Dalai Lama celebrates 83rd birthday in Ladakh

Leh, Publish Date: Jul 7 2018

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday celebrated his 83rd birthday in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir by cutting a cake along with his followers. Special prayers were also held in Ladakh for his long life.

Large crowds donning traditional dresses gathered at the Shewatsel Phodrang complex on the outskirts of Leh for the celebrations. Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay also attended the celebrations.

The Dalai Lama, revered by the Tibetans as a “living god”, attended the prayers and blessed the gathering.

“This time again His Holiness decided to celebrate his birthday with the people of Leh,” a spokesperson for the Dalai Lama’s office said. “I am very happy to be here once more,” the spiritual leader had told the gathering on reaching here on Tuesday.

Officials of the Dalai Lama’s office said the spiritual leader would stay in Shewatsel Phodrang in Leh till the end of July.

“I seem to be physically fit and if that continues I hope to spend some time here, avoiding the monsoon on the plains. You people of Ladakh have a special bond with me based on your faith and loving-kindness, of which I am very appreciative,” he added.

During his stay in Leh, the Dalai Lama would participate in religious ceremonies, conduct meditational retreats and deliver teachings.

The Dalai Lama’s sermons on ethics, non-violence, peace and religious harmony have made him one of the 20th century`s most revered spiritual leaders. Born on July 6, 1935, at Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognised at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

Continue security cover for youth Congress leader:  SC to J&K govt

New Delhi, July 6:  The Jammu and Kashmir government today informed the Supreme Court that it has provided security cover to a youth Congress leader, an ‘X-2 category protectee’, as per the entitlement after he claimed that his security had been withdrawn without any notice.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that the state government would keep providing security to Abid Imitaz Bhat, national secretary of the All India Youth Congress, and would consider and verify the threat perception while reviewing his security cover.

Lawyer Shoeb Alam, appearing for the state government, said that at present Bhat was being provided two PSOs when he is in Kashmir and one PSO in Jammu as per the entitlement.

The bench considered the submission and disposed of Bhat’s plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the state government.

Earlier, the state police had denied the claim of Bhat that his security was withdrawn and had asserted that the recommendation of Security Review Coordination Committee (SRCC) was implemented in his case as well. ( PTI )