The 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has concluded on Thursday, November 27, 2014, issuing a 36-point declaration of the future actions to be performed either independently or jointly by the member countries. Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala issued the declaration in the presence of all eight executive heads of the SAARC member countries and announced that the Summit has come to an end. Presidents of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives along with PMs of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan attended the ceremony held at City Hall in the Nepali capital. In particular, the member states signed an energy exchange deal aimed at boosting up energy generation and consumption in the region that has enormous potentials for the same.
KATHMANDU – A Nepalese court jailed five former Maoist rebels on Sunday over the torture and killing of a journalist, lawyers said, in the first such ruling for crimes committed during the country’s civil war. The men, all middle-ranking cadres, were convicted and sentenced to up to two years in prison over the abduction and murder in 2004 of Dekendra Raj Thapa, a radio reporter and human rights activist. Investigations have showed that Thapa was repeatedly beaten unconscious before being buried alive during the decade-long conflict that ended in 2006.