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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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