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Hubei captive by Lhoka dance
The performance with charming Tibetan features showing the rising aspects of Tibetans' life of the Lhoka Prefecture, which received financial, technological and human resource assistance from Hubei, Anhui and Hunan Province.
Sponsored by the Tibet Aid Office of Hubei Government, the performance aims to promote cultural exchanges among the region and provinces.
Concern for lamas from Gov't
Tenzin, director of Tibet Autonomous Region Ethnicity and Religion Affair Committee, visits lamas at Zhaibung Monastery for the upcoming Year of Dog of Tibetan calender. Photo by Xinhua, Feb. 11, 2006.
On Feb. 10, Relevant government department and organs of Tibet Autonomous Region pay visits to many monasteries in Lhasa, showing concern to lamas for the upcoming Year of Dog of Tibetan calender.
Tibet to invest billions in environmental protection
Tibet's Finance Department announced recently that the autonomous region will invest 6 billion yuan (US$739 million) from 2006 to 2010 in environmental protection, an increase of 1.4 times over that of the past 5 years.
The chairman of the Tibetan Government said that Tibet will focus on protection of its natural forests, grasslands, wetlands as well as headstreams of rivers and lakes and reinforce construction and administration of nature reserves, such as the Qomolangma (Everest), Chiangtang Basin and Brahmaputra Grand Canyon.
Moreover, the Tibetan government will strive to maintain biodiversity and a virtuous cycle of the nature, carry out water pollution control projects in main rivers, and boost sewage disposal and refuse treatment in urban areas.
By the end of 2005, Tibet had built 38 different kinds of nature reserves, including 9 national reverses and 6 autonomous regional reserves. Total area of those nature reserves reached 408,300 square kilometers, accounting for 34.03% of Tibet's territory, ranking No. 1 in China. During the 10th Five-Year Plan period, Tibet appropriated and disbursed nearly 200 million yuan of capital for construction of nature reserves in the Qomolangma (Everest) and Lalu Wetland.
Initial resource estimate shows considerable mine deposit in Lhasa
Gerald S. Panneton, President and CEO of Continental Minerals Corporation, and Anthony Garson, President and CEO of Great China Mining Inc., announce the positive results of an initial mineral resource estimate for the recently discovered Xietongmen copper-gold deposit, located 240 kilometres from the city of Lhasa in Tibet, People's Republic of China.
This initial resource estimate demonstrates that Xietongmen is a significant porphyry copper-gold deposit with high copper and gold grades. The deposit remains open in all directions - in particular, to the north, east and south - so there is excellent potential to expand the mineral resource. Delineation drilling, utilizing six rigs, is planned to resume later this month.
A substantial program is planned for the Xietongmen Project in 2006, including significant drilling, baseline environmental and socioeconomic studies, resource estimates, metallurgical testing and mine planning. The goal is to fully delineate the Xietongmen deposit and to collect the engineering, environmental and socioeconomic data necessary to complete a feasibility study for the Project in 2007. Exploration of additional targets that have been identified will also be carried out. In conjunction with these activities, the community engagement program will be expanded with the long term objective to ensure that the project provides direct, tangible benefits for local communities.
Book: Dictionary on Tibetan Medicine and Calendaring
The dictionary in Tibet is compiled jointly by the Gansu Provincial Tibetan Medicine Research Institute and the Gannan Prefecture Tibetan Medicine Research Institute.
It is fact that Tibetan medicine can not be separated from Tibetan calendaring. However, no dictionary was available for the study of the two in the past. The recently published dictionary therefore fills in the blank in the world history of Tibetan medicine.
This dictionary is the result of studying more than 1,000 works on Tibetan medicine, taking in some 7,000 entries treated in the Tibetan alphabic way. It is the first dictionary on Tibetan medicine and calendaring available today.
Tibetan carpet to earn 2 mln dollars
Tibet expects to earn 2 million dollars via Tibetan carpet export in 2006 which also can offer jobs for about 5,000 people.30 carpet weave plants will be set up in Tibet to blaze new way for local Tibetans increasing cash income.
Tibetan carpet industry has been better planted in 2005 by setting up 10 carpet factories in 4 areas, updating the technique and promoting the cooperation with leading firms.
As a main cradle of Tibetan carpet, Tibet possesses abundant wool resource which is the best raw material of Tibetan carpet. Unique Tibetan folk culture also endows special character for the carpets.
Tibetan government has listed carpet industry as a key tailored industry. Tibetan carpet export base is expected to be build by state government proposed by Tibetan government. Annual industrial production value is expected to reach 20 million yuan within 32,000 job opportunities via this export base.
Sending books to children fashionable in Lhasa
Sending books as New Year gifts has become a new fashion in Lhasa, replacing the "Yasui Money" (money given to children as a lunar New Year gift).
"I think suitable books are much better than money for children. They can learn much more from right books, otherwise you'll be afraid whether they will dip into purses or not if you send them 'Yashui Money'." told by Drolma who lives in Xuexin Village in Lhasa.
This year, many parents choose to sending books to their children as New Year gifts in Lhasa. Reporter saw that many people took children to the book store. Drolma said that, parents wanted to told their children that, book was a ladder for one's growth.
Tibet University staked by SLAC
A research project of Tibetan character applied by Tibet University was staked by State Language Affairs Commission (SLAC) with 600,000 yuan.
The project aims at setting up a database containing large amount of Tibetan characters. It's expected to settle a base of Tibetan linguistics and Tibetan computer language study.