Thursday, November 27, 2014

Energy Deal Finalized in 18th SAARC Summit

 South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three years reached a deal on energy sharing Thursday, but failed on two other economic agreements during a retreat where Indian and Pakistan leaders shook hands.

On the last day of the two-day summit, the leaders flew to a mountain resort near Nepal´s capital and agreed on electricity sharing among the eight nations through a common grid.

During the retreat, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, shook hands and talked in a group, but did have one-on-one dialogue, according to Nepalese officials.

Indian officials have already said exchanging courtesies among the leaders did not mean talks between the two South Asian rivals.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif looks at his watch during the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit, the first since 2011, is meant as a forum to discuss regional issues, but is usually dominated by the rivalry between Pakistan and India. (AP )

"If they interact, exchange courtesies and exchange a few words, that does not translate as dialogue," Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said earlier.

The leaders of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka boarded helicopters from Katmandu to the retreat at Dhulikhel, 30 kilometers (19 miles) away. The area is a popular viewing spot of the Himalayan mountains.

The trip Thursday gave them a final chance to reach agreements that were expected to be signed during the meeting.

Officials indicated that Pakistan had made last-minute objections to energy sharing, roads and railways connectivity agreements because of incomplete internal procedures, but at the end, the energy deal was clinched.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit, the first since 2011, is meant as a forum to discuss regional issues, but is usually dominated by the rivalry between Pakistan and India. It is supposed to be held annually, but is often shelved due to member nations disagreeing on meeting dates.

18th SAARC Summit Decision [LIVE]

India signs #SAARC Agreement on Energy (Electricity) cooperation.
8 South Asian nations sign Agreement Framework on Energy Cooperation (Electricity). Nothing substantial was agreed.

Closing Ceremony of 18th SAARC Summit [LIVE]

We will update the closing ceremony of 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. Keep on following us.

SAARC First Ladies Took Bhaktapur Tour While Dhulikel Retreat for Heads

While the Heads of Member Nations of the SAARC flew in to Dhulikhel, Kavre, their First Ladies visited Bhaktapur and enjoyed cultural, historical and religious significance- a World Heritage Site.

The tourist destination nearby Capital attracted Pakistan’s Begum Sahiba, Maldives’ Fathima Ibrahim, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi Foreign Ministers' spouses, Sabitri Neham Peiris and Shaheen Ali.


Four First Ladies had come to Kathmandu for attending the 18th Summit.

The ladies  were accompanied by Nepal’s First Lady Sujata Koirala and the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambika Devi Luitel (Nepal's PM Sushil Koirala's niece).

They gave a visit to the Art Museum situated in the Durbar Square and atnded exhibition organized by Bhaktapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry with attraction of traditional handmade items as woodcraft and clothes.

SAARC Head of Nations Returns from Dhulikhel After Retreat; Modi flies from his own, rest on NA chopper

In the occassion of 18th SAARC Summit in Nepal's capital kathmandu, the heads of member nations had gone to Dhulikhel for retreat on the second day of the event.

The retreat from Nepal was scheduled in Dhulikhel in Kavre district nearby Bhaktapur where all the heads of nations except Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina went via air route. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi get there by his own chopper whereas others were taken by Nepal Army helicopters.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina skipped the SAARC retreat session as she was unwell but she will join the concluding session of the Summit today in Kathmandu and attend the dinner with Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav.

Yesterday, Hasina addressed the inaugural session of the two-day summit. She along with her 63-member delegation, including Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and top bureaucrats, reached Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon.

PM Modi flew on an Indian Air Force helicopter which he brought with himself while coming  Kathmandu two days ahead.

The retreat was managed in Dwarika’s Dhulikhel Resort where they will discuss Saarc agendas as well as bilateral issues in an informal setting over breakfast and lunch.

The VVIPs are scheduled to take part in the closing ceremony of the regional meet after returning from Dhulikhel. Later, the guests will take part in a dinner reception organised by Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav later at 6 pm.

Indian PM Modi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa are returning home today.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will fly back home tomorrow by a VIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Modi Meets with Other Heads of Nations in 18th SAARC Summit

Indian PM Narendra Modi holds bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal on November 26, 2014.

Dr. Baburam Bhattarai Invited to Visit Afghanistan During 18th SAARC Summit

Ex-Prime Minister of Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai has been invited to visit Afghanistan. The invitation was given by President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani.


This is the 20th visit of Ghani in Nepal who met Dr. Baburam Bhattarai in Soaltee Hotel in November 26, 2014, the first day of 18th SAARC Summit.
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Speech by Heads of Member Nations on First Day of 18th SAARC Summit

The 18th SAARC Summit was inaugurated by Nepal's PM Sushil Koirala.

India's PM Narendra Modi's Speech:

Pakistan To Host Next 19th SAARC Summit

Pakistan is set to host the 19th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in capital City - Islamabad.

