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BIMSTEC Summit concludes with 18-point Kathmandu Declaration

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KATHMANDU — The fourth summit of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has concluded with an 18-point declaration.

The declaration — expected to enhance the effectiveness of BIMSTEC Secretariat by engaging it in various technical and economic activities in the region– was signed on Friday, the second day of the summit.

Prior to this, Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC member countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of BIMSTEC Grid Interconnection, witnessed by their heads of state/government.

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Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who is the current chair of BIMSTEC, handed over the chairmanship of the next BIMSTEC summit to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.

Giving a closing speech after handing over the chairmanship of the next BIMSTEC summit to Sri Lankan President, PM Oli congratulated Sri Lanka for its assumption of the role as new host for BIMSTEC and extended thanks to the heads of states/governments of member countries for their participation and support in materialising the summit with success.

He then officially concluded the summit with the hope that the dignitaries had a comfortable stay in Nepal.

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Attorney General Kharel directs police to file a case to seek life imprisonment to rapists

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DHANUSA— Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel has directed the police department to file a case seeking life imprisonment to the men arrested for raping and murdering 10-year-old girl Manika Yadav along with confiscation of all property.

He made this direction to Superintendent of Police Gobinda Thapaliya during an inspection of the office of district government advocate and high government advocate office in Janakpur.

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Kharel also met Manika’s family at Aaurahi Rural Municipality.

During the meeting, he assured the bereaved family of action against the rapists and economic help to them.

The Dhanusa police have arrested Binod Mukhiya and Nathuni Pandit from the locality on the charge of raping Manika.

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