KATHMANDU — The Senior Officials Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) took place in Kathmandu on Saturday.
The meeting was part of preparations to hold the fourth BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu on August 30-31.
Established two decades ago, the sub-regional body aims to enhance technical and economic cooperation among the southern and southeastern countries of Asia along the coast of the Bay of Bengal.
This cooperation covers BIMSTEC-identified different areas, including commerce, investment, technology, tourism, human resource development, agriculture, fisheries, transport and communication, textiles and leather.
The meeting attended by senior officials from the Ministries of Foreign/External Affairs of the BIMSTEC member states is headed by Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shanker Das Bairagi.
The special meeting held ahead of the BIMSTEC fourth Summit scheduled for coming August 30-31.
It reviewed progress on the 14 areas of priorities including trade, investment, transport and communications, energy, tourism, agriculture, counter-terrorism, poverty alleviation, public health, environment and natural disaster and climate change set by the member states.
The meeting is focused on the preparations regarding the upcoming Summit, according to Secretary Bairagi. The decisions of the meeting will be disclosed in a press meet today, he said.Follow @gorkhapost
Man arrested for killing wife
BHADRAPUR- A person who was on the run after killing his wife Saturday has been arrested by the police.
He is Aaitaraj Pariyar of Kankai Municipality-1, Jhapa. He has admitted the crime before the police.
He allegedly murdered his 40 year-old spouse Maya Pariyar on alcoholic stupor on the following day of the Bijaya Dashami festival.
He was arrested Sunday from Danabari of neighboring district Ilam, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police Jitendra Kumar Basnet of the District Police Office, Jhapa.