The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an economic and political organization of eight countries in Southern Asia. In terms of population, its sphere of influence is the largest of any regional organization: almost 1.5 billion people, the combined population of its member states. In the late 1970s, Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman proposed the creation of a trade bloc consisting of South Asian countries. The Bangladeshi proposal was accepted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka during a meeting held in Colombo in 1981. In August 1983, the leaders adopted the Declaration on South Asian Regional Cooperation during a summit which was held in New Delhi. The seven South Asian countries, which also included Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan, agreed on five areas of cooperation:
- Agriculture and Rural Development
- Telecommunications, Science, Technology and Meteorology
- Health and Population Activities
- Human Resource Development
Afghanistan was added to the regional grouping at the behest of India on November 13, 2005, With the addition of Afghanistan, the total number of member states were raised to eight (8). The People's Republic of China, the European Union, the United States of America, South Korea, Iran, Myanmar, Australia, and Mauritus are observers to SAARC. (more)
Mohenjo-daro (Urdu: موئن جودڑو, Sindhi: موئن جو دڙو, English: Mound of the dead) was a city of the Indus Valley Civilization built around 2600 BC and is located in the Sindh Province of Pakistan. This ancient five thousand year old city is the largest of Indus Valley and is widely recognized as one of the most important early cities of South Asia and the Indus Valley Civilization. Mohenjo Daro was one of the world’s first cities and contemporaneous with ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations. It is sometimes referred to as "An Ancient Indus Valley Metropolis".
Mohenjo-daro was built around 2600 BC, and was abandoned around 1700 BC. It was rediscovered in the 1920s by Sir John Marshall's archaeologists. His car is still in the Mohenjo-daro museum, showing his presence, struggle, and dedication for Mohenjo-daro. Further excavations were carried out in 1945 by Ahmad Hasan Dani and Mortimer Wheeler. Mohenjo-daro in ancient times was most likely the administrative center of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. It was the most developed and advanced city in South Asia during its peak. The planning and engineering showed the importance of the city to the people of the Indus valley. (more...)
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|The Toda people are a small pastoral tribe of less than 1,000 people who reside in the Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Shown here is a typical Toda hut, about 3 m (10 ft.) high, 5.5 m (18 ft.) long and 2.7 m (9 ft.) wide. They are built of bamboo fastened with rattan and thatched. The hut has only a tiny (about 0.9 x 0.9 m, 3 x 3 ft.) entrance at the front, which serves as protection from wild animals.
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- ...that five mountains in Pakistan are more than 8,000 meters high, including K2 which is the second highest mountain in the world ?
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The Kingdom of Bhutan
(English pronunciation: /buːˈtɑːn/
) is a landlocked nation
in the Himalaya Mountains
, sandwiched between India
and the People's Republic of China
in South Asia
. The local name for the country is Druk Yul
. It is also called Druk Tsendhen
(land of the thunder dragon), because the thunder there is said to be the sound of roaring dragons
. Historically Bhutan was known by many names, such as Lho Mon
(southern land of darkness), Lho Tsendenjong
(southern land of the cypress
), and Lhomen Khazhi
(southern land of four approaches). The origins of the name Bhutan
are unclear; historians have suggested that it may have originated in variations of the Sanskrit
(the end of Bhot – another word for Tibet
), or Bhu-uttan
(highlands). The word Bhutan
as a name for the country dates from the late 19th century
Bhutan is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world; however, the country maintains strong economic and cultural links with India. Foreign influences and tourism are heavily regulated by the government to preserve the country's traditional culture and national identity. The landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding seven thousand metres. Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion and accounts for about half the population. Thimphu is the capital and largest city.
At a glance
The National Highways of India provide a means of long-distance travel and movement of freight. Majority of the 227 national highways are two-laned (one in each direction), and constitute a total of about 58,000 km, of which 4,885 km are median-separated express highways. This roadway map of India provides extensive details of the national highways in India.
Map credit: Planemad
Kazi Nazrul Islam (Bengali: কাজী নজরুল ইসলাম) (25 May 1899–29 August 1976) was a Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary, and philosopher who pioneered poetic works espousing intense spiritual rebellion against orthodoxy and oppression. His poetry and nationalist activism earned him the popular title of Bidrohi Kobi (Rebel Poet). Accomplishing a large body of acclaimed works through his life, Nazrul is officially recognised as the national poet of Bangladesh and commemorated in India.
Born in a poor Muslim family, Nazrul received religious education and worked as a muezzin at a local mosque. He learned of poetry, drama, and literature while working with theatrical groups. After serving in the British Indian Army, Nazrul established himself as a journalist in Kolkata (then Calcutta). He assailed the British Raj in India and preached revolution through his poetic works, such as "Bidrohi" ("The Rebel") and "Bhangar Gaan" ("The Song of Destruction"), as well as his publication "Dhumketu" ("The Comet"). His impassioned activism in the Indian independence movement often led to his imprisonment by British authorities. While in prison, Nazrul wrote the "Rajbandir Jabanbandi" ("Deposition of a Political Prisoner") and condemned Islamic fundamentalism, orthodox traditions and bigotry in society. Exploring the life and conditions of the downtrodden masses of India, Nazrul agitated fiercely for their emancipation.
