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Coronavirus Outbreak: All SAARC nations respond to Prime Minister Modi's call, video conference on Sunday at 5 PM

DNA Saturday, 14 March 2020
SAARC stands for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation with eight members including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
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