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Whither BIMSTEC? For Nepal and Bhutan, BIMSTEC acts as a forum to improve their foreign policy interests, by Smruti S Pattanaik (kp 18/07/2024)

Why Should SAARC Be Revitalised, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 28/06/2024)

Retrofitting SAARC : Not much hope that the 8-member South Asian bloc can be revived even after the Indian elections, by Shristi Karki (nt 22/06/2024)

The hidden costs of sidelining SAARC, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep 19/06/2024)

BIMSTEC cannot be a suitable alternative to SAARC, interview with Dr Khurram Abbas (ae 12/06/2024)

BBIN MVA and the way forward, by Rajan Sharma (ae 14/05/2024)

Don McLain Gill: South Asian states unlikely to establish another regional organization (interview) (ae 19/04/2024)

Call for revival of SAARC (ae 18/04/2024)

Populous Region Deserves Priority, by Dhruba Hari Adhikary (rn 17/04/2024)

Envisioning South Asia Alongside Southeast Asia, by Binoj Basnyat (kh 15/04/2024)

UN Secretary-General expresses commitment to strengthen cooperation with SAARC (kh 10/04/2024)

Cannot accept BIMSTEC to replace SAARC, says Minister Shrestha : The House of Representatives approves the charter adopted in 2022 by the fifth Bimstec summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka (kp 03/04/2024) [But SAARC has only existed on paper for a long time now and, in view of the almost insoluble ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, hardly has any prospects! Nepal must look after its own interests and the government is responsible for this!]

SAARC and BIMSTEC: Navigating regional cooperation, by Rajan Panthi and Suravi Rijal (ae 25/03/2024)

Lawmakers advise govt to utilize BIMSTEC for economic development (rn 18/03/2024), Nepali lawmakers bat for both SAARC and Bimstec : Say Bimstec should be no replacement to SAARC and Nepal should push for convening the stalled summit (kp 19/03/2024)

SAARC Programming Committee meets after four years in Kathmandu : The two-day session reviewed current status of regional cooperation in identified areas (kp 09/03/2024)

BIMSTEC Charter presented in the House of Representatives (kh 01/03/2024)

Create South Asian Union For Prosperity, by Namrata Sharma (rn 21/02/2024)

SAARC: Navigating an Existential Crossroads, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 13/12/2023)

SAARC leaders pledge unity amid challenges : Marking the 39th charter day amid stalled summit and regional tensions, heads of states and governments of South Asia call for revitalising the regional grouping (kp 09/12/2023)

BIMSTEC forms Eminent Persons Group to chart out future course of the seven-nation grouping : The panel will suggest a blueprint for what the grouping needs to do in future and ways to strengthen the bloc, by Anil Giri (02/12/2023)

Bangladeshi diplomat Golam Sarwar assumes the office as the new SAARC secretary-general (rep 28/10/2023)

Missed opportunities : SAARC gatherings on UNGA sidelines offer India and Pakistan a rare chance to talk. But they don’t (kp 19/09/2023) : SAARC discord may derail UN sidelines meet this year too : This would be the fourth successive year without a New York gathering of South Asian nations’ foreign ministers, by Anil Giri (kp 15/09/2023)

How to revive SAARC?, by Yagya Bahadur Hamal (ae 12/09/2023)

SAARC foreign ministers to meet in New York on September 20 : Experts doubt a breakthrough given the continuing rivalry between India and Pakistan (kp 31/08/2023)

SAARC will be made dynamic: Foreign Minister Saud (kh 28/08/2023) [Yes, of course!??]

Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC member states discuss ways to bolster cooperation (rep 17/07/2023), BIMSTEC member states’ foreign ministers discuss ways to bolster cooperation : Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Prakash Saud is participating in the BIMSTEC foreign ministers' meeting in Bangkok (nlt 17/07/2023)

Didn’t quite work out : Member states will soon forget SAARC even if they do not formally declare its death, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 10/07/2023)

Regional integration amid India’s G-20 presidency : A united South Asia can help boost development and growth for all countries involved, by Bigyan Babu Regmi and Sisir Bhandari (kp 15/06/2023)

FNCCI proposes BIMSTEC Business Forum to boost intra-regional trade : The share of all BIMSTEC countries — that include two ASEAN member-states - Thailand and Myanmar — is less than 4 percent in world trade (kp 14/06/2023)

26 years of BIMSTEC: High on hopes, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 07/06/2023)

South Asia A New Strategic Fulcrum (rn 07/06/2023)

SAARC needs a revive-drive, by Jagdish Dahal (ae 31/05/2023)

SAARC revival possible through BIMSTEC?, by Suman Kumar Regmi (ae 20/04/2023)

Subregional over regional cooperation : Not waiting for SAARC to regain consciousness, countries are opting for subregional mechanisms, by Smruti S Pattanaik (kp 30/03/2023)

BIMSTEC passes key instruments as SAARC stalls, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 10/03/2023)

Nepal for inclusion of poverty alleviation as sub-sector under BIMSTEC (kh 08/03/2023)

Sarwar to be new SAARC secretary general : With his nomination, the stalled SAARC process is expected to gain some momentum (kp 07/03/2023)

Reviving The SAARC Process, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 02/03/2023)

Trade and Investment Policy in South Asia, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 28/02/2023)

Reimagining South Asia : Let's imagine a South Asian digital currency and other initiatives for the region, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 21/02/2023)

Bangladesh will get to pick new Saarc secretary general : As member states do not recognise Kabul’s Taliban regime, Dhaka will send new secretariat chief, by Anil Giri (kp 19/02/2023)

SAARC-level Climate Change Journalist Forum formed (kh 06/02/2023)

Moribund SAARC stares at another crisis, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 20/01/2023)

SJF concludes declaring 7-point declaration (kh 17/01/2023)

Poverty and Inequality Devastating South Asia, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 12/01/2023)

Efforts underway to take forward SAARC: Secretary Paudyal (kh 08/01/2023)

SAARC in a fix over new secretary general : Replacement uncertain after Esala Ruwan Weerakoon of Sri Lanka retires in March, by Anil Giri (kp 30/12/2022)

Re-imagining South Asia: A bottom-up initiative to relaunch more united region : While it is true that the SAARC is almost dead, the citizens of South Asia could take the lead and show their political leaders what their aspirations are, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 14/12/2022)

SAARC struggling to stay alive as it turns 38 : The regional body has failed to hold regular summits after 2016. Afghan situation further complicates the picture, by Anil Giri (kp 11/12/2022)

