Dalai Lama reaches Dharamsala after surgery

October 21st, 2008 - 3:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Oct 21 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has reached this north India hill town from New Delhi where he spent a few days after undergoing gall bladder surgery, his aide said Tuesday.”He (the Dalai Lama) reached his official palace Monday after spending 13 days in the capital,” Tenzin Taklha, a senior aide to the exiled leader, told IANS.

“The spiritual guru is in good health… will be back to routine affairs in a few days,” he said.

He said the Nobel Peace laureate would visit Japan next month.

Thousands of Tibetans and their supporters carrying traditional scarves, incense sticks and bouquets welcomed the Dalai Lama here.

The Dalai Lama, 73, was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Oct 9, where he underwent a gall bladder surgery the next day. He left the hospital Oct 16.

In August, the Dalai Lama was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai twice with abdominal discomfort.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959 after a Chinese army crackdown. His government-in-exile, which is not recognised by any country, is based here.

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