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BIMSTEC 16th ministerial meeting convening

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KATHMANDU — The 16th ministerial meeting of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is taking place in Kathmandu on Wednesday morning.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will chair the meeting. The Foreign/External Affairs Ministers of other BIMSTEC member nations will make their statements in the meeting.

The meeting will see presentation of reports by the Secretary General of BIMSTEC and the reports of the Special and 19th Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM).

Similarly, meeting would be briefed on the preparations for the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit and it would finalise the BIMSTEC Convention/MoU ready for signature as well as the Draft Kathmandu Declaration of the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit.

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The meeting will also adopt the Report of the 16th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated.

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Minister of State for External Affairs of India Dr VK Singh, Union Minister of International Cooperation of Myanmar Mr Kyaw Tin, Sri Lankan State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake and Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai and Bhutanese Foreign Secretary Sonam Tshong will lead the delegations from their respective countries in the meeting.

Bhutan has delegated the pro tem authority to Foreign Secretary Tshong to participate in the ministerial meeting in the context of announcement of general elections there.

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Three metric tonnes trash removed from river

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KATHMANDU- Three metric tonnes of garbage was removed from the river today as part of the ongoing campaign of cleaning the Manohara and Hanumante rivers even during the festival period. 

Today marks the 84th week of the Manohara River Cleaning Campaign and the 34th week of the Hanumante River Cleaning Campaign. The areas around the tri-junction of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur were cleaned. 

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The river cleaning today was done in tribute to Ram Keshar Bogati to commemorate the 12th day of his death. Bogati was the president of the Nepal Film Board and the advisor of Tripura Sangam Samaj and Hanumante River Cleaning Campaign. 

Some 200 people including lawmaker and CPN leader Mahesh Basnet, government secretary Dinesh Thapaliya, representatives of various community organizations and NGOs as well as army and police personnel took part in the river cleaning works today.

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