Stories By 'SUMAN BASHYAL'
Sales and production of beauty products have been affected by the ongoing Tarai unrest and India’s unofficial trade blockade. Imports from India and China, the major sources of beauty products for Nepal, are down; and domestic production has come to a halt due to shortages of raw materials and fuel. Local manufacturers said that they had not been able to produce cold cream for this winter. Most of the factories making cosmetics are closed while some have slashed output.
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Sales of consumer durables like televisions and home theatres have not been seeing the expected growth with people rushingfor electric cookers as gashas become very scarce (andvery expensive).Most dealers said sales were down 30-50 percent compared to the same period lastyear. They added that saleswere just so-so even during big festivals like Dashain and Tihar when the whole country goes into a buying frenzy.
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Workload has suddenly gone up for Nepal Electricity Authority’s (NEA) technician Arjun Katuwal these days as he has to reach at least two dozen sites a day to repair transformers and wires damaged by the overuse of electricity in the Kathmandu valley.
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The poultry industry has been badly hit by the Indian trade embargo and unrest in the Tarai with supplies of chicken and chicken feed severely disrupted.
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The police on Friday filed a case against proprietor and officials of KL Dugar Group in the Kathmandu District Court on charge of black marketing of edible oil.
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Dealers of washing machines have started rolling out new products despite gloomy market conditions hoping that the economy will recover soon from the devastating effects created by India’s unofficial embargo.
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