KATHMANDU, JULY 8: Chairman of Indigenous Nationalities Commission Ram Bahadur Thapa Magar honoured two indigenous nationalities journalists including former central committee member of Federation of Nepali Journalist (FNJ) Tika Ram Pradhan at a function held in Kathmandu on Friday.
Pradhan and another indigenous journalist Nilipha Subba were handed over the Federation of Nepali Indigenous Nationalities Journalists (FONIJ) UK award for their contributions to the indigenous people through journalism.
Addressing the function, Chief Guest of the award ceremony organised by the federal committee of FONIJ Thapa Magar said the award would encourage more and more indigenous journalists to write for the cause of the indigenous people of the country. “The two journalists have been continuously writting for the cause of indigenous people and this award would not only encourage them but also the journalists of newer generation,” Thapa Magar said.
Former chair of the FONIJ-UK chapter Biswasdip Tigela briefly explained about the establishment of the award.
“The award was established to encourage Nepali journalists to write in favour of the indigenous nationalities,” Tigela said congratulating the award winners.
The award includes a purse of Rs 25,000 each.
Besides Tigela, Nagendra Nembang-advisor to the FONIJ-UK chapter, Gelje Lama Sherpa-chairman of Federation of Nepali Indigenous Nationalities–an umbrella organisation of indigenous people of the country and Chairman of FONIJ federal committee Gajurdhan Rai also congratulated the journalists on their awards.
The panel formed by FONIJ-UK to choose the winners had selected Pradhan, who is currently affiliated to The Kathmandu Post national daily and Subba, who works for BFBS radio, for the award.