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Rudra Pangeni

He is senior reporter with Republica and reports on economy, infrastructure, industry, trade, agriculture etc

Small contractors still await payment for works of last FY

November 28, 2017 05:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Contractors handling small road projects in several towns and rural areas are yet to receive payments for works completed in the last fiscal year. Some have not received payments for multi-year projects completed in the current fiscal year.

Measures to tackle Delhi pollution cuts power supply to Nepal

November 26, 2017 10:29 AM

KATHAMNDU, Nov 26: Nepal’s import of electricity from India has been reduced owing to measures taken by India to tackle New Delhi’s air pollution.

Sindhuli locals find retrofitting cost-effective

November 24, 2017 04:30 AM

SINDHULI, Nov 24: Unlike his neighbors, Bir Bahadur Bhujel of Purano Jhangajholi in Sunkoshi Rural Municipality of Sindhuli, is using new technology to retrofit his quake-damaged house.

'No power cuts in Valley, some cities this winter'

November 23, 2017 08:20 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Just like last year, there won't be any power cuts in Kathmandu and some other cities this winter, NEA officials said.

Rails for Jayanagar-Janakpur section start to arrive

November 23, 2017 05:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: The contractor of Jayanagar-Janakpur section of the Jayanagar-Bardibas Railway Project (69 km) has received the first supply of rails from Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL).

Further uncertainty grips stalled project

November 19, 2017 08:17 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Works of Budhigandaki Hydroelectric Project have remained at a standstill for at least the last six months, particularly due to controversies over handing over the project’s contract to a Chinese company.

Projects worth Rs 10 b in limbo as contractors hijack parties

November 15, 2017 06:52 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Among thousands of candidates vying for public offices in the upcoming elections are dozens of contractors who have won bids to build roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. Major political parties have fielded them as both first-past-the-post (FPTP) and proportional representation (PR) candidates.

Relief materials for flood victims remain dumped at TIA

November 5, 2017 04:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had handed over relief materials to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) for distribution to the flood victims in the eastern and central tarai plains in mid-August. But those relief materials have not been distributed yet.

Unfeasible and ambitious promises to woo voters

November 5, 2017 02:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: Political parties have again tried to woo voters with unfeasible and ambitious promises in their election manifestos, particularly on the economic issues.

TBI Holdings gets license, but government may get nothing

October 28, 2017 08:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 27: Several domestic and international firms were eying to build Tamakoshi-3, a hydroelectricity project of 650 MW capacity. They were hopeful for a call for competitive bidding, but a sudden move by Energy Secretary Anup Kumar Upadhyaya to award the project’s license to TBI Holdings left them utterly disappointed.

GST waiver on Nepal-bound transit cargo can save Rs 1.2b annually

October 8, 2017 03:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: Transportation cost on Nepal's third country imports and exports via India has come down by at least Rs 15,000 per container after India waive Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all transit services provided to Nepal.

Contract process for India-funded road projects begins

October 5, 2017 07:42 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 5: The government has started contract process for projects to be developed by utilizing Line of Credit III announced by India in 2014.

Ploy to oust CAAN chief for not buying Sherpa’s land

September 16, 2017 11:48 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: The issue of land purchase for Dharan airport is one of the reasons behind the annual budget of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) not being approved on Sunday, when a meeting of the CAAN board was scheduled.

Indu Shankar, Everest sugar mills to generate electricity

September 12, 2017 08:22 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: Two sugar mills have signed initial agreements with the government to produce electricity. If it goes as planned, Indu Shankar Chini Udyoug Ltd will generate three megawatts of electricity from December by rotating an additional turbine by the steam of existing boiler. The mills use bagasse, a residue of sugar cane crushing, to heat the boiler.

'Big contractors forming cartel to win contracts'

September 6, 2017 02:41 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Small contractors - of class 'C' and 'D' categories - have alleged office-bearers of Federation of Contractors Association of Nepal (FCAN) of being self-centered and forming a cartel to win contracts.

NOC charges customers fee on oil, LPG to make fund for staff bonus

September 2, 2017 08:44 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 1: Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has been keeping infrastructure development fee, which it charges from the end customers, in its profit accounts. Such profits are directly allocated to the corporation’s staff bonus and other incentives, NOC balance sheet shows.  As per the balance sheet of 2015/16, NOC has put the fee into its profit accounts.

CIAA stalks NEA mgmt but leaves NOC chief alone

August 27, 2017 07:56 AM

KATHMANDU, August 27 The Commission for  the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) is silent about investigating  Managing Director of Nepal Oil Corporation Gopal Khadka although parliament’s Public Accounts Committee on August 5 asked it to take action against him.

FCAN defends Pappu Construction in Babai bridge failure

August 24, 2017 04:08 AM

KATHMANDU, August 24: The Federation of Contractor's Association of Nepal (FCAN) has claimed that the contractor is not responsible for the damage in Jabdighat Bridge over Babai River in Bardiya.

Arun III and Upper Karnali developers allowed to use forest land

August 21, 2017 08:13 AM

KATHMANDU, August 21: Developers of Arun III and Upper Karnali can now use local forest land by paying lease fee as stated in the Project Development Agreement (PDA), which was signed in 2014.

NEA posts record revenue growth of 42 percent

August 18, 2017 08:08 AM

KATHMANDU, August 18: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) enjoyed one of the best fiscal years in its history in FY2016/17.