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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India invites Pakistan to virtual SAARC meet on Covid-19

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 01:22 PM IST
On March 15, 2020, during a video conference of the SAARC Heads of State, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed a Coronavirus Emergency Fund for the region.
Modi, however, underscored India’s commitment to work with other countries in the region for post-Covid-19 recovery in a message on the occasion of the 36th charter day of Saarc.(ANI Photo)
Modi, however, underscored India’s commitment to work with other countries in the region for post-Covid-19 recovery in a message on the occasion of the 36th charter day of Saarc.(ANI Photo)

Saarc potential can be realised when terror ends: PM Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 07:48 AM IST
“The full potential of Saarc can only be realised in an atmosphere free of terror and violence. On this 36th Saarc Charter Day, let us re-commit ourselves to defeating the forces that support and nurture terrorism, and to work collectively towards a secure and prosperous South Asia,” the Prime Minister said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(ANI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(ANI photo)

Full potential of SAARC can only be realised in atmosphere free of terror: PM Modi

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:38 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the full potential of SAARC can only be realised in an atmosphere free of terror and violence, even as his Nepali counterpart K P Oli pitched for an early convening of the summit of the eight-member regional grouping.
On the occasion of the 36th charter day of Saarc, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored India’s commitment to work with other countries in south Asia for post-Covid-19 recovery.(PTI)
On the occasion of the 36th charter day of Saarc, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored India’s commitment to work with other countries in south Asia for post-Covid-19 recovery.(PTI)

Saarc can realise full potential only in atmosphere free of terror: PM Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 08:12 PM IST
The Saarc’s functioning and activities have virtually stalled because of the strained relations between India and Pakistan.
In the CAG report tabled in Parliament, it has come down heavily on Ministry of External Affairs for not being able to complete the project in time(PTI)
In the CAG report tabled in Parliament, it has come down heavily on Ministry of External Affairs for not being able to complete the project in time(PTI)

Saarc museum conceptualised in 2005 yet to be operational: CAG

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 09:35 AM IST
Till September 2019, MEA had already released Rs 18.87 crore for the museum
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with members of SAARC countries via video conferencing, New Delhi , April 16, 2020(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with members of SAARC countries via video conferencing, New Delhi , April 16, 2020(ANI)

How to make Saarc useful in the times of Covid-19 pandemic

By Sanjay Kathuria
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2020 05:56 PM IST
The association’s most important role right now would be to provide a platform for dialogue
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
Many commentators envisage that there will be a decline in globalisation and relative strengthening of regional supply chains(ANI)
Many commentators envisage that there will be a decline in globalisation and relative strengthening of regional supply chains(ANI)

South Asia must now build resilient supply chains | Analysis

By Riya Sinha and Niara Sareen
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 06:58 PM IST
Facilitate cross-border flow of goods and services by reducing tariffs; improving logistics, infra and digitisation
The Prime Minister had suggested setting up of an emergency fund to battle Covid-19 in the south Asia region and made an initial offer of $10 million as India’s contribution.(REUTERS)
The Prime Minister had suggested setting up of an emergency fund to battle Covid-19 in the south Asia region and made an initial offer of $10 million as India’s contribution.(REUTERS)

PM Modi calls Sri Lanka’s president, Mauritian counterpart; promises help during Covid-19 pandemic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 05:24 PM IST
PM Modi’s calls to the leaders come after the March video conference of the leaders of the Saarc to work out a strategy to contain the coronavirus pandemic and to deal with its economic implications.
Bangladesh has so far recorded almost 5,000 infections and 140 deaths.(AP)
Bangladesh has so far recorded almost 5,000 infections and 140 deaths.(AP)

To fight Covid-19, Bangladesh gets Hydroxychloroquine, surgical gloves from India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 05:45 PM IST
In a video message posted on social media, India’s high commissioner to Dhaka, Riva Ganguly Das, said many people in both countries had been affected by the coronavirus disease and India would stand by Bangladesh in the efforts to tackle Covid-19.
India said most member nations were represented at the official level in the Saarc health ministers’ meet organised by Pakistan(REUTERS Photo/File/Representative)
India said most member nations were represented at the official level in the Saarc health ministers’ meet organised by Pakistan(REUTERS Photo/File/Representative)

