck.

Macron was visiting the town of Tain-l’Hermitage, in the Drôme department when the incident took place.

Macron’s political rival, Marine Le Pen of the National Rally party has condemned the assault.

Ms Le Pen released a statement saying: “It’s inadmissible to physically attack the President of the Republic

“it’s a profoundly condemnable gesture.”

It comes as Frexit Campaigner Charles-Henris Gallois warned the French President his popularity is collapsing.

Mr Gallois said: “The main issue we are having in France is that we are part of the European Union.

“We are part of some projects like the Recovery France project that will money for France 80 billion euros to only receive 40 billion euros.

“That is not the only thing because there are links to reforms that will be imposed to the French.

“It will have to do with some very unpopular reforms such as the pension one and the employment one.

“Emmanuel Macron will face bigger issues for this.

“There is also the COVID-19 crisis to consider as the political landscape is paralysed.

“Macron may be dealing with a very low approval rate because you don’t have so much opposition in France which is very difficult for the situation.”

Mr Gallois added that French citizens have grown disillusioned with the state’s reponse to coronavirus.

He said: “When you look at the details you can see that the French want to get back more of their sovereignty. If you look at the Covid-19 crisis, it is a sovereignty issue also.”

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Bolsonaro greets jailed driver of ex-Spartak Moscow star Fernando

Robson Oliveira, the driver of the Brazilian footballer thrown into a Russian prison in 2019 for bringing methadone hydrochloride into the country, has arrived home after being met at Rio airport by president Jair Bolsonaro.

Insisting that the banned substance – which is legal in Brazil – was for his Spartak Moscow-owned employer’s father-in-law, Oliveira was being held in a prison in Kashira, around 115km south of Moscow.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for smuggling contraband, but a team of compatriot journalists brought attention to the case across their homeland, putting pressure on local authorities to reach out to their Russian counterparts and help to ensure that Oliveira is now a free man.

Bolsonaro had released a statement and accompanying video which confirmed that the imprisoned driver would be returning home this Wednesday.

“I am going to give [you] news that all Brazilians are interested in: after a long negotiation, the Russian Government has announced the release of Robson (Oliveira), who worked with the soccer player, Fernando,” Bolsonaro said on Twitter.

“Robson spent two years in custody in Russia and today we extend our appreciation to President Vladimir Putin, the Russian ambassador in Brazil and our ambassador in Russia.”

Evidently following up on his promise last October to mention the case to Putin, Bolsonaro was again a man of his word when Oliveira arrived at Galeao International Airport on Wednesday evening.

Better still, Bolsonaro was waiting for him in arrivals to welcome him back to South America’s most populous nation.

Receiving Oliveira – who brandished a Brazilian flag over his shoulder –with a hug, Bolsonaro commented that his administration has “always valued freedom”.

“I had contact with Putin, who wanted to speak to the ambassador, and he could only sign Robson’s pardon after the conviction,” the president revealed.

“His sentence was 20 years in jail… [and] several authorities have entered the process. Our embassy arranged for him to be removed from the prison, to our embassy,” Bolsonaro confirmed.

Complimenting the efforts of the Brazilian embassy in Russia and Brazil’s foreign minister Carlos Alberto França, Bolsonaro again thanked the Russian government.

“We would do this for any Brazilian in a similar situation, because freedom for us is priceless,” he said.

“Publicly, I thank President Putin and his Government for signing this pardon that is so remarkable for all of us Brazilians.”

In a video he posted yesterday, Oliveira thanked “all the Brazilian people who helped me with prayers, with hashtags [and] with support – even people who don’t know me.”

“I want to thank the players who have spoken out. I want to thank President Bolsonaro who has volunteered to help me and I also thank Russian President Vladimir Putin,” Oliveira said.

Another clip uploaded by journalist Gabriela Moreira, who was one of the driving forces behind Oliveira’s release, has also touched Brazilians.

Seen by almost 500,000 users online, it shows Oliveira in a car admitting that he has completely missed the last two years of success enjoyed by his football team, Flamengo.

In 2019, under Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus, the Rio giants coasted to the national title and South America’s biggest club competition the Copa Libertadores in dramatic fashion.

Watching only the first half of the final against River Plate, Oliveira had to return to his cell with his side trailing 1-0, and it was only through a visit from a Brazilian embassy rep a few days after that he learned 89th and 92nd minute goals from Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa had roared Flamengo to their first continental crown since 1981.

Oliveira also missed out on an equally tense domestic league title race that saw them become back-to-back national champions in February.

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