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Karma Riders arrive Dimapur

The Karma Riders upon their arrival in Dimapur at Nagaland Gate, Thursday. (NP)
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Published on 28 Nov. 2008 2:17 AM IST
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Karma Riders – a German cycling team carrying with them the message of solidarity, friendship, self-reliance and adventure, especially among the youth of the world arrived Dimapur Thursday at around 3.30 pm. The five member team including Schupen Tobias, Schrenk Oliver, Petersen Nils, Meyer Karsten and Dominik Christian Lutz were accorded a rousing cultural reception at the Nagaland Gate. Upon their arrival in full cycling gear, the team was flooded with gifts, bouquets and mementos by the Don Bosco Organisation members, DBS alumni and various cultural troupes including Chang, Sumi and the Rongmei. Alert police force and volunteers were seen at the site for the safety and comfort of the riders. The Dimapur Municipal Council, which was supposed to welcome the Karmariders failed to appear on the scene though it was not known why. People were seen peeping out of their homes to get a glimpse of the cyclists, as the Karmariders, escorted by a cavalcade of motorbikes, cars and the cultural troupes cycled their way to AIDA building complex at Don Bosco School Dimapur through the streets of the city via Khermahal-Clock Tower Junction-Circular Road. A sizeable number of people were also gathered at the Clock tower junction, where the traffic was halted for some few minutes to enable smooth movement of the cycling team. Deputy commissioner, Dimapur, Maongwati Aier is scheduled to flag-off the expedition at AIDA complex, DBS Nuton Basti at 9 a.m. on November 27. The team will then cycle through Dimapur via Duncan Basti- ADC junction-West Police station-PWD Road-Dhobinala-Marwaripatti-MP Road-Delux point-MSRPC Road-Khermahal-City tower-Plaza point-Church Road-Delux point-Flyover Super Market-Kachari Ruins-Circuit House. They will have interactions with the officials, representatives and the media at the Circuit House Dimapur. The team will leave for Kohima on November 30 where they will attend the Hornbill Festival before proceeding to Imphal via Jakhama, Khuzama and Maram. During their stay in the state, the team will interact with both young and old people alike from towns and villages. They hope to project back to their fans and sponsors in Germany the captivating natural beauty and first-hand information of the rich cultural heritage of the diverse people of the Northeastern region. The German team plans to cycle 2500 Km across five states of the North East including Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur. In Germany, the trip was coordinated by Dr Martin Kasper, a former managing partner of Accenture and founder of the ChildAid Network while the Don Bosco Organisations in the North East is overseeing the arrangements for the Indian leg of the expedition. The organisers hope to make the event an opportunity to showcase the cultural heritage of the North East, forge friendships and alliances, and inspire the youth to set their goals high with determination and perseverance.

 
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