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Covid-19 accelerated the move to digital financial services : Developing and enforcing clearer guidelines about effective disclosure and pricing transparency could help build trust in the financial system, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/07/2022)

NRB gives Nabil Bank final approval to acquire Nepal Bangladesh Bank (rep 30/06/2022)

Half of commercial banks struggle to bring down the CD ratio below mandatory 90% as fiscal year inches closer to end (rep 28/06/2022)

Nabil Bank ties up with Qatar Airways to provide special privileges to Nabil cardholders (kh 20/06/2022)

Global IME Bank and Bank of Kathmandu sign agreement to merge : The merger will make the new bank as Nepal’s biggest bank with a total capital of Rs52 billion (kp 17/06/2022)

Banks give continuity to previous month’s interest rates for Ashad (kh 14/06/2022)

27 commercial banks earned profits of Rs 58.33 billion in first 10 months of current FY (rep 14/06/2022)

NIBL inks merger deal with MBNL, after failure to merge with Himalayan Bank (rep 11/06/2022)

Confusion engulfs budget plan to set up Rs500 billion fund for farm financing : Central bank says it was unaware of such plan. Bankers, who have already lent hundreds of billions to the sector, are concerned about who will regulate the microfinance fund, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/06/2022)

NRB directs BFIs and agencies carrying out financial transaction to keep vigil on bank accounts of high profile persons (rep 10/06/2022)

BFIs reduce credit flow despite increase in deposits (kh 08/06/2022)

Green is the colour of money and nature : Nepal’s public and private banks start to work together to finance a green economy, by Angel Li (nt 03/06/2022)

NRB gears up for monetary policy of upcoming fiscal (kh 31/05/2022)

NRB selling Rs 23.13 billion treasury bill (kh 29/05/2022)

NRB to further tighten money supply as pressure continues to exist on inflation and foreign currency reserves : NRB unveils the third quarterly review of monetary policy (rep 28/05/2022), NRB hints at tighter monetary policy (ht 28/05/2022)

Nepal’s financial sector doing well in post-pandemic economy : Profitability of the banking sector rose by 21.01 percent to Rs71.30 billion in the last fiscal year ended mid-July 2021, by Krishana Prasain (kp 22/05/2022)

Nepal sees slight improvement in foreign exchange reserves : The foreign exchange reserves, which stood at USD 9.58 billion last month, improved to USD 9.61 billion (nlt 11/05/2022)

Commercial banks not to increase interest rates in Jestha (kh 11/05/2022)

NRB tightens cash withdrawal through credit cards (rep 03/05/2022)

Decentralizing Banking in Federal Nepal : Banks need to revise their premium rates, mainly for the businesses at the local level, to ensure financial decentralization in the federal system, by Bhuvan Dahal (rep 02/05/2022)

Over 1,000 suspicious transaction reports under investigation: NRB (kh 01/05/2022)

Nepal loses millions of foreign currency as pension of British Gurkha soldiers is remitted to Indian central bank, by Chiran Sharma (rep 30/04/2022)

Supreme Court continues interim order against govt’s decision to suspend NRB Governor Adhikari (nlt 29/04/2022), Supreme Court says government decision to probe Governor Adhikari was arbitrary : Maha Prasad Adhikari, who returned to office on April 20, will continue in the job until a final verdict, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/04/2022)

Fines for traffic rule violation can now be paid using QR code (rep 29/04/2022)

NRB preparing to launch digital currency (rep 28/04/2022)

Nabil Bank inaugurates 14 new branches across country on same day (kh 28/04/2022)

Regulator for fewer banks to improve their efficiency : Nepal has 27 commercial banks, 17 development banks, 17 finance companies, 66 micro finance institutions, and one infrastructure development bank, by Krishana Prasain (kp 27/04/2022)

Deposits in commercial banks declined by Rs 10 billion in one week (kh 26/04/2022)

NRB study suggests Nepal needs only 15 commercial banks (ht 26/04/2022)

Bad Shape : Nepal Rastra Bank’s report shows that remittances continue to slump, BOP deficit rises (sp 22/04/2022)

Liquidity crunch affects realty sector recovery (ht 22/04/2022)

Banking systems witnessed a decrease worth Rs 10 billion, CD ratio increased (kh 19/04/2022)

NRB to sell Rs 10.20 billion treasury today (kh 18/04/2022)

NRB staffers protest against govt move to suspend Governor Adhikari (rep 17/04/2022), Seeking reinstatement, suspended NRB governor files petition at Supreme Court (rep 17/04/2022), Supreme Court stays govt’s decision to suspend NRB Governor Adhikari (nlt 19/04/2022), Suspended Governor Adhikari resuming duties today (kh 20/04/2022), Nepal finance minister faces moral question after top court rules against move to suspend central bank governor : With an interlocutory order to the government not to enforce its April 7 decision, Adhikari is set to resume office, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/04/2022), Nepal Rastra Bank’s autonomy restored : There is room for the Ministry of Finance to act like a big brother should it choose—wrongly—to do so, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 20/04/2022)

Central bank independence : Inflation can be high when there is a problem in the central bank’s independence, by Ram Neupane (kp 14/04/2022)

Nepali banks lose Rs 1 bln into recession-hit Sri Lankan bonds (kh 14/04/2022)

Sustained liquidity crunch forces banks to tighten loans even to productive sectors : Banks had provided Rs187 billion in loans in mid August-mid September but lent just Rs11 billion in mid January-mid February, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/04/2022)

Federal government’s total expenditure in last 8 months stands at Rs.675.30 billion: Report (kh 12/04/2022), Peak of liquidity crisis: Borrowing reaches Rs 101 bln, liabilities cross Rs 200 bln (kh 12/04/2022), Central bank paints grim picture of Nepal’s economy
Inflation is rising, BoP is ballooning, remittances are falling and imports surging, Nepal Rastra Bank reports
, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/04/2022)

NRB Governor Adhikari suspended (nlt 08/04/2022), Governor suspended when economy is in crisis and finance minister in question : Government forms a committee to look into Governor Adhikari’s activities, leading to his automatic suspension, by Anil Giri and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/04/2022), Shooting the messenger : Action against Nepal Rastra Bank governor is more whimsical than a studied decision (kp 11/04/2022), Governor faced action for not cooperating with finance minister: PM Deuba (kh 11/04/2022) [When COAS Katawal refused to cooperate with the Maoist-led government in 2009 and was therefore dismissed, the then President Ram Baran Yadav, who was elected as the NC candidate, immediately reversed this decision. How times change!], Action against governor may put Nepal in IMF’s bad books : One of the IMF’s conditions for approving $396 million credit facility is that central bank and its personnel’s autonomy should be strengthened further, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Anil Giri (kp 12/04/2022), Sledgehammer to central bank autonomy : The passage of the Nepal Rastra Bank Act was seen as a safeguard against political interference, by Achyut Wagle (kp 12/04/2022)

Banks to ‘discourage’ traders from opening Letters of Credit for luxury goods : Ballooning imports have led to foreign currency going out, pushing balance of payments into the red, officials say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 08/04/2022)

NRB officials demanded USD 30,000 from Shah to release money he received from US in his account: FinMin Sharma (rep 08/04/2022)

NRB releasing treasury of Rs 32.10 billion (kh 04/04/2022)

Sanima Bank signs discount deals with Radisson Hotel, The Everest Hotel, Hotel Akama and Aloft Kathmandu Thamel (29/03/2022)

Sanima Bank organizes Financial Literacy program (kh 29/03/2022)

Weak Financial Access In Karnali: NRB (rn 27/03/2022)

Nepal Rastra Bank’s misguided focus : There is a need to balance the environment and development, but it's not the central bank's job, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 23/03/2022)

Infomerics Credit Rating Nepal receives operating license as country’s third credit rating agency (rep 22/03/2022)

Liquidity problem created due to tendency of people to hide money: Finance Minister (rep 20/03/2022)

CBFIN, ADB to join hands for self-reliant economy (ht 19/03/2022)

Discussions Underway To Control Bank Interest Rates: FM Sharma (rn 19/03/2022)

Nepal bars representative offices of foreign banks from engaging in banking activities in Nepal : Such offices should confine themselves to liaison and research activities, according to a new rule brought by the Nepal Rastra Bank, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/03/2022)

NRB takes action against dozen banks; CEOs warned (kh 16/03/2022)

8 billion rupees added to the banking system in a day (kh 14/03/2022)

Nepal gets some respite as pace of BOP negative sees a decline (rep 13/03/2022)

Bankers’ Association decides not to reduce interest rates even in April (kh 13/03/2022)

Inter-bank turnover of Rs 2130 billion in seven months of FY 2021/22 (kh 12/03/2022)

Gross Foreign Exchange reserve decreases by 16.2 percent (kh 11/03/2022), Growing demand of foreign currency creating stress on national economy: PM Deuba (rep 11/03/2022)

Banks to remain closed today (kh 08/03/2022) [Because of International Women's Day? Why? As long as the machos at the top of the extremely patriarchal state do not give women absolutely equal rights and participation, nothing will change. And this is definitely not what all the almost exclusively male top politicians want. Their brains are not capable of such insight.]

Nepal Bank announces vacancies for 303 officials (kh 04/03/2022)

NRB principally agrees on Nabil Bank’s acquisition of Nepal Bangladesh Bank (rep 03/03/2022)

Ceiling of internal remittances decreased (rep 03/03/2022)

Interest rate hike fails to attract deposits, by Kiran Lama (ht 02/03/2022)

As banks fail to meet credit thresholds for priority sectors, central bank extends compliance deadline : Out of 27 commercial banks, 17 failed to meet the credit threshold for enterprises, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/02/2022)

Decrypting Nepal’s ban on crypto : Is the central bank preventing fraud or domesticating digital technologies to allow political-criminal nexus to continue?, by Sakar Pudasaini (nt 25/02/2022)

Interest rate may rise up to 15%, sys Bajracharya (kh 24/02/2022)

At least 15 pc of BFIs’ lending has to be in agriculture in next three years: NRB (rep 23/02/2022)

Nepal Rastra Bank issuing treasury bill of Rs. 8.23 billion Monday (kh 21/02/2022)

Nepal gives Indian travellers digital payment access : The move would be of huge relief to the Indian people travelling north as there are restrictions on the use of high denomination IC notes in Nepal, by Krishana Prasain (kp 19/02/2022)

BitGorkha: A Decentralized Cryptocountry, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 16/02/2022)

Banks told to examine climate risks to projects before approving loans : New central bank guidelines require banks to see if a project site falls in an area prone to natural disasters as they can have long-term negative impacts on project operations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/02/2022)

A digital leap: Nepalis can borrow up to Rs500,000 online : Central bank’s new policy will facilitate small lending for micro, cottage and small-scale businesses, personal loans and education loans, as per officials, by Krishana Prasain (kp 14/02/2022)

You’ve Got Welfare!, by Shuvangi Khadka (rep 14/2/2022)

Number of women borrowers soars after pandemic : A record 80,061 women entrepreneurs borrowed Rs73.85 billion in concessional loans from banks in the first six months of the fiscal year, data shows, by Krishana Prasain (kp 12/02/2022)

Central bank introduces digital loan system (kh 12/02/2022)

Despite banker’s disagreement, Bankers’ Union raises interest rates on deposits (kh 12/02/2022), Banks decide to increase interest rate on deposits by one point percent citing tight liquidity (rep 13/02/2022)

Inflation Up, Foreign Reserves Down (rn 10/02/2022)

Central bank sees capital flight risk in illegal investments in cryptocurrencies : Official says growing trend among Nepalis of investing in cryptocurrencies is also one of the reasons for the fall in remittance income, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/02/2022)

Central bank enforces interoperability to promote digital payments : Interoperability allows users of one digital payment platform to make payments to the users of other such platforms in a convenient, affordable, fast, seamless and secure way (kp 09/02/2022)

Continued uncertainty: NRB data reveals economy’s bleak prospects, vy Abiral Gautam (nlt 09/02/2022)

Costly loans forcing women to flee home : Microfinance companies in Gulmi charge up to 20 percent interest and take up to five percent service charge, by Gaganshila Khadka (kp 08/02/2022)

Banks must also assume their responsibility to solve persisting problem of liquidity shortage: CBFIN report (rep 08/02/2022)

Increased lending to unproductive sector blamed for liquidity crunch : Also responsible is 2015 decision to increase paid-up capital of banks and financial institutions, new study says, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/02/2022)

NRB urges vigilance in electronic transaction (kh 05/02/2022)

NRB asks banks to provide details of each transaction over Rs 700,000 to track revenue leakage through digital means (rep 03/02/2022)

Regulatory crisis in Nepali banking : An IMF report has pointed to the ineffective regulatory and supervisory role of Nepal's central bank, by Achyut Wagle (kp 01/02/2022)

Recurring liquidity crisis and measures in place for easing, by Sanjeev Nepal (kh 31/01/2022)

NRB fixes ceiling of four percent premium on interest rate of hire purchase loan (rep 31/1/2022)

Move to raise internal loans may aggravate liquidity crunch : Government has sought to raise internal debts by Rs20 billion in less than a week, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/01/2022), IMF not happy with NRB’s role to effectively track Nepal’s banking sector (rep 30/01/2022)

Nepal Bankers’ Association declares crypto, virtual currency, network marketing illegal (nlt 26/01/2022)

Liquidity Shortage Lasts Longer Due To Domestic, External Sector Pressure (rn 25/01/2022)

NRB approves Rs 13.5 billion for refinancing in six months : Rastriya Banijya Bank becomes the largest refinancing institution in first six months of FY 2021/22, by Raghab Sharma (kh 24/01/2022)

NRB cautions public against possible cheating by hyper funds and network marketing (rep 24/01/2022)

Interest On Deposit Up By 1.48, On Lending By 0.81 Percentage Point, by Ajay Chhetri (rn 24/01/2022)

NRB cash margin policy results in declining imports of goods (kh 23/01/2022)

NRB makes it mandatory for BFIs to invest in financial literacy programs (rep 18/01/2022)

Himalayan Bank, Nepal Investment Bank merger aborted : The two big commercial banks had signed an understanding in May last year for the merger, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/01/2022), NIBL and HBL merger falls uncertain after majority of HBL’s shareholders vote against merger (rep 15/01/2022), NRB mulls over taking action against HBL and NIBL for breaching merger norm (rep 16/01/2022)

Nabil Bank and Nepal Bangladesh to undergo merger (kh 14/01/2022), Nabil Bank inks deal to acquire Nepal Bangladesh Bank despite court’s stay order (rep 14/01/2022)

Why have Nepali banks increased interest rates on deposits?, by Sanjeet M: Rajbhandari (rec 13/011/2022)

FinMin Sharma urges Nepali migrants to open USD accounts (kh 11/01/2022)

Increasing deposits collection provides banks with cushion amid ongoing liquidity crisis (rep 11/01/2022)

Banks only looking at securing more profits, ignoring their responsibilities in times of crisis: FinMin Sharma (rep 11/01/2022)

Agreement reached between Kamana Bank and Namaste Pay for online payments (rep 10/01/2022)

Taking economic growth rate to 7 percent is challenging: Governor Adhikari (kh 09/01/2022)

Further curbs on foreign currencies for imports : The central bank has also decided not to provide foreign exchange more than twice a year to people travelling to foreign countries, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/01/2022)

Digital Banking : A Path To Revitalize Digital Economy, by Sachit Nath Pant (kh 07/01/2022)

Mega Bank Nepal joins hands with MOCO digital wallet (kh 06/01/2022)

CD ratio shows positive sign, Deposits see an increase (kh 04/01/2022)

NRB directs MFIs to submit merger action plan (kh 04/01/2022)

NRB disallows local level’s reserve fund for trade and investment on import (kh 03/01/2022), Central bank allows banks to use local unit funds for productive sector lending : The latest move is expected to ease the liquidity crunch in the banking system, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/01/2022)

Resistance to digitisation : The absence of a secure ecosystem for digital products and services keeps a chunk of the population at bay, by Roshee Lamichhane (kp 03/01/2022)

NCBL mulls to raise capital base to Rs 8 billion, like commercial banks (rep 02/01/2022)

NRB makes it mandatory to open LC account to import goods worth over IRs 30 million from India (rep 01/01/2022)

After HBL, NIBL calls AGM to endorse merger of two banks (rep 30/12/2021)

Public debt slightly down in Q1 as govt delays raising internal loans The government made principal repayment of Rs29 billion to internal creditors and Rs5.17 billion to external creditors in the first quarter, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/12/2021)

Tackling Liquidity Crunch, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 28/12/2021)

NRB mulls to tighten on working capital loans to be issued for firms (rep 28/12/2021)

Liquidity crunch likely to continue for a few months : The government will raise over Rs80 billion in income tax in mid-January, draining liquidity from the banking system, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/12/2021), Consumer activists and importers moan about bid to cut imports : The central bank has made it mandatory for importers to keep 100 percent margin amount to open a letter of credit to import certain goods, by Krishana Prasain (kp 27/12/2021)

Tightening luxury imports and liquidity : Embrace “innovative methods” to steer country’s economy forward (kh 26/12/2021)

Commercial Banks providing dividends up to 38 percent to shareholders from profits of last FY (rep 25/12/2021)

Construction industry in crisis due to liquidity crunch in banks: Singh (rep 24/12/2021)

Central bank says more deposits, less in loan sign of improving liquidity : Despite getting indications of looming foreign exchange depletion as early as April, the central bank waited for the situation to self-improve, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/12/2021), ‘NRB unveils positive report of country’s economy following FinMin’s pressure’ (kh 23/12/2021), Measures aimed at easing liquidity crunch, reducing trade deficit: NRB (ht 23/12/2021)

NPS joins hands with Lumbini Bikas Bank Limited (kh 21/12/2021)

NRB tightens loop on import of luxurious goods (kh 21/12/2021), NRB Tightens Import Of Luxurious Items (rn 22/12/2021)

Consumption, Imports Lending Exert Pressure On Liquidity Management, by Ajay Chhetri (rn 20/12/2021)

CDC Group backs Global IME Bank with $25 million loan to boost Nepal’s priority sectors : The CDC said that the loan will amplify the bank’s plans to broaden its offer to key sectors, including renewable energy and tourism sectors, classified by the government of Nepal as priority sectors for the country (kp 16/12/2021)

Amid liquidity crunch, government delays raising internal loans : Experts say there is a need to expedite spending so as to give a stimulus to the economy and focus on utilising resources collected from internal debt, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/12/2021)

NRB allows Korea-bound workers to carry an additional US $ 1,500 (rep 10/12/2021)

Nabil DigiBank Portal launched (ht 10/12/2021)

