Santabir Lama elected NMA president

Santabir Lama has been elected president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

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Team members of Santabir Lama panel pose for the camera after election results were announced on Saturday night.

Santabir Lama has been elected president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

Lama edged his competitor Zimba Zangbu Sherpa by 76 votes. While Lama got 383 votes, Sherpa could muster 316 votes.

Lama is the incumbent 1st vice president, while Sherpa is the immediate past president of the association.

Similarly, Dibash Bikram Shah and Maya Sherpa, both from Lama panel, have been elected to the post of 1st vice president and 2nd vice president, respectively. Shah defeated Bhumilal Lama, while Sherpa got better of Ngimi Sherpa of Zimba’s panel.

However, Kul Bahadur Gurung from Zimba’s panel has been elected to the post of general secretary. He defeated his opponent Bodhraj Bhandari of Lama panel by 100 votes.

Candidates of Lama panel have been elected to the post of secretary and treasurer. Tikaram Gurung and Sudarshan Neupane have been elected to the post of secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Four candidates from Zimba panel, and five from Lama panel have been elected to the post of Executive Committee Members. Dr Hari Prasad Shrestha, Ang Chhewang Sherpa, Da Gyaljen Shpera and Tulsi Gurung have been elected to the post of executive members from Zimba’s panel, while Pasang Tendi Sherpa, Singi Lama, Mingmar Sherpa, Binaya Shakya and Sanjeev Gurung have been elected Executive Members from Lama panel.

The newly elected executive committee will have term of three years.

A total of 756 votes were cast in the election for the executive committee held on Saturday.

 

NMA Election: Santabir Lama’s panel file nominations

Incumbent 1st vice president Santabir Lama has filed nomination for the post of president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

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Santabir Lama’s panel announcing candidacy for upcoming election of Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Incumbent 1st vice president Santabir Lama has filed nomination for the post of president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

Lama, flanked by members of his panel, filed nomination at the NMA Secretariat in Nagpokhari on August 1. Diwas Bikram Shah, Maya Sherpa, Bodh Raj Bhandari, Tika Ram Gurung and Sudarshan Neupane for the post of first vice president, second vice president, general secretary, secretary and treasurer, respectively. Similarly, Binaya Shakya, Suman Prasad Neupane, Durga Shrestha, Shiva Bahadur Sapkota, Singi Lama, Mingmar Sherpa, Pasang Tendi Sherpa, Thakur Prasad Sapkota and Sanjeev Gurung are the candidates of executive members from Lama’s panel.

Lama’s panel has received backing of tourism entrepreneurs close to CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist Center).

This means two separate panels will contest in the election for the new executive committee of NMA scheduled to be held in Kathmandu on August 5. Immediate Past President Zimba Zangbu Sherpa has fielded a 15-member team in the election.

 

 

I will promote NMA as a true alpine club

 

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Santabir Lama

Why did you announce candidacy for the post of president of NMA?

My candidacy is to end the ongoing oligarchy system in the Nepal Mountaineering Association. NMA is not like a property where someone is selected as heir. In the past three decades, we saw leadership passed to near and dear ones of powerful. I want to end this practice. My mission is to develop NMA as a common forum of climbers, mountaineers, instructors and entrepreneurs, among others.

How is your opponent?

There are two candidates in the race. The incumbent president chose some as heir to lead the association. It is not acceptable to us. NMA is in need of a capable leader, not someone who uses others’ ladders to reach the post. My opponent has received backing of the incumbent president. But I am not worried. I have support of climbers, instructors, mountain experts and adventure operators who want to see change in the NMA.

What will be your programs if you are elected to the post?

My team has elected a list of programs and activities that will be implemented if my team wins the election. The first thing that I will do is use the good relation that NMA enjoys with UIAA, UAAA and other alpine clubs for development and promotion of adventure tourism industry. There are certain issues like social security of climbers, insurance for mountain workers and trainings to produce trained hands. Everyone should have access to these facilities. Existing leadership of NMA is providing these facilities only to people close to them. This practice should end. This practice should end. I will develop NMA as ‘our’ institution, not ‘my’.

Similarly, our team will take needful initiation to promote unclimbed peaks. We have 15 peaks above 8,000 meters, but only eight of them have received international recognition. I will lobby with the concerned bodies to get recognition for all these peaks. Similarly, we will work to promote and develop adventure tourism sector. I will also trim foreign trips of the association.

Any concluding remarks?

We have formed an inclusive team. If I am elected, I will streamline the management of NMA, end irregularities, and promote it as a true alpine club in the country.

 

 

 

NMA Election: Zimba Zangbu formally announces candidacy

A panel, with Zimba Zangbu Sherpa as president, formally announced its candidacy for the upcoming election of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) on Monday.

etravelpressA panel, with Zimba Zangbu Sherpa as president, formally announced its candidacy for the upcoming election of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) on Monday.

Zimba, the managing director of Khumbi La Trekking and Mountaineering, is the immediate past president of NMA.

The panel has Bhumilal Lama for the post of 1st vice president, Nimi Sherpa for the post of second vice president and Kul Bahadur Gurung for the post of general secretary, while Chhewang Sherpa and Bimal Kumar Naharki are contesting for the post of secretary and treasurer, respectively.

The panel has received support from NEAT-Nepal — a group of tourism entrepreneur close to Nepali Congress.

Similarly, Dr Hari Shrestha, Ang Chhewang Sherpa, Tulsi Gurung, Pemba Dorjee Sherpa, Durgananda Neupane, Mukund Pokhrel, Da Gelj Sherpa, Lakpa Tenjing Sherpa and Devi Prasad Pant are the candidates of member.

