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New form of globalisation a must post-Covid: Shringla

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 11:26 PM IST
One of India’s priorities in the post-pandemic era is to make the country the nerve centre of global supply chains in line with the prime minister’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India), Shringla said.
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Building capacities through training and joint exercises and coordinating comparative advantages for collective action will help India leverage goodwill among its neighbours through its disaster relief programmes(PTI)
Building capacities through training and joint exercises and coordinating comparative advantages for collective action will help India leverage goodwill among its neighbours through its disaster relief programmes(PTI)

India needs to invest in regional disaster relief mechanisms | Opinion

By Saneet Chakradeo
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 07:13 PM IST
With climate uncertainty, humanitarian emergencies in the region are poised to grow. India must invest in regional frameworks for disaster management and take the lead in setting up a road map for greater cooperation
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Academic Complex of IIT-Guwahati(HT File)
Academic Complex of IIT-Guwahati(HT File)

New IIT-Guwahati director plans extension centres in northeast

By Indo Asian News Service | Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2019 02:31 PM IST
The Director said that the move, however, requires permission from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).
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Modi has kicked off his second-term foreign policy with visits to the Maldives and Sri Lanka while External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has gone to Bhutan.(AFP)
Modi has kicked off his second-term foreign policy with visits to the Maldives and Sri Lanka while External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has gone to Bhutan.(AFP)

India must see Bimstec as a step towards global prominence

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2019 08:02 AM IST
It should be seen as a test of India’s ambitions to be a leading power. If India cannot harness the Bay of Bengal region firmly to its own trajectory, it can hardly aspire to have a lasting influence on any other part of the world.
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addresses during The Growth Net Summit 7.0, in New Delhi on June 6, 2019.(PTI)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addresses during The Growth Net Summit 7.0, in New Delhi on June 6, 2019.(PTI)

‘Even if we ignore terrorism, there are other issues’: S Jaishankar hints at Pakistan

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 11:46 AM IST
In his first public engagement after taking over as the external affairs minister, Jaishankar also touched on the US-China trade dispute arguing that that every clash presented an opportunity.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi seen with BIMSTEC leaders after the oath-taking ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, India, on May 30, 2019(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi seen with BIMSTEC leaders after the oath-taking ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, India, on May 30, 2019(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

Neighbourhood first: Capacity needs to match the commitment

By Constantino Xavier | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2019 07:07 PM IST
Failure to deliver on commitments has begun to affect New Delhi’s reputation and, in some cases, perversely incentivised neighbours to further deepen their outreach to China
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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena reached Delhi to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.(AFP File Photo)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena reached Delhi to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.(AFP File Photo)

Sri Lankan president arrives in Delhi for prime minister Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

By Asian News International | Colombo, Sri Lanka
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2019 02:58 PM IST
Leaders from all BIMSTEC member-states have confirmed their attendance at the event. The bloc’s member nations include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand besides India.
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A view of Illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan a day before swearing-in-ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a part ofits preparations in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.((Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times))
A view of Illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan a day before swearing-in-ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a part ofits preparations in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.((Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times))

Three-tier security, 10,000 cops on vigil for NDA II oath-taking function

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2019 12:51 PM IST
Three-tier security will be functional all through the ceremony, which is expected to be attendfed by 8000 people, with the inner most ring provided by the VIP and Rashtrapati Bhavan security.
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As India’s focus continued to be on Saarc, there wasn’t much headway on Bimstec till about 2014, when the third summit was held in Myanmar and a secretariat was set up in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.(HT Photo)
As India’s focus continued to be on Saarc, there wasn’t much headway on Bimstec till about 2014, when the third summit was held in Myanmar and a secretariat was set up in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.(HT Photo)

Bimstec now focus of India’s regional ties

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2019 07:50 AM IST
Bimstec was formed as Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand-Economic Cooperation (BIST-EC) in June 1997.
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The government’s decision to invite leaders of BIMSTEC nations for PM-elect Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on May 30 reflects India’s reluctance to engage with Pakistan. (PTI photo)
The government’s decision to invite leaders of BIMSTEC nations for PM-elect Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on May 30 reflects India’s reluctance to engage with Pakistan. (PTI photo)

Pakistan downplays Imran snub by India, pushes for dialogue

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, India
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 11:05 PM IST
On Monday, Indian officials said there were no plans to invite Khan to PM Modi’s oath-taking ceremony. Hindustan Times reported that India was keen on leaders from BIMSTEC countries attending the event. This grouping excludes Pakistan.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BIMSTEC leaders in a group photograph with the HODs of Ministerial delegations and senior officials, during the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu, Nepal on August 31, 2018(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BIMSTEC leaders in a group photograph with the HODs of Ministerial delegations and senior officials, during the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu, Nepal on August 31, 2018(PTI)

