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PM Oli launches electronic procurement system

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KATHMANDU — An electronic procurement system based on single portal has been launched in the country for the first time aimed at making procurement process objective, transparent and convincing.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today launched the system in the midst of a program organised by the Public Procurement Monitoring Office and opined for leading the country on the way to forward utilizing such electronic technology.

PM Oli said, “we should lead the country toward rapid development by utilizing modern technology.”

He added that such electronic procurement system was essential to make the economic activities transparent adding that it has established a new practice in the country.

PM Oli asked for support from all sides and people as the incumbent government was working for national development.

The government wants to utilize the latest achievement of the science and technology to make prosperous Nepal, PM added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Oli provided the ‘users’ name and password’ to the chiefs of Department of Roads, Department of Irrigation, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Department of Water Inundation and Control among others to follow the system from today itself.

With this service, public can view all governmental procurement activities at www.bolpatra.gov.np/egp.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) had provided technical supports to the office of the Public Procurement and Monitoring under the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers to develop the system.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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