Bhim Chapagain

The contributor for Republica.

Human trafficking through Pashupatinagar on the rise

Published On: July 21, 2018 03:45 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: July 18, 2018 02:30 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: July 17, 2018 01:24 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: July 14, 2018 07:46 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: June 25, 2018 09:52 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: June 23, 2018 05:41 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: June 17, 2018 06:51 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: June 14, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: June 5, 2018 08:08 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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)

Published On: June 4, 2018 06:11 PM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: June 1, 2018 09:48 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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.


Published On: May 31, 2018 09:35 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: May 29, 2018 09:30 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: May 25, 2018 08:47 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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.

Indian customs officials obstruct Nepali tea exports: Industrialists

Published On: May 9, 2018 10:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, May 9: Indian customs officials have obstructed export of readymade tea to India, according to industrialists.

Ilam farmers not getting right price for green leaves: Study

Published On: May 8, 2018 08:45 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, May 8:Cost of production of green tea leaves in Suryodaya Municipality of Ilam is Rs 37.31 per kilogram, a recent study conducted by Nepal Tea and Coffee Development Board shows. The board had conducted the study together with Suryodaya Municipality following complaints from farmers that return from tea farming is minimal compared to high investment.

Police arrest 'drunkard' for attempted rape

Published On: May 3, 2018 04:30 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, May 3: Police have arrested Sudip Gurung, 23, in an attempted rape case of an elderly woman of Ilam. He is in custody for further investigation.

83-year-old reportedly raped in Ilam

Published On: May 2, 2018 03:30 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, May 2: In an extremely shocking case, an octogenarian lady has been reportedly raped and injured in Katahare village of Ilam.

Three Star Club lifts Mai Valley Gold Cup title

Published On: May 1, 2018 08:40 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, May 1: Ruslan Three Star Club has lifted the fourth International Invitational Tuborg Mai Valley Gold Cup football tournament with a slender 1-0 win over Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club in the final on Monday.

Both Manang, Three Star confident of winning Mai Valley Gold Cup

Published On: April 30, 2018 08:45 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, April 30: Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club and Ruslan Three Star Club are going head-to-head in the final of the ongoing fourth International Invitational Tuborg Mai Valley Gold Cup football tournament on Monday. Both the teams will be going into the match with full preparations to lift the title of the biggest prize money of the eastern hilly region.