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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
ILAM, Oct 15: Aspiring candidates determined to contest the upcoming parliamentary or provincial elections have intensified their meetings with the central leaders of the parties in order to persuade the latter for tickets. A good number of such poll aspirants have left the district for the capital to knock the doors of the influential leaders.
ILAM, Oct 10: Instead of encouraging newcomers, most of the political parties have once again prioritized old faces in ticket distribution for the upcoming parliamentary and provincial assembly elections, and this has raised fears that public enthusiasm for the polls could be slightly dampened.
SILIGURI (INDIA), Sept 24: Tourism entrepreneurs of Mechi zone and other stakeholders of Nepal have coordinated with tourism entrepreneurs of the Indian state of West Bengal for the promotion of tourism of both countries.
ILAM, August 26: The ongoing Gorkhaland movement in Darjeeling of India has triggered inflation in the Nepali markets in the eastern region bordering India. The rate of everyday necessities such as rice, pulses and oil has soared up, locals informed. Indian consumers have been carrying goods from the Nepali markets. There is general strike in Darjeeling for the last 72 days.
Every year, Ropain Jatra is celebrated after the completion of rice plantation to rejuvenate from the stress and workload one faces during the plantation time. This year, it was celebrated on Thursday in Ilam.
ILAM, Aug 4: Much to the delight of the people, the government recently conducted local level elections in two phases in six out of seven provinces of the country. While Province 2 is yet to witness election, people elsewhere have already got their chosen representatives. But the office bearers in Ilam are quite tensed. They are facing enough hassles both due to the lack of polices and infrastructures. This has greatly affected their performance, they lament.
ILAM, August 4: Two women have died apparently due to swine flu. According to District Health Office, Jhapa, Anita Devi Mittal, 34, of Birtamod Municipality-4 and Manisha Agrawal, 47, of Birtamod-1 died because of this decease.
ILAM, July 22: The market places have remained closed. However, the movement of Indian customers has not seized yet. They come all the way from Indian hill town Darjeeling to purchase goods of daily necessities at Indian border Pashupatinagar.
ILAM, July 21: The market is closed, but the crowd of buyers from across the border does not seem to lessen. The shopkeepers do not find a break from selling food items -- from salt and oil to pulses and rice. These, the buyers get transported to their homes in India by private vehicles, human porters, or horse-back.
ILAM, July 14: Ethnicity-based fringe parties, which have their stronghold in the eastern hill districts, have lost their election deposits in their own bastion after failing to secure even 10% of the votes in the elections. Such an election result was unexpected as popularity of such parties has been on the rise in the region of late.
ILAM, July 12: Ethnicity-based fringe parties, which have their stronghold in the eastern hill districts, have lost their election deposits in their own bastion after failing to secure even 10% of the votes in the elections.