South Asia needs an integrated electricity market, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 11/11/2022)

Can climate diplomacy revive SAARC? SAARC can play an influential role in responding to the impacts of extreme climate events, by Subash Pandey (02/11/2022)

SAARC member countries invited for election observation (kh 03/10/2022)

Skipped UNGA sidelines meeting another nail in the SAARC coffin : Experts cite India-Pakistan rivalry and Kabul confusion as key reasons for the regional body’s sorry state, by Anil Giri (kp 20/09/2022)

Connectivity via sub-regional cooperation : Transport infrastructure becomes extremely important as it is the primary driver of economic growth, by Nischal Dhungel (kp 05/08/2022)

SCO over SAARC for Nepal? (ae 04/08/2022)

SAARC, Setubandh and South Asia: The links missing in vision and strategy, by Anand Aditya (ht 03/08/2022)

South Asia At Sixes And Sevens, by Dhruba Hari Adhikary (rn 16/06/2022)

Materialising BIMSTEC Master Plan, by Pankaj Thapa (rn 13/06/2022)

BBIN motor vehicles pact has a bumpy ride ahead for lack of policies, regulations : An early implementation of the motor vehicles agreement between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal can shorten transport routes, save travel time, and lower costs, by Krishana Prasain (kp 08/06/2022)

Unavailing Regional Cooperation in South Asia : Can SAARC be revived?, by Mohammad Tarikul Islam (kh 07/06/2022)

SAARC: Challenges And Prospects, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 29/05/2022)

Nepal insists on collective commitments for energy security (rep 20/04/2022)

Nepal’s unwavering commitment to SAARC : From its inception Nepal has been playing an active role in the SAARC process. Even back in the 1970s King Birendra was busy sketching out a framework for the regional body, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 19/05/2022)

Nepal Wants To Advance SAARC Process (rn 14/04/2022)

SAARC: The original sin or salve? Each of the two sides in the Cold War wanted to increase its influence through regional organizations. The US in particular was keen on having a regional organization for South Asia, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 07/04/2022)

India to provide USD 1 million to BIMSTEC to increase its operational budget (kh 30/03/2022)

PM Deuba addresses Fifth BIMSTEC Summit, stresses stronger regional cooperation (kh 30/03/2022)

PM Deuba To Attend BIMSTEC Summit Virtually (rn 21/03/2022), Foreign Minister Khadka To Participate In BIMSTEC Summit (rn 21/03/2022), PM Deuba to virtually address Fifth BIMSTEC Summit (kh 26/03/2022)

Nepal, India, Bangladesh ‘agree’ to open transport routes in six months : Understanding is follow up to 2015 BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement involving the three countries and Bhutan, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/03/2022)

UN vote on Ukraine shows geopolitical shift in South Asia, observers say : Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives vote for resolution to deplore Russia. India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan abstain, by Anil Giri (kp 04/03/2022)

Nepal pledges to further consolidating BIMSTEC process (kh 05/1/2022), BIMSTEC general secretary discusses trade, investment (ht 05/01/2022), Strengthen BIMSTEC : BIMSTEC must speed up connectivity projects to rival China's Belt and Road Initiative that promotes mind-boggling infrastructure in the region (ht 07/01/2022)

South Asian University stares at uncertain future : The university’s plan to develop its infrastructure and expand academic pursuits has been on hold as the main governing body of the university has not officially met for five years, by Rajesh Mishra (kp 04/01/2022)

Deconstructing the Geopolitical Identity of South Asia: A Critical Geopolitics Perspective, by Sindhu Dinesh (kh 19/11/2021)

Understanding the EU Democracy Assistance to South Asia: Contemporary Perspectives, by Simant Shankar Bharti (kh 08/10/2021)

Nepal’s role vital to safeguard the sanctity of South Asia through SAARC and BIMSTEC, by Pramod Jaiswal (interview) (kh 06/10/2021)

Revival of SAARC is significant in terms seamless trade, connectivity and investment, by Pramod Jaiswal (kh 29/09/2021)

SAARC meeting on UN assembly sidelines called off over Afghanistan : Officials say there was lack of concurrence from member states on the meeting which Nepal proposed last week  and sent out invitations to all except Kabul, by Anil Giri (kp 22/09/2021)

SAARC meet on UN assembly sidelines uncertain after Afghan regime change : Members of the regional bloc have been historically convening a meeting in New York  at the foreign ministers’ level to discuss regional and global issues, by Anil Giri (kp 15/09/2021)

Taliban’s return to Kabul: Implications for South Asia and beyond, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep 04/09/2021)

The Kabul chaos and South Asia : It may not be the  Saigon moment, but its reverberations are unlikely to be any less calamitous, by CK Lal (kp 01/09/2021)

Calls grow for Kathmandu to speak on Afghan crisis, but can it? Some say Nepal as SAARC chair should take the lead, but observers say there’s not much scope, as even world powers are struggling to figure out how to deal with the new rulers, by Anil Giri (kp 25/08/2021)

Search of Nepal’s role as SAARC chair in Afghanistan crisis, by Khem Raj Thapa (kh 24/08/2021)

Nepal is India’s key actor in India’s vision for connected, integrated South Asian region: DCM Khampa (kh 24/08/2021)

HURPES urges PM Deuba to convene SAARC meeting immediately to discuss Afghan crisis (rep 23/08/2021)

US Troops Withdrawal From Afghanistan : And Implication To South Asia, by Binoj Basnyat (sp 20/08/2021)

The proof of the pudding : The incompetence of SAARC is helping China gain a foothold in South Asia (kp 12/07/2021)

Two decades on, BIMSTEC still struggles for relevanceIn the last 24 years, BIMSTEC has held just four summit meetings. The Sri Lanka summit remains uncertain due to Covid, by Anil Giri (kp 08/06/2021)

South Asian geopolitics: : Present and future : The days ahead are going to be more demanding for South Asian nations, by Binoj Basnyat (kp 26/05/2021)

Anti-COVID-19 Cooperation : Can China’s Move Fill Regional Void?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 09/05/2021)

New world disorder and South Asia : India’s peaceful growth principles are beckoning for all the good reasons, by Atul K Thakur (kp 25/04/2021)

BIMSTEC: For what?, by Biswas Baral (ae 08/04/2021)

Need To Reactivate SAARC, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 06/04/2021)

BIMSTEC virtual meet most likely to avoid discussing Myanmar military suppression : The meeting is being held on the heels of one of the bloodiest days in the country,  in which over 90 protesters were killed, by Anil Giri (kp 01/04/2021) [What a shame!!]

