BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers approve 167 connectivity projects costing US$ 50 billion

BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers approve 167 connectivity projects costing US$ 50 billion

The Foreign Ministers of countries which are part of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) have approved, in principle, 167 connectivity projects costing US$ 50 billion based on an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study, The Kathmandu Post reported. The member states are developing a BIMSTEC Transport Connectivity Master Plan, with a goal to complete...

BIMSTEC enters new era with Kathmandu summit

BIMSTEC enters new era with Kathmandu summit

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), which held its fourth Summit in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, appears to have entered a new era, awakening from years of somnolence. The first signs of an awakening appeared in 2014, when a Permanent Secretariat was established and a Secretary General was appointed, the first since...

India-China detente could make moribund BIMSTEC come alive

India-China detente could make moribund BIMSTEC come alive

A moribund Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is likely to come alive with the two Asian giants – India and China – coming closer to realize their ambitions through the execution of massive connectivity projects across Asia. There was enough evidence of it at the Fourth BIMSTEC summit held in Kathmandu on Aug 30-31,...

The postal runners of South Asia down the ages

The postal runners of South Asia down the ages

Visual anthropologist and South Asian culture aficionado, Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai, takes the reader through the history of the postal system in South Asia, highlighting the role of the postal runner - the messenger who delivered mail until early 20 th.century in some parts of the world..

Bhutan launches its first and indigenous satellite from Florida, USA

Bhutan launches its first and indigenous satellite from Florida, USA

Bhutan’s first and indigenous satellite,CubeSat Bhutan-1, made its way to the International Space Station on board the SpaecX Falcon 9 rocket Saturday, BBS reports. Bhutan-1, weighing a little over one kilogram, took off from NASA’s air station in Florida in the US.The miniature satellite is expected to take around three days to reach the International Space station.

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