Nikeeta Gautam

The contributor for Republica.

Kirtipur to be the first Nepali town with brand identity

Published On: September 10, 2019 06:15 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: With an agreement to develop Kirtipur as the first city with a brand identity, Kirtipur Municipality and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) will be jointly working toward branding of the town's historically important sites. They will also be helping to develop homestay capacity and provide guide training for the promotion of the area as a tourist destination.

Lack of guidelines on charging stations bogs down EV expansion

Published On: September 9, 2019 10:03 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: While private sector is all prepared to operate electric buses in public transport, government agencies seem to be undecided over modality of building charging stations.

NAC cuts Osaka flights to two a week for a month

Published On: September 4, 2019 08:05 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, Sept 4: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is reducing flight frequency on Kathmandu-Osaka sector from Thursday, citing low passengers.

Mass rapid transit needed to end transportation hurdles

Published On: September 1, 2019 09:52 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

Ritu Singh Vaidya, managing director of United Traders Syndicate, has said that the government should urgently work toward bringing mass rapid transit system into the country rather than establishing vehicle assembly plants. Nikeeta Gautam of Republica talked with Vaidya about ways in which Nepal could focus on sustainable automobile growth.

NTB bringing Rs 1.5 billion budget

Published On: August 17, 2019 08:21 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, Aug 17: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is preparing a budget of around Rs 1.5 billion for the current fiscal year 2019/20.

Fewer farmers going for organic certification

Published On: August 12, 2019 04:00 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: While urban society is going gaga over organic products, people involved in the trade say Nepali organic products meet only around 8 percent of the domestic demand for organic products.

Power producers root for legal clarity on energy export

Published On: August 11, 2019 03:30 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: In absence of a legal framework for cross-border electricity trade, independent power producers say their potential to produce and trade power has been limited.

Sauraha to be more eco-friendly for VNY 2020

Published On: August 4, 2019 07:00 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: Ratnanagar Municipality has decided to set new criteria for hotels, restaurants, and local houses to promote eco-tourism in Sauraha. According to the criterion, buildings more than two-storey cannot be built in the tourist destination.

Imports Increasing through Vizag port

Published On: August 3, 2019 08:06 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: Though economists are positive about gradual shift of imports through Vishakapatnam from Kolkata, they recommend bringing Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) into the legal framework, stating that it will end the monopoly of shipping companies.

NFC, NTL to diversify business to be competitive in market after merger

Published On: August 1, 2019 04:45 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, Aug1: The government is hiring a team of experts for incorporation of a new company after merger of its two entities – National Trading Limited (NTL) and Nepal Food Corporation (NFC).

Local bodies collect service charge for 'no service'

Published On: July 31, 2019 03:00 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, July 31: Despite criticism from local entrepreneurs and tourism committee members, Changunarayan and Mandan Deupur municipalities have been adamant on charging service fee from Nagarkot visitors where even basic facilities such as public toilet has not been built.

Call to improve competitiveness of Nepali products to bring down trade deficit

Published On: July 29, 2019 02:30 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, July 29: Economists and experts of Nepal and India have stressed the need to increase the competitiveness of Nepali products and improve logistics services to gradually bring down Nepal's widening trade deficit with its southern neighbor.

Customs duty on books causes scarcity, increases piracy

Published On: July 28, 2019 07:04 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, July 28: Despite widespread criticism from academics, intellectuals, publishers, sellers, and ordinary citizens, the government seems to be obstinate toward imposing 10% customs duty on the import of books.

Trekking operators warm to Manthali-Lukla flights

Published On: July 24, 2019 08:41 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, July 24: Tourism entrepreneurs, who were initially apprehensive about the decision to divert Lukla flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu to Manthali Airport in Ramechhap, are now taking the decision positively.

Mandatory SSF leaves startups in a fix

Published On: July 23, 2019 04:30 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, July 23: Startups are finding it difficult to participate in the contribution-based Social Security Fund (SSF) scheme that the government made mandatory from the current fiscal year.

Korean companies interested to import spring water from Nepal

Published On: July 22, 2019 11:47 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, July 22: South Korean companies have shown interest in importing glacial spring water from Nepal. However, due to lack of government policy, it may not happen immediately. The government has not set criteria for export of water, whether naturally occurring or processed, due to which exports may take some time.

Tourism fraternity sees ample promotion opportunities for VNY 2020

Published On: July 21, 2019 08:02 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, July 21: Though players in the tourism sector are disappointed with the cancellation of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, they are optimistic about creating other opportunities for tourism promotion in the country.

IRD says it will coordinate with FCAN to provide PAN to Indian laborers

Published On: July 15, 2019 09:31 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, July 15: Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has said that it was positive about providing Permanent Account Number (PAN) to Indian laborers employed by Nepali construction sector.

Much-needed tourist bus park stuck in limbo

Published On: July 12, 2019 03:00 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, July 12: Even though Visit Nepal Year 2020 is coming nearer, the government has not shown any urgency toward constructing a tourist bus park in Kathmandu.

Bird flu-hit farmers get Rs 81.08 million in compensation

Published On: July 11, 2019 08:19 AM NPT By: Nikeeta Gautam

KATHMANDU, July 11: Department of Livestock Services has distributed Rs 81.08 million as compensation to farmers of nine bird flu-hit districts.