ATHENS, Aug 13:  Hundreds of firefighters battled three wildfires in Greece, where two villages were being evacuated Tuesday as the largest blaze burned a thickly forested nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens.

RAUTAHAT, July 12: Floods caused by incessant rainfall have inundated half a dozen villages in Rautahat.

BANKE, June 23: The ‘dam road’ constructed by India has blocked the water flow and inundated the most of the villages of the Narainapur Rural Municipality of the district.

SARLAHI, June 11: Despite being a part of urban Tarai, many villages in the northern parts of Sarlahi are struggling with the scarcity of drinking water.

BAJURA, May 7: Following the mobilization of enough health workers, a viral fever outbreak which created panic in three villages of Himali Rural Municipality of Bajura district over the last couple of weeks, is slowly coming under control.

KHOTANG, Jan 31: Bhupendra Rai, chairperson of Chuichumma Rural Municipality - 1 has faced many problems in life. Most of them are related to his visits to health centers. During emergencies, Khotang locals never had access to health facilities on time, he reminisces. Over the years, health posts opened up in villages and relieved the residents.

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Three villages in different parts of the country received 'Best Village Destination for Tourists' honor on Thursday.

SANKHUWASABHA, July 25: Locals of Silonchong Rural Municipality-3 of Sankhuwasabha district have been facing threats from tigers since months. Tigers have been entering Yachamkha and Lakuwa villages of the rural municipality to prey on goats and pigs.

LAOS, July 24: Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number dead after a dam collapsed in south-east Laos, state media reported.

RASUWA, July 15: Massive landslides in Yabru village of Naukunda Rural Municipality wreaked havoc in the settlements last year. The landslides had rendered the land unsafe for settlement. Though the residents of the village lived in temporary shelters for some days, they returned and started living there after some weeks. They were aware of the looming threat of landslides, but returned stating that they did not find any place to relocate.

PALPA, July 10: Bagnaskali rural municipality of Palpa has started to provide loans to promote self employment in agriculture and animal husbandry after youths present their education certificates as collateral.

RAJBIRAJ, July 5: Khado River inundated thousands of houses during the monsoon last year. Every year, the river swells during the monsoon and wreaks havoc in the surrounding villages.

GAUSHALA, July 3: More than 50 villages in eight municipalities and two rural municipalities are at high risk of flood in Mahottari district.

RAUTAHAT, July 1: With the start of monsoon, locals of dozens of villages prone to floods in Rautahat are in a state of constant fear. As more than two dozen places from where the Bagmati and Lalbakaiya rivers breached their embankments are yet to be repaired, the locals are now panicked that the massive floods like last year will repeat this year also.

MORANG, July 1: Residents of more than a dozen villages have been urged to take safety measures amid risks of flooding, according to Nepal Red Cross Society Morang Chapter.

TIKAPUR, May 25: People in the bordering villages of Kailali district have been consuming substandard salt which is smuggled into the country from India via the porous border. Indians have been supplying the non-iodized salt in the bordering villages on their bicycles.

JUMLA, May 23: Hari Bahadur BK of Jumla’s Patarasi Rural Municipality is currently busy picking yarsagumba in Patan area in the district’s uplands. In fact, majority of the youths in the Karnali region are doing the same. Lack of employment opportunities has attracted many people here into the lucrative yarsagumba trade.

PALPA, May 18: Human settlements in rural areas in Palpa are gradually becoming deserted due to rampant migration of people to urban areas.

TANAHUN, May 8: Approximately 84 households of two villages, Byas Municipality-14 and Bandipur Rural Municipality-6, are forced to live in the dark without electricity.

ACHHAM, Mar 12: Migration from villages and towns of Achham for the last few decades has left many of the settlements deserted. Even palaces, which were considered posh back then, now are in ruins.

TANAHUN, March 6: Even two years after the government announced to replace improvised cable crossings known as tuin with suspension bridges, the locals of Tanahun are still found crossing the Seti River precariously using tuin.

PARBAT, March 3: There was a time when the locals of all 55 VDCs of Parbat had to reach the district headquarters Kushma even for minor recommendations or administrative work. Each time they reached the headquarters, they had to stay there at least for one day. Many people used to come here for business purpose as well. However, after the formation of the local government, the movement of people has decreased significantly in Kushma.

ILAM, Feb 26: Dismayed with the care-free attitude of their elected representatives after the polls, locals often blame the representatives for using them only as stepping stones to fulfill their vested interests.

BANGKOK, Feb 23: First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.

With the years, the way we enjoy our travels tends to change. Prabesh Poudel says he has noticed that too. The IT engineer might not be able get his friends together for trips like he was once able to and his workload these days might not help either, but Poudel shares that he doesn’t skip the travel opportunities that come his way.

JUMLA, Feb 16: After the successful completion of the local elections conducted for the first time in 20 years, the locals were expecting a sea change in governance. However, even after almost a year after the elections, they lament that the new government under a federal setup has failed to impress the people so far.

