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14th Tibetan Parliament meets for eighth session

September 8, 2009

Phayul - September 07, 2009

Dharamshala: The eighth session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament in Exile
opened here at the premises of Gangchen Kyishong, the administrative
headquarters of the exile Tibetan government.

Penpa Tsering, the speaker of the Tibetan parliament expressed gratitude to
His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his blessings to humanity and for the
continuous efforts towards the cause of Tibet.

The speaker also paid his respects to the Tibetans who have lost their lives
for Tibet, and those who always stands up for Tibet even at a critical
juncture in Tibet's history.

The speaker also expressed his hope that the visits of Tibetan members of
parliament to various Tibetan communities in India and Nepal have been
fruitful.

The Tibetan parliament also paid its respects and tribute to three eminent
personalities who passed away recently, US senator Edward M Kennedy, Andhra
Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy and former member of Tibetan parliament
Gonshar Tashi Wangdue.

Presentation of annual work reports by the seven departments of the exile
Tibetan government occupied the first day of the session.
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