Bhim Chapagain

The contributor for Republica.

Ginger worth millions rot in farms as India closes market

Published On: January 26, 2018 08:25 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Jan 26: Bishnu Bohora, a ginger trader in Panchthar district, gets phone calls from farmers almost on a daily basis. “Our ginger is  rotting on the farm. When can you come and take delivery?”  they ask.

India blocks Nepali ginger

Published On: January 23, 2018 07:20 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Jan 23: The 'friendly' neighbor in the south has once again imposed an obstruction on Nepal's export of agricultural produce into their country, this time blocking entry of trucks carrying Nepali ginger.

Indian customs officials obstruct export of Nepali organic tea

Published On: January 14, 2018 09:51 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Jan 14: After a series of obstruction on the export of cardamom and ginger, Indian customs office at Panitanki is now obstructing the export of Nepal’s organic tea.

Hydropower projects gear up works in Ilam

Published On: January 7, 2018 08:35 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Jan 7: Hydropower projects in Ilam have geared up construction works in recent years, whereas the existing ones have been continuously adding up electricity to the national power grid.

Few people opt for health insurance in Ilam

Published On: January 6, 2018 03:34 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Jan 5: A few years back, the government initiated the Social Security Program from Ilam to educate people about the importance of health insurance. But still the number of people having health insurances is disappointingly low. Only nine percent people in the district have life insurance.

A reflection of village culture

Published On: December 26, 2017 09:26 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILLAM, Dec 26: Jubiliant Elite Academy, with the initiation of its students, organized a cultural exhibition at the school premises on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit featured household materials that were used in the villages in ancient times.

Ilam’s ‘orange capital’ becoming history

Published On: December 26, 2017 08:42 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Dec 26: Salakpur in Rong Rural Municipality Ward 6 of Ilam district was considered to be hub for orange farming. But not even one decade after the village started farming oranges, 90 percent of the orange trees have dried out.

High invalid votes scoff at EC’s voter education

Published On: December 12, 2017 03:43 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Dec 12: Like in the previous elections, there were scores of invalid votes during the recently concluded parliamentary and provincial elections.

Left alliance grabs victory in Ilam

Published On: December 11, 2017 01:18 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Dec 10: Candidates of the left alliance comprising CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) have emerged victorious over their opponents with huge margin of votes in Ilam. Despite claiming several victories in the past elections, Nepali Congress (NC)'s influential leaders have failed to repeat the feat this time.

Jhala Nath Khanal wins in Ilam-1

Published On: December 10, 2017 04:41 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Dec 10: CPN-UML candidate for Ilam-1 and former Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal has won in the constituency.

UML leader Nemwang and Khanal cast their votes in Ilam (Photo features)

Published On: December 7, 2017 08:01 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

Ilam, Dec 7: CPN- UML senior leader Subash chandra Nemwang and Jhala Nath Khanal cast thier votes in Ilam. Nemwang, who is also  ex-speaker of Parliamentary Assembly cast his vote in Balmindir polling center in district headquarter Ilam. Nemwang is contesting from Ilam-2.

In pictures: Dispatching materials for Ilam election

Published On: December 3, 2017 01:26 PM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Dec 3: Preparations are underway to send election materials to designated voting centers in Ilam for the election on December 7.  “We are extremely busy to transport election materials,” Prem Kumar Kafle, district election officer said adding that by tomorrow (Monday), all voting centers would have the election materials. See photos of election dispatch here.

Ballot boxes from remote booths to arrive by Monday morning

Published On: November 27, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Nov 27: Ballot boxes from several polling booths of Panchthar and Taplejung districts have already been brought to the center. However, it might take one more day for the security forces to bring the boxes from remote zones.

Candidates seek blessings from religious leader for election success

Published On: November 12, 2017 01:26 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Nov 11: After registering his candidacy on November 2, former speaker of parliament Subas Chandra Nembang headed straight to ashram of Kirat religious leader Aatma Nanda Lingden in Larumba (Mangsebung Rural Municipality) of Ilam district. He received blessings from the guru, which marked the beginning of his election campaign.

Identity politics wanes as leaders cut ties to regional parties

Published On: November 9, 2017 09:54 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Nov 9: Candidate of then CPN (Maoist) Bishwadip Lingden defeated CPN-UML leader K P Sharma Oli when the slogans of identity politics raised by the Maoists held sway all across the villages back during the first Constituent Assembly polls in 2008. Lingden's success in defeating Oli in Jhapa by a wide margin of over 5,000 votes drew national attention.

Heavyweights struggling to protect their legacy in Ilam

Published On: November 4, 2017 01:19 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

IILAM, Nov 3: In the much anticipated parliamentary elections scheduled for December 7, three political heavyweights will be testing their fate. In a bid to protect their legacy, these candidates have expedited their visits to their respective constituencies and intensified their campaigns.

Ilam’s polytechnic institute comes into operation

Published On: November 2, 2017 08:10 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Nov 2: Technical education was always one of the greatest demands of Ilam residents. Lack of employment after the completion of formal education had inspired them to demand for the establishment of institutions that provide skill oriented education.

High demand for Nepali tea in Europe

Published On: October 31, 2017 07:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Oct 31: European tea traders are demanding Nepali tea in large quantities after disruption of their import from Darjeeling due to ongoing Gorkhaland movement. A team of 10 European businessmen were in a three-week visit to Ilam and Dhankuta districts in eastern Nepal to order tea for next year.

Tea production in Ilam likely to fall by a fifth

Published On: October 29, 2017 08:57 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Oct 29: Tea production in Ilam is likely to drop by about a fifth this year due to incessant rainfall and fog, tea entrepreneurs have said.

Floriculture flourishes in Illam

Published On: October 19, 2017 03:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, Oct 19: Dhan Bahadur Pakhrin is probably one of the busiest men in the locality these days. His wife Ramila is also in no less hurry. With the arrival of Tihar, which is considered a festival of lights and flowers, the couple is busy selling marigold and globe-amaranth they grew in their farm. The business, they say, has been giving them immense joy and good money.