India: Jolted by series of earthquakes, many residents spending nights in tents in Mizoram

Aizawl, Jul 23 (PTI) Many people in Mizoram's Champhai district bordering Myanmar are spending nights outside their homes in makeshift tents after a series of earthquakes hit the northeastern state in a month, an official said.

So far, at least 22 earthquakes have rocked four districts - Champhai, Saitual, Siaha and Serchhip since June 18. The tremors ranged from 4.2 to 5.5 in magnitude. Champhai was the hardest-hit district.

India: Home at heart, man travels 3,000 km with friend's body

Aizawl, Apr 29 (PTI) Home is where the heart is, in life and in death, too.

The 23-year-old Raphael AVL Malchhanhima was a distraught man when his friend Vivian Lalremsanga died of suspected heart attack on April 23 in Chennai.

The lockdown had shuttered the city and cluttered his mind.

India: Few take part in PM Modi's lights-out call in Mizoram, Meghalaya

Aizawl, Apr 5 (PTI) A few homes in Aizawl and other parts of Mizoram joined Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai in lighting candles following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call in expressing resolve to collectively fight COVID-19.

Pillai along with his wife and some officials lit candles at Raj Bhavan.

India: 41 people put under home isolation in Mizoram

Aizawl, Mar 6 (PTI) At least 41 people, who recently returned from foreign countries, have been put under home isolation in Mizoram, as a precautionary measure, and 14,868 persons have been screened for coronavirus, a senior official said on Friday.

State Health secretary H Lalengmawia told PTI that 41 people who have recently returned from China, Singapore, Macau, Dubai, USA, Seychelles and Hongkong are being put under home isolation though they did not show any symptoms of novel coronavirus.

India: AIDS serious problem, should be tackled on war-footing

Aizawl, Feb 17 (PTI) Mizoram Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai on Monday called for concerted efforts to control and fight the growing HIV/AIDS prevalence in the state.

Delivering his customary speech on the opening day of the Assembly's Budget Session, Pillai, who assumed charge in October last year, said AIDS was a serious problem in the state, which "should be tackled on a war-footing".

India: BSF recovers huge cache of arms in Mizoram

Aizawl, Dec 25 (PTI) The BSF on Wednesday seized a huge cache of arms from Parva village near the Mizoram-Myanmar border, officials said.

The stockpile includes M-16, AK-56 and AK-47 rifles, a pistol and 954 rounds of live ammunition, they said.

The arms, which were recovered in Mizoram's Lawngtlai district, are suspected to have belonged to cadres of the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA), an insurgent group in Myanmar, the officials said.

India: Man gets 20 years in prison for raping woman

Aizawl, Nov 14 (PTI) A court in Mizoram's Lunglei district has sentenced a man to 20 years imprisonment for raping a married woman.

District and Sessions Judge Joel Joseph Denga on Monday convicted J Lalruatsanga of Rulkual village for raping the woman and ordered him to undergo 20 years imprisonment. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on the convict.

India, Japan to hold joint military exercise from Oct 19

New Delhi, Oct 12 (PTI) A joint military exercise Dharma-Guardian 2019 will be conducted between India and Japan at the Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte in Mizoram from October 19 to November 2, an official statement said.

The Indian Army and the Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF), comprising 25 soldiers each, will participate in the exercise with an aim to share experience gained during various counter-terrorism operations in respective countries.

The exercise is an annual training event which is being conducted in India since 2018.

India: 219 Myanmarese refugees deported

Aizawl, Jul 3 (PTI) The Lawngtlai district administration and the Assam Rifles have deported 219 refugees from Myanmar, who had taken shelter in Mizoram's Hmawngbuchhuah village, a top district official said on Wednesday.

Lawngtlai Deputy Commissioner Shashanka Ala told PTI that the "mission" (deportation) was accomplished on Tuesday as directed by the Centre.

"All the refugees have reached the other side of the border from Laitlang village in Mizoram to Vairang village in Myanmar...on Tuesday," she said.

India: Mizoram police rescues 8 minor Rohingya girls

Aizawl, Jun 18 (PTI) Eight Rohingya girls, suspected to be victims of human trafficking, were rescued from a village near the Mizoram-Myanmar border in Champai district, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police of Northern Range Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said here Tuesday.

The girls, all of them minors, were rescued from Dungtkang village on Monday, the DIG said, adding that they were being taken to Myanmar from Bangladesh via India. Khiangte told PTI that the girls were produced before the chief judicial magistrate on Tuesday.

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