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Muna Sunuwar

Muna Sunuwar is a business correspondent at Republica English Daily. She covers tourism, aviation and energy-related issues. She has been active in professional journalism since 2017.

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.

High cost of accreditation discourages organic farmers

Published On: February 1, 2020 01:00 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Organic farmers and entrepreneurs in the country are facing an uphill battle to sell their products overseas as foreign accreditation of their products is expensive.

Dhananjay Regmi appointed CEO of Nepal Tourism Board

Published On: January 29, 2020 08:19 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Dhananjay Regmi has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

Oli, Modi jointly inaugurate Biratnagar ICP

Published On: January 22, 2020 08:56 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the integrated check post (ICP) at Biratnagar through a video conference on Tuesday.

New team flying to avalanche area today to search for 7 trekkers

Published On: January 20, 2020 07:51 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: The government is sending a well-equipped high-tech team to rescue seven missing trekkers in Annapurna Rural Municipality of Kaski district on Monday.

How reference price for gold is determined in Nepal

Published On: January 9, 2020 10:44 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: The Federation of Nepali Gold and Silver Dealers' Associations sets reference price of gold for traders and dealers across the country every day.

‘BRI seeks to promote free trade through enhanced connectivity’

Published On: January 5, 2020 12:22 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

BEIJING, Jan 5: Brushing aside allegations that the China's Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI) was aimed at colonizing smaller countries, senior Chinese scholars said that the BRI rather seeks to promote free trade through enhanced connectivity network and send its economic success to other countries.

Visit Nepal Year 2020 launched with fanfare

Published On: January 2, 2020 08:03 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020, the year-long campaign for tourism promotion, was officially launched amidst fanfare at Dasharath Stadium, Wednesday.

After losing Rs 100m in 7 months, Buddha Air stops Kolkata flights

Published On: December 1, 2019 12:17 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Buddha Air is flying to Kolkata, India, one last time on Monday. Despite having a significant air movement between Kathmandu and Kolkata, the privately-owned carrier decided to discontinue the scheduled flight after incurring heavy loss in the last six months

Hotels in Nepal are already of international standard

Published On: November 24, 2019 09:36 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

Working tirelessly with the notion of recognizing coworkers for their work, Upaul Majumdar, general manager at Soaltee Crowne Plaza, has been materializing his experience of over three decades for the betterment of the hospitality fraternity. He received three awards in 2019, for his exemplary work in the hospitality sector. Entitled with the Asia's Best General Manager (Hospitality) award in 2018, Majumdar believes it is not just about doing business but taking care of the people who work for the company. Republica's Muna Sunuwar caught up with Majumdar to talk about the status, human resource management and Soaltee's preparation for VNY 2020, among others.

Nepalis spending less abroad due to NRB’s forex controls

Published On: November 24, 2019 08:36 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: The recent controls imposed by the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) on the foreign exchange limit for outbound Nepali citizens has caused a sharp decline in the spending they make in overseas travel and tour. According to the recent data released by the NRB, the spending that outbound Nepalis make in international travel fell by 28.1% in the first three months of the current Fiscal Year 2019/20.

Bangladesh agrees terms, tariffs for import of energy

Published On: November 22, 2019 09:30 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: The tariffs, terms and conditions of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with GMR Energy have been finalized for the import of 500 MW power to Bangladesh from 900 MW Upper Karnali Hydropower Project (UKHP).

NAC studying seven new destinations

Published On: November 7, 2019 10:01 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Nov 7: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is conducting market research on seven international destinations as it plans to spread wings further in the international market.