The focus on BIMSTEC was long overdue

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:44 PM IST
The invite to BIMSTEC leaders for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony should be an excellent opportunity to remedy the problems with the regional grouping and use it as a vehicle to enhance trade and connectivity in the region
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Prime Minister-desginated Narendra Modi(AFP file photo)
Prime Minister-desginated Narendra Modi(AFP file photo)

With invite to PM Modi oath-taking ceremony on May 30, India shifts focus on Bimstec

By Shishir Gupta and Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:47 AM IST
Inviting the leaders of Bimstec to the inauguration also took care of another tricky issue confronting the NDA – how to maintain the focus on India’s neighbourhood without having to extend an invitation to Pakistan, given the rocky state of bilateral relations.
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President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday designated Modi as the next Prime Minister and asked him to form the new government.(HT)
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday designated Modi as the next Prime Minister and asked him to form the new government.(HT)

Bimstec leaders invited to PM Modi’s oath-taking ceremony on May 30

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:42 AM IST
The BIMSTEC member states are: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan and India.
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A joint military exercise of Bimstec members, in Pune, September 14(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
A joint military exercise of Bimstec members, in Pune, September 14(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

India must be prepared for the long haul on the Bimstec front

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2018 07:42 PM IST
While the countries around the Bay of Bengal are part of one of the fastest growing economic regions, trade among them accounts for only five percent of all trade in the region. Even the implementation of the connectivity master plan will take a long time
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Senior officials of all seven countries of the Bay of Bengal Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) will meet in Bangkok from Monday to discuss an ambitious rail, road, port and air connectivity master plan.(PTI File Photo)
Senior officials of all seven countries of the Bay of Bengal Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) will meet in Bangkok from Monday to discuss an ambitious rail, road, port and air connectivity master plan.(PTI File Photo)

Bimstec to launch ambitious land, air, sea transport plan

By Moushumi Das Gupta & Jayanth Jacob | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2018 08:50 AM IST
The draft connectivity master plan has been arrived at after over a decade of discussions at various levels.
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Nepalese Army personnel wait in the rain to present the guard of honour to Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena before his arrival to attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal August 29, 2018.(REUTERS FIle Photo)
Nepalese Army personnel wait in the rain to present the guard of honour to Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena before his arrival to attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal August 29, 2018.(REUTERS FIle Photo)

Nepal Army Chief declines Indian Army’s invite to attend conclave of BIMSTEC defence heads

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2018 10:59 AM IST
After Nepal decided to skip the first ever BIMSTEC military exercise in India, its newly appointed Army Chief Purna Chandra Thapa has declined an invite by the Indian Army to attend a conclave of army chiefs
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his counterpart in Nepal, K P Sharma Oli, at a meeting on the sidelines of 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 31, 2018(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his counterpart in Nepal, K P Sharma Oli, at a meeting on the sidelines of 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 31, 2018(PTI)

India must review its Nepal policy

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2018 07:06 PM IST
New Delhi can pretend there are no problems in India’s relationship with its northern neighbour, but the tensions, beneath the surface, will continue to deepen
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The BIMSTEC joint military exercise kicked off in Pune on Monday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
The BIMSTEC joint military exercise kicked off in Pune on Monday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

On Nepal’s pull out from BIMSTEC military drill, India says move ‘not convincing’

By Prashant Jha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2018 02:24 PM IST
Nepal’s decision to pull out came just over a week after Kathmandu hosted a significant summit of Bimstec countries, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Nepalese Army personnel wait in the rain to present the guard of honour to Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena before his arrival to attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal August 29, 2018.(REUTERS File Photo)
Nepalese Army personnel wait in the rain to present the guard of honour to Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena before his arrival to attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal August 29, 2018.(REUTERS File Photo)

Nepal Army not to join in BIMSTEC military exercise to be held in India

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2018 11:34 PM IST
The Nepal Army has withdrawn from the first Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) military exercise to be held in India
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Nepal’s lawmakers said the decision was a mistake and went against the country’s foreign policy stance as enshrined in the Constitution.(AFP)
Nepal’s lawmakers said the decision was a mistake and went against the country’s foreign policy stance as enshrined in the Constitution.(AFP)

