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The SAARC or South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation is destined to be a social, political as well as cultural force based on the cooperation of the South Asian countries. The latest news about SAARC is that the Fourth Meeting of Health Ministers convened in Maldives.


Though the abbreviation SAARC or South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation is destined to be a social, political as well as cultural force based on the cooperation of the South Asian countries on political level, as of now there remained a lot to expect in regard to its growth to the status of a formidable political power. The latest news about SAARC is that Secretary-General, addressed the Inaugural Session of the Fourth Meeting of Health Ministers convened in Maldives. While other alliances or regional organizations like G8, OPEC or NATO are mainly formed on the basis of economic or military cooperation SAARC is destined to look after a wide array of interests of member countries other than merely economic cooperation. In 1977 Ziaur Rahman, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, had initially proposed the formation of SAARC and with seven member countries comprising Banglasesh, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Srilanka, Pakistan and Afganistan, the organization has started its journey in the year 1985.

Areas of Cooperation

The SAARC countries are destined to work in vast and wider areas of cooperation including agriculture, biotechnology, economy, culture, energy, trade, poverty alleviation, rural development, environment, security issues, funding and finance mechanism, communication, culture, social development, human resource development, global terrorism, etc.

How SAARC started?

In late seventies SAARC countries expressed their willingness to form a south Asian regional block for betterment and sharing of economic and social strengths among the countries. In 1977 head of state of Bangladesh, Ziaur Rahman first formally proposed for its formation and with the Colombo meeting of foreign secretaries in 1981 the idea was discussed again. Finally in 1985 with the meeting of the whole or the head of states of seven member countries in Colombo, SAARC started its organizational function and agreed upon 5 areas of cooperation initially. Other areas of mutual cooperation were agreed upon and amended in the subsequent years.

Basic Objectives of SAARC

SAARC is an organization that is centered on the idea of mutual trust and cooperation for the welfare of the people in a wide range of areas concerning livelihood of the population and developmental aspects. Most dominant and guiding aspect of the organization is to promote collaborative and assisting framework in the economic, social, cultural, technical and scientific fields. Another important aspect of SAARC is to promote the organization as a powerful alliance of south Asian countries in the global arena for pursuing interests of the member countries. Poverty alleviation, improvement of livelihood and corresponding economic growth has always been in the forefront of the agendas of SAARC. After the globalization and its economic, social and cultural aspects took control of the world order initiatives in building relationship with other international organizations and regional powers became an important agenda and concerning area of SAARC.

Basic Principles of SAARC

As we have already seen that the basic objectives of SAARC do not take political positions and interests as their major binding concern and as the organization from its origination is more concentrated on the economic, social and cultural aspects of mutual sharing and development, the gross focus of the principles of the organization always rests on the political non interference in one another's territory, administrative structure and political interests. Apart from respect for sovereignty, territorial status and political interests SAARC emphasizes on the unity of opinion and decision on all matters that is evident in the binding principle of decision-making process. Another important principle of SAARC is that any bilateral issues between member countries have to be kept aside in the forum of SAARC and only common mutual interests of member countries should be considered as the subject of discussion.

As globalization as a world economic order and dominant cultural milieu has almost passed through two decades and as we have already seen its gigantic as well as encompassing effects across all aspects of our living hood and social spheres, the viability of regional economic as well as social cooperation has increased considerably in the recent times. Especially after economic recession took effect in the recent past the presence of regional organizations like SAARC is to play crucial role in the face of economic super powers and their influence.

PM's Address at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre

June 8, 2015 at 2:01 PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said that even as his 2-day visit to Bangladesh was ending, he felt the real journey begins now.

India to host 5th Meeting of SAARC Health Ministers

April 5, 2015 at 5:21 PM

India to host 5th Meeting of SAARC Health Ministers. Deliberations to strengthen collaboration among SAARC countries

Poll panels of SAARC countries establish forum

May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) SAARC countries Wednesday adopted a charter for mutual cooperation and set up a forum that will enhance capabilities to conduct free and fair elections.

