Mithilesh Yadav

The contributor for Republica.

Candidates wooing “swing voters”

Published On: September 16, 2017 01:41 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, Sept 15: Lahan Municipality of Saptari district has many voters who are not affiliated with any political party. Therefore, various political parties have reached the helm of power in this local unit since the 1991 elections instead of just one party being dominant.

2 ex-mayors competing for the same post again

Published On: September 7, 2017 03:00 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, September 7:  Not many candidates get chance to get elected thrice to the reputed post of mayor. Lagan Lal Chaudhary of Lahan-1, who was twice appointed as mayor during the Panchayat regime, made it to the same post again during the multi-party democratic system post 1990. With a hope of claiming the same post once again, Chaudhary has filed for his candidacy in the upcoming third phase of elections too.

Parties throw lavish feasts to woo voters

Published On: September 5, 2017 03:00 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

With the election just around the corner, political parties in Madhes are in fierce competition to throw away grand feasts. Considered as the best tactics to woo voters, political parties are organizing feasts everywhere.

Village known as ‘food zone’ turns into desert

Published On: September 2, 2017 07:29 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

SAPTARI, Sept 1: Dhiwaga village in Saptari would be popularly called a ‘food zone’ due to its abundant production of food grains. Over the years, the small village with around 1,000 households was gradually shrinking. Floods every monsoon and the changing course of the nearby Belan river was taking its toll on the land. This impacted the production of rice, maize and wheat in Dhiwaga. According to the locals, all their land have now turned into a desert.

Dr KC threatens to start another hunger strike

Published On: August 28, 2017 03:03 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

KANCHANPUR, August 28: Dr Govinda KC who is currently in Spatari, providing treatment to the flood victims, has said that he will continue his fight against the medical mafia by giving continuity to his hunger strike.

Chure conservation a must to prevent flooding: Expert

Published On: August 22, 2017 03:49 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, Aug 21: An environment expert and engineer has urged for Chure conservation in view of the devastating flood in the tarai region every monsoon. Unless illegal extraction in the Chure range comes to an end, flood and landslides in the plains and the hills cannot be averted, they warned.

Smuggling in cahoots with police and govt staffers (with video)

Published On: August 9, 2017 03:12 PM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, August 9: Smuggling has been taking place blatantly in cahoots with the custom staffers and security personnel from Indian borders. The smugglers bring goods to Nepal through the Nepal-India bordering checkpoints in broad daylight.

Social activist Baldev Ram dies at 74

Published On: August 2, 2017 07:01 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, Aug 1: Baldev Ram, who led carcass boycott campaigns in Madhes besides other numerous social struggles at the behest of the squatters and landless people, breathed his last at the BP Koirala Health Science Academy on Thursday. He was 74.

Huge financial irregularities in targeted programs

Published On: July 28, 2017 02:15 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, July 27: The tendency of government agencies and local units leaving the development budget unused till the 11th month of the fiscal year and spending it all in the final month has been found in targeted programs including women empowerment programs.

Assistant co-operative inspector caught taking bribe

Published On: July 26, 2017 05:25 PM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, July 26: Assistant inspector of Co-operative Division Office, Lahan Subash Gadtaula has been taken into custody by Eastern Regional Department of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Itahari in charge of receiving bribe from a customer on Wednesday.

Proper blacktopping after Golbazar locals protest

Published On: July 20, 2017 04:15 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

SIRAHA, July 19: Poor road construction and blacktopping are rampant across the country. The blacktopped layer giving in within few days is a common scene in towns and villages. Concerned authorities do not seem to care or do anything to stop the contractors from delivering such poor roads. However, in a rare incident, locals of Golbazar of Siraha district have brought an ongoing road blacktopping to a halt citing its poor construction quality.

Saptari flood victims demand inquiry into embankment construction embezzlement

Published On: July 10, 2017 12:20 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

SAPTARI, July 10: During Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba Friday's visit to flood hit areas in Saptari district, former Minister for Irrigation, Umesh Yadav complained to him of massive embezzlement in the construction of embankment and demanded investigation into it. In response, the PM pledged to form a parliamentary committee to look into the matter.

Hubby hacks wife to death

Published On: June 27, 2017 05:55 PM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, June 27: A man has killed his wife with a sharp weapon in Bhagawan Rural Municipality in the Siraha district on Tuesday.

Govt decision on local polls unacceptable, says RJPN

Published On: June 15, 2017 06:47 PM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, June 15: Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) has said that the government’s decision to conduct local level polls on September 18 in Province 2 is unacceptable to the party.

Family, ethnic ties decisive in tarai polls

Published On: June 12, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

BARIYARPATTI (SIRAHA), June 11: Ramautar Yadav, an aspirant for the post of chairperson of Ward No.1of Bariyarpatti Rural Municipality, is yet to be picked by any party to contest the upcoming election. But he claims that he will win the polls easily, if he gets the chance.

Musahars deprived of allowance for not having toilets

Published On: June 1, 2017 12:50 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

SIRAHA, June 1: Sixty-three years old Gauri Saday of Sakhuwanankarkatti Rural Municipality is compelled to live a miserable life in her old age. Gauri, who can't even move from one place to another without a stick has no one to look after her. She has visited the rural municipality office many times seeking government allowance, but she always returns home empty-handed. “You are not going to get the allowance until you build a toilet in your house,” the officials of the rural municipality always tell her.

RJPN suspends protest programs

Published On: May 31, 2017 04:11 PM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, May 31: As the government rescheduled the second phase of the local level elections on June 28, the agitating Rastriya Janta Party Nepal (RJPN) has suspended all programs of protest.

Poll-opposing Madhesi parties in a fix over contesting elections

Published On: May 29, 2017 12:10 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, March 29: With the deadline to register candidates for the second phase of local elections now just four days away, Madhesi parties opposing the polls are in dilemma whether to dedicate their time and resources planning for protests or to contest in the polls.

Madhesi parties into polls to prevent cadres from quitting party

Published On: May 26, 2017 12:40 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, May 26: In the next seven days, Madhes-centric parties will have to decide whether or not to participate in the second phase of local elections slated for June 14. Since those parties that have remained undecided about participating in the elections are losing their cadres to other parties, some of the Madhes-centric parties are opting to participate in the election due to immense pressure from their cadres.

Parties set to adopt failed alliance strategy again

Published On: May 24, 2017 08:37 AM NPT By: Mithilesh Yadav

LAHAN, May 24: Electoral alliances between various political parties in the first phase of local elections failed to garner the number of votes they had expected. Yet, undeterred by the failure, political parties are mulling to form electoral alliances in the second phase of the local elections slated for June 14.