The announcement was done by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in his address to the 18th SAARC summit being held in the Nepal's capital

"Pakistan was pleased to host the next SAARC Summit in Islamabad," PM Sharif said.

Ranipokhari Decorated like Bride for 18th SAARC

image via Anup Kunwar

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Full Speech of India's PM Narendra Modi on 18th SAARC Summit

Prime Minister's speech at the 18th SAARC Summit
November 26, 2014
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala ji, my colleagues from South Asia
I am delighted to return to Kathmandu.
Koiralaji, congratulations on organising an excellent Summit
Thank you, Nepal, for your warm hospitality once again.
Greetings to the Observer countries present here.

This is my first SAARC Summit. But, this is the second time I am meeting most of you together. I stepped into the office with the greetings of the entire world.

But, what moved me, dear colleagues, was your personal presence, with the good wishes of one-fourth of humanity.

Because the future I dream for India is the future I wish for our entire region.

The last Summit was three years ago. Only two of us here were present in Addu. Even Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has come here after her re-election. President Rajapaksa will soon go into one and I wish him good luck. I especially welcome our newest colleague, President Ghani.

Ours is a region of thriving democracy; of rich inheritance;the unmatched strength of youth; and, a strong thirst for change and progress.

In the last few months, I have travelled around the world.

From the middle of the Pacific, to the southern coast of Atlantic Ocean, I see a rising tide of integration.

And, negotiations on major trade agreements such as Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Because the barriers of boundaries inhibit progress; international partnerships add speed to it.

Because, in the life of an individual or a nation, a good neighbourhood is a universal aspiration.

Where does South Asia wish to stand in this world?

Nowhere in the world are collective efforts more urgent than in South Asia; and, nowhere else is it so modest.

Big and small, we face the same challenges- a long climb to the summit of development.

But, I have great belief in our boundless potential; and, confidence - that comes from the many inspiring stories of innovation and initiative in each of our countries.

There is much to learn from each other; even more - to do together.

That was the vision and aspiration that brought us together as SAARC 30 years ago. We have travelled a long distance together since then.

We have an agreement, an institution or a framework of cooperation in every field. We also have many successes.

Yet, when we speak of SAARC, we usually hear two reactions – cynicism and scepticism. This, sadly, is in a region throbbing with the optimism of our youth.

Today, less than 5% of the region's global trade takes place between us. Even at this modest level, less than 10% of the region's internal trade takes place under SAARC Free Trade Area.

Indian companies are investing billions abroad, but less than 1% flow into our region.

It is still harder to travel within our region than to Bangkok or Singapore; and, more expensive to speak to each other.

How much have we done in SAARC to turn our natural wealth into shared prosperity; or, our borders into bridgeheads to a shared future?

Yet, South Asia is slowly coming together.

India and Bangladesh have deepened their links through rail, road, power and transit.

India and Nepal have started a new era of cooperation in energy; and, India and Bhutan are making those ties stronger by the day.

With Sri Lanka, we have transformed trade through a Free Trade Agreement.

We will soon launch a new arrangement to meet Maldives' need for oil.

Distance and difficulties have not held back India and Afghanistan.

And, bus and train sustain contacts between people in India and Pakistan

We have given five South Asian partners duty free access to 99.7% of their goods and prepared to do more with others.

For India, it has been a privilege to provide assistance of nearly 8 billion U.S. dollars in South Asia over a decade.

It may not seem a great amount in these times, but we are grateful for the opportunity to have made a difference to the lives of a few brothers and sisters in our region.

Each of us has taken our own initiatives.

However, as SAARC we have failed to move with the speed that our people expect and want.

Some argue that it is because of the region's development gap. But, that should actually spur us to do more.

Or, is it because we are stuck behind the walls of our differences and hesitant to move out of the shadows of the past?

This won't resolve our differences, but will certainly deprive us of opportunities.

Today, goods travel from one Punjab to the other Punjab through Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai and Karachi – making the journey eleven times longer and the cost four times more.

India, too, has its share of responsibility –because of our size and location. I know that many of your goods, too, have to do a Parikrama of India to reach their destinations.

Just think of what we are doing to our consumers - and to our environment!

We must shrink the distance between our producers and consumers and use the most direct routes of trade. I know India has to lead, and we will do our part.I hope, each of you will, too.

Infrastructure is our region's greatest weakness and it's most pressing need.

When I thought of coming to Kathmandu by road, it made many officials in India nervous.

Because of the condition of roads at the border!

Infrastructure is my greatest priority in India. And, I also want to set up a Special Purpose Facility in India to finance infrastructure projects in our region that enhances our connectivity and trade.

We speak of ease of doing business in India. Let's extend this to our region. I promise to ensure that our facilities at the border will speed up, not slow down, trade.

