Devendra Basnet

The contributor for Republica.

Politicians let us down: Flood victims

Published On: January 23, 2017 08:23 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Jan 23: Three days after the devastating flood swept away houses and killed dozens of people in Dang and Surkhet in August, 2014, the then Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam rushed to the affected areas to meet the victims.

More students in Dang into drugs

Published On: January 21, 2017 12:20 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Jan 21: Early on Thursday morning in Ghorahi of Dang district, a group of seven school students entered a local tea shop. After placing order for tea, one of the group members took out a small pouch, which consisted of drugs. Immediately they started preparation to take it. They spent a few minutes under the table, and after leaving the shop, they were clearly intoxicated.

Government school's dilemma: Free or quality education?

Published On: January 17, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Jan 17: A state-run primary school, Ratri Primary School, in Ghorahi - 3 decided to enhance the quality of its education by adopting private school policies in terms of grading of classes, medium of instruction, extra-curricular activities, among others, six years ago. Newly added classes- Nursery, LKG and UKG - got quite popular among parents instantly.

Three killed, 22 injured in Dang bus fall

Published On: December 22, 2016 03:41 PM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Dec 22: A bus met with an accident in the district on Thursday killing three passengers and injuring 22 others.

Clashes in Rolpa over amendment bill

Published On: December 16, 2016 06:58 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Dec 16:Tensions ran high in Rolpa on Thursday after police opened tear gas to disperse groups opposing and  supporting constitution amendment bill in Libang, district headquarters of Rolpa.

27 Kamlaris missing for over a decade

Published On: December 15, 2016 08:03 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Dec 15: Beaten by extreme poverty, Chaturbhuj Chaudhari of Ghorahi decided a cruel fate for his 10-year-old daughter Sharmila, 14 years ago. Responding to suggestion from a relative he agreed to hand over the child to a Kathmandu based well-off family as domestic help. It was agreed that he would be paid Rs 4000 annually for the full time service of the child to the family. In the initial days, she would frequently contact the family members back home. Later, the frequency decreased. And then, she went out of contact.

Conversion to Christianity high among Dang Tharus

Published On: December 14, 2016 11:00 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Dec 14: A growing influence of Christianity has been noticed in the Tharu communities of Dang district since 2005. This has Tharu community leaders deeply concerned, saying their culture and rituals are at risk of extinction.

We have had enough of deception: Rolpalis

Published On: December 1, 2016 08:41 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Nov 30: “The Maoists have always neglected the birthplace of their rebellion. The Maoists have always deceived Thabang.

Locals regret donating land to Nepal Sanskrit University

Published On: November 30, 2016 09:03 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Nov 29: As Nepal Sanskrit University in Dang district prepares to lease its 200 bigha of land to Swami Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, locals who had donated their land to the university in hopes of contributing to the development of education sector have expressed serious objection regarding the decision.

Sanskrit University moving to lease 200 bigha land to Patanjali

Published On: November 29, 2016 08:17 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Nov 29: Nepal Sanskrit University in Dang is preparing to lease out 200 bigha of land to Swami Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd for 40 years at a very low price, as per his plans for developing the area into a commercial ayurvedic farm.

Mixed-religion families prone to frictions

Published On: November 17, 2016 12:20 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Nov 17: Ram Bahadur Chaudhary of Deukhuri, Dang district has long been resisting pressure from his brother, a local Christian leader, to covert. His continuous refusal has miffed his brother and other local Christians.

Property worth Rs 10.5 m destroyed as petrol pump catches fire

Published On: November 15, 2016 01:11 PM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Nov 15: Property worth around Rs 10.5 million was destroyed after a petrol pump caught fire in Deukhuri on Monday night.

Faith in miracles results in loss of life

Published On: November 9, 2016 01:50 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Nov 9: When Hira Mani (name changed), a local of Satabariya in Dang district, suffered a knee injury from a fall about a year ago, he was rushed to hospital in Nepalgunj. However, the injury did not heal and became aggravated instead.

Former Maoist child combatants express disappointment over joining the rebellion

Published On: November 3, 2016 12:00 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Nov 3: Khushi Ram Chaudhary was only 15 years old when he joined the then Maoist Army in 2005. Leaders of the rebel army had tempted him to join the force by promising that he would eventually be enrolled in the Nepal Army if he fights for them.

No OPD service after 3 pm despite govt directive

Published On: October 20, 2016 01:10 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Oct 20: The latest directive of the Ministry of Health that makes it mandatory for hospitals to open its OPD from 10 am to 5 pm has failed yet again in Dang district.

Former Maoist rebels: Who took the cut from our salary?

Published On: October 18, 2016 02:10 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Oct 18: Shibalal KC, a resident of Tulsipur joined the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in 2003.  He was at the fifth division of the PLA at Dahaban Headquarters, Rolpa and was entitled to Rs 5000 per month. However, KC says that he never received his full salary. “I never received my full salary. They (PLA) would always have cut from it under various headings like party welfare,” he said stating through out his stay at the cantonment he received only Rs 3000 per month.

Smuggling of endangered animal parts continues unabated

Published On: October 18, 2016 02:00 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Oct 18: Tek Bahadur KC and Mukta Bahadur Thapa were recently caught by Nepal Police for possessing animal parts. The duo was held by a police team deployed by the regional office of Crime Investigation Bureau. KC and Thapa were in possession of a bag with tiger skin when they were spotted at a hotel at 11 pm in Lalmatiya of Deukhuri.

With end of syndicate, new era of transport dawns in Dang

Published On: September 29, 2016 07:26 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Sept 28: Small-sized short-route buses were not catering to the growing needs and expectation of Dang’s residents.

571 valuable books of Yogi Naraharinath collected

Published On: September 15, 2016 01:10 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Sept 15: In a bid to preserve books of historical significance, Brihad Adhyatmik Parishad, a religious council, has collected 571 books of late spiritual practitioner Yogi Naraharinath. The books would greatly contribute to the historical aspects besides their spiritual significance, says Bishwo KC Pokharel, general secretary of the council.

Poverty, inflation behind rising suicides

Published On: September 12, 2016 01:30 AM NPT By: Devendra Basnet

DANG, Sept 12: When women in her village were busy celebrating Teej festival, 17-year-old Goma Oli, a local of Rajpur, wore a gloomy look. There was no celebratory mood in her poverty-stricken family. And being one among the seven sisters made things even more difficult for her.