Pakistan organises Saarc video conference on Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 11:07 PM IST
India’s delegation at Thursday’s video conference was led by Rajiv Garg, the director general of health services.
One of the most important cases before the Supreme Court that has been delayed is the challenge to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).(PTI)
One of the most important cases before the Supreme Court that has been delayed is the challenge to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: How the Covid-19 crisis may be delaying 5 key cases in Supreme Court and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 09:01 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had prioritised consignments of Covid-19 medicines for Saarc member-countries in line with his emphasis on the neighbourhood(Agencies)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had prioritised consignments of Covid-19 medicines for Saarc member-countries in line with his emphasis on the neighbourhood(Agencies)

Imran Khan hits mute on Saarc Covid-19 pledge, India sends $1.7 mn relief

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 11:07 PM IST
India’s $1.7 million expenditure from the country’s $ 10 million Saarc Covid-19 Emergency Fund does not include a single amount that had been spent in transporting the medicines in chartered planes.
Global demand for the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine had boosted over the last few weeks after some studies showed that it helped to reduce the viral load in Covid-19 patients. (File photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Global demand for the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine had boosted over the last few weeks after some studies showed that it helped to reduce the viral load in Covid-19 patients. (File photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

India uses Saarc Covid Fund for HCQ tablets to neighbours. Afghanistan next

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2020 10:08 PM IST
A top government official told Hindustan Times that the decision to send the tablets had been taken but New Delhi is yet to work out the logistics in view of relations with neighbouring Pakistan.
MEA will roll out a training programme on management of coronavirus pandemic for healthcare professionals from SAARC countries(PTI)
MEA will roll out a training programme on management of coronavirus pandemic for healthcare professionals from SAARC countries(PTI)

MEA announces Covid-19 training programme for SAARC countries

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2020 07:54 AM IST
The training will be imparted by the ministry under its prestigious Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme.
Representational image.(AFP file)
Representational image.(AFP file)

Special flight evacuates 134 Bhutanese students stranded in Punjab

Jalandhar (Punjab) | By Asian News International
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2020 11:14 AM IST
Last week, Bhutan had thanked India for facilitating the evacuation of Bhutanese nationals stranded in India due to coronavirus lockdown.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed the Saarc Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund at the March 15 meeting with leaders from the region(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed the Saarc Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund at the March 15 meeting with leaders from the region(PTI)

‘Can gauge seriousness’: India’s stinging comeback to Pak over Covid-19 Fund

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2020 04:10 PM IST
In its clarification on the Covid-19 Saarc Fund, New Delhi took a swipe at Pakistan, pointing that the degree of seriousness of each nation can be gauged by their behaviour.
Pakistan has agreed to contribute $ 3 million to the Saarc Covid-19 Emergency Fund but stipulated that the fund must be operated by the Saarc Secretariat(AP)
Pakistan has agreed to contribute $ 3 million to the Saarc Covid-19 Emergency Fund but stipulated that the fund must be operated by the Saarc Secretariat(AP)

Pakistan pledges $3 mn to Saarc Covid-19 Fund proposed by PM Modi. Then, a rider

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 11:50 PM IST
According to New Delhi, India’s engagements with Saarc members on Covid-19 related matters are stand-alone events whereas Pakistan has sought to bring all issues under the Saarc secretariat in a bid to block Indian initiatives.
India’s decision of keeping control of activities that emerged from the video conference of SAARC leaders, which was convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 15, had helped New Delhi move faster on Covid-19-related matters.(PTI PHOTO.)
India’s decision of keeping control of activities that emerged from the video conference of SAARC leaders, which was convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 15, had helped New Delhi move faster on Covid-19-related matters.(PTI PHOTO.)

