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Hasina skips Saarc retreat session

Hasina skips Saarc retreat session

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina skipped the retreat session of the 18th Saarc Summit in Dhulikhel of Nepal this morning as she caught cold. Though she (Hasina) has skipped the session, she will join the concluding session of the summit in Kathmandu at 4:00pm (local time), said Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media adviser to the prime minister. “She (Hasina) was scheduled to fly for Dhulikhel to join the other Saarc leaders at the retreat session at Dawrika Resort at 8:00am. But she has decided not to attend the session as she caught...

Saarc leaders reach last-minute energy deal

Saarc leaders reach last-minute energy deal

Finally Saarc member states signed the Saarc Framework Agreement on Energy Cooperation (Electricity) aimed at sharing and trading electricity among the member countries through a common grid. The Saarc leaders, however, failed to reach a consensus to sign the regional connectivity deal at the concluding session of the two-day long 18th Saarc Summit that...

Put aside differences, focus on connectivity, PM urges Saarc leaders

Put aside differences, focus on connectivity, PM urges Saarc leaders

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought active supports from the Saarc leaders for advance implementation of the regional connectivity by putting aside their differences in a bid to increase intra-regional trade. "Physical connectivity is important in ensuring overall peace, progress and stability across South Asia,” the prime minister said at the inaugural ceremony of...

India announces immediate medical visa for Saarc countries

India announces immediate medical visa for Saarc countries

India has announced immediate medical visa for patients from Bangladesh and other Saarc countries seeking treatment in India and three to five years’ visa for the businessmen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement at the 18th Saarc Summit that began in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu today. As per the announcement, a patient and one of...

It's time to clear off mutual rows

The Saarc Summit kicks off in Nepal tomorrow amid high hopes of a jumpstart to the moribund pact, set off by regional superpower India's wish to forge stronger and substantive ties with neighbours. Established about 30 years ago with the aim to bring about shared economic prosperity, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation today is the world's least integrated trade and economic bloc. But the steps taken over the past few months by the new Indian government led by business-friendly...

PM reaches Kathmandu

PM reaches Kathmandu

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Nepal this afternoon to attend the 18th Saarc Summit to be held in Kathmandu on November 26-27. A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage landed at Tribhuvan International Airport around 4:25pm (local time), reports our correspondent Hasan Jahid Tusher from Kathmandu. Indian Prime Minister Narendra...

Top diplomats meet to discuss Saarc agenda

The foreign secretaries of South Asia yesterday met in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to discuss cooperation on different issues ahead of the 18th Saarc Summit scheduled there on November 26-27. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and other top diplomats met at the 41st meeting of the Saarc Standing Committee with issues like combating terrorism, poverty alleviation, energy security and climate change on the agenda. Besides, the secretaries have also started reviewing the progress in the implementation of their earlier decisions. During...

Saarc standing committee meeting begins in Nepal

Saarc standing committee meeting begins in Nepal

The 41st session of the standing committee of the Saarc began in Kathmandu today, in the lead up to the 18th Saarc Summit that Nepal is going to host from 26 to 27. Delegations led by the foreign secretaries of all the eight member states of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) are...

Deal struck for new Asian bank

Deal struck for new Asian bank

Twenty-one Asian countries that are willing to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as founding members yesterday signed the Memorandum of Understanding on establishing the Bank. Chinese President Xi Jinping met the representatives of the 21 countries after the signing ceremony in the morning. The countries are Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The AIIB aims to fund rail, road, power and other projects across the region. The Bank's authorised capital is $100 billion while the initial subscribed capital is expected to be around $50 billion. The paid-in ratio will be 20 percent. The AIIB...

12 trekkers killed in Nepal blizzards

12 trekkers killed in Nepal blizzards

At least 12 people have been killed and many more are missing in blizzards in the Himalayas in Nepal, officials say. Trekkers were trapped in heavy snowfall as they returned from the Thorung La mountain pass on the Annapurna Circuit, in Mustang district. Nepalese, Polish and Israeli citizens are reported to be among the dead....

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