Saturday, November 22, 2014

India To Propose for Regional Development Bank in 18th SAARC Summit

In the SAARC Summit going to be held on November 26 and 27 in Nepal's Capital, Kathmandu, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to propose for establishment of a South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) development bank.

The Dev Bank is supposed to help improve trade and investment, funding and intra-Saarc developmental projects.

The meet is PM Modi's first Saarc Summit since he became prime minister in May which was held Thimpu in July last time.

Previously, the proposal for forming the development bank was unanimously endorsed by all member countries — India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Maldives.

The idea is to secure easier access to capital for funding infrastructure projects by all Saarc member countries. If the plan is approved at the Kathmandu summit, the bank's basic structure, equity base and headquarters have to be worked upon. Officials say though India will be the "natural choice" for setting up the bank, as it is the largest and most powerful economy in the region, there could be opposition from countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh. A decision on the location of the bank's headquarters will depend on the equity contributions by each country. This will also ascertain each country's voting rights.

CONFIRMED - PM Modi To Attend Only SAARC Summit in Kathmandu

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal for attending SAARC Summit in Kathmandu is now confirmed.

He will not visit any other places on the trip to Kathmandu for the South Asian Club Summit going to be held on Nov 26-27.

Previously, the program to visit Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath was scheduled.

US Secretary Nisha Desai Biswal to visit 2 more Nations after 18th SAARC Summit

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal is scheduled to visit India and Bangladesh after attending the 18th SAARC Summit to be held in Nepal's Capital City Kathmandu, Nepal on November 26-27, 2014.

Nisha will participate in meetings with government officials, civil society and labour group leaders, and members of the business community in Bangladesh.

Apart from SAARC member countries visit, she will visit Uzbekistan, and Switzerland on trip from November 23-December 5, 2014 from Washington.

First, she will start travel from New Delhi, India for internal consultations and bilateral meetings and head towards Kathmandu as United States representative as an observer state at the 18th Annual South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit.

Finally, Assistant Secretary Biswal will travel to Basel, Switzerland to participate in the OSCE Ministerial. She will hold meetings with senior leaders from the OSCE and Central Asian nations.

Would 18th SAARC Summit Control extremist and terrorist activities?

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Nepal WM Senevirathna expressed his views on November 22, 2014 in Kathmandu that SAARC is facing serious challenges in various areas, including development, connectivity, extremist and terrorist activities and hoped for agreements materialize the aspiration of South Asia to be integrated, peaceful and a developed region.

The eight country membered SAARC meeting is scheduled to be held in Nepal's Capital, Kathmandu from November 26, 2014 in City Hall.

Ambassadors from various SAARC member countries including Bangladesh, India, Nepal stressed on implementation of various agreements reached in the past and focused on need for enhancement, connectivity and promote peace in the South Asia.

India's Home Minister Blames: ISI helping terrorists against India

With just a few days remaining for 18th SAARC meeting in Nepal's Capital, Kathmandu, the Home minister of India Rajnath Singh blamed Pakistan's intelligence agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for helping terrorists against India.

The minister added that the neighboring country was protecting Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and 1993 Mumbai blast accused Dawood Ibrahim. He even blamed Pakistan for hiding Osama Bin Laden according to news published by livemin.

The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit is going to be held in Kathmandu on 26 to 27th November.

The Prime Ministers of both nations- India's Narendra Modi and Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif are expected to meet and talk on security issues.

Pakistani PM Sharif's recently stated that his country will continue to hold dialogue with Jammu and Kashmir paratists and is ready to talk about peace and friendly ties with India.

SAARC Panel Decision: Reduce Regional Centers from 11 to 5

SAARC 49th committee meeting has decided to dissolve 3 regional centers with the motive of ending duplication of work and reduction budget whose member comprises of joint secretaries of the SAARC countries.

The meeting was hold on 22nd November 2014.

The dissolution includes 1 in India, and merger of four others which includes the Information Center in Kathmandu, Human Resource Development Center in Islamabad and the New Delhi-based Documentation Center bringing down the number of regional centers from eleven to five.

Also, decision has been made to set up a SAARC Environment and Disaster Management Center along with decision of making SAARC Agriculture Center in Dhaka (established in 1988), the Tuberculosis Center in Kathmandu (1982), the Energy Center in Pakistan (2006) and the Cultural Center in Sri Lanka (2009) intact.

The meeting held by Aishath Liusha Zahir, chair of the programming committee and the leader of the delegation from the Maldives concluded with decision of the implementation of the closure and merger of the centers will be completed by December 2016.

18th SAARC Summit is going to be held on Nepal's Capital Kathmandu within a few days.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nepal Government Not To Conduct Ebola Test for SAARC visitors

There is just few days remaining for 18th SAARC Summit but host country Nepal is not equipped with Ebola test for the visitors. The deadly Ebola virus is wide spread beyond West African countries.

The government has not decided yet to conduct medical tests of visitors to the 18th SAARC Summit going to be held in Kathmandu on November 26-27. Health workers at the Ebola screening desk of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) confirmed of not conducting medical tests of the event visitors.

The health screening is required only for those who visit Nepal from West African countries or those returning from Ebola-affected countries. The health desk authorities are not authorized to conduct health screening of SAARC visitors though the Ebola screening desk will remain open round the clock even during the summit as requested by the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD). The Ebola screening desk at Tribhuvan International Airport remains closed after the last flight in usual days.

The test is postponed for SAARC visitors considering that the virus has been detected in none of the SAARC countries, except India but World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned the health officials to conduct thorough examination of all passengers who have recently visited the virus-affected countries or have provided treatment to Ebola patients. Earlier, the WHO´s Nepal country office had asked the desk to make it mandatory for health screening of all people who have returned from the virus-hit countries.

Hundred of security personnel from Nepal Army (NA), Armed Police Force (APF) and Nepal police have been deployed in the UN peacekeeping missions in West African nations affected by the deadly virus.

Ebola has taken life of more than 5,000 lives and affected thousands of people, including health officials, in countries such as Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, according to WHO.

