Giriraj Baskota

The contributor for Republica.

Family feuds, depression fueling crimes: Police

Published On: June 6, 2019 04:00 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, June 6: Foreign employment, family disintegration, betrayal by partners and many other social and psychological reasons have been affecting a growing number of families.

Mastermind arrested for plotting teenage girl murder

Published On: June 2, 2019 05:00 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, June 2: Police have arrested Padma Tamang, the mastermind of murdering a 15-years old teenage girl, from Damak, Jhapa.  A special team of the police arrested Tamang while working in a hotel in Damak.

Villagers elated after piped water reaches their homes

Published On: June 1, 2019 08:44 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, June 1: Prajita Lawati, a resident of ward 5 of Miklajung rural municipality in southern Panchthar was elated after a drinking water tap was installed at her home recently.

Locals demand more police posts, quick response during emergency

Published On: May 25, 2019 06:05 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, May 25: The brutal murder of nine people of two families recently in Panchthar and the subsequent hanging of the suspect in a tree has left the entire Miklajung Rural Municipality in a state of shock. Even though a large number of police personnel have been deployed in and around the crime spot at Arubote area and investigation into the case is underway, the people are restless.

Evidence suggests involvement of younger son-in-law

Published On: May 24, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, May 24: Preliminary investigations by police suggest that 31-year-old Man Bahadur Makhim could be responsible for the brutal massacre of nine members of two families in Miklajung-2 of Panchthar district on Tuesday.

Killings leave locals feeling uneasy

Published On: May 23, 2019 07:55 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PACHTHAR, May 23: The brutal Miklajung murders have greatly unsettled the locals. On Wednesday, they were not to be found carrying out their daily activities as normal.

Too many ‘useless’ and substandard roads

Published On: May 21, 2019 07:51 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, May 21: Four people were killed in road accidents last month in the rural areas of the district because of narrow roads that are in utterly poor conditions.

Panchthar villagers ‘recharge’ their electricity supply

Published On: May 19, 2019 08:14 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, May 19: People recharging their phones is a common practice. But people 'recharging' their electricity supply is certainly not. However, this is how the people in Saptami Bazaar of Miklajung Rural Municipality-2 and some other nearby villages pay their electricity bills - they 'recharge' their electricity supply.

Violence against women unabated in eastern Nepal

Published On: May 15, 2019 10:20 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, May 15: At a time when increasing violence against women has been terrorizing people across the country, a brutal murder of a teenager and a gang-rape of a woman in Panchthar in the last three days have raised security concerns in the district.

National ID cards find no use

Published On: May 12, 2019 05:00 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, May 12: Suman Lama of Phidim was genuinely excited after he received the much-hyped national Identity card some seven months ago. However, Lama now feels that the card has no use at all.

High-altitude yak festival draws tourists from India, China and Bhutan

Published On: April 16, 2019 04:30 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, April 16: It is situated at an altitude of 3,340 meters from the sea level. Herds of yak were moving in a relaxed manner. They would become invisible the very next moment, thanks to the fogs suddenly that turns thick any minute.

Govt to build 115 houses in Panchthar under PRP

Published On: April 14, 2019 03:30 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, April 14: A total of 115 families belonging to poor and marginalized communities will be benefited by the government's Public Residential Program (PRP) in Panchthar.

Kabeli transmission line awaits completion, contractor seeks deadline extension

Published On: March 19, 2019 09:06 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, March 19: Even after the passing of the fourth extended deadline, the Kabeli Corridor Transmission Line which was to connect the electricity produced in the eastern hilly districts to the central grid still awaits completion. The latest deadline was February 7 this year.

Province 1 home to over 30 species of rhododendron: Study

Published On: March 3, 2019 08:22 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, March 3: Home to over 30 species of rhododendrons decorating its landscapes, the hills in the eastern districts look mesmerizing these days. The colorful flowers have been attracting not only nature lovers but also religious enthusiasts and researchers. Similarly, the herbal benefits of the flowers have grabbed the attention of the Ayurvedic industries.

It felt like a bad dream: Eyewitness

Published On: February 28, 2019 07:40 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Feb 28: It was around 1 pm and Sukbir Bhattarai of Mayam, Taplejung was collecting fodder for his cattle with his brother when he saw a helicopter flying overhead with a loud noise. “Our eyes were still on the chopper when we saw it hit a cliff and fall down in pieces after a blast,” said Bhattarai. “By the time it fell down, it was all smoke and fumes.”

Eyewitnesses’ account on Air Dynasty chopper crash

Published On: February 27, 2019 06:27 PM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Feb 27: Seven people including Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation on board the Air Dynasty died when it crashed near Pathibhara of Taplejung district on Wednesday afternoon.

Progress on Koshi Corridor excites local entrepreneurs

Published On: February 10, 2019 11:01 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Feb 9: Works on Koshi Corridor – the fast track project that would connect the country's eastern hills to tarai and the federal capital Kathmandu – is taking place in a rapid pace under the Koshi Corridor Road Development Project-2'

Chairperson of Falgunanda dies of heart attack

Published On: February 10, 2019 03:31 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PAANCHTHAR, Feb 9: Chairperson of Falgunanda Rural Municipality in Paanchthar district as well as an established litterateur Amar Kumar Nembang died on Saturday following a heart attack. He was 77.

Locals happy with expansion of road network in eastern hills

Published On: February 6, 2019 05:00 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Feb 6: Trilochan Adhikari of Panchthar district is quite happy that reaching Kathmandu, the capital city, from his village is going to be quite easy now.

'Marbled cat' photographed for the first time in Nepal

Published On: January 28, 2019 08:39 AM NPT By: Giriraj Baskota

PANCHTHAR, Jan 28: The rare marbled cat scientifically known ~IPardofelis marmorata~I, has been spotted in Nepal for the first time in history. A team of wildlife researchers photographed this mysterious cat through the camera trapping method.