Let's all make our procedures simple, our facilities better, our standards common and our paper workless burdensome.

India will now give business visa for 3-5 years for SAARC. Let's make it even easier for our businesses through a SAARC Business Traveller Card.

Excellencies, India has a huge trade surplus with SAARC countries. I believe that this neither right nor sustainable.

We will address your concerns and give you a level playing field in India. But, I encourage you to attract Indian investments to produce for the Indian market and create jobs for your youth.

I also look to a future when your companies can easily raise funds in India for investments at home; and, when we have cross-border industrial corridors, so that we can take advantage of the natural synergies and connected lives inour Border States.

I also believe that if we can light up each other's towns and villages, we can build a brighter tomorrow for our region.

Or, face a future when someone looks down at us from Space, and says that this is world's darkest corner.

Let us treat electricity as a commodity like any other that we invest and trade in. India will fully support these initiatives in the region.

We should also think with ambition to use solar energy and micro grids to quickly provide clean power to villages across the region.

Our relations become stronger when we connect the lives of the ordinary citizens of our countries. That is why connectivity and services by rail and road are so important. We should also connect ourselves more by air.

We will not only make a difference to the lives of our people, but also promote tourism in the region

We should use the strength of shared heritage and our diversity to encourage tourism within our region, and present South Asia to the world. We could begin with the Buddhist circuit, but we don't have to stop there.

As we seek to build bridges to prosperity, we must not lose sight of our responsibility to the millions living without hope.

We must work with our compassion of our hearts, but also with the power of science.

In the area of health, India will meet the shortfall in funds to establish the SAARC Regional Supra Reference Laboratory for TB and HIV.

We offer the five-in-one vaccine for the children of South Asia.

We will support monitoring and surveillance of polio-free countries, and provide vaccines where it might reappear.

And, for those coming to India for medical treatment, India will provide immediate medical visa for the patient and an attendant.

Information technology has removed all barriers to quality education. India is prepared to connect our South Asian students through online course and E-libraries. When we set up India's National Knowledge Network, we will be happy to extend it to the SAARC region.

The dream of a South Asian University has become a reality in New Delhi. But, to be truly South Asian, it must also have partnerships with at least one university in each SAARC country.

Excellencies,

India's gift of a satellite for the SAARC region will benefit us all in areas like education,telemedicine, disaster response, resource management, weather forecasting and communication.

We will also host a conference in India for all South Asian partners next year, to strengthen our collective ability to apply space technology in economic development and governance.

And, we plan to launch our satellite by the SAARC Day in 2016. As neighbours, we should also be together in good and bad times. India's capability and expertise in disaster management will always be available to South Asia.

Equally, as we reach out to Indians caught in conflicts and disasters around the world, we will also be there for all our South Asian citizens.

Excellencies, a prosperous SAARC needs the strong foundation of a secure South Asia.

If we are sensitive to each other's security, and the lives of our people, we will deepen friendships, spur cooperation and advance stabilityin our region.

Today, as we remember the horror of the terror attack in Mumbai in 2008, we feel the endless pain of lost lives.

Let us work together to fulfil the pledge we have taken to combat terrorism and trans-national crimes.

For India, our vision for the region rests on five pillars – trade, investment, assistance, cooperation in every area, contacts between our people – and, all through seamless connectivity.

This is the call of our times. This is the age of social media, where boundaries matter little.

There is a new awakening in South Asia; a new recognition of inter-linked destinies; and, a new belief in shared opportunities.

The bonds will grow.

Through SAARC or outside it.

Among us all or some of us.

We can all choose our paths to our destinations. But, when we join our hands and walk in step, the path becomes easier, the journey quicker and the destination closer.

I say this as much to my government and people, as I say to you.

We are meeting in the lap of Himalaya, which has nurtured us through the ages. Today, it is calling us to act.

Let us work to change cynicism into optimism.

Let us turn South Asia of flowering hope into a rich field of peace and prosperity.

WATCH LIVE - 18th SAARC Summit


First SAARC Summit Pic

The first summit was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 7–8 December 1985 and was attended by the Government representative and president of Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the kings of Bhutan and Nepal, and the prime minister of India. 

They signed the SAARC Charter on 8 December 1985, thereby establishing the regional association, and established study groups on the problems of terrorism and drug trafficking, as well as planning a ministerial-level meeting about GATT, and a ministerial-level conference on increasing the participation of women at the regional level. The summit also agreed to establish a SAARC secretariat and adopted an official SAARC emblem.


SAARC - European Union (EU) Relation [VIDEO]


Route Map of Kathmandu-Delhi Bus Service

The bus service will take about 19 hours to reach from Kathmandu to Delhi and travel fare will be around 4000 NRS.