JUMLA, Feb 13: After the successful completion of the local elections conducted for the first time in 20 years, the locals were expecting a sea change in governance. However, even after almost a year after the elections, they lament that the new government under a federal setup has failed to impress the people so far.

DOLPA, Jan 6: There were days when the Dalit people of Dolpa had to walk for three long hours to fetch water from a local river. Despite knowing that the muddy water of the river is harmful to their health, they had no other option but to drink it for survival. However, there days have changed for good after a drinking water tap was installed in their locality for the first time.

Cold empties upper Mustang villages

December 30, 2017 03:34 am

MYAGDI, Dec 29: With the locals of mountainous Mustang moving to lowlands of late in order to escape the biting cold, most villages in the district have worn a deserted look.

Cold empties upper Mustang villages

December 27, 2017 04:15 am

MYAGDI, Dec 27: With the locals of mountainous Mustang moving to lowlands of late in order to escape the biting cold, most villages in the district have worn a deserted look.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: The government has said that it would help the local bodies to build industrial villages in their respective areas.

JAJARKOT, Nov 23: Employees deputed for conducting the elections have been facing problems to reach remote villages of Jajarkot district without road connectivity.

JAJARKOT, Aug 31: Mahendra Bahadur Shah was elected the chairman of Barkot Rural Municipality of Jajarkot district in the first phase of local elections on May 14. Before the elections, he had rigorously campaigned for bringing all rights of the district headquarters and Singha Durbar to the local level. However, after four months of being elected, he is now realizing a bitter reality - he may have promised something he can never deliver.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, August 26:  Boko Haram extremists killed at least 27 people by shooting them and slitting their throats as they attacked several villages in northern Nigeria's Borno state in the past week, residents said.

SURKHET, August 20: The local residents of two villages in Panchapuri municipality located in the western part of Surkhet have fallen ill from a viral fever.

BAITIDI, August 2: More than 200 households of Pancheshwar Rural Municipality-1 off Baitadi are compelled to spend half their day fetching drinking water as water crisis deepens in the remote part of the district. All the water sources in the rural municipality have dried up reported the y in lack of periodic maintenance.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, July 23: When rays from the setting sun hit the Bisingar village of Sindhupalchowk's Jugal Rural Municipality, the village shimmers colorfully in the twilight.

DAMAULI, June 17: Nepali Congress senior leader Ramchandra Poudel has said a wave of development will enter the villages after the completion of the local-level election.

RAMPUR (PALPA), June 14: The locals of the remote villages of Rampur Municipality have welcomed the advent of electric power five years after the installation of an electric pole.

GORKHA, May 11: It looks like no less than a festival. Bus parks are jam-packed. People carrying bags and suitcases are seen all around. Thanks to the election to the upcoming elections. People are returning home from their workplaces in cities and towns in other parts in the country.

HETAUDA, May 10: The local elections which are being held after a hiatus of nearly 20 years have brought excitement not only in the towns and cities, but also in the remotest villages.

KATHMANDU, April 25: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Govindra Raj Pokharel has said that the reconstruction works have been delayed due to the lack of human resources in various parts of the earthquake-affected districts.

TAPLEJUNG, April 24: A GSM Tower has comes into operation in Khewang village in Sirijangha Village Council – 7.

TEHRATHUM, April 22: The unseasonable flooding has swept away the canals of micro hydro power projects here plunging some 550 households in Khamlalung and Samdu into darkness.

NAWALPARASI, April 2: More than a dozen villages in Nawalparasi are faced with a heightened risk of flood following permission from local authorities in Chitwan to allow mining of construction materials from the Narayani river.

Election fever grips rural villages

March 31, 2017 08:38 am

BAJHANG, March 31: The election fever has not just gripped towns and cities, but also the rural villages in the country. With the local polls now just 44 days away, political leaders in Bajhang district of the far west region are busy visiting rural households, appealing to the locals to vote them.

GORKHA, March 28: As local-level elections inch closer, political parties have boosted their presence in villages in Gorkha. All the big parties have also intensified their hunt for right candidates.

Parties campaigning in villages

March 2, 2017 08:57 am

SINDHULI, March 2: With the much-awaited local level elections slated for May 14 less than two and a half months away, politicians from various parties have expedited visits to their electoral constituencies in their bid to woo the voters.

SURKHET, Feb 15: Sunita BK of Tatopani - 8 started to feel labor pain four days before the delivery date predicted by her doctors at the local health post. Due to the remoteness of the village and absolute lack of transportation services, her family was not able to take her to the health post on time. It took hours before she could be readied to be taken to the nearest health facility. But she died midway. The incident happened only four months ago.

CHAUTARA, Feb 7: The sweet whistling sound of sparrows and drongos is continuing to recede with increasing urbanization and use of harmful pesticides in farming.