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Detained Tibetian Monk in China’s Sichuan Province, vanishes in Custody

A Tibetan monk detained in June by police in southwestern China’s Sichuan province has vanished in custody, with authorities refusing to provide details of his whereabouts or any charges made against him

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September 29, 2016: A Tibetan monk detained in June by police in southwestern China’s Sichuan province has vanished in custody, with authorities refusing to provide details of his whereabouts or any charges made against him, a local source says.

Lodroe, a monk enrolled at the Jonang monastery in Dzamthang (in Chinese, Rangtang) county, was seized by police on June 14 while walking with friends to buy food in neighboring Barkham (Ruo’ergai) county, a Tibetan living in the area told RFA’s Tibetan Service on Tuesday.

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“He was taken away in handcuffs without explanation and has been held in custody ever since,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“His monastery and family and relatives have repeatedly asked the authorities for information about him, but have never received any answers,” the source said.

“Three months later, his whereabouts remain unknown,” he said.

News of Lodroe’s detention was delayed in reaching outside contacts owing to communication blocks imposed by Chinese authorities in the area.

Lodroe, 36, is a native of Ngatoe Tsida village in Sichuan’s Ngaba (Aba) county, RFA’s source said.

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“His father’s name is Tsikthok and his mother’s name is Dzokre.”

“This is a very frustrating situation, and his family and relatives are deeply concerned about his welfare and current condition,” he said.

Chinese authorities last year banned a two-week religious assembly at Dzamthang’s Jonang monastery during which the monastery’s 3,000 monks would have hosted formal debates on religious topics, sources told RFA in an earlier report.

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Jonang monastery had previously been the site of several self-immolation protests challenging Beijing’s rule in Tibetan areas, “which led to increasingly severe restrictions by the Chinese authorities,” one source said. (BBG Direct)

  • Anubhuti Gupta

    Three months and his whereabouts is still unknown? How can they take somebody away in handcuffs without any explanation? This is outrageous

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Apple has sourced 20 million face masks which it will donate to the governments at all levels starting this week, CEO Tim Cook said. Pixabay

Apple has sourced 20 million face masks which it will donate to the governments at all levels starting this week, CEO Tim Cook said on Monday, adding that the company is also working on designing and producing face shields for use by front-line medical workers.

In a video posted on Twitter, Cook said this is a truly global effort and Apple is working continuously and closely with governments at all levels, to ensure these are donated to places of the greatest need.

“Apple is dedicated to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. We’ve now sourced over 20M masks through our supply chain,” Cook said.

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“Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams are also working with suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for medical workers,” he added.

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In a video posted on Twitter, Cook said this is a truly global effort and Apple is working continuously and closely with governments at all levels, to ensure these are donated to places of the greatest need. IANS

Apple has already delivered its first shipment of the face shields to Kaiser hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley.

The Cupertino-based iPhone maker has already received “positive” feedback from doctors.

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“These pack flat. 100 per box. Each shield is assembled in less than two minutes and is fully adjustable. We’re sourcing materials and manufacturing in the US and China,” informed Cook.

Apple aims to ship over a million of the face shields by the end of this week.

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“For Apple, this is a labour of love and gratitude, and we’ll share more of our efforts over time. In the meantime, each of us can stop the spread of the virus by following expert advice to stay home, and practice social distancing,” Cook emphasised.

Apple has also launched a COVID-19 website and app with a screening tool and other information about the new coronavirus pandemic. (IANS)