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Saarc panel decides to scrap 3 centers

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Staff Reporter A meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Programming Committee that started in Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday ahead of the 18th Saarc Summit decided to scrap three Saarc Centers and merge four others. The Programming Committee recommended the cancellation of Saarc Information Centre, Saarc Human Resource Development Centre and Saarc Documentation Centre, reports The Himalayan. Likewise, the Committee has recommended merging of Saarc Forestry Centre, Saarc Disaster Management Centre, Saarc Coastal Zone Management Centre and Saarc Meteorological Research Centre. Saarc General Secretary Arjun Bahadur Thapa said that the final touch would be given to the recommendation from December 2016. The meeting is also expected to change the structure of Saarc and assign responsibilities. Joint Secretaries of the foreign ministries of all eight member countries participated in the meeting at Hotel Soaltee. On the occasion, the Maldives handed over the chair of the Programming Committee to Nepal. Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yagya Bahadur Hamal is leading the Nepali delegation in the meeting.