KATHMANDU, Aug 3: Floods and landslides during this monsoon season are estimated to have damaged infrastructure worth Rs 3.33 billion.

WASHINGTON, Jan 29: U.S. House Democrats on Wednesday will unveil a proposed $760 billion infrastructure spending bill over five years that aims to rebuild sagging roads and bridges and reduce carbon pollution.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: The country's second integrated check post (ICP) in Biratnagar is officially coming online from Tuesday with India handing over the key trade infrastructure to Nepal.

DHANUSA, Nov 25: The 13th South Asian Games is only six days away but the construction of required infrastructure and venues, which should have been completed weeks ago, is still underway.

CHITWAN, Nov 15: The Ministry of Energy Water Resources and Irrigation is completely electrifying Chitwan district as per its electrification campaign in different parts of the country.

Rolpa schools witness high drop-out rate

November 14, 2019 08:52 am

ROLPA, Nov 14: The total number of students in Rolpa during last year was 81,702, according to the District Coordination Committee. In the current fiscal year, the number of students has declined to 67,188. The public schools in Rolpa are reportedly suffering human resource crisis along with lack of proper infrastructure.

Nepal is going urban

November 5, 2019 01:00 am

Types of economic activities, degree of infrastructure development, inter-connection with the outer regions and way of living of people determine whether a place is rural or urban. Human civilization has developed through the rural mode in every part of the world. From the hunter-gatherers to discovery of fire and shift toward agriculture and technology, the basis of way of life of people has always been the activities they are involved in. Today, there has been a paradigm shift of way of life of people, from the rural to the urban. Urbanization has continued to ascend in a rapid way.

Think beyond roads

October 24, 2019 02:00 am

In an egregious case of ‘dozer terror’ in Baitadi, the District Police Office has arrested the driver of the excavator for ramming the excavator bucket at the local people. The video of this cruel bulldozing, in which some locals are seen protesting and the driver rams the excavator at them mercilessly, went viral in social media, earning condemnation from Kathmandu and beyond.  As many as eight persons were injured, one of them seriously, in this act of crime. Meanwhile, the president of the local User’s Committee and two other persons have been arrested for investigation. According to Republica report, the locals were protesting against road construction because the land on which excavator was rammed on belonged to Guthi. In the video, the locals are also seen pelting stones at the excavator driver, who, enraged at this, aims the excavator bucket at the protestors randomly.  Whatever the dispute between the locals and the User’s Committee, attacking people with the excavator is a crime and those guilty of the incident must be brought to book, without any ifs and buts.  But broadly, the incident of Baitadi is emblematic of what is fundamentally wrong with our notion of development at local sphere.

A tale of slow progress

October 21, 2019 03:01 am

Two recently published global indices embody the motionless in governance in the last two years. The first, Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), ranked Nepal 108th out of 141 economies it looked at in 2019. Nepal was ranked 109th last year and 108th two years ago.

KATHMANDU, July 2: Senior leader of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Madhav Kumar Nepal has expressed serious concerns over the government’s unpopular performance.

KATHMANDU, June 30: Though it has been over two years since the country went into a federal structure, 23 local units are still devoid of a bank branch.

After the federal and provincial governments unveiled their budget plans for upcoming fiscal year, most of the local governments made public the budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, June 26: Local governments across the country have unveiled their annual budgets for the next fiscal year, their second budgets since they came into existence following the 2017 local elections.

KATHMANDU, June 1: The government has approved the new development cooperation policy, outlining the areas of national needs and priorities for the mobilization of international support for development.

KATHMANDU, May 30: The government has accorded top priority to transportation sector, setting aside Rs 163 billion to build transport infrastructures in the new budget. In the budget for Fiscal Year 2019/20 unveiled in Kathmandu on Wednesday, Minister for Finance

One most important issue which must be discussed in the parliament—to assess its effectiveness and need—is constituency infrastructure development program, under which certain amount of money is allocated for each electoral constituency and this money is spent for development of projects under the supervision of the lawmaker of the respective electoral constituency.

KATHMANDU, March 7: Nepal Infrastructure Bank Ltd has come into operation from Wednesday, aiming to generate finances for infrastructure projects. Minister for Finance Yuba Raj Khatiwada inaugurated the bank.

NAWALPARASI, Feb 7: Different historical places related to Gautam Buddha in Nawalparasi (west) are lacking physical infrastructure.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: Minister for Finance Yuba Raj Khatiwada has said that opening of new trade routes with China will help in Nepal’s infrastructure development.

Reviving homestay in Gorkha challenging

December 23, 2018 04:30 am

GORKHA, Dec 23: On 25 April 2015, the country witnessed an unexpected disaster. Human lives, cattle, and infrastructures were destroyed by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

GALKOT, Dec 19:  The World Bank is to invest tens of millions of rupees for the infrastructure development of Baglung municipality.

KATHMANDU, Dec13: Public buildings and other infrastructure built in the Kathmandu Valley are least accessible to differently-abled people, according to a report prepared by a non-governmental organization (NGO).

MYAGDI, Nov. 28: The construction works of Ghalemdikhola Hydropower Project have progressed around 90 percent of the total physical infrastructure. The project of 5.5-megawatt capacity is likely to come into operation within four months, the officials said.

