kathmandu: Shalom Club Nepal established in a bid to strengthen diplomatic relations between Nepal and Israel has been reformed after 17 years.
A gathering today in Kathmandu reformed the 13-member executive committee under the chairpersonship of Prof Dr Bhim Prasad Shrestha. The Club is a common forum for those Nepalis who have returned home after completing short and long-term training sessions in Israel on scholarships provided by the Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.
Kapil Dev Regmi has been unanimously elected the Vice President while Sanjaya Kumar Dahal the General Secretary and Jhalendra Bhattarai and Radha Chalise the Secretary. Other members of the executive committee of the Club are Madhu Rajbhandari, Dr Ajit Rayamajhi, Khagendra Acharya, Jaya Nishant, Ganesh Rai, Sharachchandra Bhandary, Dr Maheshwor Prasad Yadav and Samjhana Kharel. On the occasion, Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Hanan Goder, shedding light on subsisting cordial relations between Israel and Nepal, expressed his commitment to take the bonds to a new height through collective efforts of the Club.
Diplomatic relations between Nepal and Israel were established in 1960 during the premiership of BP Koirala, the first people elected prime minister of Nepal. Israel started awarding scholarships to deserving Nepalis since 1970 in the field of science and technology, education, early childhood development, agriculture, media and journalism, public administration and entrepreneurship development and cooperative, among others. So far, some 2,000 Nepalis have graduated from MASHAV courses while more than 3,000 have acquired agro technology under ‘learn and earn’ program.