Stories By 'KRISHANA PRASAIN'
Next Launchpad has received 35 applications from start-ups and small and medium enterprises so far to enrol in its second business accelerator programme. The call for applications closes on January 31. Next Launchpad is a mentorship driven, business accelerator programme where early stage businesses take their business to the next level through a four-month-long rigorous Launchpad curriculum. 
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Korean and Japanese brands hold a large share of the cosmetics market in Nepal. According to a Korean cosmetics merchant, monthly sales of Korean and Japanese beauty products total around Rs2.5 million. Ximiso, Miniso and Mumuso brands of cosmetics have gained significant popularity in the Nepali market within a short period of time. 
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As the demand for smartphones continues to surge in the country, domestic smartphone dealers are looking to cash in by introducing new models.
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The average retail prices of vegetables have dropped due to sufficient production and adequate supply. Prices of vegetables such as potato, cabbage, onion, green peas, sword beans, mushroom and broccoli have dropped.
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The import of mobile phones decreased by 16.19 percent in the first five months of the current fiscal year 2018-19 compared to the same period in fiscal year 2017-18, with importers starting to feel the impact from the government’s revision of the tax structure. 
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Periods have always been a painful and stressful experience for women. From worrying about it being a taboo subject to dealing with the various mental and physical changes, women in Nepal have had to deal with periods on their own.But that may soon become a thing of the past.
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