Showing posts with label India. Show all posts
Showing posts with label India. Show all posts

Monday, January 19, 2015

Japan Shows Interest to support energy Network to SAARC countries

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

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.

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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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.

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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.

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