Local Business Briefs

Ticket sales stop

BIRATNAGAR: Travel agents of Buddha Air in Morang and Sunsari districts have stopped the sale of the airline's tickets from Friday after it reduced the commission provided for the ticket sale. A joint meeting of Morang and Sunsari districts' travel agents decided to stop the sales. In a statement issued after the meeting, they stated that the airlines management committee arbitrarily cut off their commission. The decision irked over 80 travel agencies in Dharan, Itahari, Duhabi, Inaruwa, Urlabari and Biratnagar.

Agri FM radio

DHADING: Ministry of Information and Communications secretary Sushil Ghimire on Thursday inspected the 'Agriculture Radio 105 MHz' at Dharke Bazaar, Kebalpur VDC-1, in Dhading district. The FM radio broadcasts only programmes on agriculture-related activities in the district. Local farmers work as radio reporters. The FM is operated by Dhunibesi Community Agriculture Communications Centre. Sixty per cent of the operation cost of the FM station is borne by a local cooperative. Agriculture Radio 105 MHz airs its programmes from 5 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 10 pm everyday.

Hamlet gets electricity

LAMJUNG: Electricity has come to remote Pachok village in east Lamjung. More than 200 households in ward numbers 2, 3. 7 and 8 of Pachok Village Development Committee (VDC) have benefited from the generation of 21 kilowatts of electricity from a micro hydroelectricity project at Kisedikhola. The project was constructed at a total cost of Rs 6,362,000. Of this cost, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre/Energy Sector Support Programme provided Rs 1,785,000; Pachok VDC Rs 788,000; the District Development Committee Rs 748,000 and the local people Rs 800,000. The locals also contributed voluntary labour equivalent to Rs 280,000.

Regional trade fair

Kathmandu: A regional-level trade and culture festival will be held from January 6 to 16 under the aegis of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and the Sunsari Chambers of Commerce and Industry. This information was given at a press conference organized by the Sunsari Chambers of Commerce and Industry yesterday. Chambers president Ashok Tamrakar said stalls showcasing art and craft, handicrafts, scientific agricultural practices and local resources found in the region will be the main highlights of the festival. Trade chambers from all 16 districts of the eastern region will participate.

Sugar price hike

Parasi: The price of Sugar in Nawalparsi district has suddenly gone up within a week. The price of sugar has reached around Rs 80 per kg though it was Rs 60 only two days ago in district headquarters Parasi including other bazaar areas of the district. According to chairman of the Nawalparasi consumers’ forum Tika Ram Gaire, the price increased after the sugar mills in the district began to supply sugar to Salt Trading Corporation directly and stopped supplying to local consumers. He said businessmen created artificial shortage.