Source: Indian Express Relevance: Understanding SAARC’s potential in bringing together leaders on one common platform. Synopsis: Revival of SAARC is necessary and it can also contribute positively to the current Afghan situation. Background South Asia is the world’s most complex and closely watched region. There are unsettled territorial disputes, and various trans-border criminal activities. It… Continue reading Can SAARC fill the power vacuum left by US withdrawal from Afghanistan?
News: Ministry of External Affairs announced rolling out of a training programme on management of coronavirus pandemic for healthcare professionals from SAARC countries. It will be imparted under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme. Facts: Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme is a bilateral assistance programme which focuses on addressing the needs of… Continue reading MEA announces Covid-19 training programme for SAARC countries
News:India’s Defence minister has said that the full potential of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation(SAARC) has not been utilised due to behaviour of Pakistan. Facts: About SAARC: The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation(SAARC) was established with the signing of the SAARC Charter in Dhaka in 1985. It comprises of eight Member States… Continue reading SAARC’s full potential not utilised due to a single country
News:The Reserve Bank has said that it has put in place a revised framework on currency swap arrangement for SAARC countries for 2019-2022. Facts: About currency swap arrangement: A currency swap between countries is an agreement to exchange currencies with predetermined terms and conditions. The countries engage in currency swaps with foreign counterparts to meet… Continue reading RBI revises framework on currency swap arrangement for SAARC countries
Bhutan Prime Minister has talked about the major themes in Indo-Bhutan relations,the SAARC region as well as Indian Prime Minister upcoming visit to Bhutan. He said that India and Bhutan ties are at their highest possible point in relations as both countries has no outstanding issues. The two countries are cooperating on various projects such… Continue reading It’s too early to call off SAARC and say it isn’t relevant or viable: Bhutan PM
Nepal ambassador to India has said that BIMSTEC cannot be a substitute for SAARC. The ambassador has also said that SAARC had nothing to do with bilateral disputes and that the region cannot grow rapidly without cooperation among South Asian nations. The debate whether BIMSTEC can be an alternative to SAARC or not started in… Continue reading Can’t promote Bimstec at the cost of Saarc: Nepal
India has invited leaders of BIMSTEC member countries to attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers.This is in line with the India’s focus on its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. Further,the president of Kyrgyzstan who is the current Chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Mauritius prime minister who was… Continue reading BIMSTEC heads invited to PM’s swearing-in