Nepal to Take Lead for China's Membership on SAARC

China is currently the observer of the South Asian Club, SAARC and is willing to take membership but the issue has not been raised like as in this summit till the date.

Prime Minister of Nepal confirmed that the land-locked country will talk to other heads of members for grouping Beijing in SAARC.

According to indiatvnews, Nepalese PM Sushil Koirala said Nepal will push for China’s permanent membership in the eight-member club  while China is also positive on staying with the group.


The membership debate raised up as Chinese official media stated that China is ready to stand to elevate partnership and contribute constructively to the South Asian regions quoting Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

Age Comparison of Head of Government of SAARC Countries

The data presented here may not match exactly. 

image via @pzstha

PM Modi Handing Over Helicopter and Inagurating Ktm-Delhi Bus Service [VIDEO]

On the occasion of 18th SAARC Summit, India's PM Narendra Modi has arrived Kathmandu. He is handing over a helicopter to Nepal Army in a ceremony.




The key of the advanced featured helicopter was handed by PM Modi to Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala in an even at Tudikhel, Kathmandu.

China Remains Silent on SAARC Membership

Though the 18th SAARC Summit kicks off in Nepal's Capital city Kathmandu, China is keen to make relation with the South Asian Club, SAARC but it has been waiting silently over the issue.


China, United States (US), Australia, EU and several other countries is an observer in SAARC meeting going to start after few hours.

China has not expressed its formal view on the membership issue of SAARC but even has not said "nope". The question of China playing a greater role in the body has come to attention with a number of Nepali politicians voicing backing for membership for China in the lead-up to the summit.

Beijing seeps to play important role in boosting economic presence in the asian region -with  neighbours, including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives.

Modi Speech Highlights in Nepal during SAARC Summit

Modi speech highlights: Click here to watch full video


  • Modi announces INR 500'and 1000 notes upto 25,000 can be brought from india to nepal.
  • Soil testing techno system to be handed over to Nepal for development of agriculture.
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  • He regrets for not being able to visit Lumbini, Janakpur and Muktinath this time.
  • PM Modi feels grateful for handing over Medical Center to Nepal
  • Ktm-Delhi Bus service to be operated with Wi-Fi internet if possible.

Trauma Center Being Inaugurated by Indian PM Narendra Modi



Modi speech highlights:

Modi announces INR 500'and 1000 notes upto 25,000 can be brought from india to nepal.

Soil testing techno system to be handed over to Nepal for development of agriculture.

He regrets for not being able to visit Lumbini, Janakpur and Muktinath this time.

Pak PM Nawaj Sharif Arrives Kathmandu for 18th SAARC Summit

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaj Sharif has arrived Nepal's Capital, Kathmandu for participating in 18th SAARC Summit going to be held after a day in City Hall.

This is How Modi Was Welcomed in Kathmandu for 18th SAARC Summit [With Video]

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived Kathmandu for attending the 18th SAARC Summit going to start tomorrow for next two days.

PM Modi was welcomed by Bamdev Gautam in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

During the courses of the next three days, Mr Modi is scheduled to meet Nepal PM Sushil Koirala and other Nepali leaders on Tuesday itself.

Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi being received by Hon'ble Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs of Nepal Shri Bamdev Gautam (right), on his arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. (Photo courtesy: Suchana Bibhaag/Department of Information, Nepal)




Monday, November 24, 2014

First Ind-Pak Meet on 18th SAARC: Sushma Swaraj & Sartaj Aziz

On the occassion of 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has met her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz.

This is first India-Pakistan meet in the latest edition of SAARC Summit in Nepal's capital where both ministers had a brief exchange of words which is supposed to be regarding a possible informal meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif.

The foreign and external affairs ministers are attending the 36th meeting of the SAARC Council of Ministers today.

Sushma had arrived in Kathmandu yesterday to attend the 18th SAARC Summit.

The meeting, hosted by the Nepalese Foreign Minister, Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, will be attended by the ministers of all SAARC nations - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

MOFA Press Release on the Arrival of PM of Bhutan.

Press Release on the Arrival of Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
November 25, 2014
Press Release

His Excellency Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan, arrived in Kathmandu this morning to attend the 18th SAARC Summit Meeting being held in Kathmandu on 26-27 November 2014. H. E. the Prime Minister will be leading the delegation of Bhutan to the Summit.

Upon his arrival, H. E. the Prime Minister was warmly welcomed by Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Mr. Bam Dev Gautam, at the VVIP Lounge at Tribhuvan International Airport. H. E. the Prime Minister was offered the guard of honour by Nepal Army. On the occasion, national anthems of both and Nepal and Bhutan were played.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Kathmandu
25 November 2014

Maldiveian President arrives Kathmandu for 18th SAARC Summit

President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen has arrived in Nepal to participate in the 18th SAARC Summit.
He landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at around 11:35. Yameen is the fourth head of state to arrive for particiapation in the Summit. He was welcomed at the TIA by Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh.