Stakeholders suggest long-term solution for Nepal’s liquidity crisis (kh 07/12/2021)

Digital divide : Digital transactions are here to stay whether we like it or not (kp 06/12/2021)

HBL and NIBL seek additional time for their merger (rep 05/12/2021)

Banks want to count 75 percent of federal grant to local units as deposit to maintain regulatory threshold : Banks are allowed to count up to 50 percent of such grant as deposit, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/11/2021)

NRB tightens imports, keeping cash reserves mandatory when opening LC (kp 26/11/2021), NRB seeks to discourage imports (ht 27/11/2021)

Few takers for loan scheme aimed at saving pandemic-hit businesses : Central bank says it has asked the government to relax tough conditions to boost lending, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/11/2021)

NRB issuing repo worth Rs 20 billion (rep 25/11/2021

Nepal Army in peace mission to get direct dollar exchange facility (kh 23/11/2021)

Banks’ deposits collection plunged further last month amid surging loan issuance (rep 21/11/2021)

National payment switch goes into service : The payment gateway brings together banks and digital payment vendors allowing them to transfer money (kp 20/11/2021)

NRB issues new directive on interest rate (ht 15/11/2021)

National payment switch expected to launch soon : The payment gateway will integrate multiple banks and digital payment vendors into one system enabling them to transfer funds, by Krishana Prasain (kp 14/11/2021)

Tackling Liquidity Crisis, by Prakash Kumar Shrestha (rn 11/11/2021)

Governor Tells Banks Not To Look For Immediate Profits (rn 10/11/2021)

NRB selling treasury bills worth Rs 6.10 billion (rep 08/11/2021)

Commercial banks hike base interest rates citing liquidity crunch (rep 03/11/2021)

Coping With Liquidity Crisis, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 02/11/2021)

Central bank seeks applications from Covid-19  affected businesses for refinancing scheme : Borrowers can apply at A, B, and C class financial institutions by December 5 to participate in the programme, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/11/2021)

Central bank for curbing luxury imports amid falling foreign exchange reserves : Existing foreign exchange reserves are enough to  finance just 7.8 months of imports, close to the minimum threshold of seven months set by the central bank, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/10/2021)

Liquidity crunch in banks still persistent (kh 28/10/2021), Government delays raising internal loans amid liquidity crunch in the banking system : Internal debt to be raised in small amounts initially until liquidity situation improves along with increased government spending, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/10/2021)

Runaway interest rates could hinder post-pandemic recovery : Amid loanable funds shortage, banks are hiking interest on deposits, which could make borrowing expensive, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/10/2021)

NRB fixes interest ceiling for deposits at 10% (kh 21/10/2021)

NRB auctioning off treasury bills (kh 18/10/2021)

NRB bars BFIs from auctioning collateral of borrowers not paying loans for up to six months (rep 12/10/1021)

NRB to issue repo worth Rs 20 billion (rep 06/10/2021)

NRB seeks to implement digital currency system to minimize use of hard cash (rep 01/10/2021)

Lending to wholesalers and retailers swells (rep 28/09/2021)

Concessional loan made easy for charging station development (kh 24/09/2021)

Commercial banks’ deposits up Rs 26 billion in a week (rep 22/09/2021)

NRB injects additional Rs 20 billion in country’s financial market to ease liquidity crunch (rep 17/09/2021)

Two held with over Rs 3.8 mln for ‘hundi transaction’ (kh 16/09/2021)

Namaste Pay comes into operation (kh 15/09/2021)

NRB issues caution notice against dealers of cryptocurrencies (rep 09/09/2021)

Investors seek removal of upper limit on margin loans : The central bank says it had to intervene as the stock market was growing despite the massive impact of Covid-19, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/09/2021)

NRB decides to provide conditional loan against shares (kh 07/09/2021)

NMB bags “Green Deal of the Year” award 2021 (kh 05/09/2021)

Covid-19 pandemic affects work of Debt Recovery Tribunal : Just Rs4 billion recovered in the last two fiscal years while Rs5.7 billion was recovered in the fiscal year 2018-19, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/09/2021)

NRB forming an oversight unit to monitor digital transaction platforms : The central bank enforces Payment Systems Inspection and Supervision Bylaw 2021 (rep 01/09/2021), Central bank rolls out Payment System Inspection and Supervision Bylaw : The regulation formalises inspection and supervision of payment system operators and payment service providers, by Krtishana Prasain (kp 03/09/2021)

Government saw a drop in dividend income from public enterprises last fiscal year : The Covid-19 pandemic and deferral of loan repayments affected profitability of banks, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/08/2021)

NRB flexible about fixing CD Ratio so as to increase lending capacity of BFIs (rep 26/08/2021)

Banks yet to extend access in three local levels (rep 23/08/2021)

Cashless Nepal : Sour grapes or sweet lemons?, by Anjila Shrestha (rep 21/08/2021)

Two-thirds of Nepalis have a bank account : Male account holders outnumber females by almost two to one, according to Nepal Rastra Bank, by Krishana Prasain (kp 21/08/2021)

There are only nine banking outlets serving every 100,000 people in Province 2: NRB (rep 21/08/2021)

CEO’s conference of MFIs held (kh 21/08/2021)

Drive For Digitalization : NRB Unveiled Monetary Policy For Fiscal Year 2021/22 calling to digitalize the banking transactions (sp 20/08/2021)

National payment switch slated for mid-October launch : The move will mark a step towards a cashless society, Nepal Rastra Bank says. The government also plans to introduce its own payment gateway, by Krishana Prasain (kp 20/08/2021)

Digital Banking In The Spotlight, by Rudra Prasad Adhikari (rn 17/08/2021)

Why we need an independent central bank : Ideally, politics and central banking should be like oil and water, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 16/08/2021)

Bringing financial services to remotest geographical pockets (kh 14/08/2021)

Finmin Sharma urges BFIs to lower interest rates on low-income-group loans (rep 03/08/2021)

The missing debt money : A thorough study of the debt resources received and their (mis)use needs to be done, by Tula Raj Basyal (kp 25/07/2021)

Digital payments drop as lockdown restrictions eased : Fewer people made payments electronically during the mid-May to mid-June period as they could go out and pay cash, insiders say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 25/07/2021)

Government change won’t affect monetary policy, interview with Bhuvan Dahal (ae 22/07/2021)

Rs 293.97 billion deficit in current account (kh 15/07/2021), Nepal registers BoP deficit of Rs 15.15bn (ht 16/07/2021)

Central bank governor hints at a relatively less facilitative monetary policy for businesses : As vaccinations ramp up in the first half of fiscal year 2021-22, it will pave the way for normal economic activities in the second half, he says., by Prithvi Man Shrtestha (kp 11/07/2021)

Will banks now stop inflating Nepali stock market?, by Rudra Pangeni (ae 10/06/2021)

Banks girding for merger mania : Companies should be the ones to decide if and when to merge, not government edicts, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 03/06/2021)

Sanima Bank adds new feature Sanima Xpress (Remittance) in mobile application (kh 01/06/2021)

Only three branches of Class ‘A’ banks allowed to open in Kathmandu from today (rep 25/05/2021)

Bankers’ association says there is no restriction on withdrawing cash : Customers have complained that banks are not allowing withdrawals after Nepal Bankers Association’s  new rule not to accept cash deposits of less than Rs50,000, by Krishana Prasain (kp 24/05/2021)

Banks stop importing gold as markets close due to Covid-19 restrictions : Nepal imported the yellow metal valued at Rs13.63 billion in the last fiscal year 2019-20, by Krishana Prasain (kp 19/05/2021)

Some respite for borrowers (ht 19/05/2021)

Nepal Investment and Himalayan to merge, creating Nepal’s largest bank (kp 14/05/2021)

Banks to remain open in the valley during prohibitory period (rep 29/04/2021)

NRB launches complaint portal (ht 23/04/2021)

Interest-free loan scheme stalls for lack of preparations : The project aims to help marginalised people, women, disabled persons and workers who return from foreign jobs become self-employed, by Amrita Anmol (kp 08/04/2021)

Commercial Banks' Profit Soars Above Rs 42 Billion (rn 05/04/2021)

BFIs blacklist around 4,000 loan defaulters in eight months of current fiscal year (rep 04/04/2021)

Authorities told to give allowance through bank (ht 31/03/2021)

Pitfalls of overregulation in banking : A regulatory regime is essential only if the system moves beyond the obsession of collateralised lending, by Achyut Wagle (kp 30/03/2021)

NRB Says Transactions Through Digital Payments Shot Up (sp 19/03/2021)

Every household in this remote  Bajura village has a bank account : Khaptad Chhededaha Rural Municipality is the first in the country to earn the distinction ; It has allowed  villagers to avoid local lenders who charge very high interest rates, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 16/03/2021)

Nepal Rastra Bank cautions BFIs not to breach spread rate rule (rep 02/03/2021)

National Payment Gateway delayed by over a year; some see collusion : Stakeholders suspect of authority coming under influence of private digital payment companies (rep 26/02/2021)

Four commercial banks found breaching govt rule (rep 23/02/2021)

Banking in Nepal: Greater use of AI, by Anil Niroula (ht 19/02/2021)

Nepal Rastra Bank asks banks not to blacklist firms failing to clear their loan dues due to COVID-19 (rep 16/02/2021)

NRB allows rescheduling of loan payment period (ht 15/02/2021)

Banks’ excess liquidity drops, thanks to increased credit and govt-collected public debt (rep 12/02/2021)

Bankers exert pressure on NRB not to intervene in service fees they charge to their clients (rep 11/02/2021)

Nabil inaugurates QR payment service in Kuleshwor market (ht 31/01/2021)

Nepal Infrastructure Bank distributes IPO; 6,276 applications cancelled (rep 29/01/2021)

Central bank removes restrictions on larger  enterprises to avail of refinance facility : After not getting enough applications from smaller businesses for the subsidised loan facility, it invites more larger enterprises to ask for the loans, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/01/2021)

NT to roll out payment gateway (ht 14/01/2021)

NRB starts enquiry against banks accused of giving borrowers undue pressure (rep 10/01/2021)

Bank promoters complain to finance minister about functioning of NRB (rep 05/01/2021)

Few takers show up for loans under Business Continuity Credit Plan : The scheme allows firms left cashless by Covid-19 to borrow funds to pay their employees, by Prithvi ManShrestha (kp 02/01/2010)

Fintech innovation: Through modern technology, by Pramod Parajuli (ht 28/12/2020)

Banks won’t be allowed to keep a difference of more than 5% on deposit rates (rep 05/12/20209

Central bank approves refinance of Rs64 billion for Covid-19 hit enterprises : With the massive demand for the low interest loan through commercial banks and other financial institutions, Nepal Rastra Bank plans to make Rs200 billion available for this facility, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/12/2020)

Bank lending ticks up Rs 16 billion in a week as businesses reopen : Loan disbursement growth still tepid, say bankers (rep 01/12/2020)

Rs 170 billion excess liquidity in banking sector (ht 24/11/2020), Surplus liquidity : In the midst of this gloomy scenario, everyone is pinning their hopes on an effective vaccine that can bring the pandemic under control (ht 25/11/2020)

Banks to close branches for three days during Tihar holiday amid spike in coronavirus cases : Bankers’ association urges public to embrace digital banking services (rep 10/11/2020)

Central bank delays making mechanism for social media advertisement payments : Advertising agencies say the central bank should regulate the payment system, by Prithvi Man Shr5estha (kp 09/11/2020)

Overdue loans from micro-finances jump nearly eight-fold during lockdown, study says : Micro-finance institutions’ outstanding loans jumped from Rs6.85 billion to Rs45 billion between mid-March and mid-July, according to an NRB survey, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/11/2020)

Himalayan Bank and Bank of Kathmandu win bank guarantee case in China, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/11/2020)

Banks To Remain Closure During Dashain Leaves (rn 20/10/2020)

Borrowers deserve a choice : Banks must not resist the central bank’s call to set fixed rates for term loans, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 12/10/2020)

Massive demand for central bank’s refinance facility from pandemic-hit sectors : Tourism entrepreneurs have been at the forefront in applying for the Rs200 billion facility, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/10/2020)

Banking sector deposits Rs 280 million in Covid-19 fund after central bank directive, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/10/2020)

On average, 75 staffers of each commercial bank test positive for coronavirus (rep 04/10/2020)

Let money flow, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (ae 02/10/2020)

The FinCEN Files: Nepali banks and companies transact billions of rupees through dubious channels (kh 21/09/2020), Dirty Money Flow And Fragile Democracy, by Namrata Sharma (rn 23/09/2020)

Digital banking: A reality check : A smartphone revolution in finance offers one of the best ways to boost the economy and spread the benefits, by Vivek S. Rana (kp 21/09/2020)

With festival season close, bank loans for imports halve, bankers’ data shows : Low spending outlook around Dashain clearly suggests that Nepal’s economy, 82 percent of which is driven by consumption, will continue to slide, economists say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Sangam Prasain (kp 19/09/2020)

Digital payment companies cash in with cashless transactions during pandemic : Restrictions came as a boon not only for people but also operators, who witnessed a huge uptick in active users, by Tsering Ngodup Lama (kp 18/09/2020)

Central bank to provide Rs 112b refinance facility to sectors hit hard by Covid-19 : Commercial banks across the country have started to take in applications from borrowers to avail of the subsidised loans, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/08/2020)

COVID hits profit of commercial banks (ht 24/08/2020)

Central bank considers licensing companies to make payments for social media ads : Advertising agencies say some of their clients have cut back on social media  advertising expenses after the central bank’s notice in February, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/08/2020)

Challenges Of Resource Mobilisation For MFIs, by Gokul Chandra Adhikari (rn 21/08/2020)

Forced Merger Of Banks, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 11/08/2020)

Central bank directs BFIs to operate with limited employees (ht 10/08/2020)

BFIs opened 1,030 new branches in last fiscal year, thanks to banking sector’s aggressive expansion drive (rep 09/08/2020)

New Provisions For MFIs, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 04/08/2020)

NRB indirectly pressuring BFIs for merger (ht 03/08/2020)

Nepal Rastra Bank pins relief to COVID impact: Slots several sectors into categories most-, moderate- and least-hit by coronavirus crisis (ht 28/07/2020)

Micro Finance And New Monetary Policy, by Gokul Chandra Adhikari (rn 26/07/2020), Decoding monetary policy: Monetary policy unveiled by Nepal Rastra Bank this year has been lauded from all sides. But what are the good things about it? What are the challenges?, by Nara Bahadur Thapa (rep 26/07/2020)

Nepal Rastra Bank lowers refinancing loan limit to Rs 50 million (ht 23/07/2020)

Monetary policy: Will the measures counter the shocks?: Half-baked and misguided lending directives might further exacerbate asset-liability mismatches, by Chandan Sapkota (kp 21/07/2020)

Bankers term the monetary policy accommodative as it relaxes rules on loan provisioning: They, however, say meeting the increased lending thresholds for agriculture, hydro and small and medium enterprises could be challenging, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/07/2020)

Monetary policy attempts to address economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic: As per the policy, commercial banks need to lend at least 15 percent to the agriculture sector by mid-July 2023; 15 percent to micro, small and medium enterprises; and 10 percent to the hydropower sector of their total loans by mid-July 2024, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Sangam Prasain (kp 18/07/2020), Nepal Inc upbeat as NRB unveils borrower-friendly Monetary Policy: The central bank has extended principal, interest payment period for businesses by up to two years (ht 18/07/2020)

Troubled Banking Sector Needs Rescue, by Gokul Chandra Adhikari (rn 17/07/2020)

Panel suggests austerity measures for banks and financial institutions (ht 16/07/2020)

Inter-bank transaction fees from today (ht 16/07/2020)

Security Concerns In Digital Transaction, by Rudra Prasad Adhikari (rn 14/07/2020)

Nepal Rastra Bank plans to refinance all 753 local bodies (ht 14/07/2020)

Banks pressuring borrowers to clear dues (ht 13/07/2020)

Over 300 loan defaulters added to blacklist as fiscal year nears end (rep 12/07/2020)

Private sector demands extension of loan payment deadline beyond current fiscal year end: Business owners say their businesses have not fully recovered despite the lockdown relaxation (kp 11/07/2020)

Banks deducting money from borrowers’ accounts (ht 10/07/2020)

New law to facilitate opening of more credit information agencies: Central bank to continue to regulate the credit information business even under the new arrangement, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/07/2020), Coronavirus pandemic affects Nepal’s sovereign credit rating process (ht 09/07/2020)

Leveraging opportunity: Effective loan structuring is an important aspect of prudent lending practices, by Rabin Pudasaini (kp 06/07/2020)

Central bank mulls bringing down loan interest to single digit (ht 02/07/2020)

A dilemma for banking customers: In view of the high volatility, banks should be allowed to fix the interest rate on shorter term loans, by Ashutosh Sharma (kp 01/07/2020)

Investable resources get frozen in banks amid low credit demand (ht 01/07/2020)

Nepal Inc seeks interest rate reduction on loans (ht 22/06/2020)

Rs 4.24tn financial transactions carried out during lockdown (ht 17/06/2020)

NIBL wins legal battle against Italian firm: To get Rs 2 bn within a week in case involving bank guarantee (ht 10/06/2020)

Embracing Digital Finance System Need Of Hour, by Amish Dhungel (rn 02/06/2020)

Digital payment system likely to launch in first quarter of next fiscal: The plan was delayed by a year in order to include the whole payments ecosystem, officials said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/06/2020)

International Finance Corporation to wait for right market condition to issue Nepali currency bonds in offshore markets: Last year, the government had approved the corporation’s proposal of issuing bonds worth $20 million, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/05/2020)

NRB directs BFIs to categorise banknotes based on quality (ht 26/05/2020)

Digital Payment System In Pandemic Situation, by Rudra Prasad Adhikari (rn 22/05/2020)

Banks digitise remittance processing after lockdown: This comes as the central bank tries to promote electronic transactions across the country, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/05/2020)

Out of cash, Nepali travellers seek help from banks: According to the Foreign Employment Board, at least 127,000 Nepali migrant workers are expected to return home from the Gulf and Malaysia after international travel restrictions are lifted, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/05/2020))

Bankers, industrialists form panel to study interest rate issues (ht 13/05/2020)

Banks to reopen from Sunday with limited staff and reduced hours: Government offices will also resume service with a bare minimum number of employees, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/05/2020)

Pvt sector urges banks to lower lending rate on refinancing loans (ht 05/05/2020)

NRB directs BFIs to provide 2% discount on interest (rep 29/04/2020)

Covid-19: Impact on the banking sector: Blanket policies announced by the government, intended as relief measures, may do more harm than good, by Nirmala Paudel (kp 27/04/2020)