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Indian helping hand in Sri Lankan cinema's revival

May 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Cinema as a popular cultural mouthpiece is trying to revive itself in Sri Lanka after 30 years of civil war, courtesy a bunch of progressive filmmakers, new stories - and post-production labs in India.

Need to find innovative ways to deal with new poll-related problems: Quraishi

April 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

New Delhi, Apr 30 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi on Monday said there is a need to find innovative ways to deal with new problems related to carrying out elections.

South Asia needs innovative poll strategies: Quraishi

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Bitter political competition, use of money power and citizens' apathy in the electoral process call for innovative methods and strategies in the South Asian region, Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said Monday. He also described paid news as an emerging challenge in India.

South Asia needs innovative poll strategies: Quraishi

April 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Bitter political competition, use of money power and apathy of citizens in the electoral process call for innovative methods and strategies in the South Asian region, Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said Monday.

Rising number of political party, a big challenge: Quraishi

April 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi said that paid news has emerged a major challenge before the election commission and there is a need

Paid news an emerging challenge: Quraishi

April 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Paid news, a recent challenge thrown up before the Election Commission, is a "clandestine deal" between politicians and journalists, Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said here Monday.

SAARC poll bodies' meet in Delhi from April 30

April 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Election Commission of India will host the third Conference of Heads of Election Management Bodies of SAARC Countries from April 30 to May 2 here.

Ousted Maldives president coming to press for early polls

April 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) With the political deadlock persisting in the Maldives, ousted president Mohamed 'Anni' Nasheed comes to India next week to seek New Delhi's diplomatic push for early elections in his picture-pretty Indian Ocean island country.

Manmohan-Zardari meet a good beginning: Mufti

April 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Jammu, April 8 (IANS) Terming the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari 'a good beginning', patron of Jammu and Kashmir's People's Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Saturday hoped that this 'positive development' would help in finding pragmatic solutions to a number of issues affecting the relationship between the two countries.

Post 26/11, a chronicle of India-Pakistan meetings

April 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM

A chronology of key meetings between Indian and Pakistani leaders after the Nov 26, 2008 Mumbai terror carnage that caused a nearly two-year long deep freeze in the ties between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

After talks with Zardari, Manmohan says 'very happy to visit Pakistan' (Afternoon Lead)

April 8, 2012 at 3:29 PM

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) India and Pakistan moved a step closer to their "common desire" of normalising relations after a businesslike lunch and talks between visiting Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here Sunday. The two leaders discussed the entire gamut of bilateral issues before Manmohan Singh announced he would be "very happy" to visit Pakistan.

Visit Pakistan, Zardari to tell Manmohan

April 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Islamabad, April 8 (IANS) President Asif Ali Zardari will invite Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan when the two leaders meet Sunday, a media report said here.

Manmohan-Zardari meeting: India to press for action against Saeed

April 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Bolstered by the US unveiling a $10 million bounty for the capture of the Mumbai terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed, India is expected to up pressure for action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Sunday.

Amid improving ties, Zardari to meet Manmohan, visit Ajmer

April 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM

New Delhi/Islamabad, April 2 (IANS) Amid a marked improvement in bilateral ties, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will visit India April 8 to offer prayers at a revered Sufi shrine in Ajmer and also meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for lunch.

Zardari likely to come on 'personal' visit to India

April 1, 2012 at 7:09 PM

New Delhi/Islamabad, April 1 (IANS) Against the backdrop of improving bilateral ties, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is expected to come on a personal visit to India later this month to pay his respects at the revered Sufi shrine at Ajmer Sharif.

Rabbani Khar wants to pursue result-orientated process to resolve bilateral issues

March 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Seoul, Mar 27 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said a result-orientated process of dialogue would help India and Pakistan resolve bilateral issues.

India, Pak should focus on result-orientated dialogue: Khar

March 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Seoul, Mar.27 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday said a result-orientated dialogue would help India and Pakistan resolve their bilateral issues.

