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January 3, 2004
The impoverished nations of South Asia agreed on the framework for a free trade zone that would encompass one-fifth of the world's population. The broad framework of the accord was decided in Islamabad, Pakistan, by foreign ministers preparing for a summit of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives and Bhutan. The pact would allow the free flow of goods and establish a regional development bank, Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha said.
April 29, 1990 | Reuters
Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu left Saturday for a South Asian tour during which he is expected to announce increased economic aid to the region. After an overnight stop in Bangkok, Thailand, Kaifu is to fly to New Delhi, first leg of a tour that will include stops in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He will also visit Indonesia before returning home May 6. Kaifu will make a keynote speech Monday to the Indian Parliament covering Japan's policy in Asia, officials said.
November 6, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
The leaders of seven South Asian countries have pledged to take joint action against ethnic terrorist groups. The move came Wednesday at a summit meeting of the South Asian Assn. for Regional Cooperation, which was organized three years ago. The members are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal. Afghanistan has applied to join the group, and India supports the application, arguing that Afghanistan is already a member of the United Nations and the Nonaligned Movement.
December 8, 1985 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
The first summit meeting of South Asian leaders--including two kings, two generals, two presidents and a prime minister--convened here Saturday to launch the world's newest regional group, the seven-nation South Asian Assn. for Regional Cooperation. India, the largest and most developed of the countries, quickly emerged as the key force in the new political and trade bloc.
January 26, 2000
Saying he wants to reach out to the county's quarter-million South Asian residents, Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday that he is forming an advisory council to improve relations between law enforcement and that growing community. The council, led by community member Irshad Haque, will advise the Sheriff's Department on issues of concern to South Asian residents and help Baca recruit South Asian deputies.
May 8, 1986 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
After an election marred by widespread fraud, intimidation and violence, both major parties claimed victory Wednesday night in the third parliamentary vote in the troubled 15-year history of Bangladesh. "We have won the mandate of the people," said the leader of the opposition Awami League, Sheik Hasina Wazed. Nonetheless, the government-backed Jatiya Party is expected to be given a majority of the 330 seats in the Parliament when the final results are announced today.
April 5, 2009 | Brian Murphy, Murphy writes for the Associated Press.
Be warned: Spitting here could get you deported. We're not talking just any kind of spit. In this case, it's the red-tinted juice of a popular Asian leaf that's causing the fuss as Dubai tries to buff the image of its less-posh districts. The crackdown -- announced last month amid a broader effort to stem behavior deemed offensive -- has stirred an unusual Arab-Asian culture clash in a city where the friction is often between Western ways grating against conservative Gulf sensibilities.
May 21, 1998 | CURT WELDON, Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Penn.) is chairman of the House National Security Committee's Military Research and Development Subcommittee
Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan should come as no surprise to the Clinton administration. Since the president took office, there have been dozens of reported transfers of sensitive military technology by Russia and China--in direct violation of numerous international arms control agreements--to a host of nations, including Pakistan and India.
Ellen Smart had to pause long and hard to think of other American collections of Indian paintings that match the quality and breadth of the San Diego Museum of Art's Binney collection. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the private collection of Stuart Cary Welch . . . and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art," she finally replied. Not bad company for the local museum, whose holdings generally have not merited much acclaim.
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