North East Briefcase

Christian body seeks Modi’s intervention on church attacks
Aizawl: A conglomeration of leaders of 14 major churches in the state here on Thursday sought intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of alleged attacks on the Christian community and requested him to ensure that such attacks on them do not occur in future. Members of Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC) submitted a memorandum to BJP chief Amit Shah, who was here to address a party rally, in the name of the Prime Minister in this regard. “We pointed out several incidents of attacks on Christian community and the churches,” MKHC leader Rev R Lalrinsanga said. In the memorandum, we have urged the Prime Minister to intervene (in the matter) and ensure that such attacks on Christians “do not recur”, Lalrinsanga told PTI. (PTI)
Three HPC (D) militants held
Aizawl: Mizoram Police on Thursday arrested three militants belonging to the Hmar People’s Convention (Democrats) including the self-styled action unit chief of the outfit from Silchar in Assam’s Cachar district. An official statement issued by the police said that three – Lalropuia Famhoite (47), self-styled ‘army’ chief of the outfit, Norbar Sanate (46), self-styled ‘Finance Secretary’ and Ngurthantluanga Sanate (29) – were netted in the raid at Ramnagar in Cachar and were being brought to Aizawl. “The arrested persons were wanted by the state police in a number of cases,” the statement said, adding that the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Aizawl had issued two standing warrants of arrest against Famhoite after he jumped bail. The arrests came after the state police launched operations to arrest those responsible for the ambush by the HPC (D) militants of the team of the state assembly committee on government assurances on March 28 last near the Mizoram-Manipur-Assam border Zokhawthiang hamlet in which three policemen were gunned down. (PTI)
NDRF to train men in saving livestock during disasters
New Delhi: In a first, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has decided to train its personnel in saving and handling livestock during calamities. “We have decided to train our men in management of animals during emergencies and disasters. Our past experiences show that it becomes difficult to evacuate people from a disaster-hit area as they are financially and emotionally attached to their pets or livestock. We can proudly say that after the training, our men would be able to save them in a professional manner,” NDRF Director General O P Singh told PTI. While the personnel of the force are trained to save human lives and provide them succour, there are no specific guidelines for them as to how to save precious livestock. The DG said the force has tied up with an international non-government organisation (NGO) working in the domain of animal welfare, even as it has inked a deal for training them in at least half-a-dozen reputed veterinary colleges across the country. The first such training will begin soon at the NDRF base in Guwahati. “This training will be about a week-long. First, the master trainers will be trained and subsequently other troops will be imparted the skills. The training modules will make our troops understand the nuances of animal behaviour and characteristics before and during a disaster like floods or earthquake,” Singh, who developed the module after studying the best practises used in this domain across the world, said. Officials said this is the first time that such a skill is being imparted to any agency in the country and only few countries like New Zealand and Canada have these procedures included in the training syllabii of their disaster mitigation and response teams. (PTI)
2 hurt in crude bomb blasts in Kohima
Kohima: A powerful IED bomb was blasted in the Lerie area of Kohima town this morning, injuring two people and damaging as many vehicles. According to the official report, unidentified people hurled the bomb at the Lerie area on a JCB (bulldogger), which was excavating a drain in Lerie on National Highway 29. The powerful JCB was able to control the high impact of the powerful IED bomb. However, the driver of the JCB was hit by splinters on his belly area. Another driver of a Bolero vehicle, which was passed through the area of the Highway, was hit by a splinter on his ear. Both the injured drivers were taken to a nearby hospital and they were operated upon to remove the splinters. Their conditions are reportedly stable. Sources said no one had seen any one lobbing the IED on the JCB. However, police investigation is on to ascertain the cause of bombing and to apprehend the miscreants. This was the second crude bomb in the same area, when the miscreants hurled a small bomb on Wednesday, about 150 feet away from Thursday’s spot. (UNI)

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