Sri Lankan dailies go to town over India's UN vote

March 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Colombo, March 23 (IANS) India's vote against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council grabbed the headlines here Friday.

SAARC nations need to do much more in fight against terrorism: India

March 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

New Delhi, mar.20 (ANI): Noting that South Asia has been wracked by activities of the world's biggest terrorist actors like Al-Qaeda and its various affiliates, India today stressed the need for strengthening cooperation and coordination between countries to counter terror and bring perpetrators of terrorist acts to justice.

SAARC nations need to do much more in fight against terrorism: India

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

New Delhi, mar.20 (ANI): Noting that South Asia has been wracked by activities of the world's biggest terrorist actors like Al-Qaeda and its various affiliates, India today stressed the need for strengthening cooperation and coordination between countries to counter terror and bring perpetrators of terrorist acts to justice.

Indian baseball team to visit Pakistan for five-nation baseball tournament

March 1, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Islamabad, Mar 1(ANI): The Indian baseball team will visit Pakistan for the first time to take part in the10th South-West Asia Baseball Cup 2012 that kicks off in Lahore from March 23.

Indian baseball team to visit Pakistan for five-nation baseball tournament

March 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Islamabad, Mar 1(ANI): The Indian baseball team will visit Pakistan for the first time to take part in the10th South-West Asia Baseball Cup 2012 that kicks off in Lahore from March 23.

SAARC meeting on strengthening anti-terror mechanism begins in Delhi

February 9, 2012 at 8:21 PM

New Delhi, Feb 9 (ANI): A meeting of high-level group of eminent experts from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to strengthen the anti-terror mechanism got underway here on Thursday.

Surajkund Craft Mela: A place where many a tradition meet

February 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Internationally acclaimed Suraj Kund Crafts Mela saw the dawn on February 1, 2012, and is on its extreme height now. This is the 26th time Haryana tourism is proudly hosting this mela.

Tourism is a Pollution free industry: Meira Kumar

February 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Citing Tourism as a pollution free industry, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today stressed on the need of boosting this industry multi-fold.....

26th Surajkund Crafts Mela 2012 begins with a colorful note

February 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM

The much-awaited Surajkund Crafts Mela representing the handloom and handicraft traditions of rich Indian cultural heritage is to begin today with Aasam as the theme state for this year.

Cost of credit needs to be brought down: Anand Sharma

January 23, 2012 at 9:19 PM

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Asserting that the industry needs investment, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Monday said that cost of credit needs to be brought down.

Gilani says recent Indo-Pak talks have reduced trust deficit

January 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Islamabad, Jan 19(ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that recent meetings between Pakistan and India have helped reduce the trust deficit between the two sides.

Gilani says recent Indo-Pak talks have reduced trust deficit

January 19, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Islamabad, Jan 19(ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that recent meetings between Pakistan and India have helped reduce the trust deficit between the two sides.

Kapil Sibal welcomes exchange programmes with Bangladesh

January 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Tripura, Jan 12 (ANI): Asserting that education is the real tool of empowerment, Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday said the exchange of people as well as the large number of students from Bangladesh, who come to study in India provides the foundation for a lasting friendship.

Youth Festival to remember the Monk who introduced India to the world

January 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Mangalore: The 17th National Youth Festival starts in Mangalore on Saturday. The event is organized to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda that falls on January12; the first festival of this kind was organized in Bhopal in 1995.

Seventeenth national youth festival commences in Mangalore tomorrow

January 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

New Delhi, Jan 11 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda will inaugurate the seventeenth national youth festival in Mangalore tomorrow.

India, Pakistan discuss demilitarization of LoC

December 28, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Islamabad, Dec 28 (ANI): Pakistan has proposed to India to move heavy artillery away from the Line of Control (LoC).

Indo-Pak officials review CBMs on first day of talks in Islamabad

December 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): India and Pakistan reviewed the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) during the talks between the senior officials of the two sides in Islamabad today.

