NEPALGUNJ, May 25: Four new people in Banke have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The swab samples of two males each from Rapti Sonari and Duduwa rural municipalities in the district tested positive for this virus at lab tests conducted at Rapti Academy of Health Sciences.
NEPALGUNJ, May 23: Twenty-one COVID-19 patients of Banke district including the first infected returned home on Friday after recovering from this deadly disease. A 60-year-old man and a seven-year-old girl child were among those who were admitted to Khajura-based Sushil Koirala Prakhar Cancer Hospital some three weeks ago.
Sabina Shahi, a health worker from Dhangadi, vaccinated dozens of children below two years of age in the last three days. Nearly 140 parents came on Tuesday alone at Beli Health Center to get their children vaccinated. Some of them had recently returned from India and they did not bring vaccination records. Shahi had no choice but to vaccinate all the children indiscriminately. And she did so without wearing proper gloves, goggles or a cap.
KOHALPUR, April 24: Janakala Malla of Gamgadhi-1, Mugu had come to Nepalgunj for treatment a month ago. Before she was treated, the government announced nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease in the country. Consequently, she was forced to spend a month without treatment.
SURKHET, Feb 22: The National Pride Project, Bheri-Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project has completed 40% of the construction work. The construction project was started from 2004 to divert the water of Bheri River to Babai and provide irrigation facility to 52,000 hectares of land of Banke and Bardiya districts and also produce 48-megawatt electricity. The construction of the 12.2 kilometers long tunnel was constructed with the use of Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) for the first time in Nepal. Under the second package of the project, the dam and powerhouse will be constructed.
NEPALGUNJ, Jan 31: Unexpected frequent winter rain has affected vegetable farming in Banke district. According to the Agriculture Knowledge Centre Banke's crops protection officer Sakil Ahamad, several varieties of vegetable crops such as potato, tomato, cauliflower, cabbage and chilly farming were damaged by winter rains.
BANKE, Jan 27: Banke, the district in province 5, had 125 leprosy patients till last fiscal year and till the mid-December of the current fiscal year 114 patients were under medical treatment at several hospitals here.
BANKE, Jan 23: The Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City has become neat and clean these days with the coming into operation of a landfill site. The main city of the mid-western region has now changed its face.
BANKE, Jan 22: Banke district is seeing the sprouting of commercial farming of medicinal herbs with the government proposing the district for commercial farming of medicinal herbs. Of 30 types of medicinal herb species prioritised by the government, 12 types are recommended for commercial farming in Banke.
BANKE, Jan 18: Potato farmers in Banke and Bardiya districts are facing losses of Rs 1 billion due to excessive winter rain. Potato production in these districts is likely to decline by 50% this season. The excessive winter rain has continued even in January which will furthermore affect the production of vegetables and winter crops in these districts.
NEPALGUNJ, Dec 28: With mercury dipping, the children from the economically backward community have been hit hard. The children staying in various brick kilns with their parents are suffering from common cold, pneumonia and so on due to cold wave in recent days.
KATHMANDU, Sept 30: A Nepali youth Mohd Irfan of Banke district was honored with the prestigious 'National Youth Icon Award 2019' amid a special ceremony held at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on Friday.
NEPALGUNJ, Sept 15: Nepali Congress (NC), Banke district chapter, has filed an FIR against 10 ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) cadres after the district president of the main opposition party was thrashed while attending a public function in the district.
NEPALGUNJ, Aug 25: Until a decade ago, forests around the Rapti River were dense. People would go to the forest area to collect fodder and grass. These days, the woods have been replaced by human settlements in Fattepur, Binauna, Kachanpur, Kusum, Holiya, Betahani and Matehiya, among other places, according to the Forest Division Office of Banke.
BANKE, August 7: Local governments of Banke district have seen the installation of censors for disaster risk reduction. The censor-enabled early warning system has been placed at Kohalpur and Baijanath of Banke district.
NEPALGUNJ, June 24: Over a hundred houses were inundated while a dozen houses were completely damaged in the bordering villages of Narainapur Rural Municipality of Banke district on Sunday as a causeway being built by India along the Nepal-India border obstructed the natural flow of rainwaters.
KATHMANDU, May 17: The Supreme Court issued a show-cause notice on Thursday to Independent Panel, Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), Nepal Sports Council (NSC), Banke District Cricket Association (BDCA) and an accountant of suspended CAN a day after vice-president of CAN Binod Mainali filed a writ petition in the apex court against them demanding continuation of his membership.
NEPALGUNJ, April 29: The Banke District Court has sent 18 land revenue officials of Banke and Bardiya districts to judicial custody. They had been arrested on the charge of transferring the ownership of huge chunks of land belonging to the Sikta Irrigation Project to private ownership through forgery.
KATHMANDU, April 24: The Barbara Adams Investigative Journalism Award 2018 has been jointly awarded to journalists duo Rudra Khadka and Arjun Oli for their series of news reports on the irregularities in the Sikta Irrigation project based in Banke. The stories were published both in Nagarik and Republica dailies.
BANKE, April 17: Drying up of water sources has posed a threat to wildlife in the Banke National Park. The national park, however, was established some nine years ago for the expansion of the habitat of wild cat.
SURKHET, March 18: Business community of Banke and Bardiya districts has proposed an integration of the districts into Karnali state. The merger would boost economic development of the state, they argued at an interaction in Birendranagar among the office bearers of Surkhet and Kohalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).
BANKE, March 14: A bomb disposal squad of the Nepal Army has defused a bomb planted by an unidentified group at Rajha Chok along the Nepalgunj-Kohalpur road section in the district today, said Banke police Chief SP Arun Poudel.
BANKE, Feb 28: A few days ago, Shyam Kumari Chaudhary of Khayarbhatti in Banke district fell critically ill. Her settlement lies in the middle of a jungle, with no road connectivity. So her husband Nanda Kishor could not think of taking her to Nepalgunj for treatment. However, he made her sit on the back of his bicycle and took her to a hospital in Baghauda of India.