Bhim Chapagain

The contributor for Republica.

46 APF personnel test positive for COVID-19 in Ilam

Published On: August 6, 2020 04:03 PM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Aug 6: As many as 46 Armed Police Force (APF) personnel tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) including 16 more diagnosed on Thursday.

Tea industry falls prey to COVID-19

Published On: April 13, 2020 09:06 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, April 13: The demand for Nepali organic orthodox tea has dropped to near zero due to COVID-19 pandemic.

First flush of green tea goes to waste due to lockdown

Published On: April 2, 2020 07:45 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, April 2: The tea industry in Ilam district is facing losses of millions of Rupees as the farmers have not been able to pick green tea from the tea gardens due to the lockdown. The lockdown came into effect as the farmers were preparing to pluck quality tea leaves. The tea leaves are outgrowing because of the delay in plucking.

Machhindra Club bags Mai Valley Gold Cup

Published On: March 8, 2020 08:01 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, March 8: Player-of-the-match Andres Niya’s solo strike inspired Machhindra Football Club to a 1-0 win against host team Mai Valley Football Club to secure the sixth edition of Mai Valley Gold Cup in Ilam on Saturday. The championship is Machhindra’s third trophy in the calendar year after winning the Satakshi Gold Cup and Martyr’s Memorial A-Division League earlier in the season.

Road connecting Maipokhari being blacktopped

Published On: February 18, 2020 11:45 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Feb 18: The road stretch connecting the district headquarters of Illam to Maipokhari is being blacktopped at a rapid pace by the Division Road Office.

Projects in Mai Khola basin to add 22 MW to national grid within a year

Published On: January 28, 2020 10:07 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Jan 28: Three hydropower projects which are under construction in Mai Khola are expected to add 22.1-megawatt electricity to the national transmission grid within a year.

New fast track in Eastern Nepal cuts short distance by almost half

Published On: January 23, 2020 08:31 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Jan 23: The new fast track between Ilam and Jhapa will cut short the distance between the two places by almost half, once the road comes into operation.

Lack of conservation area for rare tea plant

Published On: January 22, 2020 09:14 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Jan 22: Ilam is famous for its tea gardens but the government's apathy towards conservation and promotion of Nepali tea is a serious concern for tea entrepreneurs. According to tea experts, tea gardens which have been privatized contain precious tea plants but it lacks conservation and expansion. Government should designate conservation area and expand the precious plant but at present it is produced as normal tea, and sold for nominal prices.

Suryodaya Municipality organizing tourism festival

Published On: December 2, 2019 12:04 PM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Dec 2: Suryodaya Tourism Festival is being organized in Ilam from November 30 to December 3 to promote tourism in the district.

India, Nepal encroach no-man’s land in Ilam

Published On: December 1, 2019 08:47 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILLAM, Dec 1: Both India and Nepal have been found encroaching the no-man’s land in Illam. The Indian side has constructed a government building in between the border, while the Nepali side has built residential houses and other infrastructure in the ‘dasgaja’ area.

Our economy will thrive in next three years: Suryodaya Municipality mayor

Published On: November 25, 2019 09:29 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Nov 25: Suryodaya Municipality of Ilam is one the biggest towns in the eastern hilly region. The municipality with 56,691 populations is also known as one of the best tourist destinations in the region. It boasts of thrilling locations like Antudanda, Kanyam, Pashupatinagar and Fikkal. Republica recently caught up with its mayor, Rana Bahadur Rai and discussed its march towards prosperity and development.

Indian SSB preventing tourists from visiting Sandakpur

Published On: November 18, 2019 08:08 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Nov 18: The Indian border security personnel have stopped tourists from visiting a viewpoint, which is at an altitude of 3,636 meters in Sandukpur in Ilam district.

70 percent population in Mai Municipality landless

Published On: November 2, 2019 09:01 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Nov 2: Around 70 percent of people in Mai Municipality of Ilam living across 246.11 square kilometers of land are landless since decades, according to the data provided municipality.

Employee adjustment scheme taking toll on Ilam District Hospital

Published On: September 25, 2019 09:02 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Sept 25: Ilam District Hospital is losing its doctors and staff to the employee adjustment process while the hospital is not certain about their replacement.

Most roads leading to tourist destinations in need of immediate repair

Published On: September 25, 2019 07:37 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Sept 25: The much-hyped Visit Nepal 2020 is just three months away but most of the roads leading to major tourist destinations are yet to be repaired. The situation is not different in Province 1, which boasts of having over two dozen tourist destinations.

76 inmates fall sick in Ilam jail

Published On: September 21, 2019 03:15 PM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Sept 21: A total of 76 prisoners at Illam jail have fallen sick since the last four days.

Green tea buds traded at Rs 1,500 a kilo

Published On: September 21, 2019 08:20 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Sept 21: How much does green tea cost? Most people have heard Rs 20, Rs 40, Rs 80 or even Rs 300 a kilogram at the garden. But some farmers in Ilam are selling green tea buds for as high as Rs 1,500 per kilogram. Green tea usually has two leaves and a bud. Industries buy the buds for Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 per kilo. The wage for picking up the buds is Rs 500 per kilogram.

Ilam farmers hopeful of better kiwi fruit harvest

Published On: September 5, 2019 03:25 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Sept 5: Farmers of Ilam are expecting a better harvest of kiwi fruits this year thanks to favorable weather conditions.

Entrepreneurs studying investment prospects in Province 1

Published On: September 4, 2019 08:19 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Sept 4: Industrialists and entrepreneurs of eastern Nepal have started studying different areas in Province 1 for investment.

Pigeons dying at alarming rate in Ilam

Published On: August 28, 2019 08:09 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Aug 28: The sudden deaths of pigeons around Maisthan temple and Ilam market in the last one month have left the locals shocked.