India to host SAARC health secretary-level meeting on COVID-19 crisis on Thursday (rep 17/02/2021)

Pakistan says it appreciates Nepal's constructive role in taking SAARC process forward (rep 10/12/2020)

SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund: Nepal gets 61.2 million (kh 03/12/2020)

In virtual meeting, SAARC foreign ministers commit to regional progress : Even as arch-rivals India and Pakistan both express  their commitments to a connected and effective  grouping, uncertainty over the 19th summit remain, by Anil Giri (kp 25/09/2020) [Sounds like "Tomorrow the sun will rise again!"]

Re-Energising The SAARC, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rn 23/09/2020)

India, Pakistan agree to take part in SAARC meet : The virtual meeting of foreign ministers on September 24 will focus on building an understanding to convene the long-stalled summit meeting, by Anil Giri (kp 11/09/2020)

How India lost a gas pipeline to China: The deal to import gas from Myanmar via Bangladesh failed due to political reasons, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 15/07/2020)

Request for $1.5 million to set up PCR labs in all provinces yet to respond by SAARC Development Fund: SAARC Covid-19 Emergency Fund also ineffective due to dispute about its use between India and Pakistan, by Arjun Poudel (kp 01/07/2020)

The way forward in South Asia: Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal could face an excruciating foreign exchange crunch, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 27/05/2020)

Revive SAARC To Fight COVID-19, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rn 24/05/2020)

Re-imagining South Asian cooperation: India and Nepal will play the role of a catalyst in shaping the narrative of a new regional and sub-regional alignment, by Atul K. Thakur (kp 20/05/2020)

Prioritizing Poverty: South Asian Cooperation in a Post-Pandemic World, by Atul K. Thakur (kh 29/04/2020)

Should India take SAARC forward without Pakistan?, by Niranjan Masrjani (kh 19/04/2020)

SAARC Fund for COVID-19 to be utilized to provide medical supplies to member states in need (rep 13/04/2020)

SAARC officials discuss impact of COVID-19 (ht 10/04/2020)

SAARC Development Fund allocates five million dollars for COVID-19 projects (ht 08/04/2020)

Possibility Of SAARC Revival, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 24/03/2020)

Modi appreciates Nepal's decision to allot Rs 100 million for SAARC Emergency Fund (rep 22/03/2020)

Modi takes the lead on fighting Covid-19 in the region but there are geopolitical considerations: The Indian prime minister’s initiative to bring South Asia together bodes well for SAARC but there is a geopolitical element that cannot be ignored, say experts, by Anil Giri (kp 17/03/2020), A job half finished: South Asian countries need to use the recent Covid-19 video conference as impetus to revive SAARC (rep 17/03/2020), Will the coronavirus pandemic revive SAARC? There is an opportunity for the crisis to bring member countries closer together, and into deeper economic integration, by Achyut Wagle (kp 17/03/2020), SAARC's Concerns Over Coronavirus, by Kundan Aryal (kp 230/03/2020), South Asia Regional Effort To Fight COVID-19, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 21/03/2020)

SAARC leadership pledges cooperation and collaboration to fight the effects of Covid-19: Indian PM Modi had called for the meeting, via video conferencing, to formulate a strategy to fight the coronavirus outbreak, by Samuel Chhetri (kp 16/03/2020)

SAARC countries to hold video conference today evening (ht 15/03/2020)

South Asian leaders welcome Modi proposal to revitalise SAARC to fight Covid-19: While many leaders and foreign policy experts welcome Modi’s statement, others were more circumspect, given India’s past actions regarding the regional bloc, by Anil Giri and Suresh Raj Pandey (kp 14/03/2020), Will coronavirus bring common purpose to a faltering SAARC?, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 14/03/2020)

South Asia 2035, by P. Kharel (rn 17/02/2020)

Connectivity in South East Asian countries could serve lesson for South Asia: Efforts to integrate South Asia have failed to yield results due to antagonistic relations between India and Pakistan, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/02/2020)

Regional energy trade, cooperation sought (ht 07/02/2020)

Reason to worry: Nepal and other South Asian countries that have a major stake in the Gulf need to use their influence in deescalating possible tensions in the Middle East, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 28/01/2020)

Power asymmetry has been disrupting cooperation: Unless the region resolves its internal disputes, the idea of regionalism will always be a failure in South Asia, by Hindu Karki (kp 26/01/2020)

Regional economic development in South Asia: India is the only SAARC country that has the expertise and capital to set up joint ventures in the region, by Suman Kumar Regmi (kp 10/01/2020)

Taproot Of Regional Consciousness, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 31/12/2019)

SAARC committee meeting kicks off (ht 20/12/2019)

If SAARC members can't get along, perhaps it is time to call it quits: The grouping was crippled from the start, doomed to be ineffective in solving bilateral tensions to smooth regional cooperation (kp 10/12/2019)

SAARC turns 35 but has very little to show for its age: The regional bloc of seven South Asian countries, and Afghanistan, has largely been held hostage to the rivalry between India and Pakistan, say analysts, by Anil Giri (kp 09/12/2019)

Water, Security And Peace, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 01/10/2019)

Testing times: With the new developments in Kashmir, Nepal may have to listen to and deal with the pressures and persuasions from India, China and Pakistan, all at the same time, by Gopal Thapa (rep 03/09/2019)

India, Pakistan confirm participation in SAARC Council of Ministers’ meeting in New York: This could be the first high-level encounter between foreign ministers of the two countries since New Delhi’s move on Kashmir, by Anil Giri (kp 30/08/2019)

As Kashmir burns: As chair of SAARC, Nepal should make an effort to play the role of a mediator to bring India and Pakistan to talks, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (rep 25/08/2019)

Pak seeks Nepal's role as SAARC Chair for regional peace and stability (rep 24/08/2019) [The Nepalese government failed to fulfil this task when the Indian Foreign Minister was in Kathmandu!]

