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By NewsGram Staff Writer

After helping the flood victims in Bosnia, a team of British Sikhs is in Nepal to help the bereft people in building their homes and providing them with food and medicine.

The members are from the Punjab-based voluntary organization Khalsa Aid.

“We have raised 250 shelters till date and the target is to raise an equal number of structures,” said Kanwar Singh of Khalsa Aid.

The team of Khalsa Aid reached Nepal within 12 hours of the first quake in the country on April 25.

“In the next 48 hours we all arrived here from Britain,” Kanwar Singh added.

A builder by profession and volunteer of the charity, Jim Winkworth is in charge of the reconstruction work in Nepal.

“We are raising structures with new material or stuff retrieved from the debris,” Winkworth told IANS.

“The charity daily holds community kitchens in and around Kathmandu, providing food to over 8,000 people,” said Amanpreet Singh, project co-ordinator.

Singh recently came in Nepal from Bosnia, and he said that if needed they might extend the project in this land-locked country.

Khalsa Aid is an international non-profit aid and relief organization founded on the Sikh principles of selfless service and universal love. It was established in the year 1999 and helped in providing relief assistance to the victims of disasters, wars and other tragic events around the world.

The organization has provided 10 tonnes of relief material, comprising food, water purification tablets, medicines and tents for the quake victims.

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Nepal, Pakistan agree to revitalise Saarc process

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for "greater peace, security and prosperity in the region"

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  • Nepal and Pakistan agreed to revitalise Saarc
  • This is done to promote greater peace and security
  • It will be apparently beneficial for both the nations

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for “greater peace, security and prosperity in the region” during talks that visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held with the Himalayan nation’s leadership.

Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons
Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons

Abbasi on Tuesday met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and addressed a programme at the Saarc Secretariat here. He also held a meeting with CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” in the morning.

Bhandari and Abbasi hoped to reinvigorate the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as an important regional organisation. The Pakistani leader said that “issues of the countries in the region should not affect the activities of Saarc and its performance”.

He emphasised the need to make Saarc “more effective” in the days ahead. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual importance, including political, economic, defence and cultural fields.

On Monday evening, Abbasi met his Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli and both decided to revitalise the stalled Saarc process.

Also Read: India pulled out of SAARC meeting that is to be held in Pakistan

The Pakistani leader sought to host the 19th Saarc Summit of the regional grouping and asked Nepal to create a “favourable environment” for the same. The summit has been postponed since 2016 after a military attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the attack, India unilaterally suspended its participation from the summit. Several member states rallied behind India’s position.

Nepal is the current chair of the regional grouping. Oli’s chief political advisor Bishnu Rimal said “both leaders held a common view on taking the Saarc forum ahead as it was a common platform for all member countries and still significant”.

The step is taken to improve relationships between the two countries.

Addressing a function at the Saarc Secretariat in Kathmandu, Abbasi said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia.

“Pakistan has undivided belief in the Saarc objectives, ideologies and principles,” he said, adding that Islamabad was fully committed to the Saarc charter.

Abbasi also announced doubling the scholarships provided to Nepal by the Pakistan government and proposed to set up a joint parliamentary panel between Kathmandu and Islamabad. IANS

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