Can Pakistan's peace overtures be taken at face value?

December 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

New Delhi, Dec.9 (ANI): The world, as we know it, seems to be going topsy-turvy of late. Pakistan, a sworn enemy of India since its inception as a Nation, seems to be warming up with India after six plus decades. At the same time, its relationship with its most abiding ally, the United States (US), is on the brink of a breakdown.

Manmohan Singh meets President Patil

November 28, 2011 at 1:05 PM

New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday and brief her about his recent foreign visits and the ongoing session of Parliament.

Humanity still shivers when recalling 26/11 Mumbai attacks: Modi

November 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Ahmedabad, Nov.26 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that humanity could not forget 26/11 ever, and added that measures should be taken to improve maritime security to avert such attacks in the future.

Rehman Malik optimistic about sending judicial commission to India within a week

November 26, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Islamabad, Nov.26 (ANI): Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has expressed hope about sending a judicial commission to New Delhi within a week, after completion of official procedure, to expedite the trial of the accused in the 2008 militant attack case in Mumbai.

Afghanistan 'not serious' about improving ties with Pak: Khar

November 19, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Islamabad, Nov 19 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Afghanistan is not serious in improving ties with her country, otherwise it would not have continuously made 'recriminatory comments' against Islamabad.

Terrorism with cross- national linkages pose critical challenge in South Asia: Antony

November 15, 2011 at 4:19 PM

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): Asserting that terrorism continues to be a problem for nations in South Asia, Defence Minister A.K Antony today said that the gamut of security issues facing various nations in the region is largely non-traditional and asymmetric.

'We find positive signs in relation with Pak in economic co-operation area': Antony

November 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM

New Delhi, Nov. 15 (ANI): Defence Minister A K Antony on Tuesday said the positive outcome of talks between the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and his Pakistani counterpart, Yusuf Raza Gilani, on the sidelines of the recently concluded 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, have paved way for strengthening bilateral ties.

India welcomes trade ties with Pak, eyes MFN, visa-easing process

November 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM

New Delhi, Nov. 14 (ANI): India on Monday welcomed the resumption of trade talks with Pakistan and expressed the hope that the visa-issuing process would be relaxed to enable businessmen from both countries to travel more conveniently for trading purposes.

Indo-Pak Commerce Secretary talks begin in New Delhi

November 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM

New Delhi, Nov.14 (ANI): Commerce secretaries of India and Pakistan today led their respective delegations in talks that will focus on arriving at an agreement for opening up trade between the two countries.

Ayurveda: Primary concern for Publicity

November 14, 2011 at 2:10 PM

The demand for ayurvedic medicines declined at a significant rate in India after the English invaded India and introduced the western science of medicine here.

India, Pak 'want to move forward' to re-establish lost 'trust' following SAARC summit: Khar

November 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Islamabad, Nov 14 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Pakistan and India 'want to move forward' to re-establish trust between the two countries, leading to result-oriented dialogue on all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir.

Rajnath Singh criticises PM for calling Gilani 'a man of peace'

November 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Gorakhpur, Nov. 13 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Sunday criticised Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for calling his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani as 'a man of peace'

PM defends fuel price hike; says extra subsidies could trigger budgetary crisis

November 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Onboard Air India One, Nov.13 (ANI): Defending his government decision to hike fuel prices, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh maintained that giving extra subsidies to oil companies could cause a budgetary crisis, while underscoring that inflation was indeed a worrisome problem.

PM says resolving row over River Teesta with Bangladesh will take time

November 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Onboard Air India One, Nov.13 (ANI): The long-standing dispute with Bangladesh over water rights of River Teesta will take time since various parameters are being considered in the proper perspective.

Pak claims 'chilly' Gilani-Karzai meeting on SAARC Summit sidelines was 'positive'

November 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Islamabad, Nov 13(ANI): Pakistan's Foreign Office has said a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit in Maldives led to a positive exchange of views.

