Dinesh Subedi

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Photos: A difficult journey from Kathmandu to Rolpa with children on tipper

Published On: April 25, 2020 10:10 PM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, April 25: After an 18-hour long journey from Kathmandu to Rolpa on a tipper truck, a group of laborers got off at the Bal Mandir in Libang, the district headquarters of Rolpa. They had their children and bags with them.

He saw the 1943 plague wipe out his family and village in Rolpa

Published On: April 19, 2020 07:47 PM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, April 19: When the plague came to my village in Rolpa in 1943, my neighbors started dying. People fled to the forests to escape from the disease. My mother also passed away in April 1943. No one from the village came to cremate her dead body. My maternal uncles from another village dug a hole to bury her and returned without visiting our home. “My father tied a rope around the waist of the dead body, dragged it to the hole and buried,” Nandalal Pokhrel, 87, of Rolpa Municipality-1, Mewang, recalled the story of the epidemic, which haunted Nepali society some 77 years ago.

Amid lockdown, Rolpali youths undertake distance learning via radio, YouTube

Published On: April 11, 2020 04:30 PM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, April 11: Targeting the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) examinees, some youths of Rolpa have initiated a distance learning program.

Complaints of the disappeared have themselves disappeared!

Published On: March 15, 2020 07:27 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, March 15: A huge number of families in Rolpa who had sought the whereabouts of their family members disappeared during the decade-long Maoist conflict have come to know that the complaints they had filed at the commission concerned have themselves disappeared. While a total of 132 complaints were filed at the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons’ (CIEDP) from Rolpa three  years ago, the commission does not have more than 98 complaints with it now. The rest have disappeared! With this, the affected people’s hopes for justice have turned bleak.

Caste-based domestic violence against women rife in Rolpa

Published On: March 8, 2020 08:55 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, March 8: Police in Rolpa have stated that the cases of domestic violence against women are rife, and ample of such cases are related to caste-based issues. Child marriage in the district is common and the marriages are rather 'love marriage' these days where caste and class become a secondary matter for girls and boys initially.

With poor health facilities in Rolpa, fear of coronavirus leaves people concerned

Published On: March 7, 2020 10:25 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, March 7: Health posts and hospitals in Rolpa are not well-equipped. The shortage of medicines and doctors here often make the headlines. As the news of the spread of coronavirus across the world is making rounds, locals in the rural areas of Rolpa have raised concerns over the poor health facilities they have. They have urged the government to avail sufficient medicines at the local health units and the district hospital. On the other hand, health professionals in the district hospital have also lamented the inefficiency of the hospital and health units.

Students compelled to sit for exams before completion of course

Published On: March 5, 2020 10:12 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, March 5: Nepal Rastriya Secondary School in Fagam of Rolpa is a great hope for the bright future of children in the remote village. In lack of this school, many would not have got an opportunity to study as there are not many schools in Rolpa. However, given the current situation of the school, guardians and students can be least optimistic. Students sitting for the upcoming Secondary Education Examination (SEE) in the school state that they have not turned beyond 24 pages of their English book.

Overloaded trucks take toll on Ghorahi-Holeri Road

Published On: March 5, 2020 09:33 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, March 5: The quality of Ghorahi-Holeri Road, or Shahid Marga, is fast deteriorating due to movement of overloaded tipper trucks carrying limestone for a Dang-based cement factory, locals say.

Former Maoist guerilla compelled to live with shrapnel in his head

Published On: March 1, 2020 09:01 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Mar 1: “Had I studied or worked, i would have a different life,” laments Khadak Thapa, a former guerilla, who was injured during the decade-long Maoist insurgency.

Mansari, 44, has 13 children

Published On: February 26, 2020 09:40 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Feb 26: Mansari Pariyar does not know the formal names of her children. She calls them by their pet names such as Kale, Bhunti, Dauri and Dalle, among others. Her husband Bhansingh doesn't remember even the pet names, let alone the formal names which were given to his kids during some rituals. Mansari, 44, and Bhansingh, 38, have 13 children in total. They actually had 14 but one died last year.

