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Bhutanese in Norway declare association

Published on Sep 07 2009 // Main News

The resettled Bhutanese in Norway have formed a social organization, Association of Bhutanese in Norway, following intensive discussions since four months.

The declaration came yesterday through online discussion forum where almost all resettled Bhutanese from various provinces showed their participation.

“Continuous discussion up to five hours could finalize the formation of ABN”, said Ram Bahadur Baniya, who is elected as the secretary of the organization.

Ramesh Gautam, who edits bhutaneseliterature.com, is elected as the organization president. While Dinesh Subba, Devicharan Chamlagain, OP Chapagain, Chandra Sanyashi and Tilak Dhital are the members of the steering  committee that will work for legalization of organization according to Norwegian laws, drafting of the organization’s bylaws and holding the first election in a democratic manner.

The association aims at working for the preservation of culture, language and other different identities prevailing of the Bhutanese in Norway, said Gautam.

According to Baniya, ABN will create connecting links with the Norwegian organizations, various community organizations of the Bhutanese Diasporas, and also play a significant role in the Bhutanese community during emergency.

We all are together now and hopefully NBA will be a national level organization, said Baniya.

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