Successful SAARC summit, but there are still miles to go, says Manmohan Singh

November 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM

On Board Special Aircraft, Nov 12(ANI): The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has still miles to go before its full potential is realized, but there is a growing awareness among all countries of the region about the importance of regional cooperation, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said today.

Manmohan Singh assures Maldives of Indian help to be carbon neutral

November 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Male (Maldives), Nov 12(ANI): India today reassured Maldives of help in tackling climate change and becoming a 'carbon neutral' country.

Gilani was "taken aback" by Karzai's aggressive posture against Pak over Rabbani assassination

November 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Male, Nov 12 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani was "taken aback" after Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for Islamabad's meaningful cooperation in investigating the assassination of Afghan peace jirga chief Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Manmohan Singh compliments Maldives on successful SAARC summit, signs agreement

November 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Male, Nov 12(ANI): India and Maldives is working together on increasing connectivity and closer economic cooperation, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said today.

Manmohan Singh to address Maldivian Parliament today

November 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Male, Nov 12(ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and his delegation will hold bilateral talks with their host counterparts in Maldives to reinforce the cordial bilateral relations.

SAARC leaders pledge to promote regional trade

November 12, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Male, Nov 12 (ANI): South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders concluded a two-day summit here on Friday, pledging to promote regional trade and facilitate communications and travel among their countries.

SAARC nations resolve to work together to fight terrorism and piracy

November 11, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov 11(ANI): At the conclusion of 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Addu City, Maldives, Southsian nations resolved to root out terrorism.

Mirwaiz hails Manmohan Singh for discussing Kashmir issue with Gilani

November 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Srinagar, Nov 11(ANI): Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today hailed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for taking up the Kashmir issue with his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Manmohan Singh meets Nepal PM, Afghan President in Maldives

November 11, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Addu (Maldives), Nov 11 (ANI): On the concluding day of the 17th SAARC Summit, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met his Nepalese counterpart Baburam Bhattarai and Afghan President Hamid Karzai separately.

India has provided enough documentation against Hafiz Saeed to Pak, says Mathai

November 11, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 10 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai has said that India has provided enough documentation against Jamaat-ul-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and others under trial in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks to Pakistan to be able to forward their case.

US wants Pakistan to take action against all militant activities on its soil, will retain long term

November 10, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 10 (ANI): US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs Robert Blake on Thursday sent out a clear message to Pakistan to address all terrorist activities perpetrating on its soil and to bring back peace in the south Asian region and the entire world.

India to host conclave of top tour operators from SAARC region to boost tourism

November 10, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 10 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said India will host a conclave of top tour operators from the SAARC region to boost tourism.

Eurozone nations should show required wisdom to resolve global meltdown: PM

November 10, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 10 (ANI): Stating that the SAARC Summit takes place at a time when the global economy is under acute stress, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has expressed hope that the leaders of the major economies, particularly in the Eurozone, will show the wisdom and will that are required to revive the global economy.

Yashwant Sinha slams Manmohan Singh for calling Gilani a 'man of peace'

November 10, 2011 at 4:48 PM

New Delhi, Nov 10 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha today criticised Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for calling his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani a 'man of peace.'

India, Pak must ensure that terrorism does not spoil atmosphere of bilateral ties

November 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov.10 (ANI): Emphasising that terrorism poses the most serious threat to regional peace and stability, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said both India and Pakistan need to ensure that it does not spoil the atmosphere of bilateral relations.

India, Pak must ensure that terrorism does not spoil atmosphere of bilateral ties

November 10, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov.10 (ANI): Emphasising that terrorism poses the most serious threat to regional peace and stability, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said both India and Pakistan need to ensure that it does not spoil the atmosphere of bilateral relations.

Indo-Pak talks were 'positive', says Manmohan Singh

November 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov.10 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that his talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani held on the sidelines of the 17th SAARC Summit here, were progressive and positive, and added that the next time the leaders of the two countries meet, bilateral ties would improve significantly.

