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Thứ Ba, tháng 10 10, 2006

No. 1174 (Minh Châu dịch)

Models practicing yoga ahead of Miss Tibet 2006
18 Hours,55 minutes Ago

Dharamshala, Tibetans living-in-exile in Dharamshala town of scenic Himachal Pradesh are slowly opening up to the concept of beauty pageants.

The number of participants for the beauty pageant, which elects "Miss Tibet 2006", has risen to six, the highest ever for the beauty contest conducted here in Dharamshala.

Gearing up for the upcoming competition, the participants are following strict regimes by undergoing training in meditation and yoga classes.

Participants say they are feeling very enthusiastic to be part of the competition.

"I have come here on behalf of all Tibetans, to participate in this Tibetan beauty cause. Being a refugee, I have never dreamt of winning in the pageant. I am thankful to the Indian government for the independence they have given us," said Tseten Yangzom Kawa, one of the participants living in Kathmandu.

Many Tibetans believe such competitions can be of great help to highlight their cause internationally.

Traditional Tibetans, however, disapprove the public display of women. Most women in the conservative Tibetan society wear ankle- length skirts and long-sleeved blouses.

Being organised for the fifth year, the competition has always courted controversies. In 2005, it witnessed only one participant.

The half a dozen Tibetan beauties coming from various parts of the country and including a contestant from Canada would participate in Miss Tibet 2006 pagent being organised at Mcleod Ganj near here from October 13 to 15.

The competition would be held in seven rounds and the swimsuit round would be held at Asia Health resort on October 13.

The talent and presentation (talk round) would be held on October 14 while four rounds--introduction, gown, traditional costumes and interview would be organised on the final day on October 15.

The winner will get a prize of rupees one lakh.

Lawmakers of the Tibetan government-in-exile believe the show is part an attempt to keep abrest of changing times.

"We are living in the 21st century and that's why we should also move with the world. This is the reason why we have organised this beauty pageant in the exiled headquarters. I strongly support it as through this we can also bring in the issue of Tibet," said Karma Yeshi, a member of the Tibetan parliament-in- exile.

More than 150,000 Tibetans have taken refuge in India since 1959 when the Dalai Lama and his followers fled their homeland, after conflict with the main land Chinese Government.

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