NRB to grant concession in fourth quarter interest (kh 27/04/2020)

Nepal Bank Limited (NBL) gets ‘A-Class’ rating (kh 25/04/2020)

Bankers against promoters’ decision to cut credit rate (ht 24/04/2020)

Bank promoters cut credit interest rate (ht 22/04/2020)

Banks to cut lending rates only next month (ht 18/04/2020)

NRB mulls over extending moratorium on loan recovery (ht 15/04/2020)

FNCCI urges NRB to bring down interest rate on loans by three percentage points (ht 13/04/2020)

Maha Prasad Adhikari appointed governor of Nepal Rastra Bank: Adhikari, serving as the chief executive officer of Nepal Investment Board, is the first chartered accountant to become governor (kp 07/04/2020)

Concerns over safety of public money, data after F1Soft's intrusion in news website (rep 03/04/2020)

Virus fears drive Kathmandu residents towards cashless payment methods: Around 1 million Nepalis are using digital wallet services, according to service providers, by Krishana Prasain (kp 31/03/2020)

NRB cuts policy rates, defers all loan repayments until mid July (rep 30/03/2020)

BFIs told to halt loan recovery till mid-April (ht 26/03/2020), NRB directs BFIs to ensure basic banking services (ht 26/03/2020)

Banks to remain open during isolation period (rep 23/03/2020)

Appointment of new governor uncertain as Nepal retires today (ht 18/03/2020)

Borrowers say Nabil deducting balance from accounts, flouting NRB rules: Central bank officials to investigate if there is formal complaint (rep 12/03/2020)

NRB allows banks to accept gold as deposits (rep 06/03/2020)

Hands off Nepal Rastra Bank autonomy: A central bank that cannot say no to election-driven politicians is at risk of losing its credibility, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 04/03/2020)

Nepal Rastra Bank turns flexible on home loans for first-time home buyers (rep 04/03/2020(

NRB vows refinancing pill for COVID-19 ills (ht 03/03/2020)

Lawmakers demand government maintain autonomy of Nepal Rastra Bank (rep 02/03/2020)

Nepal Rastra Bank unit issues a set of guidelines on suspicious transactions, defining what constitutes a suspicious transaction: The directives come at a time when Nepal is preparing for mutual evaluation this year with Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering of its compliance with the global standards on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/03/2020)

Unveiling the business of guaranteeing: The many cases of claims and disputes are a reminder that we are quick in forgetting the lessons history has taught us, by Michael Siddhi (kp 23/02/2020)

Ad agencies want cards worth upto $5,000 to pay for social media posts: Nepal’s commercial banks are currently allowed to provide foreign currency exchange of upto $3,000 to ‘service importers’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/02/2020)

Bank as broker: The good, the bad and the ugly, by Jagadish Prasad Bist and Sazid Bista (ht 07/02/2020)

Leave the central bank alone: Nepal Rastra Bank should guard its independence by enhancing governance, transparency and accountability, by Rabindra Maharjan (kp 05/02/2020), Thumbs-up to NRB: NRB’s move should bring good revenue for the government as the social media generate large amounts of advertisements (ht 06/02/2020)

Social media ad payments must be thru banking channel: NRB (ht 01/02/2020), Advertisers seek clarity from the central bank on their mode of payment for social media adverts: Last week, Nepal Rastra Bank issued a circular saying any payment made outside the banking channels for social media advertisements is considered illegal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/02/2020)

Finance ministry urges central bank to ease auto loan provision (ht 27/01/2020)

NRB likely to ease cap on auto loans (ht 23/01/2020)

GoAML To Check Financial Crime, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 19/01/2020)

Can We Prevent Evergreening Of Loans?, by Sagar Gautam (rn 18/01/2020)

Raising financial literacy: Local levels have big responsibility, by Amish Dhungel and Dwaipayan Regmi (kp 17/01/2020)

NRB Deputy Governor Shrestha gets clean chit (ht 17/01/2020)

All commercial banks to now report suspicious transactions via goAML: goAML is software built specifically by the United Nations to assist in combating money laundering and terrorism financing, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/01/2020)

Evergreening of loans: Can we prevent it?, by Sagar Gautam (ht 13/01/2020)

The dividend paid out by commercial banks is too good to be true: Given that Nepal has much room for growth, banks should start to hold back more income for investment into the future, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 09/01/2020)

Debentures are not the current need: Banks are struggling to sell their debentures because investors aren't keen on putting their money in debt capital, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp 29/12/2019)

Move to tighten lending criteria condemned (ht 26/12/2019)

Govt picks Fitch Ratings for Nepal’s sovereign credit rating, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 26/12/2019)

NRB directs Himalayan Bank to elect directors based on proportion of shares, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 26/12/2019)

Seven pairs of BFIs receive NRB nod for merger (ht 23/12/2019)

BFIs float Rs 41 billion in concessional loans: Number of beneficiaries growing, albeit slowly, as NRB pushes BFIs to implement scheme, by Sujita Pradhan (rep 21/12/2019)

QR code payments: For financial inclusion, by Abhilasha Rayamajhi (ht 20/12/2019)

Slump in bank lending suggests slowdown in the economy: The government’s economic growth rate target of 8.5 percent will be difficult to achieve with the decrease in both government and private sector spending, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/12/2019)

BFIs against mandatory participation in social scheme (ht 16/12/2019)

With NPLs rising, World Bank sees vulnerabilities in banking sector (rep 15/12/2019)

Milestone in Mergers: Banks should pass on merger benefits to public (rep 08/12/2019)

Global IME, Janata start integrated transaction: Merged entity becomes country’s largest commercial bank with Rs 24 billion paid-up capital (ht 07/12/2019), What Global IME Bank’s big merger may mean for other banks, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 07/12/2019)

Debentures draw lukewarm response, by Rajesh Khanal (rep 04/12/2019)

Credit disbursement down as banks exercise caution (ht 30/11/2019)

Digital wallets are everywhere but Nepalis still prefer cash: Established patterns of behaviour and a lack of trust are behind the consumers’ reluctance to fully go digital, entrepreneurs and vendors say, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 29/11/2019)

Banks resume payments through RTGS system (ht 27/11/2019)

Agricultural Development Bank staff booked for banking fraud: CIAA seeks to recover Rs 2.71 billion from eight accused (ht 26/11/2019)

Credit disbursement in automobile sector down by 85 per cent in first quarter (ht 25/11/2019)

Borrowing cost unlikely to become cheaper anytime soon: Base rate remains stagnant in first quarter, leaving less room for banks to cut interest rates on loans (rep 24/11/2019)

Nepalis spending less abroad due to NRB’s forex controls, by Muna Sunuwar (rep 24/11/2019)

Commercial banks record Rs 16.17bn profit in 1st quarter (ht 18/11/2019)

All commercial banks switch to chip-based cards (ht 16/11/2019)

FinMin directs NRB to ensure all local levels have banks by mid-Jan (ht 14/11/2019)

Banks now required to maintain a database of high-profile and high-risk customers for monitoring: As part of the central bank’s anti-money laundering efforts, banks will need to ensure that clients only employ legitimate sources of income for transactions, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/11/2019)

NRB deputy governor in a pickle, likely to face suspension today (ht 04/11/2019), NRB’s Deputy Governor Shrestha suspended (ht 05/11/2019)

High interest rates alter composition of bank deposits: Reversing a long trend, share of fixed-term deposits outpaces saving deposits (rep 31/10/2019)

Credit surpassed deposits collection by Rs 35 billion in the first quarter: Loans were issued mainly for the construction of infrastructure, hydropower plants and hotels, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 28/10/2019)

NRB seeks details of loan exposure of Prime Commercial Bank over concerns of credit risk (rep 24/10/2019)

Mobile banking users increase by over 4.5 times in 4 years, by Sujeeta Pradhan (rep 24/10/2019)

8.34 million Nepalis have access to mobile banking services: There are 6.7 million people with ATM cards, up from 4.13 million six years ago, says Nepal Rastra Bank, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 17/10/2019)

61 percent Nepalis have bank accounts (rep 17/10/2019)

Seven banks submit M&A progress to NRB (ht 17/10/2019)

Interest rates unlikely to rise despite shortage of funds: Bankers say credit demand swelled during the festival season to purchase consumer items, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 16/10/2019)

Nepal Rastra Bank asks fund managers to enforce anti-money laundering laws: The central bank enforced the directive aiming to extend anti-money laundering measures to non-banking sectors too, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 15/10/2019)

In Gabahal, the elderly stand in a queue for hours for their old-age allowances: There is little space to accommodate hundreds of elderly people who come to take their allowances in just five days, according to the Nepal Bank, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/10/2019)

Banks to reach all local levels by mid-January, says Khatiwada (ht 01/10/2019)

SMEs face procedural hassles on receiving loans from banks: SMEs operating in Province 3, including Kathmandu Valley, have to wait for 240 days to receive a loan, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 30/09/2019)

NRB to make BFIs spend certain share of profit on IT security (ht 20/09/2019)

Financial market development: Digital first: now or never, by Pralhad Giri (ht 19/09/2019)

Millions still unable to use their bank cards freely (ht 19/09/2019)

‘No plans to raise paid-up capital of banks’ (ht 19/09/2019)

Banks may be required to set up stabilisation fund: The bill to amend the Bank and Financial Institution Act also proposes to set a two-term limit for board members, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 17/09/2019)

NRB launches RTGS in banking sector (ht 16/09/2019)

New government rule on bank account catches migrant workers unaware: A majority of people learn about the new provision after reaching foreign employment office only to get confused, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 15/09/2019)

NRB nod must for BFIs to hire or fire CEOs: Experts slam the provision as ‘restrictive’ in nature, by Sujan Dhungana (kp 14/09/2019), Govt proposes tightening terms for bank board directors, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 14/09/2019)

Central bank broadens sources of loans in foreign currency: Microfinance companies are now permitted to borrow from pension funds and hedge funds in addition to banks abroad, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 13/09/2019)

Central bank asks banks to update their cybersecurity infrastructure: A recent hack by Chinese nationals on ATMs exposed significant security vulnerabilities in the country’s banking system, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 11/09/2019)

Central bank slashes daily cash withdrawal limit at ATMs to Rs 60,000, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 06/09/2019), BFIs told to switch to chip-based cards: ATM withdrawal limit slashed to Rs 20,000 per transaction,  Rs 60,000 per day, by Umesh Poudel (ht 06/09/2019), NEPS halts dollar card service (ht 06/09/2019)

The mysterious case of bank lendings: Banks continue to make handsome profits yet fail to lend money to the most vulnerable groups, by Deepak Thapa (kp 05/09/2019)

Cross banking transactions via ATMs put on hold after hack: A task force formed by Nepal Rastra Bank has ascertained that the hackers stole a total of Rs18.9 million from 13 Nepali banks (kp 05/09/2019)

Weak cybersecurity and failure to keep up with technology behind hackings: Banks don’t invest adequately in cybersecurity, which leads to incidents like Saturday’s cash-out ATM attack, analysts say, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 04/09/2019), How secure is Nepal’s banking system?, by Umesh Poudel (ht 04/09/2019), NRB mulls stricter security rules (jt 04/09/2019)

Millions stolen by ATM hackers exposes vulnerability of Nepali banks: Five Chinese nationals were arrested on Saturday night on suspicion of using cloned debit cards to breach the banks’ processing system and withdraw cash, by Shuvam Dhungana and Rajesh Khanal (kp 02/09/2019), Banks must invest more in digital security: The recent breaches show that not enough has been done to increase security (kp 03/09/2019), 3 Nepalis among 4 more arrested for cyber heist, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 03/09/2019), How safe are our banks? (rep 03/09/2019), Rs 35.8m withdrawn in Saturday’s heist: NRB (ht 05/09/2019)

Central bank to launch real time gross settlement system: The system permits funds transfer in real time, eliminating waiting periods, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 29/08/2019)

Fake bank guarantee cases are rare, but they are happening: At least two such incidents have already been identified, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/08/2019)

Merger policy: Power pressure or need of time?, by Badri Pokhrel (ht 21/08/2019)

Govt starts work for sovereign credit rating, by Umesh Poudel (ht 21/08/2019)

Why ‘big merger’ faces a big hurdle: Relatively large ownership by a single entity is a potential roadblock to mergers and acquisitions, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 19/08/2019)

Nepal Infrastructure Bank makes its first investment: Invests Rs 1.5 billion in Karuwa-Seti hydropower project in Kaski district (ht 19/08/2019)

‘Don’t provide sharebroker licence to banks for now’ (ht 18/08/2019)

Bankers say new interest spread rule will affect their earnings: The central bank has defended its decision, saying it is now at par with international practice, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 17/08/2019), NRB unlikely to review new interest spread rule till end of Q1 (rep 17/08/2019)

Tinkering at the margin: Attempting to control private-sector lending in itself will not boost growth, by Chandan Sapkota (kp 16/08/2019)

Mandatory PAN provision faces challenges, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 15/08/2019)

Outcry Over New Provisions For Banks, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 15/08/2019)

NRB provision to wipe Rs 15bn off banks’ profit, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 14/08/2019)

Central bank asks banks to ease agriculture credit: Move is aimed at boosting development in the agriculture sector, by Sangam Prassain (kp 07/08/2019)

NRB sets age bar for CEO, board directors of BFIs: 65 years for CEO, 70 years for board directors (rep 06/08/2019), Supreme Court issues stay order against upper age limit for bank chiefs: The central bank has fixed an upper age limit of 65 years, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 14/08/2019), NRB governor says age bar for CEOs, BoDs at BFIs in favour of public (ht 15/08/2019)

Has NRB put BoP stability on back burner? Expansionary monetary policy likely to build pressure on external sector, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 04/08/2019)

16pc interest rate cap on co-op loans: Interest spread rate cannot exceed 6pc: DoC, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 03/08/2019)

The Monetary Policy may not help stabilise interest rates, analysts say: Expanding credit can boost the amount of funds available for investment in the productive sector, by Rajesh Khanal kp 02/08/2018)

SC rules against invoking BOPA for cheque bounce cases (ht 01/08/2019), Wrong verdict: BOPA is a strong deterrent to fraud involving bad cheques as the erring party could be imprisoned and also fined (ht 02/08/2019)

Banks keep gold import on hold as demand drops (ht 01/08/2019)

Monetary Policy For Financial Stability, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 01/08/2019)

Monetary policy falls short of fixing interest issue (rep 01/08/2019)

Central bank tightens the purse strings as forex reserves deplete: Monetary policy says people going abroad for travel and study will get less in foreign cash, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 28/07/2019), Curbing foreign spending is not the answer: The real problem here is not the outflow of tourists and students, but the ever-expanding balance of payments deficit (kp 29/07/2019), Monetary policy is no great shakes: Observers had thought there would be something in the document to revive the stock market and strengthen the banking sector, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp 29/07/2019)

Auto loans will be based on your income, new policy says: Banks have been asked to issue auto loan only after assessing an individual’s capacity to pay, by Krishana Prasain (kp 28/07/2019)

Nepal Rastra Bank rolls out Monetary Policy 2019-20: Policy prioritises promoting bank mergers and achieving growth target, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 25/07/2019), Monetary Policy focuses on easing liquidity, promoting credit growth: Domestic credit growth projected  at 24pc for this fiscal against 22.5pc estimated last fiscal, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 25/07/2019), Private sector players provide mixed feedback, by Umesh Poudel (ht 25/07/2019), Monetary Policy And Economic Growth, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 25/07/2019), In the right direction: The policy focusses on stability of the banking sector and also on meeting the economic growth target set by the government (ht 26/07/2019), NRB's new rule requires banks to issue debentures worth Rs 62 billion (rep 26/07/2019)

NRB dangles carrots for banks to pursue merger (rep 25/0/2019)

China’s Union Pay receives licence from central bank, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 25/07/2019)

BFIs barred from charging prepayment penalty for loans below Rs 5m (rep 23/07/2019)

Central bank should adopt measures to ensure financial stability rather than force mergers, analysts say: Although some banks appear to be unwilling, they have formed committees in line with the regulator’s instruction, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 22/07/2019)

Big merger: Why now?, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (ht 19/07/2019)

Change monetary policy: Ensure NRB’s accountability, by Nara Bahadur Thapa (ht 18/07/2019)

NRB’s big push for mergers raises big question of justification, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 18/07/2019)

NRB begins process to offload its shares in NEPSE Ltd (rep 17/07/2019)

Close the loopholes: The central bank should be lauded for its decision to enforce stricter controls (kp 16/07/2019)

Relocating Nepal Rastra Bank: Relocating NRB away from Kathmandu will be crucial in ushering many transformative changes in Nepali economy.  It will help keep politics and finance separate from each other, by Nara Bahadur Thapa (rep 16/07/2019)

NRB extends loans repayment deadline by 15 days (rep 16/07/2019)

Central Bank mulls dismantling industrialist-bank nexus to avert anomalies in financial system: The provisions barring financial institution promoters to collude and exercise  public deposits as per their interest are not yet legally well-grounded, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 14/07/2019)

Policy instruments have been effective: Monetary policy measures have been undermined because their objectives are misunderstood, or not understood at all, by Nara Bahadur Thapa (kp 11/07/2019)

The barriers to financial inclusion: Year after year, the Nepal Rastra Bank comes up with policies to boost inclusion but they all remain unsuccessful, by Achyut Wagle (kp 09/07/2019)

‘Address credit crunch, stabilise  interest rate’ (ht 09/07/2019), Private sector leaders ask NRB to devise monetary policy to stabilize rising interest rates: Interest rates correction must to achieve 8.5% economic growth: FNCCI president (rep 09/07/2019)

16 banks pledge to undergo M&A (ht 08/07/2019)

Global IME, Janata Bank ink MoU for merger (ht 06/07/2019)

Private sector seeks  interest rate stability (ht 05/07/2019)

Seven banks submit NRB written commitment for 'big' merger: Merger breakthrough less likely before monetary policy, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 05/07/2019)

Bankers seek tax incentives to go for M&A (ht 03/07/2019)

There are too many banks: The issue is not only the number, but also the rationale behind the categorisation of institutions into various overlapping segments, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp 01/07/2019)

Investors doubt central bank’s ability to introduce effective monetary policies: Investors lost Rs8.61 billion in the book value of their investment portfolio last week, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 30/06/2019)

Banks fail to reach 23 local units due to lack of basic infrastructure (rep 30/06/2019)

NRB seeks commitment from commercial banks for mergers and acquisitions, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 28/06/2019)

Banking on land: Land banks that accept land deposits and lend out plots is an idea whose time has come, by Arun GC (kp 24/06/2019)

