ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Saturday, June 15Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (June 15, 2019).
Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (June 15, 2019).
Big beer companies have a monopoly on the market. Now some beer lovers want to change that.
Hemendra Bohra discovered the wonders of beer while studying at Harvard University in the 90s. At Boston’s pubs, he drank lagers, pale ales, amber ales, IPAs, stouts, and porters with his Nepali friends, dreaming of one day opening up his own brewpub in Kathmandu. But when Bohra came back to Nepal in 2007, he realised that brewing beer was going to be harder than he thought.
Not long after he arrived, Bohra learned that the government had all but stopped issuing beer and liquor manufacturing licenses. He sent a request for the minutes of the Industrial Promotion Board meeting that decided to cease issuing licences, but was refused access. He probed further, issuing a Right to Information request, but a lengthy wait left him disillusioned.
More by Thomas Heaton here.
Everything you need to know about the Guthi Bill
In November last year, finance minister Yubaraj Khatiwada, speaking at the 55th anniversary of the Guthi Sansthan—the government body that oversees all guthis in the country—stressed the need to develop the Sansthan as a modern social corporation that safeguards its historic existence.
It was unfortunate that the Sansthan had remained idle without generating income in the name of property protection, the minister said while expressing his readiness on behalf of the ministry to foster the development of the Sansthan. More here by Arpan Shrestha.
Another Pappu Construction bridge found to be substandard
Yet another bridge built by the much-maligned Pappu Construction, which has an unenviable track record in building poor quality infrastructure, has been found to be substandard.
The Parliamentary Development and Technology Committee, on Friday, discovered that the construction company had built a “substandard underground structure” for the bridge, which is under construction, over the Bagmati River at Tinkune in Kathmandu. The committee is pursuing legal action against the company. More on the story by Prithvi Man Shrestha here.