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PM Oli observes Pirris Hydropower Plant in Costa Rica

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SAN JOSE—Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli observed the Pirris Hydroelectricity Plant at Eolik Park, Los Santos in Costa Rica on Sunday.

PM Oli and the Nepali delegation was welcomed by the hydroelectric plant’s chief enginner German Urena DB Errias at Eolik Park and briefed about the project.

Director of the Costa Rica Institution of Electricity (ICE) Roberto Kiros gave information on other aspects of the project.

Renewable energy occupies 98.1 per cent of the energy output of Costa Rica. Of this energy output, 80 per cent is hydroelectricity. Generally, cent per cent energy demand of Costa Rica is supplied by renewable energy for around 75 days every year.

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ICE produces 70.27 per cent of the total energy generated in Costa Rica while the business community produces 10.25 per cent, the private sector 9.29 per cent and 10.18 per cent under the build-own-operate and transfer (BOOT) model.

Costa Rica sells electricity to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and panama. These countries share an electricity distribution system for this purpose. Pirris Hydroelectricity Plant generates 134 Megawatts electricity and this is a dam-based project located on the Pirris River.

On the occasion, PM Oli was accompanied by his spouse Radhika Shakya. PM Oli’s Chief Advisor Bishnu Rimal, Secretary at the Foreign Ministry, Shanker Das Bairagi, Chief of Protocol Deepak Adhikari and senior officers of the government of Nepal were Present on the occasion.

On the occasion, Nepali students studying at United World College, Costa Rica, had performed Nepali songs and dances.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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