EAST RUKUM, Dec 2: A packet of salt costs nine rupees. However, residents of East Rukum, one of the youngest districts of Nepal, are forced to pay three times the amount as the district lacks a storage facility.
WEST RUKUM, Nov 27: An unidentified group hurled bomb at staff transporting ballot boxes from Chaurjahari to Musikot, the district’s head quarter. The bomb detonated at Ghartikada of Chaurjahari municipality-6.
RUKUM, Nov 26: It had just been three days that Nabin Shrestha of Rukumkot and Anita Pradhan of Itahari had tied the knot. After completion of the marriage ceremony at Anita's hometown, the couple came to Rukumkot to get the blessings of their elders.
RUKUM Nov 25: Nabin Shrestha and Anita Pradhan were married three days ago. After tying their knots, the couple headed to Rukumkot to receive blessings from their loved ones. As both had to resume their services on November 24, the couple took a jeep to reach the district headquarter Khalanga, three hours away from Nabin’s home on November 23. Nabin and Anita, both inspectors had planned to resume their duties at Surkhet and Rautahat respectively.
RUKKUM, Nov 23: Birjit Budha of Athbiskot Municipality ward -1, Shyalakhadi will be taking part in the provincial elections for the first time. Since the announcement of the election date, he has been counting days to exercise his voting right.
RUKUM, Nov 3: Roads, bridges and hospitals are secondary for them. What they desperately wait for is drinking water. For the locals of eastern part of Rukum district, the candidate who can assure them of easy access to drinking water will win in the upcoming provincial and federal elections.
RUKUM, Oct 15: It takes hours of walk for Sunita Khadka to fetch drinking water. And as such having drinking water facility in her home is a farfetched dream. Similarly, she has faint hope of having transportation services in the village in her lifetime. A resident of Aathbiskot Municipality, she also laments lack of health facilities and power supply. “It may take years more for us to receive facilities like towns presently have,” she noted.
There are a number of villages in Rukum where basic facilities like heath, education, communication, irrigation are still only a dream. However, the government has upgraded their status to ‘sugam’ (which literally means areas which can be reached easily) in its recent review. However, Asthbiskot Municipality, among other places, which has no traces of modern facilities, was upgraded to sugam area. This has disappointed the local as they claim that the any area can be sugam only if it has facilities of a municipality.
“Our life is miserable as it was before. A few new road tracks have opened recently but they are not fully operational,” said Khadka. “We still use mules for transportation,” she added.
RUKUM, July 29: As per the Hindu tradition, only a male can perform the last rites of the deceased family members. This deep-rooted tradition is prevalent arguably among almost all the societies of the country, which consider sons as the rightful heir to light the funeral pyre after the death of the parents. Breaking this traditional stereotype, a girl in Rukum has cremated her mother.
RUKUM, July 23: Health posts in remote areas of Rukum district are facing severe shortage of life-saving drugs. Health officials informed that lack of transportation during monsoon has led to this dire situation.
RUKUM, June 17: Water scarcity has crippled the district hospital of Rukum, where dozens of patients for treatment every day. With the water resources drying up in the dry season, the hospital is not able to manage even drinking water for patients and visitors.
RUKUM, May 2: With the recent political developments casting doubt over holding the local polls, the election fever has fizzled out in Rukum district and the people have decided to move on with their normal activities for making their living.