rally to enter Burma on Tuesday
The India-Myanmar army car rally, which was
flagged off by Indian Defence Minister A K Antony will enter Burma through Tamu on December
12. The joint car rally, participated by the Indian and Burmese soldiers was
launched on December 5 at India Gate of New Delhi. Visiting Burmese Army
general Thura Shwe Mann and
Indian Army chief Gen JJ Singh with other senior officials were also present at
the flag-off ceremony.
"The rally is aimed for close
cooperation between the two countries in general and the armed forces of India and Myanmar in particular," said Indian Defence
Minister while inaugurating the rally.
Indian Lieutenant Colonel K S Chauhan leads the joint rally, organized for the first time
between the two countries. The rally consisting of 45 members including 12
Myanmar Army personnel in 12 vehicles, will cover nearly 8000 kilometres from
New Delhi to Yangon and back, said in a statement issued by the Press
Information Bureau (Defence Wing).
The rally that crosses through various states
including UP, Bihar, West
Nagaland and Manipur in Indian side, is primarily
organized in honour of 20,000 martyrs (soldiers) of India and Myanmar who sacrificed their lives during the World War II
while fighting under the British flag in Burma in 1942.
After reaching their final destination, the Taukkyan War Cemetery in Rangoon on December 16, the participants will return back
with the same route to enter India through Moreh of Manipur,
the release added.
The return journey will begin from Rangoon after a commemorative ceremony at the war cemetery in
the Burmese capital. The rally has reportedly been sponsored by General Motors,
Mahindra & Mahindra and
J K Tyres.