Security Tightened in Kathmandu for 18th SAARC Summit

With just hours remaining for starting 18th SAARC summit, the security in Kathmandu valley has been tightened. Police personnels are deployed on roof of private houses for security to the arriving member heads of eight nations.

image via TKP

Sri Lankan, Afghanistan and Bhutanese Heads Arrived Kathmandu for 18th SAARC

For attending 18th SAARC Summit, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai have arrived in Kathmandu this morning. Likewise Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Togbay also arrived to attend the summit after the two VIP arrivals.

Rajapaksa landed at around 10:15, 45 minutes behind 9:30 schedule, on a Sri Lankan Airlines aircraft while Ghani arrived at around 11 am on a Kam Airlines Boeing 767.

After the arrival at TIA, Rajapaksa has flown to Lumbini on a via Nepal Army chopper where he will offer prayers at Mayadevi Temple. He will also take part in other programmes in the district before returning to the Capital later on today.

Pic of 3rd SAARC Summit

This is the photo taken on 4rd SAARC Summit held in Islamabad, Pakistan on 29–31 December 1988 where 7 members were representing the meeting.
Pic source: Subin Shrestha
Pic of 3rd SAARC Summit held in Nepal attended by Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah representing Nepal. src: annapurnapost


Top 7 Facts About SAARC

1. The motto of the SAARC organisation is 'Deeper Integration for Peace and Prosperity'.

2. It will surprise many but the official language of SAARC organisation is English.

3. The headquarters of the SAARC association is not in India or Pakistan, but it situated in Kathmandu, Nepal.

4. Not many know that if the Gross Domestic Product (PPP) of these eight nations is combined, it will be the third highest economy in the world, behind United States of America and China.

5. The idea to develop SAARC was first initiated in the year 1980 but it took five years to contemplate it. The first SAARC summit was held in the year 1985 on December 8 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

6. Initially the SAARC organisation comprised of only seven countries. Afghanistan was later added as new full member of the association during the 13th SAARC Summit held in Dhaka in April 2007.

7. India has have host the SAARC Summit for three times previously viz. in the year 1986, 1995 and 2007.

source: india.com

१० बर्षमा सार्क #SAARC यस्तो होस् !!

१) एक अर्काको देशमा अाउन जान सजिलो होस्, European Union जस्तो।
२) व्यापार गर्नमा कुनै बन्देज नराखियोस्
३) राजनीतिक दाउपेचलाई अार्थिक भारदारीले पेलिराखोस्
४) साझा रक्षा नीति बनोस्
५) धार्मिक पर्यटनमा एक-अापस बीच अधिक समन्वय होस्
६) सार्क उद्दमशीलता विकास बैंक खडा होस् जसले सार्क देशका साना उद्दमीहरुलाई एक-अापससँग मिलेर कारोबर गर्न सजिलो होस्
७) सबै सार्क देश बीच स्थल मार्ग द्रुत र व्यवस्थित बनोस्
८) २०३० सम्म संमृद्ध राष्ट्र हासिल गर्न एउटै अार्थिक मार्गदर्शन होस्।
९) सबै सार्क देशमा सार्क विश्वविद्यालय होस् - शिक्षा र विज्ञानको अादनप्रदान बढोस्
१०) अर्को सार्क देश जाँदा पनि पहिलो दर्जाका नागरिक सरह हक हित मिलोस्
source:वेकशील नेपाली BibekSheel Nepali

PM Narendra Modi's Statement Before Leaving India for 18th SAARC Summit

Following is the full text of his statement prior to his departure for Nepal:

I will leave today on a visit to Nepal to attend the 18th SAARC Summit, being hosted by the Government of Nepal in Kathmandu on 26-27 November 2014.
Although this is my first SAARC Summit, during the last six months, I have interacted extensively with leaders of SAARC countries beginning with their auspicious presence at my swearing in ceremony. Development of close relations with our neighbours is a key priority for my Government.

The 18th SAARC Summit will focus on the theme of "Deeper Regional Integration for Peace and Prosperity". India has always emphasized the importance of greater regional integration at all levels for the socio-economic development of the South Asian region. We have undertaken several initiatives in this regard on bilateral, sub-regional and regional basis, and will continue to do more. We hope that the Summit will lead to concrete outcomes, particularly in regard to various initiatives on enhancing connectivity that have been under discussion for a long time.

I also look forward to holding bilateral discussions with other South Asian Heads of State and Government on the margins of the SAARC Summit.
This will be my second visit to Nepal within four months, which reflects the importance we attach to our unique and special relations with Nepal. There has been significant progress in the implementation of the decisions taken during my visit to Nepal in August 2014. I look forward to reviewing the progress in our relations with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and other Nepalese leaders. We also hope to conclude some concrete agreements in the areas of connectivity and development cooperation.

