Bihar-Jharkhand Sabha launched in Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland, New Zealand: A chapter was created in the history of New Zealand when nonresidents from the Indian state of Bihar and Jharkhand congregated and launched Bihar, Jharkhand Sabha of Australia and New Zealand at Sangam Indian restaurant Kumeu, Auckland, New Zealand yesterday.

The members included prominent people from this region of India from Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, and Christchurch.

The inauguration was done by one of their founding members from Bihar Mr. and Mrs. Nisheet and Sushma Prakash. The gathering was estimated to be thirty in numbers. The meeting was convened by prominent people from this region with the objective to connect their people in New Zealand.

A leading non-resident from the region Mrs. Arati Prasad was the master of the ceremony. Mrs. Prasad in her introductory welcome speech expressed her sincere gratitude to all the members who had traveled from other cities to Auckland to be a part of this great event.

She highlighted the activities of this group that includes family get-togethers, celebration of Diwali and Chhath, cultural activities, assistance to new migrant and cooperation with other Indian Associations.

Mr. Sanjeev Prasad, an eminent businessman and a former official of the High Commission of India, Wellington, presided over the meeting. He appealed to all the members of the Sabha to make every effort in helping Bihar Jharkhand Sabha achieve its goals.

The chairperson of Bihar Foundation, a recognized body the government of Bihar, Mrs. Ragini Sinha also addressed the congregation. She welcomed the formation of this Sabha and assured full cooperation from Bihar Foundation. She also talked about the work Bihar Foundation had been doing in helping the people of Bihar and encouraged the members of the Sabha to consider being a member of Bihar Foundation also.

While Mr. Biren Mishra was elected unanimously by the members as the Chairperson of the Sabha, Mrs. Arati Prasad and Mr. Rajnish Rai were elected as the Cultural Secretary and Public Relations Secretary respectively. Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal was elected unopposed as the treasurer of the Bihar and Jharkhand Sabha, Auckland.

Mr. Biren Mishra, the Chairperson who has his roots in Sitamarhi District of Bihar and is a civil engineer from IIT Delhi, assured his all possible efforts in making this Bihar-Jharkhand Sabha, Auckland a success.

All valuable ideas and suggestions were given by several members, including Mr. Pavitra Roy, Mr. Rajeev, Mr. Chandan, Mr. Ronnie, Mr. Rahul Kumar, Mr. Rupesh, Mr. Nisheet Prakash and others.

It was decided that the Bihar and Jharkhand Sabha should be incorporated as a society as soon as possible, the Sabha would hold a ceremony in collaboration with Bihar Foundation to honour any dignitaries from Bihar and Jharkhand official visit to New Zealand.

The meeting, was concluded with a vote of thanks by the elected Secretary (Culture) Ms Arati Prasad followed by delicious Indian food prepared at Sangam Indian Cuisine.

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