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Green is the Way to Go for Tibetan- American Tsultim Ngabtak

Ngabtak also remains active in raising awareness for the Tibetan human rights issues. He was previously president of the Buddhist View Mirror organisation

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Tsultim Ngabtak with H.H. the Dalai Lama​
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by Himani Kumar Sanagaram

March 28, 2017: Going with the green trend in the construction business, Tibetan- American Tsultim Ngabtak is the first person of Tibetan origin to do so. The fad is not that old and these days many people are embracing it.

“Even young people are preferring to buy greenhouses, so that is in great demand. Earlier only the older generation wanted this,” Ngabtak, who builds houses in areas like Humboldt Park and uptown neighbourhoods, said. He has been a developer since 2002.

Ngabtak is CEO of Tim’s Green Construction Corporation (TGC) which started out as Good Karma Construction Company. He specialises in residential and commercial buildings.

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A father of four sons, he also remains active in raising awareness for the Tibetan human rights issues. He was previously president of the Buddhist View Mirror organisation.

Tsultim Ngabtak in traditional Tibetan attire

He makes his houses with bamboo flooring, solar panels and energy efficient power and water-saving electrical appliances. Water sensors and flushes using less water and lights that consume less power are also used in his homes. He builds houses in Chicagoland – in the suburbs and south side of Chicago.

Ngabtak has been very supportive of the Tibetan community. He sponsors the local football team during tournaments. He has met H. H. Dalai Lama numerous times fighting for the Tibetan cause and participated in rallies when Chinese president Xi Jin Ping came to Chicago.He has sponsored football matches for Tibetans in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and other areas.

Football match sponsored by Tim’s Green Construction Company bearing the TIM’s Green Construction Corp logo T-shirts

Tibetan human rights are still in limbo with nothing concrete done under President Obama. For the future, it remains to be seen how much President Donald Trump will do for the Tibetan cause. Business with China and economy always remains a priority for the American administration and many other countries.

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The leader of the Tibetan human rights movement H. H. The Dalai Lama fled China after it occupied Tibet in1959. The Indian government helped the Tibetans to settle after which they formed the exiled government in Dharamsala, in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. China does not recognise this exiled government, although Tibetans maintain that Tibet was independent for the most part of history.

In 1959, Karnataka Chief Minister S. Nijalingappa helped support Tibetans who had come from Tibet via Nepal to Dharamsala in India in Himachal Pradesh. The minister granted  agricultural land for Tibetan refugees, to engage them in farming as most of them were engaged in the sweater business.  Tibetans were allowed to live in five settlements in Mundgod, Byllakupe (old and new),  Hunsur and Kollegal, to preserve their religion and culture. Karnataka has the largest Tibetan settlement in India, outside of Tibet.

Himani is a Chicago-based freelance writer.

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  • Liu Dan

    Hi, I am a client of TGC. Tim has unreasonably delayed on our construction agreement and committed a fraud during the process. We made him full payment a few months ago, but he had stopped sending workers to work on our building for a few months. The construction project has been delayed for more than 6 months. And I know I am not the only client he owed money to without completing the work. You may want to google to see the complaints from other clients. I also know he also owes money to workers and suppliers. Accordingly, I do not think you should leave this report on the website, it may hurt you some day.

    If you need further information, please contact me at liudan8447@gmail.com. I will become an attorney, so every word here is true!

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Can Flourishing Islamic State (ISIS) be Stopped in Afghanistan?

The truth about IS and Afghanistan is definitely no picnic

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Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2016.
Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2016. The rise of IS in Afghanistan has become such a priority that U.S. and Afghan forces sometimes support the Taliban while battling IS, VOA
  • Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied resistance from the Afghan military, U.S. air support and ground troops, local militias, Taliban forces and other militant groups
  • Afghan army planes on Wednesday night accidentally air dropped vital supplies of food and water to IS militants in the Darzab district of northern Jouzjan province instead of to their own besieged troops
  • In the Tora Bora area, where IS has made a strong stand in recent days, local villagers and militias joined with Taliban to rout IS

June 25, 2017: The Islamic State group is rapidly expanding in parts of Afghanistan, advancing militarily into areas where it once had a weak presence and strengthening its forces in core regions, according to Afghan and U.S. officials.

Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied resistance from the Afghan military, U.S. air support and ground troops, local militias, Taliban forces and other militant groups.

Attacking IS has become such a priority in the country, that disparate forces sometimes join together in the ad-hoc fight, with Afghan and U.S. forces finding themselves inadvertently supporting the enemy Taliban in battling IS.

