SIRAHA, May 16: Like a scene of an arid desert, hundreds of acres of arable lands in Siraha district wear desolate looks, either fully forsaken by the landowners or just awaiting the approaching monsoon for paddy plantation. However, a few kilometers from Lahan Municipality via Postal Highway, some plots of farms managed by a small squatter community belonging to the underprivileged Musahar group in Bhagwanpur Rural Municipality-1 stands out.

KATHMANDU, May 10: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and NMB Bank, Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide the mountain communities in Nepal better access to finance on Wednesday.

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ITAHARI, Feb 27: Mishrilal Sah of Harinagara Rural Municipality-4 is a peon at the Sitaram Primary School in the village. However, in absence of teachers, he runs classes.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: The Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, Masashi Ogawa, on Wednesday signed a grant contract to install three mediation centers - one at the Patan High Court, and one each at Lalitpur District Court and Bhaktapur District Court - for improvement of legal services to socially and economically disadvantaged citizens.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: German actress of Russian birth and Ambassador for Plan International Germany, Emilia Schüele recently visited communities in Makwanpur district to understand the lives of Nepali girls and their situation.

MUGU, Jan 19: For a week, more than a dozen community and national forests have caught wildfire at Chayanath Rara Municipality, Mugu. The fires have killed wild animals, charred trees and medicinal herbs, destroyed grazing lands and turned nearby surroundings smoky. However, neither communities nor the District Forest Office (DFO), seem to care to douse the fires.

KATHMANDU, Dec 7:  An international conference on Hindu Kush mountain concluded on Wednesday with a resolution to adopt resilient measures for the communities and ecosystem to brace for “shocks, recover from shocks, and bounce forward” to emerge stronger than before.

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: The United Nation's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has announced US$ 4.8 million additional humanitarian funding to address the urgent needs of the flood-affected communities in the tarai.   "The CERF is one of the fastest ways that the UN can support the people affected by crises," UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand said.

KATHMANDU, September 11:  The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has announced US$4.8 million new humanitarian funding to help address urgent needs amongst flood affected communities in the Terai.

KATHMANDU, August 16: Nepal Chemists and Druggists Association (NCDA) has provided health services in the flood-affected areas of Nepal. Issuing a statement on Tuesday, the association said that it had mobilized its zonal and district branches to provide health service to the flood-affected people immediately after the floods started. The association said it had mobilized medical teams including doctors in Mechi, Koshi, Sagarmatha, Janakpur, and Narayani zones.

NEPALGUNJ, June 24: With four major political parties competing in Nepalgunj Sub-metropolitan City for the June 28 local elections, the poll outcome will be decided by how the vote divides up among three different communities--Madhesi, Muslim and Hill folks.

KATHMANDU, June 21: The local level elections this year have witnessed the emergence of new leaders from various walks of life. The inclusive spirit seen in the first round of elections has continued in the second phase also. Here are two representative cases that reflect the depth of inclusiveness political parties has adopted themselves to:

MAHOTTARI, April 22: Even as election fever has gripped district headquarters Jaleshwar and other urban areas, the marginalized communities are unaware about upcoming elections.

BANIYANI (JHAPA), April 14: The indigenous peoples of the eastern Tarai region are celebrating the Siruwa festival amidst fervor.

KATHMANDU, March 18: Govinda Raj Pokhrel, the CEO of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), has said that post-quake reconstruction would be difficult for the government without support of local communities.

Kanchan  Jha, 33, is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Sano Paila, a local NGO established in 2006  focusing on youth empowerment in Birgunj. He is a freelance media producer for Al Jazeera and a pioneer in the field of youth empowerment in Nepal. Holding his firm belief to serve for humanity, Jha dedicated his life to social causes from the very early phase of his life. Jha spoke to Republica about the inspiration to start an organization, his experiences on venturing his journey and the setbacks he has come across throughout.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has said he is in a relentless struggle for securing the identity and rights of the minority communities.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Experts have stressed on raising public awareness on the benefits of building earthquake-resilient buildings at the community level as a strategy to reduce disaster risks in the long run.

RASUWA, Jan 26 : Nepal Water and Energy Development Company Pvt Ltd (NWEDC), with support from Sponsors (K-Consortium), IFC -- a member of the World Bank Group, and the German development finance institution DEG, has re-built schools and provided vital assistance to survivors of the April 2015 earthquake that killed over 9,000 people in the Himalayan country.

MORANG, Dec 4: We are wont to think that we can count the number of people who do not get irritated by rat menace, but a community in Tarai seems to get on with it or rather relish it.

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Minister for Industry, Nabindra Raj Joshi, has urged international communities to invest in infrastructure development and industrial sector of Nepal as it has adopted a very liberal and competitive foreign investment policy.

KATHMANDU, Oct 27: Lawmakers have demanded that security of the people residing in the buffer zone should be guaranteed.