Jan 10, 2008

Free hugs

A Korean girl was giving hugs to pedetrations in Kathmandu. Don't we need this?

Raktim and Pyuthan

I don't see any significant relation between Raktim Pariwar and Pyuthan , but we are used to listen all these patriot songs.

Will Pyuthan have a cable car?

This news brief was published in 2000. All pyuthani were expecting to have their own Swargadari cable car. It's seems their expection was mere expection!! It seems Sunil Karmacharya( An engineer by profession, his alma mater is Mukti madhyamik Vidhyalaya, Ratamata, Pyuthan) Dai was also involved to conduct the feasibility study from Manakamana Cable Car.

News brief from Spotlight weekly in 2000.

AFTER SUCCESSFUL OPERATION OF private-sector run cable car to reach Manakamana temple in western Nepal, local authorities are making efforts to link Swargadwari, a noted religious site in Pyuthan district in mid-western Nepal, through cable car. The Swargadwari Management Committee set up in Dang district has decided to give the rights of cable car operation to Gorkha-Mankamana Darshan Pvt. Ltd. that has been operating similar service to Mankana temple in Gorkha District. The private sector company will conduct a feasibility study and present its estimate of the project within the next six months.

Are we really reluctant to know about the benefits of iodised salt?

Pyuthan residents ignorant of benefits of iodised salt

Government efforts in creating awareness on the use of iodised salt through print and electronic media have failed to bring about desired effects in the districts.
Apart from government officials and residents in Khalanga the district headquarters, villagers do not buy iodised salt, which is expensive compared to the non-iodised variety.
A majority in the district is still unaware of the benefits of iodine where goitre is interpreted as the manifestation of sins the victim committed in a past life.
"The packed (iodised) salt is expensive. Why buy the expensive one when the other one is much cheaper. After all salt is salt," said Tiki Gharti of Jumrikada VDC who had come to the local Bijuwar bazaar to buy commodities. Gharti expressed her ignorance of iodine and its efficacy for the human body.
Except for government officials and bazaar residents, all villagers prefer non-iodised salt according to Narayan Shrestha, a local merchant in Bijurawa, the second commercial hub of the district.
"Since the media campaign has failed, the local health institutions should play an active role in making people aware of the use of iodised salt", opined Jyoti Kunwar, a trainer at a local institution.
However, Lal Mani Devkota, a teacher at the Swargadwari Campus is of the view that the iodised salt could be introduced among the district populace by banning the sale of sub-standard salt.
Dr. Ananda Kumar Shrestha, the Chief at the District Health Office (DHO) said that the DHO is
mulling conducting tests on the quality of salt being sold in district markets.

Reported by: NUMARAJ KHANAL in Kantipur

Teacher crams dung down students’ throat

This is how people perceive about Pyuthani culture.

Sunday, June 24,2007
PYUTHAN: A teacher of the Jana Jyoti Lower Secondary School in Lung, Pyuthan district, allegedly forced 82 students on Wednesday to eat dung when they did not do their homework.According to a report, Sushila KC forced 34 third-graders and 48 fourth-graders to eat dung. The school shut down on Thursday after the students and their guardians protested the teacher’s action.Sushila had been warning them that she will make them eat dung if they do not do their homework, the students said. “We never thought that the madam will force us to eat dung,” they said. Students and guardians flew into a lather as she did not force her own son Krishna Chandra to eat dung though he too had not done his homework.Headmaster Uday Pandey said, “The incident happened when I had gone to the district headquarters for paperwork regarding the school. She (the teacher) should apologise because she has committed a mistake.” The school management committee will call a guardians’ meet on July 14 to solve the issue, sources said.District Education Officer (DEO) Man Bahadur KC said: “Forcing students to feed dung is an unnatural act.” Asked what punishment will be meted out to the teacher, the DEO said: “Theschool management committee is authorised to punish such teachers.”

Swargadwari Pyuthan Festival

Swargadwari Pyuthan Festival

Date: March 29 to April 5, 2008

Venue: Swargadwari Campus, Punyakhola

Organized by: Pyuthan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, DDC Pyuthan & VDCs.

Will Pyuthan have a dalit Rep for Constituent Assembly?