Afghanistan, The World's Largest Regional Grouping Member in SAARC

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) showed green card to Afghanistan to be member of the South Asian club.

Afghanistan became 8th member of SAARC in annual summit in New Delhi in 2007, where, with Afghan President Hamid Karzai was representing from the country.

Afghanistan can reap benefits from entrepöt trade between Central Asian countries and the rest of SAARC. Moreover, even today, Afghanistan is seen as a viable doorway for South Asian countries for access to the oil and gas of Central Asian Republics like Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Thus, in order to promote economic growth and reduce poverty in Afghanistan, enhancing its cross-border and transit trade with neighboring countries is a must. Road and railway connectivity must be promoted on a burden-sharing basis wherein neighbors share the costs.

FNJ Urges For Journos to Access SAARC Summit Venue

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has urged the Nepal Government(NG) to act immediately for providing access of video and photojournalists from private media houses to the 18th SAARC Summit starting from November 26th, 2014.

FNJ demanded withdrawal of decision disallowing photo journalists, camera persons and reporters of private media from entering the City by issuing a press statement.
Representative of FNJ, the umbrella organisation of Nepali journalists had already met Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and raised the issue but the government has not showed positive sign.

Kathmandu - Delhi Bus To Be Inaugurated By Modi Tomorrow

The most awaited bus service from Kathmandu to Delhi is set to be inaugurated from November 25th by Indian PM Narendra Modi. He is visiting Nepal on the occassion of 18th SAARC Summit going to be held from November 26 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The program is scheduled to start on 4:30 local time with his counter part - Sushil Koirala, Nepal's PM.

After the operation of bus service, India's capital city New Delhi can be reached in 19 hours from Kathmandu.

The cost for usage of the bus service is fixed NRS 4000 only.

12th SAARC Handicraft Expo 2071 Kathmandu, Nepal [Photo Feature]

SAARC Handicraft Exhibition was held from November 20 to November 24, 2014 at Bhrikuti Mandap, Exhibition Road, Kathmandu, Nepal. 

The 18th SAARC Summit is also going to be held at the same city from November 26th.

The exhibitiion was organized jointly by Government of Nepal (GON), the SAARC Cultural Centre in Sri Lanka and the Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal.



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PM Modi to Gift Helicopter & Handover built Trauma Centre To Nepal

In upcoming visit to Nepal for attending 18th SAARC Summit, Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi is scheduled to handover a trauma centre at the heart of Nepal's Capital Kathmandu.

Also, Indian PM will gift an advanced light helicopter (ALH) named HAL Dhruv Mark-3, to Nepal which will be very helpful in emergency period too and will meet the requirements of both military and civil operators.

The keys of the helicopter will be handed over to Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala who will then hand them over to Chief of the Nepal Army (NA) Gen Gaurav Sumsher Rana at a function organized at the Nepal Army Pavilion in Tundikhel.

The  200-bedded Trauma center was built with Indian aid of Rs.1.5-billion years ago for providing better medical facility to Nepali citizens.

Few years ago, Nepal had sought to expressed interest in purchasing two ALHs from India at a highly subsidised price at the 11th Bilateral Consultative Group meeting in Kathmandu in July.

The helicopter is designed to meet the requirements of both military and civil operators. Manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the helicopter costs $6.5 million. It has already landed in Kathmandu Saturday.

Tthe helicopter which costs $6.5 million is well equipped with rocket, air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles and a gun turret.

The centre is equipped with advanced 150 beds, six operation theatres, 14 intensive care units (ICUs), eight resuscitation rooms and beds for emergency observation, 10 examination cubicles in the outpatient department and a triage area.

Rehearsal of 18th SAARC Summit Completes with Nepali PM Koirala

As a rehearsal for welcoming ceremony for the Heads of State and Governments of eight nations coming for attending the 18th SAARC Summit going to be held in Nepal's Capital completes with the presence of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

The 18th summit will start from November 26th, 2014 at City hall in the heart of Kathmandu.


The rehearsal of the welcome ceremony started from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to Hotel Soaltee where the guests would be staying. The rehearsal was continued to City Hall from the hotel on Monday.


COMPLETE DETAILS: Arrival Timing of SAARC Heads of Govts

Arrival timing of heads of 8 nations for 18th SAARC Summit going to be held from Nov 26 in Nepal's Capital Kathmandu. The landing time is for Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.

The arrival on Tuesday will see SriLankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at first who will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 9:30 am followed by Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani at 10:45 am.


Similarly, Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan will land at 11:45 am whereas Maldives’ President Abdulla Yameen will come Nepal at 12:05 pm.

Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi is expected to arrive between 3 pm to 3:30 pm who will inaugurate the Trauma Center near Bir Hospital build with Indian assistance and hand over a chopper to Nepal Army at Tundikhel at 4 pm.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif will arrive at 3:45 pm, while Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina will be last to arrive at 4:15 pm.


