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Rudra Pangeni

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

Minister Lekhak on inauguration spree

January 14, 2017 00:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT) has been able to spend less than 20 percent of the Rs 55.96 billion allocated for building roads and bridges in the first five months of the current fiscal year. But the minister for physical infrastructure and transport, Ramesh Lekhak, does not appear serious about expediting the roads and bridges projects, instead, he is busy making trips to lay foundations stones for roads and bridges in different districts, mostly in the tarai.

KUKL has Rs 2.12 billion to recover from customers

January 12, 2017 08:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited has outstanding dues worth Rs 2.12 billion to collect from its monthly billed customers.

Govt promises 17 percent returns on equity investment

January 10, 2017 08:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: Investors of hydropower projects in Nepal can earn a maximum 17 percent return on equity investments.

Ministry 'leaked' info to hydro developers

January 5, 2017 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: Minister for Energy Janardan Sharma endorsed directives at midday Wednesday, opening license applications for over 150 hydropower projects in 'government reserves'. But the information had already been leaked to some hydropower developers, it has come to light.

2017 to see record hydropower generation

January 4, 2017 10:36 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 4: The year 2017 will set a record in power generation, people invoved in the hydropower sector say.

Why it took 23 years to dig 22 km tunnel

December 31, 2016 14:56 PM

KATHMANDU, Dec 31: Some 23 years ago, Late Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Bhattarai promised a by-election rally in Kathmandu that water from the Melamchi River would flow in the capital.

Govt signs PDA with Upper Trishuli-1

December 30, 2016 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 29: The government has signed Project Development Agreement (PDA) with a consortium led by a South Korean government undertaking to build Upper Trishuli-I (216 MW) hydropower project.

Major tunnel 'breakthrough' in Melamchi project

December 29, 2016 13:01 PM

KATHMANDU, Dec 29: Tunnel work in the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) had a major breakthrough on Wednesday and officials said it's a milestone toward bringing Melamchi water to the capital city.

Melamchi pipeline may not sustain earthquakes of higher intensity: Report

December 28, 2016 13:20 PM

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Pipelines being laid down in the Kathmandu Valley to distribute water from Melamchi to consumers may be vulnerable to earthquakes of intensity greater than that of 2015 quakes, a report shows.

Central region highest in hydropower royalties

December 26, 2016 10:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: Among the five development regions in the country, the central development region is the largest royalty recipient from the hydroelectricity projects in last six years, the royalty distribution database at the Department of Electricity Development shows.

Govt generous in PDA, PPA with foreign developers

December 26, 2016 09:27 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: The government has decided to pay price of electricity to a foreign developer, even if Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) fails to do so, giving preferential treatment to projects with foreign direct investment.

NEA to import additional 80 MW from February

December 24, 2016 10:33 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: Nepal has signed a fresh agreement to import an additional 80 MW of electricity with India.

Smooth sail for Arun III land acquisition process

December 21, 2016 01:10 AM

SANKHUWASABHA, Dec 21: Arun Power Development Company (APDC) is about to complete land acquisition process for the Arun III hydropower project (900 MW).

Nepal Army: All eyes on profits

December 19, 2016 12:20 PM

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: The estimated cost for the Devsthal-Kainadanda section of Jajarkot-Dunai road was Rs 195.4 million. The actual project cost exceeded this by Rs 88.42 million, without sufficient technical clarifications.

Changes felt in daily life

December 10, 2016 11:02 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: No load-shedding for a month has had a number of positive impacts in the lives of people, and industries and businesses have also felt relief from having to spend about three times more on diesel-produced electricity.

Indian policy discourages non-Indian hydropower investors

December 8, 2016 09:22 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 8: India has brought cross border electricity trading policy to facilitate energy trading with neighboring countries.

Unstable policies, standards, procedures hindering reconstruction

December 7, 2016 08:21 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Technicians involved in reconstruction works have claimed that frequent changes in the provisions and policies on reconstruction, lack of adequate number of VDC secretaries and resource centers have affected the reconstruction process.

3 NEA board members prevent MD from setting up subsidiaries

December 3, 2016 00:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: While the new management at Nepal Electricity Authority has received accolades from the public for reducing power cuts significantly, three members of the NEA board have opposed a number of key agenda items tabled by Managing Director Kulman Ghising at a board meeting.

Prime minister has no time for IBN meetings

December 1, 2016 00:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Investment Board Nepal (IBN) has not been able to hold even a single board meeting in the past four months. Reason: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the chair of the IBN board, has no time to attend the meeting.

Ktm Valley factories mull expansion on low power cuts

November 22, 2016 09:13 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Uninterrupted power supply in the Kathmandu Valley since past couple of weeks has boosted the confidence of industrialists and hoteliers. With their operating cost coming down significantly, they are already chalking out expansion plans.