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Rudra Pangeni

He is senior reporter with Republica and reports on economy, infrastructure, industry, trade, agriculture etc

Tanahu Hydropower safe but Sahas Urja in trouble

December 18, 2018 07:52 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: Italian firm Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti (CMC) di Ravenna has won two other major contracts in the last 18 months, probably due to a good track record in the tunnel work in Melamchi. But the apparent attempt to abscond by key staff and also poor financial health back in Italy have put at risk one major independent power producer in Nepal.

Transport committees get three more months to register as companies

December 16, 2018 10:57 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: The government has once again extended the deadline to register transport operators as companies, giving them time until mid-March next year.

High court halts ADB-funded road project

December 5, 2018 04:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Patan High Court on Sunday issued an interim order against the contract award process for expanding the Kanchanpur-Kamala road, citing discrepancy in the eligibility criteria for contract bidders .

CIAA issues work plan to tackle procurement malpractices

December 3, 2018 09:48 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: Amid growing malpractices in the procurement of equipment, goods and services in mega infrastructure projects, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has circulated a 14-point work plan to all the ministries and agencies concerned in an attempt to end such misconduct.

Auditor general himself audited purchase of Nepal envoy’s mansion in US

November 29, 2018 07:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov 29: Top officials of the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) do not normally go out to audit the financial records of a public agency. But Auditor General Tanka Mani Sharma himself has been found involved in, or presiding over, the examination of the financial records of the Embassy of Nepal in Washington DC, recently.

Nepali contractors barred from bidding for ADB-funded projects: FCAN

November 28, 2018 09:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Federation of Contractors’ Association of Nepal (FCAN) has blamed the government and development partner Asian Development Bank for denying Nepali contractors’ participation in at least two mega-billion road projects.

Ensure level playing field for all contractors

October 23, 2018 11:01 AM

The Federation of Contractors’ Associations of Nepal (FCAN) has long been charged for influencing government agencies for collusion in contracts of development works. A handful big players have allegedly been controlling the professional umbrella body of civil works contractors. But the new executive body elected in September last week, led by Rabi Singh, has come forward with a different promise.

Wood from 20,000 trees felled for Fast Track rotting away

October 2, 2018 06:28 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: There is an acute shortage of timber in the market, especially in view of the earthquake reconstruction work, but the logs collected from tree felling along the right of way (RoW) for the Kathmandu Tarai Expressway (also known as Fast Track) are decaying at various sites.

Country to bring two new technologies in road maintenance

October 1, 2018 08:02 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 1: By this time next year, the Bharatpur-Lothar section (border point of Makawanpur and Chitwan districts) of the East-West Highway will hopefully have a smoother road to move on after completion of road maintenance.

Huge difference in budget for construction of similar classrooms

September 24, 2018 06:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: Classrooms that the government is building in quake-hit districts will have different safety standards, thanks to difference in budget disbursements to two different agencies overseeing reconstruction of classrooms.

Army proposes two more tunnels along expressway, will cost Rs 5 billion extra

September 19, 2018 08:25 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: The Nepal Army has now proposed adding two new tunnels and also expanding the previously planned tunnel along the Kathmandu-Tarai Expressway citing fragile geology and the need to manage alignment so as to avoid overlap with the Kanti Rajpath.

Govts continue to neglect PPMO

September 11, 2018 05:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: Secretary of Public Procurement Management Office (PPMO) Madhu Prasad Regmi sought time of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli for August 19, the anniversary day of PPMO, to submit his office's annual report. But he was denied time.

Five exemplary steps by local bodies (with video)

September 9, 2018 18:10 PM

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: A year has passed since local elections took place in most of the provinces. During this period, countless reports have surfaced about local representatives enmeshed in disputes, abuse of power, corruption, and chaotic offices. Amid these clouds of gloom are a few silver linings.

Work on apartment for poorer quake survivors put on hold since February

September 6, 2018 07:29 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: At a time when Dhurmus Suntali Foundation has developed at least three integrated settlements in earthquake-hit districts and smoothly handed it over to needy people, the government’s plan of building apartments for landless families and quake-hit families living in extreme poverty is not taking off in the absence of a policy to identify beneficiaries.

Raman Construction to rebuild Dharahara

September 3, 2018 08:02 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has finally opened the financial proposals submitted by five firms bidding for the reconstruction of Dharahara.

Retreat without nature surroundings a missed chance for soft diplomacy

September 1, 2018 07:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Sep 1: One thing is common for Kathmandu in 2014 and 2018. Four years ago, the roads in the capital city were in bad shape, dusty and full of potholes, when the country started eleventh hour preparations for a SAARC summit. Delays in road work were rampant. Things are almost the same four years later.

After over 6 yrs, Three Gorges walking away from West Seti

August 30, 2018 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: China Three Gorges International is on the verge of walking away from the 750-MW West Seti Hydroelectric Project.

Investigation finds 4 to 5 km of Sikta canal vulnerable

August 23, 2018 07:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 23: A four to five kilometer stretch of the  Sikta Irrigation Project main canal is largely weak and vulnerable to further damage. The parts of the canal constructed with soil refill are more seriously vulnerable than the parts that have been cut into the ground.

MPs shied from reporting canal work flaws 4 years ago

August 14, 2018 08:55 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 14: Members of a parliamentary subcommittee four years ago found several weak points and substandard work in the construction of the main canal at Sikta Irrigation Project during a site inspection. But the Finance Committee subcommittee did not report the flaws to the government or any other oversight agency because of the vested interest of one of its members, it has come to light.

Rs 800 million is new threshold for large taxpayers

August 12, 2018 09:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: The government has restructured tax collecting entities and redefined the threshold of large taxpayers to those doing an annual transaction of Rs 800 million or above to make the existing Large Taxpayers Office (LTO) lean and thin.