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By PTI Updated: Jul 15, 2017 12:46 am

AICC Minority Observer meets PCI Secretary in Shillong

Dimapur, July 14 (EMN): All India Congress Committee (Minority Department) Observer for Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram Rejaul Karim Laskar met the Senior Administrative Secretary Rev. V. L. Luaia Hranleh in Shillong today. The meeting, which Laskar termed as “courtesy call” took place at the Office of the Presbyterian Church of India at Shillong. During the meeting both the leader had a cordial discussion on current situation of the country. Laskar emphasised the need to protect secularism which, he said, ‘the government of India is duty bound under the Constitution to treat every religion equally and emphasised that the right to freedom of religion-including the right to “freely profess, practice, and propagate religion” granted by the Constitution of India must be protected from undue encroachment.

Dengue, JE confirmed in Manipur

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Imphal, July 14 (EMN): Manipur health authority on Friday announced that a total of 48 cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Dengue were detected and confirmed at different places. Addressing reporters at Churachandpur town this afternoon, State Health Services Director Dr N Lokendro, quoting reports collected so far, informed that 18 cases of Dengue including 15 cases in Churachandpur district and 30 cases of JE have been confirmed. The confirmed Dengue cases were reported from six villages of Churachandpur district and one village each in Kakching and Imphal East districts while the out of 30 cases of JE, 17 are from Churachandpur district alone, according to the Director Lokendro. Director informed that the district authorities have taken up necessary control measures including fogging exercise and mass awareness programmes at the places where JE and Dengue cases have been confirmed.

CLP urges all Mizoram MLAs to vote for Meira Kumar

Aizawl, July 14 (PTI): Mizoram’s Congress Legislature Party (CLP) today urged all the legislators in the state to vote for Meira Kumar in the presidential election, a press statement issued by CLP Secretary H Rohluna said. It said that the meeting of the CLP, chaired by its leader Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla was held in Aizawl. The ruling Congress has 34 legislators in the 40-member state legislature while the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) has five MLAs and its junior partner the Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) has one legislator. MNF legislators would vote for the NDA candidate Ram Nath Govind, MNF MLA Lalruatkima said. The MNF is a constituent of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), which supports the NDA government at the centre. The lone MPC legislator Lalthanliana was not available for comment as he was out of station and the party leaders said that the matter was yet to be decided.

Five poachers arrested, tiger skin seized

Barpeta, July 14 (PTI): Five suspected poachers were arrested today and a tiger skin was seized in Barpeta district by Forest Department officials. According to Forest Department officials, personnel from Panbari Range of Manas National Park caught the five poachers near the Park this morning. The poachers have been identified as Sanjiv Basumatary (30), Ranjan Doimary (26), Sunil Bodo (30), Badu Bodo (45) and Bonaru Bodo (24). “The Forest Department also recovered a skin of a panther tiger of 117 feet length, 157 pieces of tiger bones and a handmade gun,” officials said. The officials said that the poachers have confessed of killing the tiger on April 25 inside the Park.

172 pigs and piglets die of swine fever in Mizoram

Aizawl, July 14 (PTI): The outbreak of classical swine fever in Mizoram-Myanmar border Champhai town had claimed the lives of 172 pigs and piglets till date, Champhai District Vawkvulh Association (CDVA) or the association of people engaged in piggery leaders today said. CDVA leader Siammawia told PTI over phone that the disease was yet to be completely contained. The swine fever hit the town one and a half month ago, Siammawia said. The state animal husbandry and veterinary department confirmed through laboratory tests that the cause of the deaths of pigs in Champhai was not the dreaded Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) but classical swine fever. State AH and Veterinary director Dr Saingura Sailo Sailo ruled out the prevalence of PRRS in Champhai this time around in the state.

Final report on Manipur CCTV scam submitted

Imphal, July 14 (PTI): The three-member enquiry committee, instituted to investigate the procurement and installation of CCTVs at Raj Bhawan and CM’s bungalow, has submitted its final report to Chief Minister N Biren Singh. The report was submitted yesterday. The Chief Minister N Biren on May 17 last had ordered a probe into the Rs 8.01 crore scheme and had told the three-member committee to submit its report in 15 days. The probe was ordered after the BJP-led coalition government came to power in March this year. The probe was necessitated after malfunctioning of the CCTVs consequent upon installation of the cameras in 2009-10 and 2010-11 during the period of the former Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh led government. The then Congress government had sanctioned about Rs eight crore for installation of CCTVs at Raj Bhavan and CM’s bungalow, but the installed cameras became non functional after a few days.

Mizoram Govt to give water tanks to BPL families: Thanhawla

Aizawl, July 14 (PTI): Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla today said the state government would continue to distribute water tanks to the BPL families.Lal Thanhawla, who is also the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president while addressing party workers here said wanter tanks would be distributed to poor families for rain water harvesting, a MPCC press release said. He also said that the government would continue to give financial assistance to selected families under the New Land Use Policy (NLUP), the flagship programme of the ruling Congress party. According to the state economic and statistics department’s handbook, 2016, there were over 1. 88 lakh job card holders in the state.

By PTI Updated: Jul 15, 2017 12:46:24 am