Bhim Chapagain

The contributor for Republica.

Ilam a destination for religious tourism

Published On: September 22, 2018 09:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

Ilam sees a big influx of tourists, especially during September and October. The eastern province of Nepal -- notable for tea plantation -- is also renowned as a religious destination. In addition to embracing natural beauties the region holds, a large number of devotees also visit Ilam citing its religious values.

Tea workers launch protest demanding implementation of minimum wage

Published On: September 6, 2018 08:07 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Sept 6: Tea workers of eastern Nepal have launched a protest against tea industries following the latter's reluctance to pay them minimum wage fixed by the government.Though the government has revised the minimum wage twice, industries are still paying farmers as per the earlier wage structure.

Why were our kin disappeared? Killed? Conflict victims’ families

Published On: September 2, 2018 03:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Sept 2: On September 29, 2002, Khadananda Adhikari of Paanchthar’s Yangwarak Rural Municipality-1, Chyangthapu was shot dead while walking. His family members saw the brutal scene of him being shot by 36 bullets. “Why was my husband killed?” questioned his wife Homa, adding, “I have been asking this question for the past 12 years but have received no answer.”

Tea factories not paying minimum wage to laborers

Published On: August 28, 2018 08:18 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Aug 28: Though the government’s minimum wage for workers came into effect from the month of Shrawan (mid-July to mid-August), tea workers were deprived of the increased wage in the first month of Fiscal Year 2018/19.

Most workers in tea industry are temporary

Published On: August 6, 2018 09:10 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: July 31, 2018 04:30 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: July 26, 2018 03:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: July 25, 2018 07:30 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

Published On: July 21, 2018 12:05 PM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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

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.