42nd NMA Day celebrated 1st Nov

November 01, 2015

Nepal Mountaineering Association celebrated its 42nd Anniversary Day on 1st November 2015 at NMA Secretariat, Naxal Kathmandu. Secretary for Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya was the chief guest of the program. High level government officials, advisors and members of NMA and representative from different tourism related organization were present in the program. 
The chief guest of the program inaugurated the program by hoisting NMA flag. After the welcome speech delivered by first VP Mr. Santa Bir Lama,the program observed one-minute silence in memory of the demise of known and unknown mountaineers.

Mr. Buddhi Narayan Shrestha mentioned about the criteria and procedure that were followed for the selection of award receivers and announced the name of the award receivers, which are as follows:
1. Late Kumar Khadka Bikram Adventurous Award - This award is given to "First Person from Nepal" Long Line Helicopter Rescue Specialist, Mr. Tshering Pande Bhote for his active Long Line Rescue from 1995 to 2015 including the avalanche happened on Everest on 18 April 2014 along with other rescue activities on different mountains.

2. Dr. Harka Gurung Mountaineering Award – This award is given to Mr. Mahabir Pun, a Nepalese teacher known for his extensive work in applying wireless technologies to develop remote areas of the Himalayas. He is also known as the "Wireless Man of Myagdi "The wireless technology innovated is used to track the trekkers and mountaineering on their way. It helps to find the lost one easily. He has received the following Awards: 
•Social Innovations Award from the Global Ideas Bank
•Magsaysay Award, considered by some to be the Nobel Prize of Asia
• Jonathan B. Postel Service Award by the Internet Society

3. Dawa Norbu Mountaineering Journalist Award – This award is given to by Mr. Narayan Bhandari for his continuous effort in promoting the Tourism and Moutain Tourism in Nepal through Radio and Television.

The award receivers were selected by Award Selection and Evaluation Committee headed by Mr. Buddhi Narayan Shrestha. The other members of the committee were Dr. Ganesh Gurung, Rajendra Man Shrestha- Secretary, Gokul Dhital- Representative, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr. Nima Namgyal Sherpa- Convener, Mountaineering Rescue Committee, Krishna Tamrakar- Journalist and Jinesh Sindurakar- CEO as Member Secretary.

The award will be distributed in its Annual General Assembly in September.

Mr. Shambhu Tamang, IMM Advisor expressed his views on the activities of NMA. Chief Guest of the program Mr. Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya , Director General, Mr. Govinda Karkee put on their view on the present scenario of Tourism of Nepal and NMA. Finally the program concluded with the vote of thanks by NMA President, Mr Ang Tshering Sherpa.

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