Acharya elected as chairman of LKGC, Belgium

Kathmandu, May 25:  Damodar Prasad Acharya has been elected unanimously as the chairman of the Lumbini-Kapilvastu Global Campaign (LKGC), Belgium.

The first general assembly of the LKGC, Belgium, elected Acharya as the chairman.

Established on December 1, 2009, the Campaign has been carrying out activities to spread message of peace and non-violence of Gautam Buddha. It has also spread factual and truthful information about Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha by making clear about the misinformation.

The first convention of the LKGC, Belgium, held in Belgian city, Luven, on May 22, also elected a 17-member executive committee and a 3-member advisory committee in the leadership of Acharya. The convention elected Anita Lama as the vice-chairperson, Nanda Raj Ghale as general secretary, Geert Catrysse as secretary and Baburam Sharma as the treasurer.

Similarly, elected members are Rajani Pradhan, Yuvaraj Gurung, Bernard Braem, Sita Sapkota, Kalpana Magar, Seema Subedi, Durga Bhattarai, Ram Chandra Subedi, Shriram Prasai, Saurav Karjit, Jogman Tamang and PD Sherpa. Janaki Gurung and Surendra Bhusal have been elected as advisors while Gangadhar Gautam, NRN Belgium chair, has been appointed as advisor.

The first convention of the LKGC, Belgium was inaugurated jointly by CPN-UML leader and MP, Bikash Lamsal and officiating Nepalese ambassador to Belgium, Ghanashyam Bhandari, by lighting traditional lamp, Panas, a press release of the LKGC read.

Addressing the programme, UML leader Lamsal viewed that the programme like this would help tourism promotion of Nepal while officiating ambassador Bhandari dwelt on Buddhist philosophy and said that Lumbini is the source of world peace.

As the special guests, Axel Goethals, CEO at European Institute for Asian Studies, Wendy Slanders, Director at Active International Federation, Belgium, Arjun Kumar Shrestha, NRN secretary, Gangadhar Gautam, NRN Belgium chair, Leela Sharma Manandhar, Belgium Asia Forum chair also addressed the programme.

In the programme, Europe advisor for Lumbini Kapilvastu Day Global Campaign and coordinator of the convention, Damodar Prasad Acharya highlighted on the activities of the Campaign and its achievement as well as it upcoming activities. He also briefed about the reasons, such as earth quake in Nepal and terrorist attack in France, for postponing the World Conference and informed that the Conference would be held coinciding with the 8th anniversary of the Campaign on 27 November 2016 in Brussels, Belgium in collaboration with Lumbini Development Trust.

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