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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West offered over USD 2 million for child pictures

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LOS ANGELES — Pop singer Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West have been offered USD 2.5 million for the first photos of their baby son Saint.

The couple welcomed little Saint into the world on December 5 and since his birth, they have been inundated with offers from publications keen to show him off for the first time.

According to tmz.com, offers range from USD 2 million to USD 2.5 million and request the full family, including Saint’s older sister North, two, to take part in a range of pictures, including candid group shots.

However, insiders told the website the couple are “almost certain” they will reject all offers for the pictures.

When North was born, Kanye, 38, showed off a selection of pictures of her on his mother-in-law Kris Jenner’s now-defunct talk show, fuelling speculation that Saint’s public debut will come on Kim’s sister Khloe Kardashian’s new programme “Kocktails with Khloe”, which launches in the new year.

The family have already been seen in public together since Saint’s birth, but during the visit to take the infant to the doctor last week, Kim, 35, and her rapper husband ensured he was kept fully covered and away from view in his car seat.

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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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