Sunday, August 23, 2015

Certificates of Election Awarded to Nonresident Nepali Association-NCC-USA Oregon Chapter Officials

By Rabin Man Shakya
Former Associate Editor, The Rising Nepal

Vice President of NRN-NCC-USA Mr. Dilli Bhattarai and Immediate Past President of NRN-NCC-USA Mr. Khagendra GC jointly gave away certificates of election to the newly elected office bearers of NRN-NCC-USA Oregon Branch amid a program here held Saturday at Neku Singh Memorial Theater in Portland, Oregon. On the occasion, NRN-ICC executive member Mr A.C. Sherpa wrapped the traditional Nepali Khata on the recipients of certificates of election and also dabbed Tika on their forehead.

Certificates of Election were issued by the National Election Commission, Non-resident Nepalese National Coordination Council of USA.

Recipients of certificate of election were NRN-NCC-USA Oregon Chapter  president Diwakar Maharjan, vice-president Daya Shakya, General Secretary Sunil Rajkarnikar and Treasurer Jitendra Bajracharya.

Likewise, on the occasion, Dr. Rabin Man Shakya, Dr. Manoj Kansakar, Sita Kumari Rai, Srijana Sthapit, Ramesh Bhandari, Pradeep Bajracharya and Surya Thapa Chhetri also received certificates of election for positions of different directors.

Speaking on the occasion, NRN-NCC-USA vice president Dilli Bhattarai said that with the help of the fellow Nepalese community members across the US, the NRN-NCC-USA would be able to navigate this august forum in striving to contribute to the overall development of Nepal.

Mr. Bhattarai also called on fellow Oregonian NRNs to mobilize resources and expertise for rebuilding the earthquake-hit-Nepal.

He urged the NRNs of Oregon and activists of Nepa Chhen to explore avenues for promoting rich arts and culture of Nepal.

Immediate Past President of NRN-NCC-USA Mr. Khagendra GC said that stereotypical opinion about NRNs among the people is changing, especially after the active cooperation and providing of relief materials by NRNs to the quake-hit people.

Mr. GC also threw light on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to the Nepalese staying in the US.

It is to be noted that after the devastating earthquakes in Nepal, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on June 24, 2015 the designation of Nepal for TPS and that eligible Nepalese residing in the US can apply for taking the benefit. On the occasion, Mr. GC also answered the questions asked by participants at the program.

Speaking on the occasion, NRN-ICC executive member A.C. Sherpa said that time has come for the NRNs to come forward with some  more concrete actions to help rebuild the quake-hit nation.

The program, which was followed by a live cultural show and dinner, was conducted by chapter vice president Daya Shakya.

It was disclosed at the program that with more than 10,000 individual members, NRN-NCC-USA is the most representative NRN-NCC body in the world.

Meanwhile, a picnic was organized by Nepa Chhen at Blue Lake Park on Saturday afternoon. The picnic, which was attended by Nepalese living in Portland, Salem, Eugene and other cities of Oregon, was also addressed by NRN-NCC-USA vice president Mr. Dilli Bhattarai, Immediate Past President Mr. Khagendra GC and NRN-ICC member A.C. Sherpa.

On the occasion, Nepa Chhen president Rajesh Maharjan wrapped Khata on the NRN heavyweights.

Meanwhile, an interaction program was organized on Sunday morning by NRN-Oregon chapter. The interaction was attended by NRN-NCC-USA's vice president Dilli Bhattarai,  NRN-NCC-USA's Immediate Past President Khagendra GC, Dr. Rekha Hamal, IOFTC official Karen Blackledge, president of Nepalese Association of Oregon (NAO) Ganga Sharma, chapter president Diwakar Maharjan, chapter general secretary Sunil Rajkarnikar and other chapter members.

The interaction focused attention on the cooperation and coordination among the organizations like NRN-NCC-USA, its Oregon chapter, IOFTC, NAO and Nepa Chhen.

*Also please read:
NRNA and Issue of Dual Citizenship   Jan 25, 2015
NRN-NCC-USA Oregon Chapter and Local Diaspora   Aug 3, 2015
NRNA-USA Oregon Chapter's First General Meeting Kicks Off   June 21, 2015

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