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Rudra Pangeni

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

Smooth sail for Arun III land acquisition process

December 21, 2016 01:10 AM

SANKHUWASABHA, Dec 21: Arun Power Development Company (APDC) is about to complete land acquisition process for the Arun III hydropower project (900 MW).

Nepal Army: All eyes on profits

December 19, 2016 12:20 PM

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: The estimated cost for the Devsthal-Kainadanda section of Jajarkot-Dunai road was Rs 195.4 million. The actual project cost exceeded this by Rs 88.42 million, without sufficient technical clarifications.

Changes felt in daily life

December 10, 2016 11:02 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: No load-shedding for a month has had a number of positive impacts in the lives of people, and industries and businesses have also felt relief from having to spend about three times more on diesel-produced electricity.

Indian policy discourages non-Indian hydropower investors

December 8, 2016 09:22 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 8: India has brought cross border electricity trading policy to facilitate energy trading with neighboring countries.

Unstable policies, standards, procedures hindering reconstruction

December 7, 2016 08:21 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Technicians involved in reconstruction works have claimed that frequent changes in the provisions and policies on reconstruction, lack of adequate number of VDC secretaries and resource centers have affected the reconstruction process.

3 NEA board members prevent MD from setting up subsidiaries

December 3, 2016 00:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: While the new management at Nepal Electricity Authority has received accolades from the public for reducing power cuts significantly, three members of the NEA board have opposed a number of key agenda items tabled by Managing Director Kulman Ghising at a board meeting.

Prime minister has no time for IBN meetings

December 1, 2016 00:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Investment Board Nepal (IBN) has not been able to hold even a single board meeting in the past four months. Reason: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the chair of the IBN board, has no time to attend the meeting.

Ktm Valley factories mull expansion on low power cuts

November 22, 2016 09:13 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Uninterrupted power supply in the Kathmandu Valley since past couple of weeks has boosted the confidence of industrialists and hoteliers. With their operating cost coming down significantly, they are already chalking out expansion plans.

No plan yet for spending Rs 10 b allocation

November 16, 2016 03:36 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: The previous government's declaration in May to build the Kathmandu-Tarai Fast-Track road on its own  was widely welcomed and many hoped to see steady progress in the dream project, but so far there has been no action at all.

Demand-side management works wonders to reduce power cuts

November 11, 2016 05:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 11: It has already been four days since the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) started supplying electricity throughout the country round the clock even after industries resumed operation after the festive holidays.

Outbound tourism growing, but inbound slows

November 5, 2016 00:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: The Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign had set a target of welcoming one million foreign tourists into the country and giving a major boost to inbound tourism. But the outcomes seem to be in the opposite direction, as outbound tourism has witnessed healthy growth in the past five years while tourist arrivals have witnessed negative growth in the past three years.

Bangladesh outpaced Nepal in just a decade

October 24, 2016 02:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Economic indicators of Bangladesh were worse than Nepal's a decade ago.

Nepal-India Trade Treaty to be renewed without any change

October 6, 2016 01:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: Nepal imported 5.4 times more from India than it exported to the southern neighbor in 2009 when the country signed a trade treaty with India hoping to reduce trade imbalance.

Pensioned govt staff rake in double moolah as consultants

September 27, 2016 01:20 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Retired government employees, particularly of the higher ranks, are re-appointed at different government entities and also as consultants by different government-run projects.

Nine lawmakers in Laos to observe infra projects

September 22, 2016 00:20 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Nine members of the parliamentary Development Committee left for Laos on a weeklong visit on Monday to study infrastructure projects implemented by the South East Asian country which has seen rapid economic development in recent years.

$1 billion Indian soft loans downsized to $550 million

September 21, 2016 02:08 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: Indian Line of Credit (LoC) of US$ 1,000 million has been downsized to $550 million because of the failure of the government to prepare projects to inject the fund.

Energy Minister orders fresh study as past reports gather dust

September 19, 2016 01:10 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Though the country is reeling under acute energy crisis, the government does not have any official figure of energy demand at present and demand forecast for coming years.

'Govt asking India to downsize Indian Line of Credit'

September 15, 2016 01:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: Nepal has failed to fully utilize the Indian line of credit (LoC) of US$ 1,000 that the southern neighbor announced in 2014.

Harmful 'vermillion powder' added in 'Chatpate' to give color

September 9, 2016 17:51 PM

KATHMANDU, Sept 5 'Chatpate' makers are found using non-edible color 'vermillion powder' to give it colorful look.

Hidden interests said to be behind ginger wash plant lying idle

September 8, 2016 01:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: With the country's export-bound raw ginger stockpiling following a ban by India and a hue and cry over non-cooperation by the Indians, the only ginger washing plant in Duwagadhi, Jhapa also remains idle.