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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.