October 18 – Germany based entrepreneur Kumar Panta has been elected as President of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) with a tight margin.

In the election held during the 9th General Assembly of NRNA in Kathmandu, Panta secured 1241 votes against 1100 polled by another contender Kul Aacharya, Election Commissioner Shiva Prasad Rijal said. Of the total 2570 voters, 2341 voters cast their ballots.

After winning the election, Panta, who owns hospitality business in Germany, said he would give continuity to the work initiated by the NRNA and its incomplete agendas.

“Victory and defeat is common in election. I will try to move ahead uniting all the NRNs,” Panta said after his victory. Panta also said NRNA will forward the agendas including free membership, Billion Dollar investment for motherland, NRNA restructure, second generation integration and global Nepali Diaspora unity and joint investment.

Badri KC, Sonam Lama, Arjun Shrestha, and Dr. Mana KC won the election for the four vice chairperson posts, informed Shiva Prasad Rijal, member of the election committee. There were nine candidates contesting for the position. Rabina Thapa won the woman vice chairperson post defeating Sapila Rajbhandari. Dr. Hemraj Sharma won the General Secretary post edging out one other candidates.

Gauri Raj Joshi and Rajendra Kumar Sharma won the secretary posts. Mahesh Shrestha was elected as Treasurer while Lok Prasad Dahal won the Joint Treasurer post.

The election committee informed Bhuma Limbu won the Woman Coordinator post while Himal Gurung claimed victory as Youth Coordinator.

The NRNA-ICC 8th global conference held its election in 2017. The NRNs have been working in an organised way in Nepal and other countries since October 2003 following establishment of the NRNA. Since then, the NRNA has expanded its networks to 81 countries around the globe. Over 100,000 Nepalis, except those residing in South Asia, are associated with the NRNA. It is reported that five million Nepalis are living in 110 countries throughout the world.

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