Realpolitik is shorthand for the law of the jungle: It’s the production of social homogeneity that makes neo-nationalism a dangerous policy, by CK Lal (kp 21/08/2019)

The SAARC Buddha: Artists from South Asian countries cannot allow the comatose state of one regional organisation to influence their willingness to collaborate, by Abhi Subedi (kp 18/08/2019)

SAARC Heading For Doomsday?, by Bhim Bhurtel (rn 22/07/2019)

Lessons to be learnt from Saarc’s stagnation: The regional grouping has been largely nonfunctional because it hasn’t been able to adapt to the evolving regional set-up, by Mahendra P Lama (kp 26/06/2019)

SAARC on life support: India may not be willing to end the experiment, but it’s unlikely to help in the revival of the grouping, by CK Lal (kp 12/06/2019)

Nepal committed to reviving SAARC: FM Gyawali (ht 03/06/2019) [But India is committed to destroy SAARC!]

India’s invitation to BIMSTEC leaders for Modi’s swearing-in sparks debate over future of SAARC: The South Asian regional bloc, currently chaired by Nepal, has been in limbo for years, by Anil Giri (kp 29/05/2019), ‘Modi’s invite for BIMSTEC heads at swearing-in signals change in neighborhood policy': Experts call for ‘readjusting’  foreign policy in line with India’s changed foreign policy orientation, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 29/05/2019)

Stemming terrorism: Poverty, unemployment, corruption, political crime and lack of rule of law are root causes of terrorism in South Asia. To eliminate terrorism, we need to address these causes, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 12/05/2019)

Private sector urges SAARC nations to invest in Nepal (kp 04/05/2019)

SAARC CCI’s executive committee meeting, general assembly kick off (kp 03/05/2019)

India’s major parties are divided over regional strategy: The ruling BJP has dropped SAARC from its manifesto and inserted BIMSTEC in contrast to its poll document five years ago, by Anil Giri (kp 09/04/2019)

Nepali team off to Colombo to attend SAARC Women Entrepreneur Awards (rep 01/03/2019)

Reimagining SAARC: 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, by Simone Galimberti (rep 24/02/2019)

New India-Pakistan tension threatens SAARC future, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 18/02/2019)

SAARC is sinking: Prospects of SAARC have shrunk further with India thinking of its alternative and alleging Pakistan for state-sponsored terrorism, by Som P Pudasaini (rep 31/01/2019)

SAARC-level women’s meet under way (ht 26/01/2019)

Saving SAARC: SAARC leaders should have the integrity and diplomatic decency to apply the principle of not allowing bilateral differences to cripple the regional body’s basic objectives, by P. Kharel (rep 31/12/2018)

SDF approves financing of two energy projects in Nepal (ht 26/12/2018)

Nepal ready to help Pakistan host SAARC Summit (kp 03/12/2018)

SAARC summit uncertain as India snubs Pakistan’s invitation (rep 29/11/2018)

Too close, too far: SAARC should prioritise effective policy provision policies, by Madhukar SJB Rana and Atul K Thakur (kp 27/11/2018)

BIMSTEC committee mulls free trade deal in Dhaka, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 13/11/2018)

Another Jolt To SAARC Process, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (rn 10/10/2018)

Free the SAARC: India is actively distancing from SAARC thinking that it is no longer an effective body to maintain influence in the neighborhood. This policy will backfire, by Manoj Adhikari and Saurav Bashyal (rep 09/10/2018)

India for satellite-based navigation in SAARC (kp 25/09/2018)

Focus on trade: BIMSTEC seems to have too many things on its plate which is slowing it down, by Bijendra Man Shakya (kp 17/09/2018), Some hard truths: BIMSTEC might have a hard time taking off because of growing mutual suspicions and New Delhi’s aspiration to ignore Pakistan and distance China from any Indian initiative, by P Kharel (rep 17/09/2018)

ASEAN, SAARC to BIMSTEC: Towards establishing a broader partnership for peace, prosperity and security in Asia, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (kp 12/09/2018)

Reinvigorating BIMSTEC For Prosperity, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 06/09/2018), In Aftermath Of BIMSTEC Summit, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 08/09/2018)

Was Kathmandu BIMSTEC summit worth it?, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 06/09/2018)

BIMSTEC and Nepal: Working for shared benefits, by Madhav Shrestha (ht 05/09/2018), Realistic Cooperation In BIMSTEC, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 10/09/2018)

Navigating With New Ideas, by Prem Khatry (rn 04/09/2018)

Joint military exercise: Officials, Army defend BIMSTEC drill plans (kp 03/09/2018), Oli defends BIMSTEC joint military exercise (kp 05/09/2018), ), BIMSTEC war games: Nepal should dispel any unease the exercise may have aroused among neighbours, by Narendra B. Rawal (kp 05/09/2018), BIMSTEC has not agreed to any military pact: Oli (rep 05/09/2018), No deal for BIMSTEC military drill: Gyawali; Indian proposal was ‘rejected by other members’; The House committee had summoned Minister Gyawali to inquire about the controversial exercise (kp 08/09/2018) [???], Nepal withdraws from BIMSTEC military drill, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/09/2018), Nepal Army to participate in BIMSTE C drill as observer, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp 10/09/2018) [??]

Misplaced attention: Climate change, regretabbly, received scant attention in BIMSTEC (kp 03/09/2018)

BIMSTEC and the narrative of arts: It would be a rewarding experience for the regional organisation to open up visions for artistic and literary sharing, by Abhi Subedi (kp 02/09/2018)

Stage set for fourth BIMSTEC Summit (kp 30/08/2018), Leaders stress connectivity, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 31/08/2018), BIMSTEC aims institutional shape, by Anil Giri (kp 01/09/2018), Realizing BIMSTEC vision: BIMSTEC summit has sent a message to the world that Nepal is stable and secure destination for investors and development partners, by Rishi Dhamala (rep 01/09/2018), Summit ends with Kathmandu Declaration, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 01/09/2018), Fourth BIMSTEC Summit Declaration And The Reality, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 01/09/2018), 4th BIMSTEC Summit Will It Revive The Region?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 02/09/2018)

Mountain economies and BIMSTEC: Inland waterways offer a potential pathway to connect Bhutan and Nepal to the Bay of Bengal, by Golam Rasul and Nilhari Neupane (kp 30/08/2018), Rejuvenation Of BIMSTEC, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 30/0/2018), Think beyond BIMSTEC: India and China can find the best possible ways to benefit from BRI, and together can aim for global leadership, by GP Acharya (rep 30/08/2018), A Fourth BIMSTEC Summit Conference, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 30/08/2018), High hopes for BIMSTEC Summit, by Pradhumna B Shah (kp 31/08/2018)

PM says summit will propel economic cooperation and regional connectivity (kp 29/08/2018)

Rohingya in Nepal want plight resolved by Myanmar, B'desh leaders at BIMSTEC summit, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 29/08/2018) [This could be an opportunity for Nepal to play an important role as mediator on the international level!]

