Ayam Shrestha

The contributor for Republica.

More Nepalis eating imported chocolate

Published On: February 8, 2018 06:50 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: Tejashwi Shrestha, 7, came for grocery shopping with her parents at the Tripureshwar branch of Bhat-Bhateni Supermarket Wednesday afternoon. She briskly walked across the supermarket floor, but her feet stopped as she entered the aisle for candies and chocolates, and asked her mother to get her sweets. Among the plethora of chocolates in the store, those that the seven-year-old preferred were Kinder Joy, Gems and Dairy Milk, all imported chocolate brands.

Nepal’s exports grew 13% in first half of Fiscal Year 2017/18

Published On: February 3, 2018 08:04 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: Nepal’s exports increased by 13 percent in the first half of Fiscal Year 2017/18, datae from the Department of Customs (DoC) shows.

More valley denizens buying pedigree dogs

Published On: January 31, 2018 10:15 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: The demand for dogs of different breeds in the Kathmandu Valley has skyrocketed in recent times, according to pet store owners and animal experts.

Ornamental fish high in demand

Published On: January 30, 2018 03:15 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: Aquariums housing a plethora of ornamental fishes and other aquatic animals have been an integral part of many Nepali houses.

Washing machine sales surge

Published On: January 25, 2018 07:09 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: The end of load-shedding, and people's busy life and rising purchasing power have boosted sale of washing machines in Kathmandu Valley.

Fruit and flower 'mega market' construction misses deadline

Published On: January 23, 2018 04:30 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Only around 20 percent of work of fruits and flowers 'mega market' being built in Chobhar has completed so far even though project completion deadline expired in December 2017.

Sales of electric heaters increase as power cuts end

Published On: January 21, 2018 09:07 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Although firewood and briquettes as well as gas heaters were a popular way of keeping oneself warm until a few years ago, Nepali citizens have been attracted toward electric heaters this winter, say traders.

Transportation blamed for inflated vegetable, fruit prices

Published On: January 20, 2018 11:59 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: The price of fruits and vegetables in the Nepali market is generally at a higher end throughout the year. While the consumers in the capital and other cities often complain about the high price of fruits and vegetable, the case of farmers producing vegetables is different as they make only nominal money despite the hard work they put into their products.

Television sales up by 20 percent: Traders

Published On: January 11, 2018 08:21 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: End of power cuts and availability of television with advanced functionalities have given a boost to sale of television sets, traders say.

The feature phone is not dead

Published On: January 9, 2018 07:19 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Bar-shaped phones in which input was given through a physical keypad were popular among users even till late 2000s.

Sale of high-end phones rose in 2017: Traders

Published On: January 2, 2018 09:08 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: The Nepali electronics market saw introduction of a plethora of high-end mobile phones costing over Rs 50,000 on 2017. While comparatively newer brands such as Oppo and Vivo also gained market the past year, traders say the consumers usually go for brands such as Apple and Samsung when it comes to expensive models. Despite that, less known brands like OnePlus also gained popularity in the Nepali market in 2017.

Battery import dwindles as load-shedding ends

Published On: December 30, 2017 10:27 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: The import of dry-cell batteries has plummeted since the launch of the 'Ujyalo Nepal Project' of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) in October 2016.

Krishi Fresh outlets draw consumers in droves

Published On: December 28, 2017 07:52 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Agricultural Development Multipurpose Co-operative, or Krishi Group, which runs Krishi Fresh outlets at seven places in the Kathmandu Valley, is gradually gaining popularity among valley denizens.

Bhaktapur attracts most tourists among Ktm Valley’s Durbar Squares

Published On: December 26, 2017 08:14 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: Not all foreign tourists coming to the Kathmandu Valley visit all three Durbar Squares of the Valley -- Basantapur, Bhaktapur, and Patan -- according to tourist records.

Patan Museum sees influx of visitors

Published On: December 18, 2017 02:15 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

LALITPUR, Dec 18: The flow of visitors in Patan Museum has towered since Fiscal Year 2016/17 and this is mainly because of the new entry fee policy put in place by the Lalitpur Metropolitan City.

1,000 construction workers to get skill-based training

Published On: December 16, 2017 09:44 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: A skills-based Training of Trainers program was held in the premises of Balaju School of Engineering and Technology in Kathmandu between November 28 and December 15, aiming to provide quality training to potential trainers. The program aims to train over 1,000 workers under Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) standards over the next 18 months.

17 new mid-sized buses to run on Sinamangal-Gongabu route in April

Published On: December 13, 2017 08:09 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Seventeen new mid-sized buses are set to replace 26 micro buses and 35 three wheelers in Kathmandu starting New Year 2075, according to the Bikram Sambat calendar, which falls on April 14, 2018. The buses will run between Sinamangal and Gongabu.

Sarathi gaining ground in Kathmandu taxi market

Published On: December 11, 2017 01:15 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Jenish Shrestha had to walk home after a tiring day at work. Although he attempted to strike a deal with a cabbie to get home, it was all in vein as the driver was demanding excessive fare by refusing to go with fare meter on.

Shortage of timber hits reconstruction of monuments

Published On: December 6, 2017 09:31 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Reconstruction works of heritage site in Kathmandu valley and elsewhere have been hit hard by the shortage of long timber logs, authorities said.   Timber Corporation of Nepal (TCN) has said that it has no stock of long timber logs to provide for reconstruction of heritage sites damaged by the 2015 earthquake.

Over 1,000 carpenters rejoice as reconstruction picks up

Published On: November 25, 2017 09:50 AM NPT By: Ayam Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Before the reconstruction of earthquake-damaged heritage began, Tirtha Ram Shilpakar’s days were spent in making small wooden handicraft for tourists. Rarely did he get to work on bigger projects. But as the work of reconstructing Patan Durbar Square has gathered pace, his schedule has changed drastically.