Giriraj Baskota

The contributor for Republica.

Mid-hill Highway: Less than 10 percent progress with just six months remaining of the deadline

Published On: August 3, 2022 02:23 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, August 3: The blacktopping of the national pride project -the Pushpalal (Mid-hill) Highway Chiwabhanjyang-Tharpu section - has become extremely slow. With only six months left before the end of the contract to complete the work with the contractor, the progress has not even reached 10 percent.

Closed border brings export of yaks and carpets to China to complete halt

Published On: June 30, 2022 07:30 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, June 30: Yonjan Sherpa intends to sell all of his yaks and settle in village, but this wish of his will not be fulfilled anytime soon.

Dayahyang Rai appointed Red Panda Conservation Ambassador

Published On: September 19, 2020 02:03 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Sept 19: Red Panda Network (RPN) has appointed a Nepali movie superstar Dayahyang Rai as the Red Panda Conservation Ambassador for the next one year. This is aimed at raising awareness against poaching and killing of this shy species found in rare numbers in the world.

23 gamblers arrested in Panchthar

Published On: July 27, 2020 12:46 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, July 27: Police on Sunday evening arrested 23 people on the charge of gambling from a house in Phidim-- the district headquarters of Panchthar.

Two die, five injured in Tehrathum tractor accident

Published On: July 4, 2020 12:00 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, July 4: Two persons died and five others sustained injuries in a road accident in Athrai Rural Municipality in Tehrathum district on Friday night.

GPS collaring to protect red panda

Published On: June 6, 2020 09:14 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, June 6: Ten red pandas in the jungles of Sandakpur area of Ilam district have been fitted with radio collars. The collaring attached to six female and four male red pandas is expected to supply the authorities even the minute information on the activities of these shy and rare creatures.

Farmers find it hard to sell their products

Published On: April 11, 2020 02:57 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, April 11: Chudamani Kafle, a farmer from Phidim-2, Samdi was found to have been working at his vegetable field. He was desperate to sell his cabbages, which are ready to be harvested. But finding a customer for sale has been difficult for him these days due to lockdown enforced nationwide as an attempt to control the spread of global pandemic of novel coronavirus.

IN PICS: Rhododendron forest remains silent amid COVID-19 lockdown in Panchthar

Published On: April 9, 2020 06:00 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, April 9: Hills in Sukepokhari of Panchthar have turned flaming red with blooming rhododendrons.

Low big cardamom prices worry farmers

Published On: March 17, 2020 11:01 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, March 17: Til Bikram Nembang of Phaktep in Phalgunanda Rural Municipality has not sold his harvested in August last year. He has been storing the processed big cardamom waiting for the price of the cash crop to go up. But there is no sign of the price going up even though new harvesting season is approaching nearer.

Poor infrastructure affects VNY preparation

Published On: December 16, 2019 11:12 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Dec 16: Poor infrastructure in eastern Nepal will be a major hurdle as it prepares to celebrate Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign.

Suke Pokhari still waiting for attention

Published On: November 3, 2019 06:23 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

Since the ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ campaign is on the boost and the limelight, various places are advertised to welcome as many tourists as possible. However, as per the links, the representatives haven’t even tried to develop and promote Suke Pokhari.

Snow poles installed to guide trekkers in Kangchenjunga base camp route

Published On: October 27, 2019 08:00 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Oct 27: To make it easier for trekkers to find their way through heavy snow, Kangchenjunga Conservation Committee has installed 200 ‘snow pole’ at the Kangchenjunga base camp. These poles have been placed in the range in very short distances.

Fall armyworm becomes a nuisance for Province 1 farmers

Published On: September 9, 2019 10:26 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Sept 9: American fall armyworm has become a nuisance for farmers in the hilly areas of Province 1, of late. The pest which was earlier found in Okhaldhunga in the mid-hills has been spreading widely because of lack of mechanism for its control.

Lack of promotion and infrastructure development overshadow beauty of Suke Pokhari (Photo Feature)

Published On: September 4, 2019 08:00 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

While the government is initiating plans and campaigns to promote ‘Visit Nepal 2020’, tourism entrepreneurs are claiming that Suke Pokhari could be one of the important tourist destinations. Situated in the eastern part of Nepal, Pachthar, it carries great historical and natural significance.

Eastern hills yet to see large-scale potato farming

Published On: September 3, 2019 10:27 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Sept 3: Despite having immense prospects, commercial farming of potato is yet to begin in hilly areas of eastern Nepal.

It’s time to visit Timbu Lake

Published On: August 31, 2019 12:35 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

Influx of tourists has increased in Timbu Lake with the commencing trekking season.

55% of work on 148-km Koshi Corridor road completed

Published On: August 10, 2019 07:22 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Aug 10: About 55% work of the 148-kilometer-long road of Koshi Corridor has been completed. The road connects the eastern hills to the East-West Highway, with an aim to considerably shorten the distance to Kathmandu.

Iwakhola Hydropower Project ready for generation

Published On: August 7, 2019 03:30 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Aug 7: Construction of Iwakhola Hydropower Project (9.9 MW) has been completed.

Rural roads being blacktopped

Published On: July 9, 2019 07:49 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, July 9: The blacktopping of roads connecting rural areas of the district has started through a joint initiative of the federal and provincial governments.

Panchthar on a spending spree as fiscal year nears end

Published On: June 12, 2019 08:26 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, June 12: As the current fiscal year nears its end, various sections of Saptami-Mauwa Road in southern part of Panchthar district are seen bustling with laborers.