BIMSTEC SOM recommends signing grid connectivity MoU (rep 29/08/2018)

Summit week: Foreign secretaries meet today (kp 28/08/2018), Foreign ministers agree on projects worth $50b: Representatives from the member states endorsed the text of draft Summit Declaration on Wednesday, by Anil Giri (kp 30/08/2018)

All eyes on Nepal: The BIMSTEC meet is on the watch list of established and emerging global powers, by Dinesh Bhattarai (kp 28/08/2018), Upholding shamelessness: When there’s no pride in competing with the rest of world, mediocrity reigns, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 28/08/2018), Reinventing BIMSTEC: There are no serious problems in bilateral relations among member countries. BIMSTEC leaders have the opportunity to decide future course of this regional process, by Purushottam Ojha (rep 28/08/2018), Opportunity knocks: Nepal should use the BIMSTEC meet to enhance its global image and boost tourism, by Sarin Ghimire (rep 29/07/2018), BIMSTEC for Nepal: For Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, BIMSTEC could be one more multilateral forum for uplifting their socio-economic profiles in favor of societal benefits, by Suresh C. Chalise (rep 29/08/2018), Hope and fear: Let’s hope BIMSTEC will help create a world order that is more just for smaller yet more easily manageable countries like Nepal, by Devendra Gautam (rep 29/08/2018), Tap the opportunity: There is a fear that BIMSTEC will go downhill like SAARC.  In the last 20 years it has failed to deliver on its objectives, by Raj Kumar KC (rep)

Expectations From BIMSTEC Summit, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 27/08/2018)

‘Kathmandu summit will offer new direction to BIMSTEC’, by Anil Giri (kp 25/08/2018), Grid Inter-connection MoU to be signed (rep 25/08/2018), 'Accommodate China in BIMSTEC to ensure its effectiveness' (rep 25/08/2018)

BIMSTEC and agriculture: As Nepal is chairing the BIMISTEC Summit, it should take initiatives in developing inclusive value chains of exportable agriculture commodities, by Bhairab Raj Kaini (rep 23/08/2018)

Elusive opportunities: The political leadership must move to energise both BIMSTEC and SAARC (kp 22/08/2018), Reviving BIMSTEC: BIMSTEC must identify few priority areas, otherwise it might end up making lots of commitments but delivering none (ht 23/08/2018)

Government asks top officials to lend vehicles, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 20/08/2018), Public holiday plan to clear roads for VIP cars (kp 20/08/2018) [The roads should be cleared for VIPs and politicians every day! The country belongs to them!], Plans to deploy 30,000 security forces for BIMSTEC Summit, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 21/08/2018), Rain disrupts beautification works for BIMSTEC meet (kp 26/08/2018), Gokarna Resort ruled out as retreat for BIMSTEC leaders, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 26/08/2018), India lends three fortified cars for BIMSTEC meet, by Anil Giri (kp 27/08/2018)

BIMSTEC states mull setting up development fund, infra bank (rep 16/08/2018)

In BIMSTEC, push for SAARC: Disintegrated South Asia cannot overcome common challenges of poverty, environmental degradation and terrorism, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 16/08/2018)

BIMSTEC And Regional Cooperation, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 10/08/2018), BIMSTEC member states likely to cut areas of priority by half (kp 11/08/2018), Reinvigorating BIMSTEC: BIMSTEC should adopt a charter. It will increase predictability, institutionalization, and legitimacy of the regional organization, by Madhu Raman Acharya (rep 12/08/2018)

Fresh hope in South Asia: With new and fresh leadership in South Asian countries, there are hopes that initiatives will be taken to revive SAARC and resolve regional issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (rep 06/08/2018)

Reviving BIMSTEC: As a host nation, Nepal should take initiatives to create environment and provide leadership to make BIMSTEC a vibrant forum, by Raj Kumar KC (rep 01/08/2018)

BBIN motor vehicle agreement: Draft protocol ready, awaits Cabinet approval , by Sanjeev Giri (kp 26/07/2018)

SAARC  to enforce common standard for edible items: Move is expected to boost intraregional trade among member nations, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp 25/07/2018)

Nepal proposes dates for BIMSTEC Summit (kp 04/06/2018), Nepal for hosting 4th BIMSTEC in August-end or early September, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 04/06/2018), Nepal to host BIMSTEC summit on Aug 30, 31 (ht 15/06/2018)

City to host 4th BIMSTEC Summit this August (kp 31/05/2018)

Uneasy World And Ailing SAARC, by Bishwo Pradhan (rn 19/05/2018)

Revitalising SAARC: Oli has the capacity and opportunity to act as the champion of Trans-Himalayan cooperation and resurrect the SAARC process, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (kp 09/05/2018)

A question of sovereignty: S Asia is full of cooperative ventures that have stalled due to perceived notions of eroding national control, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 25/04/2018)

Boosting trade in SAARC: The role of the dispute resolution mechanism under SAFTA requires direct attention, by Prakritee Yonzon (kp 23/04/2018)

Have spoken with Indian, Pak leaders to restart SAARC: PM Oli (kp 23/04/2018)

SAFTA and Nepal: Time for paradigm shift, by Jib Raj Koirala (ht 03/04/2018)

Full membership to China a way out to revive SAARC: Experts (rep 26/03/2018)

2-day South Asia conference begins (kp 26/03/2018)

SDF begins funding infrastructure (kp 23/03/2018), Em-powering South Asia, by Alaina B. Teplitz (nt 23/03/2018)

Sorry story of SAARC: Narrow nationalism and mutual distrust have held regional integration process hostage (kp 20/03/2018)

FinMin calls on SAARC members to invest in Nepal (ht 19/03/2018)

Has time stood still for SAARC? (kp 16/03/2018)

SAARC commerce ministers to meet in Capital on March 18 (ht 11/03/2018), Nepal to host SAARC Biz Leaders’ Conclave (kp 12/03/2018), 6th SAARC Business Leaders' Conclave from today (rep 16/03/2018), SAARC Business Leaders’ Conclave starts (ht 17/03/2018), Deeper integration underlined for shared prosperity in South Asia (rep 17/03/2018), ‘Cross-border power trade vital to South Asian region' (kp 18/03/2018), Robust connectivity, trade emphasized for regional prosperity (kp 18/03/2018), South Asian ministers emphasise on intra-regional trade, investment (kp 19/03/2018)

