Thursday, August 21, 2008

SBYA traces history, to organize Sikkim’s “strongest man” competition

GANGTOK, August 20: Tracing their roots back to Bhutia Chieftain Khey Bumsa, the Sikkimese Bhutia Youth Association (SBYA) has chalked out various activities, including competition on the title of ‘Mr. Khey Bhum’-the strongest man of Sikkim in Bhutia history and cultural cum exhibition to be organized during the eve of Losoong, this year.
This was decided in a meeting of the association held today at its new office here at Dechenling.
As mentioned in the press release, the meeting also disclosed that a team would be set up to collect and research the necessary information and pictures of Late Chogyals-The 12 Maharajas of Sikkim. Stressing that the subject was sensitive, the president of the association, Kesang Wangchuk Bhutia appealed the team to collect correct and viable information by consulting the matter with experts.
The meeting also felt the need to reform festivals like Pang Lhabsol, which is losing its importance, identity and significance, though it has been “observed quite uniquely and in grand manner all over the State.”
The president also urged the importance of active participation of all the members in order to carry out the works of the association.
Karma Sonam Bhutia, general secretary appealed his fellow members to work hard. “Work hard for our betterment and not for self improvement,” he said adding that one must take the example set by Padmashree Bhaichung Bhutia”.
The meeting further applauded on the success of Padmashree Bhaichung Bhutia and extended sincere congratulation on his recent achievement of bagging the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Meanwhile, the association also condoled on the sad demise of Lt. Thupten Kunga Bhutia, veteran State Table Tennis Coach and extended hearty condolence to the bereaved family.