18th SAARC Summit preceding meetings to Commence from Nov 22nd, 2014

With just few days remaining for 18th SAARC Summit, the preceding meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is going to commence from 22nd November, 2014.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is scheduled lead the Nepali delegation for the South Asian Summit. The event is set to be held from 26 to 27 November on City hall in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

Also, Minister for Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Mahendra Bahadur Pandey will lead the Nepali delegation to the 36th session of the SAARC Council of Ministers that will be held on 25 November, 2014 in .whose main meeting will be organized at Rastriya Sabha Griha, Bhrikuti Mandap of Kathmandu.

Acting Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi is set to lead Nepali delegation to the 41st session of the SAARC Standing Committee which will be organized from 23 to 24 November in Kathmandu. Similarly, Joint Secretary (Regional Organisations Division) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yagya Bahadur Hamal will lead the Nepali delegation to the 49th session of the Programming Committee of SAARC to be held on 22 November.

All of the SAARC Council of Ministers, SAARC Standing Committee and Programming Committee of SAARC will meet at Soaltee Crown Plaza, in Tahachal of Kathmandu prior too main meeting.

Preparations for 18th SAARC Summit Concludes: Nepal

Finally, Nepal has completed the preparations of 18th SAARC Summit going to be conducted on November 26 & 27, 2014 in Capital, Kathmandu. Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Pandey declared that all preparation work for the upcoming event has been completed.

SAARC Summit will be held at the City Hall in Exhibition Road, the meetings of the Programming Committee, the 41st Session of the Standing Committee (November 23-24) and the 36th Session of the SAARC Council of Ministers (November 25) will take place at Crowne Plaza Kathmandu-Soaltee hotel in 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit.

The summit is scheduled to be attended by heads of government of the eight member-countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the newest member Afghanistan. The press conference was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, on Friday, November 21, 2014. Nepal previously hosted the 3rd SAARC Summit in 1987 and the 11th in 2002.

Nepal's delegation is decided to be led by Yagya Hamal, Joint-secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while the main issues for discussion during the summit include a review of developments and decisions made after the 17th SAARC Summit held in Addu City, Maldives in November 2011, the SAARC Fund, pan-South Asian agricultural and rural development, energy, social development, health and population, quality education, defence, and transport, among others.

The itinerary also includes a reception hosted by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala in Dhulikhel for visiting dignitaries. Meanwhile, the visiting heads of state and government will also hold joint and separate meetings on the sideline of the summit. All heads of state and government are also scheduled to convene at a joint-meeting on the final day of the summit.

South Africa is also expected to be a guest at the 18th summit.

Traffic Management in Kathmandu for 18th SAARC Summit- A to Z info

Public Holiday: 10th and 11th Mangsir

School, colleges and educational institutions holiday: 9 to 12 of Mangsir, 2071

Odd number vehicle operation date: 9 & 11 of Mangsir

Even numbered vehicle operation date: 8, 10, 12 of Mangsir

Sample of Odd number plate: 137, 7665

Sample of even number plate: 1234, 9852

The numbering system is not valid for Ambulance, Hospital vehicle, Fire extingushers, media handling and other who has permissin pass

Also, the system is not for green numbered plate carrying tourists, vehicle carrying bride and groom but applicable for other's bike or vehicles.


Other vehicles of Gas, oil, Milk, Water, vegetables, petroleum products may be operated with strict supervision.

The vehicles not obeying above rule will not be charged on 8th mangsir but may be requested to return same route.

From 9th mangsir, fine will be charged to vehicle owners not obeying the rule.

Also Old Bus Park behind the Rastriya Sabha Griha, the venue of the Summit, will be closed from November 24 onwards.

Likewise, vehicles plying to Old Bus Park will be diverted towards Thapathali, Teku, Maitighar, Sano Gaucharan and Lazimpat.

Pak PM seeking VVIP plane for attending 18th SAARC Summit in Nepal

Pakistan's Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif is reported to ask the PIA for a ‘VVIP Boeing-777 aircraft’ to participate in the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu starting next week.

The demand came despite Sharif's own flight. A private TV channel has claimed that PM has asked  Pakistan International Airlines for VVIP aircraft to travel Nepal along with his other cabinet members.

SAARC Conference is scheduled to be held from November 25, 2014 in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. Pakistan airlines has been stopping flight from Nepal since a month due to lack of travelers. The national airliner is already short of many passenger planes, while in case of arranging another plane for the premier will cost it losses worth of several crore rupees per day, hundreds of thousands of fuel is apart.

Nepal's PM Koirala inspects 18th SAARC Summit Venue - City Hall

Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala visited the National City Hall, the venue for the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit Friday. The event is going to be held in the Nepal's capital on November 26 and 27. PM visited the places of welcoming the guests, washrooms,lounge, chairs, mikes, arrangements and other related things.

Officiating Secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development Suresh Prakash Acharya and Joint Secretary (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Arjun Kant Mainali, among other officials briefed the Prime Minister about the preparations.

The Prime Minister seems satisfied with the preparation tasks which will be completed soon.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Indian Cabinet approves pacts with SAARC countries on power, tourism and Railways

With 18th SAARC summit coming nearer, the Union cabinet of India today cleared three key framework agreements with member-countries to enhance rail and road connectivity and setting up of a regional power grid. Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi's is visiting Nepal for attending the SAARC summit starting few days ahead.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Nepal for strengthening cooperation in the field of tourism was also given a green signal by the cabinet. The memorandum is proposed to be signed during Modi's visit to Nepal beginning 25 November.

India is the sixth-biggest donor to Afghanistan's reconstruction since the fall of the Taliban and has been involved in various infrastructure development and capacity-building projects as part of a $2-billion aid programme. Afghanistan is home to major natural resource deposits including iron ore and natural gas, which India hasn't been able to harness because of logistical and other reasons. The country is also the gateway to Central Asia and beyond, making it a country of major strategic interest to Delhi.

