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Rudra Pangeni

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

No plan yet for spending Rs 10 b allocation

November 16, 2016 03:36 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: The previous government's declaration in May to build the Kathmandu-Tarai Fast-Track road on its own  was widely welcomed and many hoped to see steady progress in the dream project, but so far there has been no action at all.

Demand-side management works wonders to reduce power cuts

November 11, 2016 05:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 11: It has already been four days since the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) started supplying electricity throughout the country round the clock even after industries resumed operation after the festive holidays.

Outbound tourism growing, but inbound slows

November 5, 2016 00:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: The Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign had set a target of welcoming one million foreign tourists into the country and giving a major boost to inbound tourism. But the outcomes seem to be in the opposite direction, as outbound tourism has witnessed healthy growth in the past five years while tourist arrivals have witnessed negative growth in the past three years.

Bangladesh outpaced Nepal in just a decade

October 24, 2016 02:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Economic indicators of Bangladesh were worse than Nepal's a decade ago.

Nepal-India Trade Treaty to be renewed without any change

October 6, 2016 01:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: Nepal imported 5.4 times more from India than it exported to the southern neighbor in 2009 when the country signed a trade treaty with India hoping to reduce trade imbalance.

Pensioned govt staff rake in double moolah as consultants

September 27, 2016 01:20 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Retired government employees, particularly of the higher ranks, are re-appointed at different government entities and also as consultants by different government-run projects.

Nine lawmakers in Laos to observe infra projects

September 22, 2016 00:20 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Nine members of the parliamentary Development Committee left for Laos on a weeklong visit on Monday to study infrastructure projects implemented by the South East Asian country which has seen rapid economic development in recent years.

$1 billion Indian soft loans downsized to $550 million

September 21, 2016 02:08 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: Indian Line of Credit (LoC) of US$ 1,000 million has been downsized to $550 million because of the failure of the government to prepare projects to inject the fund.

Energy Minister orders fresh study as past reports gather dust

September 19, 2016 01:10 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Though the country is reeling under acute energy crisis, the government does not have any official figure of energy demand at present and demand forecast for coming years.

'Govt asking India to downsize Indian Line of Credit'

September 15, 2016 01:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: Nepal has failed to fully utilize the Indian line of credit (LoC) of US$ 1,000 that the southern neighbor announced in 2014.

Harmful 'vermillion powder' added in 'Chatpate' to give color

September 9, 2016 17:51 PM

KATHMANDU, Sept 5 'Chatpate' makers are found using non-edible color 'vermillion powder' to give it colorful look.

Hidden interests said to be behind ginger wash plant lying idle

September 8, 2016 01:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: With the country's export-bound raw ginger stockpiling following a ban by India and a hue and cry over non-cooperation by the Indians, the only ginger washing plant in Duwagadhi, Jhapa also remains idle.

Govt steps up efforts to lift ban on ginger export

September 7, 2016 04:16 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 7:  A week after India put a ban on import of Nepali ginger, Ministry of Agriculture Development (MoAD) has stepped up to ensure that Nepali ginger meet all the quality standards.

Record progress in Melamchi tunnel work: Officials

September 5, 2016 12:00 PM

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Record progress is being made in digging the tunnel of the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) and if this pace is maintained, the tunnel will be completed by June next year and Melamchi water will reach Kathmandu by October 2017, according to project officials.

Tenants not benefiting from new electricity tariff regime

September 3, 2016 01:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: Though the Electricity Tariff Fixation Commission (ETFC) has argued that the new electricity tariff benefits small consumers, tenants in Kathmandu Valley, as well as other parts of the country, continue to pay high price for electricity.

DoRI starts monitoring internal movement of goods

August 31, 2016 01:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: Department of Revenue Investigation (DoRI) last week seized eight containers and trucks that were found supplying illegally imported goods to different parts of the country from Kathmandu.

Indian liquor giant United Spirits quits Nepal

August 29, 2016 01:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: The Department of Industry (DoI) has permitted India's United Spirits Ltd to divest its 82.46 percent shares in United Spirits Nepal Pvt Ltd to existing shareholder Rajesh Bir Singh Tuladhar.

Energy minister to tap state-owned firms, employee-benefit funds

August 27, 2016 09:34 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: When Employees Provident Fund (EPF) agreed to a loan-finance of Rs 800 million to build 22 MW Chilime Hydropower Project two decades ago, it took many by surprised and was seen as a high risk decision.

Dept set to issue license for power projects up to 100 MW

August 24, 2016 00:50 AM

KATHMNDU, Aug 24: Hydropower producers of up to 100 MW will soon not have to wait for the decisions of the Ministry of Energy (MoE) for permission carrying out survey studies, building the power plants and generating electricity.

Where does gold come from?

August 22, 2016 04:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: With the festive season around the bend, customers are buying gold ornaments to make the celebration more special. But the gold that they buy could have entered the country through illegal routes.