प्यूठानबाट दलित सांसद बनाउनेमा सबै दल सहमत (Pyuthan political parties agree on having a Dalit rep to Constituent Assembly form their district)

जिल्लामा क्रियाशील सबै राजनैतिक दलहरुले जिल्लामा एक जना दलित सांसद बनाउने र्सार्वजनिक प्रतिवद्धता ब्यक्त गरेका छन् ।
२ निर्वाचन क्ष्ँेत्र रहेको प्यूठानमा सबै राजनैतिक दलहरुले प्रतिबद्धता लागू गरे असन्न संबिधानसभाको चुनावमा जिल्लाबाट एक जना दलित सांसदको प्रतिनिधित्व हुने समेत निश्चित भएको छ । दलित मानवअधिकार सङ्गठन जिल्ला एकाई प्यूठानको आयोजनामा बिहिवार सदरमुकाम खलङ्गामा भएको स्थानीय स्तरमा दलित समुदाय र समानुपातिक प्रतिनिधित्व बिषयक र्सार्वजनिक सुनुवाईमा नेताहरुले सो प्रतिबद्धता ब्यक्त गरेका हुन् ।
जिल्लाभरका दलित अधिकारबादी कार्यकर्ताहरुको प्रश्नको जवाफ दिदै नेताहरुले २ निर्वाचन क्ष्ँेत्र रहेको प्यूठानमा १ जना दलितलाई सांसदको लागि उम्मेदवारी दिन र सिफारिस गर्ने प्रतिवद्धता ब्यक्त गरेका थिए । हाल जिल्ला कमिटिमा दलितको संख्या शुन्य रहेको बताउने दलका नेताहरुले पनि सो प्रतिवद्धता साथ आयोजक संस्थास“ग प्रतिवद्धता पत्रमा हस्ताक्ष्ँर गरेका छन् । आयोजकहरुले भने सो प्रतिबद्धता पुरा भए नभएको अनुगमन गरिरहने समेत बताएका छन् ।
दलका नेताहरुलाई मञ्चमा बर्साईएर अन्यलाई दर्शक दिर्घर्ाा राखिएको सो कार्यक्रममा राष्ट्रिय प्रजातन्त्र पार्टर्ीीई बोलाईएको थिएन भने माले उपस्थित थिएन । अन्य सबै दलका नेताहरुले आफूहरुले छुवाछुत नमान्ने समेत घोषणा गरेका थिए । दलित अधिकारवादी नेता एवं पत्रकार र्सर्ूयबहादुर बिश्वकर्माले सञ्चालन गर्नुभएको र्सार्वजनिक सुनुवाईमा नेपाली कांग्रेसमा १९ सदस्यीय जिल्ला कमिटिमा १ जना, एमालेको १९ सदस्यीय जिल्ला कमिटिमा २ जना, जनमोर्चा केसी, शेरचन र आलेमा क्रमशः ४, ३ र १ जना दलितहरुको प्रतिनिधित्व रहेको जानकारी गराइृएको थियो । ने. क.पा. माओवादी र कांग्रेस प्रजातान्त्रिकमा भने हाल जिल्ला कमिटिमा नभएपनि तत्काल ल्याउने प्रतिवद्धता ब्यक्त गरिएको थियो ।
स्थानीय गाउ तथा क्ष्ँेत्रीय कमिटिमा आ-आफ्नै ढङ्गले सहभागिता बढाउने प्रतिवद्धता ब्यक्त गरिए पनि २ निर्वाचन क्ष्ँेत्र भएको प्यूठानमा १ जना दलित नेतालाई आसन्न्ा संबिधानसभाको चुनावमा उम्मेदवार बनाउने कुरामा भने सबै दलहरु सहमत भएका थिए । कायृक्रममा सहभागिहरुलाई दलितहरुलाई भोट ब्याङ्कको रुपमा प्रयोग नगर्न पनि अनुरोध गरेका थिए । प्रतिवद्धता पत्रमा नेपाली कांग्रेसका सुभाष केसी, एमालेका धनबहादुर रायमाझी, कांग्रैस प्रजातान्त्रिकका शाल्रि्राम पण्डित, माओवादीका धनेश्वर पोख्रेल, र जनमोर्चा केसी, शेरचन र आलेका क्रमशः राम पहाडी, रामबहादुर केसी र पितबहदुर एम.सी.ले हस्ताक्षर गरेका छन् । प्यूठानमा अधिकारवादीहरुका तर्फाट दलका नेताहरुलाई र्सार्वजनिक सुनुवाइृमा र्सार्वजनिक प्रतिवद्धतामा हस्ताक्षर गर्राईएको यो नै पहिलो हो ।
Report by:Rupesh Silwal

Distance from Pyuthan to 20 biggest cities of country

Pyuthan - Kathmandu 245 km
Pyuthan - Rupandehi 80 km
Pyuthan - Jhapa 524 km
Pyuthan - Dhanukha 347 km
Pyuthan - Kailali 210 km
Pyuthan - Dang 56 km
Pyuthan - Banke 123 km
Pyuthan - Bardiya 149 km
Pyuthan - Kaski 101 km
Pyuthan - Dhading 203 km
Pyuthan - Tanahun 144 km
Pyuthan - Syangja 98 km
Pyuthan - Sindhuli 319 km
Pyuthan - Gorkha 174 km
Pyuthan - Baitadi 286 km
Pyuthan - Achham 186 km
Pyuthan - Khotang 411 km
Pyuthan- Ramechhap 328 km

Democratic Republic or Complete Republic?