सार्क राष्ट्र परिचय -इस्लामिक गणराज्य पाकिस्तान #Pakistan

काठमाडौँ, ४ मङ्सिर । र्सार्कको संस्थापक सदस्यमध्येको पाकिस्तान सन् १९४७ अगस्ट १४ मा उदय भएको राष्ट्र हो । सन् १९३४ मा चौधरी रहमत अलीले बेलायती आधिपत्यका पंजाव, उत्तर-पश्चिम सीमान्त प्रदेश, कास्मिर, सिन्ध, बलुचिस्तानलाई 'पाक' -पवित्र) हुन्छ भन्ने पर्चामा छापेका थिए । त्यो क्षेत्रलाई पवित्र भूमि भन्न पाकस्तान -पाकिस्तान) भन्न थालियो । भारतबाट विभाजन भएर पाकिस्तानको
जन्म भयो । इस्लामिक गणतन्त्र सन १९५६ मार्च २३ मा भयो । सन् १९७१ मा भारतसँग भएको युद्धमा पाकिस्तानको पर्ूर्वी हिस्सा -जसलाई त्यस समयसम्म पर्ूर्वी पाकिस्तान भनिन्थ्यो) बङ्गलादेशका रुपमा स्वतन्त्र भयो ।

Read more: http://khabar.jp/2014/11/saarc-introduction-pakistan/

Will Sharif-Modi meeting held at 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu?

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi remains undecided, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told media in the weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

FO spokesperson said PM would participate in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit on November 26 and November 27 while meeting with host country (Nepal) leadership has been settled.

She further refuted news reports of PM turning down a car for the summit from India, adding that no car was offered by India and “so there was no question of turning down the offer”.

FO told that 55 thousand people have lost their lives at the hands of terrorism whereas indiscriminate operation is being carried out against the militants.
Read more at Link

Modi Visit to Janakpur, Lumbini, Muktinath Cancelled

The scheduled visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on three places apart from Kathmandu has been cancelled. The visit was confirmed while arrival of Modi on the occasion of 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu after a week.

Different political parties were protesting against Modi's speech in Lumbini, Muktinath, Janakpur which resulted in cancellation of the event. Indian Embassy confirmed the notice which might be due to insecurity. PM Modi had told he would visit Lumbini last month during first visit to Nepal.

Shashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Tightening Border Security for 18th SAARC Summit

Considering the upcoming 18th SAARC meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal next week, the Shashastra Seema Bal (SSB) of Inida is executing extensive to control the entry of anti-national elements across the border to Uttar Pradesh on porous Indo-Nepal border. The Intelligence Bureau of India had already warned of increased terrorist activities in UP resulting SSB acting actively identifying religious places located on the Indo-Nepal border that could be used by the Pakistani intelligence agencies like ISI for their ulterior motives.

The SSB has intensified vigilance on the indo-nepal border to stop infiltration occurring mainly at nights and which is becoming a sensitive issue employing huge personnel alert around the clock.

Meanwhile, Metal detectors have been installed at Sonauli and Tutibari outposts on Indo-Nepal border including four dog squads trained in detecting narcotics and arms have also been deployed to check infiltration. Also for observation, two close circuit cameras (CC) have already been set up at Sonauli.

SAARC without Pakistan: By Danvir Singh

Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi had described his first major foreign policy initiative of inviting South Asian Association Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders for his swearing-in on May 26 as a "right decision at the right time" and said a message has gone out to the world which is still talking about it. Six months after highlighting the centrality and importance of SAARC to India's foreign affairs,

Nepal is all set to host the 18th SAARC Summit at Kathmandu from Nov 22 to 27. This summit will be watched very carefully as the Indian PM is likely to reset the future course for this region.

SAARC is nowhere close to other regional groupings like the EU and the ASEAN but potentially far way ahead. For exponential gains, serious fundamental restructuring is required.

SAARC summit is held every eighteen months and attended by the head of states of member nations. SAARC is an economic and a geo-political association comprising of eight member states, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. An association created for the welfare of the people of South Asian region that has largely fallen short of its objectives.
Read more: http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/saarc-without-pakistan

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SAARC Mock Demonstration In Nepal #CANSA

The population of SAARC region out of global population makes 23.7% among which many are poor and vulnerable and mostly living in rural area, directly depending on agricultural. With 23.7% share in global population, the region has only share 2.62% share in global income. Adding to this, 60 % of the South Asian population are food producers but still 34 % of the world's hungry people lives in the region. Because of poverty and lack of technology and coping capacity, South Asian people are more vulnerable because of severe impacts of Climate Change, Disaster and Food insecurity.

Around 50 youths in Basantapur Durbar Square performed a flash mob which was followed by a very informative drama and then the program ended with a candle lightning. About 25 minutes drama theme was centralized on the problems faced by people of South Asian countries and climax of the story showed the happier South Asia after the implementation of all those declaration that the SAARC leaders have made. In the midst of the drama, Candle lightning ceremony was done which was designed in the shape of SAARC's map. The candle lightning program was done in the memory of the people of SAARC Asian people who lost their life due to the impacts of Climate Change, Disaster and food insecurity.

Read more: http://cansouthasia.net/event-saarc-mock-demonstration-in-nepal/

Will Nepal Government Bar Private Medias in 18th SAARC Summit as in Mode Visit last month?

With the Nepal Government(NG) decision to bar the private media from taking pictures during the opening and the closing ceremony of the 18th SAARC Summit to be held at the City Hall on November 26 and 27, the umbrella organisation of creative Photo Journalists, PJ Group has demanded to allow entrance of photographers from private media.

NG has decided to give media passes to governmental media houses for collecting news and take pictures of the regional summit. The photographers' club has warned of resorting to protests in case they are denied access to the premises of City Hall, the major venue of Saarc Summit for the main 2 days. The group has warned of boycotting other events of the summit if their demand was not fulfilled.

The group had issued press statement saying, "stopping the private media from covering the news of such a huge event does not quite suit a democratic nation like Nepal and is against press freedom".

Earlier, private medias of Nepal were not allowed to take videos of Narendra Modi arrival on Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) few months back on visit to Nepal including worshiping Pashupati nath temple.

