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Dalai Lama to make public appearance Saturday

October 26, 2008

Thaindian
October 24, 2008

Dharamsala, Oct 24 (IANS) -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama, who underwent a gall bladder surgery in New Delhi earlier
this month, will make his first public appearance after being
discharged from hospital at a ceremony in this north Indian hill town
Saturday, his aide said."His Holiness (the Dalai Lama) is fine and
will attend a school function of Tibetan children in Dharamsala
Saturday morning," Tenzin Taklha, a senior aide to the exiled leader,
told IANS.

The spiritual leader had reached his private residence Oct 20 after
spending a few days in Delhi. The Dalai Lama, 73, was admitted to Sir
Ganga Ram Hospital Oct 9, where he underwent a gall bladder surgery
the next day.

Taklha said the Nobel Peace laureate would visit Japan from Nov 4
where he will deliver lectures at Fukuoka and Tokyo.

During the past two months, the Dalai Lama had cancelled his trips to
Europe, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

After returning from Japan, he is set to visit Pune, Meerut and Delhi
for delivering sermons in the second week of November.

However, the Dalai Lama's office has postponed the spiritual guru's
visit to Arunachal Pradesh till next year.

The Dalai Lama, on the invitation of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu, was to visit various monasteries at Tawang, Itanagar
and Bomdila next month.

"The tour to Arunachal Pradesh has been postponed till March next
year due to certain reasons," Taklha said.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959
after a Chinese army crackdown. His government-in-exile, which is not
recognised by any country, is based here.
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