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The statistics of the Saarc region reveal a grim picture and a problematic road map towards integration: South Asia accounts for nearly 23 per cent of the total world population, yet its share of global GDP is less than three per cent and the region is home to 400 million poor people.This year's summit adopted the theme of Building Bridges, but the perpetual state of hostility that exists between India and Pakistan over Kashmir demonstrates the relative frailties of Saarc.

 
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Recent charges of governmental support for the Haqqani Network and other violent terrorist groups have revived fears of Pakistani nuclear material making it into the wrong hands. Pakistan must take real, visible steps at preventing cooperation between the military and non-state groups in the border regions if the nuclear stability and emerging peace in South Asia is to continue.

 

 
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The Addu Declaration was adopted at the concluding session in presence of all heads of government and states of the eight member countries -Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

 
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The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit has decided to set the timeline for finalising a framework for rail and sea connectivity.

 
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Gilani emphasises need for coordination amongst SAARC members. -Singh announces trade incentives for member states.-Nasheed calls for need to build bridges

 
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People’s SAARC, a parallel process of the civil society expressed concern over rising expenditure on purchase of arms and ammunition in the region and appealed the SAARC member to increase investments in the social sector especially health, education, housing, adequate food as basic rights for a more equitable and sustainable society.

 
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he United States expects a productive SAARC Summit this  week as the meeting follows Pakistan’s move to bolster trade with its eastern  neighbour India and South and Central Asian countries’ positve approach to the idea  of New Silk Road passing through Pakistan and its western neighbor Afghanistan.

 
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India has deployed at least a couple of aircraft and warships, including a frigate packed with weapons, to provide "security cover" to the ongoing Saarc summit at Maldives.

 
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The official machinery in seven countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region is busy working out details of bilateral meetings with India, reemphasising  this year SAARC's theme of building bridges.

 
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“India has always helped us in times of need. We will always be India's friend and we believe that we cannot find a better friend than India,” President Mohamed Nasheed  said when asked if Sino-Maldivian cooperation could negatively impact on relations with India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Thirteen year old Bhuma (name changed) spends his day at home. He does not go to school, or play with children in his neighborhood to avoid being laughed at.
 
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While the South Asian region has its fair share of reasons to be quarrel over, if there is one thing that has managed to transcend boundaries, it has been the soft power of India. As a melting pot of diversity in itself, its cultures, languages, ethnicities and the like are in a symbiotic relation with those across the border. As a res
 
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The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.
 
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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
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spotlight image Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
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Health of the citizens and the economy of the nation they inhabit go hand in hand and every buck spent on former guarantees a manifold increase in the latter,  said noted public health expert K Srikant Reddy. The lecture 'Health and Development: India Must Bridge the Disconnect' was ...
 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
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