Media Handbook for Journalists covering 18th SAARC Summit

Topics Covered:
About Nepal:
Nepal, situated between India to the south, east and west and China to the north, occupies an area of 147,181 square kms. At latitudes 260 22' and 300 27' north and longitudes 800 4 ' and 880 12' east,the country is topographically divided into three regions: the Himalayan Region to thenorth, the Mountain Region comprising Mahabharat Range and the Chure Hillsin the middle and the Terai (plains) in the south. Known as the land of Mt. Everest and the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Nepal has varied topography and climate. Elevations contrast from the highest point in the world, which is Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters of altitude, to the lowest point at 70 meters above the sea level. As of the census of 2011, Nepal has a population of 26.4 million with a fascinating diversity of culture, language and ethnicity.

Media Accreditation:
Media accreditation for 18th SAARC Summit is open for the members of the press – print, photo, radio, television, news agencies and online media that represent a media organization. Deadline for accreditation: 20 November 2014

When picking up the media pass, the following documents must be presented: 1. Original letter of assignment/recommendation 2. Valid passport or national identity document (press card, work identity card, driver's license or other form of photo identity card) The following Officials may be contacted for media accreditation related matters: 1. Mr.Laxmi Bilas Koirala Director General Department of Information Government of Nepal Kathmandu, Nepal.
Click here to download full handbook: http://www.saarc-sec.org/uploads/press-releases/file/HANDBOOK-FOR-MEDIA-PERSONNEL_20141021032853.pdf

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

26K Security Force Deployed for 18th SAARC Summit

Nepal government (NG), Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) is planning to deploy more than 26,000 security personnel from Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police and National Intelligence Department inside Kathmandu Valley for the upcoming 18th Saarc Summit beginning the security rehearsal on Tuesday.

Nepal Army is set to coordinate the overall security of the summit while Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department will perform supporting duty.
The office has used all the state mechanisms to ensure security of the guests and Nepal Police has asked 300 personnel from the reserve force in various districts to arrive in the Capital for the summit.
The security around the summit venue, hotels where the guests will be staying and the retreat venue has also been heightened employing largest number of security forces after the Constituent Assembly election that was conducted in November 2013.

Will Modi will bring new life to the 18th SAARC Summit?

Precisely six months after Narendra Modi took office as prime minister and his promise of achche din or "good days" caught the imagination of the Indian people, the high expectations raised by Modi's style and governance are spreading in the country's neighbourhood.

When Modi and seven other heads of State and government from South Asia meet in Kathmandu a week from today, India will stop being treated as the whipping boy within the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation for the first time since Saarc was formed with great fanfare in 1985.

In the run up to next week's Kathmandu summit, voices continue to be raised that India should do more for its neighbours than vice versa in echoes of the ill-advised and mercifully short-lived "Gujral doctrine", but such voices are fewer and feebler than at any time before.

Instead, the new talking point in the region is that although India accounts for 70 to 80 per cent of the region's economy, its resources, South Asia's demographic dividend and much else, the country could be held back in its "Modification" — in more ways than one — unless the prime minister incorporates neighbouring countries into his vision for the future.

Because Modi constantly stresses development, both social and economic, in his speeches, the single big theme for the Kathmandu summit will be that the entire South Asia region should move forward together and no country should become the laggard within Saarc.

Read more: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1141119/jsp/opinion/story_19055059.jsp#.VGwQ5NSUfiw

Did Modi And Sharif as Democrats Transcend Borders to Unite Against The Pak Army?

Modi won a landslide victory in the recently concluded elections in India. While that was a surprise, his invitations to all the SAARC heads of governments to grace his swearing in ceremony was a bigger surprise for one and all. Almost as an export, the surprise even landed in Pakistan.With the ball being unexpectedly thrown into their court by an uneasy neighbour, who was assumed not to follow 'love thy neighbour', unsure Pakistan was certainly in disarray.

Although, complete suddenness and 'go we lose not go we lose' situation made the political decision hard, not having a single power centre made it harder. Though external cause was blamed, a delayed yes from the army possibly delayed PM Sharif's yes. In addition, Pakistani brains airing venom against Modi in its TV, didn't make things easy.

Read more: http://womenspowerbook.org/articles/SAARC-Leaders-Meet-in-Delhi-Did-Modi-And-Sharif-as-Democrats-Transcend-Borders-to-Unite-Against-The-Pak-Army-unique-on-knowledge-powerful-empowering-power.htm

Never Been a Better Time for SAARC, says Bangladeshi official

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), often described derisively by critics as a talk shop, is at a crossroads with people of the region seeking regional integration and governments of the region grudgingly realizing its potential, a Bangladeshi official said on Tuesday.

"Despite all our frustrations, the situation in South Asia has dramatically changed and there has never been a better time (for Saarc) to move towards South Asian regional integration—developing it into a South Asian community," said Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. "To me this is a very opportune time.

A lot of compelling forces have come together, which essentially means if we can grab this opportunity we can really do much," Rizvi said at an event in New Delhi.

Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/Fb77hT7AStIwKYbKsG9nsK/Theres-never-been-a-better-time-for-Saarc-Bangladeshi-offi.html?utm_source=copy

Nepal's Int'l airport to Serve Round The Clock during 18th SAARC Summit

With the motive to provide uninterrupted services during the 18th SAARC Summit going to be held on November 26 & 27, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has decided to operate Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) round the clock for 4 days.

The one and only international airport will operate 24 hours to manage flights which remains closed from 12:30 A.M to 6:30 A.M on usual days.

"As we need to issue Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) during VIP´s arrivals, we will be operating 24 hours so that flights can arrive even if they are delayed," said Shrestha.

NOTAM is a notice filed with an aviation authority regarding any hazard or disturbance en route or at a specific location. During NOTAM, aircraft cannot take off or land.

The airport is set to issue NOTAM from 9:15 A.M. to 5 P.M. on November 25, from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. on November 27 and from 8:40 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on November 28.

About 1K Jurnos apply for reporting 18th SAARC summit

About 1,000 national and foreign journalists have applied to get press accreditation for covering the near-coming 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. A total of 660 media persons including 384 Nepali journalists have applied for press pass. The media persons include 97 Indian, 89 Bangladeshi, 17 Afghani, two Bhutanese, six Pakistani, four Sri Lankan and six Maldivians. Also two Chinese, one German, 5 British, an Italian, 4 Japanese, a North Korean, a Norwegian, an Spanish, 4 Thai and 2 US journalists will get press pass for covering news of the 18th SAARC Summit.

