India to use SAARC COVID-19 emergency fund to send anti-malarial drug to Afghanistan

hydroxychloroquineNew Delhi, Apr 16: The hydroxychlorquine tablets for Afghanistan will be sent from the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund which was set up following the suggestion made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month.

Seriousness gauged by behaviour: India’s comeback on COVID-19 fund rider by Pak

saarc-1aNew Delhi, Apr 10: Following Pakistan’s pledge of 3 million USD for the fund proposed by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, India has said that each SAARC member state can decide on the timing and manner of implementation of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund commitments.

Pak aims at scoring narrow political goals by seeking COVID-19 initiatives under SAARC

saarcNew Delhi, Apr 10: Pakistan is aiming to score narrow political goals by attempting to bring India’s initiatives to collectively fight the coronavirus pandemic in the SAARC region under the formal umbrella of the grouping, government sources told PTI.

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Pakistan only SAARC nation to skip COVID-19 fund

imrankhan11New Delhi, Mar 25: Pakistan is the only SAARC nation that has not contributed to the COVID-19 fund for grouping. The grouping has already received commitments to the tune of 18.8 million USD.

It may be recalled that the fund was created with an initial contribution of 10 million USD from India. This was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a video conferencing with the leaders of the grouping on March 15.

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Pak’s SAARC invite for PM aimed at earning brownie points say officials

New Delhi, Nov 28: Terming the move as posturing, India has dismissed Pakistan’s invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the SAARC summit.

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India’s agenda for SAARC- to revive terror monitoring desk

saarc-1New Delhi, Sept 14: Setting the agenda for the SAARC Summit at Islamabad, India will look to make the SAARC Terrorist Offences Monitoring Desk operational. The SAARC summit would be held at Islamabad on November 9 and 10.
Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma, who will address a high level group of experts at Delhi on Sept 22, will try and revive the desk originally set up at Colombo in 1985.

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Now former Congress MP Ramya faces sedition heat

Ramya_380PTIBengaluru, Aug 23: Now it is actor-politician Ramya’s turn. A case of sedition has been filed against the former Congress MP in a court following her statements in which she praised Pakistan.
The case has been filed in the court of the Judicial Magistrate First Class by advocate Vithal Gowda. Ramya following her SAARC visit to Pakistan had said that the country also has good people and they wanted to live in peace. Incidentally the remark came after Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar had said that entering Pakistan was like entering hell.

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I did not go to Pak to have lunch: Rajnath tells a united Rajya Sabha

rajnath-singh-parliament_650x400_41470378181New Delhi, Aug 5: “I was not in Pakistan to have lunch. Pakistan’s interior minister had invited all of us for lunch, but then he got into his car and left. I left too.” This is what Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister said at the Rajya Sabha on Friday, while explaining his Islamabad trip where he attended the SAARC ministerial conference.
The Rajya Sabha on Friday stood united as Singh made a passionate speech about his Pakistan visit. When he spoke about the blackout of his speech at the conference on Thursday, the members of the house shouted, “SHAME.”

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India-Pak SAARChasm: Rajnath set to return angry, hungry, gagged

rajnath-singh_647_080316055601The chasm in India-Pakistan relations widened on Thursday after Pakistan blacked out Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s speech at the SAARC meeting at the ironically named Serene Hotel in Islamabad. Singh, in his speech, slammed Pakistan without naming it, but pointedly telling it not to glorify terrorists, a clear reference to Pakistan eulogising slain Hizbul militant Burhan Wani as a martyr.
“Those who support, encourage and give sanctuary to terrorists must be isolated”, Singh said, even calling for action against states that supported terror groups.

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Pak is forgetting India will talk on its own terms: Former R&AW chief

rajnath-singh_647_080316055601Bengaluru, Aug 5: In the past two days there has been a lot of talk about the visit made by Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh to Pakistan where he attended the SAARC ministerial conference. There is a lot of tension in the air and Pakistan even decided to black out his speech made at the conference.

To analyse these issues, OneIndia caught up with former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing, CD Sahay. The former R&AW chief says that Pakistan is only trying to send a clear message to us that if we fail to talk to them, then they will take Jammu and Kashmir to the 1990s.

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