New Delhi backs
regional road link to spur economic growth
Live Mint, 12 August, 2017
With a South Asian road and rail connectivity project scuttled by Pakistan and
another effort by New Delhi to link Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India by road
running into roadblocks, India on Friday sought to push connectivity between
South and South-East Asia to spur economic growth and development.
nations for early conclusion of FTA
Business Standard, 11 August,
Bimstec member states on Friday called for the early conclusion of a free trade
area (FTA) agreement to deepen regional integration in the Bay of Bengal region.
A PARADIGM SHIFT
IN FOREIGN POLICY
Daily Pioneer, 10 August, 2017
India’s foreign policy, ever since independence, remained focused on the
principles of peace, non-violence, non-alignment, anti-imperialism, anti-racism,
anti-war etc, which are derived from the faith and ideals of human goodness,
innate equality of the people, universal brotherhood, unity in diversity and
Kathmandu Post, 10 August, 2017
After India decided to boycott the South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation (Saarc) Summit in Islamabad last year, it received the immediate
support of Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Despite being the Saarc chair,
Nepal could not take a strong stand and assume leadership of the summit and the
entire situation now seems to have deteriorated into confusion.
India wants quick
deal on BIMSTEC free trade
Business Line, 06 August, 2017
With an eye on bypassing Pakistan and boosting regional trade, India is
aggressively pushing for the conclusion of long-pending Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
under the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic
Cooperation (BIMSTEC) by November during the Summit meeting.