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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.

School principal accused of embezzling Rs 1.1 million

Published On: March 26, 2019 10:23 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, MARCH 26: The principal of a school in Rukum's (East) Putha Uttarganga Rural Municipality has reportedly been out of contact for a year after misappropriating the school's funds. Balkumar Sharma, principal of Himalaya Adharbhut Vidyalaya at Pelma, Putha Uttarganga-2, has not visited the school for over a year now, according to the locals.

Gender-based wage disappoints female workers

Published On: March 9, 2019 04:50 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, March 8: Dhansari Sarki of Banfikot Rural Municipality-6 in Rukum (West) is currently working at an under-construction hydropower project in her village. She reaches the working field as early as 9 am and works until 5 pm along with her co-workers. After working all day long, she earns Rs 500 a day.

Students crushing stones to manage educational expenses

Published On: February 25, 2019 04:00 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, Feb 25: Ten-year-old Kapil Khatri of Banfikot Rural Municipality-7, Dharwang in Rukum is a fifth grader at Nepal Rastriya Secondary School (NRSS).

Govt has lost its track: Ex-PM Bhattarai

Published On: February 21, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, Feb 21: Former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has stressed on the need to strengthen the local units in order to effectively implement the federal system.

Ex-Maoist combatants accuse leaders of forgetting the dreams which they once fought for

Published On: February 15, 2019 08:31 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, Feb 15: With the objective of creating a just and equal society, hundreds of youths from Rukum had participated in the decade-long armed conflict launched by the then Maoist rebels. Despite shedding their sweat and blood for their rights and opportunities, they lament that their efforts have turned futile.

Elected reps, govt officials join locals' protests to fix headquarters of East Rukum

Published On: February 9, 2019 03:48 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, Feb 8: Clutching her one-year-old daughter, Dhan Kumari Sunar of Putha Uttarganga Rural Municipality-12 in Rukum (East) has been away from her home for the past one week. Joining hundreds of protesters, she has been hitting the streets demanding that the district headquarters be fixed at the place decided by the previous government.

Rukum villages bid farewell to Maghe Sankranti with child marriage

Published On: January 17, 2019 11:10 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, Jan 17: Banfikot Rural Municipality of Rukkum (West) has a long tradition of bidding farewell to Maghe Sankranti festival by organizing a marriage ceremony of two children from different villages.

Community school charges students exam fees against the law

Published On: January 12, 2019 05:05 AM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, Jan 12: Amrit Pariyar of Banfikot Rural Municipality-6 of Rukum (West) is a fourth grader at Siddhartha Janata Secondary School. A few days ago, he appeared in his mid-terminal examination. The rural municipality has announced that no community school can collect any kind of charge from the students. However, Amrit had to pay Rs 60 for the exam.

Five injured in Rukum bus accident

Published On: December 30, 2018 05:35 PM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM, Dec 30: Five people were injured in a bus accident that occurred at Nagakhola Bazaar in Bangad Kupinde municipality on Sunday.

Ten injured as police, locals clash in Rukum West

Published On: December 28, 2018 12:37 PM NPT By: LOKENDRA KHANAL

RUKUM WEST, Dec 28: Two police personnel and eight locals were injured in a clash between locals and the police at Chaurjaheri municipality. Locals had stalled construction work after individual houses were being destroyed to build the Mailanauli road.