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Peace expedition flagged off


GUWAHATI, Oct 13 - An expedition aimed at conveying the message of peace and harmony amongst people of various States and tribes in North East was flagged off today from Parva, close to India-Myanmar-Bangladesh trijunction in south Mizoram.

The expedition, christened as �Friends of the Hill People Expedition for Peace� has been organised by Inspector General Assam Rifles (East) and will cover Mizoram, Assam, Tripura and parts of Manipur.

�It is aimed at conveying message of peace and harmony amongst people of various States and tribes. The expedition team comprising of 20 personnel from various NE States will cover a distance of about 3,250 kms in one month.

�They will use all possible modes of transport available � such as boats, ferry, four wheelers, motorcycles, cycles and on foot � spreading the awareness on pertinent social issues such as Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, gender parity, education of girl child, development of North East region and also projecting Assam Rifles as Friends of the People of North East,� a Defence spokesman said here.

The team will traverse through entire Mizoram in nine days. Thereafter, the expedition will enter Tripura where it would cover the State in about eight to nine days and subsequently, the team will enter Assam from Karimganj and cover areas up to Tezpur. The expedition would finally terminate at Srikona on November 9 after covering Jiribam subdivision of Manipur.

During the expedition, the team intends meeting senior dignitaries of the States, interact with school children, visit orphanages and community centres. Various NGOs, other security forces and NCC cadets will also join the team en route to spread message of unity and national integration.

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