US under-secretary goes on a secret mission to Bylakuppe

Coorg Tibetan Monestery –

US under-secretary of state for democracy and global affairs Maria Otero, who is also specially designated for Tibetan affairs, on Wednesday, visited the world’s largest Tibetan settlement at Bylakuppe.

Her visit assumed pan-India importance following the fresh influx of refugees from the Himalayan nation into India recently and also the row involving Karmapa Lama, where a large chunk of Chinese currency was recovered from his monastery in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. However, her visit was a totally hushed-up affair and the settlement officials were instructed not to reveal any information.

“Otero’s visit was organised in a hurry. We were told to prepare for her visit just 48 hours back,” said a senior official of the settlement.

Her visit lasted three hours. First, she interacted with a group of Buddhist scholars both from junior and senior grades and spoke to their teachers separately.She also met the administrators and representatives of the settlement and visited one of the farm groups. Otero later visited the Buddhist Golden temple or the Namdroling monastery.

Sources who accompanied Otero on the tour of the settlement told DNA that her visit was arranged to get firsthand information about the problems faced by Tibetan refugees in India.

A senior expert in political science and international affairs at Mysore University told DNA on condition of anonymity, “The US is now worried over the Chinese influence in Indian politics and economy. If the US wants to block Chinese influence in India, Tibetan knowledge and experience is the only way. After the fall of Russia, the US is closely watching the largest surviving Communist block in the world that is in China and Tibetan affairs vis-a-vis the Indian reflections on the Tibetan refugees will give the US a foothold in the Sino-Indian scenario.”

Largest Tibetan settlement
Bylakuppe is the largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet and has been the hope of thousands of refugees who first came to India in 1959, escaping Chinese oppression. There are10,700 refugees who are engaged in agriculture and allied activities. The Tibetan Settlement Co-operative Society runs agro workshops, petrol pumps, restaurants, tourist circuits, shops selling Tibetan artisan products and food items.

After 50 years of co-existence with the Indian population in Kushalnagar and Periyapatna, the refugees have now spread out in Kodagu and Mysore districts. Many of them have integrated well with local society, and earn a livelihood here. The Mysore University reserves certain number of seats forrefugee monks who have graduated from the Buddhist theology courses at monasteries in Bylakuppe.

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– DNAIndia

US magazine rates Karnataka best tourist spot

Tourism in Karnataka has received a boost after a US-based lifestyle magazine Conde Nast featured the State and rated it as the fourth best destination in the world to visit this year in its Traveller edition this month.
Karnataka in the fourth position and Odisha in the ninth position are the only Indian places to figure in the list of eleven. Iran tops the list of the must-travel destinations for the year followed by Botswana, Tasmania (Australia), Karnataka, Myanmar, Seoul (South Korea), Tel Aviv (Israel), Tallinn (Estonia), Odisha, Sri Lanka and Uruguay.

Director of Tourism Vishwanatha K Reddy said that this was the best possible exposure for Karnataka tourism and would help enormously in making the State a visible brand name in the international tourism sector in the coming years.

The Traveller piece recommends Karnataka for its palaces, tiger-spotting at unspoilt sanctuaries like Bandipur, the rapids of Coorg with the homestay experience along with the specially brewed coffee and of course the temples of Belur and Halebeedu.

The Tourism Department has been aggressively promoting the State in the international circles for the last three years by participating in trade fairs and road shows. This includes almost all European capitals and Argentina, Brazil, China, UAE and Japan. Reddy said they expected a big leap in tourists and the results of the promotions could be seen in a couple of years.


Dr. Batra’s extends its footprints in Bengaluru

The world’s largest homeopathic healthcare corporate launches its 66th clinic in the world, its 8th clinic in Bengalaru

After the successful launch of its new, international homeopathic clinics in Muscat, Dubai and London, Dr. Batras’ Positive Health Clinic Pvt. Ltd., the world’s largest homeopathic healthcare corporate, expanded its presence in the West of India with its 66th clinic in the world and the 8th clinic in Bengaluru. The new clinic showcases the corporate’s vision of reaching out to the length and breadth of the country and bringing branded homeopathic healthcare solutions to the discerning consumer.

As a part of their expansion plans, Dr. Batra’s will be opening new clinics, this year, in places like Mysore, Coorg, Goa, Jammu, Jodhpur, Pondicherry, Nasik, Bhubaneshwar, Patna, Nagpur etc., aside from the metros/major cities such as Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi.