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Journalists reach Tawang for Dalai Lama’s visit

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 6, 2009

Itanagar, Oct 5 (PTI) Around 50 newsmen, including those representing foreign media, have so far contacted the administration of the border town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh for accommodation and permits to cover the visit of Buddhist spiritual head the Dalai Lama from November 8, officials said today.

Chief Secretary Tabom Bam denied having received any instruction from the Centre about restrictions on foreign media persons following the recent war of words between India and China over the visit.

China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as its own part, accused the Dalai Lama of seeking to undermine Beijing’s relationship with New Delhi by visiting Tawang on the Sino-Indian border. China had earlier opposed the visit.

Chairman of the state level reception committee T G R Rimpoche said he had heard of an advisory to restrict the movement of foreign journalists, “but it is not in black and white.

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