Nepal PM defends BIMSTEC joint military exercise against criticism from lawmakers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2018 08:29 AM IST
KP Sharma Oli was forced to respond after ruling and opposition party leaders questioned the decision to join the Bimstec military exercise and sought an answer from the premier.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Nepal to participate in the 4th BIMSTEC summit, Kathmandu, Aug 30, 2018(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Nepal to participate in the 4th BIMSTEC summit, Kathmandu, Aug 30, 2018(PTI)

Through Bimstec, India and China must engage with smaller countries

By Akhilesh Upadhyay
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2018 11:49 AM IST
For Nepal, India has been the most important trading partner but Kathmandu’s economic engagement with China has deepened in recent years
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by the Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli, at the inaugural session of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 30(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by the Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli, at the inaugural session of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 30(PTI)

BIMSTEC can fill SAARC’s space

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2018 12:44 PM IST
It is clear India is looking to the two-decade-old Bimstec to get around the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), which has become dysfunctional because of differences between New Delhi and Islamabad, and to counter China’s creeping influence in countries around the Bay of Bengal due to the spread of its Belt and Road Initiative
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli at a meeting on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu on Friday, August 31, 2018.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli at a meeting on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu on Friday, August 31, 2018.(PTI)

In win for India, BIMSTEC calls for crackdown on terror

By Jayanth Jacob and Anil Giri | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2018 11:03 PM IST
Though no country was named as a supporter of cross-border terrorism, the declaration buttressed New Delhi’s stance on the threat of terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
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Prime Minister Narendra and Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli shake hands at the inauguration of the 'Pashupati Nath Dharamshala' at Tilganga in Kathmandu, Nepal on Friday, August 31, 2018.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra and Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli shake hands at the inauguration of the 'Pashupati Nath Dharamshala' at Tilganga in Kathmandu, Nepal on Friday, August 31, 2018.(PTI)

PM Modi wraps up Nepal visit after attending BIMSTEC Summit

By Press Trust of India | Kathmandu
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2018 12:06 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his visit to Nepal will further deepen India-Nepal friendship as he wrapped up the two-day tour after attending the 4th BIMSTEC Summit
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BIMSTEC leaders in a group photograph with the HODs of Ministerial delegations and senior officials, during the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu, Nepal on Friday, Aug 31, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BIMSTEC leaders in a group photograph with the HODs of Ministerial delegations and senior officials, during the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu, Nepal on Friday, Aug 31, 2018.(PTI Photo)

BIMSTEC calls for holding accountable states that encourage terrorism

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 04:33 PM IST
The Kathmandu Declaration issued at the end of the two-day 4th BIMSTEC summit, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi among others, deplored terror attacks in all parts of the world including in BIMSTEC countries
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal.(Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal.(Reuters)

PM Modi holds talks with Thai counterpart, reviews bilateral ties

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Kathmandu
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2018 12:40 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held “productive talks” with his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha during which the two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral ties.
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(L-R) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with Chief Justice and Chief Advisor of the interim government of Bhutan Dasho Tshering Wangchuk, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Myanmar's President Win Myint, Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu on August 30, 2018.(AFP)
(L-R) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with Chief Justice and Chief Advisor of the interim government of Bhutan Dasho Tshering Wangchuk, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Myanmar's President Win Myint, Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu on August 30, 2018.(AFP)

Bimstec summit: PM Modi discusses ties with Sirisena, Hasina

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 12:00 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC summit and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is committed to enhance its national knowledge network in the field of digital connectivity in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, and combat the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking in the region.(AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is committed to enhance its national knowledge network in the field of digital connectivity in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, and combat the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking in the region.(AP)

India committed to working with BIMSTEC members to enhance connectivity: PM Narendra Modi

By Press Trust of India | Kathmandu
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 07:42 PM IST
The BIMSTEC is a regional grouping comprising India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. The grouping accounts for 22% of the global population, and has a combined gross domestic product of $2.8 trillion.
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With the India-Pakistan bickering coming in way of a smooth functioning of the Saarc, groupings such as BIMSTEC can take forward the concept of regional cooperation in a different manner.(PTI File Photo)
With the India-Pakistan bickering coming in way of a smooth functioning of the Saarc, groupings such as BIMSTEC can take forward the concept of regional cooperation in a different manner.(PTI File Photo)

What is BIMSTEC and why is it important for India?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 11:21 AM IST
This is only the fourth summit of the sub-regional group of seven countries in South Asia and South East Asia that had started with four countries in 1997.
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Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.(Getty Images)
Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.(Getty Images)

Access to Bay of Bengal region is key, says Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali

By Jayanth Jacob and Anil Giri | Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2018 07:22 AM IST
In an interview to HT, Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said he doesn’t see Bimstec and Saarc as rival groupings.
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