LOKENDRA KHANAL

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Yarsa pickers from other districts barred from entering Rukum highlands

Published On: June 11, 2019 04:30 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, June 11: There are many highlands in Rukum (West) where people do not really have to seek permission from any authority to pick Yarsa, a prized medicinal fungus. However, various committees are exercising monopoly by charging entry fees and taxing the Yarsa pickers.

Child marriages ending up in divorces in Rukum

Published On: June 4, 2019 04:30 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, June 4: Twenty-one-year-old Sapana(name changed) of Bhume Rural Municipality in Rukum (East) got married to a boy of her own locality at the tender age of 16.

Water crisis emptying several Salyan villages

Published On: May 25, 2019 07:59 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

SALYAN, May 25: The family of Ramlal Yari of Manjhkada village in the hill district of Salyan migrated to Dhorpipal area last week. Yari said life in the village, which lies in Bangad Kupinde Municipality-10, has become very difficult due to the severe water crisis.

Wildfire kills two, 13 houses damaged

Published On: May 14, 2019 07:59 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, May 14: A wildfire that spread into the villages from Ramkanda forest of Chhatreshwari Rural Municipality in Salyan district has claimed two lives on Monday. The fire which is still blazing by the time this news was prepared destroyed 13 houses completely.

A school with just four students

Published On: May 11, 2019 08:28 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, May 11: Janasudhar Basic School located at Sisne village of eastern Rukum has three teachers and an office assistant while it has only four students. The school has permission to run classes up to the fifth grade.

Supplier accused of stealing 1000 quintals of subsidized rice

Published On: May 9, 2019 09:06 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, May 9: Despite the government's claim of having provided subsidized rice to food deficit areas in Dolpa, the locals are complaining of receiving barely anything as per the government's declaration.

Rukum locals against diverting Uttarganga River

Published On: May 1, 2019 08:43 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, May 1: Locals of Rukum have said that they would strongly protest a decision of the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation to divert water of Uttarganga River to Kaligandaki River for building mega hydropower plants.

District Hospital being upgraded after three decades

Published On: May 1, 2019 02:30 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, May 1: After thirty-two years of its establishment, the District Hospital, Rukum in Musikot Municipality-1, Salle is being upgraded for the first time.

Locals feel soil pollution behind yarsha decline

Published On: April 29, 2019 05:00 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, April 29: Birjeet Gharti of Maikot village of Putha Uttarganga Rural Municipality – 4 made half million rupees by collecting Yarshagumba back in 2011.

Rural municipality office has only three staffers

Published On: April 26, 2019 03:00 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, April 26: These days Samir Giri, the in-charge of Maikot Health Post in Putha Rural Municipality of Rukum (East), has hardly any time for rest.

6 years on, Sani Bheri bridge still incomplete

Published On: April 25, 2019 08:38 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, April 25: Construction of a bridge linking Simli with Garayala in Sani Bheri Rural Municipality of Western Rukum began six years ago. It was supposed to be completed within two years. But six years down the lane, the project is nowhere close to completion.

Dozens of micro hydro projects of Rukum under threat

Published On: April 23, 2019 08:32 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, April 23: Rukum locals and representatives are protesting against the provincial government’s decision to divert the water of Uttar Ganga Hydro Project to Kali Gandaki River. The protestors claim that the move would bring several micro hydropower projects to closure apart from affecting water availability in many areas.

People of conflict-affected Rukum villages submit illegal arms to govt

Published On: April 22, 2019 08:43 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, April 22: Rukum has strong association with the decade-long armed conflict. Hundreds of people were tortured and victimized during this period especially in the eastern part of the district. Inhabited mostly by the people of Magar community, most locals of Rukum(East) have country-made guns at their homes.

Timber worth Rs 20 million being extracted from a village in Rukum

Published On: April 20, 2019 05:05 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, April 20: Timber worth Rs 20 million is set to be extracted from a single village in Rukum in the current fiscal year. Preparations have been made to export timber worth Rs 18 million from two community forests alone in Bhume Rural Municipality-1.

Rape cases on rise in Rukum

Published On: April 17, 2019 08:40 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, April 17: On November 14, the District Police Office (DPO), Rukum (West), arrested Rajip Khadka, 22, of Tribeni Rural Municipality-2, Simrutu, on the charge of raping a 17-year-old girl of the same village. Khadka is currently under judicial custody. According to the police, the accused has already confessed to the crime.

Early motherhood takes a toll on women and babies' health

Published On: April 10, 2019 03:30 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, April 10: Parbati Khadka of Western Rukum got married at the age of 14. That quite excited her for a few days. “I felt that marriage is a good thing.

Bafikot Rural Municipality making tourism master plan

Published On: April 3, 2019 07:49 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, April 3: The Bafikot Rural Municipality of Rukum has started preparing a five-year master plan for tourism development.

Conflict-hit women say no to war

Published On: April 3, 2019 02:30 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, April 3: Other news or development in the country may or may not draw their attention but the issue of Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal does scare them.

Crusher industry running illegally right under the nose of the government

Published On: March 31, 2019 05:30 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, March 31: A crusher industry is reportedly operating illegally for over two years on the banks of the Sanibheri river, in Sanibheri Rural Municipality, Rukum (west).

‘Dozers killing jobs’

Published On: March 28, 2019 08:17 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, March 28: The locals of Magma in Banfikot Rural Municipality-6 of Rukum (west) were hopeful of getting temporary job as laborers when the local government allocated Rs 350,000 to repair a three-kilometer stretch of Biuntakura Meldanda road section.