Muna Sunuwar

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Rescue for Nepalis stranded abroad due to COVID-19 ‘too little, too late’

Published On: July 2, 2020 07:30 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, July 2: Manish Khadka decided to shut down his screen printing business that he had been running in Patan as he was not certain when he would be able to return home from Indonesia. He had left for Indonesia on March 6 for a short trip but was left stranded for more than three months due to abrupt suspension of international flights to and from Nepal.

Thamel businesses start getting rent relief

Published On: June 24, 2020 08:01 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, June 24: Some businesses operating in the Thamel area have started getting relief on rents in response to their demand of 50 percent waiver on rents.

Hotel quarantines underused amid govt’s decision to let abroad returnees be home quarantined

Published On: June 22, 2020 11:40 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, June 22: The hotel quarantines set by the Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) have remained underused amid the government’s decision to let abroad returnees be home quarantined.

Repatriation of migrant workers’ dead bodies from Gulf starts, 23 bodies brought on the first day

Published On: June 19, 2020 08:07 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, June 19: The process of bringing back Nepali migrant workers’ dead bodies from abroad has started from Friday. A total of 23 dead bodies from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar were brought to Nepal on charter flights carried out as a part of the evacuation operation on the first day.

Local purchase of gold increases, dealers seek govt intervention

Published On: June 16, 2020 04:00 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, June 16: The number of people visiting jewelry shops to sell their gold ornaments has increased as the price of the precious yellow metal continues to soar.

NAC’s airfare for evacuation flights from Gulf countries reduced by USD 100

Published On: June 14, 2020 08:19 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, June 13: The airfare of Nepal Airlines Corporation’s (NAC) evacuation flights from Gulf countries was reduced by an extra 100 US dollar on Saturday. The ticket prices had already been revised once prior to the new revision.

Nepalis from Oman returning to Nepal paying half of govt-set airfare

Published On: June 12, 2020 08:51 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, June 12: The Embassy of Nepal in Oman has taken an initiative to send interested Nepalis back home for half of the airfare the Nepali government had fixed some days ago.

Dairy sector facing a daily loss of Rs 100 million

Published On: June 2, 2020 07:00 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, June 2: The dairy sector of Nepal is currently facing a loss of Rs 100 million daily as a result of a shrunk market due to the enforcement of lockdown.

'Govt's budgetary measures not enough to revive business'

Published On: May 29, 2020 12:00 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

Budget draws mixed reactions

Govt sets up Rs 50 billion fund for COVID-19 affected tourism industry and SMEs

Published On: May 29, 2020 09:32 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, May 28: The government has set up a Rs 50 billion fund for the COVID-19 affected tourism industry and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Upper Tamakoshi Project likely to be delayed

Published On: May 25, 2020 08:35 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, May 25: The completion of the Upper Tamakoshi Hydro Electric Project (UTHEP) is likely to be delayed as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown in the country.

How prepared and equipped is Nepal to bring migrant workers back home?

Published On: May 22, 2020 12:00 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, May 22: As the government prepares to bring the migrant workers back to Nepal, the question on its capacity to hold the operation lingers. Not only because the number is huge, but also because there are challenges the government has to face in order to realize the plan.

NEA losing Rs 1.8 billion per month as energy consumption

Published On: April 9, 2020 10:21 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, April 9: The halt in industrial activities in the country due to the ongoing lockdown is expected to cause Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) a monthly loss of around Rs 2 billion.

307 foreigners flown out of Nepal

Published On: March 28, 2020 07:05 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, March 28: A total of 307 foreigners nationals left here on a Qatar Airways aircraft on Friday.

Domestic airlines to proportionately ground their aircraft

Published On: March 7, 2020 12:28 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, March 7: The airline operators of Nepal have decided to proportionately ground their aircraft as the demand of air service is likely to decline due to the impact of the global coronavirus crisis. Yog Raj Kandel, spokesperson at the Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) said that, the decision comes in the wake of the need to minimize the flying cost of aircraft. “Our proposition is to use aircraft as per the requirement to control the operating cost,” he said, “This time of the year is already an off-season for tourists and with the fear of coronavirus, aviation industry has been hit hard.”

Average room occupancy in five-star hotels down to 45%

Published On: March 5, 2020 09:41 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, March 5: Room occupancy in five-star hotels has sharply fallen to around 45% as travelers cancel or postpone their trips due to fear of coronavirus.

Govt cancels promotion of VNY2020 abroad amid fear of COVID-19

Published On: March 1, 2020 08:13 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Mar 1: The government has announced to cancel all promotional activities related to the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign in foreign countries. The decision comes in the wake of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the global and the risk of transmission through travelers.

Army Day rehearsal, bad weather affect TIA flights

Published On: February 19, 2020 08:08 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: Nearly a dozen domestic flights were cancelled and several others including some international flights were affected due to the annual Army Day/Shivaratri rehearsal conducted by Nepal Army in Kathmandu on Tuesday.b

Trekkers trickling back to Annapurna Base Camp

Published On: February 16, 2020 08:20 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Trekkers have started trickling back to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)    route almost a month after seven trekkers went missing in an avalanche that struck the region.

Good infrastructure key to attract quality tourists

Published On: February 9, 2020 10:34 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

MS Group has spread its wings since its inception as a trading house catering to commodity trading in the private sector. It has now ventured into manufacturing and the service sector. The group has been successful in operating an international hotel brand, Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott and plans to further expand in the country to serve a wide range of customers.