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Senior Officials Meeting of BIMSTEC held in Kathmandu

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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.

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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.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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