The journalists would be allowed to go for reporting at main venue of the 18th SAARC Summit (City Hall), Media Center in Hotel Radisson, Soaltee Hotel, Singhadurbar and Tribhuvan International Airport, according to the Department.

Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) addresses for 18th SAARC Summit

To ensure the implementation of the declarations, ahead of the upcoming meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) , Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) organized a vibrant demonstration action to pressurize SAARC leaders to revisit the past decisions. The emphasis was to address the issues of climate change, food, security and disaster ensuring its effective implementation ,at Basantapur Durbar Square today.

The program began with flashmob conspiring 50 youths, which was followed by very informative drama and ending with candle lighting. The drama was 25 min long drama and centralized on displaying the problems faced by people of South Asian countries allocating poverty, natural disaster & climate change and the climax of the drama showed happier Asia after the implementation of all those declarations that the SAARC leaders have made. The drama was directed by Ram Babu Regmi from Mandapika Kala Samuha.

Read more: http://glocalkhabar.com/nyca-addresses-saarc-summit-basantapur-today/

SAARC Summit.. A lesson to be learned

he SAARC summit is just a couple of days away from today. And so is the deadline for beautifying the valley. Indeed, the event has impacted so high on Kathmandu and the valleys around that we Kathmanduists got to see that part of Kathmandu which we never imagined to see. The houses and walls have been painted thoroughly, the debris is being cleaned daily, the roads are being swept even during day time, and not that to forgot, some places are gifted with the solar powered street lights.

Within the month's preparation and efforts, the day is about to arrive where Nepal will be welcoming the honorable guests and important persons for the very 18th SAARC Summit. And it is this very event, which has transformed the valley into something I must say NEW.

For the next 25 summit, the SAARC authorities should select our very nation for hosting this event, and even on a yearly basis. If this (miraculously) happens, then no doubt that every main cities and places of our country would witness such gigantic and substantial changes.

Read more: http://sachinbhattarai.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/saarc-summit-a-lesson-to-be-learned/

Public Holiday for Office and School, Colleges on the Occassion of SAARC Summit

The government of Nepal (NG) has decided to give two days holiday on Mangsir 10th and 11th on the occasion of 18th SAARC summit to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Also, the educational institutions will remain closed for 4 days from 9 to 12th of Mangsir 2071.
Here is full notice:

SAARC Human Resource Development Centre: Goals, Funds and Details

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a manifestation of the determination of the people's of South Asia to work together towards finding solutions to their common problems in a spirit of friendship, trust and understanding. The main objective of the association is to accelerate the process of economic and social development in Member States through joint action in the agreed areas of cooperation.

The Heads of the States are Governments of SAARC Member Countries emphasized the need to progressively carry out the SAARC activities with a broad framework of a long term perspective and to harmonize their effects to ensure tangible benefits to the people of the SAARC region. Towards this end, they recognized that HRD is one of the means of realizing the SAARC objectives.

They agreed to establish the SAARC Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC) with main object to undertake research, impart training and disseminate information on HRD related issues and advise the Member States on HRD related policies and strategies. The Government of Pakistan offered to host the Centre at Islamabad in Pakistan.

How Nepal Government Spent Millions on SAARC Summit Preparations

The government has allocated the following amounts for preparation of the 18th SAARC Summit:
Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure - Rs 780 million
Ministry of Home Affairs - Rs 385 million
Ministry of Urban Development - Rs 190 million
Ministry of Defense - Rs 126 million
Ministry of Local Development - Rs 80 million
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Rs 74.6 million
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation - Rs 30 million
Ministry of Information and Communication - Rs 19.7 million
Others - Rs 120 million

The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit hall - City Hall took over Rs 150 million on the renovation.

How to get Press Pass in 18th SAARC Summit?

Nepal Government has invited online applications from interested media persons from SAARC member states in order to facilitate foreign journalists covering the 18th SAARC Summit.

Officials at the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) accepts online applications from foreign journalists visiting Kathmandu to cover the event can obtain press pass without facing hassles.

Interested journalists can fill up and submit the application online for obtaining press pass to collect news of SAARC Summit which is being hosted by Nepal. The 18th SAARC Summit is going to be held in Kathmandu on November 21-27.

CT Hall Decorated for 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu

Rastriy Sabha Griha has been decorated for the upcoming SAARC summit.

Why PM Nawaz Rejected Bullet Proof Car?

Mujeeb ur Rehman Telling The Reason Why PM Nawaz Rejected Bullet Proof Car
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Bangladesh Cabinet okays SAARC transport deal draft

The government has approved a proposal on signing an agreement with SAARC countries for transport of passengers and goods by roads within the members of the regional grouping.

The Cabinet gave the approval to the draft of 'Motor Vehicles Agreement' in its weekly meeting held on Monday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters after the meeting.

SAARC countries are supposed to sign the agreement during the 18th summit of the grouping to be held on Nov 26-27 at Kathmandu, Nepal.

Bhuiyan said the agreement would cover transport of passengers and cargo.

Read more @ http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/11/17/cabinet-okays-saarc-transport-deal-draft1

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) wants graft fight on SAARC agenda

It said on Monday it had sent a letter calling on her to take the lead role in this matter at the summit in Kathmandu to be held from Nov 26 to 27.

The Berlin-based graft watchdog ranks Bangladesh and many South Asian countries among the world's most corrupt nations.
The delegation has been requested to undertake effective regional initiatives to mutually share experiences and to cooperate in controlling corruption, particularly its cross-border dimensions, including the illicit flow of tainted money and resources

Read more @ http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/11/17/tib-wants-graft-fight-on-saarc-agenda

Ministry of Home Affairs bringing all reserve police to Ktm for SAARC

To bolster security for 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, the Ministry of Home Affairs of Nepal is bringing all reserve police personnel deployed in various part of the country to the Valley.

While some 700 police personnel have been moved to Kathmandu from various neighboring districts, including Kavrepalanchowk, Nuwakot, Dhading and Sindhupalchowk, nearly 300 personnel have brought here from the five regional police headquarters, according to the Home Ministry.

