The government collected total revenue of Rs 172.36 billion, 17 percent of the targeted amount, in the first quarter of the current fiscal year that ended on Friday. The amount this year is close to the revenue collection in the review period of the last fiscal year. The lull in economic activities as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was expected to take a heavy toll on the government revenue collection this year. The amount that the government earned from mid-July to mid-October this year is just Rs 18 billion less than the last year’s amount of Rs 190 billion, show the records of the Financial Comptroller General Office (FCGO). Citing the possible impact of coronavirus, the government had reduced the target of revenue collection to Rs 1.01 trillion for 2020/21, down from Rs 1.11 trillion of the last fiscal year.
The story behind how a Kolkata girl came up with her viral video --7 reasons to never, ever visit Nepal-- about Nepal. She was just 21 when she touched down Nepal and got mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty all around. The chill in Kathmandu city thrilled this Kolkata girl. She thought the pleasant weather must be just an illusion and would soon be gone. But to her surprise, that lasted and she realized that Kathmandu offers great weather all seasons. Her husband, a Nepali guy, took her to Durbar Square of Bhaktapur and some other heritage sites. She couldn't believe her eyes – there were live museums in the nooks and alleys. The traditional lifestyle of the people in and outskirts of the Valley gave her goosebumps. A lot of things made her feel that she was in paradise. "I am originally from Calcutta. I got married to a Nepali when I was 21 and then Nepal became my second home. Kathmandu as a city, where my husband lived and later I lived along with him captivated me," she said.
The District Administration Offices (DAOs) in the Kathmandu Valley have suspended all services except emergency. The DAOs of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur have decided to halt all services except emergency from Sunday. The Kathmandu District Administration Office has been providing only essential and emergency services since last Sunday. The DAOs will remain shut, providing only emergency services until further notice. They took the decision to this effect in order to curb the further transmission of COVID-19 in the Valley. In recent days, the government offices have turned into major COVID-19 hotspots as a large number of people gather in these places seeking services. In order to avoid this kind of gatherings and curb further spread of COVID-19, the DAOs have suspended all services except emergency.