Stories By 'SHANKAR ACHARYA'
The import of different varieties of alcohol from Sirsiya dry port has declined in the last fiscal year 2017-18. However, the import of wine and other raw materials for production purposes have increased.
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The Integrated Check Post (ICP) in Birgunj has had to be expanded barely four months after opening as it turned out to be too small for the volume of commerce passing through it. The Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board, which operates the ICP, has allocated a budget of Rs250 million for expansion works for this fiscal year.
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With Birgunj drawing headlines for political reasons as a city at the heart of the Madhesi protests and the 2015 Indian blockade, its rich literary tradition has taken a backseat, according to author Girish Giri who penned the 2016 book Birgunj: Mero Sahar ko Katha.
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Rs1.75 billion out of the Rs14.26 development budget allocated to district-based government offices last year has been frozen after authorities failed to spend the funds.
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Imports of four-wheeler passenger vehicles (jeep, car, van) through the Sirsiya Inland Container Depot (ICD)surged 31 percent to hit Rs373.3 million in fiscal year 2017-18, up from Rs284.1 million in 2016-17.
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Birgunj Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Sunday took out a protest rally against the metropolis decision to hike tax rates.
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