President Ram Baran Yadav has congratulated the winners of the Pulsar Sports Awards 2014 that was held in the capital on Monday.
Welcoming the winners and Nepal Sports Journalists Forum (NSJF) representatives at Shital Niwas in Kathmandu on Tuesday, Yadav praised the players and coaches for their effort to help the country be recognized in the international arena.
Sports has been developed as a medium for a country’s recognition, said Yadav. “It is not only linked with health now.”
President Yadav opined that the country can benefit economically, too, through sports. However, there should be appropriate infrastructure for the development of sports, he added.
He also urged the players and journalists to pass these issues to the government.
On the occasion, veteran athlete Baikuntha Manandhar who was honoured with lifetime achievement award said that sports can be developed through schools in order to produce good sports persons.
Similarly, National Cricket Team’s coach Pubudu Dassanayake said Nepal needs to boost up home cricket.
As there are a lot of possibilities, National Cricket Team captain Paras Khadka said there is a need of providing necessary trainings and facilities to the players.
Khadka was adjudged the best male player of the year and judo’s Sunita Bohora won the best female player of the year.
Similarly, volleyball's Saraswoti Chaudhary was announced the most popular player of the year while cricketer Sarad Veswakar was honoured with a special award, Yadav Kunwar with para-athlete of the year, footballer Bimal Gharti Magar with youth player of the year and Dassanayake with the best coach of the year
NEA instructs developers to complete PPA-signed projects
The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has reached power purchase agreements (PPAs) with 73 hydel projects so far.
Such an agreement was first reached with Khimti Hydel project in the private sector. Although NEA reached PPA with good intention of resolving energy crisis of the country, most of the projects have not been completed so far.
NEA Business Section Chief Hitendra Dev Shakya said projects of 1023 mw capacity are under construction so far.
Some 37 projects are under construction , if they are completed, energy crisis will at once be resolved.
In hydro power history of Nepal, the most negative examples of PPA were mistakes in Khimti and Bhotekoshi Project and NEA is incurring losses from them.
Voice has been raised not to reach PPA as there was loss each year due to PPA in dollars. Energy Minister Radha Gyawali has also said they will be reviewed.
NEA incurs losses of Rs. one billion due to these projects annually. There are 79 projects that have applied for PPA but the NEA has not decided on them but is preparing to take a decision.
Stakeholders in the country have been urging not to sign PPA in dollars, and Energy Ministry is also against it, not to repeat the mistakes in Khimti and Bhotekoshi.
Some of the PPA projects which are under construction are Lower Indrawati, Jiri Khola, Pilwa Khola, Maikhola, Upper Tamakoshi, Belkhu, and Mailung Khola, among others.
The NEA has reached PPA with small and medium scale projects at Rs. 4.8 in summer and Rs. 8.8 in winter and in some projects, 55 percent is in dollars and 45 percent in Nepali currency in projects to be constructed with some foreign investment.
NEA says projects which do not start construction after signing PPA will not be spared. It has already canceled PPA with nine hydel projects which did not start works in time. NEA has also urged projects with PPA to complete construction in time.
Writ petition demands review of TRC Act
A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court Tuesday, demanding the review of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Act 2071 reasoning that some sections of the Act are against the Interim Constitution, the international human rights and humanitarian laws, the principles of transitional justice, and the Supreme Court orders.
Section 13, 22, 24, 25, 26 and 29 of the Act are incompatible with Articles 12, 13, 24 (9), 25 and 26 of the Interim Constitution, the petitioners said, stressing the need to address the conflict victims through the constitution.
On behalf of the conflict victims, Sirjana Shrestha from Kirtipur-12 of Kathmandu, Badri Bahadur KC from Baglung Municipality-5, Bhagiram Chaudhari from Dhadhabar-8 of Bardiya and Rupesh Saha of Dumraha-5 of Sunsari district filed the writ, naming the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers as the defendants.
They have demanded invalidating the sentence 'there are no adequate basis and reasons found from the investigation carried out by the Commission to grant amnesty' mentioned in section 26 (2) of the Act.