BIZ BRIEFS

Industry-Commerce Day

KATHMANDU:

FNCCI and its district chambers are observing Chaitra 28 (April 10) as the Industry-Commerce Day with various programmes. The theme of this year’s Industry-Commerce Day is ‘Socially Responsible Enterprise’. Dr Tulsi Giri, vice-chairman of the council of ministers is to inaugurate the programme on Sunday. — HNS

Rs 713.28m DDC budget

PARBAT:

The 13th district council meeting of Parbat DDC has passed a budget of Rs 713.28 million for the fiscal year 2005-06. The budget has allocated Rs 92.43 million for DDC programmes, Rs 486.73 million for government programmes, and Rs 72.56 million for administration and Rs 39.17 million for NGO support programmes. — RSS

NCC, Tibetan trade talk

KATHMANDU:

A delegation of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China met with office bearers of NCC and discussed bilateral trade, tourism and investment promotion. Rajesh Kaji Shrestha, NCC president, said Nepal-Tibet trade should be given a new dimension, for which the high customs rate in Tibetan side should be lowered, and economic laws of Tibet should be kept for business purposes by translating into English to lessen debates on trade being created because of language problem. — HNS

Bee-keeping training ends

MYAGDI:

A weeklong bee-keeping training for farmers jointly organised by district agriculture office, Myagdi and Himwanti Nepal, Myagdi concluded here on Friday. Some 30 farmers from different VDCs of the district participated in the training. — RSS

Hotel training concludes

POKHARA:

Two weeks long hotel reception training run by Pokhara Tourism Training Centre concluded here on Saturday. 24 boys and 10 girls were trained on front desk services, guest reception, waiter and waitress and ticketing during the period. — RSS

Canadian jobless rate dips

MONTREAL:

Canada’s unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage point in March to 6.9 per cent of the active population. Employment continued to show little change in March as an increase of 34,000 part-time jobs was offset by a similar decline in the number of people working full time. — AFP

MG Rover’s woes in China

LONDON:

Britain’s government struggled on Saturday to resurrect an alliance between carmaker MG Rover and a Chinese partner as the deal’s failure threatened thousands of jobs and loomed large over campaigning ahead of general elections next month. — AFP

Ford trims profit forecast

NEW YORK:

Ford Motor Co on Friday sharply cut its 2005 earnings forecast, citing difficult business conditions in the automotive sector, in the company’s second profit warning in a month. It decided after a dramatic warning from GM. — AFP