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Historic Indo-Bhutan friendship mela concludes
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 MUSHALPUR, Jan 28 – Disseminating the message of Indo-Bhutan unity amidst the syncronisation of dhol, pepa, siphung, kham, madal, damphu and band party and in the rhythm of Bihu, Bagrumba, Jhumur, Tamang sello, Bhutanese mask dance, hunting dance the historic Indo-Bhutan friendship fair and the 61st edition of Subankhata Magh Mela concluded at Subankhata in Baksa district on January 23 last.

Earlier, the programmes started with opening of archway by Maneswar Brahma-Parliamentary Secretary, Assam on January 17. After that the national flag of India was hoisted by Baksa DC Babul Chandra Barbaruah while Phub Tsering, DC of Samdrup Dzonkhar district of eastern Bhutan hoisted the Bhutanese flag. Baksa SP Bir Bikram Gogoi and Samdrup Dzonkhar mayo released some pairs of pigeons symbolising the peaceful and all-weather friendly relations between the two countries. A photo gallery of Indo-Bhutan friendship relations was inaugurated by Norbu Wangdi, the general secretary of Indo-Bhutan Friendship Association.

It is noteworthy that the trade relations have been continuing between the neighbouring citizens of both the countries in these areas since 1951 except some years disruption after Operation All Clear. After formation of BTC, the trade resumed in these areas and the fair served as a booster to resumption of trade in these localities. The Bhutanese traders who are called kurmalaga (guests or friends) by the locals, mainly bring oranges, woollen garments, handicraft items, herbal products and herbal medicines etc. for sale. There was no exception this year too. A good number of Bhutanese citizens came to the fair to purchase their necessities from the Indian traders as well. A good number of stalls of handicraft, handloom and textiles from Jaipur, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Haryana and various parts of Assam were set up in the fair. Multicultural extravaganza marked the cultural nights during all the days of the programme.

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