Merger benefits: Merger and acquisition contributes to raising the capital of the bank which will enhance its lending capacity and strengthen financial health, by Prajjwol Lakhey (rep 18/06/2019)

Private sector calls for measures to prevent banks from colluding to fix interest rates: Industrialists present wish list for Monetary Policy 2019-20, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 15/06/2019)

NRB to tighten loans on vehicle importThe government plans to stop providing short-term trust receipt loan for importing vehicles by December, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 15/06/2019)

Banks reluctant to take foreign currency loans for lack of hedging solutions, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 14/06/2019)

Bankers demand policy incentives, relaxation for 'big' M&A (rep 13/06/2019)

All local levels of Province 5 connected to bank network (ht 06/06/2019)

Central bank expresses concern as lending outpaces deposit collection: Lending totalled Rs410.13 billion and deposit collection amounted to Rs314.51 billion during the period mid-July to mid-April, by Rajesh Khanal /kp 25/05/2019)

NIBL Ace Capital to launch open-ended mutual fund: Any investor can buy a minimum of 1,000 shares of the open ended fund at the rate of Rs10 per unit, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 24/05/2019)

NRB hints at possible  financial instability (ht 24/05/2019)

Nepal buys Rs 394 billion Indian rupees to pay for soaring imports, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 21/05/2019)

Use of Chinese digital wallets banned in Nepal, by Rupak D Sharma (ht 21/05/2019), Register pay apps: Nepal should take up the issue directly with the Chinese government, which must show magnanimity and support to resolve it (ht 22/05//2019), China’s mobile payment giants relent: WeChat Pay and Alipay keen to work legally in Nepal, by Rupak D Sharma and Roshan S Nepal (ht 24/05/2019)

Digital banking in Nepal: Focus on infrastructure, security, by Amish Dhungel and Dwaipayan Regmi (ht 20/05/2019)

Who runs this bank? Women.Tripureshwor office of Agriculture Development Bank is one among its three branches staffed entirely by women, by Abani Malla (kp 19/05/2019)

Demand for refinance fund rises on skyrocketing interest rates, shortage of lendable funds: Outstanding refinance funds amounted Rs 24.54 billion in mid-March, up from Rs 12.94 billion a year earlier (rep 16/05/2019)

Banks complain of shortage of loanable funds—and continue to increase net profit: Bankers have their arguments, but experts say Nepal Rastra  Bank—the regulatory body—has failed to act effectively, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 15/05/2019)

NRB moves to curb unhealthy deposit collections (ht 14/05/2019)

NRB restricts BFIs from collecting fixed deposits with maturity period less than three months: BFIs not to be allowed to offer silver, gold coins on fixed deposit scheme (rep 14/05/2019)

Expansion of network, definition drives up deprived sector lending of BFIs (rep 12/05/2019)

Banks’ profits continue to surge despite shortage of lendable funds (rep 11/05/2019)

Govt eases procedures for subsidized housing loans for quake survivors (rep 08/05/2019)

Reporting financial transactions could soon be done online: The move will help keep tabs on suspicious transactions effectively, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/05/2019)

ADB to sell Nepali bonds in foreign markets, by Rupak D Sharma (kp 06/05/2019)

Banking the unbanked: It is necessary to channelize money into formal financial system through banking. Every sector of economy must use banking channel to handle financial transactions, by Sandip Neupane (rep 02/05/2019)

Fewer suspicious transactions reports filed with central bank (rep 01/05/2019)

Laxmi Bank, New Street Tech team up for data driven remittance: This ecosystem can have tangible impacts for financial inclusion by reaching the unbanked and under-banked in a convenient and cost-effective manner (kp 26/04/2019)

Khalti gets licence for domestic money transfer (kp 25/04/2019)

Telecom authority and central bank announce plans to regulate digital financial service providers, by Prahlad Rijal and Tsering D Gurung (kp 20/04/2019)

Regulate pay apps: The authorities should have the Chinese mobile payment systems register in Nepal so as to regulate them, just like the credit card providers (ht 18/04/2019), Chinese payment platforms are illegal, but officials say they can’t control them: Majority of the Chinese-run businesses use popular Chinese digital wallets to sell goods and services, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 19/04/2019)

Subsidized loan scheme fails to pick up (rep 18/04/2019)

Central bank makes it easier to open accounts, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 11/04/2019)

Six banks to issue debentures worth Rs15.58b: NIC Asia Bank is making the largest offering of debentures valued at Rs5.83 billion, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 29/03/2019)

Views on the review: Potential impacts of the Monetary Policy Mid-Term Review on the banking, by Prajjwol Lakhey (kp 11/03/2019)

Government to launch digital payment system by April-end, by Krishana Prasain (kp 07/03/2019), Digital wallet and payment services see uptick in users, by Krishana Prasain (kp 08/03/2019)

Nepal Infrastructure Bank opens: The private sector-led bank has an authorised capital of Rs40 billion and paid-up capital of Rs12b, by Bibek Subedi (kp 07/03/2019)

Federation backs down from demand for interest rate cut, by Bibek Subedi (kp 27/02/2019)

Slippery slope in Nepali banking: Need of rescue, by Pralhad Giri (ht 27/02/2019)

NIBL completes 33 years of operation (ht 27/02/2019)

Duped depositors waiting to get their money back, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 26/02/2019)

Nepali companies may be allowed to issue bonds in foreign capital markets (rep 26/02/2019)

Banks still struggling to implement court order to retrieve Sumargi’s money: It’s a month and a half since the Nepal Investment Bank was told to get the money withdrawn by  the controversial businessman back to his account, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/02/2019)

Depositors asked to file compensation claims, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 22/02/2019)

Bankers criticise the central bank policies, by Bibek Subedi (kp 21/02/2019)

NRB reduces interest cap on refinancing loans (ht 21/02/2019)

Central bank sets maximum interest rate spread at 4.5pc, by Rajesh Khanal (rn 20/02/2019), NRB increases refinance fund size to Rs 50 billion (rep 20/02/2019)

KMC prefers pvt banks to govt ones for paying public school staffers, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 20/02/2019)

PM orders Finance Ministry to check high interest rates (kp 17/02/2019), High interest rate puts off investors, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 17/02/2019), PM instructs FinMin Khatiwada to intervene in reducing lending rates (rep 17/02/2019), Private sector divided over govt intervention in reducing interest (ht 19/02/2019), Monetary Policy review draws mixed reaction from lobby groups, bankers (ht 20/02/2019)

Industrialists threaten to stop repaying loans (kp 13/02/2019), Federation takes ownership of protest by industrialists, by Bibek Subedi (kp 14/02/2019)

Banking on a plan: The liquidity mess requires a deeper understanding, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 12/02/2019)

Locals all smiles after bank opens branch, by Manoj Badu (kp 12/02/2019)

Nepal Infrastructure Bank gets operating licence (ht 12/02/2019), Nepal Infrastructure Bank receives operating licence, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 13/02/2019)

Jump in inter-bank transaction worries NRB, by Rupak D Sharma (ht 11/02/2019)

Boost loanable funds: Given the liquidity crunch, it would be sagacious on the part of the BFIs to lend their money to the productive sectors (ht 11/02/2019)

Central Bank powerless to check rising interest rate, by Bibek Subedi (kp 10/02/2019)

Shadow Banking: An Overview, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 09/02/2019)

Cabinet okays regulation to establish hedge fund, by Bibek Subedi (kp 09/02/2019)

Banks post high profits despite funds shortage, by Bibek Subedi (kp 01/02/2019)

NRB directs banks to ease concessional loans (rep 31/01/2019), NRB seeks details of subsidized loans floated by banks: Move comes amid complaints that BFIs are unwilling to lend (rep 01/02/2019)

Industrialists go on warpath against high interest rates: The disgruntled entrepreneurs plan to stage a sit-in outside the central bank office in Biratnagar, by Bibek Subedi and Leela Ballav Ghimire (kp 29/01/2019)

Migrants will now be allowed to carry only $200: NRB (ht 23/01/2019) [??? The migrans are punished for failed economic politics of government and administration!], NRB lowers forex limit for foreign-bound workers to $200 (rep 23/01/2019)

Banks reluctant to lower lending rates: But quick to add 1 percent premium on loans (rep 20/01/2019)

More than Rs50b mopped out of financial system: Move leaves many banks and financial institutions at risk of breaching the CCD ratio, by Bibek Subedi (kp 18/01/2019), Current account deficit soars to Rs 119.33bn (ht 18/01/2019)

Banks may need central bank’s nod to pick CEO, by Bibek Subedi (kp 16/01/2019)

Inter-bank lending rate surges to alarming six per cent, by Rupak D Sharma (15/01/2019)

Don’t kick the can: It is best not to tinker with price discovery process, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 14/01/2019)

Bank withdrawals to pay income tax squeezing liquidity: Withdrawals expected to Rs 71 billion by mid-January (rep 12/01/2019)

NRB lays out scenario for sending BFIs into forceful merger (rep 05/01/2019)

Banks sweat as lending tops deposit collection, by Bibek Subedi (kp 04/01/2019)

Fluctuating interest rates: Loan supply has fallen behind demand as banks haven’t been able to collect deposits, by Prajjwol Lakhey (kp 03/01/2019)

64 local units yet to see presence of commercial bank (rep 30/12/2018)

Innovating banking: Age of digitization has made available several technologies to make banking efficient. Banks in Nepal should benefit from them, by Ananda Khatiwada (rep 30/12/2018)

Three banks seek NRB nod to provide stockbroker services: Banks can work as stockbrokers through subsidiaries after acquiring licenses from SEBPN (rep 29/12/2018)

Central Bank’s new provision brings cheer to investors: Moves include allowing banks to issue loan of up to 65 percent on the valuation of shares and considering right shares and bonus shares as collateral, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 27/12/2018)

New base rate formula to lower lending rate (rep 27/12/2018)

Soft loan attracts migrant returnees: Migrant workers can apply for entrepreneurship loans up to Rs1 million within three years of returning from abroad, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/12/2018)

NRB advised to increase limit of institutional deposit to 50 percent: End practice of accepting deposits through auction: Committee (rep 23/12/2018)

Banks start lowering deposit rates after NRB intervention (rep 22/12/2018)

Banking on an easy solution: There’s more to loan-deposit mismatches than it seems, by Paban Pandey (kp 21/12/2018)

Banks to cut interest rates on deposit: The government pressured banks to lower interest rates which had risen to as high as 13.5 percent, the beginning of an ‘interest rate war’, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 21/12/2018)

Doha Bank's representative office in Nepal comes into operation (rep 20/12/2018)

Money works better: Cash transfers are assuming importance in social welfare and anti-poverty policies, by Alok Rajouria (kp 19/12/2018)

Banks engage in race to raise interest rates: Banks have jacked up interest rates despite  consistent warnings from the government, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 19/12/2018)

Central bank urged to tackle soaring interest rates on loans (kp 12/12/2018)

Finance Ministry steps in to tame interest rate, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 07/12/2018)

NBA decision to ditch cap sparks interest rate war (rep 06/12/2018)

Look beyond the numbers: It is vital to revisit repayment histories of ‘deprived sector lending’, by Udayan Regmi (kp 02/12/2018)

Why does the credit crisis keep repeating itself? Bankers met at a Himalmedia Roundtable last week to discuss the recurring credit crunch (nt 30/11/2018)

Central bank slams bankers’ demand: Banks cannot extend more than 80 pc of the deposit and core capital as loans, by Bibek Subedi (kp 28/11/2018)

Banking crisis looms large: The saga of the liquidity crisis has been running in parody for several years now, by Achyut Wagle (kp 27/11/2018)

Nabil offers Rs 300,000 health insurance for saving account holders (rep 26/11/2018)

Banks post record first quarter profits, by Bibek Subedi (kp 20/11/2018)

Country’s sovereign credit rating in offingPrivate sector believes such a rating is important for business predictability and foreign direct investment, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 14/11/2018)

Electronic transfer: Banks urged to enforce system; Out of the four clearing banks, only one provides such a service to customers, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 14/11/2018)

Bankers fret at prolonged shortage of loanable funds: NBA agrees to keep interest rate cap on deposits (rep 12/11/2018)

NRB’s interest subsidy scheme gathers dust (ht 12/11/2018)

Subsidised credit for quake victims: Regulator orders banks to disburse loans, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 11/11/2018)

NRB increases limit for banks to borrow in foreign currency: Relaxation in rule enables banks to borrow up to Rs 185 billion (rep 11/11/2018)

NRB revises loan-to-value ratio on auto loans for private vehicles, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 07/11/2018), Maximum auto loan limit lowered to 50 pc (rep 07/11/2018)

Foreign exchange limit for outbound Nepalis lowered to $1,500, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 07/11/2018)

Workforce Diversity In Banking Sector, by Ujwal Raj Gautam (rn 05/11/2018)

IMF calls for banking sector reforms (ht 01/11/2018)

Shortage of loanable funds lands businesses on a sticky wicket, by Bibek Subedi (kp 31/10/2018)

Banks taking caution to sanction big loans (ht 28/10/2018)

Banks should cap lending rates too, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 22/10/2018), Too costly to borrow: While banks seem bent on hiking interest rate on lending, the central bank has remained a mute spectator (ht 23/10/2018)

Banks unveil festive home loan schemes (kp 15/10/2018)

Multiple ATM failure dampens festive fervour (ht 15/10/2018)

Bankers reluctant to bring down lending rates, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 13/10/2018)

NBA lowers deposit rate cap (rep 12/10/2018)

Finance experts call for stricter regulation: Unregulated institutions such as cooperatives hold more than 15 percent of the people’s savings (kp 06/10/2018)

Central bank unveils working procedure for subsidized loan schemes: Jobless educated youths, targeted groups can now apply for such loans (rep 28/09/2018)

MFI presence in poor, remote areas low (ht 26/09/2018)

Melamchi Drinking Water Project: Two banks lose Rs1.7 billion over troubled water project (kp 19/09/2018)

MFIs allowed to borrow from foreign financial institutions (ht 17/09/2018)

DFID-aided project funds profit-making banks to expand business: Declines to disclose grant amounts to banks, by Sagar Ghimre (rep 04/09/2018)

More sectors to get foreign currency loans (kp 01/09/2018)

Profit Amid Credit Crunch, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 23/08/2018)

The future of banking: Embrace new technologies, by Prahlad Giri (ht 17/08/2018)

Banks make a fortune on high lending rates, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 16/08/2018), Base rate of 21 banks above 10pc (ht 17/08/2018)

Tame the Runaway Interest Rate, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 13/08/2018)

India’s Exim Bank proposes stake in infrastructure bank: Exim Bank is involved in Nepal since 2006, financing projects on hydropower, transmission lines and road (kp 11/08/2018)

New financial reporting standards cause confusions (rep 10/08/2018)

Nepal Rastra Bank paves way for commercial banks to borrow in Indian currency (rep 10/08/2018)

NRB extends time for banks to publish financial reports (ht 31/07/2018)

New monetary policy: Is it aimed at IR stability?, by Guna Raj Bhatta (ht 30/07/2018)

Credit demand from SMEs likely to go down: There is a high chance that the credit demand will go down, with borrowers turning towards unregulated cooperatives, according to the banker, by Bibek Subedi (kp 29/07/2018)

Commercial banks yet to reach 122 local units (rep 29/07/2018)

Bank deposits surge in line with govt spending (rep 22/07/2018)

Annual credit jumps 20.46% while deposit grows 17%: Second consecutive fiscal year of the ultra-high interest rates (rep 21/07/2018)

Govt to set up Rs 100bn infra development bank under Chinese investment, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 21/07/2018)

Central bank’s priorities: Promoting microfinancing and expanding access in rural areas is high on the agenda, by Dayaram Sharma Pangeni (kp 20/07/2018)

Will new monetary policy solve banking woes?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 19/07/2018), ‘Focus of monetary policy on economic growth’: NRB executive director Nara Bahadur Thapa says Nepal has potential for 11%-12% growth (rep 19/07/2018)

Nabil Bank opens 12 new branches in rural areas (kp 1807/2018)

Balance of payment, current account continue to turn deficit (rep 17/07/2018)

‘Borrowing facility from foreign banks insufficient to address country’s credit need’ (ht 13/07/2018)

Monetary policy expected to help meet growth target, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 12/07/2018), NRB moves to lower interest rates, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 12/07/2018), Banks can now count subsidized edu loans as deprived sector credit (rep 12/07/2018), Interest rate stability top priority, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 12/07/2018), ‘Monetary policy falls short’: Ambika Prasad Poudel, chairman of the Nepal Investors’ Forum, said the monetary policy was not capital market friendly (kp 13/07/2018), Policy for growth: The monetary policy has tried its best with various measures to address the credit scarcity the country is facing (ht 13/07/2018), Monetary Policy fails to lift investors’ sentiment (ht 13/07/2018), SC issues interim order against Monetary Policy (kp s14/07/2018), Pragmatic monetary policy: Reducing lending rate (rep 15/07/2018), Broker license to bank subsidiary draws mixed reaction (rep 15/07/2018)

Nepal Rastra Bank set to increase size of refinance fund: The fund aims to provide relief to the private sector reeling under sky-high lending rates (rep 11/07/2018)

Monetary Policy to be unveiled today (ht 11/07/2018)

Nepalis parking wealth in Swiss banks: Four-fold rise in funds parked there by Nepalis since 2008, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 02/07/2018)

Exposure of BFIs in Oriental scam at Rs 2.53 billion (ht 28/06/2018)

NRB to unveil monetary policy next week (rep 27/06/2018)

‘Monetary policy needs to address lending rates’, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 25/06/2018), Money management: The new monetary policy should strongly aim for price stability, interest rate stability and external sector stability (ht 26/06/2018)

NBA again caps interest rates on deposits, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 22/06/2018), Banks agree to cap deposit rates: Eleven per cent ceiling on fixed deposit, 7 pc an savings, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 22/06/2018), Will decision to regulate deposit rates bring down credit rates?, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 22/06/2018)

Swap line explained: The central bank may act as a facilitator for currency swaps in the financial market, by Ritwik Guha Thakurta (kp 21/06/2018)

NRB under pressure to tame bank rates at desired level (rep 20/06/2018)

NBA for scrapping CCD ratio requirement to ease ‘credit crunch’ (rep 19/06/2018)

NRB floats foreign employment bonds worth Rs 250 million (rep 16/06/2018)

Lending rates unlikely to come down any time soon (ht 14/06/2018)

Bankers seek liberal definition of ‘productive sector’ (ht 14/06/2018)

NRB urged for ‘expansionary’ monetary policy (ht 13/06/2018)

Central bank seeks changes in foreign employment services (ht 13/06/2018)

NBA ditches cap on fixed deposit interest rate amid pressure: Banks brace for interest rate war (rep 12/06/2018)

