Bhim Chapagain

The contributor for Republica.

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.

Aspirants knocking doors of central leaders

Published On: October 15, 2017 04:00 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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.

'Too many old faces may dampen voter zeal'

Published On: October 10, 2017 02:30 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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.

Nepali, Indian entrepreneurs join hands to promote tourism

Published On: September 24, 2017 07:29 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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.

Prices of essentials shoot up in eastern region

Published On: August 26, 2017 07:27 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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.

Charm of Ropain Jatra in Ilam

Published On: August 12, 2017 12:50 PM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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.

Local bodies in a mess for lack of infrastructure

Published On: August 5, 2017 09:09 AM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

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.