Nazrul's writings explore themes such as love, freedom, and revolution; he opposed all bigotry, including religious and gender. Throughout his career, Nazrul wrote short stories, novels, and essays but is best-known for his poems, in which he pioneered new forms such as Bengali ghazals. Nazrul wrote and composed music for his nearly 3,000 songs, collectively known as Nazrul geeti (Nazrul songs), which are widely popular today. At the age of 43 (in 1942) he began suffering from an unknown disease, losing his voice and memory. What was later diagnosed as Pick's Disease, caused Nazrul's health to decline steadily and forced him to live in isolation for many years. Invited by the Government of Bangladesh, Nazrul and his family moved to Dhaka in 1972, where he died four years later. (more...)
Wikipedia in South Asian Languages
: މާލެ), (pronounced: "Maa-lay") population 81,647 (2004), is the capital
of the Republic of Maldives
located at the southern edge of North Male' Atoll Kaafu Atoll
. Traditionally it was the King's Island from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located. Formerly it was a walled city surrounded by fortifications and gates (doroshi). The Royal Palace (Gan'duvaru) was destroyed along with the picturesque forts (kotte) and bastions (buruzu), when the city was remodelled under Ibrahim Nasir's rule.
Although Malé is geographically located in Male' Atoll, Kaafu Atoll, administratively it is not considered part of it. A commercial harbour is located in the Island. It is the heart of all commercial activities in the country. Many government buildings and agencies are located on the waterfront. Malé International Airport is on adjacent Hulhule Island which includes a seaplane base for internal transportation. Several land reclamation projects have expanded the harbour. Malé is located at 4°10' North, 73°30' East (4.1667, 73.5).
Malé was struck by the tsunami that swept across the western coast of Sumatra on December 26, 2004. It was affected by the Indian Ocean earthquake which followed with the waves flooding two-thirds of the city. The earthquake and subsequent tsunamis reportedly killed over 220,000 people around the rim of the Indian Ocean. (more)
What is Saarc?
The prime ministers of Pakistan and India pledged on Thursday to write a 'new chapter' in their otherwise fragile relationship on the margins of the summit o...
17th SAARC Summit: Is this a beginning of new era? (Sochta Pakistan, 11 Nov 2011)
Dr Moeed Pirzada discusses with Tanvir Ahmed Khan, Ashfaq Mehmood, Muhammed Malick, Arshad Abbasi and Kuldip Nayyar (from India) that with ease of tensions b...
SAARC: Statement made at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (2013)
An Official Statement made by Mr Singye Dorjee, Director-ENB, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, at the fourth session of the Global Platform ...
TENTH SAARC SUMMIT' 98SRILANKA
Khumariyan Band Performing In Ptv Home Saarc Cultural Show
Khumariyan Band Performing In Ptv Home Show - Saarc Cultural Show Upload By Kamran Haider Shnanu.
SAARC: Looking Beyond Prophecies of Doom
This is a film on the 10th Annual summit of SAARC. The summit was preceded by nuclear tests by both India and Pakistan, and critics predicted conflict in the...
SAARC Film Festival 2013
SAARC in the New Millenium - Promises To Keep
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an organization of South Asian nations, dedicated to economic, technological, social and cult...
SAARC's breakfast 2013 (Just One Person)
We all did great I sang the whole song through with others who joined in (me), Paul, Tyler,and Emma. Plus SAARC staff and clients.
Here is my presentation about SAARC.
Fri, 24 May 2013 12:51:12 -0700
... in SAARC countries and challenges in its enforcement. SAARC Law is an association of judges and lawyers formed in 1990 to bring together lawmen in the region for promotion of understanding and exchange of information on legal matters in the region.
Fri, 24 May 2013 00:51:50 -0700
THIMPU, 24 MAY: Top judges from eight Saarc member nations today began discussion on constitutional guarantees available to children in the South Asian region and the challenges faced in enforcing child protection laws. The 12th Saarclaw Annual ...
Times of India
Sun, 19 May 2013 18:46:24 -0700
NEW DELHI: Moving a step closer to seamless movement of cargo across South Asia, top transport officials from Saarc countries are likely to finalize the norms for convergence of motor vehicle rules of all the member countries. The officials are likely ...
The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
Mon, 20 May 2013 07:17:17 -0700
The SAARC Cultural Centre, in keeping with its mandate of promoting culture in the region through different modes of art, will showcase films from the region as cultural expressions at its forthcoming SAARC Film Festival said Mr.P.L.W.Samarasinghe ...
Wed, 22 May 2013 09:31:59 -0700
Pakistani film Seedlings starring veteran actors Aamina Sheikh and Mohib Mirza has now made its way to the upcoming SAARC Film Festival 2013 to be held at Colombo from 26th – 31st May, 2013. Film Seedlings was premiered at New York City ...
Sun, 19 May 2013 18:42:24 -0700
LAHORE - First time in the South Asian history that all the Vice Presidents from different countries of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry an apex body of chambers in the region Sunday formally felicitated the President PML,Nawaz Sharif on his ...
Press Information Bureau (press release)
Mon, 20 May 2013 05:47:33 -0700
Inaugurating the two day meeting Dr. C P Joshi, the Union Minister for Railways and Road Transport and Highways said the Draft SAARC Motor Vehicle Agreement will go a long way in strengthening the ties and promote multilateralism among member ...
Hindu Business Line
Thu, 16 May 2013 04:07:38 -0700
Palo Alto Networks, a network security company, has appointed Anil Bhasin as Managing Director – India and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) regions. The appointment is with immediate effect, and Bhasin will be based in Mumbai ...
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