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2006-05-31 05:12:59

BEIJING (Reuters) - Two former Tibetan political prisoners who were part of a group known as the "singing nuns" have left the mountainous Chinese region and gone into exile in India, an advocacy group said on Wednesday. Rigzin Choekyi, who served 12 years in prison and Lhundrub Zangmo, who served nine years, left overland and traveled through Nepal before reaching India, where Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, leads a government in exile. "Both Rigzin Choekyi and Lhundrub...

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2006-05-25 07:15:00

By Ben Blanchard KUMBUM MONASTERY, China -- Lit by flickering, sallow yak butter candles sits a small picture of a man despised in Beijing as leader of a splittist independence movement but admired by millions for his pacifism -- the Dalai Lama. And by Chinese law, it shouldn't be there, standing on an altar in a hall that's part of the Tibetan Buddhist Kumbum Monastery. But nobody seems to mind too much, as the monastery is not in Tibet proper, but in greater Tibet -- the remote, western...

2006-04-27 23:49:04

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China condemned exiled Tibetans and international human rights watchdogs on Friday for calling a Tibetan youth the world's youngest political prisoner, saying their aim is to push for independence for the Himalayan region. The whereabouts of Gendun Choekyi Nyima, 17, who pro-Tibet groups say has been under house arrest since the region's exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, appointed him the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995, is one of China's most keenly...

2006-04-23 22:32:54

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - A Tibetan youth considered by rights groups to be the world's youngest political prisoner turns 17 on Tuesday, 11 years after disappearing from public view when he was named the Himalayan region's second-ranking religious figure. The whereabouts of Gendun Choekyi Nyima -- who human rights watchdogs say has been living under house arrest since Tibet's exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, appointed him the 11th Panchen Lama -- is one of China's...

2006-04-13 01:19:11

By Benjamin Kang Lim HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Tibet's 11th Panchen Lama, anointed by China's atheist Communists but not by the Tibet's Dalai Lama, took center stage at the World Buddhist Forum on Thursday, defending China's record on religion. Chinese leaders opened the forum in the eastern city of Hangzhou with a pledge to respect religious freedom and seeking to ease fears the rise of the world's most populous nation would be a threat to the world. Gyaltsen Norbu, appointed in...

2005-08-22 07:43:36

By Lindsay Beck SHIGATSE, China (Reuters) - In the cobbled paths and ancient courtyards of Tibet's Tashilhunpo monastery, a little boy stares out of pictures wearing a yellow, cone-shaped hat that mark his sect of Buddhism. Gyaltsen Norbu has been groomed since childhood to prepare for his role as the 11th Panchen Lama, the reincarnation of the 10th and the second-most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism. But while he received politically vetted religious training under the close...


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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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