CHITWAN, Nov 16: Patihani of Chitwan, one of the 100 new tourist destinations prioritized by the government for Visit Nepal 2020, is wearing a new look these days. The ongoing construction of tourism infrastructure at Patihani as well as Someshwar hill of Madi indicate that the government is not only talking about change but actually working to make it happen.

POKHARA, Nov 5: Chief Minister of Gandaki Province Prithvi Subba Gurung has said that the province was facing hardship to implement the budget due to lack of adequate infrastructure and human resource.

RUKUM, Nov 5: Karnali Province's Agriculture and Cooperative Minister Bimala KC finds it very inconvenient to travel to her home district Rukum everytime she has to. There is no direct road access to Rukum from the provincial capital Birendranagar. The lack of bridges over Sanibheri and Thulibheri rivers forces travelers to take the detour.

MUGU, Oct 31: The Rara Lake is located at Chhayanath Rara municipality of Mugu in the Karnali Province. Its splendid beauty has no bounds with mind-blowing greenery in the surrounds.

ROLPA, Oct 3: Students with physical disability at Bal Kalyan Model Secondary School at Libang in Rolpa district have grieved that their learning experience in the school has been difficult in lack of adequate disability-friendly State support, services and facilities.

POKHARA, Sept 5:National Sports Council's member-secretary Keshab Kumar Bista has said the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) scheduled to be held in Nepal would not be affected due to physical infrastructure issues.

BEIJING, July 21:  China has decided to invest 600 million yuan ($88 million) in North Korean infrastructure such as roads around a border bridge, sources in both countries have said, raising concerns that Beijing may violate U.N. resolutions.

KATHMANDU, July 7: The Qatar Red Crescent and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal today signed an agreement to rehabilitate and rebuild community infrastructure and facilities in Gorkha.

DHANGADHI, July 1: Around two-thirds of the arable land in Province 7 does not have irrigation facilities. The other problems that farmers are facing include lack of improved seeds and fertilizers, according to Hema Raj Panta, a professor at Kailali Multiple Campus, Kailali.

SURKHET, June 22: local units in Karnali province are preparing their budget focusing on the development of infrastructures including roads, drinking water, agriculture and tourism.

DHARAN, June 20: Founder member of National Invention Center and Magsaysay award winner Mahabir Pun has said that infrastructures (road and railway connectivity, schools, bridge, Internet and extension of telephone lines) alone cannot help develop our country.

KATHMANDU, June 20: Nepal officially started building the Kathmandu-Tarai Expressway in 2017. The government recently announced it is to build a railway line along the same  route,  extending all the way to Raxaul across the Indian border.

PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkley, Biswo Poudel, has closely studied Nepal’s economic trends. What does he think of this year’s budget? Where will Nepal be headed to economically in the days to come? Mahabir Paudyal and Raj Kumar KC met with him to take his insights.

KATHMANDU, June 3: With a motive of bringing two million tourists by 2020 and five million by 2030 into the country, the Ministry of Finance has allocated Rs 5.20 billion on tourism in the Fiscal Year 2018/19.

SURKHET, April 23: Two and a half months after the formation of the provincial government, the Karnali Province is unveiling its policy and programs on Monday.

Plan International Nepal has proposed a project of Rs 8 billion allocating only about 10 percent of the budget for physical infrastructure development.

KATHMANDU, March 24: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has asked promoters of the proposed Nepal Infrastructure Bank to deposit 45 percent of the paid-up capital within 30 days, giving a green signal for the opening of the bank that is expected to finance mega infrastructure projects.

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: National Planning Commission (NPC) has identified that the local bodies have failed to allocate the budget to all priority sectors proportionately.

SOLUKHUMBU, Dec 23: The Khumbu Pasang Lamhu rural municipality has collected Rs. 40 million from tourists entering Khumbu region. The rural municipality has started to collect entry fee of Rs. 2,000 per person from October 1. From October 1, 22,358 tourists have arrived in the region, Lakpa Tshring Sherpa, spokesperson of the rural municipality said.

SURKHET, Dec 17: Necessary preparations are being made to set up the provincial assembly of Province 6 in Birendranagar of Surkhet district.

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has decided to set up an investment company to make significant investment in the infrastructure sector of Nepal.

As the election date draws closer, candidates of the provincial and parliamentary election are seen more vocal and clearer about their agendas. Those in the contest have been trying to woo voters with all their might. In this context, Republica talked to the candidates from Ilam. Excerpts:

KATHMANDU, Oct 27: Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Party Nepal unveiled its election manifesto on Friday envisioning two East-West railways and cable cars in seven places including one from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp.

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $150 million loan to help improve the delivery of urban services and infrastructure in eight municipalities in the southern parts of Nepal, including in Province 7 in the far west.

BARDIYA, Sept 1: Even three weeks after the floods ended, comprehensive statistics of damages is yet to be collected in the district. In lack of proper data, Natural Disaster Rescue Committee in the district has not been able to start reconstruction works of damaged physical infrastructure.

WASHINGTON, August 16: President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has signed a new executive order intended to make more efficient the federal permitting process for construction of transportation, water and other infrastructure projects without harming the environment.

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has issued the licensing policy for the establishment of infrastructure development banks, paving way for interested individuals or firms to apply for a letter of interest and get an operational license to set up such bank.