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Aizawl: Assam Rifles’ troopers seized eight sophisticated assault rifles and twelve loaded magazines in Mizoram, police said here on Saturday.

Police suspect that the arms and ammunition might have been smuggled from neighbouring Myanmar.

“Acting on a tip-off, the Assam Rifles’ jawans while carrying out the raid between Keitum and Khawlailung villages in Serchhip district seized the arms and ammunition from two Mizo men early Friday. Both were arrested,” district police chief Lalringdika told reporters.

The border villages are around 120 km south of state capital Aizawl.

The arms and ammunition include five AK-47s, three AK-56s and twelve magazines loaded with AK series rifles’ cartridges.

Senior police and intelligence officials are interrogating the smugglers – Hmingchunga, 55, and Vanpuilala, 30.

This is the second big seizure of arms by the Assam Rifles in six months. Earlier, they confiscated eight US-made M4 rifles in Champhai district near the Myanmar border.

Mizoram, which shares a 510 km border with Myanmar and a 318 km frontier with Bangladesh, has become a corridor for arms’ smuggling.

Assam Rifles’ troopers are posted along the 1,643 km India-Myanmar border with Arunachal Pradesh accounting for 520 km, Manipur (398 km), Nagaland (215 km) and Mizoram (510 km).

(IANS)

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7 Beautiful Places To Visit In North East India

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Places to visit in North East India.
Places to visit in North East India. Pixabay

North Eastern India, the home to the ‘Seven Sisters’ is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions, yet the most unexplored part of the country. From Shillong’s rainfall to Assam’s beautiful tea gardens, the region is indeed the home to exotic beauty. However, the tourism of the region has gained pace in the recent years. The picturesque views of the streams, hills and farms are breathtaking.

Here is the list of 7 beautiful places to visit in North East India:

1. Kaziranga National Park

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Kaziranga National Park. Pixabay.

Kaziranga national park in Assam is famous for its one-horned rhinoceros. It is the most famous tourist spot & one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India. The place has been declared a UNESCO heritage site and attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world. Hundreds of migratory birds and around 35 species of mammals fly down every season to the national park. The incredible fauna cannot be found anywhere else in India.

2. Nathula Pass

Places to visit in North East India.
Nathula Pass. Wikimedia.

A trek on the Nathula Pass in Sikkim will give you a memory completely irreplaceable. The beautiful scenic views which you will observe through your trek journey can be found nowhere else in India & makes if one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India. A vacation to this place with your family during the summers is a must. Also the fact that a bearable temperature in the summer season will let you enjoy your trek more. A trek in the Nathula pass should right away be added to your bucket list.

3. Cherrapunji

Places to visit in North East India.
Cherrapunji. Wikimedia.

Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is the world’s wettest place. The place is known for receiving the maximum rainfall in the world. And, the weather of the place adds to its beauty. It is definitely one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India.

Also Read: 5 Inspiring Travel Stories That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

4. Phodong Monastery

Places to visit in North East India.
Phodong Monastery. Wikimedia.

According to reports, the Phodong monastery in Sikkim is built in the 18th century. It situated 28 kms from Gangtok. It is known to be one of the most religious places for a sect of Buddhists. The place is a residence to around 260 monks. The place is full of positive energy. The people around the monastery are amicable and have some interesting stories in their pockets to tell you. The architecture of the monastery depicts a unique culture and beauty. These characteristics make this monastery, one of the beutiful places to visit in North East India. So grab your tickets soon!

5. Dampa Tiger Reserve

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A bird in the Dampa Tiger Reserve. Wikimedia.

Dampa Tiger Reserve in Mizoram is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Mizoram & a must visit place in north east india. The Tiger Reserve is a home to leopards, barking deer, sloth bear, langurs, Indian Python and a variety of birds. The fauna and flora of the place will leave you stunned.

6. Majuli Islands

Places to visit in North East India.
Majuli Island. Wikimedia.

A river island situated along the Brahmaputra is a home to many tribes. A variety of birds can be found on the island. The size of the island has been reduced due to river erosion by the Brahmaputra.

7. Shilloi lake

Places to visit in North East India.
Shilloi Lake. Wikimedia.

Shilloi lake, the largest natural lake in Nagaland situated in the state’s Phek district is covered by picturesque views including beautiful mountain peaks and trees. The best time to visit this lake is in the summer season. The beauty of the lake makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit in North East India.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram.

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Mizoram soon to be Declared as Open Defecation Free State, says CM Lal Thanhawla

Since 1980s, the government is running the campaign for cleanliness by initiating Clean Aizawl and Clean Mizoram

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Indian men next to a sewage canal in New Delhi. VOA

Aizawl ,December 3, 2016: Chief Minister of Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla on Saturday said, Mizoram would soon be declared as open defecation free state.

Since 1980s, the government is running the campaign for cleanliness by initiating Clean Aizawl and Clean Mizoram.

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According to PTI, the officials said, “The North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) and the central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under the Swacch Bharat Mission (Gramin) in his presence in Aizawl last night.”

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Tata Trust’s NEIDA and YMA signed the MoU, under which the YMA will be undertaking the mass awareness programmes all across the state. The NEIDA will be providing financial and other logistics supports.

– by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Mizoram’s Tribal Girls get rescued while being Trafficked to Gujarat

About 31,300 Reang tribals, who call themselves ‘Bru’, have been living in seven makeshift camps for the past 19 years in Kanchanpur area adjoining Mizoram

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Tribal girls of mizoram. Image Source: www.mizostory.org
  • Police on Sunday, July 3, rescued eight tribal girls of Mizoram from a car while being traffic to Gujarat
  • The girls were aged between 15 and 25 years while the two men are aged between 35 and 40
  • About 31,300 Reang tribals have been living in seven makeshift camps for the past 19 years in Kanchanpur area adjoining Mizoram

Police on Sunday, June 2, rescued eight tribal girls of Mizoram from a car while being trafficked to Gujarat.

As many as two tribal youths were also arrested in this connection, the police said.

Girl trafficking. Image Source: Getty Images
Girl trafficking. Image Source: Getty Images

“They were rescued from a small vehicle on Saturday night while being trafficked to Gujarat via Guwahati,” police inspector Ratanmani Debbarma told the media.

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“During interrogation the girls gave different versions about their journey. Seven of them are the inmates of refugee camps in Kanchanpur (in north Tripura) where tribals from Mizoram live. Another teen aged girl is a class nine student from Mizoram,” he said.

Debbarma said that to know the details the police have called the refugee leaders who said they were unaware of the girls’ journey.

“Their parents said they face acute poverty here. They were sending their daughters to Gujarat in search of jobs in beauty parlours. However, the parents could not give corroborative facts and other details. We are investigating the matter,” the police official added.

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The girls were aged between 15 and 25 years while the two men are aged between 35 and 40.

Bru group. Image Source: www.tripurainfoway.com
Bru group. Image Source: www.tripurainfoway.com

About 31,300 Reang tribals, who call themselves ‘Bru’, have been living in seven makeshift camps for the past 19 years in Kanchanpur area adjoining Mizoram.

They had fled ethnic violence in western Mizoram following the killing of a Mizo forest official at the Dampa Tiger Reserve.

Unless the demands of the refugees of food and security are met, they are reluctant to go back to their villages despite several initiatives taken by the Mizoram Government. (IANS)

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