JV banks can borrow from Indian partners: The country has been investing dollars to buy Indian currency (ht 10/06/2018)

It’s June, but lending rates aren’t falling, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 09/06/2018)

Finance minister asks JV banks to bring in capital (ht 08/06/2018)

Citizens Bank is an income stock company (rep 06/06/2018)

Youth start-up loan plan elicits academia cynicism: Experts say ‘lack of clarity’ on bank loans against academic certificates as collateral, by Anup Ojha (kp 03/06/2018)

IFC and NRB launch guidelines for BFIs: Implementation of guidelines is expected to help minimise potential risks and boost competitiveness of Bank and Financial Institutions (kp 29/05/2018)

Salary of workers to be paid compulsorily through banking channel (ht 29/05/2018)

Banks breach interest rate spread to maximise profit (ht 25/05/2018)

Bank on it: With Nepal Infrastructure Bank, Nepal will have a special financial institution to act as a catalyst for funding, promoting and interfacing infrastructural space, by Binod Atreya (rep 24/05/2018)

Nepal Investment signs loan mandate with IFC (ht 24/05/2018)

NRB introduces new inspection, supervision bylaws (kp 23/05/2018)

Emerging Nepal gets LoI to set up infra bank (kp 21/05/2018)

NRB intiates ‘hedging’ fund exercise, by Bibek Subedi (kp 20/05/2018)

14 banks sign pact to expand rural access (kp 20/05/2018)

Lending rates burden borrowers, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 18/05/2018)

Commercial banks say they cannot expand to 38 local units (ht 18/05/2018), Finance Ministry vows to facilitate banks to open branches in local units: 243 local units yet to see presence of commercial banks (rep 18/05/2018)

NRB warns money changers against financing smuggling: There have been a growing number of gold smuggling cases in the last few years that could potentially have been financed through various channels according to the central bank (kp 17/05/2018)

Lending institutions for SMEs on cards (ht 16/05/2018)

Mega Bank-Tourism Dev Bank joint operation commences (kp 14/05/2018)

Banks giving investors raw deal in contrast to microfinance firms, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 14/05/2018)

Financial growth: How to achieve it?, by Prahlad Giri (ht 08/05/2018)

Managing the money: Increasing interest rates to ease the shortage of loanable funds will lead to inflation, by Udayan Regmi (kp 08/05/2018)

RBB acquires NIDC to become 2nd largest bank (kp 03/05/2018)

Lending bending: The central bank has desperately failed to keep lending rates in check, which is hurting the productive sector and country’s economy as a whole (ht 03/05/2018), Base rate of 20 banks above 10pc (ht 03/05/2018)

High lending rates pose threat to productive sector: Banks make hay even in times of gloom (ht 02/05/2018)

NRB expands definition of 'tourism' for lending (rep 01/05/2018)

Collective profit of banks up 15.45pc (ht 30/04/2018)

Credit flow to service sector jumps 14 percent (rep 29/04/2018)

NRB marks 63rd anniversary (kp 28/04/2018)

12 commercial banks each earned net profits of over Rs 1b in Q3 (rep 27/04/2018)

Finance and growth: Getting grasp of the link, by Jagadish Prasad Bist, and Aadesh Raj Joshi (ht 24/04/2018)

NBA continues deposit rate cap despite easing liquidity situation (rep 24/04/2018)

Khunjeli becomes first woman to head Nepali bank (kp 23/04/2018)

Average CCD ratio of banks at 79.7pc in Q3 (ht 22/04/2018)

Banks still facing tight lending condition: Deposits grew by Rs 72 billion, while lending saw a rise of Rs 68 billion Q3 (rep 20/04/2018)

NRB sets cash withdrawal limit on credit card to 25pc (kp 18/04/2018), Central bank issues rules on digital payment system (ht 18/04/2018)

Currency Risk: FDI bottleneck, by Adarsha Bazgain (ht 16/04/2018)

BFIs expand credit disbursement by 7.9 percent (kp 15/04/2018)

Policy check: More empirical research is needed to determine the magnitude of the risk-taking channel of monetary policy for credit cycles, by Anup Paudel (rep 12/04/2018)

Central bank allows foreign borrowing (kp 04/04/2018), NRB lets banks borrow from foreign financial institutions (ht 05/04/2018), Banks hail NRB’s decision to allow foreign borrowing (ht 06/04/2018)

Fiscal stimulus Need of the hour, by Pralhad Giri (ht 04/04/2018)

Time of crisis: The banking sector is in turmoil which is bad for the financial health of the economy; Nepal has been struggling to maintain macroeconomic balance; a low  growth rate, high unemployment, balance of payments deficit, swelling trade  deficit and high inflation are pressing existing challenges, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (kp 30/03/2018)

Banks told to open branch in every local body by mid-July: Commercial banks currently have presence in 394 out to 753 local bodies in the country. This means 359 local  bodies still lack access to commercial banking services (kp 29/03/2018), Banks asked to set up branches in all local bodies (ht 29/03/2018), Each local unit to have a commercial bank by mid-July, by Mohan Gurung (rep 31/03/2018)

Banks continue to lend aggressively despite slow deposit growth (rep 29/03/2018)

Scam reveals bad loan ‘evergreening’ practice: Apex Development Bank allowed disbursement of fresh loans to settle outstanding credit; KPMG did not issue any stern warning either, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 28/03/2018)

Central bank seeks quotations for RTGS system installation (kp 26/03/2018)

Promoters get NRB’s nod to set up NIDBCentral bank asks stakeholders to deposit 45 per cent of institution’s paid-up capital (ht 24/03/2018)

Banks introduce attractive schemes (kp 23/03/2018)

Banks witness sudden increase in deposits (ht 22/03/2018)

Banks have three days to submit plan to reach all unbanked units (rep 22/03/2018)

Shortage of loanable funds: Central bank mulls guideline for foreign borrowing (kp 21/03/2018)

Auto sales dip as banks clamp down on loans (ht 20/03/2018)

NRB to inject Rs 20bn as liquidity crunch looms large over market: Interbank transactions limited as banks are in a tight position due to scarcity of fresh deposits (ht 14/03/2018)

NRB mum as NBA acts as regulator (kp 12/03/2018), NBA formally halts interbank lending to NIC Asia Bank (ht 12/03/2018), NRB holds meeting with NBA, NIC Asia representatives: The central bank is looking to resolve the ongoing dispute over determination of returns on fixed and savings deposit between commercial banks in Nepal (kp 13/03/2018), NBA manages to bring NIC Asia to its knees: As banks regulate deposit rates, borrowers demand stability in lending rates as well (kp 14/03/2018)

Finance minister unhappy with central bank’s policy to curb micro credit (ht 12/03/2018)

Banks revoke inter-banking transactions with NIC Asia (ht 10/03/2018), NBA ostracizes NIC Asia Bank for hiking interest rates on deposits, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 10/03/2018)

Promotion of digital financial system urged (ht 10/03/2018)

Majority of banks halt credit disbursement (ht 09/03/2018)

NRB defends commercial banks operating as cartels: All 28 commercial banks agreed to not offer interest of over 8 percent during a meeting (kp 04/03/2018), Unruly banks: NRB must break the cartel formed by commercial banks (kp 06/03/2018)

Suspicious transaction reporting by financial institutions falls (rep 28/02/2018)

Unavailability of banks in rural parts adds to the miseries of poor, by Jagat Khadka (rep 27/02/2018)

‘Central bank intends to reduce number of banks to 15-18’, interview with Nara Bahadur Thapa (kp 26/02/2018)

NIBL completes 32 years of operation (ht 26/02/2018)

Credit flow to agri sector jumps 30 percent: Lending, however, still below regulatory requirement (rep 21/02/2018)

7 in 10 Sankhuwasabha local units lack bank, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 20/02/2018)

Police crack down on loan firms charging over 24 pc interest (rep 20/02/2018)

Absence of banks hits Siraha local levels hard (ht 19/02/2018)

NRB relaxes rules to capitalise on specialisation of banks (ht 15/02/2018)

Credit flow to non-productive on the rise (rep 15/02/2018)

NRB says it won’t aid banks short of funds to give loans: Banks and financial institutions barred from extending over 15pc of total loan as overdrafts, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 13/02/2018), NRB eases rules on CCD calculation, lending to productive sector (ht 13/02/2018)

Nabil Bank launches QR code payment (kp 12/02/2018)

NIBL, Ace begin joint operation (kp 11/02/2018)

Unavailability of banks hits locals hard (ht 10/02/2018)

Interest rate of subsidized agro loans to go up (rep 01/02/2018)

Banks achieve double digit profit growth (ht 30/01/2018)

Is there urge to merge?, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 29/01/2018)

Remote areas of Sindhuli lack banking services (ht 27/01/2018)

Himalaya’s Himalayan turns 25 (nt 26/01/2018)

Bankers expecting relaxation on prudential lending limit like last year: NRB, however, rules out possibility, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 24/01/2018)

Interest rate corridor: Modernising monetary policy, by Guna Raj Bhatta (ht 23/01/2018)

Banks barred from changing deposit rates (kp 22/01/2018)

Average CCD ratio of banks at 77.65pc in Q2 (ht 21/01/2018)

RBB-NIDC merger to conclude by mid-March (ht 20/01/2018)

Banking system ‘sound’ despite huge withdrawals (kp 17/01/2018), Credit crunch situation not as severe as believed earlier (ht 17/01/2018), Shortage of lendable funds is banks’ own affair: MoF (rep 17/01/2018)

Funds in govt coffers can’t be transferred to banks: Panel (ht 14/01/2018)

Flood, fire victims to get loans at subsidised rates (kp 12/01/2018)

Govt puts its plan to transfer funds to banks on hold: Banks and financial institutions are currently facing severe crunch of loanable funds because of mismatch in deposit collection and credit disbursement (kp 12/01/2018), Bank deposits growing at almost half the rate of loan expansion (ht 12/01/2018)

KYC: An Over Burdening Process, by Hria Bahadur Thapa (rn 12/01/2018)

Invisible thieves: Recent cyber-attacks have shown that Nepali banks need to keep up with technology, by Haribol Acharya (kp 11/01/2018)

Banks stop lending amid shortage of funds: Result of moral hazard of banks: NRB officials, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 11/01/2018)

Flood and fire affected to get subsidised loans (ht 10/01/2018)

Stop pampering banks: Relief packages will encourage banking institutions to play by their own rules (kp 09/01/2018)

NRB yet to increase size of refinancing fund to Rs 20b (rep 09/01/2018)

NRB issues repo to correct interest rate (ht 09/01/2018)

Govt to offer Rs80b pot to cash-strapped banks, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 07/01/2018)

Govt to come to aid of cash-strapped banks, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 05/01/2018)

Is one bank posing threat to banking system?, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 04/01/2018)

CNI urges PM to curb rife credit rate hike (kp 03/01/2018)

NRB to tell BFIs to stick to published rates (ht 03/01/2018)

Ncell profit repatriation to affect banks, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 29/12/2017)

Credit crunch bedevils banks: Bank deposit rate at 13%, lending rate spikes to 16% (rep 29/12/2017), Bankers seek government help to tackle rising interest rates (ht 30/12/2017)

Banks on lending spree despite slow deposit growth (rep 28/12/2017)

NRB to BFIs: Seek prior permission to receive int’l awards (kp 27/12/2017)

Deposit rates surge to last year’s level (kp 26/12/2017)

RBB-NIDC merger deadline likely to be missed (ht 26/12/2017)

25 districts fail to meet borrowing needs (kp 24/12/2017)

Shortage of lendable fund grips banks again (rep 21/12/2017)

Mega Bank, with Tourism Dev Bank to undergo merger (rep 20/12/2017)

Rs 637.19 billion credit extended to industrial sector last fiscal (ht 19/12/2017)

NRB issues single borrower limit for ‘recovered’ FIs (ht 19/12/2017)

NRB received 103 complaints on loan disputes last fiscal (rep 17/12/2017)

2 finance firms removed from ‘problematic’ list (kp 14/12/2017)

Districts around Valley receive biggest chunk of agri loans (kp 12/12/2017)

Banks start facing liquidity shortage (kp 11/12/2017)

Banks to publish financial statements as per NFRS (ht 05/12/2017)

NMB Bank bags ‘Bank of the Year 2017’ award (kp 04/12/2017)

NRB makes credit risk rating mandatory: The new directive has made board of directors of BFIs fully responsible for risk management (kp 03/12/2017)

120 local units still lack banking access: Governor (ht 02/12/2017)

Slow and steady: More time needed to assess the efficacy of interest rate corridor framework to reduce volatility in interest rates and managing liquidity, by Bhubanesh Pant (kp 01/12/2017)

NRB proposes threshold for digital payments (ht 01/12/2017)

Cyber threat corners banks: Use of pirated software is quite rampant in financial  institutions in Nepal. This has prevented them from installing new patches to upgrade the software, making them vulnerable to cyber attacks, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 01/12/2017)

Drop in loanable fund prompts banks to raise deposit rates (kp 30/11/2017)

Three institutions to be removed from ‘problematic’ list (kp 27/11/2017)

Offshore banking: Its utility, by Girish P. Pant (ht 22/11/2017)

NRB to float Rs 500m worth of foreign employment bond (kp 21/11/2017)

The Hundi menace: With most Nepali workers in South Korea sending money via hundi system Nepal loses out on $32 million a month, by Dhananjay Shah (rep 20/11/2017)

Credit disbursement outpaces deposits: Banks are extending Rs1.7 in loan for every rupee of deposit collected (kp 03/11/2017)

Profit growth of banks likely to take a hit (ht 03/11/2017)

NRB not keen on learning lessons from cyber heist: The central monetary authority has not monitored whether other banks have taken measures to avoid stumbling into the pitfall that brought troubles to NIC Asia Bank, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 26/10/2017)

Digital fortress: The cyber-attack on NIC Asia Bank points to the ineptitude of banking security systems (kp 25/10/2017), Nepali banks ‘not prepared’ to ward off cyber threats (kp 25/10/2017)

NRB delays process of rolling out new interestrate corridor (kp 12/10/2017)

BFIs’ presence helps locals in Terhathum, by Chandra Karki  (kp 05/10/2017)

Lack of banks hits locals hard in far-western districts (ht 04/10/2017)

NRB proposes removal of ‘30-year service’ retirement provision (ht 26/09/2017), NRB staff launch protest (kp 26/09/2017)

Server failure hits NBL customers in Panchthar (ht 25/09/2017)

‘Financial crime risks must be mitigated by banks’ (kp 20/09/2017)

CNI seeks MoI’s help to bring down banks’ interest rate (ht 14/09/2017)

NRB gives extra time to problematic institutions to replenish capital (kp 13/09/2017)

Impractical bank loans: There are several barriers that discourage private investment in agricultural products, by Udayan Regmi (kp 12/09/2017)

NRB forms panel to discuss change in retirement policy (kp 12/09/2017)

Electronic cardholders can now make online purchases: Nabil Bank introduces a new service that allows holders of Visa, Mastercard and UnionPay cards to buy goods and services from online stores in the country (kp 10/09/2017)

‘MFIs need to avoid duplication of credit’ (ht 07/09/2017)

Disbursement of credit deemed ‘risky’ surges: Regulator suspects overdraft issued to businesses is also used for speculative purposes, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 06/09/2017)

Central bank asks BFIs to earmark accounts opened for relief funds (02/09/2017)

BFIs offer lucrative rates on auto loans at NADA Auto Show (ht 31/08/2017)

Lending to service sector jumps by 23 percent: Credit flow to hospitality business on the rise as tourism industry recovers (rep 31/08/2017)

Blind people face difficulty opening bank accounts, by Bina Thapa (kp 30/08/2017)

NRB gives time to problematic FIs to meet paid-up capital rule (ht 30/08/2017)

RBB, NIDC sign MoU for merger (ht 29/08/2017)

23 commercial banks earns net profit above Rs 1 billion (rep 29/08/2017)

Banking sector faces threat from its regulator: Central bank can prevent disease from becoming malignant if it does not relent to bankers’ pressure, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 28/08/2017)

NRB clarifies on inter-bank deposits in CCD ratio calculation (ht 25/08/2017)

High interest loan stirs panic, suicide rates go up (ht 24/08/2017)

Investment of Rs100 in bank ‘generating return of Rs21’ (kp 23/08/2017)

Profit of commercial banks up 26.59 pc to Rs 45.26bn (ht 23/08/2017)

House panel dissatisfied with NRB directive (ht 23/0872017)

NRB issues circular on paid-up capital rules, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 22/08/2017)

Govt allows everyone to extend loans (kp 21/08/2017)

Class ‘B’, ‘C’ FIs seek separate window to invest in govt securities (ht 18/08/2017)

New provision to exert pressure on interest rates: Banks, financial institutions barred from factoring in interbank deposit while calculating CCD ratio, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 17/08/2017)

NRB board on the path ‘to wreck the institution’, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 16/08/2017)

NRB issues circular to implement monetary policy (rep 16/08/2017)

Loan-to-value ratio lowered in the Capital (kp 16/08/2017)

NRB stops taking applications of MFIs (ht 16/08/2017)

Nepal Rastra Bank opens licence for Infrastructure Development Bank (ht 12/08/2017)

Credit demand subdued despite rise in stock of loanable fund (kp 10/08/2017)

NBI signs MoU with FSFM (kp 09/08/2017)

Errant NRB: Nepal Rastra Bank needs to be objective and pragmatic to maintain institutional credibility, by Chandan Sapkota /kp 07/08/2017)

Govt to issue bonds early: Transfers made to local bodies have raised the spectre of govt facing shortage of funds,  by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 06/08/2017)

NRB sets criteria for CEOs, directors of BFIs (ht 04/08/2017)

Faulty policy: The NRb should reconsider its policy on the soft loan and extend the payback period if its intent is to help them (ht 31/07/2017)

NiBl Capital set to acquire ace Capital (ht 31/07/2017)

Banks sit atop excess liquidity of Rs94 billion (kp 30/07/2017)

No takers for central bank’s two-year concessional home loan (ht 30/07/2017)

Bank fixed deposits soar 42.5 percent, by Bibek Subedi (kp 28/07/2017)

155 BFIs go for mergers to meet capital requirement (rep 28/07/2017)

Banks issueing 36 credit cards per day (kp 27/07/2017)

Local, provincial reps can’t be on BFI board (ht 25/07/2017)

Problematic’ FIs to get more time to raise paid-up capital (ht 25/07/2017)

NRB will introduce measures to reduce lending rates to 9 to 10pc’, interview with Nara Bahadur Thapa (kp 24/07/2017)

Mega Bank celebrates seventh anniversary (ht 23/07/2017)

