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Dalai Lama joins Twitter

The spiritual head of the Tibetan Buddhist community, the Dalai Lama, has joined the social networking website Twitter to keep in touch with followers.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2010 17:40 IST

The spiritual head of the Tibetan Buddhist community, the Dalai Lama, has joined the social networking website Twitter to keep in touch with followers.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama has joined Twitter," said a post on the website of the Tibetan government-in-exile on Tuesday.

The Dalai Lama had fled Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959 and is now based in this Indian town.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

Around 140,000 Tibetans now live in exile, over 100,000 of them in different parts of India. Over six million Tibetans live in Tibet.