The arrival time of Mahindra Rajapaksa, Ashraf Ghani, Tshering Tobgay, Abdulla Yameen, Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif and Sheikh Hasina.

Foreign Minister of Maldives Arrives Kathmandu for 18th SAARC Summit

Days ahead of 18th SAARC Summit, Ms Dunya Maumoon has arrived in Kathmandu to participate in the 18th SAARC Summit as a representative from Maldives.

Joint Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rameswor Paudel is set to welcome the SAARC foreign ministers at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

Maumoon is the second Foreign Minister to arrive in Kathmandu after Bhutan's Foreign Minister Lyonpo Rinzin Dorje who arrived Nepal's capital - Kathmandu on November 23, 2014. SAARC Summit is going to be held on City hall at Kathmandu from November 26, 2014 for 2 days.

Nawaz Sharif Briefed by Pakistan's Spy Agency Ahead of 18th SAARC

Days ahead of 18th SAARC Summit in Nepal's Capital, Kathmandu, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif has been briefed by spy agency chief Lt General Rizwan Akhtar on Monday.

The briefing is supposed to be related to national security and other national stuffs.

Prime Minister Sharif is visiting Nepal for the SAARC Summit and is expected to have valuable talk and interaction with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during the regional summit in Kathmandu on 26-27 November.

Sri Lankan President To Arrive Tuesday; Will Visit Religious Places

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to visit Nepal on Tuesday for attending 18th SAARC Summit starting few days ahead. President MR will visit Buddhist monastery of Chabahil (Charumati) in Kathmandu which has been a symbol of historic relations between Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Charumati, a daughter of Emperor Ashoka who set up the Monastery 2,300 years ago, brought Buddhism to Nepal while Sanghamitra and son Mahendra brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka.

The visit on the occasion of the meeting is President Rajapaksa's second visit to Nepal. The President and the First lady visited Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha in 2009.

All necessary preparations for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Lumbini visit that is going to take place on the eve of SAARC 18th Summit have been completed.

Special attention has been focused on Lumbini with the confirmation of visits of Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksha and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to this historic place and security here has been beefed up, keeping in mind the visit of SAARC special guests. Lumbini is all got ready to welcome the SAARC special guests to the town.

Sri Lankan President To Arrive Tuesday; Will Visit Religious Places

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to visit Nepal on Tuesday for attending 18th SAARC Summit starting few days ahead. President MR will visit Buddhist monastery of Chabahil (Charumati) in Kathmandu which has been a symbol of historic relations between Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Charumati, a daughter of Emperor Ashoka who set up the Monastery 2,300 years ago, brought Buddhism to Nepal while Sanghamitra and son Mahendra brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka.

The visit on the occasion of the meeting is President Rajapaksa's second visit to Nepal. The President and the First lady visited Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha in 2009.

All necessary preparations for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Lumbini visit that is going to take place on the eve of SAARC 18th Summit have been completed.

Special attention has been focused on Lumbini with the confirmation of visits of Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksha and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to this historic place and security here has been beefed up, keeping in mind the visit of SAARC special guests. Lumbini is all got ready to welcome the SAARC special guests to the town.

China Keen to be SAARC Member

With just a few days remaining for starting 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal, China expressed interest to work up with SAARC nations.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying told a media briefing  "We value the role played by SAARC and stand ready to elevate our partnership with it so that together we can play a greater role and contribute constructively to the region".


A joint secretarial-level meeting to set the agenda for the regional meet which will discuss on bringing China in the south Asian club. Though experts arugue that China, an observer of SAARC, should not be compared to other observers as the country shares its border with five SAARC member countries and enjoys deep ties with them.

Meanwhile, SAARC could benefit from China's rapid economic growth and a role it could play in linking SAARC with Asean and Central and East Asia Saarc can occupy a significant position in China's foreign policy which could be helpful in overcoming strained India-Pakistan relations and economic disparities

The step could provide a huge opportunity and an ideal incentive for China-Saarc cooperation in the future and China can play good role for overall development too.

The 18th SAARC Summit is going to be held in Nepal's Capital city, Kathmandu from November 26, 2014.

Even-Odd Traffic System for 18th SAARC Summit Affecting Life in Kathmandu

On the occassion of 18th SAARC Summit going to be held from November 26 to 27, 2014, the Government of Nepal (GoN) has made rule for operation of vehicles based on odd and even number plate system effective from Nov 24 to 28.

The numebring system is done on alternate days with the motive for reducing the traffic congestion in the capital's roads to tighten security for the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association fore Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

The new system for traffic system has halted the life of number of citizens due to reduction on number almost by half than on usual days.