Manmohan Singh, Gilani meeting begins at SAARC Summit

November 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 10 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani have began a meeting here this morning to give a push to normalising bilateral relations marked by a shrinking trust deficit.

Gilani looks forward to talks with Manmohan Singh, says Bashir

November 9, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 9 (ANI): Asserting that there are some positive signs in the dialogue process that has begun between the two Asian neighbours, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is looking forward to his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Terror continues to be focal point of Indo-Pak dialogue process: Krishna

November 9, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 9 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said that terror continues to be the focal point of the dialogue process between India and Pakistan.

'Have one view on Pakistan', says BJP

November 9, 2011 at 8:29 PM

New Delhi, Nov. 9 (ANI): Stating that the views of the Centre keep on changing with regard to Pakistan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the government should build one view on its relationship with Islamabad.

Foreign Ministers of India, Pakistan say 'trust deficit' has been reduced

November 9, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 9 (ANI): Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday said the 'trust deficit' between the two Asian neighbours has been reduced and that it was a continuing process.

Indo-Pak peace dialogue has raised SAARC forum's significance: Gilani

November 9, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Islamabad, Nov 9 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the ongoing Indo-Pak peace dialogue has significantly raised the importance of the regional South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) forum.

Foreign Minister of India, Pakistan say 'trust deficit' has been reduced

November 9, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 9 (ANI): Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday said the 'trust deficit' between the two Asian neighbours has been reduced and that it was a continuing process.

Manmohan, Gilani to discuss trade, terrorism in Maldives tomorrow

November 9, 2011 at 4:22 PM

New Delhi, Nov.9 (ANI): Ahead of the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani in Maldives, government sources said that justice for 26-11 attack is not a lost cause and Prime Minister Singh will take up all issues, including terrorism when he meets Gilani on the margins of SAARC on Thusrday.

PM arrives in Maldives for 17th SAARC Summit

November 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Male (Maldives), Nov. 9 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrived here on Wednesday to participate in the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit.

India to promote regional integration during SAARC summit: Manmohan Singh

November 9, 2011 at 9:57 AM

New Delhi, Nov 9(ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said that India will be promoting regional integration during the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit which kick starts on Thursday in Maldives.

SAARC summit to focus on closer trade relations, expected to help 'Building Bridges'

November 8, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Addu Island (Maldives), Nov. 8 (ANI): Stating that there was considerable amount of forward movement at the meeting of the SAARC Standing Committee, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai on Tuesday said that a consensus was being built on the need to take South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) forward.

Manmohan Singh to arrive at Maldives for SAARC Summit on Nov. 9

November 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Addu Island (Maldives), Nov. 8 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will arrive here on Wednesday to participate in the 17th SAARC Summit.

Building bridges to be central theme of 17th SAARC summit

November 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Addu Island (Maldives), Nov 8 (ANI): The two-day SAARC summit begins here on November 10 against this backdrop of 'building bridges', which is the central theme of the 17th SAARC summit.

Nepali cabinet expanded ahead of PM's visit to Maldives for SAARC Summit

November 8, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Kathmandu, Nov 8 (ANI): Nepal's cabinet has been expanded before Prime Minister Babu Ram Bhattarai leaves for Maldives to attend the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) Summit scheduled to be held on November 10.

Fuel price rollback: Trinamool Congress asks MPs' to camp in Delhi, put pressure on Centre

November 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Kolkata/New Delhi, Nov.7 (ANI): The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has reportedly asked its 18 Members of Parliament (MPs') to camp in national capital New Delhi to step up pressure on the UPA Government at the Centre to roll back the recent petrol hike.

Manmohan Singh welcomes Pakistan's 'Most Favoured Nation' status to India

November 4, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Cannes, Nov 4(ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today welcomed the Pakistan government's decision to grant 'Most Favoured Nation' (MFN) status to India.

Indian diplomat poet talks of hope, belief in tomorrow

November 4, 2011 at 5:09 PM

New Delhi, Nov 4 (ANI): Indian diplomat Abhay Kumar has come out with another book of poem, titled "Candling the Light."