The trained police personnel will jointly participate in security rehearsals in Kathmandu starting Tuesday.
More @ http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=86875

Nepali Twitter Hits on 18th SAARC Summit

The most popular tweet about the upcoming SAARC Summit:

अँध्यारो हुन Dark हुनु पर्छ
अनि काठ्माण्ठै उज्यालो हुन SAARC सम्मेलन हुनपर्छ।

32 luxury cars Arrives Kathmandu for 18th SAARC Summit

The Nepal Government (NG) imported 32 luxury cars on lease targeting the SAARC summit has been brought from India are en route to the capital from Bhairahawa Revenue Office with high security management at 10:00 this morning.

The BMW and Mercedes cars were installed with Nepalese number plate at the Revenue Office, Bhairahawa and the convoy moved to Kathmandu for the high profile guests of the SAARC summit as per the government decision, under secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The vehicles would be returned to India on December 2 with the completion of SAARC summit.

SAHR urges SAARC govts for common human rights commitments in 18th SAARC Summit

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has urged the governments of SAARC region to make joint commitments to uphold international standards of human rights; and to ensure that national laws and mechanisms adequately and effectively reflect respect for human rights in this region.

Organising a press conference in Kathmandu on Monday, November 17, 2014, Chairperson of SAHR Hina Jilani said that the organisation has urged the SAARC governments to use the Kathmandu-Summit to resolve their disputes and make collective efforts to alleviate suffering of the people in this region.

Jilani also requested the governments to take out the unjustified visa restriction and lack of adequate means of communication within the region.

Read more @ http://www.nepalnews.com/index.php/society-archive/41217-sahr-urges-saarc-govts-for-common-human-rights-commitments-in-18th-summit

सार्कका लागि काठमाडौँ भित्रिए गाडी

नेपाल सरकारले आसन्न सार्क शिखर सम्मेलनलाई ध्यानमा राखी भारतबाट ३२ वटा साना सुविधायुक्त सवारीसाधन भाडामा ल्याएको छ ।

भारतबाट ल्याउने क्रममा सोमबार बेलहिया नाका हुँदै भैरहवा भन्सार कार्यालयमा आएका ती साना सवारी आज बिहान १० बजे सुरक्षासहित काठमाडौँ प्रस्थान गरेका छन् ।

नेपाल प्रवेशसँगै सरकारी नम्बर प्लेट लगाएर बिएमडब्लु र मर्सिडिज कम्पनीका ती सवारीसाधन प्रहरीको सुरक्षामा काठमाडौँ पठाइएको छ । प्रहरीले भैरहवा भन्सार कार्यालयबाटै सुरक्षा दिएको छ ।

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Kathmandu's Big Facelift Ahead of the 2014 SAARC Summit

Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, is getting a major facelift ahead of the 18th annual summit for the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which is set to take place on November 26 and 27. Established in 1985, SAARC joins eight South Asian countries to promote welfare economics and collective self-reliance, and to accelerate the region's socio-cultural development. This is the first time Kathmandu will host the summit in 12 years.

What's getting spruced up for the big meeting? Repair crews have been busy working on several roads and roadside houses, painting old walls and planting new trees.

Using a group-maintained Twitter account, Nepali journalists have cataloged some of the improvements to the city:

Read more @ http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/18/kathmandus-big-facelift-ahead-of-the-2014-saarc-summit

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bring China to SAARC: SHRIJAN

Although China is not a member of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), its relationship with the organization is incredibly intimate. Its geographical connection and ascending cooperation on economic, political and security sphere with the member states has lent substantiality to the organization.

Today the South Asian region and SAARC has grown amongst the most attention-grabbing organizations in the world. After its establishment in 1985, the organization received wide jeer and was named a "club of the poor". As the organization achieved very little progress in the subsequent years, it got another infamous epithet of "slow-boat".
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18th SAARC Summit to focus on peace, prosperity, unity

The forthcoming 18th Saarc Summit to be held in Kathmandu will focus on installing durable peace and prosperity among the member states and will give utmost priority to regional unity, Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said Tuesday.

The theme of the summit is "deeper integration for peace and prosperity", and the 18th summit declaration would focus on bringing durable peace and prosperity in the region, Pandey said at a media briefing.

Among others, this summit would make a commitment to eradication of illiteracy by 2030 from the region; stress on quality education that will help build skill, knowledge and enhancement of character; ending violence against women; providing employment opportunities for youth; according respect to senior citizen; and would call for ending all forms of terrorism, said Pandey while elaborating other points to be announced in the Kathmandu declaration.

Read more on: http://www.ziddu.com/view/7296/topnews/18th-saarc-summit-to-focus-on-peace-prosperity-unity-in-region-diplomats/atbzzngg

Traditional Mandala on its final touch of beautification

The image of Maitighar Mandala is by http://instagram.com/gurusunil

Nepal Govt to launch massive cleanup campaign for 18th SAARC Summit

The Nepal Government (NG) is launching a massive cleanup program in the capital on Saturday in preparation for the SAARC Summit scheduled for November 26-27 in which the government officials has to compulsorily participate to make the city clean on Nov 22nd. There are around 35,000 government officials and personnel from the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Army who would actively participate in massive cleanup program.

The government will take action against officials not attending the program to be conducted in 57 wards of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and Lalitpur Sub-metropolitan City (LSMC) of the capital. The cleanup campaign will begin from 7:30 to end at 9:30 am.


KMC and LSMC have also urged the locals not to dump garbage on roads whereas KMC has been taking action against city dwellers found dumping garbage on roads in view of the upcoming SAARC Summit.

Traffic Schedule for Kathmandu Valley during 18th SAARC Summit

On the occasion of 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Nepal government has decided to regulate the vehicular movement on November 24, 25, 26 27 & 28, 2014 with odd and even number plate system.

The Traffic police will allows vehicles with even number plate to run on November 24, 26, 28 and odd number plates on November 25 and 27.

The route starting from Airport to Soaltee Crowne Plaza and Soaltee Crown Plaza to Airport on November 25 and 28, 2014 will be controlled throughout the day.