Locals concerned over 'imminent damage' to Mahabharat mountain range

Published On: February 22, 2020 09:06 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Feb 22: Locals have expressed deep concern over the likely operation of cement factories around the Mahabharata mountain range, arguing that "this will certainly have an irreparable environmental impact". In view of the ongoing environmental impact assessment by Samrat Cement Private Limited, they have taken to the street. They have warned of consequences if the factory is allowed to excavate the mountains, basically the Murrule highland. The highland situated at an altitude of 2,153 meters near Holeri is considered precious from both environmental and cultural points of view.

Early marriages common in Rolpa

Published On: February 4, 2020 11:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Feb 4: Jayakala Pariyar, 18, looked quite exhausted and weak when Republica met her on the premises of Rolpa District Hospital on Friday. She had come to the hospital for the treatment of her two-year-old son who was suffering from fever, cough and cold.

Contractor dismissed, fined for delaying road project

Published On: February 2, 2020 10:31 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Feb 2: The government has cancelled the contract with Pappu Koshi and Neupane JV Construction Company after the latter failed to give expected results in a road project for repairing a 20-km road in eastern Rolpa. The company has also been slapped a fine of Rs 90 million. According to chief of 'Rural Road Network Repair' project, Moha Dutta Bhatta, the company had been awarded the road project worth Rs 442.3 million.

Contractors face Rs 90 million fine for missing deadline

Published On: February 2, 2020 09:36 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Feb 2: The Rural Road Network Improvement Project has terminated the agreement with JJECCAL-Pappu-Koshi and Neupane JV for failing to complete the road maintenance work within the given deadline.

Conflict victims still hopeful, but not sure about getting justice

Published On: January 28, 2020 09:10 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Jan 28: Bhuwan Budha of Jelwang village of Sunchhahari Rural Municipality in Rolpa district was killed by the security forces 17 years ago. He was 22. His father Mangale Budha died at the age of 90 last year.

After both kidney failure, Nepali migrant worker returns from Malaysia

Published On: January 26, 2020 08:32 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Jan 26: Twenty–two years old Resham Kuwar of Bajbisauna village of Rolpa district has returned from Malaysia following failure of both his kidneys.  He had taken a loan of Rs 130,000 from money lenders to make it to Malaysia two and a half years ago. The kidney problem surfaced six months after he landed in Malaysia, and he has already spent over Rs 1.2 million for his treatment. "The insurance money provided by my company and the financial support from others have all finished but still there is no hope," he lamented.

Computer classes without a computer!

Published On: January 25, 2020 11:11 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Jan 25: The importance of computer literacy in the digital world needs no exaggeration. Computer as a subject is thus taught at both community and private schools the countrywide. However, not all schools in the rural zones have computers. A case in a point is Indreshwari Secondary School of Khewase village of Rolpa Municipality - 3 where students do attend a 'computer class' but they have not seen one.

Govt's free extra tuition classes draw flak

Published On: January 19, 2020 11:35 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Jan 19: The free tuition classes of Science and Mathematics at different community schools of the 12 districts of Province 5 in view of the nearing Secondary Education Examination (SEE) have drawn flak.  While free Science tuition classes are being offered at 742 and Mathematics at 888 schools under the initiative taken by the Social Development Ministry, school teachers and other stakeholders have criticized it as a populist program of the government.

House to elect new speaker after NA polls: Minister Pun

Published On: January 17, 2020 06:00 PM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Jan 17: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barshaman Pun said that election for the vacant post of the speaker will take place only after the election of the National Assembly.

'Love marriage' common among school students in Rolpa

Published On: January 15, 2020 08:10 AM NPT By: Dinesh Subedi

ROLPA, Jan 15: Four 9th graders and five 10th graders of Saraswati Secondary School of Lungri Rural Municipality – 1 quit school last year as they got married. According to the school principal Umesh Pun, the school has a high dropout rate and early marriage is one of the main reasons.