Will SAARC leaders remember operation cactus next week? (RECOLLECTIONS OF A COMMUNICATOR)

November 3, 2011 at 6:13 PM

New Delhi, Nov 3 (ANI): The leaders of the eight SAARC nations who are gathering in Addu Atol, Maldives next week-from 10 to 11 November- have their theme "Building Bridges", which aims at improving communication and cooperation in the region.

Myanmar assures not to use its territory for insurgent activities against India: MEA

October 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM

New Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said New Delhi has received assurances from Myanmar that its territory will not be allowed to be used for insurgent activities against India.

Chief Election Commissioner Quraishi visits Bhutan

September 28, 2011 at 9:28 PM

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): India and Bhutan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a period of five years to facilitate exchange of knowledge and experience, information, material, expertise and technical know how, training of personnel and development of human resources in electoral matters and also for taking up joint initiatives and providing assistance to others.

Hina Rabbani Khar leading Pak delegation for UN General Assembly in New York

September 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM

New York, Sep 19(ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is leading her country's delegation for the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which will be held in New York this week.

India calls for enhanced energy cooperation in SAARC region

September 15, 2011 at 9:50 PM

New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): India has called for enhanced energy cooperation in the SAARC region, which will lead to the betterment of the lives of all the people in the region.

Militancy, a global concern, says Pakistan lawmaker

September 9, 2011 at 5:23 PM

New Delhi, Sep.9 (ANI): Pakistan lawmaker Farzana Raja said that militancy was a global issue and added that his country was ready to help the world counter it as she called for stronger socio-political ties amongst South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.

Peace and stability important to boost development in South Asia, says Pak lawmaker

September 8, 2011 at 8:49 PM

New Delhi, Sep 8 (ANI): Asserting that peace and stability were prerequisites for boosting development in South Asia, Pakistan lawmaker Farzana Raja on Thursday urged ndia to enhance engagement with its neighbour in social, economic and political spheres.

River water sharing: India wants equitable arrangement with Bangladesh, says Krishna

September 8, 2011 at 5:53 PM

New Delhi, Sep 8 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said the government is keen to arrive at fair and equitable arrangements for sharing of common rivers with Bangladesh.

Increasing female literacy can be a force multiplier for pushing socio-economic development: Patil

September 8, 2011 at 5:29 PM

New Delhi, Sep 8 (ANI): President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday said that increasing female literacy has the potential of becoming a force multiplier in pushing forward socio-economic development of the nation.

India-Bangladesh trade relations on the rise

September 6, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Dhaka, Sep 6 (ANI): Trade relations between India and Bangladesh have witnessed a significant improvement in the recent past. In 2010-11, two-way trade crossed the US$ 5 billion mark as a result of a significant increase in Bangladesh's exports to India (68 percent over the previous year) and India's exports to Bangladesh (43 percent over the previous year).

Pacts reflects richness,diversity of cooperation between, India, Bangladesh: PM

September 6, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Dhaka, Sep.6 (ANI): Expressing his satisfaction over bilateral talks between the Indian and Bangladeshi delegations, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday said the several agreements signed and the joint statement being issued reflected the richness and diversity of cooperation between the two nations.

Mathai undertakes first official visit to Bhutan

August 19, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Thimphu (Bhutan), Aug.19 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai is in Bhutan on his first official visit abroad after assuming charge earlier this month. The visit concludes today.

Malik served contempt of court notice over 'incorrect statement' on Mumbai attack case

August 11, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Rawalpindi, August 11(ANI): An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has issued a contempt of court notice to Interior Minister Rehman Malik over his statement concerning the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.

Good facilities at an affordable price boosts medical tourism in Kolkata

July 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Kolkata, July 30 (ANI): West Bengal's Kolkata city emerged as a favourite destination for medical tourism, owing to the world class facilities provided to the foreign patients at an extremely affordable price.

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