NMA — the alpine club of the country is holding election to elect a new executive committee on August 5. According to the election schedule, candidates will have to file nomination on Tuesday.

 

My candidacy to save NMA

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NMA Presidential Candidate Zimba Zangbu Sherpa

Why did you announce candidacy for the post of president of NMA?

I am an adventure tourism entrepreneur and climber myself. In the past, some tried to withdraw peaks being used by NMA. I couldn’t see right candidacy in NMA. Now, the same group is trying to claim leadership of NMA. My leadership is to save NMA and promote it as a true alpine club.

 

Your opponent is backed by two parties. What do you say?

I am not a candidate of any political parties. But some parties have supported me as an independent candidate. Other parties have fielded their candidate. But I am not worried. I have support of climbers, mountaineers and mountaineering staff. I have support of everyone who wants to save NMA and develop it as a strong independent body of adventure tourism and mountaineering sector in Nepal.

 

What will be your programs if elected?

The main objective of NMA is to produce qualified manpower for the adventure tourism industry. Its focus is on producing qualified mountaineers. It should be the main agenda of NMA and my focus will be on it. I will work to enhance training standards and make optimum use of new technology in training. Similarly, I will work to make secretariat strong and streamline its management. I will develop it as a resource center for mountaineering and adventure tourism. Similarly, of the 33 peaks that we have received from the governments, we are issuing permits of only 27 peaks. There are more than 2,000 peaks in Nepal. We will prepare profile of all these peaks. It will have information about climate and routes among others. We will promote these peaks in national and international forums for generating more business more for our members.

 

The main objective of NMA is to produce qualified manpower for the adventure tourism industry. Its focus is on producing qualified mountaineers. It should be the main agenda of NMA and my focus will be on it.

 

How will you take relationship with other line agencies forward?

We cannot work smoothly unless we have good relation with stakeholders. Our industry is small and we should work hand in hand to generate good business. We will forge good working relationship with all government and line agencies. For example, NMA recently signed an MoU with Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) to promote peaks. It is a good beginning. We will give continuity to such programs in the future as well.

 

How strong is your opponent?

I don’t want to comment on any one. I am an independent candidate and I don’t have affiliation with other political parties. Members closed to Nepali Congress and Naya Shakti Nepal are supporting me because they are convinced with my vision and programs to drive forward. I am not like my opponent who is fielded by political parties.

 

Any concluding remark?

I want to tell all members to elect capable people in the NMA. Efforts were made in the past to withdraw peaks that NMA has been promoting since years. They are also vying the NMA leadership. Identify them in time and give your votes accordingly.

Nepal finally out of ICAO’s SSC list

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has formally informed the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) that the significant safety concern (SSC) issued to Nepal by the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission in July, 2013, has been resolved.

CAANCAAN says it will request EU to review its backlist

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has formally informed the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) that the significant safety concern (SSC) issued to Nepal by the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission in July, 2013, has been resolved.

Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Friday, CAAN Director General Sanjiv Gautam said that SSC Validation Committee Meeting held at the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal on July 20 took the decision.

A team of ICAO’s experts had visited Nepal in the first week of July to study improvements made by Nepal in aviation safety.

Though ICAO’s safety concern has been addressed, Nepali airlines are still subjected to an operating ban within the airspace of the European Union. The European Commission placed restrictions on Nepali airline companies on December 25, 2013, after the ICAO designated SSC about the country’s aviation sector, stating that Nepal has not complied with ICAO protocols in eight critical elements including flight operations and aviation safety.

While ICAO has said that its safety concerns have been addressed by Nepal, it is still unknown whether the EU will remove Nepal from its backlist.

Gautam said in the press meet that the aviation sector regulator would now formally request the European Commission to review its backlist.

First meeting of BIMSTEC tour operators concludes

The first meeting of Network of BIMSTEC Tour Operators concluded in New Delhi India on Friday.

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The first meeting of Network of BIMSTEC Tour Operators in progress in New Delhi, India, on Friday.
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The first meeting of Network of BIMSTEC Tour Operators concluded in New Delhi India on Friday.

A five-member Nepali delegation led by Acting Director General of Department of Tourism,

Durga Dutta Dhakal, represented Nepal in the meeting. Other members of the team were Laxmi Sharma, legal officer with the department; Ashok Pokarel, president of Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO), Bikram Pandey KAJI, the founder of Buddhist Circuits.Com, and Shikhar Prasai, managing director of Natraj Tours.

In the meeting, participating tour operators shared their experience of handling tourist groups in the member states of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Trade and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). Other issues discussed in the meeting were preparing a common tour package, setting up hospitality desk at the airports of all member states, preparing webpage of BIMSTEC tour operators and simplifying visa for citizens of member states to increase movement of tourists in the region, according to acting director general Dhakal.

The next meeting of Netowork of BIMSTEC Tour Operators will be held in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, India has agreed to allow double entry e-visa facility to foreign tourists which allows e-visa holders to enter and re-enter its territory by land. Earlier, only the foreigners having sticker visa stamped on their passport were eligible for such facility.

“The decision means foreign tourists with Indian e-visa can now travel to bordering Nepali city and return back to India. The new provision will help us to bring more third country tourists from India to Nepal. They will enter Nepal form India, stay few days here and return back to India,” Bikram Pandey of Buddhist Circuits.Com said, adding, “It will help us to bring more tourists to Lumbini, Chitwan and Pokhara and other tourists sites as Cross Border Tourism within Nepalese territory.”

Established in 1997, the Bay of Bengal Multi-Sectoral Trade and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is a sub-regional forum of seven countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.