DHARAMSHALA: Mr Tsering Dhondup Namey Lhakang, one of the two other Justice Commissioners of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission retired from service, according to a circular issued by the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission on 24 September 2016.
Dr Ngawang Rabgyal, Secretary of Department of Education was elected as new Justice Commissioner in a voting held today on the sixth day of the second session of 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
Dr Ngawang Rabgyal got 24 votes against 18 for Ms Nangsa Chodon, Secretary of Department of Information and International Relations, CTA. Their nominations were proposed by a 3-member selection committee of former Chief Justice Commissioner Mr Namgyal Tsering Drelnang, former Kalons Kirti Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin and Ven Tsering Phuntsok, which was constituted by a committee of Chief Justice Commissioner, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament, Deputy Speaker and Sikyong.
According to the circular, Justice Commissioner Mr Tsering Dhondup is retiring a year early; his retirement will be effective as of 1 November 2016.
A brief bio data of Mr Tsering Dhondup
Mr Tsering Dhondup Namey Lhakang was born in Shelkar, Shigatse in 1952. He came to exile in 1959 and received education in both modern science as well as traditional. Since 1973 till date, Mr Tsering Dhondup served in various capacities in the exile Tibetan community. In his early career, he served as Manager of Tibetan handicraft factories, President of FTCI (Federation of Tibetan Co-operatives in India), Tibetan Settlement Officer, Local Election Commissioner. He also served in Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi, Department of Finance and as Additional Secretary of Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission. For a period of one year, Mr Tsering Dhondup served as Acting Secretary of Kashag Secretariat and Chief legal consultant of CTA. On 16 February 2006, he was appointed as Secretary of Department of Religion and Culture. On 24 March 2010, he was sworn in as Justice Commissioner of Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission.
A brief bio data of Dr Ngawang Rabgyal
Dr Ngawang Rabgyal Norpa was born in Shingri, Tibet. He came to exile in 1959 and joined the Central School for Tibetans in Dalhousie where he completed higher secondary education in 1974. He received BA (Hons), MA degree in Political Science from Delhi University and obtained PhD in International Relations from Kiev University, Ukraine. He has been serving the Central Tibetan Administration in various capacities across three continents since 1980. From 1987-1993, he served as Deputy Secretary at Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi. From 1993-97 he served as Representative of His Holiness at the Office of Tibet based in Moscow, Russia. Later in 1998, he was appointed as Additional Secretary at DIIR, Central Tibetan Administration. From 1999-2005 he served as Representative of Office of Tibet, New York (now based in Washington, DC). From 2005-08, he served as Administrative Secretary of DIIR. From 2008-15, he was appointed as Representative of Office of Tibet, Moscow. In 2015 he was appointed as Secretary of Department of Education, CTA.