Kushal Basnet

Kushal recently completed Grade XII from Golden Gate International College, Kathmandu.
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Use of pesticides still rampant

Published On: January 3, 2018 08:20 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: Awareness programs aimed at curbing use of pesticides and insecticides have largely been a failure.

Only 4 out of 55 LP gas plants have received NS certification

Published On: December 27, 2017 05:15 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: Only four out of 55 Liquid Petroleum (LP) gas industries in the country have received quality certification from Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM).

Blame game between govt agencies affects investigation

Published On: December 25, 2017 02:30 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: A case of tax evasion and fraud against promoters of nine outlets of branded goods in Durbar Marg has suffered due to differences among two government agencies.

Veg prices drop in the capital

Published On: December 18, 2017 04:30 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: Prices of vegetables like tomato, onion, cabbage and cauliflower, among others, have come down in the market, an analysis of retail prices in the Kalimati market shows.

Loan flow to three agri sectors rises substantially

Published On: December 17, 2017 08:18 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Agricultural loans disbursed to flower and fruits cultivation, bee-keeping and poultry sectors provided by banks and financial institutions throughout the nation have increased substantially in the last fiscal year.

Three agri sectors see substantial increase in loans

Published On: December 17, 2017 06:30 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Agricultural loans disbursed to flower and fruits cultivation, bee-keeping and poultry sectors provided by banks and financial institutions throughout the nation have increased substantially in the last fiscal year.

Local units undermine agriculture and livestock in budget

Published On: December 16, 2017 10:18 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: The newly formed local bodies have allocated budget for agriculture and livestock far lower than the local units in the past.

Area of cultivated land in a decreasing trend

Published On: December 16, 2017 10:01 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: Area of cultivated land in the country has been in a decreasing trend for the last three fiscal years, according to a report on economic activities by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB).  The total land used for cultivation came down from 2,579,097 hectares in Fiscal Year 2015/16 to 2,548,763 hectares in the last fiscal year, decreasing by 30,334 hectares.

Buyers place higher priority on cameras while choosing phones: Traders

Published On: December 13, 2017 08:20 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Demand for camera-based phones has increased in recent years in Nepal, according to mobile phone traders. The launch of new mobile phone brands with attractive features has increased the competition among mobile phone sellers.

Quantity of active ingredients in pesticide on the rise

Published On: December 3, 2017 09:45 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: The quantity of active ingredients in pesticides used in the country has been increasing for the last few fiscal years, according to a report by Plant Protection Directorate (PPD).

No pesticide residue testing at most vegetable markets in Valley

Published On: December 2, 2017 08:45 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

Other major vegetable markets of the Valley including the ones at Balkhu, Baneshwar, Koteswar, Balaju, and Chabahil, let alone the many small markets, are yet to acquire such testing labs, according to observations made by Republica.

Supply of domestic oranges to Kathmandu sees dramatic fall

Published On: November 30, 2017 09:08 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Supply of domestic oranges to the Kathmandu Valley has plunged by about a half this year compared to the last year, according to the statistics of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Board (KFVMDB).

Onion productivity on constant decline

Published On: November 27, 2017 04:30 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Nov 27: Onion productivity is declining with each passing year. According to statistics of Vegetable Development Directorate (VDD), onion productivity declined to 12.03 tons per hectare in 2014/15, down from 12.98 per hectare in 2013-14. It further fell to 11.88 ton per hectare in 2015/16.

Onion price soars to Rs 115 per kg

Published On: November 26, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Onion price has increased by Rs 30 to Rs 115 per kg on Friday. The retail price was hovering at around Rs 85 over the week.

15th handicraft trade fair kicks off in Kathmandu

Published On: November 18, 2017 09:18 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Fifteenth Handicraft Trade Fair, organized by the Federation of Handicraft Association of Nepal (FHAN), has kicked off at Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hall in Kathmandu on Friday.

Middlemen hike veggies prices, not farmers: Market observers

Published On: November 14, 2017 09:44 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Nov 14: Farmers in Bhaktapur sell one kilo of big tomatoes to middlemen at Rs 60, while the same tomatoes cost Rs 115 per kilo at Kalimati retail market in Kathmandu, according to farmers and traders Republica talked to. Red potatoes fetch Rs 32 a kilo for Bhaktapur farmers  and are sold at Rs 55 at Kalimati retail market.

'Traders failed to furnish brand authentication documents'

Published On: November 9, 2017 05:45 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: Four branded stores -- Nike, Puma, Bentley and Store One -- in Durbar Marg, which were raided by the government in early September, have failed to furnish proof of 'brand authorization' of the products that they were selling, according to officials of the Department of Supply Management and Protection of Consumer Interest (DoSMPCI). “

China-South Asia Expo concludes

Published On: November 6, 2017 07:30 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: The China-South Asia Expo organized at Bhrikuti Mandap exhibition hall in Kathmandu has concluded on Sunday. A total 60,000 people visited the 4-day-long expo, the organizers said. The expo had featured an array of products including technological, agricultural, and other business products from China, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan.

Low output triggers price hike of vegetables in Kathmandu

Published On: October 30, 2017 08:00 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: Prices of vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes, etc have increased in the past few weeks, according to a retail price analysis of Kalimati market by Republica.

Painful Aftermath

Published On: September 16, 2017 10:19 AM NPT By: Kushal Basnet

The World Bank predicted the economic growth rate of Nepal to be the world’s third highest at 7.5 percent this year, hopeful of the timely monsoon, which was indeed timely. However, incessant downpour resulted in massive floods in the southern plains.