Traffic movement will be halted one hour before the VVIP movement. The vehicular movement on the route starting from Soaltee Crowne Plaza to Bhrikutimandap will be controlled on November 26 and 27.

Though the government has not restricted big bus to ply within Ring Road during these days, the Traffic Police has advised tour operators to use smaller vehicles for swift and easy movement. Guests are advised to leave earlier than before to reach the airport.

For more information, dial 103 to know about traffic movement on these days. We will keep updating you.

SAARC is not prepared for new security threats

An interview with former Finance Minister of Nepal, Madhukar SJB Rana

Madhukar SJB RanaWhat are the achievements of SAARC so far?

SAARC’s most major achievement is that it has managed to survive despite the vicissitude of the India-Pakistan relations and the inability of their leaders to break out of the vicious grip of their national politics.

The second major achievement of SAARC is its institutionalization and establishment of a cost-effective modality for regional cooperation with full participation of all. A total of 10 Regional Centers have been created in addition to the South Asia University. This is no mean achievement.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Intro

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an economic and geopolitical organisation of eight countries that are primarily located in South Asia.  The SAARC Secretariat is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The combined economy of SAARC is 3rd largest in the world in the terms of GDP(PPP) after US & China and 8th largest in the terms of GDP(Nominal).

The idea of regional political and economical cooperation in South Asia was first raised in 1980 and the first summit was held in Dhaka on 8 December 1985, when the organisation was established by the governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Since then the organisation has expanded by accepting one new full member, Afghanistan, and several observer members.

The SAARC policies aim to promote welfare economics, collective self-reliance among the countries of South Asia, and to accelerate socio-cultural development in the region. The SAARC has developed external relations by establishing permanent diplomatic relations with the EU, the UN (as an observer), and other multilateral entities. The official meetings of the leaders of each nation are held annually whilst the foreign ministers meet twice annually. The 18th SAARC Summit is scheduled to be held in Kathmandu in November 2014.

SAARC Regional Collaboration To Address Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report has expressed that  majority of climate change has been created by human induced causes, that impacts are already felt, and if we do not take actions fast, we are heading for a bleak future. However despite the adverse effects that we are facing the Report also highlights that it is not impossible to keep the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius. In order to achieve this we need ambitious mitigation actions. 1.5 degrees Celsius is also still achievable, but would need much more committed efforts on the mitigation front from countries. In order to address climate change in South Asia, we need to ensure that the countries are committed towards working together, in collaboration. This makes the upcoming SAARC Summit one of the key events to ensure that the region addresses the issue of climate change in an effective manner.

Stakeholders Mobilise for Kathmandu SAARC Summit

The 18th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation) Summit will be held in Kathmandu on the 26-27 November 2014 on the theme “Deeper Integration for Peace, Progress and Prosperity”. The  Summit is expected to address many important regional concerns such as agriculture, climate change, food security, disaster management, regional trade, investment and energy cooperation.

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Bangladesh - Nepal Relation and Their Role in SAARC-AIDIA Asia [VIDEO]

Topic: "Bangladesh- Nepal Relation and Their Role in SAARC"
Speaker: Her Excellency Ms Mashfee Binte Shams( Ambassador of The People's Republic of Bangladesh to Nepal)
Date: September 12,2014

Global regionalism and SAARC [VIDEO]

18th SAARC Summit Promotional Song

SAARC Promotional song by: Abhay K

TUTH doctors to Support Dr. KC’s strike during Saarc meet

 Doctors at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) have urged Dr Govinda KC not to start his fast-unto-death at a time when the country is preparing to hold the Saarc Summit, while asking the government to create conducive environment to implement past agreements reached with KC.

During a meeting with heads of the hospital’s various departments on Sunday morning, the doctors said Dr KC’s protest, if initiated immediately, might send a negative message to the international community as the health facility is identified as the primary care-giver during the summit.

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Pak PM Sharif no to use India-supplied car during SAARC

In a reflection of the continued suspicions between India and Pakistan, and difficult ties at the moment, the Pakistani government has told Nepal – the host of the upcoming SAARC summit on November 26 and 27th – that PM Nawaz Sharif will not use any vehicle provided by India. Instead, Islamabad will get its own car for its PM for the duration of the summit.

Indian newspaper on Monday claimed that government of Pakistan has told Nepal that Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif won’t use Indian car during South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference rather Islamabad will arrange his car.

Delhi, on the request of Kathmandu, had sent six bullet-proof vehicles to Nepal on Saturday to be used by SAARC leaders. Nepal itself has two such vehicles, currently used by President Ram Baran Yadav and PM Sushil Koirala. Two other vehicles are in need for repair.  During his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Koirala had sought logistical support from India for the summit.
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Afghan President Ghani to visit Pakistan tomorrow prior to attending SAARC Summit

Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam confirmed Ghani’s visit during her weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.
The spokesperson said, “He [Ghani] will hold bilateral meetings with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discuss bilateral relations and regional security situation.”
She added that issues pertaining to border security will also come under discussion during meetings with the top leadership.

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India plans to build greater road, air links with SAARC

India travels to a summit of South Asian leaders in Kathmandu later this month with a plan to build greater road and air links among the eight nations of the region that in turn would promote trade, economic growth and development. Connectivity has been identified as one of the main themes of the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian delegation.

Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/Z3AZhn3hmHCQWfCcWonGyK/India-looks-to-build-greater-road-air-links-with-Saarc.html?utm_source=copy

Two-day public holiday in Kathmandu for Saarc Summit

The Home Ministry of Nepal has decided to give public holidays on November 26 and 27 for the 18th Saarc Summit.
Security agencies involved in preparations for the summit had suggested two-day public holiday as the movement of VIPs would cause traffic diversion and inconvenience for the people in general to commute.

The home ministry´s holiday proposal will be forwarded to the cabinet for endorsement, according to the Home Minister´s press secretary Bishwamani Subedi. With a view to ease the movement of foreign dignitaries, avoid annoying traffic jams and to minimize security threats, the security agencies had earlier recommended the government to announce two-day public holiday and four days´ leave for schools and colleges in the Kathmandu Valley, which has over 755,000 registered vehicles. The SAARC summit is scheduled for November 26th and 27th.

