IAF car rally starts from Laos

ITANAGAR, Sep 28: The India-ASEAN Friendship (IAF) car rally, which was flagged off from Tawang on 12 September, set out from Laos on Friday. The rallyists will reach Thai capital Bangkok on 1 October, in time for the business summit being held there.
“The rally aims at promoting international relationships in tourism and business, and the traditional and cultural relationship between the Southeast Asian nations,” said International Friendship Car Rally Association president Pem Sonam.
The rally is a first of its kind in that 28 participants – from among the 30 from India – are from Arunachal Pradesh.
The event is jointly sponsored by the union sports & youth affairs ministry, the union tourism ministry, the departments of tourism and youth affairs of the state government, and the Indian Oil Corporation, with support from the external affairs ministry.