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Rudra Pangeni

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

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.

5% TDS on vegetable, fruit traders to promote tax compliance: Revenue secy

July 24, 2018 07:00 AM

KATHMANDU, July 24: According to Revenue Secretary Shishir Kumar Dhungana, the government imposed the new tax after finding income tax collection from the sector very low. He, however, clarified that the tax cannot be passed on to consumers.Fruits and vegetable traders have allegedly hiked prices after TDS came into effect from last Tuesday -- the start of new Fiscal Year 2018/19.

NRA seeks information on 6 Chinese firms from Chinese Embassy

July 23, 2018 08:31 AM

KATHMANDU, July 22: National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has sought information about six Chinese firms that have partnered with Nepali civil contractors to submit a bid for rebuilding of Dharahara.

Govt treasury empty after haphazard spending in last month

July 21, 2018 10:22 AM

KATHMANDU, July 20:The government treasury is now empty following irrational budget distribution at the end of the fiscal year that ended Monday. Not a single penny has been left from the previous fiscal year , according to officials of the Ministry of Finance (MoF). This fiscal indiscipline on the part of the current government is sure to have serious consequences as it may trigger internal borrowing right from the first month, just as the previous government had done this time last year.

Two big contractors in tug-of-war

July 12, 2018 07:23 AM

KATHMANDU, July 12: Two groups of civil contractor companies are in a huge tussle to win a contract for rebuilding Dharahara. The  tussle between a joint venture of Kalika Construction Pvt Ltd and Rasuwa Construction Company on one hand  and Raman Construction Pvt Ltd on the other surfaced at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Tuesday.

Govt spent Rs 10b in recurrent expenses Friday

July 9, 2018 06:37 AM

KATHMANDU, July 9: The white paper which Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada unveiled on March 30 painted a grim picture of the country’s economy showing various instances of gross violations of financial discipline and fiscal rules and regulations by the previous government.

No quarantine unit at Rasuwagadhi to check food products

July 8, 2018 05:15 AM

KATHMANDU, July 8: It has been three years since the transit point for trade with Tibet shifted to Rasuwagadhi from Tatopani following the big earthquake. But the food quarantine post still remains at Tatopani.

KMC officials sitting on waste management accord since 4 months

July 3, 2018 10:25 AM

KATHMANDU, July 3: When people in Kathmandu Metropolitan City elected a new leadership in May last year they were very hopeful that  life  in the city would become easier, with toxic pollution brought under control and waste management properly tackled.

No clear strategy in big infrastructure projects: Experts

June 20, 2018 07:00 AM

KATHMANDU, June 20: Nepal officially started building the Kathmandu-Tarai Expressway in 2017. The government recently announced it is to build a railway line along the same  route,  extending all the way to Raxaul across the Indian border.

Road mania grips local levels: Over half of budget for road projects

June 2, 2018 03:17 AM

KATHMANDU, June 1: Local level units in Rautahat district have allocated more budget funds for roads than for any other sector, placing education, health and other sectors in the shadow. Katahariya Municipality has allocated Rs 90 million (over 45 percent), out of a total of Rs 200 million earmarked for capital spending, for road construction. Over-concentration on roads in budget allocations has undermined the other priorities.

Road mania grips local levels: Over half of budget for road projects

June 2, 2018 02:26 AM

KATHMANDU, June 1: Local level units in Rautahat district have allocated more budget funds for roads than for any other sector, placing education, health and other sectors in the shadow. Katahariya Municipality has allocated Rs 90 million (over 45 percent), out of a total of Rs 200 million earmarked for capital spending, for road construction. Over-concentration on roads in budget allocations has undermined the other priorities.