KATHMANDU, Oct 9: The education ministers from all member states of SAARC have convened virtually to share their respective experiences on COVID-19 effects on education in the SAARC region.

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: Nepal, the present chair of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), has urged all SAARC member states to explore all viable options to hold the 19th SAARC Summit at an early date so as to generate a new momentum and dynamism in the regional body.

COVID-19 recovery tally goes past 50,000

KATHMANDU, Aug 28: Nepal will host a virtual meeting of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Council of Ministers in the third week of September on the sidelines of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, April 29: The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Development Fund has entered into the tenth year of its inception.

KATHMANDU, April 13: The SAARC member states that contributed to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund of the regional block have reached an understanding to mobilize the amount to supply medicines, medical equipment and other logistics available in their respective countries if any of the member states makes request for these medical supplies.

KATHMANDU, March 27: Health professionals of all SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) member states held a video conference on Thursday to carry forward collaboration in the common fight against COVID-19 at the practical level as announced during the Video Conference of SAARC Leaders on March 15.

KATHMANDU, March 26: The health officials of the eight SAARC member nations held a video conference in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus in South Asia.

KATHMANDU, March 22: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the decision of Nepal to allocate Rs 100 million for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund of SAARC to jointly fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the region.

Together we win

March 17, 2020 09:41 am

Leaders from South Asia came together on Sunday with a resolve to wage a collective fight against the coronavirus that has now become a global pandemic. In the first-ever video conference between the leaders of eight SAARC countries, they agreed to initiate joint efforts to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19 by setting up a regional mechanism.

KATHMANDU, March 15: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed to setup a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to combat deadly virus in South Asia.

KATHMANDU, March 15: A video conference among the leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on tackling the coronavirus outbreak has taken place today evening.

KATHMANDU, March 15: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, despite recuperating from kidney transplant surgery, is taking part in a meeting of SAARC leaders via video conferencing on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, March 14: Video conference among the leadership of SAARC countries on tackling coronavirus outbreak in the region proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, will be taking place at 5 pm on Sunday (tomorrow), Delhi-based WION reported referring to unofficial sources at the Ministry of External Affairs of India.

KATHMANDU, March 14: Pakistan has said that it is ready to join Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's idea to hold a video conference among SAARC countries in the ongoing battle against coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, March 14: The South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) – a regional body of eight South Asian nations – is virtually put at a standstill. It has not been able to host its regular summit meetings since Nepal hosted the 18th Summit in Kathmandu in 2014. All SAARC meetings have become irregular and no substantive decisions on issues related to regional cooperation have been taken at SAARC forums since a long time.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted today, urging the leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to chalk out a strategy against coronavirus pandemic, many have expressed hope that eight-member regional block might breathe a new life.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Leaders of Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bhutan have welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposal to chalk out joint strategy against coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the leadership of SAARC nations to chalk out a strong strategy to fight coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, March 6: Applications are invited from individuals and institutions working in the field of fundamental education and literacy in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member states for this year’s Rotary SAARC Gopal-Kamala Rajbhandari Humanity Award.  The Award instituted by Gopal-Kamala Rajbhandari Family — a renowned business group in Nepal — carries a purse of USD 15,000.

KATHMANDU, March 3: Esala Ruwan Weerakoon, the newly appointed secretary general of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), has assumed office.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday issued their statements on the occasion of 35th SAARC Charter Day that falls on December 8.

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has lauded Japan for supporting Nepal in its reconstruction process by providing financial and technical assistance.

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KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Newly-elected President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa has pledged to foster peaceful co-existence and economic progress within the SAARC region.

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NEW YORK, Sept 28: Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Gyawali has called for strong regional economic cooperation through the SAARC, BIMSTEC and Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) among other regional platforms during his address to the 74th United Nations General Assembly being held in New York.

NEW YORK, Sept 27:  Foreign Ministers from India and Pakistan boycotted each other’s address to a meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on Thursday on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York.

NEW YORK, Sept 26: Nepal is set to convene a SAARC ministerial meeting in New York on Thursday. The meeting is widely expected to pave the way for an icebreaker dialogue between India and Pakistan, whose relations are in the lowest ebb in the aftermath of recent border skirmishes and Indian clampdown on Kashmir.

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: SAARC Cultural Center organized SAARC Handicraft and Exhibition and Workshop at Patan Durbar Square, from September 9 to 12.

KATHMANDU, Aug 24: Pakistan has asked Nepal to play its role as the chair of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for peace and stability in the region amid its renewed tension with India after New Delhi altered the status of Jammu and Kashmir.

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: As Nepal in its capacity as the current chair of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) wishes to see its summit meeting being held at the earliest, a senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India has ruled out the possibility of holding the summit of the regional body.

KATHMANDU, June 24: Foreign Minister Pradip Kumar Gyawali has said that a policy has been adopted to include economic diplomacy in the center point of the overall diplomacy of the country.

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KATHMANDU, June 23: Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination of Pakistan Fehmida Mirza has said that the regional politics should not affect the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

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KATHMANDU, June 17: Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering has said that it is too early to call the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) unviable.

KATHMANDU, June 9: A SAARC-level conference on the role of the local level in disaster management, reconstruction, energy and climate change is set to kick off from Monday.

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NEW DELHI, June 1: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a major diplomatic move, invited BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) nations, Mauritius and Kyrgyzstan for his swearing-in ceremony to emphasize the importance of neighborhood in his government's foreign policy framework.

KATHMANDU, May 3: The 77th meeting of the executive committee and 23rd general assembly of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) has kicked off in Kathmandu. Krishna Bahadur Mahara, speaker of the Federal Parliament, inaugurated the meeting amid a ceremony held at Chandragiri Hills.

Terror in South Asia

April 21, 2019 01:25 am

Terrorism is the result of incompatible interest of various groups, individuals and even the states. At this juncture of time, India, Pakistan and somehow China are involved in tension over Kashmir. As SAARC chair, and a contributor of Gorkha troops to Indian Army which become the victims of geopolitical constraints, Nepal needs to remain vigilant about the situation likely to flare up in its neighborhood.

Securing SAARC’s future

March 12, 2019 01:00 am

The role, scope and importance of SAARC should not be compromised just because of conflict between India and Pakistan

Testing times for Asia

March 3, 2019 02:00 am

Nepal should be cautious about possible fallout of Western strategy to counter China by using South Asia, including Nepal and India

KATHMANDU, March 1: A 14-member team from the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) has left for Colombo, Sri Lanka, to participate in the SAARC Women Entrepreneur 2018 Awards ceremony to be held on March 2.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Nepali counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, recently.

Reimagining SAARC

February 24, 2019 01:00 am

If India is pursuing sub-regional partnerships with its neighbors to avoid or replace SAARC, Nepal should think twice before investing political capital in such initiatives

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: Although Nepal as its chair has been constantly calling for convening the SAARC Summit at the earliest, a renewed diplomatic tension between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terrorist attack has made the SAARC Summit further uncertain.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: More than half million people died of tuberculosis in the SAARC countries in 2017. As many as 380 million people suffered from the disease while only 250 people received treatment.