Workers to get salary through bank in Humla, by Janak Bahadur Shahi (rep 23/07/2017)

Banks demand infra before expansion, by Bibek Subedi (kp 21/07/2017)

Credit rate could remain high this fiscal (ht 21/07/2017)

Bankers anxious about source for Rs 700bn deposit (ht 21/07/2017)

Beyond borders: Nepal should make a convincing case for the  establishment of AIIB’s headquarters in Lumbini, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp 21/07/2017)

ID cards made mandatory to deposit money in others' accounts, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 20/07/2017)

Institutional deposit of 19 banks exceeds 45pc, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 20/07/2017)

BFIs heading toward the capital city, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 17/07/2017)

‘Incentivise BFIs for productive sector lending’ (ht 16/07/2017)

IMF officials see monetary policy heading ‘on the right track’ (rep 16/07/2017)

Works related to govt acct management outsourced: Nepal Rastra Bank has brought in Rastra Banjiya Bank to manage the government’s accounts and financial transactions in five different locations of the country (kp 15/07/2017)

Deposits swell, but interest rates unlikely to fall anytime soon (rep 15/07/2017)

Monetary Policy:Thrust On Productive Sector, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 13/07/2017)

NIBL, Ace begin joint operation (ht 13/07/2017), NIBL starts joint operation with Ace Development Bank (kp 14/07/2017)

NBL branch in Jajarkot runs out of cash (ht 13/07/2017)

Transaction of Rs1m or more in cash barred: NRB (kp 12/07/2017)

Interest rates unlikely to fall anytime soon, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 12/07/2017)

MFIs upbeat about expanding credit, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 12/07/2017)

New monetary policy allowing hotels to exchange foreign currency welcomed, by Arpana Ale Magar (rep 12/07/2017)

Money matters: Central bank should ensure that banks are channelling credit to priority sectors (kp 11/07/2017)

Interest rates likely to remain stable: But at the higher end, in the next fiscal year, as NRB has sought to purchase excess liquidity of banks at a fixed interest of 3pc, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 10/07/2017), NRB raises credit for productive sector (ht 10/07/2017), NRB eases cap on auto, home loans, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 10/07/2017), NRB raises productive sector lending requirement to 25%, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 10/07/2017)

Monetary policy to address financial friction (rep 09/07/2017)

Magnetic strip ATM cards to be phased out from November (ht 07/07/2017)

Commercial banks agree to open branches in 250 local units (rep 06/07/2017)

Bank customer waits for seven hours to cash check, by Janak Bahaur Shahi (rep 06/07/2017)

Civil Bank starts joint operation (ht 03/07/2017)

CDS approves three more clearing banks (kp 01/07/2017)

Addressing The Woes Of Customers, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 30/06/2017), NRB, IRD dilly-dally to implement policy to end tax compliance gap (ht 30/06/2017)

Bankers for raising personal home loan limit to Rs 20 million (ht 29/06/2017)

NRB signs pact with Bank of Korea (kp 28/06/2017)

NRB likely to further reduce interest rate spread cap (rep 28/06/2017)

Central bank blues: Unless we enhance our productive capacity, an expansionary monetary policy will do more harm (kp 27/06/2017)

Deprived sector receives loans worth Rs 100 billion (rep 27/06/2017)

NRB mulling to increase size of refinancing fund (kp 26/06/2017), CNI for channelizing govt treasury surplus into banking system (rep 26/06/2017)

Pvt sector urges central bank to reduce CRR (ht 26/06/2017), Cash crunch: The CRR provision will compel the BFIs to make investments only in the productive sectors that ensure employment opportunity and stimulate the domestic economy (ht 27/06/2017)

Lonely at the top: Banks facing CEO shortage, by Bibek Subedi (kp 23/06/2017)

Bankers, business leaders divide over new consortium loans rule: Bargaining power of business community on interest rates at the heart of the dispute, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 21/06/2017)

Nepal Rastra Bank mulls narrowing interest spread (kp 20/06/2017)

NTA to promote mobile financial services (ht 19/06/2017)

Debt collection ceiling raised to Rs90 billion (kp 17/06/2017)

Infrastructure key to send banks to local units: NRB boss (rep 17/06/2017)

Tepid deposits growth worries bankers: Govt spending has not pumped much cash into banking system (rep 15/06/2017)

Banks urged to set up branches in local units, by Bibek Subedi (kp 12/06/2017), ‘Ensure availability of banks in every local level within two months’ (ht 13/06/2017)

Deadline for revised paid-up capital requirement won’t be extended: NRB (ht 12/06/2017)

Save more: It is important because savings are transformed into much-needed investments (kp 06/06/2017)

Untapped potential: Nepal needs plenty of work to unleash human capital as money stops being a constraint, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 06/06/2017)

Rapid credit expansion is not panacea for higher growth: IMF, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 04/06/2017)

Lending growth surges 20pc despite low deposit collection (ht 02/06/2017)

Bank accounts must in Nepal for people heading abroad to work: Decision aims at bringing remittances through formal channel, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 30/05/2017)

Saving habit of Nepalis to improve (ht 29/05/2017)

Rates to remain high as money supply growth slows (kp 28/05/2017)

Recent credit crunch: Who is responsible?, by Guna Raj Bhatta (ht 24/05/2017)

‘IC exchange facility beyond our ability’, by Bibek Subedi (kp 23/05/2017)

NRB plans issuing broker licences to banks (kp 23/05/2017)

Rs 1 million cash transaction limit to come into effect from mid-July (rep 23/05/2017)

Productive sector lending: Stimulus for growth, by Prahlad Giri (ht 18/05/2017)

BFIs’ credit disbursement to construction sector on the rise (ht 18/05/2017)

Handsome Q3 profits of banks belie predictions: Banks raked in a combined profit of Rs31.40 billion in the third quarter, up more than 32 percent (kp 18/05/2017), Banks log impressive profit despite shortage of lendable fund: 14 banks in 'billionaire club'; four post net profit of more than Rs2b (rep 18/05/2017)

BFI heads face Rs500k fine for not maintaining buffer, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 16/05/2017)

ADB waives interests worth Rs 3.5m (ht 15/05/2017)

Weak regulatory supervision triggered credit crunch: WB (kp 13/05/2017)

A/C payee cheque to be a must for transactions above Rs 1 million (kp 12/05/2017)

Commercial banks profit soar 36pc (kp 10/05/2017)

Central bank holds pre-budget discussion with private sector (ht 09/05/2017)

Shady business: Fraudulent cooperatives put the savings of thousands of depositors in danger, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp 07/05/2017)

NRB and IFC join hands to promote sustainable finance (kp 05/05/2017)

Money in the vault: Nepal has been saving more than it has been investing—no wonder growth is slow, by Tula Raj Basyal (kp 04/05/2017)

NRB mops up Rs 101 billion despite lendable fund curnch in BFIs (rep 02/05/2017)

Nepal to accept presence of Chinese banks: Official (kp 01/05/2017)

BFIs not to increase lending until govt ups spending (rep 27/04/2017)

Savings deposit rate: Banks indulge in one-upmanship, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 24/04/2017)

What banks need to become: Banks are under scrutiny and must brace for possible tectonic shifts in the banking landscape, by Suman Joshi (kp 23/04/2017)

CNI urges NRB to address credit crunch (kp 20/04/2017)

NRB gets new board directors (kp 19/04/2017)

NRB to float development bonds worth Rs6 billion (kp 17/04/2017)

Banks see deposits move from saving to FD accounts, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 15/04/2017)

NRB instructs banks to minimise debt servicing fees (ht 14/04/2017)

Banks’ credit growth outpaces deposits, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 07/04/2017)

Lending rates to remain high, as deposit growth slows, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 06/04/2017)

Controversial provisions put BAFI bill on hold, by Bibek Subedi and Binod Ghimire (kp 02/04/2017)

BFIs not eager to execute Supreme Court’s verdict (ht 02/04/2017)

Interest subsidy on agri loans raised to 5 percent (kp 01/04/2017)

Yokoyama ends five-year Nepal tenure on a high note, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 30/03/2017)

Bank deposits witness tepid growth: NRB relaxation enables banks to extend loans without getting new funds (rep 30/03/2017)

IMF concerned over NRB lending limit relief, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 29/03/2017)

Credit due: Although Nepali commercial banks have 1,250 branches, they disburse less than 2.5 percent of total agriculture loan, by Bhairav Kaini (rep 28/03/2017)

Bankers oppose NRB proposal on floating interest rate loans, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 23/03/2017)

Deposit of smaller financial institutions migrates to bigger banks (kp 19/03/2017)

NRB to bar arbitrary revision of credit rates (kp 18/03/2017)

Harsh fines set for dodgy BFIs (kp 17/03/2017)

FINGOs to be turned into microfinance institutions (kp 16/03/2017)

MFIs urged to lower cost of operation (ht 16/03/2017), Remove anomalies or face consequences, NRB Governor tells MFIs: FinMin lauds role of MFIs in rural development (rep 16/03/2017)

Yeti, Mahalaxmi sign merger agreement (ht 15/03/2017)

Credit flow to service sector jumps 12 percent as tourism rebounds (rep 15/03/2017)

NRB to float foreign employment bonds worth Rs250 million (kp 12/03/2017)

GABV calls on banks to put people before profit (kp 08/03/2017)

Pokhara traders’ delegation against bank interest hike (ht 07/03/2017)

Photo of cardholders made mandatory on debit, credit cards (rep 06/03/2017)

BFIs deliberately breaching lending limit face music (kp 01/03/2017)

Finance cos permitted to provide ASBA service (kp 28/02/2017)

NIBL completes 30 years (ht 27/02/2017)

Central bank policy to hit credit expansion to deprived sector (ht 23/02/2017)

Floating loan for cars becomes difficult, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 22/02/2017), NRB tightens personal auto loans to 50 pc of valuation, by Sagar Ghimire (kp 22/02/2017), Motor vehicle imports fall after rise in interest rates on loans, by Rekha Bhusal (rep 22/02/2017), NADA urges NRB to review cap on loan-to-value ratio: At a time when the govt has not been able to promote mass public transportation, the move will limit vehicle sales, and that is not good for the country’s economy (kp 24/02/2017), Cars gather dust at customs as sales fall: Recent drop in vehicle imports hits revenue of Birgunj Customs Office, by Shankar Acharya (kp 28/02/2017)

NRB introduces goodies, while tightening noose around banking sector, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 22/02/2017)

NRB offers some relaxations to release funds for BFIs, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 22/02/2017), Central bank revises monetary policy, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 22/02/2017)

Banks post 41pc jump in H1 profits (kp 21/02/2017)

Forex reserves cross record $10b mark (kp 20/02/2017)

Rise in lending rates hits import, revenue, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 20/02/2017)

Deposit collection of BFIs picks up of late: Lending to unproductive sector still relatively high (ht 18/02/2017)

Commercial banks’ inability to compromise on profits blamed for credit crunch (ht 18/02/2017)

Disaster in the making: Liquidity crisis, low capital spending, and swelling trade deficit are chronic problems, by Achyut Wagle (kp 17/02/2017)

Commercial banks’ profit surges 126pc in two years (ht 16/02/2017), Soaring profit: The banks have not met the targets of investment in such sectors as lending to productive sector and agriculture (ht 17/02/2017)

Liquidity Crunch: A Headache For Banks, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 16/02/2017)

NRB lays down rules for hiring foreigners (kp 15/02/2017)

Bankers divulge reason for crisis: Say pressure from investors for higher returns resulted in credit crunch (ht 15/02/2017)

Banks effortful to ease interest rate volatility (kp 15/02/2017)

Bankers urge promoters to not press them for higher dividend (rep 15/02/2017)

Net profit of 25 banks surges by 49 percent (kp 14/02/2017)

Banking sector braces for interest rate war: Banks are resorting to unconventional measures, as they face an acute shortage of funds to lend immediately, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 13/02/2017)

Banks required to submit loan portfolio to NRB every month (ht 13/02/2017)

NRB to tighten noose around banks that deliberately breach lending limit (kp 11/02/2017)

‘Liquidity crunch in BFIs will ease soon’ (kp 10/02/2017)

Follow NRB rules: The NRB has blamed the BFIs for being inefficient when it came to planning loan expansion, and for providing more credit in the unproductive sectors and the rise in interest rates (ht 10/02/2017)

Banks not to issue new credit to automobiles, real estate (rep 10/02/2017), Banks halt loans for automobiles, real estate: Decide to stop extending credit against collateral of stocks; To prioritise productive sector (ht 10/02/2017), Auto dealers denounce halt in lending, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 11/02/2017)

Productive sector lending: Central bank issues mid-July deadline (kp 09/02/2017)

NRB tells BFIs to stop interest rate distortion, other anomalies, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 09/02/2017)

Banks breaching the limit set on lending: NRB mum despite knowing financial institutions are tweaking figures, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 07/02/2017)

They had it coming: The current liquidity crunch is the result of faulty operation and management of BFIs, by Chandan Sapkota (06/02/2017)

NRB hikes gold import quota to 25kg a day (kp 06/02/2017)

INR demonitisation: NRB rapped for ‘immature’ handling, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 05/02/2017)

Banks themselves to blame for credit crunch, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 02/02/2017)

Liquidity mess: Instead of being proactive, we keep reacting to financial crises because we ignore facts and figures, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 31/01/2017)

NRB to raise daily gold import quota to 20 kg (ht 31/01/2017)

Commercial banks found exceeding lending limit: Despite a regulatory  breach of this magnitude, the central bank is not considering taking any action against the commercial banks, by Bibek Subedi (kp 31/01/2017)

Over 50 pc banks fail to assess money laundering risks properly, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 30/01/2017), Risky affair: Banks should maintain a robust system to counter threats of financial crimes (kp 31/01/2017)

NRB in no mood to bend rules to help out banks, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 29/01/2017)

BFIs told to spend 1 percent of profit on CSR activities (kp 28/01/2017), BFIs must spend 1% of net profit on CSR activities (rep 30/01/2017)

Private sector seeks effective measures to cope with liquidity crisis (ht 28/01/2017)

Cabinet okays RBB, NIDC merger (kp 28/01/2017)

NRB turns down private sector’s request to increase CCD ratio (kp 27/01/2017)

Liquidity-starved banks enforce interest rate cartel, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 27/01/2017)

Bank deposits: Structural problems, by Shreejesh Ghimire (ht 27/01/2017)

Banks seek Rs 100bn refinancing facility for long-term lending (ht 27/01/2017)

CNI urges NRB to hike CCD ratio, lower CRR (kp 26/01/2017), Interest rates on fixed deposits skyrocket (ht 26/02/2017)

Banks in liquidity crunch ‘trap’ (ht 25/01/2017), Halt in lending likely as banks see loan-able funds dry up; Not our problem says NRB, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 25/01/2017), Liquidity crunch: BFIs should invest more in productive sectors so that their capital investment can be recovered and more employment can be generated (ht 27/01/2017)

RBB-NIDC Dev Bank merger proposal to be sent to Cabinet (kp 24/01/2017)

Be far-sighted: Collecting short-term deposits and converting them into longer-term loans are a flawed practice (kp 24/01/2017)

Credit expansion rises rapidly despite liquidity crunch, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 23/01/2017)

BFIs required to spend 3 percent of staff expenses on trainings (rep 23/01/2017)

RBBL plans to open branches in China, India (rep 23/01/2017)

Shortage of funds prompts bankers to ask NRB to scrap CCD ratio requirement, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 21/01/2017)

Banks cold-shoulder Rs 40b outright sale auction (rep 19/01/2017)

Central bank asks whether liquidity crunch is real (kp 18/01/2017)

Higher credit flow to risky areas raises NRB’s eyebrows (kp 17/01/2017)

How acute is the liquidity crunch? NRB and bankers are at odds over the liquidity problem and finding solutions, by Surendra Tandukar (ht 15/01/2017)

Banks to spend Rs680m on staff training this year (kp 11/01/2017)

BAFI Bill endorsed by massive majority (kp 11/01/2017)

Nepal Rastra Bank’s Rs20b repo falls flat: Banks subscribed only Rs1.9b worth of securities out of Rs20 billion worth of instruments offered (kp 07/01/2017), Rs 20b repo meant to ease liquidity crunch gets lukewarm response, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 07/01/2017), NRB’s repo witnesses lukewarm response (ht 09/01/2017)

Banks seek NRB financing facility as liquidity tightens, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 05/01/2017)

Bankers fret as stock of loanable funds drops: This means depositors, who have always complained about  negative real interest rates because of soaring consumer prices, can reap some real benefits by parking their money at banks, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 04/01/2017)

Seven years of liberalizing financial sector: Nepal fails to welcome even a single foreign bank; Analysts say lack of business holding foreign banks back, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 03/01/2017)

Five FIs merge, start joint ops (kp 02/01/2017), NCC bank starts joint operation after merger (ht 02/01/2017), Nepal Rastra Bank exits NCC: the regulator handed over the bank’s board to  an ad-hoc committee following its merger  with four other financial institutions (kp 03/01/2017)

Banking industry faces deadline rush to meet new paid-up capital requirements, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 02/01/2017)

Cross-checking of financial details yet to be implemented (ht 01/01/2017)

BFIs to seek new applications from firms hit by quakes, Tarai turmoil (rep 29/12/2016)

Utilisation of refinancing facility rises substantially (ht 24/12/2016)

ID details required for forex deals of Rs100k (kp 20/12/2016)

Bank deposit rate crosses 10pc mark: Bankers, however, say higher interest does not mean entire banking sector is facing liquidity crunch (kp 19/12/2016), Liquidity crisis to further worsen: Deposit and landing growth over the period (ht 19/12/2016)

Banking stakeholders discuss cyber threats (rep 17/12/2017)

NRB to increase access to financial services (ht 16/12/2016)

Credit expansion in quake-hit districts up (ht 15/12/2016)

Government tells central bank to ensure optimum utilisation of ERF: Shortfall in Economic Revival Fund to be bridged through supplementary budget (ht 11/12/2016)

Finance minister urges govt-owned banks to lend in rural areas (rep 10/12/2016)

NIBL bags ‘Bank of the Year’ award (kp 09/12/2016)

MoI to compensate BFIs on loan defaults by SMEs (ht 07/12/2016), Default risks discouraging banks from increasing SME loans (rep 07/12/2016)

Mechanism to reduce interest volatility fails, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 06/12/2016)

FCGO procuring IT services to start e-payment: e-payment likely to begin from Jan 1 (rep 06/12/2016)

BFIs urged to provide Indian currency (ht 06/12/2016)

Liquidity crunch: In order to boost the economy, the government should spend the budget as allocated instead of dilly-dallying in the development works as is happening now (ht 29/11/2016)