Modi To Come by road to Nepal for 18th Saarc summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may drive down to Nepal later this month when he visits the country to attend 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit. He is likely to visit three major religious sites Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath during his four-day visit.

TOI has learnt that three land routes have been identified for PM's second trip to Nepal since he took charge. Two of these routes fall in Uttar Pradesh while the other one is from Bihar side. Sources said that the exact route has not yet been decided.

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Nepal Spends Rs 2 billion for 18th SAARC Summit Preparation

SAARC Summit preparations are yet to reach the final stage, but the government has already incurred expenses of nearly Rs 2 billion to host the regional event.


While Rs 780 million has already been spent for the SAARC preparations, another 840 million was released later on by the Finance Ministry to various other ministries. Likewise, various government agencies received the finance ministry´s nod recently to spend additional amounts totalling about Rs 350 million for summit preparations.

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Kathmandu Traffic Problem. Context: SAARC traffic tips

A lot has been written about the traffic problem in Kathmandu, but if you thought there was nothing left to say, you are dead wrong. There is still lots to moan and groan about, especially with the forthcoming Shark Summit.

The government has left no stone overturned to embark upon an anti-trafficking campaign to ensure that vehicular movement is smooth on 25-27 November by declaring a dawn to dusk curfew. Drivers are advised to exercise extreme caution even if they do venture out, and that they may be shot on sight if they obstruct intersections when South Asian Heads of Government and States (HOGS) are passing by. Fine print: Management will not be responsible for the consequences.

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Nepal House panel finds 18th Saarc preparations inadequate

From Ekantipur:

Parliamentary sub-committee of International Relations and Labour on Sunday concluded that infrastructure and other renovation works for the 18th Saarc Summit were inadequate and not making desired progress. The VIP lounge and immigration section at the Tribhuvan International Airport and City Hall is still not completed and some yet to be finalized.

“Those who had assumed responsibility five days ago are yet to complete their tasks. We have also found the quality of work to be very poor,” observed KC, referring to the poor sitting arrangement in City Hall--the summit’s main venue. “The passages are very narrow and it is very difficult to pass on from one seat to another. We will suggest the government to redo the sitting arrangement there, otherwise it will create total discomfort,” said KC.

The scene outside City Hall appeared in shambles and several structures planned for the meet are unlikely to be ready by the Monday--the deadline set by the Urban Development Ministry to hand it over to the Foreign Ministry. Tapendra Bahadur Khadka, an engineer at the Department of Building, said all renovation and maintenance works would be compete by Tuesday morning.

“Several tasks which needed to be completed five days ago, are still pending. We could not find work satisfactory as there are lot of concern about the quality of the construction,” said KC.

The condition inside the international airport was even worse, KC explained. “The scene inside the airport is one that of complete chaos--broken chairs were strewn everywhere and renovation of the TIA main gate is far from over,” he said. “We are inspecting the roads on Monday and then will give our suggestions to the government,” said KC.

Officials at the TIA and other concerned government agencies have assured the House panel that they would get the works completed within the next 2-3 days. “The TIA gives a first impression. Such piecemeal approach is not justifiable and we need to add something at TIA that reflects our heritage,” he said.

SAARC Vehicle Headed Towards Kathmandu

32 vehicles for SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal is headed from New Delhi, India.
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नयाँ दिल्ली, मंसिर १ - आगामी साताबाट सुरु हुने सार्क शिखर सम्मेलनमा सार्क मुलुकबाट आएका परराष्ट्र मन्त्रीसहित विशिष्ट पधाधिकारीका लागि प्रयोग गरिने ३२ वटा गाडी दिल्लीबाट कानपुर–गोरखपुर हुँदै काठमाडौं प्रस्थान गरेका छन् ।

नेपाली दुतावासमा सुरक्षा मामला हेर्ने काउन्सेलर (एसएसपी) राजेन्द्रमान श्रेष्ठको सुरक्षा–संयोजनसहित आइतबार बिहान दिल्लीबाट छुटेका गाडी सोमबार राति गोरखपुर पुग्ने र मंगलबार अपरान्ह काठमाडौं पुग्ने जनाइएको छ । काउन्सेलर श्रेष्ठका अनुसार मर्सिडिज बेन्ज तथा बीएमडब्लु गाडीहरु सात दिनसम्म अतिथी प्रयोजनमा प्रयोग गरेपछि दिल्ली फर्काइनेछ ।

गाडी सेवा–सुविधा र लजिष्टिकबारे निर्णय गर्न दुई साताअघि परराष्ट्र सहसचिव खगनाथ अधिकारी दिल्ली आएका थिए । उक्त निर्णयअनुसार सार्क सम्मेलन प्रयोजनमा ३२ वटा मर्सिडिज÷बीएमडब्लु भाडाशर्तमा र ६ वटा बुलेट–प्रुफ बिशेष गाडी पैंचोस्वरुप काठमाडौं लगिने भएको थियो । यीमध्ये बुलेट–प्रुफ गाडी एयर–कार्गोबाट चार दिनअघि काठमाडौं लगिएको छ ।

भारतीय विदेश मन्त्रालयको समन्वयमा निजी क्षेत्रबाट लगिन लागेका ३२ गाडीको ११ दिनको प्रयोगबापत १ करोड ३५ लाख भारु ‘भाडाखर्च’ लाग्नेछ । यसबाहेक, नेपाली भूमीमा नेपाली चालकले यी गाडी कुदाउने प्रबन्धमा बिमा÷सुरक्षाबापत थप खर्च लाग्न सक्ने देखिएको छ । निजी क्षेत्रबाट लगिने गाडीका हकमा पनि भारत सरकारले ‘आवश्यक समन्वय’ गरिदिएकाले यसमा ‘बिडिङ’ लगायतका प्रकृयामा लाग्नु जरुरी नरहेको दुतावासका एक अधिकारीले बताए ।

18th SAARC Summit Details

The eighteenth SAARC summit is going to be held in Nepali capital Kathmandu on 26-27 November 2014 after three years as the last summit was held in Maldives in 2011.


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