To block Indian Covid-19 initiatives, Pak seeks to bring issues under SAARC secretariat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 04:04 PM IST
On Wednesday, Pakistan had skipped a video conference of senior trade officials of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), saying it chose not to participate since the SAARC secretariat wasn’t involved in organising it.
The external affairs ministry said in a statement that all Saarc countries, except Pakistan, participated in Wednesday’s video conference discussed the impact of travel restrictions and the larger Covid-19 situation on intra-regional trade.(AFP)
The external affairs ministry said in a statement that all Saarc countries, except Pakistan, participated in Wednesday’s video conference discussed the impact of travel restrictions and the larger Covid-19 situation on intra-regional trade.(AFP)

Pak skips virtual Saarc meet on overcoming Covid-19 impact on regional trade

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2020 09:51 PM IST
The virtual meeting of the trade officials was a follow-up to a video conference of leaders of the eight Saarc states that was convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 15
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out that India is among those nations that have understood the seriousness of Covid-19 pandemic(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out that India is among those nations that have understood the seriousness of Covid-19 pandemic(ANI)

India’s efforts to fight Covid-19 appreciated globally: PM Modi

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2020 01:26 PM IST
PM Modi appreciated the role of the state governments for their collaborations, as the country could expedite the measures taken to fight the pandemic. The World Health Organization has also appreciated India’s efforts, he added.
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HT Image

Dalai Lama hails Centre’s efforts to tackle Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | By HT Correspondent, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2020 07:15 PM IST
The holy leader writes a letter to PM Modi expressing his support for the efforts being made to control the disease and pledging a donation to the PM CARES Fund.
Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama lauded India’s efforts to unite SAARC nations against coronavirus pandemic.(PTI photo)
Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama lauded India’s efforts to unite SAARC nations against coronavirus pandemic.(PTI photo)

Dalai Lama lauds India’s efforts to unite Saarc states against Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 05:17 PM IST
The Dalai Lama expressed his “admiration and gratitude to governments across the world, including the government of India, for the steps they are taking to meet these challenges”.
India has suggested a common electronic platform to coordinate efforts of Saarc countries in fighting coronavirus(ANI Photo)
India has suggested a common electronic platform to coordinate efforts of Saarc countries in fighting coronavirus(ANI Photo)

India proposes electronic platform to share real-time coronavirus info with Saarc nations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2020 08:30 PM IST
India told Saarc members that considerable work has already gone into creating the platform
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan(AP photo)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan(AP photo)

Pakistan wants Covid-19 Emergency fund be placed under Saarc secretary general

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2020 09:35 AM IST
Pakistan, the only Saarc member state that hasn’t contributed to the Covid-19 Emergency Fund, has called for finalising modalities for using the fund and for placing it under the secretary general of the South Asian grouping.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan had deputed his health minister to the Covid-19 virtual meet convened by PM Narendra Modi.(AP)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan had deputed his health minister to the Covid-19 virtual meet convened by PM Narendra Modi.(AP)

Pakistan goes AWOL from Saarc’s list of contributors for Covid-19 fund

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2020 10:23 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had deputed his minister to attend the conference on Covid-19 Emergency Fund
MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar(ANI file photo)
MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar(ANI file photo)

Platform was humanitarian, not political: MEA on Pak raising Kashmir during SAARC video-conference

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2020 05:37 PM IST
‘The platform was not political, but humanitarian. They misused it’, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Pakistan raising Kashmir during the video-conference.
India’s strategy of putting Saarc in deep freeze was based on isolating Pakistan and propping up Bimstec. Both have limits(PTI)
India’s strategy of putting Saarc in deep freeze was based on isolating Pakistan and propping up Bimstec. Both have limits(PTI)

India has done well to revive Saarc | Opinion

By SD Muni
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2020 06:56 PM IST
It underlines Delhi’s support to neighbours at a difficult time, and exposes Pakistan’s pettiness
Zafar Mirza, special adviser on health to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.(Zafar Mirza/Twitter)
Zafar Mirza, special adviser on health to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.(Zafar Mirza/Twitter)

Pak attempt to raise Kashmir at SAARC virus talks draws flak

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2020 12:54 AM IST
Zafar Mirza, special adviser on health to Prime Minister Imran Khan, represented Pakistan in the video conference organised at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion.
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