Nepal and Pakistan agree to revive SAARC: PMs talk issues of mutual interest, by Anil Giri (kp 06/03/2018) [without India?], New regionalism: Visit of Pak PM should be seen in larger context of new political imperatives in South Asia (kp 07/03/2018)

SAARC Business Leaders’ Conclave next month (ht 25/02/2018)

SAFA International CFO Conference start  (ht 01/02/2018)

Nepal, B'desh, India agree procedures for vehicle movement (rep 16/01/2018)

Cooperation for a common goal: Will SAARC be efficient in reducing poverty?, by Dhan Prasad Pandit (rep 12/01/2018)

Post Thimphu summit: S Asian region must work together for larger societal good, because climate change has no regard for borders, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 10/01/2018)

Nepal calls for making SAARC more effective (kp 13/12/2017)

Renewable agenda: South Asia’s quest for a ‘green economy’ based on green strategies provides ample space for power trading, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 13/12/2017)

SAARC: The no-talk shop; As far apart as India and Pakistan are on key issues, it would be dangerous to progressively close all avenues of dialogue, by Biswas Baral (rep 16/11/2017)

Nepal to join BIMSTEC Grid Interconnection (kp 06/11/2017)

Pakistan committed to hosting SAARC Summit: Envoy Javed (kp 28/10/2017)

Unresolved issues stall implementation of BBIN agreement (ht 26/10/2017), Inland waterways project can benefit BBIN: Experts (kp 28/10/2017)

SAARC immigration authorities meeting begins (ht 11/10/2017)

Deuba meets SAARC leaders in New York (kp 23/09/2017)

‘Situation not conducive to hold SAARC Summit’ (kp 14/09/2017

BIMSTEC Meeting In Nepal, by Biswo Pradhan (rn 02/09/2017)

At 32, SAARC Getting Wings To Fly, by Arun Ranjit (rn 29/08/2017)

SAARC Cultures: Sharing Experiences, by Prem Khatry  (rn 22/08/2017)

Silk Road to the Southeast: BIMSTEC an pave the way to expedite trade between South Asia and a thriving Southeast Asia, by Bijendra Man Shakya (kp 21/08/2017)

BIMSTEC’S Regional Process, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 16/08/2017)

Unproductive associations: Nepal should chart its own development course and not depend on SAARC or BIMSTEC, by Dwaipayan Regmi (kp 10/08/2017), Different regionalisms: It is important to get SAARC back on its feet, without denying the importance of the sub-regional BIMSTEC, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 11/08/2017), BIMSTEC issues Kathmandu Declaration: BIMSTEC Free Trade Area Agreement to be signed soon, Grid Interconnection to be set up, and text of technology transfer among member states to be finalised (kp 12/08/2017), BIMSTEC ministerial meeting ends on high note: The energy ministers’ meeting of the member countries, proposed for early 2018, will pave the way for electricity trade among member states (ht 12/08/2017)

Sensitising BIMSTEC Activities, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 26/07/2017), BIMSTEC ministerial meeting set for August 10-11 (rep 26/07/2017), 15th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting on Friday (kp 08/08/2017), BIMSTEC genesis: What lies ahead?, by Madhukar SJB Rana (ht 10/08/2017), BIMSTEC members agree to deepen cooperation (kp 11/08/2017), PM vows to help combat terrorism (ht 11/08/2017), Quick finalisation of pact on BIMSTEC Free Trade Area sought (ht 11/08/2017)

S.Asia’s Political Experiment, by P. Kharel (rn 17/07/2017)

Nepal to host SAARC police meet (kp 15/07/2017)

Neighbourhood first? It devolves on India to carry forward the process of improving regional connectivity with understanding, vigour and speed, by Raghu Dayal (kp 15/06/2017)

Governance in South Asia: Troubled waters; All eight SAARC countries are characterized by high level of official corruption, and conflicts and widespread poverty, by Som P. Pudasaini (rep 08/06/2017)

PM for improved connectivity for upgrading status of country (ht 06/06/2017), Dahal for better co-op among Bimstec members (kp 07/06/2017)

Calling all billionaires: Let India’s big business leaders make South Asian economic integration possible, by Madhukar SJB Rana and Atul K. Thakur (kp 05/05/2017)

Bhutan’s snub leaves BBIN agreement in the balance (kp 29/04/2017), Three for the road: With Bhutan out, Nepal, India and Bangladesh have to take the motor pact forward, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 02/05/2017)

Geopolitical rivalry in SAsia: Saarc countries are failing to devise a foreign policy to maintain a balanced relationship with the two Asian giants, India and China, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 18/04/2017)

Need for regional rights body stressed (ht 10/04/2017)

South Asian finance ministers launch SASEC Vision 2025 (kp 04/04/2017)

SAARC Handicraft Design Centre to be established: Despite booming exports, the handicraft sector lacks professional training and a designing centre (kp 28/03/2017)

BIMSTEC member states agree to combat security challenges (kp 22/03/2017)

Saarc CCI urged to vote SAWDF as representative (kp 21/03/2017), Women’s job opportunities: Mutual learning; The rate of female labor force participation in South Asia varies from 16 percent in Afghanistan to 80 percent in Nepal, by Charity Troyer Moore and Vestal McIntyre (rep 21/03/2017)

Electrifying story: Regional power trade is desirable, but it will not happen until India takes the lead, by Apar Neupane (kp 19/03/2017)

Murky waters: Water geopolitics in South Asia is no more just an undercurrent; it could already be shaping regional order, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp 17/03/2017)

South Asia lawmakers meet to discuss child welfare (ht 03/03/2017), SAsian MPs meet to discuss children’s rights (kp 04/03/2017)

Pakistan’s Sial assumes office as Saarc secretary general (kp 02/03/2017)

SAARC Two: In the absence of fruitful high-level political exchanges at regional level it is even more important to promote Track Two initiatives, by Biswas Baral (rep 02/03/2017)

Offshoots of a weak SAARC: Void left by the inefficiencies of the regional grouping is bound to be filled by other initiatives, by Asish Subedi (kp 26/02/2017)

Deck cleared for Sial’s appointment as SAARC gen secy: Likely to take office on March 1 after India’s go-ahead (kp 26/02/2017)

