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NC thirteenth general convention: 375 candidates vie for 64 posts

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KATHMANDU — Total of 375 candidates have filed their candidacy for 64 posts of the Central Working Committee in the ongoing thirteenth General Convention of the Nepali Congress.

As the formal procedures under the thirteenth general convention already under way, leaders and cadres of the Nepali Congress (NC) have filed their candidacies for different posts on Friday and started their publicity campaigns.

According to an Election Committee Coordinator Radheshyam Adhikari, 365 candidates have filed their candidacy for 61 CWC members and 10 leaders have filed their candidacy for three top positions president, general secretary and treasurer.

NC Acting President Ramchandra Paudel, senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba and General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula are competing for the post of party president.

Paudel, who is the contender for the post of party president from the establishment faction, has picked Shashank Koirala as general secretary and Sita Yadav as treasurer from his panel.

Deuba on the other-hand, who has been the establishment’s arch-rival for years, has picked Arjun Narasingh KC as general secretary and Chitralekha Yadav as treasurer from his panel.

Similarly, Sitaula, who has shaped another panel of his own from establishment faction, has nominated youth pleader Gagan Thapa as general secretary and Umakant Chaudhary as treasurer from his panel.

Krishna Bahadur Karki is vying for the treasurer post as an independent candidate. Though he is believed to be close to Khum Bahadur Khadka, Khadka himself is supporting the Deuba panel.

Farmullah Mansur left Paudel camp and joined Deuba camp Friday after Paudel named Sita Devi Yadav for the post of treasurer from the establishment faction.

The general convention will elect 25 Central Working Committee members under the open category, for which 94 leaders have filed their candidacies.

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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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