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India-China trade at Nathu la to begin on May 4

India China border trade at Nathu La
The 9th season of international border trade between India and China at Nathu la will begin on May 4. The yearly trading season that usually begins on May 1 and ends on May 30 started nine years ago in 2006. Sikkim’s commerce and industry ministry, which organises the trade, has decided to start the annual trading season this year from May 4, as May 1 and 2 are non-trading days and May 3 is a Sunday. The start of the Nathu la Trading Season 2015 will be marked by a brief function for officially inaugurating the event.

Generally, the annual trade season is marred by heavy torrential rainfall and bad road conditions, but things are better this year. Traders are also upbeat as they can now use the alternate route through Rhenock-Rongli in east Sikkim if the main road is closed. Notably, this route will be used for the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra, due to be officially open for pilgrims from June of this year. The state government is repairing the route at a rapid pace. The government has also decided to provide permits to local taxis for passage to Changu, Nathu la and Baba Mandir. (HS)

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