Trade between India and Pakistan has been continuously rising despite recurring border tensions but is yet to tap its estimated potential of USD 12 billion, according to a study compiled by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
SAARC countries need to critically evaluate trade liberalisation under SAFTA to make the process faster and more efficient at an upcoming meeting of the SAFTA Ministerial Council later this month in Bhutan.
SAARC nations will participate in the annual 10-day Noida Shilpotsav, a shopping festival which will be held in October, an official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen on visiting Nepal and strengthening India`s ties with the country as part of the new government`s initiative to give importance to SAARC nations, a senior BJP leader said on Friday.
China on Monday sought Bangladesh`s support in enhancing cooperation with SAARC countries while looking to expand ties with Dhaka in key areas including energy and infrastructure.
Nepal has decided to shift the venue of the 18th SAARC summit in November from its famous tourist destination of Pokhara to Kathmandu due to lack of infrastructure.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sri Lanka`s initiatives to achieve reconciliation with the minority Tamil community.
In an unexpected turn of events, recently designated HRD Minister Smriti Irani has found a new supporter in Congress leader Rashid Alvi, who on Wednesday slammed the remarks made on the former`s educational qualification.
There was praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s diplomatic initiative of inviting the South Asian neighbours, especially Pakistan, to his swearing-in ceremony.
Soon after assuming charge at the PMO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the invitation of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders to visit their countries, as per reports on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif met here on Tuesday and discussed bilateral issues, their meeting lasting longer than expected, officials said.
A day after taking oath as the 15th prime minister of India, Narendra Modi will have his first international assignment on Tuesday – a one-on-one meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, who is in India at the invitation of the BJP leader.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday night hosted a dinner for visiting SAARC leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi where the guests were treated to a variety of dishes drawn from various parts of the country.
The oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi was on Monday shown live by Pakistani television channels highlighting the presence of various high-profile guests, such as SAARC leaders including Premier Nawaz Sharif, Bollywood stars and corporate bigwigs.
MaldivianPresident Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, has arrived here to attend prime minister-designate Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony as the 15th prime minister of India on Monday.
By inviting leaders of all the SAARC countries, and representatives from all the countries attending the event, the PMs swearing in ceremony has indirectly become a SAARC summit.
All 21 ministers of the newly formed Anandiben Patel-led Gujarat BJP government, along with office bearers of the BJP`s Gujarat unit will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi tomorrow at Delhi, reports said on Sunday.
The elaborate security arrangement at Rashtrapati Bhavan for hosting Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi`s swearing-in tomorrow will also see a `crack` unit of infantry trained-canines deployed for conducting anti- sabotage checks and sanitising the venue, reports said on Sunday.
Narendrabhai Damodardas Modi, 63, will be sworn in as the India`s 15 Prime Minister on Monday by President Pranab Mukherjee at a grand, open air ceremony in the forecourt of the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan, which will be watched throughout India and in international capitals.
Gujarati popular dish kela methi nu shaak, mouth-watering `Chicken chettinad` from Tamil Nadu, Punjab`s Dal makhani and Bengali dish Potol Dorma will be served at a private dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee for visiting foreign dignitaries on Monday.
Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Sunday backed Narendra Modi`s decision to invite heads of SAARC countries, including Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif, for his swearing-in, saying dialouge is the only way forward to solve problems.
Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi welcomed the decision by the leaders of the SAARC nation to be present for his swearing-in ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday.
Stars of Bollywood film faternity, Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan,Salman Khan,Rekha and Bharat Ratna awardees Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar have been invited to be a part of the Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony on May 26.
Rashtrapati Bhavan will remain closed to public for two days from Friday due to preparations for Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony on Monday as country`s 15th Prime Minister.
Along with many SAARC Heads of Governments and States, Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam will be attending the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister on May 26.
BJP rejected objections by Tamil parties to the invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Modi`s swearing-in ceremony, saying it should be seen as a "celebration of democracy".
BJP today said that it was Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi`s desire to invite the heads of government of all SAARC countries to his swearing-in, saying it is a first step towards improving ties with India`s neighbours.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been invited to attend Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 26, reports said on Wednesday.