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Public deposit should be secured: Governor Nepal

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) governor Dr Chiranjibi Nepal has said that the NRB was committed to ensurE the security of public deposits in Banks and financial institutions.

While inaugurating an integrated transaction after the merger between Mega Bank and Tourism Development Bank here in the capital today, governor Nepal said that there was 10 percent of promoters’ amount while 90 percent of public in the banks therefore, public deposit will be made secured.

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He also said that the promoters should not misuse public’s deposit after exerting pressures to the management. “As a regulatory body the NRB ensures security to public deposit’, he said.

Similarly, National Planning Commission (NPC) Vice Chair and Tourism Development Bank management committee chair Prof Dr Pushpa Kandel said that the problem might be seen while releasing the loan in the interest of management committee.
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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.

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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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