Miss TibetTibet, for me, is not a part of China. During my tenure in Delhi, I made a lot of Tibetian firends. I was a regular at the small dhabas that severed hot soup and momos. A lot of Tibetians have taken a up Indian citizenship and made India their permenant home.

Tibetians do all they can to keep their independent identity alive. The Miss Tibet pagent is one of them. Tsering Chungtak, 21, a student of Sociology from Delhi University, was crowned the new Miss Tibet 2006 in a small yet memorable show last night.

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Miss TChungtak was crowned by Miss Tibet 2005 Tenzin Nyima and was presented 1,00.000.00 rupees in scholarship. Sphere Photography International from Singapore offered to do a portfolio worth USD 500.00 for the new Miss Tibet.

Wangchuk Palmo, 25, from Toronto, Canada, was the first runner-up in the pageant, while Tseten Yangzom, 21, from Kathmandu, Nepal, was adjudged the second runner-up.

Miss Photogenic, which was done through online voting on misstibet.com, also went to the winner Tsering Chungtak. She got 1740 out of 3909 votes cast. Miss Washington 2006 Kristen Eddings sashed and crowned the title to Tsering Chungtak.

“Now that I got the title, I believe that it also carries a huge responsibility. I will try my best to contribute to the Tibetan cause with this title,” Chungtak says.

She also added that she will particularly raise the issue of the 11th Panchen Lama, whose whereabouts is still not known since his abduction by the Chinese government in 1996 after he was discovered as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama.

Wangchuk Palmo received 50,000.00 rupees scholarship cheque. She said she will also promote the Tibetan cause in both Canada and the US with her second runner-up title.

Tseten Yangzom received 25,000.00 rupees in scholarship cheque. She also expressed her enthusiasm in contributing in whatever way she could for the Tibetan cause.

The show started with the lighting of the Free Spirit torches, followed by fireworks, and a speech by the Director of the pageant. This was followed by the first round of the Grand Finale: Introduction round.

Then it was the Gown, Traditional Costume and Interview rounds, in which all the five contestants appeared elegantly and confidently.