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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.

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.

Govt looks for alternative to fulfill gap from Chinese tourists

Published On: February 2, 2020 09:24 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: The coronavirus outbreak in China and the country's restriction on group travel for its citizens is likely to affect the target set by the government in bringing 500,000 Chinese tourists to Nepal. The government is now looking into to attract tourists from other countries to fulfill the gap caused by the slump in Chinese tourists' arrival to Nepal.

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).

Nepal sees 10% growth in tourist arrival in October

Published On: November 9, 2019 10:11 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: The arrival of tourists in Nepal has increased by 10% in October this year in comparison to the arrival in the same month last year.

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.

NAC ramps up preparations for non-stop flights to Guangzhou, Tokyo

Published On: November 6, 2019 08:26 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is preparing to start non-stop flights to China and Japan in next two months.

Govt grant expediting private housing reconstruction

Published On: November 4, 2019 08:04 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

DHULIKHEL, Nov 4: Krishna Prasad Dhital, 48 of Dhulikhel municipality with his family is preparing to move into his newly-constructed home within this week. He has constructed the two-room home with an investment of Rs 1 million of which, Rs 300,000 was provided by the government as subsidy. “Had it not been for the grant, we would face financial problems and the reconstruction would be pushed back,” Dhital said.

Financing agreement of $453.2 million for Upper Trishuli-1 signed

Published On: November 2, 2019 09:53 AM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: Nine international banks and financial institutions are making an investment in what appears to be the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) in the hydropower sector.

Gautam Buddha Airport could be ready for trial flights by Q1 of 2020

Published On: October 23, 2019 12:06 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Oct 23: The Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) in Bhairahawa is likely to be ready for trial flights by the first quarter of 2020.

Nagdhunga-Naubise tunnel road to be completed in 42 months

Published On: October 22, 2019 12:28 PM NPT By: Muna Sunuwar

KATHMANDU, Oct 22: The government has planned to complete the construction of Nagdhunga-Naubise tunnel road within 42 months, as announced during the foundation laying ceremony of Nagdhunga Tunnel Construction Project at Chandragiri in Kathmandu on Monday by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.