Confusion leads to mistakes

All too often, officials say, mistakes are made due to confusion on the ground.

Afghan army planes on Wednesday night accidentally air dropped vital supplies of food and water to IS militants in the Darzab district of northern Jouzjan province instead of to their own besieged troops, provincial police chief, Rahmatullah Turkistani told VOA. The supplies were meant to help Afghan forces that are countering twin attacks by IS and Taliban militants but were used instead by IS.

“It’s not getting better in Afghanistan in terms of IS,” U.S. Chief Pentagon Spokeswoman Dana White told VOA this week. “We have a problem, and we have to defeat them and we have to be focused on that problem.”

Reinforcements for the IS cause reportedly are streaming into isolated areas of the country from far and wide. There are reports of fighters from varied nationalities joining the ranks, including militants from Pakistan, India, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia and Central Asian neighbors.

Confusing scenarios

Still, the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISK) as IS is known in Afghanistan remains a fragmented group composed of differing regional forces with different agendas in different parts of the country.

“IS-K is still conducting low-level recruiting and distribution of propaganda in various provinces across Afghanistan, but it does not have the ability or authority to conduct multiple operations across the country,” a recent Pentagon report said. But where it operates, IS is inflicting chaos and casualties and causing confusing scenarios for disparate opponents.

In the Tora Bora area, where IS has made a strong stand in recent days, local villagers and militias joined with Taliban to rout IS. IS regained ground after a few days, leading to U.S. military air attacks on IS positions in conjunction with Afghan intelligence instructions and army operations.

IS fighters reportedly have fled from mountain caves of Tora Bora, where al-Qaida’s leader Osama bin Laden hid from U.S. attack in 2001.

Families displaced

IS fighters were also reportedly advancing in neighboring Khogyani district, displacing hundreds of families, according to district officials. It is one of several areas in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistani border, where IS has been active for over two years.

Fierce clashes in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar last month left 21 Taliban fighters and seven IS militants dead, according to a provincial spokesman. At least three civilians who were caught in the crossfire were killed and five others wounded.

“IS has overpowered Taliban in some parts of Nangarhar because the Taliban dispatched its elite commando force called Sara Qeta (Red Brigade) to other parts of the country, including some northern provinces to contain the growing influence of IS there,” Wahid Muzhda, a Taliban expert in Kabul, told VOA.

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Recruiting unemployed youths

IS has also expanded in neighboring Kunar province, where, according to provincial police chief, it has a presence in at least eight districts and runs a training base, where foreign members of IS, train new recruits.

Hundreds of miles from Nangarhar, IS is attempting to establish a persistent presence in several northern provinces where it has found a fertile ground for attracting militants and recruiting unemployed youths, mostly between the age of 13 and 20.

IS has been able to draw its members from the Pakistani Taliban fighters, former Afghan Taliban, and other militants who “believe that associating with or pledging allegiance” to IS will further their interests, according to the Pentagon report.

Hundreds of militants have joined IS ranks in northern Jouzjan and Sar-e-Pul province where local militant commanders lead IS-affiliate groups in several districts.

Darzab district

Qari Hekmat, an ethnic Uzbek and former Taliban militant who joined IS a year ago, claims to have up to 500 members, including around 50 Uzbek nationals who are affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) — previously associated with al-Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan.

IS and Taliban are reportedly fighting over the control of Darzab district in Jouzjan which they stormed this week from two different directions and besieged scores of government forces. The Taliban has reportedly captured the center of the district while IS militants control the city outskirts.

Afghanistan faces a continuing threat from as many as 20 insurgent and terrorist networks present or operating in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, including IS, the Pentagon said.

“In areas where the government has limited influence and control, IS attempts to emerge and expand there,” Ateequllah Amarkhail, an analysts and former Army general in Kabul told VOA.

Hit-and-hide strategy

IS has also claimed responsibility for several recent attacks in urban areas, however, with a hit-and-hide strategy that is proving effective. And it is engaging too in more skirmishes with U.S. forces that initially were sent to the country to help Afghan forces halt the spread of Taliban.

Three American service members based in eastern Afghanistan were killed in April during operations targeting IS militants, according to the Pentagon.

“ISIS-K remains a threat to Afghan and regional security, a threat to U.S. and coalition forces, and it retains the ability to conduct high-profile attacks in urban centers,” the Pentagon said. (VOA)