Arjun Oli

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Political meddling behind irregularities at Sikta project: Locals

Published On: December 12, 2018 07:30 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Dec 12: Ever since construction work started on the Sikta Irrigation Project in 2005, the political party in power at the time and departmental ministers have initiated a trend of transferring the director and other project staff as they pleased.

Farmers relieved as NFC offers better price for paddy

Published On: December 8, 2018 02:00 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Dec 8: Farmers in Nepalgunj are delighted this year as well, with the Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) continuing to purchase paddy from them at an inflated price. Each year, the corporation gives them a price better than the local market to relieve the farmers of financial burden.

NCDA adopts federal structure

Published On: October 29, 2018 02:30 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Oct 29: Nepal Chemists and Druggists Association (NCDA) has adopted federal structure by amending its statute.

Six die in Nepalgunj truck-microbus collision, 17 injured

Published On: October 7, 2018 05:00 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Oct 7: At least six people lost their lives while 17 others sustained injuries when a microbus collided head-on with a truck near Muguwa River of Raptisonari Rural Municipality-2 in Banke district on Saturday morning.

Stakeholders smell rat in Sikta probes delay

Published On: September 28, 2018 07:13 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Sept 28: Both the Ministry of Irrigation and the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) have formed separate probe committees to investigate into the irregularities in the multi-billion rupees Sikta Irrigation Project. It has already been a month and a half since the two committees returned to Kathmandu after conducting their investigations at the project site. But their investigations are nowhere near conclusion.

Stakeholders smell rat in Sikta probes delay

Published On: September 28, 2018 04:10 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Sept 28: Both the Ministry of Irrigation and the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) have formed separate probe committees to investigate into the irregularities in the multi-billion rupees Sikta Irrigation Project. It has already been a month and a half since the two committees returned to Kathmandu after conducting their investigation at the project site. But their investigations are nowhere near conclusion.

NC accuses government of failing to maintain 'chain of command'

Published On: September 23, 2018 03:20 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Sept 23: Taking the anti-constitution protests by some ruling parties as a 'serious exception', Nepali Congress (NC) leader Bishwa Prakash Sharma has accused the government of failing to maintain chain of command in the government.

Nexus between officials, smugglers abetting deforestation

Published On: September 18, 2018 12:15 PM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Sept 18: Locals allege that there has been massive deforestation in the Kohalpur area due to the nexus between timber smugglers and forest department officials.

Raptisonari gets its first snakebite treatment center

Published On: September 6, 2018 04:30 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Sep 6: Rapti Sonari Rural Municipality-8 in eastern part of Banke district has launched a snakebite treatment center on Tuesday for the first time. Before this, victims of snakebite had no choice but to rush at Nepalgunj-based Bheri Zonal Hospital and the Ranjha barracks of the Nepal Army.

Lack of water passages in canal a major fault

Published On: August 28, 2018 09:50 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Aug 28: Right after completion of the headwork of Sikta Irrigation Project in Agaiya of Banke, the locals had protested against the narrow outlet for water. They had expressed their fear that the narrow outlet would greatly risk their settlement. They had warned that the main canal which stretches from the east to the west would block the natural flow of water coming from the Chure range, risking inundation among the human settlements if the outlets would not let enough water pass through.

With no embankments, Rapti River makes more people homeless

Published On: August 26, 2018 09:11 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

KANCHANAPUR, Aug 26: Chhal Bahadur Budha of Raptisonari -2 planted paddy and corn in his fields last month. Almost every day he would visit the fields to see the growth of the plants. Seeing their growth, he would smile thinking that he would be harvest a good yield that would last for at least six months.

Did Sikta’s consultants do a proper job?

Published On: August 25, 2018 11:01 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Aug 25: After spending millions of rupees and forcing dozens of villages on the verge of inundation, investigation was launched into the irregularities done at Sikta Irrigation Project. Recently is has come to the fore that some fo the consultants hired by the government for the project, never did their job.

Monsoon further deteriorates Postal Highway

Published On: August 20, 2018 05:30 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

BANKE, Aug 20: The Postal Highway, one of the most prioritized projects of the government, is currently in a miserable state.

Swollen Rapti risks dozen of settlements

Published On: August 13, 2018 01:15 PM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Aug 13: Water from the Rapti River entered nearby settlements as the river swelled due to continuous rainfall.

'Punish those who built the substandard Sikta canal'

Published On: August 3, 2018 04:30 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

The Sikta Irrigation Project, a project of national pride, hogged the headlines recently after its main canal was damaged during a test.

Locals ‘find’ several vulnerable points along Sikta’s main canal

Published On: August 2, 2018 07:26 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, Aug 2: Local leaders and commoners say that they have found several vulnerable points along the main canal of the Sikta Irrigation Project. After an inspection of the canal on Wednesday, they claimed that there are similar other weak points between 17.7 km to 35 km stretch of the canal in Dhakeri and they could collapse anytime.

Politicians only milking Sikta Irrigation Project: Locals

Published On: July 31, 2018 06:15 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

KATHMANDU, July 31: Ahead of every election, the Sikta Irrigation Project dominates the electioneering. But all the poll contestants conveniently sideline the project once the election is over.

Locals demand probe into Sikta canal collapse

Published On: July 26, 2018 09:39 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, July 26: Locals have demanded a probe on recurring damage in the main canal of Sikta Irrigation Project.

Main canal of Sikta Irrigation Project breaks down again

Published On: July 25, 2018 05:30 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, July 25: The main canal of the multi-billion rupees Sikta Irrigation Project has broken down again on Monday night. The project, which is one of the high priority projects of the government, broke down while undergoing quality check.

Monsoon starts stealing sleep of flood victims

Published On: July 10, 2018 04:30 AM NPT By: Arjun Oli

NEPALGUNJ, July 10: henever there is rainfall, the heartbeat of Durga Prasad Pandey of Khalla Jhagadiya in Phattepur increases and he starts praying. Rapti River which flows to the south of his house and the floods in various rivulets in the north often displace him and his family every year.