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.
“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.
The prospects of SAARC thriving are brighter than ever before. If the regional heavyweights, India and Pakistan, increasingly opt for pragmatism in the conduct of their ties, SAARC would finally be free of the constraints of the past and zoom into a future of collective prosperity and togetherness.
Sikkim's unique mountain architecture in need of protection
The Government of Sikkim realized something needs to be done and the newly-adopted Sikkim Tourism Policy is crystal clear about this. It states in Chapter 4: Application of appropriate designs for tourism infrastructure that considers the landscape, disaster risks, local architecture and materials needs to be addressed, writes Anne Fee