FM’s promise

KATHMANDU: Finance Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai said on Sunday that the government will give top priority to creating more employment opportunities. “If a large segment of productive forces continues to remain jobless, the dream of turning the economy around will not be achieved,” he said adding that the new budget will aim at bringing new programmes to generate enough job opportunities. Inaugurating the first national conference of Federation of National Industry and Trade in the capital, Dr Bhattarai also appreciated the response to the Youth Self-Employment Programme. Till date, 5,02,000 unemployed youths have applied under the YSEP. — HNS

Bajaj’s new offer

KATHMANDU: HH Bajaj Co — the authorised distributor of Bajaj Motorcycles — has announced

its new offer — Bajaj Jhalamalla Jindagi targeted especially at the current load-shedding. Under the scheme, on purchase of any make of Bajaj bikes a customer will get a free 400 VA Xenon inverter with battery. The scheme is valid from March 29 across the country. HH Bajaj is giving its 18 dealers in Kathmandu motorcycle exchange facility with a fixed date for exchange from Chaitra 16 to Jestha 15. — HNS

Biz team in Norway

KATHMANDU: A five-member team from the private sector led by FNCCI president Kush Kumar Joshi left for Norway on Saturday. The delegation includes coordinator of Hydropower Development Forum Gyanendralal Pradhan, Himalayan Bank’s chairman Manoj Bahadur Shrestha, Global Bank’s chairman Chandra Prasad Dhakal and chairman of NRN Association Upendra Mahato. It , along with the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ will woo Norwegian and Finnish investors. — RSS