BIRATNAGAR, Aug 6: With the highest single-day spike of 66 fresh cases on Thursday, the COVID-19 tally in Province 1 has reached 12,055.

BIRATNAGAR, Aug 4: Following the footsteps of Biratnagar Metropolitan City and Belaka Municipality, three more local bodies of Province 1 have imposed lockdown orders. The measure has been taken to step the community transmission of Coronavirus.

DHARAN, July 30: One more patient has succumbed to COVID-19 while undergoing treatment at the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) in Dharan.

KATHMANDU, May 4: Of the seven provinces in Nepal, Province 1 has been worst-affected by the pandemic of coronavirus disease. Province 1 has witnessed the highest number of coronavirus disease  (COVID-19) cases. As of Monday, 31 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the province. Of the 75 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, none is from Karnali Province.

ITAHARI, March 29: As per the federal government's decision to test COVID-19 in each state, Province  1 has started testing throat swab to find whether a person is contracted with COVID-19.

ITAHARI, March 21: The Province 1 government has decided to set up a 50-bed hospital along with 10-bed ventilator facility in partnership with Nepal Army and Armed Police Force and Nepal Police. The hospital will be established in the building of erstwhile National Trading Limited within a week. The facility is being established to address potential outburst of COVID-19.

BHADRAPUR, March 20: Province 1 Minister for Internal Affairs and Law Hikmat Karki on Thursday monitored works being carried out at far-east checkpoint Kakarbhitta to contain spread of COVID-19 infection.

ITAHARI, March 19: The Eastern Divisional Headquarters of Nepal Army has established a 420-bed quarantine center in Province 1.

BIRATNAGAR, March 18: The Province 1 government has managed to spend only about 32% of development budget over the first eight months of the current fiscal year 2019/20.

KATHMANDU, March 18: In September last year, the Ministry of Social Development, Province 1 signed an agreement with Karuna Foundation, an NGO, to implement a Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Program (DPRP). This 1.86 billion-rupee project is looking to develop disability-inclusive communities through community-based healthcare.

ITAHARI, March 8: Commercial operation of a zip flyer adventure began in province 1 from Saturday. Chief Minister of province 1 SherdhanRai officially inaugurated the 650-meter-long pioneer zip flyer project.

ITAHARI, Feb 19: Night-time sporting tournament was a far cry in province -1 until 2018. However, on 31 March 2018, Birat Gold Cup brought down the curtain for night time sporting activity here.

ITAHARI, Feb 15: The historic Government of Province 1 was formed on 15 February 2018. Exactly after two years of its formation, Province 1 Government has unveiled its 'achievements' made during this period.

BIRATNAGAR, Feb 6: The Province 1 government has decided to set up isolation wards in six hospitals of the region.

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 28: A campaign has been launched to completely control tobacco-related products in Province 1.

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 20: Chief Minister of Province 1 Sher Dhan Rai on Sunday expanded his cabinet by inducting four new state ministers.

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 19: Chief Minister of Province 1 Sher Dhan Rai expanded his cabinet on Sunday by inducting four new state ministers.

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 12: Even though ruling party members of the provincial assembly of Province 1  have been saying in public that an 'agreement will be reached among political parties over naming the province', the process of formally deciding a name has been in limbo for the past several months while the provincial government awaits a nod from the center.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Faced with multiple complications including potential backlash from local people, most of the federal provinces are turning their temporary capitals into permanent ones, and the rest are also likely to follow suit.

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 2: The government of Province 1 has started preparations to establish an international standard research center in the province. It has already started to form laws to establish a regional research center.

BIRATNAGAR, Nov 30: The government of Province 1 is mulling over a policy of providing subsidy to farmers based on their production.

BIRATNAGAR, Nov 27: Buddha Air is operating a transit flight from Biratnagar and Bhadrapur of Province 1 to Pokhara from January 1 on the occasion of Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020.

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: Ilam district of Province 1 is organizing a tourism festival to promote three destinations of the district listed in the government's 100 tourist destinations.

DHANKUTA, Nov 13: The Province 1 government is preparing to construct a teaching hospital in Dhankuta.

BIRATNAGAR, Nov 4: The capital expenditure of Province 1 in the first quarter of the current fiscal year (2076/2077) stood at only around four percent, according to the Office of the Financial Comptroller General (OFCG), Biratnagar.

KATHMANDU, Oct 19: An agreement to complete the construction of Duhabi-Katari 33 KV transmission line within 45 days has been signed.

PANCHTHAR, Sept 9: American fall armyworm has become a nuisance for farmers in the hilly areas of Province 1, of late. The pest which was earlier found in Okhaldhunga in the mid-hills has been spreading widely because of lack of mechanism for its control.