Republic is one of the most talking subject in Pyuthani Politics. This hording board picture was taken in Damti ( I guess it was put there by Maoist) in Summer of 2007.


Most NGOs get non-govt support to do something in a society. Data shows that 75% of that kind of budget is being expensed before reaching to the targeted group. Transparency is another main issue for NGOs . This NGO at least tried to present its income and expenditure by hanging a hoarding board in a beneficiary's house. This picture was taken in Damti, Pyuthan in Summer of 2007.

Lung Ko Diwali

This is what we do in Lung V.D.C.(Kul Puja) every five year. It's one of the biggest event in Pyuthan district. People come from surrounding districts ( Rolpa,Gulmi,Arghakhachi, Dang and Kapilbastu) and one of a good cause to be together with family.

Many Pyuthani are still deprived from clean drinking water. This caption was published on nepalnews.com

This is what we do in Pyuthan. Bijuwar Bazaar and District Hospital with an ambulance.

Background of District

Headquarter - Khalanga
Total no. of VDCs - 49
Area of District (sq.km) - 1328.9 km
Total Population - 204179
Literacy rate - 32.00% (
Male - 49.00% Female - 15.00%)
Political constituencies: 2

Village Development Programme
1 Programme initiation year -1999
2 No. of VDCs covered- 5
3 No. of wards covered -45
4 Number of total settlements in covered VDCs -124
5 Covered settlements- 104
6 Number of total households in covered VDCs -3575
7 DDC contribution in LTF-100000
8 VDC contribution in LTF -260000
9 Total COs -113
10 Total savings of COs -Rs 1072508
11 Total investment - Rs 1720804


Pyuthan is a bazaar and the administrative center of Pyuthan District of Rapti Zone approximately 175 kilometres west of the capital of Kathmandu. This town is locally known as "Khalanga" due to its history as a military strongpoint.

The town is situated on a mountainside about 400 meters above the intensively cultivated floodplain of the Jimruk Khola (River) about 15 kilometers north of the Mahabharat Lekh (Range) in the Middle Hills. The town is populated by government officials from the Kathmandu Valley and other parts of Nepal, by solders and police of Magar and other "hill tribes" and their mostly Chhetri officers by Newar merchants, by civil servants recruited mostly from local Bahun and Chhetri castes, as well as menial castes who labor as tailors, cobblers, blacksmiths and construction workers.

There is a history of tension between Pyuthan the town and Pyuthan the district because of leftist politics in the district, making the town a royalist island in a republican sea and the mouthpiece of the national government in a district that was prepared to struggle and sacrifice for local autonomy. This history and the presence of Kham peoples with nationalistic sentiments in rugged highlands beyond the Jimruk along the Pyuthan-Rolpa district border made Pyuthan -- the town -- vulnerable to attack or marginalization in the 1996-2006 Nepalese Civil War.

Pyuthan District

Pyuthan District

Pyuthan district, a part of Rapti zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Pyuthan as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,309 km² and has a population (2001) of 212,484.

This district lies in the western part of Nepal. Swargadwari lies in this district.
Swargadwari, one of the must see destination for Hindu pilgrims. When ever we talk about Swargadwari Temple, we talk about the Guru Maharaj and his disciples of Swargadwari. Swargadwari Guru Maharaj was an incarnation of god. He spend his life mostly in Swargadwari with his disciples. There were also thousands of milking cows in Swargadwari at that time which Guru Maharaj himself use to shepherd during the day. There is an account of some of his followers trying to follow Guru Maharaj to check where he took all those cows and himself. But they never could not find him or his cows. They referred to the team as "just to fast to catch up". So no one ever knew where Guru Maharaj use to go during the day with his cows.

Before he left physical body, he gave some of his divine power to a few of his disciples. On the day Guru Maharaj left his soul by his own wish, a number of people gathered around the Samadhi place. Then he left his own body after bidding good by to his disciples and other followers. Swami Guru Maharaj's favourite cow also died at the same instant as The Guru left his body and headed to somewhere else. After he left his body, within few day, all cows began to disappear in a miraculous way. There is an account of people seeing the cows emptying all of their milk at the Samadhi spot by themselves at the same time of the day everyday.

There are also many other miraculous tales about Swargadwari Guru Maharaj and his disciples. Pleople of Pyuthan, in western Nepal and also some people who visited Swargadwari Guru Maharaj are still alive today. They are always excited to share their experience with someone who is interested.