ROLPA, June 1: It has already been 12 years since the decade-long Maoist insurgency ended. However, trenches around villages of Rolpa district that were dug during the armed rebellion still take the residents down memory lane of the guerilla warfare, in which the state, rebels and the general public had suffered heavy casualties.
ROLPA, May 31: The Sunil Smriti Rural Municipality in eastern Rolpa has announced to launch “roof for the poor” program. Under the program the thatch roofs of the houses in the rural municipality will be replaced with tin roofs.
ROLPA, May 27: It has already been a year since the formation of the local governments but still the elected local representatives are in confusion over their rights and roles. The ‘judicial’ committees which are considered the most important bodies of any local unit are especially uncertain about their roles and responsibilities.
ROLPA, May 22: It has been a year since the formation of the local governments but still the local units have been managing their offices in rented rooms and buildings. The enthusiasm and excitement that the representatives had in the beginning has evaporated of late. They are not happy with the fact that they have been performing their duties and offering services from rented buildings.
ROLPA, May 18: School children in a Rolpa village have to attend classes in dusty rooms because there is no school building, and the authorities have not shown any interest in their plight. At the same time a grand ‘Bhajan Mandali’ building dedicated to God has been constructed right beside the school at a cost of hundreds of thousands of rupees.
ROLPA, May 13: The first Speaker’s Cup National Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Tournament, the highest prize money tournament outside the valley, has started in Liwang, Rolpa on Saturday. The tournament which is organized by the National Sports Council (NSC) will conclude on May 16. A total of 20 teams each (seven each from seven provinces and three each from three departmental teams) of both men’s and women’s are taking part in the tournament being organized in league cum knockout format.
ROLPA, May 10: Simran Pun is 15-years-old. A resident local of Triveni Rural Municipality -7, she is three-month pregnant presently. “I realized that I was pregnant only after I was three months into pregnancy. I came to know about it when I visited hospital following stomach ache,” she said.
As soon as she became aware of it, the first thought that came to her mind was getting an abortion. However, rethinking changed her decision.
ROLPA, March 28: Amid acute water shortage in their area, locals of Sunil Smriti Rural Municipality of Rolpa have been questioning their local representatives of the significance of the commitments they made during the local level elections. The representatives, during their election campaign, had promised the locals of solving the problem of water shortage. Many of the representatives had marked the water issue as their major priority. Ten months down the line, the situation has not improved.
ROLPA, March 21: Like in the rest of the country, scores of children in Rolpa district, too, are busy preparing for their final exams this year. Besides attending the school regularly, many of the children are also taking private tuition classes. With the exams approaching, children walking around clutching books and notebooks in their hands has become a common sight these days.
ROLPA, March 5: Sirmaya Pun, 50, is not happy. Poverty, loneliness and poor health define her life, she says. Child marriage coupled with her husband’s second marriage largely led to her present condition. “When I got married to him, both of us were underage. That was perhaps not a good decision. But then, if he had not brought another woman home, I would still be in a better position,” she stated.
ROLPA, Feb 22: Bhumisara Gharti, a student from Rimsa village wakes up at five in the morning every day. Yet, because of the household chores, it is challenging to get ready for school by eight pm. Cooking, moping, washing and even taking care of cattle are some of the responsibilities she has to take care of. Sometimes the rush is so grueling that she doesn't find time for eating and leaves for school with an empty stomach.