Sunil Sapkota

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Govt to go for ‘unnecessary’ automated biometric ID costing Rs 1 billion

Published On: September 25, 2019 08:30 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

Another department has already procured the same system which can be used by other government agencies

MoFA lobbying for full exemption of tax on 'foreign allowance'

Published On: September 12, 2019 07:30 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) is preparing to forward a proposal to the cabinet to provide tax exemption on 25 percent of the “foreign allowance” paid to the Nepali diplomats in the missions abroad, according to sources.

Govt calls bids to set up Digital Action Room at PMO

Published On: January 25, 2019 07:21 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: The government has called bids on Thursday to develop a Digital Action Room at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) after canceling a controversial contract with an agent of Chinese company Huawei.

Govt scraps Huawei contract awarded without bidding as CIAA starts probe

Published On: January 24, 2019 07:29 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: The government has cancelled a controversial contract awarded to Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei to develop a Digital Action Room at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) after the anti-graft body CIAA launched a probe.

Smart licenses may need reprinting, will cost another Rs 350 million

Published On: January 14, 2019 08:41 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: The state coffers will have to bear an additional burden of Rs 350 million for reprinting smart licenses after the contractor undertaking the printing works was found to be using low-grade thermal technology instead of the high-quality laser technology in the printing process.

Nepali drugs up to 8 times costlier than foreign

Published On: January 13, 2019 08:27 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: Nepalis are being forced to pay as much as eight times the price of foreign medicines for the same medicines manufactured in Nepal even though the government has been providing significant subsidies for domestic drug companies.

PM lies to House over contract awarded to Huawei

Published On: January 7, 2019 08:02 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: Prime Minister KP Oli on Sunday lied to the parliament about the contract for a Digital Action Room (DAR) at his office.

PMO awards contract to Huawei agent without competition

Published On: December 30, 2018 07:33 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has awarded a contract to set up a video conferencing system for the ‘war room’ at the PMO to Chinese company Huawei, in breach of public procurement laws. The system is meant for rapid response to various issues of governance.

PM’s IT consultant ‘misusing power’ to land big contracts

Published On: December 17, 2018 07:53 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Honorary Information Technology (IT) consultant to Prime Minister KP Oli, Asgar Ali, who is also the chief executive officer (CEO) of eSewa Fonepay Private Limited, has been found to be grossly misusing his position to secure major IT contracts at different government bodies without a competitive bidding process.

Politicians, bureaucrats misuse Melamchi Project vehicles

Published On: October 29, 2018 07:40 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: The then State Minister for Physical Planning and Works Sanjaya Kumar Sah did not return the Toyota Prado car, which he used in the capacity of state minister, to Melamchi Water Supply Project. Police recovered the car with registration number Ba 4 Cha 1503 left in broken state in a forest in Mahottari district some two years ago.

PM's IT consultant 'tapping' private data on people for commercial use

Published On: October 9, 2018 08:00 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: Information Technology (IT) consultant to the prime minister, Asgar Ali, who is also chief executive officer (CEO) of eSewa Fonepay Private Limited, has been accused of abusing his position to pressure various authorities to provide private and sensitive information concerning the public at large.

Muluki Codes drafting influenced by donors, INGOs: Experts

Published On: September 2, 2018 05:00 AM NPT By: Sunil Sapkota

KATHMANDU, Sept 2: When a full court meeting was underway at the Supreme Court on December 3, 2008, the justices opened a letter dispatched from the Ministry of Law mentioning  two separate taskforces—one headed by Justice Khil Raj Regmi and the other by Justice Kalyan Shrestha --for revising the country’s civil and criminal codes respectively.