Hyatt is the most preferred hotel in Kathmandu

Published On: December 8, 2016 09:20 AM NPT By: Republica

Sinead O' Reilly-Henell is the General Manager of Hyatt Regency Kathmandu which recently bagged the 'World Travel Awards 2016' as a leading hotel in Nepal. As Nepal's hospitality and tourism industry recovers from the 2015 earthquakes and subsequent political unrest, Sagar Ghimire of Republica talked with the seasoned hotelier about her experience of working in Nepal, the pace of recovery of hotel and the industry after the 2015 earthquakes, and the hotel's preparation in the competitive environment, among others. Excerpts:

All the parties want local elections to test the water

Published On: November 30, 2016 03:00 AM NPT By: Republica

As we went to press, the ruling coalition had reportedly reached an understanding with the protesting Madheshi parties on the proposed amendments of the new constitution. How did this become possible? What are the points of agreements? And what happens now? Republica team of Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal talked to former finance minister Barsha Man Pun, the Maoist leader who has been a key interlocutor in current negotiations on constitution amendment.

'Newspapers report in detail'

Published On: November 23, 2016 01:50 AM NPT By: Republica

Jun Young Cha, chairman of The Segye Times, a South Korean national daily, is in Nepal on a visit. Jun, who has a master's degree in digital media communications, talked to Republica about the changing media landscape in South Korea. Excerpt of the interview:

Dr Dee (Dianne) Aker who has been a part of the peace building process in Nepal for the past 15 years, was recently in Kathmandu. Akhilesh Tripathi and Krishna Dhungana of Republica Online caught up with Dr Dee for an interview. Excerpts:

I would not say there is anti-India sentiment among the people. But this sentiment is certainly prevalent in certain sections of the society and in some geographical areas, mainly around the capital city.

People possessing legally earned Indian currency need not worry

Published On: November 16, 2016 12:40 AM NPT By: Republica

While the government has upped diplomatic initiative with the Indian government to provide exchange service for Nepalis holding demonetized Indian currency, there has not been any progress in this direction so far. Sagar Ghimire of Republica talked to Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Tuesday to know what the government is doing to resolve the issue. Excerpts:

There is an environment to justify supplementary budget

Published On: November 14, 2016 12:10 AM NPT By: Republica

The National Planning Commission (NPC) is the apex advisory body of the government for formulating a national vision, periodic plans and policies for development. It serves as a central agency for monitoring and evaluating development plans, policies and programs. Despite the NPC taking a lead role in the formulation of planning as well as monitoring of development projects, the implementation aspect has remained weak as reflected in the failure to boost capital expenditure. Sagar Ghimire and Laxman Biyogi of Republica talked with Min Bahadur Shrestha, the vice chairman of the NPC, on the problems in project planning and implementation as well as the government plan to bring supplementary budget. Excerpts:

I know China's sensitivities: Deuba

Published On: November 9, 2016 02:52 PM NPT By: Krishna Dhungana

KATHMANDU, Nov 8: As his participation in a function in Goa, India, which was reportedly attended by a Tibetan leader also, causes controversy, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba said he is well aware of the sensitivities of northern neighbor China and that he and his party were committed to the One-China policy. He answered a few questions by email.

We will meet new capital requirement by mid-July

Published On: October 27, 2016 12:40 AM NPT By: Republica

Arun Kumar Ahluwalia, the CEO of Everest Bank Ltd, is soon returning to his parent bank, i.e. Punjab National Bank, after completing his three-year term. He has been promoted to the post of General Manager of Punjab National Bank. He holds over three decades of experience in banking sector and has key expertise in credit and recovery. Punjab National Bank holds 20 percent stake in the EBL which has been serving its clients through a network of 61 branch offices, 86 ATMs, five extension counters and 24 revenue collection counters in Nepal, and a representative office in New Delhi, India. As Ahluwalia wraps up his tenure with EBL, Republica's Sagar Ghimire talked with him to know about his experiences in Nepal. Excerpts:

Radheshyam Adhikari was among the first lawmakers to raise the issue of impeaching CIAA Chief Lokman Singh Karki in the parliament. Adhikari, a lawyer by profession, was also instrumental in defining CIAA’s jurisdictions in the new constitution. The Nepali Congress MP spoke to Republica’s Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal on Tuesday about the rationale for the impeachment motion, the CIAA’s role and how the motion will be taken ahead.