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48 LPG industries operating without NS certification

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KATHMANDU — 48 out of the 55 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industries operating in the country have not yet taken the Nepal Standard certification.

Although the government has made the NS certification mark mandatory to all LPG industries, these 48 companies have not heeded to the government’s regulation for safety.

The Bureau of Standards and Metrology in last December had initiated action against LPG industries operating without acquiring the NS certification. They had stated that they would acquire the certification mark within two months but have not done so yet.

Bureau Director-General Bishwa Babu Pudasaini said the number of LPG industries taking the NS certification mark from the Bureau has however increased.

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“Three LPG industries have taken the certification after campaign has begun to take action against those that have not, while 20 are in the process of taking it,” he informed.

According to him, the Bureau has asked for mandatory documentation with all LPG industries for providing the NS certificate to them.

The LPG industries that have taken NS certification so far include Manoj Gas Industry-Birgunj, Shree Krishna Gas Industry-Dhading, Saibaba Gas Industry-Dhading, Nepal Gas Industry-Balaju, Janaki Gas Industry-Nawalparasi, Metro Gas Industry-Dhading, and NL Gas Industry-Birgunj.

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NOC hikes fuel prices

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Oil Corporation has jacked up the prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation turbine fuel with effect from Monday.

The state-owned monopoly has decided to increase Rs 1 per litre in petrol while it has increased diesel and kerosene prices by Rs 2 a litre, respectively. Likewise, price of ATF has been raised by Rs 4.5 a litre.

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Petrol will now cost Rs 111 per litre while diesel and kerosene will cost Rs 95 a litr and ATF will cost Rs 104.5 a litre.

The NOC, however, has not increased the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Even with this adjustment, NOC will still incur fortnightly loss of Rs 70 million, as per Birendra Goit, spokesperson for NOC.

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