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Cross-country bike ride flagged off in Shillong
Staff Correspondent

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma flagging off a cross-country motorcycle ride in Shillong on Tuesday. – UB Photos
 SHILLONG, Oct 15 - Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today flagged off a cross-country motorcycle ride that aims to promote the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the North East.

 The rally was also organised to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the World War II that had started in 1939. The trip has been dubbed as ‘Ride East’.

During his interaction with the riders assembled here from different parts of the world, Sangma said that it is important for each of the riders to be connected with the Government and share their stories as they explore different places during their trip.

He said that it is through such trips that bonding and strengthening of relationships between different culture and communities can take place, and motivated the riders to continue with their endeavour to create awareness about SDGs through different activities.

There are ten Ride East bikers who would travel 1,000 miles for 10 days across the North Eastern states of India that share international borders with China, Myanmar, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

During each stop, the riders will map and relive the WWII history connecting North East India to north-west Myanmar along the Stilwell Road, all the way to the Lake of No Return on the India-Myanmar border, south of Pangsau. The Ride East bikers will seek to offset their carbon emissions by planting mangrove trees with Ecofriend World at the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar, making the whole operation carbon-neutral.

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