ILAM, Sept 4: Industrialists and entrepreneurs of eastern Nepal have started studying different areas in Province 1 for investment.

BIRATNAGAR, Aug 27: Province 1 assembly meeting on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill relating to the formation and operation of Province level public service commission-2076.

KATHMANDU, July 17: Kaveli Corridor Transmission line and other transmission lines in Province 1 have been affected by the monsoon floods. However, electricity interrupted in the areas due to floods will be resumed from tomorrow.

KATHMANDU, July 16: The incessant rain during the last couple of days has caused agricultural losses in Province 1 amounting to around Rs 815.47 million, according to a preliminary report prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development.

PANCHTHAR, KHOTANG, July 10: People in the hill districts of Province 1 are compelled to go to expensive hospitals in the tarai for most of their medical needs as local facilities provide only basic medication.

BIRATNAGAR, June 23: After infecting hundreds of people in Dharan, the dengue outbreak has started spreading aggressively in other parts of eastern Tarai including Biratnagar, the capital of Province 1.

BIRATNAGAR, June 18: Private sector of Province 1 has expressed doubts about implementation of policies and programs introduced through the budget for the province for the upcoming fiscal year – FY2019/20.

KATHMANDU, June 1: Skipper Puspa Thapa delivered career-best six-wicket-haul to help Province 1 register biggest win on runs margin against Karnali Province during the ongoing Prime Minister One-Day Cup Cricket Tournament held at Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Friday.

BIRATNAGAR, May 4: Even after intense discussions within the ruling party for the last three days, the Province 1 government could not finalize the name of the province.

BIRATNAGAR, May 2: The rift within the ruling Nepal Communist Party’s (NCP) Province 1 provincial committee  has further widened, with  the provincial assembly members and cabinet members failing to agree on the name of the province and its permanent capital.

BIRATNAGAR, April 6: In a bid to make government services accessible to the people living in all corners, Province 1 government is planning to fix its capital in a 40-kilometer area scattered in various districts. This area will cover certain parts of Biratnagar, Itahari, Gothgaun, Biratchowk, Dharan among others and will be called the 'Greater Birat Development Area'.

DAMAK, March 8: Menuka Kafle, the chairperson of Kamal Rural Municipality of Jhapa district, is the only woman chief in entire Province 1. It has now been one-and-a-half years since she has been serving in the capacity of the chairperson of a rural municipality.

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.

FNCCI signs MoU with Province 1 govt

February 13, 2019 11:00 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the provincial government of Province 1 and the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) in Biratnagar on Tuesday.

BIRATNAGAR, Feb 3: Neglecting public health and environmental degradation, most cities of Province 1 have been disposing their waste out in the open. Despite being aware about the piles of garbage on the streets, alongside roads, rivers and other places, the local governments have shown no concern to solve the waste management problem which can possibly trigger an epidemic.

MORANG, Dec 15: The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) signed a contract with the Province 1 government, Thursday, to organize two big mofussil tournaments.

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: The visit of Province 1 Chief Minister Sherdhan Rai to the United States of America following his medical checkup in Thailand has courted controversy back home after he was found not receiving due permission from the federal government for the visits.

Nepali journalist assaulted in New York

November 11, 2018 09:09 am

NEW YORK, Nov 11: Umesh Rai, the brother-in-law of  Paruhang Rai assualted Lokmani Rai, a Nepali journalist based in New York, for writing news. Paruhang Rai is the chief assistant of Sherdhan Rai, the chief minister of Province 1.

MORANG, Oct 31: The province 1 government has appointed human rights activist and chairperson of human right organization INSEC, Subodh Raj Pyakurel as Vice-Chairman of the provincial planning commission.

ILAM, Oct 24: At a time when local units have come under scrutiny for levying hefty taxes, Ilam Municipality in Province 1 has attempted to mend its ways by reducing tax rates on land and businesses. The local body has also effectively eliminated taxes on street lights and water brigades.

ITAHARI, Oct 23: Nabul Nungeli Magar, 35, of Udayapur lost his life after the autorickshaw he was on board toppled near Ghurmi of Udayapur along Siddhicharan Highway during Dashain.

BIRATNAGAR, Oct 9: The second session of the assembly meeting of province 1 concluded today. In the concluding session, Speaker Pradeep Kumar Bhandari said the second session that kicked off on May 31 endorsed 12 bills and met for 58th times, spending 60 hours.

BIRATNAGAR, Sept 30: Province 1 Chief Minister (CM) Sherdhan Rai has initiated discussions to seek support for his proposal to decentralize the provincial capital by scattering ministries in various districts of the province.