Connecting Asia: To play an important role in global growth, South Asia’s economies should be more tightly integrated with each other, by Wencai Thang (kp 10/02/2017)

Nepal proposes date for BIMSTEC summit at senior officials’ meeting (kp 08/02/2017)

17th BIMSTEC senior officials’ meeting today (kp 05/02/2017), BIMSTEC prep meeting begins (kp 06/02/2017)

SAARC PC meeting from today (kp 01/02/2017), Discussion begins on SAARC centre budget, annual programme (kp 02/02/2017)

4th BIMSTEC summit in Nepal: Foreign secy-level meet to propose indicative date (kp 23/01/2017), Nepal likely to propose next BIMSTEC Summit date (ht 24/01/2017), Cabinet decides to host Bimstec Summit this year: Nepal will propose the  date at a meeting of senior officials from the member states in Kathmandu on February 5-7 (kp 28/01/2017)

Officials hope adrift SAARC will get a new lease of life: Member states to attend Programming Committee meet in Kathmandu, by Anil Giri (kp 05/01/2017)

Member states apathetic to fix new date for SAARC Summit (ht 15/12/2016)

Time For SAARC To Deliver, by P. Kharel (rn 12/12/2016)

After the surgical strikes: India should talk to Nepal and other Saarc members for a ‘SAARC minus Pakistan’, by Atul K. Thakur (kp 11/12/2016)

PM expresses Nepal’s firm commitment to SAARC process (kp 09/12/2016), Ball is in Pakistan’s court: India, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 09/12/2016)

Regional Security In South Asia, by Asmita Verma (rn 30/11/2016)

Motor vehicle agreement: Thimphu rejects India-initiated BBIN road plan (kp 19/11/2016)

Integration Of SAARC, by Madhavji Shrestha (kp 12/11/2016)

SAARC in jeopardy: The South Asian club should be reorganised and reenergised or it will become history, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp 06/11/2016)

The BIMSTEC gambit: By heralding BIMSTEC, Prime Minister Prachanda has emphasized the importance of continuity in national policy and commitments, by Basant Kumar Chaudhary (rep 03/11/2016)

SAARC Falling Prey To Indo-Pakistan Disputes, by Sugeeswara Senadhira (rn 23/10/2016)

SAARC Minus X: Boycotting summits is not the answer, South Asian countries need to set aside politics and be more flexible to foster trade and connectivity, by Pradumna B. Rana (nt 21/10/2016)

SAsian women leaders meet with focus on empowerment (kp 20/10/2016), Women’s participation vital for economy (ht 20/10/2016)

Face of regionalism: Has the model used so far to achieve the goals of Saarc failed, thereby necessitating a more people-centric model?, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 19/10/2016)

Reimagining Asia: True isolation of terror and an end of the unilateral hegemony in the world can be achieved only if China and India cooperate, by Dinkar Nepal (rep 19/10/2016)

Failing SAARC: Nepal no longer carries any moral and political weight to influence events in South Asia, by Kedar Neupane (rep 18/10/2016)

South Asian tales: The fate of SAARC hangs in the balance as India-Pakistan tensions rise to new highs, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 17/10/2016)

Wrong SAARC signals: SAARC Summit was cancelled because of a mixing of the regional economic agenda with bilateral problems, by Mazhar Javed (rep 17/10/2016)

South Asian creativity: Writers’ voices are failing to persuade the region’s powers that be to sit for dialogue and peace, by Abhi Subdei (kp 16/10/2016)

Mahat-Led MoFA team to attend ADC Summit (kp 07/10/2016)

Unreal dream: Perhaps it’s time to form a new regional cooperation group among the smaller countries in South Asia, by Shyam KC (kp 07/10/2016), Needs a little tweaking: SAARC has gone through many ups and downs in its history, but it’s still the best hope, by Rishi Raj Adhikari (kp 07/10/2016)

SAARC Summit: A challenge, by Rambhakta Thakur (ht 04/10/2016), A missed opportunity: Regional cooperation holds the key to lasting peace and prosperity in South Asia, by Mazhar Javed,  Ambassador of Pakistan to Nepal (kp 06/10/2016), SAARC after Uri: In ASEAN members that are not ready to commit to an initiative can opt out so that progress will not be held up; SAARC should also have such a setup, by Pradumna P. Rana (rep 06/10/2016)

SAARC in deep water? Nepal ‘to reach out’ to all member countries: As current chair, Kathmandu in bid to get members around the table, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 02/10/2016), Nepal regrets ‘lack of conducive environment’ (kp 03/10/2016), We’re more divided as a region than we were a 100 years ago, interview Nishchal Nath Pandey (kp 03/10/2016)

PM calls for amending SAARC Charter (kp 30/09/2016), SAARC Charter needs to be reviewed: PM (ht 30/09/2016)

SAARC summit postponed (kp 28/09/2016), Nepal to ‘wait and see’ as 4 members opt out, by Anil Giri (kp 29/09/2016), Four countries not to attend SAARC Summit: Dhaka, Thimphu, Kabul join Delhi to pull out of Jamboree (ht 29/09/2016)

SAARC members to step up measures to counter terrorism, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 25/09/2016)

Two-day SAARC Food Bank meeting kicks off in Capital (ht 22/09/2016)

Kathmandu meet to set tone for 19th SAARC Summit, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 19/09/2016)

Is SAARC Outdated & Defunct?, by Hemand Dixit (sp 16/09/2016)

Govt postpones BIMSTEC Summit (kp 08/09/2016)

Fight against human trafficking: Calls louder for SAARC convention revision (kp 05/09/2016)

BBIN implementation: ‘Border mgmt, terrorism pose challenges’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai(kp 12/08/2016)

Cooperation sought in energy sector among South Asian nations (ht 31/07/2016)

Brexit and SAARC, by Dvendra Gautam (rep 29/06/2016)

Nepal unlikely to host fourth BIMSTEC meet this year, by Anil Giri (kp 03/06/2016), Govt says committed to host BIMSTEC summit (kp 06/06/2016)

Disaster preparedness: ‘SAARC must redouble its efforts to reduce risk’ (kp 28/05/2016)

Joining hands: SAARC leaders should work together to ensure wellbeing of their citizens going abroad as migrant workers, by Renu Adhikari (kp 03/05/2016), SAARC plan of action on migration: Members commit to improving protections for migrant workers (kp 04/05/2016

SAARC countries set to script new action plan on migration (kp 02/05/2016)

