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BIMSTEC foreign secretaries meet today

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KATHMANDU — A meeting of foreign secretaries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) member states — chaired by Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi — begins in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

The meeting will discuss issues related to clustering the areas of co-operation or downsizing them, strengthening the BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka, and reviewing past achievements by the group, according to Foreign Ministry Assistant Spokesperson Rambabu Dhakal who further said the the meeting will prepare the agenda for the scheduled ministerial meeting as well as work on the draft for the Kathmandu declaration.

BIMSTEC foreign ministers will meet on Wednesday to discuss the Kathmandu Declaration.

After completing two meetings of the senior officials and foreign ministers, formal opening of the summit will take place on Thursday,according to the itinerary.

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President Bidya Devi Bhandari, before the opening session of the summit, will meet with BIMSTEC leaders at her office and will host a luncheon in honour of the visiting delegates.

The heads of government will start arriving in Kathmandu on Wednesday. But Myanmar President Win Myint will be the first head of state to land in Kathmandu, with his special aircraft scheduled to touch down at Tribhuvan International Airport at 2:45 pm Tuesday.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Bhutan’s Chief Justice and Chief Adviser to the Interim Government Tshering Wangchuk will land in Kathmandu on Wednesday, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will reach on Thursday morning.

Formal opening of the summit will take place in Hotel Soaltee, where all the heads of state/government will make their opening remarks during a programme chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

In the evening, Oli will hold talks with members of the delegation.

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BIMSTEC leaders will hold an informal meeting at Hotel Soaltee on Friday. Following the event, the heads of government will participate in the closing ceremony of the summit, where the BIMSTEC Kathmandu Declaration will be adopted.

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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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