ANJA organises second AGM in Sydney, Risha Acharya elected President

Sydney, Australia:

Australian Nepalese Journalist Association has elected senior journalist Rishi Acharya as its President in its second Annual General Meeting which was held in Rockdale, NSW. Outgoing president Hemanta Kafle, who is also ANJA’s founding president handed over the association’s workload to Acharya amidst the formal program.

The program began with a special memorial observation for Tika Karki, a respected media personality within the Nepalese-Australian community who passed away in February, 2021, and Mrs. Ganesh Devi Manandhar, respected mother of ANJA’s advisor Raju Manandhar, who sadly passed away eight days ago.

The chief guest for the program was H.E Mahesh Dahal, Nepalese Ambassador to Australia along with senior community members Indra Ban and Dr. Narayan Pradhan as special guests. Guests were welcomed by ANJA’s treasurer Krishna Tiwari and gratitude was expressed by Working Committee member Prakash Humagain. Several other prominent personalities, including Hon. Consul General of Nepal to NSW Deepak Khadka, NRN ICC Vice President Mana KC, NRN ICC Legislative Amendment Committee Organiser Bhabani Oli, NRN Australia General Secretary Dr. Gyanendra Regmi, NRN Australia Vice President Dev Gurung, amongst other senior community members.

Outgoing president Hemanta Kafle spoke of the year that had passed – with a special significance to the Covid-19 crisis. He also spoke of the association and its members ability to report about the pandemic to their best – and commended his association members for their ability in doing so. Wishing the next president the best, he thanked everyone present.

Newly appointed president Risha Acharya, who has been actively working within the Nepali community and media space of Australia thanked everyone for their belief, and expressed determination to lead the association to newer heights.