Kya Mumbai, Kya Karachi: European Union came together despite many differences, so why not a South Asian Union?, by Qaiser Shahzad (kp 01/05/2016)

Weakening intelligentsia: The SAARC created a certain form of elitism that was happy to stay in the world of power, by Abhi Subedi (kp 17/04/2016)

The SAARC conundrum: SAARClargely remains a geopolitical grouping that has given less attention to economic integration, by Saurabh Kaushik (kp 27/03/2016)

Nepal brings SAARC youths together (kp 25/03/2016), Nepal hosts SAARC regional dialogue: The event aims to promote participation of youth in the implementation of SDGs (ht 25/03/2016)

SAFTA meet likely next month (ht 25/03/2016)

Next Summit date confirmed: Pakistan’s Amjad Hussain B Sial named new secy gen of regional bloc, by Anil Giri and Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 18/03/2016)

4 reports tabled at SAARC meet, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 15/03/2016), SAARC foreign minister level meet kicks off in Lake City amid fanfare (ht 15/03/2016), SAARC mini summit: Nepal seeks to spread community forestry programme across SAsia, by Anil Giri and Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 16/03/2016), Regionalism at work: The Pokhara meet should at least make our leaders realise how far behind SAARC remains (kp 16/03/2016), No headway in standing committee meet, by Anil Giri and Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 17/03/2016), SAARC Summit proposed every two years, by Lekhanath Pandey and Bharat Koirala (ht 17/03/2016)

SAARC Chamber to work for better connectivity: suraj Vaidya takes over as new president of saarc Chamber of Commerce and industry (kp 15/03/2016)

Time of protectionism: The challenges facing the region should impel all of SAARC’s members toward greater cooperation, by Ranil Wickreminghe (kp 14/03/2016)

Lake city all set to host SAARC mini-summit (ht 13/03/2016), SAARC meet begins today (kp 14/03/2016)

SAARC CJ conference pledges enhanced cooperation (ht 07/03/2016)

SAARC Mini Summit to be held in Pokhara this month (kp 01/03/2016)

SAARC foreign ministers to meet in March (ht 28/01/2016), SAARC inter-sumit: Ministers’ meet in March (kp 30/01/2016), SAARC Inter-Summit to be held in Lake City (ht 05/02/2016)

BBIN meeting: India, Nepal, Bhutan, B’besh OK power trade (kp 22/01/2016), BBIN to talk rail project (kp 22/01/2016), BBIN moots sub-regional railway service agreement: Discusses prospect of energy trade and grid connectivity between the four nations (ht 22/01/2016)

SAARC foreign ministers’ meet proposed for March (ht 20/01/2016)

SAARC centres reduced to 5 from 11 (kp 12/01/2016)

SAARC marks 30th anniv tomorrow (kp 08/12/2015) [Better call it SAARB, with B standing for blockade!!]

Pakistan proposes dates for SAARC meet (kp 24/11/2015)

Whither SAARC? Many are starting to question the relevance of SAARC if it can't do anything to protect less powerful members like Nepal and Maldives, by Biswas Baral (rep 05/11/2015)

Beyond borders South Asia will continue to exist even if Saarc as an institution becomes redundant, by Abhi Subedi (kp 01/11/2015)

India exposed: India's blockade conveys the message that SAARC region is under Indian sphere and any country that believes otherwise will face consequences, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep 29/10/2015)

‘Implement the Saarc declaration’ (kp 07/09/2015)

Implement SAARC commitments: MoFA (ht 06/09/2015)

SAARC development fund: Officials weigh options to activate infrastructure, economic windows (kp 19/08/2015)

SAARC finance ministers' meeting: Operationalisation of SDF, SAARC Bank in agenda (ht 16/08/2015), SAARC FinMins to meet in Kathmandu on Aug 19-20 (kp 17/08/2015)

SAARC CCI calls for free trading, energy transit (kp 30/07/2015)

SAARC poverty alleviation: Thimphu meeting to review plan, by Anil Giri (kp 27/07/2015)

SAARC transport ministers’ meet put off; not possible before October (ht 26/07/2015)

Nepal plans to host BIMSTEC Summit next year in Capital (ht 22/07/2015)

Nepal gives a pass to host SAARC meet: The regional body has failed to hold a meeting of transport ministers within 3 months of the summit, by Anil Giri (kp 07/07/2015)

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal to sign vehicle pact, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 12/06/2015), BBIN to ink framework Motor Vehicle Agreement, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 12/06/2015), Nepal, B’desh, Bhutan and India ink MVA deal, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 16/06/2015), Motor Vehicle Agreement sealed (ht 16/06/2015)

Building blocs: A new regional body consisting of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal could benefit all its members, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 09/06/2015)

Koirala’s visit for SAU function cancelled (kp 30/05/2015)

Two South Asian meets put off after earthquake (kp 28/05/2015)

SAARC centres ‘no help’ in time, by Anil Giri (kp 18/05/2015)

Power of one: Aware of the potential of SAARC, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had mooted common South Asian currency in 2003; It's a pity that his idea failed to get ground, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 26/03/2015)

Sub-regional cooperation: It should be the next step, by Ratish Basnyat (ht 24/03/2015)

SAARC workshop on wheat rust (kp 17/03/2015)

Reviving the road: Landlocked economies in South Asia could benefit from China’s plans to build the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, by Madan Kumar Dahal (kp 10/03/2015)

SAARC-CCI bid to boost regional economic ties (kp 09/03/2015)

Road To SAARC Customs Union, by Rup Khadka (rn 06/03/2015)

Excise Duties In The SAARC Region, Rup Khadka (rn 13/02/2015)

Country submits final offer list under SATIS (ht 13/02/2015)

FM calls for more cooperation among BIMSTEC members (ht 11/02/2015), Connectivity key to enhance economic integration of BIMSTEC members: Experts (rep 11/02/2015)

Delhi meeting: 4 nations aim sub-regional cooperation, by Anil Giri (kp 30/01/2015), Sub-regional-level energy, connectivity meet starts: Delegations of Nepal, India, B’desh, Bhutan participating in the meeting in New Delhi (ht 31/01/2015), Sub-regional connectivity: 4 nations to explore energy cooperation (kp 02/02/2015), Four Saarc nations close to motor vehicle deal (kp 07/02/2015)

For one another: Encouraging young South Asians to volunteer in Saarc member states could bring the region closer, by Simone Galimberti (kp 18/01/2015)

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