Digital services: For financial inclusion; In Nepal’s case, it is possible for digital financial inclusion to become a game changer for unserved and under-served low-income households as well as micro- and small enterprises, by Bhubanesh Pant (ht 29/11/2016)

Industries face problems getting loans (ht 28/11/2016)

Combo cards replacing magnetic ones: None of the ATMs in the country are chip-compliant till date, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 27/11/2016)

FMO ups stake in NMB (kp 24/11/2016)

Profit of banks jumps 44pc in first quarter (kp 22/11/2016), Banks report nearly 45pc profit growth in Q1 (ht 22/11/2016)

NRB urged to initiate foreign exchange intervention (ht 22/11/2016)

House panel endorses BAFI Bill with more teeth (kp 22/11/2016)

Bank lending jumps three-fold as borrowers regain appetite: BFIs extend Rs96.6 billion in credit in three-month  period between mid-July and mid-October, as against Rs33.4 billion in the same period a year ago (kp 20/11/2016)

Banks unable to provide credit as liquidity crunch prolongs, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 18/11/2016)

Shah elected to the helm of NBA (ht 17/11/2016)

Banks urged to import smaller unit gold bars (kp 12/11/2016)

Banks told to make card  transactions more secure, by Bibek Subedi (kp 09/11/2016)

Profit of commercial banks likely to surge (ht 09/11/2016), Commercial banks’ profits jump 52pc (kp 14/11/2016)

Shortage of dollar bills to ease by Monday: Nepal Rastra Bank is  bringing $10 million in cash from Singapore to ease the shortage of physical dollars in the domestic market, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 09/11/2016)

NRB mulls recognising pre-incorporation expenses as investment: The provision is expected to benefit the developer of West Seti Hydropower Project, which is trying to set up a joint venture company with Nepal Electricity Authority, by Bibek Subedi (kp 26/10/2016)

Interbank lending rate up despite excess liquidity, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 26/10/2016)

Bank credit outpaces deposits, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 26/10/2016)

Central bank releases Rs8b in Ncell profit: Permission for FY2011-12 dividend repatriation at suspended CIAA chief Karki’s behest, sources claim (kp 24/10/2016), Officials trade blame over Ncell dividend repatriation, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 25/10/2016), Anti-graft body seeks details from NRB (kp 26/10/2016), ‘DoI hasn’t made any recommendation to NRB’ (kp 28/10/2016), NRB responds to CIAA, says DoI nod not required: Department of Industry sticks to its earlier claim, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/10/2016)

Bank loans jump over five-fold (kp 23/10/2016)

Moratorium on merchant banking licences (kp 22/10/2016)

NRB to bring $10 million to ease shortage of bills (kp 21/10/2016)

Civil, ILFCO to begin joint operation from today (kp 17/10/2016)

Century to acquire Arniko (kp 17/10/2016)

NRB urges govt to channel remittance to specific projects (kp 09/10/2016)

People facing hard time getting new banknotes: Say they have to wait for hours to get fresh bills for Dashain festival, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/10/2016)

NRB prohibits stock trading of erstwhile Grand Bank: Trading of shares of Prabhu Bank begins, closes at Rs 399 on Monday; NRB bars people who held shares of Grand Bank prior to its merger with Prabhu Bank from stock trading, stating Prabhu still has not been able to recover losses of Grand (kp 04/10/2016)

Lending rates likely to rise as credit growth outpaces deposits, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 04/10/2016)

NRB to inject Rs 5 billion today (ht 02/10/2016)

Credit growth surpasses fresh deposit collection (kp 29/09/2016)

NIBL proposes 41pc dividend (kp 29/09/2016)

Banking boom: Financial inclusion key to sustainable growth; Today, 45 percent of the BFI branches are located in the central region where the capital, Kathmandu, is located (kp 28/09/2016)

NIBL first private bank to meet NRB requirement (ht 28/09/2016)

The industry will not advance without skilled human capital, by Sanjib Subba (kp 28/09/2016)

Banks unenthusiastic about productive sector loans, by Bibek Subedi (kp 28/09/2016)

Wagle submits report on retirement provision (kp 27/09/2016)

Respite likely from negative interest rates, by Bibek Subedi (kp 27/09/2016)

NRB guv urges BFIs to boost investment in staff training (kp 25/09/2016)

Cash outflow surpasses inflow amid slashed remittance: Balance of payments posts deficit of Rs 2.1b first time in two years, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 23/09/2016)

Central bank retirement provision: Wagle to make recommendation by next week; Some employees are demanding NRB scrap provision on compulsory retirement (kp 23/09/2016)

Employees’ demand raises fear of NRB not getting fresh blood, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 21/09/2016)

NRB to bring $10m in cash from Singapore (kp 16/09/2016)

NIDC Dev Bank merger plans going nowhere, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/09/2016)

Foreigners working in Nepal to be able to draw salary in dollars (ht 13/09/2016)

Rising interbank rate may push up deposit interest (kp 10/09/2016)

With banking crimes on rise, new bill takes tougher tack, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 10/09/2016)

NRB to act strict against BFIs leaving merger midway, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 09/09/2016)

Central bank set to bring online payment service under its ambit (ht 07/09/2016)

NRB to import greenbacks to beat dollar drought: Decision on letting commercial banks import US currency pending in view of possible rate distortion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/09/2016)

Vibor Society begins ops (kp 03/09/2016)

Prohibitory period fixed for central bank staff, by Bibek Subedi (kp 02/09/2016), NRB officials barred from joining BFIs right after retirement, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 02/09/2016)

MoU signed to set up new ratings agency (kp 01/09/2016)

Banks told to increase direct lending in phases (kp 30/08/2016)

Banks to import greenbacks amid dollar drought, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/08/2016)

Banks’ real estate lending up Rs 46b (kp 28/08/2016)

PM Dahal shows interest in Sumargi’s frozen fund: Businessman’s Rs 3bn remains blocked for four years, by Bibek Subedi (kp 25/08/2016)

Banks providing education loans against certificates (kp 24/08/2016)

IRC helps raise interbank rates, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 20/08/2016)

Two-week repo fails to attract BFIs (ht 18/08/2016)

Not enough reporting about cybercrime in BFIs: Police (kp 17/08/2016)

Interbank payment system to be introduced today (ht 17/08/2016)

Profit of banks jumps 29.7pc (ht 17/08/2016)

Govt mulls limiting cash transactions to Rs500k, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/08/2016)

Despite big losses, Banijya Bank issuing bonus to staff, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 12/08/2016)

Instruments floated under IRC remain undersubscribed: NRB to launch term deposit worth Rs 15 bn today; interest set at 0.2487pc (ht 11/08/2016), IRC fails to draw BFIs’ attention: Central bank mistrustful of bankers; NBA says NRB shouldn’t be suspicious (ht 12/08/2016)

Central bank implements ‘interest rate corridor’ (kp 10/08/2016), NRB to launch interest rate corridor today (ht 10/08/2016)

NRB lifts controls on five more currencies (kp 09/08/2016), NRB to sell currencies of 5 more nations (ht 09/08/2016)

Digital banking: Though government and the central bank are committed to enhancing financial inclusion through digitization of banking services, its pace is slow in Nepal, by Binid Atreya (rep 09/08/2016)

NIBL to acquire Ace Dev Bank (kp 06/08/2016)

Everest Bank, Sakchyam join hands (kp 05/08/2016)

Secured Transaction Registry Office likely to begin operation soon (ht 05/08/2016)

Rising MFI stocks lure investors: A senior NIBL Capital official says that the subscription amount reached more than Rs5 billion on Tuesday against the initialpublic offering worth Rs30 million  (kp 04/08/2016)

Average per day credit issuance increases to Rs 1.6 billion (ht 04/08/2016)

ADBL becomes first bank to post Rs3b yearly profit, by Bibek Subedi (kp 03/08/2016)

BFIs told to keep close watch on bank lockers, by Bibek Subedi (kp 02/08/2016)

NRB may relax MFI spread rate provision (kp 31/07/2016)

Commercial bank lending swells despite massive hits to economy (kp 30/07/2016)

Women agents spread branchless banking (kp 28/07/2016)

Central bank introduces new licensing policy: Banks and financial institutions should get new licence to provide e-payment services (ht 28/07/2016)

Banks to be allowed to sell five more currencies: Banks will be allowed to sell Swedish kroner, Danish kroner, Hong Kong dollar, Kuwaiti and Bahraini dinar (kp 26/07/2016)

Himalayan Bank, Sejon sign MoU (kp 25/07/2016)

BFIs to cross-check income details of borrowers soon, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (kht 25/07/2016)

Commercial banks likely to face off with ICAN, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 24/07/2016)

FNCCI urges NRB to scrap consortium financing policy (kp 23/07/2016)

New Monetary Policy: A Brief Overview, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 21/07/2016)

MFIs face shortage of funds after NRB move, by Bibek Subedi (kp 19/07/2016)

Dumping merger plans may invite punishment, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/07/2016)

MFI shares nosedive, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 18/07/2016)

Banks say micro credit outside their area of expertise (kp 18/07/2016)

NRB limits interest rate spread for MFIs to 7pc, by Bibek Subedi (kp 15/07/2016), Central bank to make strategic shift in monetary operations, to introduce IRC, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 15/07/2016)

Merged BoK, Lumbini start joint operations (kp 15/07/2016)

Concerns need to be addressed to pass BAFIA: FinMin, by Bibek Subedi (kp 12/07/2016)

Final round of NRB bonds set for Wednesday release (kp 12/07/2016)

‘NRB to focus on taming inflation’, by Bibek Subedi (kp 10/07/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Banks to disburse aid to cluster settlements (kp 08/07/2016)

Liquidity squeeze curbs banks’ lending ability, by Bibek Subedi (kp 07/07/2016)

Prohibitory period proposed for NRB staff in amendment bill, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/07/2016)

Banking on the poor: Microfinance is not a choice but a necessity for Nepal as around 80 percent of our population lives in rural areas, by Binod Atreya (rep 05/07/2016)

NRB mulling over limiting cash-based transactions, by Bibek Subedi (kp 03/07/2016)

Credit flow tapers as fiscal year-end nears: Commercial banks extended loans worth four billion rupees in between June 17, 24 (ht 02/07/2016)

‘Use policy rate to ensure price, fiscal stability’ (ht 01/07/2016)

Bankers revive call for scrapping interest spread cap (rep 01/07/2016)

Sana Kisan Bikas Bank to mobilise $1.5m: The credit is supported under the Disaster Risk Reduction and Livelihood Restoration Project (kp 30/06/2016)

Few takers for subsidized quake loans to rebuild homes, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 29/06/2016)

Siddhartha Bank, BUDBL start joint operations (kp 22/06/2016)

Central bank simplifies concessional home loans guideline (ht 22/06/2016)

Deposit rates continue to rise (ht 20/06/2016)

BAFIA bill draws severe flak: Stakeholders question propriety of some lawmakers involved in the amendment process (kp 16/06/2016), Changes to BAFI Bill provisions draw flak: Finance Committee Chairperson Prakash Jwala says alterations can still be made (ht 16/06/2016), Govt buckles under pressure, to return amendment bill (kp 22/06/2016)

New system to settle cheques within seconds, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 15/06/2016)

1.5m use mobile banking services (kp 14/06/2016)

Conflict of interest: Legislators have successfully twisted the BAFIA amendment bill to benefit themselves, by Surya Nath Upadhyay (kp 13/06/2016), The role of money in politics has become increasingly important, interview with Dipendra Bahadur Kshetry (kp 13/06/2016)

MoF makes deliberate attempt to weaken NRB, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 13/06/2016)

Questions over revised BAFIA’s significance, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/06/2015)

National Strategies Of Financial Education – Way Forward, by Prakash Koirala (rn 10/06/2016)

BFIs intensify process to meet new paid-up capital requirement (rep 10/06/2016)

FIU software gathers dust for lack of compatible hardware, by Bibek Subedi (kp 08/06/2016)

Deposit rates up, as loan demand surges: Banks are also likely to raise lending rates (ht 04/06/2016)

Govt plan to establish infra bank a mere pipe dream, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 02/06/2016)

Promoting financial stability: Central banks’ challenges, by Bhubanesh Pant (ht 01/06/2016)

Banks laud universal bank account plan (kp 31/05/2016)

Reconstruction authority signs pacts with BFIs (ht 31/05/2016)

Central bank to float Rs 50 billion worth of NRB Bonds this fiscal (ht 28/05/2016)

Limit on BFI chair term removed, by Bibek Subedi (kp 25/05/2016)

NRB bonds issue from Sunday, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/05/2016)

Seven-year-old BFIs may convert all promoter shares into ordinary stocks (ht 25/05/2016)

New bank and financial institution act: Two-term tenure fixed for chairmen, CEOs; BFIs can allocate 1 percent of publicly issued shares for their employees, by Bibek Subedi (kp 22/05/2016)

Banks’ Q3 reports fuel bullish market sentiment (ht 22/05/2016)

NRB collects financial info of Nepalis in leak, by Bibek Subedi (kp 20/05/2016)

Sakchyam, NIBL in partnership (kp 19/05/2016)

Loans against academic certificates: Bankers say will proceed cautiously (rep 19/05/2016)

MFIs urged to expand to remote areas (ht 16/05/2016), Serve rural areas or lose license, NRB Guv tells microfinance instituions (rep 16/05/2016)

Banks weather quake, blockade to record profits, by Bibek Subedi (kp 15/05/2016)

BFIs do not need credit ratings for rights issues (ht 14/05/2016)

Branchless banking touch points set up in Darchula (kp 12/05/2016)

Banks start looking for borrowers in stock market, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 10/05/2016)

Banks once again flushed with excess liquidity: Banks are sitting on excess liquidity of Rs30 billion as of Wednesday, according to central bank (kp 05/05/2016)

Another financial crisis might come at anytime, NRB governor (rep 05/05/2016)

Enhancing financial access Inclusive and sustainable growth, by Bhubanesh Pant (ht 04/05/2016)

Nepalis’ savings habit worst in 2 decades, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 04/05/2016)

Banks make brisk business from credit cards, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 03/05/2016)

BFIs slow in extending home loan schemes to quake victims: Only 10 individual households have benefited from central bank’s refinancing facility, which was introduced on May 27 (ht 27/04/2016)

Pashchimanchal formally merges with Mega Bank (ht 26/04/2016)

Electronic payments projected to shoot up, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 23/04/2016)

Nabil Bank launches three new products (kp 22/04/2016)

Taskforce to study MFI interest rates (kp 21/04/2016)

Inter-bank lending rate shoots up to 5.08pc: A banker calls it temporary phenomenon; chances of another bout of credit crisis very slim, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 21/04/2016)

No requests for refinance, interest subsidy yet: NRB, by Prithyi Man Shrestha (kp 19/04/2016)

Central bank’s loan scheme for quake survivors falls flat, by Bibek Subedi (kp 14/04/2016)

MBL-JBNL merger plan collapses: A group of shareholders from Machhapuchchhre Bank objected the swap ratio set by the due diligence audit (kp 12/04/2016)

Gurkha Development Bank downgraded into finance company (kp 11/04/2016)

Banks say keeping close tabs on PEPs, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/04/2016)

Foreign employment savings bonds remain undersubscribed (ht 09/04/2016)

Suspicious transaction reports double in four years, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 08/04/2016)

Don’t do transactions with shell companies, BFIs told: Financial Intelligence Unit asks them to inform it if such dealings have ever taken place, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/04/2016)

Banks' lending starts to pick up after months of stagnation (rep 06/04/2016)

Bond yields rebound after steep fall of last fiscal (ht 02/04/2016)

Exim Bank of India mulls opening representative office in Nepal, by Bibek Subedi (kp 27/03/2016)

NRB plans publicity blitz to push bond sales (kp 26/03/2016)

Study stresses prudential capital requirement (ht 26/03/2016)

NRB’s payments system is ‘secure’, by Bibek Subedi (kp 25/03/2016)

State-run NBL, ADBL take steps to increase capital (kp 24/03/2016)

NRB, CBRC sign MoU on exchange of supervisory info, by Bibek Subedi (kp 22/03/2016)

Rs50 billion bond issue planned: The banking system has been awash in excess liquidity for the last three years straight (kp 22/03/2016)

DoC asks BFIs not to issue letter of credit to temporary licence holders for fuel import (ht 20/03/2016)

Deposits at BFIs surge by whopping 73pc (ht 19/03/2016)

Banks may check objects put in safe deposit boxes, by Bibek Subedi (kp 18/03/2016)

For the first time, forex reserves top Rs1 trillion (kp 17/03/2016), Forex reserve swells to over Rs 1 trillion (ht 17/03/2016) [inflation at 11.3pc], Inflation still at 11.3% despite end of blockade: BOP surplus at Rs 154.5 billion, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 17/03/2016)

Government plans policy to promote banking habit: An NRB study shows 18 percent of the Nepali people have absolutely no access to financial services while more than 21 percent take loans from money lenders (kp 17/03/2016)

Remittances and microfinance Risks, hurdles and opportunities, by Bhubanesh Pant (ht 16/03/2016)

NRB raising more domestic debt to finance reconstruction, dev works (rep 16/03/2016)

Banks find few takers for loans to rebuild quake-hit houses: Bankers attribute the low demand for  the credit to ‘complicated procedure’ (kp 13/03/2016)

Issuance of LC surges with end of embargo (kp 09/03/2016)

Earthquake victims: Banks seek permission to disburse grants, by Bibek Subedi (kp 09/03/2016)

Shrestha, Siwakoti named deputy governors of NRB, by Bibek Subedi (kp 03/03/2016)

Capital requirement hike for MFIs in offing: Move aimed at limiting the number of Micro Finance Institutions (kp 29/02/2016), We are under int'l pressure to cut paid-up capital deadline: NRB chief; IMF has already recommended the central bank to take corrective action against BFIs that miss deadline, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 29/02/2016)

NIBL reaches another milestone (ht 27/02/2016)

Bank lending surges by Rs40b as embargo ends (kp 25/02/2016)

Fuel shortage, power cuts compel many BFIs to reduce banking hours (rep 23/02/2016)

NRB shelves plan to set threshold for cash transaction, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 19/02/2016)

Expanding Financial Frontiers Challenge Fund launched (ht 18/02/2016)

Profit of banks surges by 25 per cent (ht 15/02/2016), Banks profit remains unaffected by recent turmoil, by Santosh Pokhrel (rep 17/02/2016)

NRB blocks Rs 500m in dividends to Nabil int'l shareholder, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 15/02/2016)

Prabhu, Grand start joint ops after merger (kp 13/02/2016)

Creation of infrastructure dev bank recommended (kp 10/02/2016)

