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Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday laid the foundation stone of a ropeway that will link this town with the uphill quaint town of McLeodganj, the abode of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

The ropeway would be constructed with an outlay of Rs.1.5 crore within two years. It would be 1,638 meters long with a capacity to transport 1,000 people an hour.

An official statement said the ropeway would be executed by Dharamsala Ropeway Ltd, which was formed by TRIL Urban Transport Private Ltd and Power Himalayas.

Virbhadra Singh said the government was promoting alternative transportation like ropeway, particularly in major towns and tourist destinations so that vehicular pressure on roads is minimized.

McLeodganj has lured hundreds of thousands of tourists since Dalai Lama settled here in 1960 after fleeing his homeland. (IANS)(Photo: tibet.net)

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Dalai Lama says that India and China have great potential

The spiritual leader feels that both the countries are doing compassionate works

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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai says that India and China can work together. VOA

New Delhi, Nov 19

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said India and China have “great potential” and they could work together at a “practical level”.

“I think, a great potential… India and China combined are doing more compassionate work… At a practical level also. Imagine two billion people working together,” he told reporters here after inaugurating Smile Foundation’s initiative, The World of Children.

The spiritual leader, who has lived in India in self-imposed exile since 1959, said neither country had the “ability to destroy the other”.

“Whether you like it or not, you have to live side by side,” he said.

Underlining the ancient spiritual connection between the two countries, he said Chinese Buddhist Hsuan Tsang visited Nalanda (now in Bihar) and brought Nalanda Buddhist traditions to China.

“All thinkers of Nalanda are Indian. So Nalanda’s tradition is India’s tradition,” he said.

The Nalanda traditions had turned Tibetans, who were warriors, into more compassionate, peaceful and non-violent nation, he said.

“So sometimes in Delhi, teasing my Indian friend, (I say) if Tibet still remained in the previous way of life, like Mongols, Chinese invasion may not have taken place,” the Dalai Lama said in a lighter vein.

He said nobody in the world wanted violence but it was happening “because our minds are dominated by destructive emotions due to short-sightedness”.

“Nobody wants problems. Yet, many problems are our own creation.”

The Dalai Lama said the existing modern education was oriented to material values. India can take lead in improving the education system by combining modern education with ancient knowledge, he said. (IANS)

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