DHARAMSHALA: In an initiative to make Tibet related news and information accessible on smartphones, President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay today launched CTA’s trilingual News App, Tibet.Net.
“As per our Five-Fifty vision, we just launched a news App where you can access tibet.net news in Tibetan, English and Chinese so that Tibetans and our friends around the world who are interested in Tibet related issues will have ready-made App on their smartphones,” President Dr Lobsang Sangay said at the launch.
He hoped that the news app will improve reading experience and accessibility for the evergrowing readers, particularly urban-based Tibetan youth and diaspora in 40 differenct countries.
“With Tibetans diaspora spread across 40 countries and younger generation in urban areas in India, Nepal and Bhutan, we are launching the App to make it convenient and accessible to all”.
In the sidelines, President Dr Sangay made an announcement that the Indian government has approved to issue new RC for the 955 Tibetans living in Nepal, Bhutan and India who were previously unregistered.
The App was developed by Dachompa Tech LLT, a Tibetan tech company based in Bangalore.
Secretary (Equivalent) Tenzin Dhardon Sharling said, “With the ever growing pool of readers relying on the convenience of smartphones to access information, news apps are increasingly playing a vital role in information dissemination, outreach and impact”.
“The format of information dissemination and gathering has transformed drastically in the last decade. We are witnessing a paradigm shift from traditional concept of 5Ws and 1H to ‘Reach, frequency and speed’. In light of the new and improved digital interactions, DIIR is launching trilingual news App to bring Tibet related news and information on an accessible digital platform,” she said.
Secretary Sonam Norbu Dagpo announced the Tibet TV’s Take-off Film Grant-2018, an initiative spearheaded by DIIR to encourage budding Tibetan filmmakers in the exile community to make short feature or documentary films for Tibet TV. As per the program, aspiring filmmakers from India, North America, Europe and Australia-asia can avail a total grant of INR 200,000/- for making a film on any one of the following themes pertaining to ‘Thank You Year – 2018’. Read further here.
Tenzin Chokden, Tibetan Computer Resource Centre made a presentation on content and features of the Tibet.Net App. The App is available for download on both IOS and Android.
A quick glance at the App features:
- Complete tri-lingual mobile application
- Push notification for News and Announcements
- Photo of the Day and Video of the Week
- Photo galleries and full screen images
- Access to our full range of Tibet TV tri-lingual videos
- Improved offline experience: Caching system
- Saved stories
- Shares on social media