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Bhim Chapagain



Most workers in tea industry are temporary

August 6, 2018 09:10 AM

ILAM, Aug 6: A total of 3 million workers are engaged in tea industry of Nepal. But only 3,244 them are hired on permanent basis, a survey shows.

Zero student in masters' programs after semester system introduced

July 31, 2018 04:30 AM

ILAM, July 31: Introduction of the semester system in masters' level programs by Tribhuvan University has affected student enrollment in campuses affiliated to it in the hilly districts of the eastern region. In some campuses, the number of enrollment in the masters programs has gone down to zero.

The never-ending border disputes still linger

July 26, 2018 03:00 AM

ILAM, July 26: While border disputes along the no-man's-land in eastern Nepal have continued for years, the government authorities are yet to make any concrete effort to resolve the issue with the southern neighbor, India.

Demand for Nepali organic tea rising

July 25, 2018 07:30 AM

ILAM, July 25: Tea producers in Ilam are facing difficulties in meeting the demand from international buyers Although the district is famous for tea production, it has not been able to produce sufficient tea to fulfill demand in the international market.

Municipality aims to be free of banned pesticides

July 21, 2018 12:05 PM

ILAM, July 21: At a time when over use of pesticides have been increasingly posing risks to people's life, Suryodaya Municipality of Ilam is gearing up to be a pesticide free zone in three years. For this, the municipality is working with stakeholders - farmers, people's representatives and industrialists. According to the plan, vegetables, crops and tea grown in this municipality will be fully organic.

Human trafficking through Pashupatinagar on the rise

July 21, 2018 03:45 AM

ILAM, July 20: The Indian gateway to eastern Nepal, Pashupatinagar has become the main 'transit' for human trafficking in recent days .Despite being aware that human trafficking through Pashupatinagar is much higher than through other customs points along the eastern border, the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to this. By taking advantage of the open border, human traffickers sell people to India and many other countries by citing various reasons such as foreign employment, health, meeting relatives among others. According to Maiti Nepal, this customs point is used for trafficking girls and boys from as many as 52 districts including Ilam.

Manpower crunch poses problem in merging government authorities

July 18, 2018 02:30 AM

ILAM, July 18: Locals living in remote areas of Ilam district were delighted to know that they would no longer have to walk to the district headquarters seeking any kind of government service since most government authorities were to be merged with the local units.

Forest encroachment goes unabated in Ilam

July 17, 2018 01:24 AM

ILAM, July 17: The trend of encroaching upon forest land for settlement has been rampantly increasing in Ilam but the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to this.

Farmers worried as India halts tomato exports via Kakarbhitta

July 14, 2018 07:46 AM

ILAM, July 14: A bulk of Nepal's vegetable exports via Kakarbhitta border point in eastern Nepal used to be tomatoes until the past fiscal year. However, with India stopping import of Nepali tomatoes, hundreds of farmers from Ilam district fear that their production this year will simply go waste with no one to purchase them.

Women’s beekeeping joint venture makes their dream come true

June 25, 2018 09:52 AM

JHAPA, June 25: Dhanamaya Thapa, a resident of Shivasatakshi Municipality, would always worry about her future as she has no formal education. Though peasant’s life would not attract her, she used to think that she had no options. However, her future had something else for her in store.

Green leaves production down by half

June 23, 2018 05:41 AM

ILAM, June 23: Production of green tea leaves has declined significantly in eastern hilly districts including Panchthar, Jhapa and Ilam – the capital of tea production in Nepal. Industrial and farmers have attributed the drop in tea leaves production to unfavorable climate. Drop in production has left farmers worried.

Province 1 budget criticized for being tarai-centric

June 17, 2018 06:51 AM

ILAM, June 17: Stakeholders have accused the recently unveiled budget of Province 1 of being tarai-centric and of neglecting hilly and mountainous regions in the province. The province’s budget of Rs 35.9 billion, has been accused of neglecting those areas in terms of tourism, industrial development among others.

Province 1 budget criticized for being tarai-centric

June 17, 2018 04:05 AM

ILAM, June 17: Stakeholders have accused the recently unveiled budget of Province 1 of being tarai-centric and of neglecting hilly and mountainous regions in the province. The province’s budget of Rs 35.9 billion, has been accused of neglecting those areas in terms of tourism, industrial development among others.

Security agencies, Maoists buried disappeared in mass graves: CIEDP

June 14, 2018 06:00 AM

ILAM, June 14: Families of those who were disappeared during the decade-long armed conflict in Ilam are still waiting in the hope that their missing kin would return home some day.

Tara Air successfully conducts test flight at Sukilumba airport

June 5, 2018 08:08 AM

ILAM, June 5: A test flight was successfully conducted at the newly-built Phalgunanda Sukilumba Airport in Ilam district on Monday.

Ilam locals overjoyed to see test flight in their vicinity (watch photos)

June 4, 2018 18:11 PM

ILAM, Jun 4: Locals knew no bounds of happiness when they saw an aircraft landing at Falgunanda Sukilumba Airport in the district headquarters of Ilam.

Two excavators held for illegal sand extraction

June 1, 2018 09:48 AM

ILAM, June 1: Police have taken two excavators under custody for illegal sand extraction from the Ratuwa River bank of Mangsebung rural municipality. Chief District Officer’s team seized the key and took the excavators under custody.

HOMESTAY ALLURING TOURISTS

May 31, 2018 09:35 AM

Homestay projects in several villages in Ilam have gradually started coming into the radar of travelers. These family-run lodges are especially known for providing an organic feel of the rural Ilam settings to their guests. At present home stays in Antu, Mai pokhari, Balangau, and Jamauna villages are seeing a large number of visitors.

Tea entrepreneurs continue facing obstruction at Panityanki border

May 29, 2018 09:30 AM

ILAM, May 29: The obstruction in export Nepali tea has continued at the border, leading to severe inconvenience to tea farmers and entrepreneurs. They are still unable to export their products from the eastern border at Panityanki, Jhapa forcing them to use alternative border points that incur more expenses.

Man kills wife with khukuri

May 25, 2018 08:47 AM

ILAM, May 25:  Madan limbu, 38, of Maijogamai rural municipality-5 has killed his wife. Limbu launched a khukuri attack on his wife Bimala Limbu, 26, over a family dispute, said Police source.