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Star hotels paying regular taxes after action intensified

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KATHMANDU — The star hotels operating in the capital city are being harnessed once again for payment of due tax.

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has started legal action against hotels for tax evasion forcing even the renowned hotels to clamour to submit details related to tax.

KMC Revenue Division Chief, Dhruba Kafle, said the Hotel Everest, Yak and Yeti and Hyatt Hotel have arrived at the municipality with details for submission of tax.

The Radisson hotel, Hotel Shanker, Shangri La, Malla hotel and Yak and Yeti are other hotels to arrive with details. The hotels are required to make payments on tax subjects including land property tax, rental tax, vehicle tax and commercial tax.

“Many hotels have submitted the tax, but still many are resorting to evasive manoeuvres following the decision to take action,” Kafle said.

The Soaltee Crowne Plaza has submitted taxes on all the topics while Annapurna Hotel is yet to submit the automobile tax. The tax range of the hotels in average amounts to Rs 1 to 1.2 million a year if they submit it on a regular basis.

The KMC under the Section 165 and 920 of the Local Self-Governance Act, 2055 will be required to freeze the movable and immovable assets, stop renewal of license, halt rubbish collection and seal the trade transactions among others.

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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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