Transfer of power in India always by ballot, not bullet: Sushma Swaraj

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Swaraj arrived her to participate in the 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec). She will visit the country to attend the fourth Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting.

BISMTEC is a regional grouping where Pakistan is not a member.

The bloc brings together 1.5 billion people or 21 per cent of the world's population.

"In the 70 years of democratic history of India, the transfer of power has not been done by the bullet, but always by the ballot", Sushma Swaraj said at the "India at 70" event in Kathmandu.

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Ministers agreed to prioritize sector-wise cooperation especially on trade, connectivity, energy, disaster management, technology, poverty alleviation and countering terrorism and violent extremism and speedy implementation of the pledges and commitments already made.

Swaraj and Dorji mainly focussed on the Doklam standoff, with their discussions centring round the positions taken by their countries on the issue and measures taken to end the face-off, according to diplomatic sources. Talking about PM Modi's "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas" agenda, the BJP veteran wished for the development of Nepal and its citizens saying India wants to pitch in for the development of Nepal and the entire country is entitled to "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas".

"We are also bearing the brunt of climate change despite our negligible contribution to greenhouse gas emissions". Bangladesh government had put forward his name as the candidate during the senior officials' meeting, as the term of Sri Lanka's Sumith Nakandala, who was the first secretary general of the BIMSTEC, ended on Thursday. They finalized an agreement to be signed soon on the establishment of the BIMSTEC Grid Interconnection, the statement said.

In the area of public health, she said that India's premier medical institute, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer), has launched the Bimstec Tele-medicine Network that brought together 10 top hospitals and medical institutes in the region to provide cutting edge tele-medicine services.

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