Monday, March 9, 2015

Indian PM Modi will may visit Pakistan for SAARC Summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will “certainly” visit Pakistan next year to attend the SAARC Summit according to Pakistan's Premier Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz.

Pakistan is going to host the 19th SAARC summit in 2016. Leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will attend the meeting.

Talking about Indo-Pak relations, Aziz was quoted by Dawn News as saying that “all matters of common interest will be included in the talks, whenever they are started.”

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar visited Pakistan on March 3 as part of his ‘SAARC yatra’ and held talks with his counterpart Aizaz Chaudhary during which he conveyed the expectations of the Indian leadership on SAARC and the determination to forge a cooperative relationship with all the neighbours.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Japan Shows Interest to support energy Network to SAARC countries

Pledging its strong support to help India become a global “base” of economic growth, Japan has proposed construction of an energy network within the SAARC countries for boosting  trade and investment opportunities.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the ties between the Japan and Biggest SAARC Member nation, India can make the Indo-Pacific region an epicentre of global prosperity and took a subtle dig at China on the South China Sea dispute.

Japan is supposed to contribute to India as base of economic growth for the Indo-Pacific region and ultimately for the world. ‘Japan-India Investment Promotion Partnership’ agreed to at the summit meeting during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tokyo in September last year seeks synergies between “Abenomics and Modinomics”.

Ajay Devgn Declared As SAARC's Goodwill Ambassador

Ajay Devgn has been appointed as the SAARC HIV/AIDS Campaign Goodwill Ambassador. He has taken special pledge with over 80 Mumbai youth and other senior dignitaries on the occasion of National Youth Day.

Devgn said that HIV/AIDS is one of the major diseases that India is fighting against, and that it is good to note that India has kept HIV to a very low level.

 India has also focused on empowering youth with correct and complete information and services to enable them protect themselves from HIV/AIDS. Today, we are celebrating the birthday of Swami Vivekananda as the National Youth Day,” said the actor.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SAARC's first Single-engine Seaplane MRO unit to be set up in Gujarat

India's Gujarat is set to have the first Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility for single-engine seaplanes in the entire SAARC region. The facility is proposed to be set up next to Bhadar Dam, close to Amreli Airport. MoU to this effect was signed between the Gujarat government and Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt. Ltd. (MEHAIR).

Both amphibian and straight-float seaplanes can be used for servicing in the facility proposed and will be up and running within the next 18 months. The facility will not only cater to the seaplane population of India, but also the growing number of seaplanes around India in the SAARC region and will go to the USA, Europe, or Australia, which leads to a lot of expense on the ferry flights as well as the high cost of labour in these countries.

 India will provide an excellent next-door facility, plus economics of lower cost to the seaplane fleets of the SAARC region. Additionally, it will earn valuable foreign exchange, generate jobs, and make Gujarat the nodal point for seaplane activity in the region.”

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Science in SAARC countries: Issue

Scientists at the 102nd Indian Science Congress in India today discussed Science and Technology of SAARC countries.

Discussion was done regarding the tragedy of SAARC countries is that they have the same problems but do not work together
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Chinese interest Increasing in South Asia

China’s desperation in seeking help from Nepal to secure higher status if not membership of the SAARC and also having good relationship with India. However, its PLA has not reconciled with this development. While the government seeks to continue and enhance its economic partnership with India, the PLA is allegedly intruding India’s territory regularly.

It was intriguing that when president Xi was on a visit to India last year, there were reports of PLA’s intrusions into the Indian side. It appears that China wishes to continue its warm relations with Pakistan and also have improved relations with India. But maintaining this balance is really a tightrope walk for China. Perhaps, India wants China to rein in Pakistan but China prefers to keep Pakistan and India at loggerheads for its own benefit.

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Nepal Seeks SAARC Expenses, Finance Ministry Unconvinced

After months of finishing 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu, Nepal government agencies have failed to submit ‘convincing details’ of their expenditure during 2014 Summit.

The delay has triggered speculations that there were financial irregularities which has made Ministry of Finance to stop release of Rs 24 million to Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA) and other govt agencies in Nepal.

Though the offices have claimed that they spent Rs 85 million and Rs 90.04 million for beautifying the city, KVDA under Ministry of Urban Development planted trees along the Tinkune-Maitighar stretch and construction of parks at Tinkune and Narayanchaur.

KMC Spokesperson Shanta Ram Pokharel said they are preparing the details of expenditure and will submit the details in 2-3 days.

Meanwhile, The finance ministry has also not released Rs 8 million spent by Dhulikhel municipality for the construction of two helipads in Dwarika Hotel Resort in Dhulikhel.
SAARC Summit was held  in November in Nepal's capital city Kathmandu and next edition will be held in pakistan.
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