Due to reduction on the number of public vehicles, passengers of Kathmandu are having hard time catching vehicles to work and heading offices. Also, the running public vehicles are carrying very large number of passengers due to which citizens are compelled to head towards workspace on foot.

The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, Kathmandu stated that the odd and even number plate system which came into effect from the morning of Mangsir 8th, 2071 have not encountered any problems managing the traffic so far.

Some vehicles not conforming to the odd and even number plate system at sensitive areas of the capital were turned back while vehicles found violating this rule would be subjected to action from tomorrow.

Besides for general public vehicles, those used for essential services , the media, ambulances, mortuary vans, fire vehicles, vehicles used in blood transfusion services, vehicles carrying hospital and diplomatic mission staffs, vehicles carrying tourists and marriage ceremony can run freely.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Narendra Modi to Talk with Nawaz Sharif at 18th SAARC summit

India's Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi is travelling to neighboring country Nepal on Tuesday for attending the 18th SAARC summit to be held in capital Kathmandu. PM Modi is expected to meet all top Saarc leaders, including his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Though there is no proposal for a bilateral meeting with Sharif, PM is expected to have a meaningful dialogue with as many Saarc leaders as possible and would handle all aspects of relationships.

The schedule of the bilateral meets are yet to be finalized whereas India is willing to have peaceful and cooperative relations with Pakistan constructing the framework under the Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration.

This will be Modi's second visit to Nepal after taking over as PM and the visit is expected to have a substantive bilateral component.

Update on 25th Nov, 9:19 NT:
On tuesday, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif said that his side is ready to hold talks but it is up to India to re-start the negotiations which were called off by it "unilaterally".

He blamed India for cancelling the meeting unilaterally.

Theme for 18th SAARC Summit, Kathmandu, Nepal

The theme for 18th SAARC Summit going to be held from September 25th in Nepal's Capital - Kathmandu has been set Adoption of ‘Deeper Integration for Peace, Progress and Prosperity'.

Nepal's Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey confirmed that the theme was declared as suggested by the Council of Ministers. Earlier, an advisory committee formed under former foreign minister.

Minister Pandey visited SAARC member states for extending formal invitations on behalf of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala few weeks earlier. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pandey visited India, Maldives and Sri Lanka prior to his flight to US for UN General Assembly on September 19.

Why PM Modi cancelled Visits to 3 places in Nepal: Official Letter

In response to a question on Hon'ble Prime Minister of India's visit to Nepal, the Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said-
During his last visit to Kathmandu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed a desire to visit other places in Nepal, including Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath, to highlight, in particular, the strong civilizational links and unparallelel people-to-people contacts between our two countries.

There has been widespread interest in Prime Minister's schedule in the upcoming visit to Nepal for the SAARC summit.

Due to Prime Minister's unavoidable domestic commitments and pre-scheduled travels within the country, he will travel only to Kathmandu to attend the SAARC Summit.

Prime Minister deeply values the special relationship between India and Nepal and will always welcome every occasion to visit Nepal and interact with the leadership and the people of Nepal. He looks forward to an early opportunity to visit Janakpur, Lumbini, Muktinath and other places in Nepal.

From: Embassy of India Kathmandu

This is how 18th SAARC Summit will be Inaugurated

18th SAARC Summit is going to start in few days and its going to be inaugurated in a grand way. The Minister of the SAARC host country, Sushil Koirala, will inaugurate the summit meeting on November 26, 2014 at City hall in Kathmandu at 9:30 AM.

Iincumbent Chairman of SAARC, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of Maldives, declares the 18th SAARC summit open before the inauguration ceremony.

President Gayoom will propose Prime Minister Koirala for the chairmanship of SAARC after the Summit recommend's the agenda for discussion. The proposal will then be approved by all heads of state or government of SAARC member countries.

PM Koirala is scheduled to invite Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaj Sharif, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa , President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the summit and discuss on agendas.

PM Koirala will also invite SAARC Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa and representatives of SAARC observer countries for their inaugural address.

Australia, China, Iran, Japan, Korea, Mauritius, United States of America and European Union are listed as Representatives of SAARC Observer countries in the 18th SAARC Summit.

Nepali Protests as Modi Reschedules Tour Cancelling Visits to 3 Places

People of Janakpur and other places in Nepal are protesting as soon as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cancellation his scheduled visit to these towns spread.

PM Modi's visit to 3 different places was scheduled during his trip to Nepal to attend 14th SAARC Summit to be held in Kathmandu from November 26-27, 2014.

The Indian external affairs ministry confirmed the cancellation due to "unavoidable domestic commitments and pre-scheduled travels within" India.

During his last visit to Kathmandu last month, Prime Minister Modi had expressed a desire to visit other places in Nepal, including Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath.

There has been widespread interest in Prime Minister's schedule in the upcoming visit to Nepal for the SAARC summit.
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