Prabhu Bank set to start joint operation after merger with Grand Bank (rep 10/02/2016)

Sudden rise in bank lending surprises many: Indicates risk od bad debt piling up, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 08/02/2016)

Credit demand picks up of late (ht 06/02/2016)

Rural farm communities lack banking services, by Janak Nepal (kp 03/02/2016)

NRB: Problem BFIs lack cash to repay depositors (kp 01/02/2016)

NRB’s term deposit oversubscribed by 3.5 times (ht 29/01/2016)

Bank lending drops by half as firms flounder (kp 27/01/2016)

Civil Bank, ILFC initiate merger process (ht 26/01/2016)

NRB launches economic revival fund of Rs 100 billion (ht 25/01/2016)

NRB: No reporting from BFIs about credit to quake-hit, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/01/2016)

Extended load shedding hours: BFIs struggle to deliver uninterrupted service, by Shankar Acharya (ht 24/01/2016)

Credit growth plunges to four-year low (ht 23/01/2016)

Money at fingertips. Mobile financial services enhance the access of rural people to remittance services, by Dutta Shree Duwadi (Khanal) (kp 22/01/2016)

Front urges banks not to call loans, interests (ht 21/01/2016)

A robust microfinance sectorFor lowering poverty, by Bhubanesh Pant (ht 20/01/2016)

NRB, ministry at odds over labour bank plans (kp 19/01/2016)

No national treatment to foreign banks: Lawmakers (kp 19/01/2016)

MPs seek amendments to new bill on BAFIA (kp 18/01/2016)

Nepal is board member of AIIB: For Nepal, a new bank formed at the initiative of cash-rich China can be additional source of finance for infrastructure sector (kp 17/01/2016), Nepal elected to AIIB board of directors: FinMin hails launch of the new international development bank as a timely and wise decision (ht 17/01/2016), Courting cash: Nepal should make the most of its membership of China-backed bank (kp 20/01/2016)

Banks expect high profits despite crisis: Increased investment to cover rising cost of businesses and trend of providing extra loans to pay interest boost outlook (kp 16/01/2016)

Tight laws in offing against banking fraud, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/01/2016)

Central bank allows borrowers to defer loan payment, restructure credit (ht 15/01/2015)

Kumari Bank, NCC Bank sign merger pact (kp 14/01/2016), Kumari, NCC, four dev banks to merge (ht 14/01/2016)

Finance minister to attend inaugural meeting of AIIB (ht 13/01/2016)

Private sector seeks extension of default period for borrowers (ht 13/01/2016)

MoF to handle NRB’s job of raising domestic debt, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 12/01/2016)

Bill bars NRB guv from joining BFIs after retiring, by Prtihvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/01/2016)

Tarai urest, Indian blockade may hit bank's quarterly results, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 11/01/2016)

Rs 112 bn loanable funds sitting idle (ht 31/12/2015)

SMEs get 2.6pc of total loans: NRB (kp 30/12/2015)

Parliament ratifies AIIB’s Articles of Agreement (kp 29/12/2015)

Credit demand reduces to half (ht 26/12/2015)

BoK, Lumbini Bank sign MoU for merger (kp 25/12/2015)

Financial illiteracy hits  access to finance (ht 25/12/2015)

Banks recover interest from available credit of borrowers: Amid Tarai unrest and India’s trade embargo, businesses are finding it hard to generate enough cash flow to service loans, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/12/2015)

Cheque clearance volume down 30pc (kp 08/12/2015)

Financial stability: Is capital hike a remedy?, by Pralhad Giri (ht 01/12/2015)

5 financial institutions announce merger (kp 28/11/2015)

NRB tightens controls on exchange of IC, by Jitendra Sah (kp 20/11/2015)

Central bank to mop up Rs 5 billion today (ht 18/11/2015)

Credit of over Rs 500 million to be issued as consortium loan (ht 17/11/2015)

BFIs told to create contingency plans (kp 16/11/2015)

Bank counters at customs points to remain open during festival: NRB also directs MFIs to deposit one per cent of their net profit in Client Protection Fund (ht 11/11/2015)

UNNATI inks technical agreement with 13 BFIs (ht 07/11/2015)

Financial inclusion: Challenges remain, by Bhubanesh Pant (ht 06/11/2015)

Central bank relaxes loan repayment provisions (ht 28/10/2015), NRB brings relief for borrowers (ht 28/10/2015)

After merger, NMB Bank formally starts operations (kp 19/10/2015), Five merged entities begin operation as NMB Bank (ht 19/190/2015)

NBA tells banks not to engage in loan ever-greening, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/10/2015)

Requests for loan rescheduling on the rise: Bankers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/10/2015)

Credit growth dips due to quakes, protests in Tarai (ht 16/10/2015)

Alternative investment funds Private equity pooling, by Krishna Raj Parajuli (ht 14/10/2015)

BFIs unlikely to post impressive results in Q1, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 13/10/2015)

Central bank plans stricter control of cooperatives (kp 12/10/2015)

Issuance of LCs more than halves, by Shankar Acharya (kp 10/10/2015)

Nepal Bank to issue rights shares (kp 10/10/2015)

NRB to bring relief package for borrowers (ht 09/10/2015)

3 state-backed banks reopen 127 branches outside Capital (kp 07/10/2015)

Branchless Banking Points in quake-hit districts (ht 06/10/2015)

BFIs need Rs228 billion to meet paid-up capital requirement (kp 05/10/2015), Country’s paid-up capital requirement lowest in SAsia (ht 05/10/2015)

Financial status of merged BFIs ‘improved in third year’: The NRB study states non-performing loans, ratios of net profit against net asset, net profit against equity and loan against dividend have decreased in most of the entities (kp 03/10/2015)

FNCCI seeks extension to loan repayment deadline (kp 01/10/2015)

Central bank approves merger of NMB Bank (kp 01/10/2015), NMB Bank receives merger approval (ht 01/10/2015)

Banks face cash shortage in Tarai, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/09/2015), RBB, Gaighat faces cash crunch (ht 26/09/2015)

Central bank tells BFIs to make recapitalisation plan public (ht 25/09/2015)

Machhapuchchhre and Janata banks to merge (kp 23/09/2015)

Foreign JV banks seek more time, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 19/09/2015)

Central bank introduces new CPI basket (ht 18/09/2015)

‘Directive to hike capital will stay’ (kp 17/09/2015)

Deposit and credit guarantee: DCGC to be converted into autonomous fund, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/09/2015)

Nepal Rastra Bank mulls over banning lawmakers from joining BFIs’ board, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 12/09/2015)

Banks have unclaimed dividends worth Rs1.77b (kp 06/09/2015)

Hike in paid-up capital requirements for banks: House panel urged not to intervene (kp 04/09/2015), Banks lobby for deadline extension (kp 06/09/2015)

NRB tells BFIs not to issue cash dividends (kp 20/08/2015)

Labour bank under BAFIA in offing (ht 17/08/2015)

FinMin Mahat urges BFIs to invest in rural marketsFinMin Mahat urges BFIs (kp 14/08/2015)

ICICI releases over Rs 785m to Nepal Investment, Laxmi Bank (ht 13/08/2015)

Capital Hike: A Hard Nut To Crack, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 13/08/2015)

Anyone can soon extend loan on movable assets, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 03/08/2015)

Term deposit rate rises to 1.87pc (ht 03/08/2015)

Proposed rehabilitation fund: NRB to study needs to ascertain fund size, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/08/2015)

Excess liquidity with BFIs down to Rs50b (kp 01/08/2015), Excess liquidity in banking sector drops to Rs 59bn:  Interest rates on interbank lending and money market instruments have started to go up gradually (ht 01/08/2015)

New monetary policy: Paid-up capital hike, by Jagadish Prasad Bist and Adarsh Raj Joshi (ht 29/07/2015), Monetary Policy For FY 2015-16: Increasing Paid-up Capital A Big Challenge, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 30/07/2015), Ways To Increase Paid-up Capital In BFIs, by Alysa Ghimire (rn 01/08/2015), BFIs told to submit plan by mid-Sept (kp 07/08/2015)

‘Hike in capital requirements to strengthen banks’, by Min Bahadur Shrestha (kp 27/07/2015)

Financial intermediaries told to convert into MFIs (kp 25/07/2015)

Monetary Policy: Old wine in new bottle (ht 24/07/2015)

Banks’ paid-up capital to be raised four fold, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/07/2015), NRB raises bank capital requirement to Rs 8 billion: Four-fold hike triggers stock market rally but creates discontent among bankers, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 24/07/2015)

NRB to ensure easier loans in affected areas, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 24/07/2015)

Rs20b paid-up capital set for planned infra bank (kp 24/07/2015)

NRB eases forex access for importers (kp 24/07/2015)

Disaster recovery tops agenda (kp 23/07/2015)

BFIs should be under central control: Bankers (kp 22/07/2015), Constitutional provision on BFIs irks central bank (ht 22/07/2015)

Lending slows, deposits soar as borrowers wary (kp 21/07/2015)

NRB faces two-pronged challenge of attaining 6pc growth, controlling inflation, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 20/07/2015)

Govt unsure how to form infra dev bank, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/07/2015)

With excess liquidity at Rs 126 bn, deposit rates to remain suppressed, by Rupak D. Sharma /ht 18/07/21015)

One bank account for each household (kp 15/07/2015)

Banks fail to get counter guarantee amount, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/07/2015)

NIBL to launch housing loan scheme (ht 08/07/2015)

Bankers ask for solution to excess liquidity, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/07/2015)

Development bond yields fall to all-time low, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 03/07/2015)

Nepal acquires stake in China-led AIIB, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 30/06/2015)

Rs 432.92m disbursed under agro loan scheme, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 27/06/2015)

Farmers not getting credit even at higher rate: NRB report (rep 27/06/2015)

FinMin to put initials on statute of AIIB (ht 27/06/2015)

Projects affectewd by earthquake: BFIs allowed to extend repayment deadline (kp 25/06/2015), NRB brings relief package for borrowers, BFIs: Offers debt restructuring facility, deferment in payback period (ht 25/06/2015)

BFIs have Rs38 billion credit at risk: NRB, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/06/2015)

Financial sector faces Rs26b business losses (kp 21/06/2015)

NRB report on macro economy: BoP surplus doubles, thanks to remittance (kp 20/06/2015)

Daily deposit flow has tripled since April 25 temblor: With credit growth stagnant, deposit and credit rates may come down hitting economy, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 19/06/2015)

NRB’s dividend payments could drop due to quake (kp 18/06/2015)

Quake hits lending, excess liquidity tops Rs 100 billion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/06/2015)

NRB to float bonds for overseas migrants, NRNs (ht 16/06/2015)

Temblor may pose risk to financial sector stability: World Bank (ht 12/06/2015)

Citizens Saving Bonds undersubscribed: People more attracted to investment avenues with chances of better returns (ht 11/06/2015), Returns on development bonds continue to fall (ht 12/06/2015)

NMB Bank SGM okays merger plan (kp 08/06/2015)

Development bonds oversubscribed: Bids worth Rs 42.24 billion received, return falls to 3.44pc (ht 05/06/2015)

Concessional Reconstruction Loan Scheme: An Overview, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 04/06/2015)

Subsidised home loans: Commercial building owners ineligible: NRB (kp 31/05/2015)

Will higher investment in bonds crowd out private sector lending?, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 30/05/2015)

NRB sells Rs 710m worth of saving bonds (ht 30/05/2015)

NRB’s development bonds oversubscribed (ht 29/05/2015)

NRB issues guideline on concessional home loan: Banks to extend credit to quake-hit at annual interest rate of two pc (ht 28/05/2015), Positive initiative: The committee’s directive is binding to the government. The victims need the money urgently as they have to build the shelters before monsoon (ht 29/05/2015)

Banks ready to allocate Rs 110b: NBA (kp 25/05/2015), NBA floats idea of credit package for quake victims (ht 25/05/2015)

The rebuilding process: Role of NRB and banks, by Amir Thapa (ht 25/05/2015)

NRB seeks feedback for reconstruction guideline: Draft has floated plan for 10-year payback period on concessional home loans for quake victims, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 22/05/2015)

NRB to raise domestic debt of Rs 52.75 billion (ht 22/05/2015)

Easy loans ‘only for uninhabitable houses’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/05/2015)

Govt to raise internal loans after 10-month gap (kp 18/05/2015)

Demand for lockers at banks swells, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 15/05/2015)

Central bank awaits BFIs’suggestions on concessional home loan facility (ht 14/05/2015)

Earthquake victims to get loans at 2pc: NRB planning to introduce subsidised loans for homeowners, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 07/05/2015)

Bankers, property owners fear collateral damage, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/05/2015)

Banks raise lending rates as CD ratio tightens, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 22/04/2015)

Bank rejects land near border as collateral, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 21/04/2015)

NRB to mop up Rs 3 billion through outright sale auction (ht 21/04/2015)

Melamchi counter-guarantee row: Patan court rules in favour of Melamchi, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/04/2015), Banks to appeal against order to pay counter guarantee (kp 21/04/2015), HBL, BoK to move apex court to halt guarantee payment (ht 21/04/2014)

DRT gets 108 loan recovery requests in nine months (kp 20/04/2015)

Liquidation of BFIs: Central bank to get more teeth, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 20/04/2015)

10 firms get NRB nod to print banknotes (kp 13/04/2015)

NRB set to mop up Rs 5bn from BFIs: High levels of excess liquidity have been reported since beginning of this fiscal (ht 09/04/2015)

Loan growth fuels liquidity fears (kp 05/04/2015)

NRB open to promote gems, jewelry biz (kp 05/04/20ß15)

NRB revises directive on loan-loss provisioning (ht 02/04/2015)

MoF says labour bank can be operated under BAFIA (ht 02/04/2015)

Lenders drive hard bargain with banks (kp 01/04/2015)

NRB declares LFL ‘problematic’ (ht 01/04/2015)

Goals for the governor: Chiranjeevi Nepal has five years to change financial regulations and incentivise financial institutions, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 31/03/2015)

Central bank suspects loans misuse, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/03/2015)

Central bank unmoved by bankers’ pressure, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/03/2015)

Nepal Rastra Bank’s new regulation likely to dampen business sentiment (ht 27/03/2015)

NRB governor urges BFIs to adopt self-regulation (ht 27/03/2015)

NBL gets independent CEO after eight years (ht 27/03/2015)

NRB to exit NCC only after launching merger process, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/03/2015)

NRB has Rs 1 billion stuck in troubled BFIs, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/03/2015)

MFIs told to get credit report before lending (kp 19/03/2015), Now micro-finance development banks must share credit info with CIB (rep 19/03/2015)

NRB governor selection: Race enters home stretch: Recommendation criteria ‘finalised’ n Committee discusses probable names, by Anil Giri and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/03/2015) [Long live the non-inclusive state!! All of them are male Bahuns!], Nepal, Adhikari, Kafle on shortlist, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/03/2015), Nepal appointed new NRB governor, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/03/2015), Chiranjeevi Nepal new NRB governor: To assume office next week; Expected to give continuity to positive steps taken by Khatiwada, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 20/03/2015), Khatiwada did a commendable job in maintaining financial stability (ht 20/03/2015), Challenges ahead (ht 20/03/2015), Bringing stability, enforcing good governance, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/03/2015), New governor vows to crack down on fraud (kp 23/03/2015), New governor inherits a mixed bag of challenges, opportunities, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 27/03/2015)

Capital flows: Implications and policy responses, by Bhubanesh Pant (ht 18/03/2015)

All BFIs to extend agro loans at subsidised rate (ht 18/03/2015)

CIT to collect funds from Nepalis residing abroad (kp 17/03/2015)

BFIs asked to add another loan type (kp 14/03/2015)

Nepal Rastra Bank mops up Rs 5bn from banking sector (ht 13/03/2015)

Financial crime: ‘Involvement of staff, directors key challenge’ (kp 12/03/2015)

If you give peanuts,you will only get monkeys: NRB Governor: Says international firms should be permitted to conduct external audits of banks and financial institutions (ht 12/03/2015)

NRB to probe foreign exchange accounts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/03/2015)

NRB: Submit status of foreign funding (kp 02/03/2015)

Committee formed to select NRB governor (ht 25/02/2015)

Financial Anomaly Grips Nation, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 18/02/2015)

Guv asks banks to hike interest rates on deposits (kp 17/02/2015)

NRB for reimbursing remittance commission, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/02/2015)

Hiked inter-bank rates point towards looming credit crisis, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 14/02/2015)

Sakchyam partners two banks (ht 11/02/2015)

Maintain uniform exchange rates in remittance: NRB (kp 10/02/2015), NRB revises rule on remittance business management (ht 10/02/2015)

Excess liquidity in banks drops to Rs 2b (kp 05/02/2015)

NRB wary of rise in cases of multiple banking (ht 05/02/2015)

NBL starts looking for new CEO: Public notice issued asking qualified candidates to apply (ht 03/02/2015)

‘Financial sector must undergo further reforms': From a development perspective, the banking system performs significant role (ht 31/01/2015)

Cheque clearing charges are back (kp 31/01/2015)

Prabhu set to acquire Grand Bank (kp 30/01/2015), Prabhu decides to take over Grand Bank (ht 30/01/2015)

NRB allows banks to sell gold directly to traders: Bars federations of gold and jewellery dealers from charging commission for issuing recommendations (ht 28/01/2015)

Arun Finance is  crisis-ridden (kp 27/01/2015), RB declares Arun Finance 'problematic' (ht 27/01/2015)

Rastriya Banijya Bank golden jubilee: RBB announces steps for financial inclusion (kp 25/01/2015), RBB’s golden jubilee observed in Capital (ht 25/01/2015)

All about money: With support from banking and financial institutions, Nepal can turn into a nation of responsible debtors, by Sachin Piya (kp 23/01/2015)

Lending growth rate exceeds deposit expansion: Remittance income rose minimally, while credit demand remained robust in five-month period (ht 22/01/2015)

NRB to seek clarification from Grand Bank, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 15/01/2015)

BFIs extend over Rs 300bn to central bank, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 14/01/2015)

NRB to soften rules to help banks meet goal (kp 12/01/2015)

NBA unhappy with latestcentral bank directive (ht 12/01/2015)

‘Un-blacklisted borrowers cannot be denied loans’ (kp 12/01/2015)

RBB offers agro loans at 5 percent interest (kp 10/01/2015)

Banijya Bank to go public this FY (kp 05/01/2015)

NRB allows opening yuan bank accounts (kp 05/01/2015)

Banks may face liquidity problem (ht 02/01/2015)

Banks deny subsidized farm loans, cite procedural unclarity, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 02/01/2015)
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