Bhim Chapagain

The contributor for Republica.

Ilam hotels overbooked

Published On: October 26, 2016 01:20 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Oct 26: With overwhelming turnover of visitors in this main tourist season, hotel entrepreneurs in tourist-hub Ilam district are having difficulties accommodating unprecedented influx of guests.

Tourists flood Ilam

Published On: October 22, 2016 02:20 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

KANYAM, Oct 22: Ilam's beauty is breathtaking even on an average day. And it grows by manifold when rain drenches the green hills of the district and dense fog starts to glide down the vast stretch of tea estates and opens them to blue sky. This is exactly the reason why Ilam is flooded with tourists these days.

Waste management problem in Ilam

Published On: October 20, 2016 12:40 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Oct 20: Suryodaya Municipality of Ilam has been adversely affected by garbage piled up in the city. The problem emerged as the contractor failed to complete the landfill site construction on time.

6 among 7 bodies retrieved from Mai River boat capsize identified (update)

Published On: October 15, 2016 08:37 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Oct 15: The identities of the four victims among those killed in the Mai River boat capsize have been established.

2 killed, 1 injured after being  crushed by tree

Published On: October 12, 2016 01:26 PM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Oct 12: Two people were killed after being crushed by a tree at Mahamai VDC in the district.

6 including LDO injured in Ilam road mishap

Published On: October 6, 2016 11:56 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Oct 6: Six people including Local Development Officer (LDO) sustained injuries in a road accident at Sakhejung VDC-6 in Ilam along the Mechi Highway on Thursday morning.

Traversing Ilam hills on bicycles

Published On: September 28, 2016 12:10 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Sept 28: The beautiful hills of Ilam and thrilling bicycle ride there. What could be more thrilling than this, claims well known cyclist Pushkar Shah. On Monday the 37th world tourism day was marked by bicyclists across the globe through countless formal and informal programs. The same day, a group led by Shah was paddling their cycles hard in the muddy fields of eastern hills. Though incessant rainfall in the past few days had left the cycling trek muddy and slippery, it could not stop the group from going ahead of their plans to ride bicycle in green hills to mark the tourism day.

An old public college in Ilam excels

Published On: September 15, 2016 08:01 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Sept 14: In many cases, old government schools have been forced to shut down after being unable to sustain due to direct competition with newly established private schools.

Demand for cheese surges

Published On: September 1, 2016 07:57 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Aug 31: The demand for cheese, which was in downturn since last year's earthquake, has once again surged in Ilam. Cheese entrepreneurs who were upset by declining demand in the market are now facing hardship in catering to the demands.

Learning tea processing techniques from foreign specialists

Published On: August 30, 2016 12:40 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Aug 30: Of late, Russian tea specialist Alexi Sebekin could be found processing organic tea in Jasbire-based Maipokhari Tea Processing Industry, Ilam district.

Incredible returns pull farmers into Akabare chili farming

Published On: August 24, 2016 07:43 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Aug 24: Top Bahadur Basnet of Soyang village tells something incredible. This year, he is seriously expecting Rs one million in return from the harvest of a special type of a type of Habanero Chili popularly known in Nepal as Akbare Khursani.

Fikkal FM spreads love of Nepali

Published On: August 18, 2016 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Aug 17: Nepalis living near the border with India share many similarities with their southern neighbors. Along with similar culture, they speak commonly understood languages.

No govt support for probing conflict-era cases: TRC chair

Published On: August 15, 2016 02:20 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

Ilam, Aug 15: After receiving complaints from victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency, both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEPD) are clueless how to move the cases forward.

Demand for Nepali tea improves in foreign markets

Published On: August 4, 2016 01:10 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Aug 4: International demand for tea produced in Ilam district was hit hard when a test in Germany few months ago revealed that it contained a harmful chemical called 'anthraquinone', or simply 'acque'. After a period of drop in its demand, of late demand for Ilam tea has shown significant improvement in recent days, especially in Europe and the USA.

Ethnic boards alarm Gorkhaland supporters in India

Published On: July 16, 2016 08:13 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

DARJEELING, July 15: Rapid formation of ‘development board’ on the basis of ethnic groups in the Darjeeling hills by the Western Bengal government has quite alarmed Gorkhaland supporters.

Bhanu not confined to a particular geography and language: Indian Perz

Published On: July 14, 2016 02:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

DARJEELING, JULY 14: Chowrasta Chowk in Darjeeling echoed with Bhanubhakta Acharya's poetry and Nepal's national anthem throughout Tuesday. Most of the men present there were in daura-suruwal, the traditional Nepali outfit, and the women wore chaubandi cholo.

Kiwi fruit brings prosperity to farmers

Published On: July 9, 2016 07:12 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

Tekbahadur Bista of Sakhejung village has been farming kiwi for the last seven years. When he started, Bista had no exact idea how well his new venture would pay him off.

Inmates suffering in dilapidated, congested prisons

Published On: July 7, 2016 09:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, June 7: Thirteen inmates in Jhapa district prison recently fell unconscious due to scorching heat. They regained consciousness only after prison staffs and other inmate sprinkled water and fanned them with paper. These are common problem for the prison’s staff and its inmates during hot days.

Breaking the barrier, Ilam school offers Sanskrit education to all

Published On: July 5, 2016 01:10 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, July 5: Gone are the days when only Brahmins could read Sanskrit, only Janajatis could pursue Buddhist education and those from Kirant communities could go through the holy book of Kirant. Unlike in the past, anyone regardless of caste, creed, religion, sex and community can now read those holy books in order to gain knowledge. Toribari, situated at Barbote VDC ward number one in Ilam district, illustrates the paradigm shift.

Lack of immigration facilities depriving Ilam of tourists

Published On: June 20, 2016 02:11 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, June 20: Millions of tourists visit Darjeeling every year. Ilam is not far away from Darjeeling, nor is it any less beautiful, according to visitors. However, lack of immigration department in the border keeps them from making the pristine location their next destination, locals feel.