Bimstec now focus of India’s regional ties

When Narendra Modi takes oath as the Prime Minister on Thursday, the focus will be on a nearly 22-year-old regional grouping that India is looking to drive connectivity and development as an alternative to Saarc. Leaders from the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec), which, besides India, includes Bangladesh, Myanmar, […]


India committed to regional cooperation, says PM Modi

India is committed to strengthening regional cooperation and integration, being a founding-member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a message marking the 34th SAARC Charter Day Saturday. Modi’s expression of commitment to SAARC, and his stress on the need for peace and security to promote regional […]


China has ignored Wuhan spirit: experts

Beijing faulted for praising Pakistan’s conduct China has not shown respect to the ‘Wuhan spirit’, by praising Pakistan for its role in South Asia, veteran commentators have said, after the China-Pakistan joint statement issued on Sunday urged Beijing to play a greater role in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). “China would have […]


In win for India, BIMSTEC calls for crackdown on terror

The Bimstec summit concluded here on Friday with a call to crack down on the cross-border movement of terrorists as part of measures to fight extremism, and an emphasis on greater connectivity in a region that accounts for 22% of the world’s population. The Kathmandu Declaration by the leaders of the Bay of Bengal Initiative […]


Pakistan pays tribute to ‘statesman’ Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Pakistan on Thursday paid tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee hailing him as a “statesman” after he passed away, aged 93. Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) spokesman said in a statement that “we have learnt with sadness the passing away of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee”. “Mr Vajpayee was a renowned statesman who contributed to […]