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 1980, 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)
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, also known as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, was an undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC (07:58:53 local time) on December 26, 2004. The earthquake triggered a series of lethal tsunamis that spread throughout the Indian Ocean, killing large numbers of people and devastating coastal communities across South and South East Asia, including parts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and elsewhere. The number of casualties were 186,983 dead and 42,883 missing, for a total of 229,866 affected. This catastrophe is one of the deadliest disasters in modern history and is known in Asia and in the international media as the Asian Tsunami, and also called the Boxing Day Tsunami. The magnitude of the earthquake has been upgraded to between 9.1 and 9.3 on the Richter scale. This earthquake was also reported to be the longest duration of faulting ever observed, lasting between 500 and 600 seconds, and it was large enough that it caused the entire planet to vibrate at least half an inch, or over a centimetre. The earthquake originated in the Indian Ocean just north of Simeulue island, off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. The plight of the many affected people and countries prompted a widespread humanitarian response, with more than US$7 billion donated in aid for those affected. (more...)
Did you know
- ...that Maldives is the flattest country in the world, i.e. they have the lowest high-point (only 2.4 meter high) of any country in the world.
Selected Member Country
, officially known, according to its Interim Constitution, as the State of Nepal
(previously known as Kingdom of Nepal
: नेपाल [neˈpaːl] (help·info)
) is a landlocked Himalayan country
in South Asia
. In Nepal Bhasa
, Nepal is called as Nepa: (Nepal Bhasa
: नेपा:). It is bordered by China
) to the north and by India
, Uttar Pradesh
, West Bengal
) to the south, east and west.
For a small territory, the Nepali landscape is uncommonly diverse, ranging from the humid Terai in the south to the lofty Himalayas in the north. Eight of the world's ten highest mountains are in Nepal, including Mount Everest. The country is famous for: tourism, trekking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, national wildlife parks, jungle safaris, river rafting, sport fishing, and its many beautiful temples and places of worship.
Kathmandu is the capital and largest city. Other main cities include Dharan, Thimi, Pokhara, Biratnagar, Lalitpur (Patan), Bhaktapur. other main towns includes Birendranagar, Bharatpur, Nepal, Siddhartanagar (Bhairahawa), Birganj (Birgunj), Butwal, Janakpur, Nepalganj (Nepalgunj), Hetauda, Damak, Dhangadhi, and Mahendranagar.
Adi Shankara (Malayalam: ആദി ശങ്കരന്, Devanāgarī: आदि शङ्कर, Ādi Śaṅkara, IPA: [aːd̪i ɕəŋkərə]); (possibly 788 – 820 CE, but see below), also known as Śaṅkara Bhagavatpādācārya ("the teacher at the feet of God"), and Ādi Śaṅkarācārya ("the first Shankara in his lineage") was the first philosopher to consolidate the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta, a sub-school of Vedanta. His teachings are based on the unity of the soul and Brahman, in which Brahman is viewed as without attributes. In the Smārta tradition, Adi Shankara is regarded as an incarnation of Shiva.
Adi Shankara toured India with the purpose of propagating his teachings through discourses and debates with other philosophers. He founded four mathas ("monasteries") which played a key role in the historical development, revival and spread of post-Buddhist Hinduism and Advaita Vedanta. Adi Shankara was the founder of the Dashanami monastic order and the Shanmata tradition of worship.
His works in Sanskrit, all of which are extant today, concern themselves with establishing the doctrine of Advaita (Sanskrit, "Non-dualism"). Adi Shankara quotes extensively from the Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures in forming his teachings. He also includes arguments against opposing schools of thought like Samkhya and Buddhism in his works. (more...)
Wikipedia in South Asian Languages
: اسلام آباد
) is the capital city
, and is located in the Potohar
Plateau in the northwest of the country. It is located within the Islamabad Capital Territory
, the area has historically been a part of the crossroads of the Rawalpindi
and the North-West Frontier Province
pass being a historic gateway to the North-West Frontier Province
. Islamabad is located at 33°40′N 73°10′E / 33.667°N 73.167°E
The city was built during the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan's capital. A Greek firm of architects, Doxiadis Associates, drew up a master plan, triangular in shape based on a grid system with its apex towards the Margalla Hills. Rawalpindi is considered its sister city due to the close proximity of the two cities.
Islamabad is a rather modern and clean city, especially in comparison to other cities in Pakistan. It is well-organized, with the city being divided into different sectors and zones. Islamabad was divided into eight zones: the diplomatic enclave, the commercial district, the educational sector, the industrial area and so on, each with its own shopping area and park. Islamabad is also home to the Faisal Mosque which is well known for its architecture and immense size. The mosque was gifted by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. (more)
- ^ Adi means "the first"; the heads of a few Hindu mathas are also given the title Shankaracharya; Acharya means "teacher"
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:41:15 -0700
“If the issue is the referred to the SAARC's Technical Committee on Science and Technology then it will get stuck for 2-3 years as everyone will chip in. We wrote back to the SAARC secretariat that it was not possible to bring the project under the ...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:45:07 -0700
The HDTV segment in the SAARC region is expected to boom over the next three years, says a new research report published by Dataxis. The report notes that the steady increase in HDTV subscribers and the number of HDTV channels in the region, driven ...
Times of India
Times of India
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:14:38 -0700
NEW DELHI: India and Nepal on Monday decided to lay a Rs 200 crore pipeline for supplying petroproducts to the Himalayan country. This would be the first oil pipeline project between two countries in the Saarc region. The agreement was signed by oil ...
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:26:15 -0700
Addressing the 7th Meeting of the Finance Ministers of the SAARC, Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala stressed on the need to forge broader cooperation among the member countries of the grouping for peace, stability and development in the region.
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:03:45 -0700
MUMBAI: In an apparent swipe at Pakistan, a senior foreign ministry official today said here that some small countries were scuttling New Delhi's efforts to improve the economic cooperation among the members of South Asian Association for Regional ...
Daily News & Analysis
Daily News & Analysis
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:33:50 -0700
The Prime Minister spoke on a range of issues including ties with Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bhutan and steps for bolstering connectivity and trust among SAARC countries. On efforts to boost intra-SAARC connectivity on the ...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:52:30 -0700
The high-definition television (HDTV) segment in the SAARC region is expected to boom over the next three years, according to a research report published by Dataxis. The report notes that the steady increase in HDTV subscribers and the number of HDTV ...
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:33:14 -0700
Male: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who is on a two-day visit to the Maldives on the concluding leg of his 'SAARC yatra' aimed at firming up India's ties with the grouping's members, today held wide-ranging discussions with the Maldivian Vice President.
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