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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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India-Trained ‘Wrongly Educated’ Monks Banned by China

China has banned India-trained "wrongly educated" monks from teaching Buddhism, fearing they may be of "separatist" bend. The ban was imposed by a county in China's Southwest province in Sichuan, according to the state-run Global Times.

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China has banned India-trained “wrongly educated” monks from teaching Buddhism, fearing they may be of “separatist” bend.

The ban was imposed by a county in China’s Southwest province in Sichuan, according to the state-run Global Times.

An official said on Monday that “monks wrongly educated in India were banned from teaching Buddhism to residents of Litang county”.

Buddhism is one of the five officially recognised religions in China.

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China accuses Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama of secessionist activities in Tibet where most people follow Buddhism.

The county Litang stages patriotic education classes every year for those educated and awarded Gexe Lharampa, the highest academic degree in Tibetan Buddhist studies in India, an official from Litang’s ethnic and religious affairs bureau told the Global Times.

Those who behaved improperly at the patriotic classes or showed “any signs of separatist intent” are strictly monitored and banned from teaching Buddhism to the public, said the official who refused to be named.

The university has compiled and published 31 volumes from the photocopies of ancient Tibetan literature since 2005 and the figure is expected to increase to 45 in the following two to three years.
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China has its own criteria to award Gexe Lharampa. Candidates have to pass Chinese Buddhist tests and a sutra debate.

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Those awarded the degree overseas are not acknowledged by China and are not qualified to teach Buddhism in the country, Zhu Weiqun, former head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told the Global Times.

Some 105 monks in Tibet have been awarded the Chinese Buddhist version of the degree since 2004, the Xinhua news agency reported. (IANS)

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