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DALAI LAMA DROPS PLANS TO MOVE HEADQUARTERS

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The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled leader, has dropped plans to shift his headquarters from the northern town of Dharmsala after townspeople appealed to him to stay, a spokesman said Thursday.

The killing of an Indian in a fight with a Tibetan on April 22 had prompted the Nobel laureate to offer to leave the town where he has been since 1960, one year after he and thousands of his followers fled Tibet.During the past few weeks, civil groups and politicians, including the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh state, assured the Tibetan leader his people were still welcome.

"In the light of appeals and assurances given by the representatives of the people, His Holiness has abandoned the idea of shifting from Dharmsala," said Tashi Wangdi, a minister in the self-proclaimed government.