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500 infected with HIV in Jhapa alone

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JHAPA — The number of people living with HIV has come to 500 in Jhapa district alone, the District Public Health Office revealed.

The recent data has come out as the World AIDS Day-2015 is being observed today across the country by organising various programmes with the theme ‘End of AIDS Epidemic to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal’.

According to the Office, the number of male living with HIV is 294 while 206 are women. It is said that 58 new cases of HIV were reported in the last fiscal year alone.

Officer at the District Public Health Office Nirmala Prajapati said that altogether 31 people including four in the last fiscal year lost their lives due to AIDS in the district since 2064 BS.

Treatment of HIV/AIDS infected through anti-retroviral (ARV) is managed from the Mechi Zonal Hospital, Bhadrapur, in the district. Currently, 195 persons including ten of Ilam, four of Morang and one each of Panchthar and Taplejung districts are taking the ARV from the Mechi Zonal Hospital.

It is estimated that 39,214 people are suffering from HIV in which 25,449 are men and 13,800 women, according to data provided by National AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Disease Centre. In Nepal, 85 per cent of HIV transmission is resulted through unsafe sexual contact.

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Govt decides to award Budhi Gandaki Hydel project to Chinese firm again

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KATHMANDU — The government has decided to award contract for the construction of the 1,200-megawatt Budhigandaki hydropower project, a national pride project, to China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) once again.

A Cabinet meeting on Friday has decided to award the contract for the project to CGGCL reverting the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba government’s decision to develop the 1200MW project with internal resources.

The Cabinet meeting has directed the Energy Ministry to initiate the process to award the project to the Chinese company.

Following the government decision, the Energy Ministry will now invite the Chinese company for talks and prepare a draft of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) before signing it, according to multiple sources at the ministry.

As per the Cabinet decision, the ministry has been asked to hold talks with the Gezhouba, prepare a proposal, and strike a deal to execute the $2.5 billion reservoir project.

Earlier on May 15, 2017, the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government had awarded the contract to construct the Budhigandaki project to CGGCL, juat nine days before he was to resign from the PM’s post.

The Dahal-led government had awarded the contract to CGGCL at a cost of Rs 260 billion as per a study carried out by a French company, Tractebel Engineering.

The agreement, however, invited controversy as the project was handed to the Chinese company without initiating a competitive bidding process.

The Budhi Gandaki hydel project has been touted as a key project to resolve the perennial power crisis in the country. The government has allocated Rs18 billion for compensation payments and operational expenses for this fiscal year.

The Gorkha and Dhading district administration offices are currently distributing compensation to owners of the land taken over by the project.

More than 8,000 households will be affected by the project, according to the latest report.

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