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Koirala to be cremated with state honors, public holiday on Wednesday

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KATHMANDU — Former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala would be cremated with state honors on Wednesday.

An emergency meeting of the Cabinet held this morning made the decision to that effect.

The government has expressed its shock over the demise of Koirala and offered its heartfelt condolence on his death.

The meeting has also decided to hoist the national flag in government offices across the country and Nepali embassies for three days (Feb 10-12) and announce public holiday tomorrow (Wednesday) to mourn the death of Koriala.

Likewise, the government has decided not to organise any formal programs for the next three days and condolence books will be opened for Koiral at Nepali embassies in foreign countries on Feb 12-13.

The government also expressed its sympathies with the bereaved families, relatives and well-wishers and Nepali Congress party.

Koirala died of cardiac arrest in the wee hours of Tuesday. He was 76.

Koirala served as Nepal’s 37th Prime Minister from February 2014 to October 2014. He was elected as the Nepali Congress President in September 2010. 0214

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

Gorkha Post



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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