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CIAA gives ‘clean chit’ to ANFA prez Thapa

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KATHMNDU—

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has given ‘clean chit’ to the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) President Ganesh Thapa.

CIAA puts those cases on hold in which it doesn’t find sufficient proof. “It is a type of clean chit as the proofs gathered amid the examination was insufficient to charge the accused authorities,” a source at the CIAA said.

CIAA spokesperson Begendra Sharma confirmed the case had been kept on hold. “We have chosen to put the case on hold and it can be re-opened at whatever point we get proof,” Sharma said.

According to the decision of CIAA reached at on February 6, the anti-graft body has cleared Thapa of any crime and put the ‘case on hold until further notice’.

Thapa, who was charged of abusing Rs 580m by the Public Accounts Committee following the appeal filed by ANFA Vice-presidents Karma Tshiring Sherpa and Bijay Narayan Manandhar, had stepped aside giving the obligation to senior Vice-president Lalit Krishna Shrestha.

In the meantime, the CIAA instructed the ANFA to plan and implement the guidelines to operate Players Welfare Fund, execute the financial bylaws according to the Public Procurement Act within three months.

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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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