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ASEAN car rally to pass through Kohima, Dimapur

Published on 9 Nov. 2012 12:26 AM IST
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The 2nd edition of the ASEAN-India Car Rally to be flagged off from Yogyakarta in Indonesia on November 25 will pass through Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland before reaching Guwahati on December 17. The forthcoming rally would enter India through the border town of Moreh in Manipur.

According to a report in The Times of India (TOI), the Indian leg of the rally would be flagged off from Guwahati. To discuss preparation for the rally, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi Wednesday chaired a meeting of a committee.

The TOI report quoted a government spokesman stating that Gogoi has directed the Kamrup (metro) district administration, GMC, GDD and PWD departments to “spruce up the city roads and to colour the town white” to keep the city clean.

The rally would be kicked off from Yogyakarta in Indonesia on November 25 but in the absence of a road link between Indonesia and Singapore, it would be given its ceremonial flag-off on November 28 from Singapore.

The rally, with 31 SUVs, will cover the ASEAN countries of Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and India.

After entering India through the border town of Moreh in Manipur, the rally would reach Guwahati on December 17 through Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland from where Gogoi would flag off the Indian leg of the rally for onward journey to New Delhi.

After traversing through nine countries and covering a distance of 8,000 km, the rally would culminate in New Delhi on December 20 where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with 10 heads of states of ASEAN countries would flag-down the entire rally.

Ahead of the rally, ASEAN ambassadors and officials would visit Guwahati on November 15. The 15-member group of dignitaries and officials include members of Royal Thai Embassy, High Commission of Brunei, Darussalam, Singapore High Commission and Embassy of Socialist Republic of Vietnam, said the TOI report. The rally marks the 20th commemorative year of India-ASEAN relations.

The first India-ASEAN car rally to launch the Centre’s Look East policy was flagged off from Guwahati by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2004.

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