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Tuesday, December 07, 2021



Explained: Why the SAARC meeting was cancelled

September 23, 2021 7:47 am

Sources report that the member states were unable to agree upon the participation of Afghanistan, with Pakistan and India in particular at loggerheads over the issue.

SAARC: Ministers’ meet called off as Pakistan wants Taliban at table

September 22, 2021 11:19 am

Pakistan is learnt to have proposed that a Taliban representative should also be part of the meeting.

The idea of a South Asian solidarity still has the potential to detoxify the legacies of 1947

September 09, 2021 7:40 am

Krishna Kumar writes: When SAARC was mooted in 1985, it created the hope that trade, cultural activity and intellectual exchange would gradually diminish the political legacies of Partition by nourishing a regional fraternity

From Afghanistan to the Maldives: How India's SAARC partners are faring in their fight against Covid

August 05, 2021 1:59 pm

India’s SAARC partners — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — are also experiencing a surge in Covid cases. While some are succeeding at reigning in the outbreak, others have not been quite as lucky. 

Can SAARC fill the power vacuum left by US withdrawal from Afghanistan?

July 26, 2021 8:07 am

Dinesh Bhattarai writes: The coming together of leaders, even at the height of tensions, in a region laden with congenital suspicions, misunderstandings, and hostility is a significant strength of SAARC that cannot be overlooked

SAARC must deal with terrorism, obstruction in trade and connectivity: Jaishankar

September 24, 2020 6:25 pm

Jaishankar reaffirmed India's commitment to its 'Neighbourhood First' policy and towards building a connected, integrated and prosperous South Asia.

Coronavirus pandemic: How India's neighbours are faring

April 22, 2020 5:13 pm

SAARC Nations Coronavirus Cases, Deaths: The eight SAARC nations -- India, Pakistan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan -- account for just 1.28 per cent of the world total of 24,80,503 coronavirus cases.

Divided SAARC unites to combat coronavirus pandemic

April 21, 2020 5:45 pm

Besides implemeting lockdowns, travel bans and banning all religious gatherings, the SAARC countries have pledges millions of dollars towards a COVID-19 emergency fund.

Pakistan pledges $3 million to SAARC's coronavirus fund

April 10, 2020 2:46 am

Pakistan’s perspective in this regard was also conveyed during a telephone conversation between Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and Secretary General SAARC Esala Ruwan Weerakoon, today.

Pakistan boycotts India-led meeting of SAARC trade officials on coronavirus crisis

April 09, 2020 10:07 am

The deliberations took place as a follow up to an India-initiated video conference of SAARC leaders on March 15.


Narendra Modi addresses the 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu, Nepal

November 26, 2014 2:10 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with other SAARC nations leaders at the inaugural session of the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal