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14 killed in Afghan military base attack

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KABUL — At least 14 persons including three soldiers were killed during a clash at a military base in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province, a top official said on Monday.

“Several armed militants stormed the army base in Tirin Kot district late Sunday night,” the official told Xinhua news agency.

Among the derad, 11 were militants from the Taliban terror group, he said.

The attackers were also believed to have taken control of the base for hours before additional forces arrived early Monday.

Soldiers were also captured by the militants in the attack, a provincial official said.

“The additional forces are trying to secure the base and they launched a search operation to locate and rescue the captured soldiers,” he said.

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Tibet can be in China : Dalai Lama

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NEW DELHI — Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that Tibet can remain in China, if Beijing recognised and respected the region’s distinct culture and autonomy.

Speaking at a lecture on ‘Role of Ethics and Culture in Promoting Global Peace and Harmony’ here on Sunday, organised by Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and Antar-Rashtriya Sahyog Parishad, he said, “Historically and culturally, Tibet has been independent. China took control of Tibet in 1950 in what it called a ‘peaceful liberation’.”

The event was being held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 82-year-old Tibetan spiritual icon’s exile to India.

“So,” he added, “As long as the Constitution of China recognises our culture and Tibetan autonomous region’s special history, it (Tibet) can remain there.”

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Tibet could benefit economically by staying in China and Chinese citizens could gain from Tibetan Buddhism, he said in a lecture to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his exile to India.

“Historically and culturally, Tibet has been independent. The region’s geography shows where Tibet begins. So long as the constitution of China recognises our culture and Tibetan autonomous region’s special history, they can remain [part of China],” he said.

The Dalai Lama also expressed concerns on the ethnic violence against the Rohingyas in Myanmar, calling it as sad and terrifying. Also, he underscored the need to iron out differences and to work for all-round development and peace together.

Calling on the inclusion of ancient Indian traditions in the country’s education, the Dalai Lama added, “Discussions on how to include ancient Indian traditions in educational system should begin. India has the ability to combine modern education with its ancient traditions to help solve problems in the world. This would help India to fight against terrorism and global warming.”

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The Dalai Lama also went to say that the global warming had adversely affected the amount of snowfall in Dharamshala, where he resided and also the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

Throwing light on the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama said, “The greatness of the Indian civilisation is its spiritual brotherhood and harmony. It has helped to produce the greatest philosophical thinkers and preachers who gave rise to the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism based on reason and logical conclusion.”

The Dalai Lama, along with his followers, fled to India from Tibet in 1959 in a massive uprising by the Chinese forces.

With ANI Inputs

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