President Bhandari honours 345 people


Sep 5, 2018-

President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday has conferred medals, awards, decoration and honours on 345 personalities, living or dead, from different walks of life in recognition of their contributions to the country.

The announcement was made on Republic Day 2074BS. The awards were presented at a programme organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs at the office of the President, Sheetal Niwas.

The Nepal Ratna Bibhushan has been conferred on former prime minister BP Koirala (posthumously). His grandson Siddhartha Koirala received the award.

The Rastriya Gaurav Bibhushan has been presented to politician Mahendra Narayan Nidhi (posthumously). The Bibhushan was received by his son Bimalendra Nidhi.

Likewise, Mahaujjwal Rastradeep Bibhushan has been conferred on Seikh Idrish (posthumously), Nona Koirala (posthumously), Amik Sherchan (Chitwan), Barman Budha (Rolpa) and Ram Kumari Yadav (Dhanusha). Mohammad Aftap Alam received the award on behalf of Idrish, while Dr Shekhar Koirala collected the award on behalf of Nona.

General Secretary of the Federal Parliament Manohar Prasad Bhattarai has been presented the Ujjwal Kirtimaya Rastradeep Bibhushan. Six persons have been awarded Prasiddha Prabal Jana Sewa Shree. They are Gopal Prasad Parajuli (former chief justice), Ishwari Prasad Khatiwada (Justice), Deep Basnyat (former chief commissioner of CIAA), Umesh Mainali (chairperson, Public Service Commission), Rajendra Chettri (Chief of Army Staff, Nepal Army) and Lok Darshan Regmi (Chief Secretary).

Likewise, 21 personalities have been conferred with Sukirtimaya Rastradeep Bibhushan. They are Nabin Kumar Ghimire (commissioner, CIAA), Shreepurush Dhakal (member of Public Service Commission), Tirtha Khaniya (vice-chancellor of TU), Prof Dr Ram Kantha Makaju (vice-chancellor of Kathmandu University), Prof Chiranjivi Sharma (vice-chancellor, Pokhara University), Prem Kumar Rai (secretary, Home Ministry), Mahendra Man Gurung (secretary, Ministry of Communications, Information and Technology), Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya (secretary, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration) and Tahir Ali Ansari (former justice of Supreme Court).

Also awarded were Ashesh Malla (artist), Purna Chandra Thapa (Office of Chief of General Staff, Nepal Army), Prakash Aryal (former inspector general of Nepal Police), Singh Bahadur Shrestha (former inspector general of Armed Police Force), Shailendra Khanal (inspector general of Armed Police Force), Ishwar Hamal (major general, Nepal Army), Rabindra Chettri (honorary major general, Rastriya Sewa Dal), Yadav Prasad Koirala (administrative officer, Kathmandu Metropolitan City), Bhesh Narayan Dahal (director general, Department of Archaeology), Ram Dayal Rakesh (littérateur, Sarlahi) and Pradeep Kumar Rai ‘Byakul Maila’ (litterateur, Okhaldunga).

Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Speaker of House Krishna Bahadur Mahara, chairperson of the National Assembly, ministers, chiefs of the constitutional bodies were among the dignitaries in attendance on the occasion.

Published: 05-09-2018 07:30

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