IMTRAT ob­serves its 56th rais­ing day

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IMTRAT cel­e­brated its 56th Rais­ing Day in pic­turesque val­ley of Haa, with cus­tom­ary grandeur and gai­ety. An en­thralling open­ing cer­e­mony, a mes­meris­ing cul­tural evening show and rais­ing day din­ner were all part of mela held from 19th to 22th Oct 2018.

Her Royal High­ness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck was the chief guest for the cel­e­bra­tions. IMTRAT mela on 21 Oct was at­tended by about 20,000 peo­ple in­clud­ing se­nior dig­ni­taries from armed forces and the govern­ment. This year's cel­e­bra­tion were more sig­nif­i­cant since Bhutan and In­dia are cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of diplo­matic ties. The theme of mela was to project the bonds of Bhutan In­dia friend­ship, which has stood the test of times and pro­mot­ing a clean and green Bhutan.

About 50 stu­dents of Haa Dzongkhag along with vol­un­teers from Clean Bhutan, RBA and IMTRAT took the ini­tia­tive to spread aware­ness amongst all shops and stalls in con­duct­ing a clean and open defeca- tion free event. Toi­lets and dust­bins were set up in large num­bers and the re­sult was prom­i­nent and pos­i­tive.

IMTRAT mela pop­u­larly as Haa Mela has been in ex­is­tence since last five decades. It has evolved from a tri­an­gu­lar sports meet con­ducted at MTC Wangdi in 1960s to a grand event which is jointly org by RBA, IMTRAT & Dzongkhag Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nu­ally. Th­ese cel­e­bra­tions are held as part of IMTRAT rais­ing day cel­e­bra­tions.

A large num­ber of teams from Bhutan and In­dia have par­tic­i­pated dur­ing the event. This year cel­e­bra­tion had events like air show by he­li­copters, mar­tial arts dis­play, dog show, joint mil­i­tary band dis­play by In­dian Army and RBA and cul­tural events by the stu­dents un­der Haa Dzongkhag.

IMTRAT rais­ing day is an im­por­tant event which helps in fur­ther strength­en­ing the bonds of trust and friend­ship be­tween Bhutan and In­dia.

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