Live reporting by TP Mishra and Abi Subedi from Atlanta while the second day’s after-lunch session online update was done by Ramesh Gautam from Norway
11:00 PM: Election concludes through consensus basis. Yam Kharel is elected as Chairman of OBCA national committee. Kumar Gurung is elected as Vice-Chairman whereas DJ Khaling takes in the position of secretary followed by Tika Acharya as Treasurer.
11:08 PM: Meanwhile, members of Board of Directors include Tara Dhungana, Pabitra Rizal, Bhakti Sharma, DB Rai, Deo Datta Sharma and Sarman Samal.
11:20 PM: The convention also elects Vise-Chairs on region basis that includes Rudra Kuikel (South-East), Hari Dhakal (North- East), Monarath Khanal (Pacific), Hari Uprety (Mountain Zone), Deo Thapa, Charan Timsina (North- Central).
11:24 PM: The convention adopted interim by-laws which is said to be in effect for a year. The elected body is an ad-hoc committee for interim period of one year.
11:28 PM: Around 55 participants from various different states were seen in the convention hall during the time of election through consensus basis. Participants busied themselves extending whishes to the elected body. Demand of youth leadership was clearly reflected during the discussion session.
11:48 PM: BNS representative reaches out to Rudra Kuikel for short comment. He says he is hopeful that the OBCA will be the national organization for all the Bhutanese in USA and that it will serve the community in a true spirit.
11:52 PM: Bhutanese Artist of Georgia performs a cultural presentation to entertain the papticipants of the convention. Emerging artists rocked the floor with various traditional songs and music.
Second day program
9:48 AM: Program just begins.
9:59 AM: Raja Ghaley, president of Nepalese Association of South East American takes in chair of chief guest.
10:06AM: Organising committe informs they are waiting for arrival of local journalists to begin the formal program.
10:12: Floor seen busy wispering to one another about who would lead OBCA
10:18AM: A team of artists performing OBCA song. Song says our communIty is composed of various castes, culture, religion, tradition. It says we all are struggling and we need to step into progress.
10:40 AM: Amber Bhattarai, a participant from Alaska, speaks to BNS representative: says their team is closely observing the convention but they are not mandated to come into OBCA.
11:27AM: Following Deo Dutta Sharma’s briefing of the objective of the today’s session , guests including some representatives extending their wishes for successful convention.
11:32AM: Hari Bangaley addressing the function; recalls his past experiances being physically torture back in Bhutan
11:47AM: Chief Guest Raja Ghaley reacts to BNS query; “I am excited to be here but as all of our originality,culture and ethnicity is same, it might appear good if we all be united.
12:30PM: Almost nearing to lunch.We regret to inform valued readers that as there is no internet connection in venue hall, as we continue to update from mobile. We won’t be able to continue live blogging after lunch.
First day programs
8:35 PM : The Convention began at 7 pm. As BNS representatives entered the convention venue bit late, the live blogging actually begins from 8:35 pm. The opening of the floor followed the by-law presentation, discussion on it from the floor
8:50 PM : Reportedly learnt that representatives from 17 different States from within the USA showed their participation. Some of them including representatives from Alaska, however, say they attend the program as observer
9:00 PM: A beautiful small hall with decoration in dias sees around 100 people as participants of the program. Discussion on By-laws presentation continues. BNS updates news from mobile as there is no internet connection in the convention hall. The first Organizing Committe members including Bhakti Sharma, Yam Kharel, DJ Khaling, Manorath Khanal, Manoj Rai, Kumar Gurung seen sitting in dias.
9:13 PM: Bhakti Sharma explaining the articals of By-law. Floor seen active in shooting cross questions.
9:21 PM: One of the seriously discussed point, it is not yet decided if the Ad hoc Board of Directors and Executives shall be constituted through general consensus or it shall be elected through votings.
9:28 PM: Discussion almost comes to the end. It is expected to end by 10 pm. Sharma still reading the by-laws while the floor keeps shooting the questions
9:33 PM: D J Khaling presenting the by-laws as Sharma takes his support
9:46 PM: Khaling continues presenting by-laws. Some participants seen leaving the convention hall. Participants stepping in and out seen quite frequently
10:00 PM: Still by- laws presentation continues. Khaling reminds he is running out of time
10:35 PM: Program ends. By- laws yet to be adopted. Convention to continue from 6:30 AM tomorrow. Sharma declares the end of today’s session by extending words of gratitude to participants .
Listen to Tika Acharya who participated today’s session below recorded on the first day (click here to download)