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Int’l Youth Peace Camp: 52 cyclists reach Gandhi Ashram in Noakhali from India

A 52-member cyclist team from the Indian state of Maharashtra reached Gandhi Ashram in Noakhali's Sonaimuri upazila yesterday in order to participate in the International Youth Peace Camp 2023.

The cyclists arrived at the Gandhi Ashram in the afternoon riding cycles along the Ramganj-Noakhali Chatkhil regional highway, Ashram Trust Administrative Officer Shankar Bikash Pal told our local correspondent.

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The Gandhi Ashram Trust arranged the three-day camp, starting from September 30, marking the 155th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 75th founding anniversary of the trust, said Trust Executive Director Raha Nabakumar.

Over 350 youths from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya, Sweden, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States will took part in the event, he added.

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According to Gandhi Ashram Trust sources, the cyclists -- 50 Indian nationals and two UK nationals -- began their journey from Gandhi Bhaban in Kolkata on September 15. They entered Bangladesh through the Sonamasjid border in Chapainawabganj on September 22.

They also visited Rajshahi on September 24 and Kushtia on September 25 and Shariatpur on September 26 before they arrived in Noakhali.

They visited spots that bear memories of Gandhi and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with educational institutes where they share their experiences.