India Excludes Pakistan from a SAARC Initiative

India has excluded Pakistan from the list of SAARC member countries with which it will be connecting its state-of-the-art National Knowledge Network (NKN) for sharing scientific databases and remote access to advanced research facilities.

The government has kicked off the process of appointing a telecom company that will connect and extend the NKN to research and education networks in six South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation member states — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for IBPS Clerk Mains 2017 Exam-
  • NKN is a multi-gigabit pan-India network which facilitates the development of India’s communications infrastructure, stimulates research and creates next-generation applications and services.
  • SAARC- South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
  • The SAARC Secretariat is based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Source- The Economic Times